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!

First of the month

Hey there

All of a sudden it’s Friday, and it’s June and I don’t even know what to do with any of this. It’s all just too much. I also need to rein in the melodrama. Melodramatics? Melodramaticisms. Yeah.

As far as I am concerned, there is only one remedy for spinach on its death-bed:

Sludge. Banana, Cocoa, Coconut flour, Vanilla protein, rolled oats, cashew butter, instant coffee, almond milk and spinach. I used to be of the opinion that smoothies would never keep me full but they do this strange rib-sticking, stomach coating thing and the only thing my stomach is empty of is GROWLS which I quite like when I’m doing my thing at work (Yoga Passage today) I’m getting into the groove of it and love talking to all of my teachers outside of the class.

Lunch

I call this one, “MOM! we need to go grocery shopping!!!!” aka. Stale pita, ancient olive tapanade, leathery sun-dried tomatoes, the last of the hummus and questionable feta. Yum (?)

Snackface-ism.

blueberries, pita chips and carmelized onion hummus. We went grocery shopping.

Then I crashed hard. Face first onto the pile of laundry on my bed for an hour of uninterrupted napping glory.

I did the whole ‘should I, shouldn’t I’ thing about working out and in the end I took a stroll to the gym for Zumba, shook my butt for an hour and walked home.

Dinner was broiled salmon, spinach and roasted potatoes topped off with a mini Haagen Daz bar.

Happy first of the month, kind folks. Do me a favour and have a GREAT weekend. I’ll be working my ass off but this is exactly what I wanted. : )

Sweaty, Sexy Hair

During the week I go to the gym on Monday, Wednesday and Friday mornings. That means that I spend the entire day sporting a sweaty head of hair (luckily my sweat isn’t stinky, I’ve asked strangers to smell me so I know.) I shower after the gym, but only wash my hair twice a week at most.

Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays are also my work days, so I do make the effort to make myself some what presentable. I wear nice clothes and do my make up  put on chapstick, but a head of frizzy, greasy hair is just not a good look.

Until now!

I’ve been rotating a few different hairstyles that trick people into thinking I’m stylish but really, I’m just a sweaty mess!

Side swept + Cowlick.

Bonus points if you throw in a braid because they’re freaking fancy and make people think you put in a tonne of effort!

High-fashion bun-on-top-of-head

The dirtier your hair is, the better the bun. It makes you look very put together when in reality, you’re just a giant grease ball.

Front Braid

Avoid the sweaty bangs plastered to your forehead look with a simple front braid.

Inverted Ponytail

Take a normal sweaty ponytail to the next level with an inverted ponytail. It’s kind of like flipping over a dirty couch cusion.

And now, DINNER

Broiled Salmon on top of carmelized onion and roasted cauliflower puree with balsamic reduction.

I tried to be fancy with the balsamic reduction but ended up making a mess of my plate. It tasted good anyways.

Final notes:

  • My brother has a bad habit of leaving parishable food out overnight. Two days ago in the morning, I found a half eaten can of sardenes sitting on the kitchen counter so I put it in his shoe. He found it today.
  • Last night, I decided to skip Tuesday night hot yoga in favour of making a good dent in my research paper. Then I proceeded to read blogs for four hours and eat pizza. Then I really felt like doing some yoga, made my way into a bind and my pizza almost came up. That, my friends, is how yoga keeps you thin!
  • The paper shredder at work made me cry today.

Sleeping Yogi

Hooray for Friday!

Most nights I fall asleep on my back or in the fetal position and wake up sprawled out, inverted or in some sort of advanced bind. Today I woke up with my body was facing one direction and my head facing the other. As a result my neck has been giving me attitude all day.

I tiptoed downstairs in the wee hours of the morning (getting back on the early bird wagon) for some breakfast

sauteed apple and peanut butter wrap, cinnamon, pumpkin butter and granola also joined the party.

I lazed around for a bit then went to the gym for a leg work out that felt ho-hum while I was going through it but by the time I showered afterward I was in pain. I’ll take it!

Lunch was a big salad

-spinach, tomato, goats cheese, chickpeas, sunflower seeds, dried cranberries, home-made pomegranate/ balsamic vianegrette & a slice of cinnamon raisin toast

And dinner after I got home from work was salmon and bowties with tomato-basil sauce.

I’m just figuring out my plans for the weekend. It’s going to be a busy one! I’m getting ready to go back to school on Monday (!) and have some plans that will be keeping me out past my bed time on Saturday night. Harrrrumph.

Weekend Appreciation

From the summer of 2010 until summer 2011, I  could never really say TGIF because I worked on Saturdays. But now that I’m a Monday to Friday girl, I’ve regained the appreciation for weekends that I haven’t had since highschool! Bring on the sleeping in (until 7 a.m.) and leisurely chores (who am I kidding, I avoid my chores like the plague)

WhatEVER! TGIF. So there.

Breakfast

Oatbran, banana, almond milk, cinnamon, chia seeds, molasses, almond butter

Then there was yoga! A thousand chaturanga repeaters later, I headed to work.

My toes all but froze off on my way home but at least dinner was waiting!

Quinoa, green beans, salmon

Time to become a pathetic blob and sink into my sofa until Sunday night.

Mumzie’s D.O.B.

Happy birthday to wonder-mom!

she turns 29 again today! She’s magic.

I came home from work determined to make a schmancy dinner

Pistachio Crusted Salmon, Salad (spinach, apple, roasted butternut squash, honey glazed walnuts and goats cheese), bread and garlic infused oli-yo, WINE

No birthday would be complete without cake!

Chocolate Coconut + Pumpkin Spice. Split four ways

Happy birthday mummah ❤

Bubble and Boil

Nice little Thursday! Made my big scary muscles cry at Body Pump and then went to work for the afternoon.

BUBBLE N BOIL

Brown Sugar – Dijon Salmon, Kale Chips, Sweet Pataytuh

I was juuuust about to slip into my jammys and settle in to some Jersey Shore, but I have had QUITE enough of my own company. No work tomorrow so I’m going out with friends. G’night!

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.

Tell me More, Tell me More

I (wo)manned the grill for part of dinner today.

I’ve always wanted to be a barbeque master, a female Bobby Flay of sorts, but something about the flames and the unpredictable hot spots has intimidated me over the years, and so, the majority of my meals are salad beasts or raw oatmeal in yogurt. What a life.

But no more! I tossed tomatos, zuchinni and bok choy in olive oil, salt, pepper, oregano and garlic and grilled like a real (wo)MAN!

I think the warm weather is going to stick around for a while, I was humming Summer Lovin’ from Grease (hence the title of this post) while I grilled these veggies to perfection.

My dad took care of the salmon because, well, I’m just not there yet.

Baby steps, people, baby steps.

Twitchy

My legs were going twitch twitch twitch all night long. You know when you dream that you’re falling and your legs flail? It happened several times last night. I wish I could remember my dreams, I bet they’re full of adventure and rainbows.

I went to the gym before work today for 30 minutes of sprints/ incline walking to get the twitches out!

The weather isn’t perfect enough for me to want to run outside, and running on the treadmill is a draaaaag (most of the time) sprints on the other hand, are pretty fun, I do 9.0 for 20 seconds and 4.0 for 40 seconds. It goes by so quickly!

I showered and meandered to work for the day. Let me tell you a sure fire way to have the tightest hips ever: Sprints + Desk job. I got home, put some quinoa on the stove, and did a quicky hip-opening yoga flow of pigeons, runners lunges, happy baby, butterfly, fire log. Hurt. So. Good.

My mom made coconut curry with salmon for dinner, and I drowwwnnned my quinoa in it.