Well Fed/ Rested

Well.

{Salad of spinach, roasted beets, olives, artichoke, lentils, sweet potato, and feta}

It took me exactly one week to burn myself out. Going from 5:30 a.m. until 10:00 p.m. feels great and productive at first, but it is draining and I crashed so easily.

{Overnight oats with berries, bananas, chia seeds, granola and peanut butter}

I’m going to try to say no more often. I am quick to find ways to pick up extra work shifts, pile one the yoga classes, and run (un)necessary errands. I need to remember that my priorities are school, my health, and my family and friends. Over crowding my schedule causes all of them to suffer.

{Quesadilla with smoked turkey, sliced pear, brie, and kale in a spelt tortilla}

 

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!

House Keeping.

Excited as I am for school having finally started, this week doesn’t really count. This is the house keeping week where professors explain the layout of the class, tell us which textbooks we need (always the expensive ones) and spells out the NO. CELLPHONE. POLICY.

Sunday breakfast: Overnight oats

1/2 c. oatmeal, 1 tbsp. chia seeds, 2/3 c. almond milk, 1 tbsp pumpkin seeds}Soak overnight
+ bananas, raspberries, nectarine and grapes

Lunch

Spinach, roasted green beans, roasted beets,  Sweet Dijon Salmon, goats cheese, hummus and crackers

My house has been a construction zone for the past two weeks. My lungs are coated in saw dust, wood staining fumes AND paint fumes. But my house looks fantastic. I’ll put up pictures when it’s not in shambles.

Because of renovations, my parents had to camp out in the living room right next to the kitchen. Obnoxious as I am, I couldn’t bring myself to bust out the blender when they were still sleeping ten feet away.

Absence makes the heart grow fonder. Sunday night they moved back into their bedroom and Monday morning after a sweaty 6 am spin class, I blended 1/2 banana, 1/2 c. blueberries, 1 c. almond milk, 1 tbsp. peanut butter, 1/2 scoop vega sport performance protein, and ridiculous amounts of spinach.

It’s getting cooler in Calgary so though delicious, I had to crawl under the covers for a bit next to the space heater for a while. I have Raynaud’s phenomenon, when the cold causes blood vessel spasms and blocks the flow of blood to your extremities. After this smoothie my fingers were ghost white and numb. Worth it.

I spent the bulk of the morning putting my room back together (I was living out of my laundry basket in my basement for the last two weeks) and made a quick lunch before heading to school.

Brown rice tortilla, tempeh, tomato, spinach, hummus and Dijon mustard with grapes and snap peas. The Brown rice tortillas are awesome for quesadillas or tortilla pizza type things but are not meant to wrap things up.

Have I mentioned how obsessed with my schedule I am? I love it. After class yesterday, I headed to Yoga Passage for the 5:10 Ashtanga 2 class. It’s a shorter class, 60 minutes, opposed to 75, but perfect after my morning spin class which twists knots in my hips every time.

I think that catches us up!

Mon-Daze

2:13a.m. 2:36a.m. 3:03a.m. 3:21a.m. 3:47a.m. 3:59a.m. 4:21a.m. 4:45a.m. 5:19a.m… I did not sleep well last night.

5:30 thought: Maybe I should try meditating...

5:31 squadron of song birds CHIRPCHIRP-NO INNER PEACE FOR YOU MOTHA F*CKA

Breakfasted eventually

Overnight oats – oatmeal, almond milk, chia seeds, banana, peach, coconut, peanut butter, granola.

I recall being at the gym at some point as well. I watched an episode of Mad Men on my iPhone while playing on the stairmill and then lifted weights like a dude.

The 10% of my brain that I use was pretty fogged up for the rest of the day. Why can’t I be one of those people who don’t turn into mashed potatoes on less than 6 hours of sleep !?

Whatever though, I deal with my issues in grown up ways.

Easter Weekend

Hello! Long weekends are so pleasant, especially when there isn’t much to do in terms of school work. I have a 500 word paper and one last exam before I leave for Hawaii on Thursday, but nothing that I’m stressing over.

Food things:

Sprouted wheat toast with tahini, dates and honey before Ashtanga on Friday

Spolumbos chicken sausage + leaves — made delicious with this dressing.

Saturday began with overnight oats with chia seeds, vanilla, raspberries, banana, peanut butter and granola. After breakfast I went to my first spin class in months and my butt is killing me. Thought you should know.

