Days go by

Where did we leave off?

Thursday morning I started my day at the yoga studio for a warm flow practise. It was a perfect, sweaty start to the day ahead. Breakfast was toast with banana, almond butter, honey and granola with a side of summer fruit that just won’t quit

I was invited to a sneak peek at the Calgary Home and Design show, I brought along my friend Torrie since she is obsessed with interior design. We wandered around looking at all of the vendor booths, I paused for a good chunk of time to drool over a Vitamix and wrapped up our tour with a visit to the Fiasco food truck for some gelato.

We also tried one of their Belgian waffles which heavy and doughy and heavenly. I scooped spoonfuls of my cappuccino gelato onto every bite of my half of this monster.

I invited my friend Shifrah over for dinner, wine and Glee, so as soon as we got home we started cooking.

On the menu: Quiona with roasted butternut squash, kale and feta, and broiled tilapia with pesto.

I had also been bitten by the baking bug, so we whipped up a quick batch of vegan almond butter blondies with dark chocolate chips and raspberries stirred in. Serve with a scoop of banana soft serve spiked with coconut cream which I HIGHLY recommend.

Despite a sugar/ white wine hangover, I was recovered enough on Friday morning to go to Body Pump. I’ve been going pretty consistently so I upped the weights and wanted to die by the end (in the best way possible) that is what I love about the pump, it never, ever gets easy.

I took advantage of a short break in my day to catch up on some reading and inhale my lunch — some chickpeas/ quinoa/ hummus/ veggie mix. It’s the quickest, most filling healthy meal I can throw together

Class – Work – Dinner – Crash.

Saturday I was up bright and early, gobbled up an almond butter blondie and caught an early hot class before work. I dilly-dallied on my way home since it was such a beautiful day out and I work in one of the most beautiful parts of the city.

Once I finally made it home I put together a big salad heavy on the toppings

Wild rice mix, green lentils, chopped pear, red onion, blue cheese, walnuts, home-made honey-balsamic dressing over spinach.

Then I proceeded to sleep for 11 glorious hours. I am sad to report that my lingering cold snuck up on me again! I caught it early at throat tickles and pumped myself full of Echinacea and vitamin C and I think that did the trick, except for my obnoxious right nostril which refuses to unplug.

Today was most certainly not a day of rest but was probably my favorite day this week.

3 Course Breakfast:

  • 1st course: Echinacea
  • 2nd course: Emergen-C
  • 3rd course: Smoothie with banana, blueberries, almond milk, perfect fit protein, peanut butter, spinach

Then I hopped on a bus and a train to spend the day down at Eau Claire for the AIDS Calgary Walk for Life. If you’ll recall, I’m a volunteer photographer with the society so I was fortunate enough to spend the day capturing moments of fun at the event.

{The extra F in my name is for Fabulous}

I was so, so impressed with every aspect of the event. The passion for this cause is so inspiring between the members of AIDS Calgary Awareness Association, all of the sponsors, volunteers and participants.

I wrapped up the day at Yoga Passage for a fast, hot, and sweaty class that I ended with a few minutes of head standing to try and clear out my sinuses.

Sleep tight.

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Monday with a spin and a flash.

Monday morning came quickly after a fun weekend of work (I’m obsessed with my jobs.), birthday parties, late nights, adult beverages, sweaty yoga practice, and flash-mob rehearsals. If you’re local and interested in joining me and a bunch of other yogis in an exciting, high energy flash mob scheduled for the end of October, join us for rehearsals at Yoga Passage! More information is on the Facebook page, we meet on Sunday nights at 6.

My week started with a 6 am RPM spin class and a cookie.

Breakfast cookie:

  • 1/3 c. rolled oats
  • 1 tbsp. vega protein powder
  • 1/2 banana
  • 1 tbsp. cocoa powder
  • 1 tbsp shredded coconut
  • 1 tbsp. almond butter
  • splash of almond milk.

Mash together, spread onto a plate, refrigerate uncovered overnight and top with cocoa bliss and raspberry chia jam

Then it was right to work for the morning, school in the afternoon, then back to Yoga Passage for a quick Ashtanga practice. I stumbled upon this article which might come in handy for those of you not to familiar with all the yoga lingo. I learnt some new stuff as well.

The nice thing about morning shifts is that I get home at a reasonable hour and am able to eat dinner off of a plate as opposed to from a Tupperware container.

Omelete with goats cheese and salsa verde — excellent combination and a simple salad of romaine, tomato, and garlic stuffed olives (obsessed) with roasted garlic dressing.

Thunder and Showers

I was rudely awaken just before 7 this morning by a grumble-grumble-POW. That’s my interpretation of the loudest clap of thunder that got me out of bed when my alarm clock failed.

I had an interview at 10, so I was able to ease into the busy day with hot shower, and episode of Mad Men, and a huge pancake

Kodiak mix with cinnamon, blueberries, banana, greek yogurt and peanut butter

My interview was for a volunteer photographer position at the AIDS Calgary Awareness Association. It went really well and I’m happy to get involved in such an important cause.

After quickly looking at the address last night, I determined that the interview wasn’t too far from the area where I work, so I figured I could walk. FALSE. It took me about 45 minutes to figure out where I was going (the opposite direction than what I had initially thought, go figure) but luckily I made it on time. I just wish I didn’t wear heels today

After my interview I headed to class, where I was informed that my research paper is due next Thursday. Nothing to do but cry laugh and write. I refuse to pull and all nighter for this one.

Class ended early so I rushed home for a shower and a snack and was right out the door again for yoga

It was the sweatiest beast of a class, thanks to the humidity from outside and I immediately poured myself a cocktail once I got home

Watered down pomegranate juice, coconut water and lime

Showered –is anyone keeping a tally of how many showers I took today?– and dined

Sweet Potato – Chickpea Stew

Serves 3-4

  • 1 can coconut milk
  • 1 large sweet potato, diced
  • 1 large tomato, diced
  • 1 can chickpeas (drained and rinsed)
  • 1 cup vegetable broth
  • 2 cloves of garlic
  • 1 inch of ginger,grated
  • handful of cilantro
  • Squeeze of lime
  • salt and pepper

I was rushing to yoga so I threw everything into a pot, brought it to a boil, and then transfered it into my slow cooker on low for the 3.5 hours I was away. It turned out perfectly! Salad of spinach, hearts of palm, walnuts and chopped dates dressed with lime juice and truffle oil on the side

TGIM

This weekend was so busy with Market Collective and Eat Real YYC, training for my new job, play time with friends and a couple of workouts, it was a relief to finally make it to Monday

Breakfast before Body Combat yesterday was Ezekiel cinnamon raisin toast with peanut butter, banana and grapefruit.

Then I kicked some ass. After a 30 second shower, I made a big Green Smoothie and took it to the Yoga Passage to learn the ropes for my new job. I think I’m going to like this a lot. Another bonus of working at YP now is that I get to chat with a bunch of happy, bendy people in Calgary and get paid for it! What a gig.

This morning I woke up early, inhaled a breakfast ( greek yogurt, mango, banana, granola, peanut butter ) and walked to the gym, lifted heavy things and walked back.

Quick lunch before work was a cucumber, mango and feta salad with Spolumbo’s spicy chicken sausage and lime juice.

I had better get to bed. There is a 9:30 Vinyasa class (at my new place of work – kgdkjgdh!!!!) tomorrow morning with my name on it!