Ever try to get seven woman to plan something?  HILARIOUS!  We have two Facebook email threads plus a Group wall going and we still can’t decide where to go dancing on a Friday night in Toronto.  But we sure are funny!

This morning FH was back to work on his ship (it’s a good thing I’m sick of ranting about the Navy because poor FH really got burned on this course he just took), so I was up early to drive him and hit the gym. 

Worst. Run. Ever.

OK, not EVER…but in recent history at least.  I don’t know what was wrong with me, but I just could not muster up the energy for more than 3 minutes at a time.  It’s super frustrating that no matter how much I practice or how often I go or how hard I try, I just don’t really ever seem to get much better.  My lung capacity sucks and hasn’t shown any signs of improving…meh.

I still got through 1.62 miles though… that’s only about .10 less than I normally do. (2 minute warmup, 18 minute intervals, 3 minute cooldown)

For a Wednesday morning the weight area was really busy today.  The gym itself wasn’t overly busy, but the area I needed was extra popular…couldn’t get the tricep machine, couldn’t get the 25lb barbell, couldn’t get a good spot in front of mirror.  Weird.  So I settled in on a mat and got some extra core work in instead.

30 regular crunches

30 reverse crunches

30 bicycle crunches

30 side to side twists

2 x 1 minute plank (one on elbows, one on hands)

2 x 30 second side planks (one each side)

 

Thankfully my Pink Smoothie cheered me up!

I did have to supplement that smoothie with a piece of toast and peanut butter, along with my coffee though.  The holding power wasn’t great, but that could be because of my workout (such as it was).

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For lunch I decided it was time to put more of the bread products in our fridge to use, and made a turkey and hummus sammich on a leftover deli style hot dog bun.  In the bun: organic hummus, matchstick carrots, red onion, tomato, deli turkey, and grainy dijon. 

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With a side plate of raw veggies, white cheddar, and pickles.

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Now to prepare for the weekly neverending conference call!

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Back to the early mornings this week (well, today for sure…FH’s course is having a lot of issues so it’s all one day at a time for now) so back to the gym this morning.

Took it a little easier on the treadmill…my back is still bugging me, my shoulder is acting up, and for some reason my hip joints are sore.  I feel like an old woman!  And the worst is that I haven’t done anything strenuous to make all of these things hurt at the same time.  Bah.

So I lowered my pace to 4.5mph on the treadmill and just took it slow.  3 minute warmup, 17 minute jog, 3 minute cooldown.

I wasn’t thrilled with my distance or calorie burn, so decided to add 12 minutes of high incline walking on the elliptical for a total of 45 minutes of cardio (2.45 miles, approx 250 cals burned).

Today is lower body strength day but in keeping with the theme of switching things up and taking it easy on myself, I decided to skip the squats and lunges today.  Instead I did 3 sets of 15 hamstring curls on the ball and 2 full sets of Eurydice’s bum exercises.

As always I threw in a bit of core work.  30 crunches, 30 reverse crunches, 30 side-to-side twists.

On the way home I HAD to stop at Starbucks (to pick up some loot for the fast approaching Blog Girls GTG) so grabbed my morning coffee while I was there.  Today’s choice: grande non-fat coffee misto (translation: coffee with lots of hot milk).  This kept me to one cup instead of two today, so I foresee a bit of a lag in my step this afternoon.

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Breakfast consisted of my Green Monster, my very milky coffee, and one of my banana coconut muffins.  Lots of protein and fibre in all of that so it kept me going for about 2.5 hours.

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For lunch I did some digging in the fridge.  We seem to have a lot of bread-type products open (pitas, 2 kinds of bread, a roll, hot dog buns) so I decided a sammich was the way to go.  Turkey, light cheddar, tomatoes, lettuce, honey dijon and light mayo on a multigrain seeded bun.  Yum Yum!

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Served with some veggies sticks and an oatmeal chocolate chip bar for dessert.  I’m so full!

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It’s love/hate really. 

I’m loving the new weed removal tool I bought last week.

I’m hating having to use it a bazillion times.

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When we got up this morning I made coffee for us and our overnight guests.  Due to too much booze last night, two folks declined the coffee…so more for me!  (yaya, I know I just said I’m supposed to be cutting back but I refuse to believe it’s an ulcer and I’m not in any pain…yet!)

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For my breakfast (no one else was hungry…haha) I crumbled up one of my banana coconut oatmeal muffins and mixed it with a few scoops of Liberte coconut yogurt…deeeeelish.

