Hungry days and seasonal delays

Yesterday I rolled out of bed for a pre-sunrise BodyPump class. I love early, early workouts but only if I get the prescribed 7-8 hours of sleep. Otherwise sleep wins every time.

Weight lifting leaves me hungry all. day. long. I drank a big green smoothie as soon as I got home, but grazed throughout the morning until I decided snacks wouldn’t cut it anymore and put together an earlylunch

Braised kale, olives, chickpeas, trail mix, Mary’s crackers, balsamic, honey, truffle oil with veggies and fruit

For the afternoon I headed to class for my Food Culture and Communication class where we spent three hours talking about local food.

After more snackage and my favorite pumpkin drink

Awake tea soy misto with one pump of pumpkin. Boom.

I was planning on sleeping in this morning but found myself creeping people on Facebook at 4:30 in the morning, so I caught another spin class. I just keep growing more and more obsessed with RPM, I used to find myself on the verge of death by the end of this class but my strength and endurance has grown which means I’ve been finding ways to make it more challenging — cranking up the resistance and staying on the saddle durring climbs.

Breakfast — I call this the “Clinging on to Summer”

Overnight oats with banana, berries, and peanut butter. In reality, I am desperate for Calgary to finally settle in to autumn. Meaning I can wear leggings and leg warmers and denim jackets without dying of heat stroke. But while berries are still in the store (and still delicious!) They’ll be on my plate.

Finally, here is lunch from today. Roasted beets, braised kale, tofu ricotta, garlic stuffed olives, almonds, and balsamic vinegar.

I imagine that my insides are stained a bright shade of magenta.

My days have maintained a steady gym-work-school-yoga-study pattern. Tomorrow will offer something new and exciting into the mix. See you then!


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

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

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.


Earth Wind and Fire

Ba de yasay do you remember

Ba de ya dancing in September

The thing about a 6 a.m. spin class, you have the songs stuck in your head all day long!

It’s sunny, brisk and WINDY this morning.

The air is moaning and murmuring outside, I don’t think that there’s even a point in me doing my hair for work today. I certainly will not be wearing a dress.

Apple cinnamon oats with almond butter — to warm my soul

Ba de yagolden dreams were shiny days


*Riiing Riiiing*

Mom: Hello?
Me: Hiiiiiiiii. Where are my leather boots?
Mom: oh! down stairs
Me: where?
Mom: in the storage room
Me: where?
Mom: in a box

The point is, I needed my boots today! Fall has fallen.

Boots: Nine West Outlette

Leggings: TNA via Aritzia

Top: Winners via mom’s closet

Sweater: Forever 21 via mom’s closet

Ring: Forever 21

Socks: Walmart

Don’t tell me you’ll write me, don’t tell me you’ll call
Just tell me you’ll see me in the Fall

The Fall- Brendan James


Hi friends! Hope everyone is having a relaxing start to the long weekend.

I took a 9:30 BodyPump class this morning to make my muscles cry.

The lunge track made me want to fall into the fetal position. It was so rough, in fact, that I couldn’t bike home! I rode my bike to the gym, but the ride home is up-hill which is always challenging but doable. Not today. I barely made it ten feet before declaring it impossible. So my bike is currently chained to the bike racks near the gym and I hobbled walked home instead, will hopefully get it back today if my quads allow!

Once I came home I refueled with greek yogurt, pumpkin, maple syrup and PUMPKIN granola sprinkles.

Pumpkin tastes so delicious in September

So Long, Summer

“Live in each season as it passes; breathe the air, drink the drink, taste the fruit, and resign yourself to the influences of each. Let them be your only diet drink and botanical medicines.”
-Henry David Thoreau

Things I’ll miss about summer:

General sense of less responsibility. My birthday. Berries. Skirts and sandals. Smoothies and fresh juices. Frozen yogurt. Long, aimless walks. Sun dresses. Bike rides and freedom runs, Street festivals, Pedicures, Iced coffee, Smell of lilacs and barbecue, Spontaneous get togethers. Music: Bob Marley and Death Cab for Cutie

Why I’m excited about fall/ winter!

Boots and jeans
Cozy winter wear! Sweaters, scarves, mittens, socks, house coats
Roasted Squash
Stews and soup
Expensive Starbucks drinks
Watching Snowstorms from inside a well heated building
Christmas music ♥
Holiday parties
Perfect apples
Afternoons spent baking
Less frequent leg shaving
Good television! Gossip Girl, Criminal Minds, Glee
Loitering in coffee shops all day




Did I miss anything?