Training at the Track

As promised, my absolutely amazing boyfriend took me and my friend to the track today and pretty much kicked our asses. He had us doing lunches and sprints and butt kicks and high knees and all of that fun stuff that you would expect to hopefully get faster at running. I’m dead tired now! It was a really good workout. I think we ended up doing 6 laps of the track as well. It’s funny actually. I have a lot of trouble when I try to run for distance or basically anything longer than a sprint. But when I sprint, hot damn am I fast! I just need to work on that endurance…

Here’s our trainer showing us how to do some crunches on the bench
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Post-workout (we don’t look toooooooo tired, but I definitely feel it!)
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In food news, I made some avocado turkey wraps.

Avocado Hummus Turkey Wrap
Original Source: Iowa Girl Eats

1 tortilla wrap
1/2 pickle
2-3 tbsp hummus
1/4 avocado
2-3 slices turkey

Spread the hummus on the wrap, layer the turkey, pickle and avocado. Wrap it up!

This will be the first day in a long time that I actually bring lunch to work. I tried a month ago to make a wrap but I made the mistake of getting brown rice wraps at Whole Foods. Those things do NOT wrap nicely. The ones I got today were Dempster’s Ancient Grain wraps which seem to have a lot of good stuff in them. We’ll see how they taste tomorrow!

No exercise tomorrow, just book club ๐Ÿ™‚ I am pretty stoked for that though. Time to pick some new books!

Healthy living – starts now!

Good afternoon! I’m standing at the bus stop waiting to catch a bus home from the grocery store. My arms are filled with healthy food. Why, you may ask? Well. I got a bit of a wake up call this week. Let me start at the beginning.

For awhile now, I’ve been thinking about getting a personal trainer. I love working out with a trainer. I find they really inspire me and keep me motivated. Ive also noticed lately that sone of my clothes dont fit as well as they used to. So I went to the local gym and negotiated. I bought 7 sessions.

Last Tuesday was my assessment. You can probably predict where this is going. We chatted for awhile, talked about my fitness history (I run 2-3 times a week but I hate the gym; haven’t been in two years), food habits (I eat out 2-3 times per day; I want to cook but I live alone and haven’t figured out how to cook for one), and my goals (lose 10-15 pounds, tone my tummy, and strengthen my legs so running is easier). It was a pretty good conversation. He pointed out some obvious changes I would have to make (ahem maybe not eating out so much?) and gave me some suggestions, which really were a no brainer. Who woulda thought that you can put a whole pan of chicken in the oven on Sunday and then have chicken for the whole week? Apparently not me.

Then came the scale. They have this crazy scale that not only weighs you but determines your body fat index I think. Takes about 30 seconds. My numbers shocked me.

1. I weigh more than I ever have before. By 10 pounds.
2. My body fat index number is .5 away from obese.

The second one shocked me more than the first. I mean I knew I had gained wait. And I haven’t been eating well. But me? Obese? No way man. After that session I went through a range of emotions but the overall one was a feeling of shame. I have no one to blame but myself. I wallowed for a a few minutes. Felt like I was going to cry. But then I realized the cold hard truth. I did this. And now I have to fix it.

The assessment only lasted about half an hour so I jumped on the stair master. That thing is brutal. The whole time I was on it I was thinking how I was almost obese. My next stop was the grocery store to stock up on some healthy grub.

Anyways all of this was last week. I’ve been making some pretty good changes since then and I am going to try to document them here.

My friend suggested that I sign up for My Fitness Pal. Honestly, I’ve never been a huge fan of calorie counting. I’ve never stuck with it and I never really understood the purpose. Ok well other than the obvious, which is to eat the right amount. But silly me never thought it mattered. I’ve been doing it since last Wednesday and I have to admit, it’s really helping me. It’s not so much the number of calories that is helping me, but the awareness. It’s making me think about every single thing that I put in my mouth. Lunch time rolls around. Should I order that yam roll? NO! So that’s been good. I’m also realizing that on weekends I don’t eat enough. Weird right? I was about 400 calories short yesterday of my 1300ish goal. (I know, that’s bad) When I’m at home, on the weekend, I just don’t get as hungry as I am during the week at work.

