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There Are Changes Afoot
This weekend was a blur, some good, lots not. First, the food (of course!).
I made an Egg Cup recipe that I found online the other day. They look beautiful and I cannot wait to taste them!
I also made a shepherd’s pie recipe that was topped with Kabocha Squash. I can’t say I’ll ever work with Kabocha again, it’s an expensive squash, stains everything orange and the yield you get from it doesn’t seem worth the work. It has a very large seed pod inside of it so even a huge Kabocha doesn’t give that much flesh. I was always kind of scared of Kabocha because of the weird shape of it. It’s a fairly soft squash, easy to cut. Bake face down at 400F for about a half hour and it’s quite done.
OK, done with the food. Friday night Ray and I spent a couple of hours cleaning our house. Top to bottom. And on Friday when we sat down to have a drink and a relax, it felt amazing to have a clean house. I’ve been spot cleaning the past little while but to actually have a totally clean house. Lovely.
Saturday morning I got up and went to spinning where I pushed myself hard but definitely noticed a lack of conditioning compared to when I was going three times a week. But…I was happy with my effort and that’s all that matters. We went out for breakfast at Waffle House (not the same as the US Wafflehouse….just a standard diner) where I had my new favourite, bacon & mushroom omelette, no cheese and a caesar salad, no croutons. Aaaaaand……then we came home…………and the apocolypse that was in our house took up the rest of our day. I will not get into details except to say that we have an elderly dog and it’s a good thing we also have an industrial carpet cleaner…..and in some cases dark paint. Don’t ask. It was so, SO upsetting that I could not stop crying. In fact this morning in retelling parts of it to Tara it almost made me cry again. In addition to the horror that was the next two hours of cleaning, it meant that I also missed the spinathon. At morning spinning I was told I could make a donation and drop by….and because of the shit-show (literally), I missed it completely.
Later that afternoon we went for a nice walk just the two of us and stopped at a corner store close to our house to get a bottle of water. The little store has a hidden gem inside, a veritable farm of white orchids. One of those beautifule white orchids made its way into my arms for the walk home, a token, perhaps, for all the crying?
Saturday evening Ray’s ex wife stopped by at our request to impartially take a look at our elderly dog and give her opinion as someone who doesn’t see her everyday. Unfortunately she wouldn’t say a word on her thoughts about the end-of-life strategy for Brandy. She did leave her dog George with us overnight though….which may seem strange on the heels of our own dog issues……but I love George a lot and he actually is good for Brandy………or…..in the past he has been, unfortunately she is too tired/sick to notice him at this point. He noticed me though and tucked himself into bed with me on Sunday morning after Ray got up and then flattened himself on me for morning coffee later on.
Sunday morning we went up to Mossum Creek Hatchery where Kyle (Ray’s son)is president….he took us on a very informative tour and then for a little walk down the creek. It was a bit chilly out but not raining and very gorgeous!
That’s about it for the weekend. There were some lovely high points and some very low points. Overall the weekend was a bit traumatizing, actually and was definitely assisted by a drink!
A jog after work tonight and tomorrow is weekly weight in! Yay sunshine and yay good choices all weekend regardless of stress (vodka not withstanding!)!
An update on yesterday’s post:
A) the rib eye steak was not that good. It was beautifully cooked and instead of being ‘pink’ where it rare, it was a gorgeous red (if you’re a veggie, sorry, this probably grosses you out). But it was kind of tough & dense. OK, really tough. Although it occurred to me that if we stuck to only grass fed organic meat for a few months and then ate a grocery store steak, we might find the texture quite mushy. I guess it’s all what you get used to.
B) the spinathon. Really should have investigated that awhile ago. You have to form a team and do a bunch of fund raising to the tune of around $1000 before you get to do it. Guess I won’t be doing that tomorrow!
C) I did not go for a jog last night. My mini fast left me completely under fueled and….well…..I didn’t really want to go. So Ray and I went and walked that trail together instead. It was flipping cold out, too! When I got home I hopped in the bath to thaw out my bum and legs!
