Barefoot Contessa + Tunes

Hey friends!

Since starting back at school and hitting the University gym, I’ve been reminded of how big of a pain it is to carry around everything that I need for the day! Lap top, text books, food AND gym stuff, it gets to be a lot. The biggest and most bulky weight is my running shoes, but I came up with a solution.

Vibrams! I bought a pair a couple of weeks ago and the benefits go FAR beyond the fact that they are light as a feather and I can squish them into the bottom of my backpack

They force you to run on th balls of your feet as opposed to your heels.

When you ‘heel strike’ it puts a lot of pressure on your joints, but running on the balls of your feet encourages proper form and I can feel it! I’m able to run much faster with no pain after my workout. I have, however, been experiencing major soreness in my calves, but that is common (from what I’ve read) and comes with running on the balls of your feet and should subside over time. The good thing is that it’s soreness in my muscles and not my joints. I love these things! They offer so much freedom in my workouts. I’ve worn them to Body Combat and because they are much less bulky than my runners, I feel much more agile. I’m doing jump kicks like a ninja! I wear them weight lifting as well and find it much easier to stabilize myself when doing things like lunges. My favorite use for them, however, is SPRINTS I feel like I’m flying! The only con to the Vibrams is how incredibly dorky they  look, but that’s a small price to pay, they are amazing.

I was on a pretty long running hiatus, and still am in regard to outside running, but I’m having a lot of fun playing on the treadmill (never thought I’d be saying that). Depending on my mood I like quick and dirty interval runs or more steady jogs where I can just zone out. I don’t mind running outside without music but the treadmill NEEDS tunes.

Quick and dirty playlist — I’m super embarrassed to post this but here we go. (click to enlarge)

Yes, I’m experiencing a slight Nicki Minaj obsession, that does not make me a bad person.

For slow and steady jogs I’ve been listening to this playlist (click to enlarge)

I listen to the same playlist over and over again until I never want to hear the songs ever again in my life.

Oh, and FOOD!

I’ve managed to snap a few pictures of some noteworthy meals

Last week, I roasted some green beans and tomatoes with herbs, salt, pepper, garlic, olive oil and parmesan cheese and steamed brussels sprouts in vegetable broth with salt, pepper, garlic and a drizzle of honey. Served along a two-egg omelette with a sprinkle of cheese.

My mom accidentally bought vanilla greek yogurt as opposed to our usual plain. It was SUPER sweet but I wasn’t about to let it go to waste  so one morning I doctored it up with orange zest, granola and cinnamon it was DE-licious.

Today after my favorite 6:10 hot class at The Yoga Passage I made the quickest dinner ever of sweet potato, wilted spinach mixed with a laughing cow wedge topped with an egg.

It is most definitely past my bed time, G’night!

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One Day Weekend

I was at work for most of the day yesterday and relaxed the evening away afterward, so I crammed all of my weekend to-dos into today!

6:30 wake up call for a quick 2 mile run,


I slept so well last night! Maybe this is why people complain so much on their blogs, the problems magically resolve themselves

Broke the fast

My latest rut. I’ve eaten this same breakfast every morning for the past two weeks: Blueberries, banana, greek yogurt, Pumpkin Flax granola, peanut butter

Burried Berry. The fruit is hiding underneath all the good stuff

I went to Costco and the mall with my mom and came home, starving as usual. I think I’m hungry every single time I walk through my front door.

Brie, pesto and dried cranberries on a whole-grain english muffin, carrots, olives, and a cara cara orange, one of my favorite fruits, I was so excited to see them at Costco today!

I went to Yoga Flow before my Karma cleaning shift (I spend an hour and a half a week cleaning the Yoga Passage and in return get a free, unlimited membership)

While we were at the mall today my mom and I were picking up a new toy for me

!!! So excuse me while I fall of the face of the earth for a little while!

Freedom Run

It is so freakin’ hot here in the city of Calgary.

Monday, FUNDAY: School->work->physical activity.  It is one of those days that you have one of two choices of how you want to go about it. You can bitch and moan about how you`re going to be sitting in a desk from 8:00 a.m. until 6:30 p.m. and then somehow muster up the energy to go for a run, OR you can wake up, tell yourself it`s going to be the best day that you`ve had in a while and get it done. Guess which one I chose #crazyladymumblingpositivemantrasbeforethesuncomesup

on the schedule for tonight was a freedom run

“whats a freedom run?”