I’ve also found a ton of healthy meals on Pinterest. The one that I made tonight was Quinoa Fried Rice. I had a bunch of leftover quinoa from dinner a few nights ago so I needed to use it up. I also made Quinoa cookies which were delish!

Quinoa Veggie โ€œFried Riceโ€:

Original Source: Damn Delicious

Yields 4-6 servings
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INGREDIENTS:

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil, divided
  • 2 large eggs, beaten
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 small onion, diced
  • 8 ounces mushrooms, sliced
  • 1 head broccoli, cut into florets
  • 1 zucchini, chopped
  • 1/2 cup frozen corn
  • 1/2 cup frozen peas
  • 2 carrots, peeled and grated
  • 3 cups cooked quinoa
  • 1 tablespoon grated fresh ginger
  • 3 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 2 green onions, sliced
  • Sriracha, for serving

DIRECTIONS:

Heat 1 tablespoon olive oil in a medium skillet over low heat. Add eggs and fry until cooked through, about 2-3 minutes per side, flipping only once. Let cool before dicing into small pieces.

Heat remaining 1 tablespoon olive oil in a large skillet or wok over medium high heat. Add garlic and onion, and cook, stirring often, until onions become translucent, about 4-5 minutes.

Add mushrooms, broccoli and zucchini. Cook, stirring constantly, until vegetables are tender, about 3-4 minutes.

Add corn, peas, carrots and quinoa. Cook, stirring constantly, until heated through, about 1-2 minutes.

Add ginger and soy sauce, and gently toss to combine. Cook, stirring constantly, until heated through, about 2 minutes.

Stir in green onions and eggs.

Serve immediately, drizzled with Sriracha, if desired.

Quinoa Cookies
Original Source: Two Peas and Their Pod

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Yield: 3 dozen cookies

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 12-14 minutes

Quinoa adds a nice little crunch to these thick and hearty cookies!

Ingredients:

2 cups Gold Medal whole-wheat flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 cup unsalted butter, at room temperature
1 cup brown sugar
2 large eggs
1 cup applesauce (I used chunky Musselmanโ€™s applesauce)
2 tablespoons vanilla extract
1 cup raisins
2 1/2 cups old-fashioned oats
1/2 cup cooked and cooled quinoa
1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips

Directions:

1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper or a Silpat and set aside.2. In a large bowl, whisk together flour, salt, cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg, and baking soda. Set aside. In the bowl of a stand mixer, cream together butter and brown sugar until smooth, about 3 minutes. Add in the eggs and vanilla extract. Add the applesauce and mix until combined. Stir in the raisins.

3. Slowly add the dry ingredients into liquid ingredients and mix until combined. Stir in the oats, quinoa, and chocolate chips.

4. Spoon about a tablespoon of dough onto a large baking sheet. Bake cookies for 12-14 minutes, or until cookies are just barely set. Remove cookies from baking sheet and cool on a wire cooling rack.

So wish me luck ๐Ÿ™‚ Tomorrow night I am going running with my friend and her husband, and my boyfriend. My boyfriend is a crazy runner and he’s going to give us some training. He runs like a gazelle. I do not. Should be interesting…

The first iced tea of the season

Happy Easter long weekend!! Today was a gorgeous today. I came out for the weekend to visit my grandparents and some of my really good friends. I love coming to Victoria because it always feels like I’m coming home. Today was spent shopping with one of my best girlfriends. I was pretty successful actually, walking away with a orange button up sleeveless top, a denim jacket, long sleeved striped top, and a black maxi dress. After our amazing day of shopping we hit up David’s Tea and I tried the tea Daydreamer. Omg. I loved it. It’s a mango tea, which honestly surprised me that I liked because I’m not usually a fruity tea person. Except for peach. And apparently mango. Dried mango is my favourite snack so I suppose it makes sense. Anyways since I’m not allowed to buy more tea until my stockpile is cut in half at least I just bought a cup of iced tea. I love iced tea made with real tea. Definitely my favourite summer drink.