Now for new business….which is also still sort of old business. Last May I rode my bicycle on a 40km trail ride for charity. Since Ray was hurt at the time I rode it by myself (with 150 other people). Around the third kilometer I took a wrong turn (don’t even ask!), went 2km out of my way and had to turn around and go back. Not being one to enjoy being dead last, I put feet to pedals and started to make up some ground. Until kilometer 8. You see, it was raining the entire time. I was bent on catching up. I went over a little wooden bridge. I hit what I thought was my back brake but was actually my front brake, skidded out on the bridge and crashed, flew over the handlebars and crashed into the side of the bridge. I ultimately ended up partially dislocating my shoulder and really killing my knee. However…..being alone on the ride and not one to give up, I finished the next 32 kilometers. Probably not the smartest thing I’ve ever done. Upon finishing the ride and getting home, we realized my injuries were a little worse than I thought. Whatever, I still finished. The next day my right arm was useless to me and off we went to the chiropractor where he fixed me right up. Why do I tell you all this? Because I now have a weak spot in my shoulder which recurs every once in awhile. Like right now. I slept wrong and now my shoulder is screwed. SCREWED. So that precludes any sort of jogging for about a week or so until either it corrects itself (it could happen!) or until I get to my chiropractor next Saturday. Look out, spinning!
Also discussing spinning, it has come to my attention that I have been much too lax with the whole exercise thing. Since I was leaving my schedule open to be free to jog on sunny days and then the sunny days don’t come often enough, I’ve really been pokin’ the puppy as far as consistent exercise goes and that doesn’t make me feel good physically or mentally. So tonight I’m sleeping in my gym clothes and getting up for spinning in the morning. I will also spin Monday and Thursday next week and hopefully on a non spinning day it’ll be nice enough to get out and go for a walk.
I bought my liquid iron supplement last night, I’m doubling up the dosage for a few days to see if I can start to feel a little better, and I’m going to exercise even though I don’t feel like it…..because a body in motion stays in motion and a body at rest gets lazy and fat if there is not a definitive end to the rest. That’s my theory, anyway! 😉
Adrift For A Day
I left my phone on the dining room table this morning (at least I hope I did!) so I am somewhat adrift today. On the plus side, it’s beautifully sunny outside…which I would snap a picture and show you but, alas, I cannot.
My belly still hasn’t really recovered from the other day, I’m still really bloated and uncomfortable. I’m very unhappy about it but I am staying the course because I am not doing anything wrong, this isn’t an error on my part or a failure or a mistake. It’s just my body unhappy about something. I made a chili on Sunday which we had for dinner Sunday and then I had it on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday for lunch and we had it again for dinner last night (yes, it made a lot!). There was no beans or anything grainy in it and yet each time I ate it I felt a little worse. Up until yesterday when we had it for dinner again and Ray also started to feel badly. So either I food poisoned us slightly or something about the huge amount of veggies in the chili is bothering both of us. I can’t see it and yet we both felt exactly the same yesterday after dinner. Maybe the veg fermented? Who knows!
Since that’s what I packed in my lunch today, I’m going to do a mini-fast instead. I’ll skip the chili and just have an apple and some almonds and a whole bunch of water and leave it at that. I should be fine until I get home at 4pm, on grain free your blood sugar stays much more stable so while I might be hungry, I shouldn’t feel too badly.
I already had my morning salad and I have a new favourite salad topping. Whole walnuts! I don’t love walnuts just to eat in my hand but I do love them to crust things and I like them in smoothies so I thought I’d try them in my salad. Very delicious. They have the perfect texture, soft enough you can fork them and crunchy enough that you know you’re eating nuts. They were sprinkled over mixed greens with sliced red pepper, sliced radish, chunked avocado and some canned salmon. Very satisfying!
Speaking of new things that are a pleasant surprise, I found these tablets when we went to our local outdoor adventure store (MEC) and thought they would be perfect for on our motorcycles on those long, hot riding days. We already pack water & ice in our cooler so to also have to pack around some type of electrolyte drink on those extra hot days is troublesome. Enter, NUUN. It’s electrolyte tabs, 12 of them was a little over $3 and does 192 ounces of water. The tabs are for a 16 oz water bottle but they’re scored down the middle so you can actually break them in half. I tried the Tri Berry one the other day. They are effervescant when you drop them in the water and they dissolve in about a minute and a half, no stirring required (I did it in a big mug, I imagine in a water bottle you could shake a little to make it dissolve faster). Comes out a light pinkish colour, clear and not too sweet. I quite enjoyed it and will definitely be packing those on bicycle and motorcycle trips alike this year!
Tonight after work I was supposed to eat dinner and then go to spinning……..but you have to understand, today it is nice out. It may not be nice out again for weeks. I just cannot make myself skip the niceness of the trail and go to the gym instead. Fresh air is too rare at this time of year. So I’m hitting the trail again after work.
And when I get home from trail running (which I will have to fuel for extra since I’m having a little fast today) we’re going to BBQ two beautiful 12 oz organic, grassfed rib eye steaks for dinner. With roasted butternut squash and mashed cauliflower. I found these steaks by accident on the way home from visiting my mom on the weekend. Two 12oz organic grassfed free range for $14. Gimme! I never liked steak. Least favourite meat by a landslide. Until Ray made me a rib eye steak one day. I’ve been completely sold every since, they are so, SO flavourful and juicy and fatty and delicious!