So glad you asked!

It’s a run with no consideration in regards to pace, distance, where the hell I’m going whether I walk, run, cartwheel, whether my legs are shaved (they weren’t) whether I stop for several downward dogs along the way (I did) and whether I lose restraint over my middle finger and it ascends to the heavens when the true charmers of this city decide to honk and bark (seriously) out their windows. bravo gentlemen, bravo.

I ran from work down the river in the opposite direction that I usually go until I began to feel lost and started getting anxious. At that point all I could think was “this is just like a scene from that episode of Criminal Minds” I high tailed it back to work where I left my stuff, and scurried on home.

Freedom runs are the best! Because I’m not training for any kind of race right now I don’t feel the need to put any pressure on myself in terms of consistency in pace and running to walking ratios, or even running in general! I only get a running craving once or twice a week so I deal with them as they come. No garmin, just my cheesy running music (the only situation when Ke$sha is appropriate is when you need a liiiittle extra push during a run) and my sneaks.

My smoothie addiction is still going strong, but let me show you Sunday morning brunch

It is crucial that you let your bread go stale for French Toast! STALE Multigrain baguette slices, dipped in egg/milk/vanilla/cinnamon French toasted and dipped in an almond butter and maple syrup mixture. Burries on the side. So good for soaking up the giggle water from the night before

I went out on Saturday night for a friend’s birthday and was out until 4 am (I am too much of a grandmother to be doing this!) and slept until 11-freaking-30 my productive Sunday was shot, I basically stared hopelessly at my Chemistry textbook for two hours -it’s like the words bounce off of my eyeballs!- went to yoga, karma cleaning, made a smoothie and went to bed.

My brother got back today from a month and a half backpacking trip across India, I’m off to go hear about his adventures!

Coconut Clumps

My alarm was set to wake me up at 7:30 this morning but some how I finished my slumber at 7. Fine by me! I had plans to run run run.

The first mile always feels terrible! My legs feel stiff and robotic, every run should begin at the second mile. Once I got into the groove, however, I felt great, it was a beautiful morning to run around. I covered three miles and some stretching and core work inside the tennis court near my house.

Swampy Breakfast

Sludge Base:

  • 1/2 banana, frozen
  • 1/2 c. almond milk
  • 1/4 c. rolled oats
  • 1 tbsp. chia seeds
  • 1 tbsp. peanut butter
  • spinach

Floaters: crushed cereal, dried cranberries, sunflower seeds, chopped dark chocolate, coconut butter drizzle.

The clumps of solidified coconut butter that sink to the bottom of the sludge are pure heaven.

The Underware Affair

Yesterday was the 2011 Underware Affair, I ended up raising $465 !!

The race was at 6 p.m. and I’m really only familiar with morning races so I didn’t really know what I needed to eat before hand. I ended up with a Clif bar and black coffee about two hours before the race, luckily it worked!

Honestly, I was dreading the run all day. It was really rainy and grey and cold in the morning and I was tired and grumpy. But I was doing this race for a reason SO I did my best to pump myself up.

It was a really good race! I wish that I had some friends to run with but I felt great the entire run, plus I had some pretty good entertainment the entire way..

I took a WHOLE minute off of my last 10k time. I ran/ jogged/ walked/ skipped the entire way and finished in about 1:07 which I’m SO happy with. The rout was hilly, crowded and covered in duck poop.

I snagged a banana and some orange slices and went right home, I’m so glad that nothing hurts today!

When I got home, I made a big bowl of pasta with tofu, eggplant. tomatoes, mushrooms and broccoli coated in hummus and sprinkled with feta. It was perfect!

I’ll definitely be doing this race again next year but I need to make sure that I recruit some people to run it with me! This race was less about the running and more about the fun and it’s not as fun when you don’t have people to share it with.

Vegan Talk

The nutrition program I’m in is slowly coming to a close. Today, I did my final, big presentation. It has been about six months in the making and it’s such a relief to have it done!

Months ago I mentioned this project and that I needed to blog my way through it. My presentation was held at Lululemon and I discussed Vegan diets and the misconceptions that come with them in regard to protein. The presentation was over before I knew it and I got some good feedback, thanks to everyone who came !!

