Tuesday, 6 January 2015
Thursday, 6 February 2014
It has been a long, long time since I've posted anything and I think its time I started again. I often go back and forth on whether or not blogging is something I want to spend time doing. I've always felt that I'd rather spend the time it would take to write, to "do" instead. But I am so passionate abut my interests that I think it would give me joy to share them, and hopefully inspire someone else to try them. Particularly cooking, baking and running. Today I had my first green smoothie since August so this feels like the perfect day.
I was given a loan of my brother's Nutribullet after I said I was dreaming of a Vitamix. Calvin told me that the Nutribullet is as effective as the Vitamix and about 1/5 of the cost! He offered to loan it to me so I could see for myself - and am I ever grateful!! I was completely amazed with the power of the Nutribullet. Unable to afford the pricy Vitamix right now, I thought I was doomed to a life of drinking green smoothies with huge kale chunks and half-crushed ice througj a jumbo straw. But, today my wish came true, and I enjoyed drinking a smooth smoothie (its called that for a reason!)
Here it is below in all its glory. I drank some before I thought of taking a picture.
- handful of spinach
- 1 stalk celery
- 1/2 apple
- 2 tb hemp protein powder (10g protein)
- 2 dates (pitted)
- 1 cup cranberries (frozen)
- 1 tb Chia seeds
I found this very tasty and I was full until lunch time.
Lunch consisted of vegetarian lasagna and a garden salad with avocado. Supper was delicious pumpkin chili.
Lets hope this blog entry is just the beginning!
Tuesday, 10 July 2012
Thursday, 24 May 2012
I've been making a lot of vegetarian meals including:
Crusty Artisan Bread
I will no longer spend too much money on nice bread! This truly was super easy to make. I did not have a dutch oven or Le Creuset - I simply placed the bread in a baking dish and it turned out wonderfully. Simply add 15 minutes to the baking time.
Peanut Butter Cup Pie
This was yet another easy recipe to duplicate! For me, the whipped topping was too much - it left the dessert feeling a little "chalky". But... that didn't stop me from eating way too much of it!
I'm obsessed with Pinterest! I've been finding lots of great recipes and healthy eating tips on there. I also enjoy the DIY projects. Follow me - click on the button at the top of the page!
|Why Is Pinterest So Addictive?|
Running is going well - I ran nearly 10K on Tuesday morning - but I'm trying to avoid injuries and haven't ran as much as I would like to. I have my new orthopedic insoles and hope they do the trick. If you have health coverage it would not hurt to see a Podiatrist and ask what they can do for you.
I've taken up a new hobby - rowing. I'm training to be the Coxswain and think its going to be awesome! I took part in training last night with more to come tomorrow. There is a lot to learn about balance, wind, teamwork, etc. I'm grateful for the opportunity to try it!
Friday, 18 May 2012
Wednesday, 9 May 2012
Boston Pizza Flat Out 5K - 34:11
Mundy Pond 5K - 30:28
Burton's Pond 5K - 29:07
Whoop! I no longer need to stop and walk during my runs and have gone 8K without stopping. The Harbour Front 10K is this weekend - wish me luck!
|Burton's Pond 5K - almost there!|
Friday, 27 April 2012
Over the past few months now I've been exercising lots and eating healthier - its been great and I'm starting to see results. Anyone who has gained and then lost weight knows just how GOOD it feels to fit into your clothes again. Not having to unbutton my jeans while at a movie (which were even made with spandex, I might add) feels wonderful and is a sure confidence boost. I stopped weighing myself - the progress is not fast enough and the numbers can be disappointing while you wait. Increased muscle also adds mass and can be deceiving. The difference in how I feel is enough to keep me motivated.
I've made several delicious and easy clean-eating recipes lately which I posted previously - Spicy Chicken Sausage and Mushroom Soup (found on my "Bowled Over at Runner's World" link) and Spicy Baked Chickpeas. Both were super easy, satisfying and delicious!
While at work, my eating habits are great. Especially if I'm busy, I eat only what I need and it's mostly healthy. But when I go home, watch out! Eating seconds, and finishing it with cookies and/or chocolate is a bad habit I need to change ASAP. I did well at the start of the week but have since wavered as I got tired. Because I exercise I think I'm justified by eating more. My goal is now to choose healthier options when hungry. Food that fill without the calories are ideal. Air-popped popcorn is one favorite I'm going to reach for.
With my new running buddy Kristy, I've been getting lots of great mileage and pushing myself to the limits. We ran the Flat Out 5K several weekends ago, and then the Mundy Pond 5K (where I scored a personal best at 30:28!) Next weekend we have the Burton's Pond 5K