That’s it for me today. Tomorrow night Ray is going for dinner with his mom which I will happily skip out on. And then Saturday is regular 8:30am spinning……and a spinathon. So I’ll be spinning at least twice on Saturday. Hopefully on Saturday night our friends who have the hot tub will invite us over! 😉
30 Days Complete!
Best Laid Plans
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I had the best laid plans last night for some relaxed exercise, a delicious dinner and some general lazing about. Oh, how wrong it would all go.
First of all, I got stuck in a traffic jam from hell so by the time I even got to the grocery store it was dusk outside and the sunshine and mild breeze of earlier in the day had morphed into dreary, dark, gusty and cold. Nope, not walk/jogging outside. After the grocery store (where I spent a LOT on groceries for a mid week top up), I got home, changed clothes and got to cooking my exciting new recipe.
Braised Coconut Spinach & Chickpeas. How wrong could that be? It had sauteed onions, garlic, fresh ginger, sun dried tomato, lemon zest, chickpeas, loads of spinach and coconut milk…then some lemon juice, salt and more dried ginger. I threw two sweet potatoes into the oven to bake while the stew was being assembled. It smelled SO GOOD. I calculated the calories, cut up the sweet potato and dished out the stew to myself. And…..there is some combination of flavours in it that makes it taste……plastic-y. Manufactured? Processed? Fake? Whatever, I couldn’t eat it. I do not know where I went wrong?! It was all fresh ingredients, nothing preserved or processed or chemically. So what happened? I’m not sure. Perhaps I was pinning too much hope on it being my new comfort food when I’m home alone? Either or, I won’t be making it again. And it’s so WEIRD because all the comments where I found the recipe RAVED abut how good it was. I mean, truly, what’s not to like? I would like to think I did something wrong but it’s a pretty basic recipe….chop, chop, saute, simmer, chop, add, simmer, stir. Pretty basic!
So, since this was my big mid week plan, I have it for lunch today anyway….and I’m realy hoping that a night in the fridge and then a reheat will do something to it to make it more palatable for me. I’ll see if I can convince Tara to have a wee taste and see what she thinks.
So…..no exercise, no delicious dinner, sick boyfriend and crappy book I’m in the middle of reading. Thanks Wednesday, you sort of sucked bobo! Tonight I have proper RPM with a favorite instructor. I think maaaaaybe Ray will be on dayshift on Friday which would be great, we haven’t had a Friday night dinner together just the two of us in months. Ray has a standing date with his mom on Friday nights and it precludes Friday Date Night 100% of the time….unless SHE is busy in which case we get it to ourselves. If we’re busy? Well….we never are busy on Friday at dinner time because it’s not worth the hassle and the guilt from a 73 year old lady. 😉 Fortunately, she is busy this Friday so maybe it is in the cards to spend Friday night chilling together. If not and Ray is working, I plan to chill on the sofa with Captain Jack Sparrow.
Good Start To The Week!
It’s just before bedtime, it’s quiet and cozy here and I just got home from the Express RPM class. Not bad for a Monday night! It amazes me how that half hour is just as hard if not harder than a regular length class. After the 30 minutes I headed over to the stretching area because following each spinning class (except Saturdays, probably) I’m going to be incorporating a 15 minute ab routine. It’s something I can’t really put off any longer. My core strength is non existant so I’m being a responsible adult and doing something about it…..plus maybe it’ll make my midsection look slimmer. I found this ab routine through a bunch of link clicking on Friday. It should take about 15 minutes to complete once I’m used to doing it and once I have built a little bit of strength up.
You’ll notice that I said it should take 15 minutes once I’m used to doing it. That is because I did it for the first time tonight and I made it through only one round of the first three…..and then my everything was on such fire that it pissed me off and I quit. BUT! I’m not a quitter. Next time I go to the gym I’m going to do the same thing….one round of the first three. And I’ll keep going until I can do one round of the whole thing…then one round of the whole thing plus one more of the first two…and on and on. Until I can do the whole routine in 15 minutes. I wasn’t kidding when I said that my core strength is pathetic. This was an insanely pathetic showing and I will NOT be defeated. Maybe a personal trainer or a coach or someone could have dragged me a bit further tonight……….but I have always trained myself and that’s how I’m going to do this…..one teeny step after another until all the teeny steps add up to a considerable distance. I’ve got time….I’ll get there.