Of course, I couldn’t resist bringing some protein rich vegan food…

No bake granola bars (balls)


Recipe

Lentil Walnut Loaf

Recipe

Vegan Quesadillas

Ingredients

  • 10 small, whole-grain tortillas
  • 1/2 c. corn
  • 1/2 c. black beans
Vegan Cheese 
  • 1/2 c. prepared hummus
  • 1/2 c. nutritional yeast
  • 2 tbsp. vegetable broth
  • 1 tbsp. chopped cilantro

Directions:

For the cheese: In a bowl, combine hummus, nutritional yeast, cilantro and vegetable broth. Spread this mixture onto one side of the tortilla, sprinkle with corn and black beans and fold over into a quesadilla. Heat in a skillet until the tortilla is brown.

Classic PB ‘n’ J

Whole grain bread, natural peanut butter, strawberry jam

Each of these options demonstrated complementary proteins, which was a concept that I really wanted the audience to understand.

The theory behind complementary proteins is that there are three major groups of protein sources for vegans. Whole grains, beans and legumes and nuts and seeds. Each group offers a higher concentration of certain amino acids but can also be lower in others. For example, most grains are high in the essential amino acid methionine but lower in lysine. Luckily beans and legumes are higher in lysine but are lower in methionine. So if you combine them, there is a sufficient amount of amino acids required for protein formation. Pretty neat.

Half way through my day in the kitchen, making all of this vegan deliciousness, I took a break to run three miles and have a very un-vegan lunch

Spinach salad with tomatoes, sprouts, black beans, corn, trail mix, goats cheese and honey

I’m taking advantage of the holiday tomorrow, cleaning up, lazing around and going to a late yoga class. Yum.

Under the Influence

The fireball in the sky has such a good effect on me.

It must be the abundance of Vitamin D soaking into my system but I’m in a great mood, I feel unstoppable!!

So unstoppable that last night, I registered for the Underwear Affair

It’s a 5 or 10k race raising awareness on cancers below the waist. You can read more about the cause here

Last year, my Uncle Zully passed away from colon cancer. It was really rough on the family throughout his fight with cancer and since he’s passed away. He is my motivation and inspiration for this race and I’m happy to support cancer treatment facilities throughout the province, and I need your help! There is a minimum of $300.00 that needs to be raised in order to participate in the race, but I want to raise more! I would be so grateful for any donations on your behalf. Just click here, it doesn’t matter how big or small the donation is, every little bit counts. Lets’ ninja kick cancer in the butt!

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I got home from around noon today, debating having lunch and going for a run later, or popping a date and going for a run right away. I chose the latter because I wasn’t starving yet.

It was a good one! Nice and short, maybe 2.5 miles? Unfortunately I left my Facebook open defenceless to my brother and his goonies…

Oh. Brother.

When lunch time finally rolled around I made a smoothie (banana, almond milk, chia seeds, peanut butter, spinach) and toast with hummus, salsa and an egg.

I have a sneaker tan over my sandle tan and a farmers tan over my back-pack tan. Mr. Sun, never leave me.

The Smells I Smelt Along the Way

I used to think that the only way I could successfully run was if I woke up, had a bite of banana and ran out the door. Other wise, I would cramp up. Alternatively, I could wake up, eat my breakfast, digest for a few hours and THEN run. This never worked for my schedule, and so, I didn’t run.

I don’t know who put these thoughts into my head — no wait, it was me.

Today I went on a quick (not really) and dirty 3-miler around my hood, at 4:30 p.m.! crazy talk. The weather was perrrrfect. blue skies with big marshmallowy clouds, warm breeze and puddles ! Love running through those puddles.

But the air stunk. Throughout my run I smelt soggy grass (PUDDLES), doggy-doo (I actually had to stop and check that I didn’t step in some! I didn’t), fried foods (I run by a Dairy Queen) and Marijuana (Someone was having as much fun as I was)

Home, stretched, showered., veggie lasagna courtesy of my mother. Thanks mumah!

and dessert, cookie-dough truffle courtesy of Preeya! Thanks friend!

Guzzling water and snuggling up with my pile of homework. CHUG. CHUG. CHUG.