Wild Weather Wednesday

This mornings weather was not the epitome of ideal running conditions… Snow showers. What a terrible combination! I almost thought the forecast yesterday was just going to be one big April Fools joke. Just call it wild weather Wednesday.

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So instead what did I do?

Why to the gym ofcourse!

Where I decided to take on the elliptical and took advantage of the time to read a few pages of my newest book!

For those of you who like to read, the first novel of this series is called the Rosie project. It was a very easy and adorable read (think great plane book!) and so far, the Rosie effect has not let me down, I’m totally into it!

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I continued on the elliptical for about 30 minutes where I then moved onto some strength work.

Today was a concentration on upper body and core. Although I finished up with a minute squat challenge because why not 🙂

I got home and was more then ready for some breakfast. Another mish mash meal for me!

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And then my day at work basically consisted of a TON of meetings. Man oh man I hate sitting all day long! Time to go for a walk with the pups, I’m out!

Things I’m Loving “Monday” 4 (Tuesday)

Hey all!

It’s been a hectic past few days and weekend, so I didn’t have time to post my things I’m loving segment yesterday, but here it is!

First of all a recap of my last few days – it was a gorgeous weekend with amazing weather! I got a chance to go to the beach, hang out with friends, family biking, and had new pet visits with my friends brand new kittens (so cute!) Yesterday was a crazy looooong day at work. Meetings after meetings pretty much, and my sickness (talkin’ an elephant standing on my head) did not help whatsoever. Then my night consisted of lesson plans for my wellness programming in the school board. WOW! But not I am feeling a bit more organized and relieved.

I can also take this time to share with you my favourite workout of the weekend! 6x6Workout_thumb

This is again thanks to the wonderful PBFINGERS blog! If you take a look under her workouts tab there are plenty of routines that are good to give a try. I like this one because you can challenge yourself and get what you put into it. The hardest part for me was actually the push ups, I need to work on those!

Now let’ s get to the things I’m loving…. 🙂

  • Catching up with old friends and laughing your toosh off

Who doesn’t love this?? By random chance, my elementary school best friend messaged me on Facebook and it turned into a conversation with another one of my old friends, Laura, this went on for over an hour and we just reminisced together over old times and traveled down memory lane. It was actually the best timing too because I was having a rough day. It’s crazy how reaffirming connections and your relationships with others can re-instill your feeling of purpose and love in your life! If you’re ever having a rough day just give an old friend, new friend, family member a call! It will make a HUGE difference.

  • Free stuff!

I am the Queen of free things. I love free stuff. But I especially love free things that actually will bring purpose into my life. My work team had a community showcase over the weekend where I was able to collect multiple wellness tools that I will use! I’m talkin water bottles, snacks, vegan soap, new agenda, and there were also a number of free draws to enter! Fun stuff!

  • The fact that the PUMPKIN SPICE LATTE IS BACK! 🙂

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I do not even need to explain nor justify my happiness for this… Pumpkin everyday!

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  • Baby kittens!

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These are the cute kittens my friend just got! They have yet to be named. They’re sister kittens, anyone have name ideas?

  • Cauliflower crust pizza recipe

Pizza in general is amazing, we all know that. But putting a healthy spin on it is always good and makes us feel better about the indulgence. I found this recipe which actually wasn’t too difficult and turned out so deliciously! The hardest part I found was actually grating the cauliflower. If you have a good blender (which unfortunately I don’t) it would make it much easier I’m sure!

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Ingredients:
1 cup raw, grated (or chopped in food processor) cauliflower*
1 egg
1 cup mozzarella cheese
1 tsp oregano
2 tsp parsley
(may add other Italian spices as desired–such as dried or fresh basil)
Any other desired toppings

Directions

Makes 4, 1-slice servings. Can be doubled for a larger pizza

Preheat oven to 450 degrees.

Spray a cookie sheet with non-stick spray or use parchment paper. (Optional: Use coconut oil and sprinkle with Parmesan cheese before laying dough onto baking surface. Increases calories but I like health benefits of coconut oil. Some in this forum may not appreciate using this oil.)

In a medium bowl, combine cauliflower, egg, mozzarella and all desired spices. Press evenly on baking pan or pizza stone.

Bake at 450 degrees for 12-15 minutes (up to 20 minutes if you double the recipe). You may turn over once if desired.