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After my big bucket of weeds were dug out (took about an hour and barely made a dent!) I ran to the store for yeast.  I grabbed one of the oatmeal chocolate chip bars on my way out the door.

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Then I came in to prep the pizza dough for tonight’s dinner (stay tuned…you are gonna LOVE this!) and then made myself a little lunch to keep me going for our walk in the park.

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Salad contains: mixed lettuces, matchstick carrots, cauliflower, orange pepper, chickpeas, raisins, and sunflower seeds.  Drizzled with grapeseed oil and s&p.  Served with Mary’s crackers.

I love raisins in salad!

We woke up to continuing dismal weather.  Boooo.  Bring on Spring!  We want to get out in the yard and start getting a few things done (ooooooh, the joy of digging up dandelions!), but it’s tough to do when everything is soggy.  The forecast says tomorrow will be nice…we shall see!

So we enjoyed a leisurely morning sipping coffee.  FH has many PVR’d F1 races to catch up on so while he watched those I blogged from my laptop on the loveseat.  Funny how annoyed I was to buy this silly thing, but now I love having the second computer for using in the living room.  We are ridiculous really…we each have a desktop (mine in my office, his in his den) and now we both have laptops in the living room.  LOL.

The weather left me with the urge to bake.  Now that FH is home to share the baked goods I feel a little more like doing it.  When I’m here on my own, I tend to eat all of my wares!

First, yoga.  Sitting in the theatre last night wreaked havoc on my bad shoulder (which wasn’t bugging me much at all until that damn plane trip to and from Victoria) so I did a session of Yoga for Back Pain from yogadownload.com.  This series totally helps.  I can’t tell it’s helping while I’m doing it, but about an hour later my shoulder/neck/back feel amazing! 

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Then lunch…no breakfast today.  I decided to make a smoothie (I’m working on an idea for a “smoothie week” next week!).  Today’s mix was my usual, but I added some PB2 for fun.  I won’t do it with particular mix again…the flavors didn’t jive for me. 

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In the blender was:

1/2 ripe banana

4 frozen strawberries, slightly thawed

1 tbsp flax meal

1 tbsp PB2

3/4 cup light vanilla soy milk

1/4 cup water

Served up with a Nature’s Path waffle topped with almond butter and the other 1/2 of my banana sliced up.   

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Now I was all limber and full, so it was time to bake.  I made a batch of Tina’s Oatmeal Raisin Bars…but instead of 1 cup of raisins, I subbed in a 1/2 cup of semi-sweet mini chocolate chips (FH doesn’t like raisins).  I also made a dozen of my Banana Oatmeal Muffins, but turned them into banana coconut oatmeal muffins by adding 1/2 cup sweetened coconut (I also dusted the tops with the coconut).

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Baking puts me in a great mood!

Once everything was out of the oven and cooling, I headed off to the grocery store (again!).  Got a few snacks for this evening when our friends come over, plus the ingredients for a decadent pizza we plan to have for dinner tomorrow night (stay tuned!).  I forgot to get yeast for the pizza dough though so I’ll have to do that tomorrow when we do our errands.

Now it’s just a relaxing evening…we’ll do a bit of vacuuming and dusting before our guests come and I think I’ll have a fruity snack to tide me over (FH made himself a huge late lunch, so dinner on the menu today).  Considering the dismal weather, it’s turned out to be a lovely Saturday!

How often do you cull your blogroll?  Do you have strict policies about who you put on your blogroll?  Or how regularly they need to be posting to stay on the roll?

This week I’ve made a few new additions (hello Jenna, Bec, and Zesty!) but in the interest of not letting the list get crazy long I had to delete a few peeps too.  Sorry folks, but if you haven’t posted in more than 4 weeks I won’t be keepin’ ya around.  There’s just toooo many awesome daily reads to keep me busy!

One of these days I’m going to move to WordPress, where it’s easier to make individual pages and maybe I’ll have a snazzy button to a blogroll instead of a longass list.  🙂

Friday’s eats thus far…

A little mid-morning snack of dried banana chips.  Wisely I just took a handful and walked away.  I’m addicted and would easily eat the entire bag.

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Lunch was a protein-plate of sorts.  A mini-platter of deli turkey, mini dill pickles, light cheddar, cucumber slices, Grissol baguette crackers, and Mary’s crackers

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With a side dish of the last of the navy beans mixed with salsa and heated.  This is a super simple, tasty way to get some extra protein and healthy vitamins.

