I’m starting to notice a pattern here

Another weekend bites the dust.

On Friday I went to a orthodontist appointment to pick up my stylin’ new retainer. Fact: I wore braces for seven years, plus two years of special retainers and head gears. Every time someone tells me I have a nice smile I reply with a snarky “I had better have a nice smile after all the years of torture I went through” It’s very unbecoming of me but I can’t help myself.

I went to work at Yoga Passage for the afternoon. It was my first solo shift and just when I started to get a little bit anxious, I heard an OM from the studio behind me and a sweet yogi gave me a Vegan, Gluten-Free cookie and tea. I could get used to this.

Typical Friday night.

On Saturday I was up early, double fisted a smoothie and tea and went to the Ashtanga 2 class before working.

I had a birthday to go to later that night so I did my hair, put on a uncomfertable outfit and even worse shoes and then proceeded to fall asleep (fully dressed) on top of a pile of laundry. I guess the week caught up with me. I felt awful when I woke up to my friends text that read “Heyy how far are u

This morning I had breakfast with my friend Natradee, we enjoyed a spread of yogurt with fruit and granola, peanut butter on toast and a boiled egg. It felt like a hotel breakfast.

Afterwards we went to Body Combat, where the instructor cruelly added plyometric lunges and donkey kicks to the mix. Grunting. Lots of grunting.

As much as I wanted to stay at home for the rest of the day and watch more Mad Men, I knew today was really my only chance to make a significant dent in my research paper that is due on Thursday -silent sobs- so I packed my bags and set up camp at Higher Ground Cafe for some work time.

Feminism + Fuel.

More Fuel.

This is my life. Cookies, Wine, Exercise, Work. I’ll take it.

Advertisements

Do less. While it’s still an option.

I played a little mental catch up this morning. I skipped my planned 9:30 a.m. yoga class in favour of taking the morning to slowly enjoy breakfast, watch some TV, and read some articles for my research paper. Every single day of the next two weeks is booked morning to midnight so I’m going to enjoy any down time I can get.

Yogurt, banana, blueberries, granola, peanut butter

I had class from 12-3, followed by an appointment and then I parked it at Higher Ground Cafe to get some serious work done on my paper. I am so tired of reading about feminism! (does that make me a bad woman?)

After my brain and ovaries could take no more, I headed to Yoga Passage for a late, hot class — I do not recommend an iced Americano pre-hot yoga.

I’ll leave you with this song I have listened to 1000 times today

Breakfasts, Lately

Happy Monday!

My morning started out well enough. I was up at the butt-crack of dawn and had a really good lower body work out. Unfortunately, I was feeling a bit off near the end of my workout and spent all class with really strong pains in my stomach. I felt like I ate an avocado !?! Thankfully, I was able to not go into work today and came home to curl into a ball with tea and textbooks for the rest of the day.

Backing up to the weekend. On Friday night, my friends swooped me away from work and we went out for dinner and a little bit too much wine. I think I’m done with alcohol for the time being. Don’t get me wrong, I don’t drink a ridiculous amount of alcohol, I just have an embarrassingly low tolerance for the juice.

The next morning, I hung out at Good Earth Cafe to study for a bit before heading to the Yoga Passage. I get a Good Earth coffee between classes most days of the week and I’ve been waiting for the ‘right time’ to have one of their cinnamon rolls. What better time than a lazy Saturday morning while nursing a mild hangover? I took a peek at the nutritional info and was pleasantly surprised that they are whole-wheat, and <10 g of sugar!

After I felt content with my studying, I opted for a stroll around downtown in favour of the rigorous Ashtanga 2 class that I usually take on Saturdays. Something about inversions and back bends and binding sounded less than appealing given the state that I was in.

I did, however, make it back to the Yoga Passage for the afternoon hot restorative class which felt like a reset button on my entire body. I came out a new woman! In desperate need of a shower.

Smoothie Sunday

This was 1 frozen banana, 1 clementine, 1 tbsp. chia seeds, 1.5 tbsp. coconut flour, 1 c. almond milk, 1 tsp. vanilla extract topped with toasted coconut it was DE-licious and excellent fuel for Body Combat

Before my workout this morning, I had an oatmeal pancake (this recipe) with a laughing cow wedge, peanut butter and strawberry preserves on top.

I made a batch of 6 of these pancakes last night for easy first breakfasts (I usually have 2 smaller breakfasts because I can’t work out on a full stomach, and I know the importance of fueling my big scary muscles post-workout)

One more fun thing. I’m going to Hawaii with my family in exactly one month! Initially, I thought I would be left behind because of my exam schedule, but it turns out that there is a week between my last class and my first exam where I can join my brother and parents who get TWO weeks in Maui. I expect to have flash cards in my carry on bag.

Weekender

I hope everyone had an awesome weekend! Frankly, I’m a little appalled that Monday came so soon, but that’s what happens when you have a weekend that was filled to the brim! Saturday morning I made a lazy bowl of oatmeal:

Standard banana oats: Rolled oats, banana, almond milk, chia seeds topped with seared pineapple and coconut butter.

Afterwards, I made my way to The Yoga Passage for the 11:30 Ashtanga class, there was a request for lots of hip work and I sure am feeling it today. It’s one of the more challenging classes and I followed it up with a relaxing restorative class. I am so glad that I’ve incorporated a restorative practise into my routine at least once a week, so beneficial on so many levels!