Here’s an screenshot of the workout and the link to it in case you would like to play along: https://www.mcssl.com/content/155119/toned-in-12-abs.pdf
For dinner tonight I made a mushroom and spinach omelette with a teeny bit of havarti and a wee bit of leftover roasted veggies thrown in. Instead of using just eggs though, I thought I would try something new. I took some cooked acorn squash, mashed it up and whisked it in with the eggs before I poured it into the pan. It made the eggs very fluffy and the taste wasn’t bad, a little sweet, maybe. The only downfall was that it didn’t really flip over into a standard omelette, the squash changed the way the egg behaves and so it was more like a scramble than anything else. I would definitely do it again though.
I’m getting my tattoo touched up tomorrow evening and then having a sofa night and the other days this week I’ll be at the gym in the evenings. Ray is working on afternoon shift so I have my evenings to do with as I please. I begged off cooking altogether for this week since Ray’s not home, so all I have to worry about is my own stuff…making my own lunch and dinner (omelettes aaaallll week!), going to the gym and getting to bed early. It’ll be a nice break, kind of like a little working vacation.
Monday ~ Express RPM + abs
Tuesday ~ rest
Wednesday ~ Run & Row + abs
Thursday ~ RPM + abs
Friday ~ rest
Saturday ~ RPM + abs
Sunday ~ rest
I think that’s about all for tonight, I’m going to get under the covers, read a little of my book and hopefully be dead to the world for around 9 hours. I have a suspiciously sore throat right now so I’m going to try to sleep and water it away over the next couple of days. Incidentally, did you know that for 30 minutes following a vigourous workout you are actually immune compromised? Just a little “fact” I read a couple of weeks ago and thought I would share…..so especially if you workout in a gym, don’t touch your eyes, mouth or nose during or after your workout, if you can help it!
And finally, I read this on a blog this evening: “I know there is only one way to attain my goal, and that’s to work hard.” Like!
Note to self: Don’t go to an indoor fitness class in a long sleeve shirt and long pants. Ever. Not even if they are both considered “dry-fit” or “moisture wicking”. You will be consumed by heat!
Note to anyone using a public shower room: Don’t sit ANYWHERE naked. For oen thing, no one wants to see the spread of your cellulite riddled ass…and for another, how do you know that 5 minutes before you sat your naked rear down, someone else wasn’t just sitting naked on the same spot? Come on, people. COME ON!
OK, now that’s out of the way! I went to All Terrain and I have to say, didn’t like it. I went in with an open mind, thinking maybe even if it’s different than what I’m used to, it’s still indoor cycling which I love and maybe it’ll be like cross-training within the same sport. The problem I had was two fold. First, I didn’t get the point. With the regular RPM that I go to, they sort of set it up from the get-go, you’re doing an outdoor ride, there are hills and flats, races against yourself and the instructor, speedwork etc. With the All Terrain, you just ride at the same resistance for up to 7 minutes at a time. Aside from the fact that it’s boring as hell, you can’t even visualize what you’re doing. With RPM you can sort of tell what’s coming by listening to the music….in All Terrain, the boring random songs just flow into one another with no apparant reference to what you’re actually doing.
The worst part about it though? The instructor doesn’t ride the class with you! She starts, then gets off the bike, stands BESIDE the bike and talks to you and wanders around the room so if you’re in the front you can’t see her. And when she is actually on the bike she’s not doing what she’s telling us to do. When we’re sitting, she just randomly stands up….so the entire class (all used to RPM) stand up and she “no-no, sit down”ed us.
I don’t know what it’s like for other people, but when I exercise alone, I pitch myself against myself. When I exercise in a group, I like to try and match the instructor (who is generally, wildly more fit than I am). I was very confused by the whole thing since I wasn’t quite alone but there wasn’t really an instructor to try and match. But, it was an hour of exercise and that means I get a check mark in the happy column.
Finally, in leaving a comment for another blogger, I realized that the number of calories that I am eating in an average day is a bit low (especially when I’m exercising) and right now in a time of stress, I need to not be starving my body. My trouble is that it is difficult to bump that up when the healthiest foods are the ones that are lower in calories. By that I mean, if you choose not to eat bread/grains, you don’t eat dairy, you don’t eat processed foods and you stay away from sugar, it can be very difficult to get your calorie count up to reasonable levels on fruits, veg, protein and good fat. I’m actually curious if the calorie count that is given as a standard when you calculate your BMR takes into consideration the foods that most North Americans eat the most of (grains, sugar, processed) and is a higher number to try to ensure nourishment even if some of the food isn’t really food? Would you actually need a lower overall number if you were eating just meat and veg?