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I’m feeling really sluggish and craving sugar like you wouldn’t believe today.  Must be Friday!!  FH has the car, so no gym trip for me.  Instead I had a little afternoon snackypoo of trail mix with added dried fruits & a few milk chocolate chips.

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Decided to have a small can of pineapple juice along with it.

Eventually I gave in and went in for my leftover half cookie from yesterday.  I warmed it for 5 seconds in the microwave.  Goooooey and deeeeeelish.  I should’ve just eaten it first instead of trying to pretend trail mix was going to do the trick.  hehe.

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Tonight we are grilling burgers.  Good thing FH is tough because the stoooopid weather isn’t cooperating and it looks like he’ll be BBQing in the rain.  Boooooooo.

Today is an excellent example of my new motto…and my new blog name (in case you hadn’t noticed!).  Embracing Balance.  It may have started out with dessert for breakfast, but I’m living proof that if you take the treats and balance them out with a nutritious meal or two life will go on.  🙂

Somewhere along the way I changed from "weight watcher" (100 calorie snack pack, anyone?) to "responsible eater".  I have no desire to deprive myself of anything…so instead of spending my days worrying or under eating or counting "points" or taking the fun out of life, I have learned to plan ahead, think positively, make great choices, and enjoy the treats as they come.

Enter lunch…

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What you see there is my leftover half sammich from last night’s impromptu dinner out.  I took the yucky old lettuce & tomato (it wasn’t even red!) out and put the ciabatta & chicken on the Griddler for a nice crunchy reheat.  I then added my own fresh spinach and tomato.  It was like a whole new sammich!!

Served with a big side of tossed salad mixed with some chickpeas and Goddess Dressing.

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FH has a weird schedule today so I had to drive him to work for about 3:30 (he’s got some sort of training in the ops room simulator and it was only available in the evening) which messed a little with my work day, but actually worked out well for errands and gym time.  Because of the sleep in this morning I thought I might not get my workout but I did!

Treadmill:  3 minute warmup, 17 minute run, 5 minute cooldown

(This was a tough one…I think because I am starting to get used to morning workouts again already.)

Upper Body:  higher weight, fewer reps today (2 sets of 12)

– tricep pulldowns (17.5lbs)

– bicep curls (30 lbs)

– military presses (30lbs)

Lower Body:  (2 sets of 12)

– squats on upsidedown bosu (holding 10lb dumbbell)

– stationary lunges (2 sets each side) (holding 2x 10lb dumbbell)

Core:

– 15 v-situps  (3 months after my tailbone injury I can finally do these again!)

– 15 regular crunches

– 15 reverse crunches

– 3 x 15 sec planks (one right after the other)

My lower back has been really bugging me since the chiropractor on Tuesday.  I think I waited too long to go after my trip (airplanes really do me in…sitting too long) and so the extra hard adjustment has made everything really tender.  Note to self…yoga tomorrow.

And then here we have dinner.  More salad and a smattering of "clean out the fridge".  I got fresh groceries today so wanted to clear out anything on it’s last legs.  Thus we have…

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The last of the chicken & bean mix (with extra beans and salsa)…the last of the lemon dill hummus…the last few carrot sticks…the rest of the salad from lunch (mixed with the last handful of baby spinach…all served up with Mary’s Crackers for scooping.  Definitely fiberific!! 

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So there you have it…a recovery from the cookie breakfastEmbrace Balance people!  🙂

Cuz that’s all I have time for!

No breaky because I got to sleep in until 9am today.  :)  FH drove himself to work at 7am and was home again just after 9am…so he took me to Starbucks for a coffee since our coffee maker is still broken.

Venti mild roast with raw sugar and half & half.

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Brought it home and enjoyed as two cups in my fabulous new Rosie the Rivetor mug from FH’s trip to the Smithsonian.  She is soooo empowered!  🙂

Big lunch since no breakfast.  Two small ww tortillas filled with leftover chicken & bean mix, fresh spinach, and light herby cream cheese.  Grilled up in the Griddler.

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Today was teleconference day so in usual fashion I had a snack to help get me through the 3 hour call.  Grapes & blackberries. Half serving of yummy Liberte coconut yogurt.  PB Nature Valley bar I got from my chiropractor yesterday (which was funny because it’s really loud and crunchy so I had to hold my phone away from my face so no one could hear me).

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And now I’m off!