Remove the pan from the oven. To the crust, add sauce, then toppings and cheese. (Get creative and top with chopped apples and cheese or your own combinations of whatever you like on a pizza. Some examples to choose from are jack cheese, onion, fresh or dried tomatoes, artichokes, shredded/cooked chicken, turkey pepperoni, pineapple, mushrooms, marinara sauce, bell peppers, whatever peppers you like, fresh mushrooms, fresh basil…your imagination is the limit.)

Place under broiler, on high heat, until cheese is melted.

Reheats nicely and can still be held in the hand, even the next day. (If you don’t press “dough” too thin, make small rounds and add enough egg to hold together.)

Pizza crusts can be frozen after the initial baking and used later.

*If using frozen cauliflower, prepare according to package directions. After cooked and slightly cooled, shred cauliflower with a cheese grater, (or grater blade on food processor) and then measure for the recipe. (An “unpacked/loose” cup.) Be sure to drain WELL.

Guestimate~Approximately 2 1/4 cups of 1″ cauliflower would grate into one cup of grated (or riced) cauliflower.

For lower calories, substitute two egg whites for whole egg and low or no fat mozzarella cheese.

Don’t spread this too thin or it will fall apart; if it’s too thick, it’s doughy in the middle.

Protein pancakes & Work it out Wednesday!

I don’t normally have pancakes in the morning.. but when I do, I make sure that they are the most epic and delicious pancakes EVER. Which brings me to my recipe today…

I got this recipe from an old friend from highschool and uni!! Thanks Parisa!

 Protein Pancakes
Ingredients (for 3 pancakes):

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½ cup of rolled oats
1 scoop of vanilla whey protein powder
½ a banana
1 tsp coconut flour  (optional, but adds fluffiness)
1tsp of stevia (or sweetener of choice- keep it natural)
3 egg whites
1 tsp hemp seeds (optional)
1 tsp chia seeds (optional)
cinnamon (optional)
almond butter
fruit and walnuts for garnish (optional)
coconut oil
Directions:
Combine the protein powder, oats, coconut flour, seeds, stevia and cinnamon
Mush half the banana and mix with the egg whites
Mix the wet mix with the dry mix until you have a desired pancake consistency- you may need to add a little bit of water if the mix isn’t smooth enough

fryin' them up!
fryin’ them up!

Heat the skillet, and cook the pancakes in coconut oil for about 2 minutes on each side (until golden brown)
Next is the fun part – add your favourite toppings to garnish the pancakes
I used almond butter to replace syrup, the other half of my banana, some blueberries and walnuts. I also sprinkled some cinnamon and try to add it to as many recipes I can because it’s a natural fat burner and makes any dish smell and taste delicious! These pancakes are the perfect breakfast to have after a workout, or even before because they will give you a ton of energy. I have tried a few powders, and so far I like Power Whey the best. You can buy it at any supplement store such as Popeye’s or GNC for approximately $40 for 908 grams which will last you a long time, especially if you use it only for baking and cooking. If you are sensitive to whey protein powder, there are other options (vegan powders) that you can use instead.  These pancakes are PACKED with nutrients, leave you full and I promise your taste buds will thank you, so give these bad boys a try! 🙂

Yes I ate them all :)

WORKOUT

This morning I worked out before heading to school for work.
Here was my routine:

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It was a good and sweaty session! On top of this, I also did 35 minutes on the elliptical. After work today I also upped my cardio by going on a nice speed walk with my doggy Tanner! Gotta enjoy this nice weather while it’s here! 🙂

How did you spend your ‘work it out’ wednesday??

Things I’m Loving Monday 3

Sooo last night was a quiet night in with some friends. It was a good Sunday night! We watched the comedy ‘Hit and Run’ with Bradley Cooper!

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It was funny, but not as good as I was hoping. We also shared some popcorn yummy 🙂

Work has settled down (so far) this week. No crises of any sort at the schools I work at and we spent our lunch hour playing music and handing out Tim Horton’s smile cookies in the highschool foyer as a little kindness initiative! It was fun and great to see a lot of the kids happy who have been having a tough time!

Now to my Things I’m Loving segment..

  • cheecha puffs

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These tasty guys are only 70 calories per 2 cups and gluten free! I saw them in my local grocery store and had to give them a try, so glad I did!