The rest of my Saturday was spent doing some last-minute shopping for Hawaii, a little bit of school work and this:

Spur of the moment decision to lose six inches! So much for my fixes for post-gym greasy hair.

I’m trying to clean out my fridge before leaving for Hawaii. It is packed with vegetables, I have a plethora of fruit and some dairy products that need using up.

Saturday Dinner

*please note that these measurements are approximations because I don’t normally measure when I am cooking.

  • 1 c. brussels sprouts
  • 1/3 c. vegetable broth
  • 1 tsp butter (coconut oil/ olive oil would work too)
  • 2 tbsp. dried cranberries
  • 1/4 c. salted pistachios
  • pinch of dried thyme
  • pinch of garlic powder
  • 1/2 tbsp honey

Add brussels sprouts and vegetable broth into a small sauce pan. Cover with a lid and simmer on medium heat until sprouts are tender and liquid has evaporated. Add butter, honey, garlic and herbs. Toss and allow sprouts to brown slightly. Mix in dried cranberries and pistachios. Serve and devour!

Breakfast this morning was Crepes (this recipe, subbing spelt flour for all-purpose) with home-made lemon curd, almond slivers and raspberries.

Back to the grind tomorrow. Only four more days!!!!

Pain in the Neck

This morning my alarm went off a 5:45 a.m. I turned it off, blinked, and it was 6:38 a.m. Drat. I was planning on leaving for my exam by 7 but I postponed my departure until 7:20.

I had the perfect breakfast for a kind of rushed morning

Overnight Oats in a Jar

~Oats, greek yogurt, soymilk, flax, (I’ve decided I like my o-n-oats sans yogurt, I much prefer gooey, flaxy milk), raisins~

this morning –> pinch of granola and brown sugar.

Who can tell me why my first 7 bites were gross?

I forgot the banana ?!! Fixed that with a quick peel and slice

Even still, couldn’t finish the whole jar for breakfast (exam anxiety), but the left overs made a dandy afternoon snack!

Despite my late wake, I still made it to the exam site 50 minutes early! I wasn’t sure how long it would take me to get there, and Calgary transit is SO unreliable, and people are constantly getting hit by trains (I wish I was kidding, for their sake and mine) causing delays that last for hours. In any case, better 50 minutes early than 5 minutes late!

The exam went fine. I took my time and really thought every question through… for the first ten questions, until I realized I was half way through my time and only a quarter of the way through the exam! I’ve never felt rushed during an exam and never understood how people could sit until the last call, well, now I do.

Lunch was snacky since I didn’t have much time to pack it this morning!

Piece of bread, hand full of chickpeas, baby cucumbers, hunk of cheese, hummus, apple

Afterwards I went for a much-needed massage. YES.

On Saturday, I went to yoga and we did a little

and

I left class feeling great, but my upper back started feeling sore through the night, and when I woke up I instinctively moved right into downward dog and heard shhhhchhhk at the very tip of my spine, tumbled over and have spent the last five days with an extremely stiff neck and limited range of motion (there has been quite a bit of optic nerve stretching this week) with burning sensations, numbness and NAUSEA as follow up symptoms. It was a nasty!

I am slightly melodramatic, but the pain in my face is REAL. Ouch.

Of course I made sure to do plenty of neck stretching, poking at pressure points, apply ice packs, heating pads and I only had ONE Advil, I’m proud to say. But only an hour of intense muscle pinching, pulling and pressurizing (not a word) would bring me back to normal.

My crunchy neck literally melted in the hands of  my massage therapist. Neck cricks are the worst! I distinctly remember the first time I ever experienced one. It was my second day of grade 10, my mom was dropping me at the bus stop and I SNEEZED, and my neck seized up.The rest is history, since then, I get them several times a year and each time I have to convince myself that it’s not a herniated disc or pinched nerve.

Dinner: Honourable mention

Baked Salmon, Baked Tilapia (mom made it = I don’t know what was in it = SO delicious), baked potato+hummus/greek yogurt/salsa, mushrooms, spinach, tomato slices. I’m one of those annoying people who packs their food onto a salad plate and I think it’s time I cut it out. I know what portion control looks like. Big plate or small! Big plate = nobody falls overboard while I’m eating.

Now, if you don’t mind, I think I’m quite ready for my summer to officially begin! Tomorrow.