Three hours on a yoga mat sure does a number on my hair, however. It was straight and in a pony tail when I went into my first class and I came out looking like this.

Attractive.

I spent the rest of the day working on a paper and making flashcards and eventually getting my hair under control so that I could make my way into civilization for some dinner

My friend Riyaz has been raving about Thai Sa-0n for a while now and I finally tagged along with him for some dinner to see what all the fuss was about

I ordered the Chicken Satay Skewers and veggies in peanut sauce which came with creamy coconut rice.

Yup, it was pretty delicious, if you’re local, I can’t recommend this place enough!

My Sunday was spent at a kickboxing class in the morning, at the Yoga Passage for the Karma class inn the afternoon, followed by some studying at Starbucks with a coffee and a giant cookie and now I’m winding down for a full week ahead. G’night!

At Home Foam

Hands up if you like pumpkin!

Hands up if you didn’t know that you like pumpkin until you started reading food blogs in the fall and became aware of this crazy community of people who stir pumpkin into anything and everything that they eat and secretly hold pumpkin appreciation parties where they dress like pumpkins and eat pumpkins and sing about pumpkins. Pumpkin, pumpkin, pumpkin.

I ate a lot of pumpkin today.

This morning I had gym plans, the latest Les Mills releases for all of their programs have been released and my gym was offering ‘sample’ classes of each new release. I stayed for four out of six classes, and tried two that I never have before, Body Jam and Body Combat. Body Jam is essentially a dance class, they build on choreography throughout and by the end you are a pro dancing your way through an entire song. LOVED.

But my new obsession may just be Body Combat. Holy aggression release! It’s a mixed martial arts inspired class full of kicking and punching and screaming. Even though I punch like a girl I had a killer time and my shoulders are killing me! It hurts to type, so bye!

not quite.

Before I went to the gym, I had two slices of pumpernickel bread with maple-cinnamon pecan butter, pumpkin butter, granola and chocolate chips

and after I got home I tried my hand at making a pumpkin spice latte, it worked! Maybe now I can quit depleting my savings account in the name of delicious coffee beverages, all in the name of foamy foam!

A couple of times a week, I go to the Second Cup near by my work and ask for a small medium roast brew white with soy and one pump of pumpkin spice. With a side of raised eyebrows from employees and bystanders. I’m a bit of a coffee diva, but truth be told, it’s because Second Cup coffee isn’t that great! Tim Hortons coffee however, is hot brewed cocaine and unicorn tears. I love it black and bitter.

Anyways, Second Cup seems to charge an extra dollar for each additional word in an order, so even though I only get a coffee once or twice a week, it adds up and I’d much rather spend my money on pretty bowls (weird habit) or groupons that I’ll never end up using, or shoes. Mmm… Shoes…

Pumpkin Spice Cafe Au Lait

INGREDIENTS
1/2 c. strong brewed coffee
3/4 c. unsweetened almond milk
1/4 c. soy milk
1 tbsp. pumpkin spice syrup

DIRECTIONSIn a small sauce pan, heat the milks together. Once the milk is slightly scalded (small bubbles begin to form around the edge of the pan) add as much syrup as you like and either transfer it carefully into a blender, or use an immersion blender to whip the milk until it becomes nice and frothy. Pour the milk into a mug over the hot coffee.

Pumpkn Spice Syrup

INGREDIENTS
3/4 c. maple syrup
3/4 c. water
1/4 c. pumpkin puree
2 sticks cinnamon
2 cloves
1/2 tsp. dried ginger
1/4 tsp nutmeg
1 tsp. vanilla extract

DIRECTIONSIn a small sauce pan, combine all ingredients and simmer on low for five minutes. Strain through a fine mesh sieve and press the pumpkin through with the back of a spoon. Put the strained syrup back into a sauce pan and simmer for another five minutes until it thickens slightly.

 

BZzzzZzz

Cleaning Day was 87% successful! My bathroom is shiney, my laundry is done and my room… needs a little more loving but I got tired of cleaning and went to Zumba. Woops…

***

Have you ever tried the Banana Buzz Smoothie from Jugo Juice? It’s pretty fantastic. Honestly, I’ve only ever stolen a sip of one from my friend a few years ago when she ordered one, but I remember it being a delicious sip.

Must have been the 88 grams of sugar?

One of my favorite things to do is to healthify things that have the potential to be healthy. Like this smoothie for example. Smoothies can be healthy. Muffins can be healthy. PIZZA can be healthy. Cookies? Cookies should never be healthy.

Last night, I combined 1/3 c. of oats, 1/3. c. of almond milk, 1/3 c. of greek yogurt, 1 tbsp. chia seeds, 1 tsp. instant coffee powder, 1 tbsp. cocoa powder and a few drops of vanilla, and let it sit in the fridge over night.

This morning, I had mocha flavoured overnight oats. Then I added 2/3 of a small, frozen banana, another splash of almond milk, and blended it.

Banana Bzzzzzz

Old Banana Buzz: 522 calories and 88g of sugar

New Banana Buzz: 332 calories and 14 g of sugar

Not too shabby and made out of real food!

I added peanut butter and granola ontop

 Now I’m going to stare into the computer screen for hours reading King Lear via No Fear Shakespeare.