  • TABATA workouts!

For those of you unfamiliar with tabata, it’s like another version of Hight Intensity Interval Training (HIIT). You really get a lot of bang for your buck because you’re exerting crazy amounts of energy mixed with short breaks.
Prepare for a sweaty cardio session!

  • My new donezo office

new officeCheck itout! I’m loving the blue and yellow, it brings some light into my life on those dreary days.

FOOD TODAY

Breaky was a quick and usual one… Into the blender went a banana, milk, greek yogurt, creamy peanut butter and a little chocolate syrup 🙂

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I was pretty hungry later on and then snacked on an apple 🙂

Lunch time was also another super quick one because I had a lot to do at the schools and had a short lunch hour, so I went across the street to the grocery store and grabbed myself a premade chicken spring salad! Then I had some carrots and hummus on the side.

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I didn’t make it to the gym this morning because for some reason I was soooo tired. It was one of those sleeps where you have super vivid dreams and when you wake up you’re majorly groggy! Know what I mean?
Needless to say as soon as the alarm went off I pressed snooze….

Which lead me to a 5 mile run after work with Tanner 🙂 So it ended up being okay because the weather today was unbelievable and sunny!

My tummy was grumbling when I got in and I made myself up a little plate of things that were in my fridge..

Pretty random but those snacks usually are the best.

random snackHummus, carrots, cheeyuh puffs, there’s some pickles in there… oh and 1 random BBQ chip?

HAVE A GOOD ONE 🙂

Fires and fun

Yesterday’s lunch consisted of spaghetti squash ‘pasta’, yum yum was that ever good. I just wish this squash was easier to prepare. I mean, it is relatively easy but I like things to be realllll simple, especially when it comes to cooking for just myself.

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But it DOES look good right?
You half the squash, bake it at 375 for 40 minutes, scoop out the insides (noodles) and then mix in your veggies, sauce, whatever you’d like. I added cheese on top too ofcourse. 🙂

Later on, my friends and I had a big bonfire on hole 9 of the golf course just outside of town. Our friend happens to own the place, so it was completely legal don’t worry! It was a well spent night…

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This morning’s breakfast was another oatmeal creation! You probably aren’t surprised by this. Unfortunately I forgot to take a picture of it, forgive me, but it wasn’t overly complicated and I’m sure you can imagine what it might look like. I combine banana, PB and cocoa powder in a blender with some vanilla yogurt and ice and mixed this into my oatmeal. YUM

I also forgot to take my daily dose of vitamins yesterday. D’oh! I tend to really notice when my body doesn’t get enough hydration nor the vitamins that I usually take to get me through the day.

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This is what I normally take…

B-complex. Vitamin D, fish oils, calcium magnesium, women’s multi-vitamin, and there’s an advil there as well in order to keep any inflammation in my knee down.

Being a runner, I’ve started making sure to take my calcium magnesium because it’s so vital in healthy bones and joints. It’s better to be preventative rather than too late, right!?

Workout

Today’s workout:

20 minute elliptical warm up

ABS, this routine got my heart pumpin’ and abs burnin’!

go through these moves non-stop without a break and then rest, repeat 3 times through.

45 second plank
15 superman
12 woodchops (then did other side)
15 stability ball legs to arms pass
12 stability ball lower ab tuck ins
30 second mountain climber
10 burpees

TADAH!

If you give it a go you’ll be feeling great afterwards trust me 🙂

I finished up my workout with a 25 minute run/walk outside, I am still trying to take it easy because of my knee.

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Ah I love the outdoors!

Now I am going out to meet up with a pal, chat soon. 🙂

me out

Friday morning smoothie and workout

Ahhhh I have a few spare minutes this morning so I thought I’d share with you my early morning workout today!

It consisted of:

40 minutes of HIIT on the treadmill. It looked like this routine below:

Min.              Speed                Incline

0-2               2-3                     1
1-3                 6                      1
3-4                6.5                    1
4-5                7                       2
6-7               7.5                     2
7-9                8                       1
9-11              6.7                    1
11-15            6.5                    2
15-16            8                      1
16-17            9                      1
17-20            6.3                   2
20-22            6.6                   1
22-24            6.8                   1
24-25            7.5                   1
25-26            8.5                   1
26-28            6.5                   2
28-30            6.7                   2
30-32            7.5                   1
32-33            8                      1
33-35            6.7                   1
35-38            6.5                   1
38-40            6                      1

I loves me a good HIIT workout, it gets your heart pumpin’ so good and you always feel like you worked hard afterward. It’s especially nice for me in the morning because I always feel like I start on the right foot.