It’s super easy to make too. Just brew your tea at double the strength and pour over ice. You can add a bit of sweetener if you want but just add it when its hot. I like pretty much any tea iced, but just make sure with green tea that you add twice as much tea instead of steeping longer. If you steep it too long it will get bitter.

When I came home, the first thing I did was make myself another cup of iced tea. And here is it: 20130330-190038.jpg

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Spring is here!

Happy Monday

It’s a short week this week and my birthday on Thursday!! I have a whole pile of stuff that I need to get done this week. Do you ever find it hard to keep everything organized? After reading the happiness project I keep thinking about making a list and finishing things. I’m really horrible at that but they are draining my brain. I bought a cute little notebook to write everything down in I just haven’t used it yet. I tried using my phone but I found that I don’t get quite as much satisfaction from marking it off. What about you? What are your strategies for getting things done?

I survived!

As I expected, the run was hard. Oh so hard. I managed to do the whole thing without dying! Yay me! However, the group I was supposed to be in was so unbelievably far ahead of me that I ended up running with the other group anyways. So it got me thinking. Sure. I can run the longer time intervals but
1. Do I want to?
2. Am I getting anything (or enough) out of it?
The other group just does shorter intervals. They are out for the same amount of time and go the same distance. I could go in that group and actually be faster. I’m definitely not getting any faster now. I can run but so so so slow. And realistically I’m not going to be doing the sun run all at once. I’m going to be doing smaller intervals.

Thoughts?

Scary run coming up

I’m a bit of a wuss when it comes to running. Ok a big wuss. It just sounds so hard. Today’s run is 5 min warmup, 10 min run 1 min walk, 15 min run 1 min walk, 20 min run 1 min walk, 10 min run 1 min walk, 5 min cool down. Honestly, that terrifies me. I did it last year when I was training and it terrified me then too. I know I can do it so its obviously all in my head. Well. Actually that might be wrong. I’ve been a slacker.

I will let you know how it goes. Oh yeah it’s pouring out too. Fun!

Tuesdays are hard.

For some reason I find Tuesday is the worst day of the week. I wake up exhausted and feel completely off. Actually, Tuesday feels a lot like people expect a Monday too. Except Mondays for me are usually ok. Random right?

Overall today was good except for the morning. Work went by fast. Grocery shopping was busy but relatively quick. And no running ๐Ÿ™‚ hallelujah! Running again tomorrow though.

My book today was Head Over Heels by Jill Shalvis. I love the Lucky Harbour series. I can’t put them down!

Anyways enjoy the rest of your evening!

Bathroom clutter GONE

Last week, I finished reading The Happiness Project. It’s a book about a normal woman who wonders if she can be happier. She spends a year trying to be happier by focusing on different parts of her life, such as her energy, her home, her family, her interests. The book really affected me. I’ve been thinking about starting my own Happiness Project. The first step that I am taking is to start decluttering my apartment. Honestly, I like stuff. Ok I love stuff. I love getting great deals, I love having stuff around me, I love knowing that I have something. Wow I sound like a hoarder. Ok I’m not that bad. Yet.

Anyways.

One of the things she talks about is clearing the clutter and you will feel less stressed and your mind will be less cluttered. (At least that’s what I got out of what she said). I started thinking about my apartment and what areas are bothering me the most. The bathroom came to mind first. I can’t remember the last time I did anything but toss something into my under the sink cupboard. I can’t remember the last time I used much of anything that was in my wall cupboard. I figured this was a good place to start. I did some searching on Pinterest and there were a few sites that had sections related to Bathroom Organization. All recommended before and after pictures so I have those for you ๐Ÿ™‚

Before – Medicine Cabinet

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Before – Wall Cabinet

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Before – Under the Sink
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After – Medicine Cabinet

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After – Wall Cabinet
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After – Under the sink

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I am pretty happy with it. I threw out a lot of old makeup and random air fresheners and lotions that I haven’t seen in years. I also made a pile for donating. I tend to pick up all the freebies when I stay at hotels so I have TONS of lotions and shampoos. One day I want to have a guest bathroom and be able to display them and use them but honestly, that’s not coming anytime soon.

I think I might tackle the kitchen next…dun dun dun!