I then took it fairly easy. I did some pilates core work consisting of planks and stability ball work. Then I stretched it out.

smoothie

My smoothie today is a weird concoction. I am in need of upping my veggie intake so I used some of the Progressive vegan vegegreens powder in blueberry medley flavour, then mixed in half a banana, ice, 1/2 cup almond milk, stevia, cinnamon and 1/3 cup oats.

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It’s actually fairly good tasting! And nearly 8 servings of vegetables in it! Talk about SUPERFOOD

Sounds interesting to say the least. It was pretty good, but I still prefer my all time favourite PB and banana smoothies in the morning 🙂

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I also had a handful of almonds because I was starving after hitting the gym this morning. BAH!

What is your favourite breakfast smoothie?? I need new recipes to try!

Things I’m loving Sunday/Monday

It’s been a long week and weekend! We pretty much got the last of our Canadian summer weather this weekend. It’s already claiming to go down to 6 degrees this week… 😦 I can’t believe it came and went so fast! Ah well, all a part of living in this beautiful country.

My running has stayed at the same level. I’ve stuck with short runs (20 minutes) mixed in with cross-training, mainly cardiovascular work on the elliptical machine which still gets my HR up as well as a lot more pilates and core building work which will benefit me big time when I get back into my regular running routine! I’m used to running outside, which passes the time much quicker in comparison to doing cardio in the gym….
I feel like I’m constantly watching the clock. tick tock tick tock.
However, there are ways I’ve made the time go by a littleeee bit faster, utilizing some great HIIT elliptical workouts. I’ll share with you my favourite one this week:

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I got this one from the blog pbfingers.com – I always check her blog out, it’s really entertaining and has a lot of good recipes and workouts!! And this workout certainly kicked my butt!!! You can also adjust the resistance according to your fitness levels so that it works best for you. But I actually felt great after this one.

Now I’ll get to my things I’m loving Monday (or late Sunday for some) segment!!! Here we go…

  • Hiking Days

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I made the most of this warm weather this weekend because I knew it would probably be the last time it would reach 24 degrees and sunny here for a while. So Tanner and I headed out to the trans Canada trail and went for a nice long hike. You can tell the leaves are already beginning to change colour (AHHHH!) However, I’ll say it does look beautiful.

  • Cheshire cat mug

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My good girlfriend gave this to me, it’s probably one of my new favourite mugs. A huge reason being because I am a Disney fanatic! Anything Disney I usually fall instantly invlove with. This mug is amazing because when it’s hot, the cheshire cat DISAPPEARS and you see only his smile!!! And when cool, he reappears! How amazing is that?!

  • Let’s Be Cops

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I saw this movie on Saturday night with some friends. If you’ve ever watched the show ‘New Girl’, the main characters in this movie are actually also 2 of the main male roles in that show. I didn’t really know what to expect going into this movie, and the ratings weren’t all that great. But man oh man, I laughed sooo hard from beginning to end! Seriously hilarious. I recommend everyone go see it (but not so much for little ones)

  • Crockpot Texan chili recipe

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I had lean ground turkey in the freezer and really wanted to utilize my slow cooker in some way. And I loves me some chili!! It’s also a yummy choice, especially when it’s healthy (like this recipe).
I love crockpot recipes because they are the easiest things ever, literally just dump everything into it and let it sit for 6-8 hours.

Yields:  8|
Ingredients
• 2 pounds lean ground turkey, cubed
• 1 tablespoon canola oil
• 1 onion, minced
• 1-2 jalapeño peppers, minced
• 4 cloves garlic, minced
• 1 tablespoon ground cumin
• 3 tablespoons Ancho chili powder
• 1 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes, more or less to taste
• 1 can chili seasoned tomatoes
• 1 can mixed beans
• 1 can corn kernels
• Chopped green onions and fat-free Greek yogurt for topping

Directions
Put everything into a slow cooker. Make sure the ground turkey is covered by the mixture and leave in the slow-cooker for 6-8 hours!

Let me know how you enjoyed your weekend!