Nike Woman’s 15k and a Quinoa Bowl Recipe 

I am just starting a long week at work (60 hour work week)

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Last night I sent in my regristration for the Nike Woman’s 15 k in Toronto on June 14.

The registration closed last night and apparently I will receive an email letting me know if I have been chosen or not. I am really hoping to get to run this race!

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In other exciting news………

I did a lot of meal prep for the week. It’s almost starting to feel like spring and I’m craving lighter food. I made a delicious Quinoa Bowl. I eat this cold but you could warm it up if you wanted to

Ingredients

  • 4 cups cooked Quinoa
  • 1/2 cup diced sun dried tomatoes
  • 1 cup diced roasted red peppers
  • Fresh cilantro
  • 1/2 crumbled goad cheese

Mix all ingredients together and add some fresh cracked black pepper and balsamic vinegar to taste

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Delicious and filling. This will be my running fuel this week !

Just hoping this week goes smoothly!

Power Balls

I usually call these Power Balls but I have seen them referred to as Energy Bites. Either way they are delicious and pack a great energy Punch. These are a great pre workout snack, coming in around 100 Calorie each.

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Balls of goodness!

This recipe makes 24 golf ball size balls!

Ingredients

  • 500 G dates (soaked until nice and soft)
  • 1 cup oats
  • 1 cup ground oats
  • ½ cup natural peanut butter (melted)
  • ½  Dark chocolate chips
  • 4 TBSP ground flax
  • 4 TBSP ground chia
  • 4 TBSP hemp hearts

Process soft dates in food processor until smooth, add to all other ingredients and mix well.

I keep disposable gloves in my kitchen and I always mix these by hands.

Roll into balls and keep in freezer.

8= times I said balls in this post…….

Gooey Caramel Protein Bars

I got this recipe for protein bars from the lulu lemon site. I had to make quite a few modifications so I will post the modified recipe for ya!

These bars are definitely decadent and a real favorite post work out snack around here!

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So effin good
  • Ingredients
    Base
    1 cup ground almond
    ½ cup chopped walnuts
    ¼  cup maple syrup or honey
    ¼ cup raw cacao powder and ¼ cup chocolate protein powder …..mix all together and add enough almond milk to bring it together
  • Middle layer
    1 cup almond meal
    ½ cup coconut flour
    ½ cup unsweetened shredded coconut and ½  cup vanilla protein powder
    2 tbsp maple syrup or honey
    1 tsp vanilla extract….same thing on this layer, add almond milk slowly until it isn’t crumbly
  • Caramel layer
    3 cups dates, pitted……I soak mine in hot water until nice and soft, they blend better
    2 tbsp coconut milk
    2 tbsp coconut butter (optional)
    1/3 cup coconut oil
  • Chocolate topping
    1/3 cup coconut oil, melted
    ¼ cup raw cacao powder
    6 oz dark chocolate

method:

  1. Line a square(9×9) or rectangle baking tray (8×11) with parchment paper. This will ensure your treat will be easily lifted out of the tray without compromising your layers. (Try not to use a very large baking tray, as you want your slices to be plump.)
  2. To start off your treat, grab all of your nutty base ingredients and place into a food processor and blend.
  3. Place the base ingredients in the tray and firmly press down the mixture. Place the tray in the freezer while you work on your next layer.
  4. The same method again for the next layer—place all the crunch ingredients into the food processor and blend.
  5. Place the crunch mixture in the tray and firmly press down the layer. Place the tray in the freezer while you work on your next layer.
  6. Now the best bit, the caramel layer! Place all ingredients in your food processor and blend. If your dates are sticking to the sides simply scrape the sides and keep blending.
  7. Pour the caramel mixture into the tray and even out the mixture (a spatula is best for this part to even out the gooey caramel). Place the tray in the freezer while you work on your next layer.
  8. Finally the chocolate layer! In a mixing bowl mix all ingredients together until you have a smooth consistency. Freeze overnight or for at least 4 hours, remove from pan, slice and then drizzle with chocolate topping…

Tip: when cutting your slices use a warm, sharp knife to ensure your slices cut clean.

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Sushi Date Night

Last night, I collected on a bet Shane had lost a couple weeks ago. We went out of Sushi at the place we went to on Valentines Day. It was delicious and we were looking forward to going back!

After a great run yesterday and running some errands (Gym Days are the Best Days) we got ready and headed out.

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Waiting for Shane to be ready!
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And we are ready!

We didn’t think that it would be too busy so I didn’t bother with a reservation….Mistake!

Apparently this place has caught on and we walked in the a long wait! We were initially told 35 minutes, which didn’t seam too bad. So we settled in for the wait!

50 minutes later….we were still waiting…….I was starting to become a bit delirious and irrational at this point from hunger…….

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Finally we got a table, I am just happy the food stated coming very quickly!

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Salmon and Snapper Sashimi
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Salmon Sushi
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And of course some delicious rolls

It was delicious and worth the week of workouts I will have to do to burn it all off!

Today is a rest day as I have worked out all week and I am so sore! But I will be making some homemade protein bars and power balls, and will post the recipes later!

I Love Sundays!

Gym days are the best days!

I worked until 11 pm last night so it was pretty much home and straight to bed!

We were up early to enjoy the morning with a coffee and a delicious breakfast to get us ready to hit the gym……

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Greek Yogurt with strawberries, maca, bee pollen, chia, hemp and toasted coconut

Felt pretty energetic today so I was hoping for a strong run

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Why is my head so big?

Hit the gym for a good run. I wasn’t feeling very creative today so I basically copied my run from Monday with a bit of moderation

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WARNING: Do not try to dance to Jason Derulo’s “Trumpets” while running 8.0 MPH
  • 0-5 Min @ 6.0 MPH
  • 5-10 Min @ 6.5 MPH
  • 10-12 Min @ 7.0 MPH
  • 12-15 Min @ 6.5 MPH
  • 15-17 Min @ 7.5 MPH
  • 17-20 Min @ 6.5 MPH
  • 20-22 Min @ 8.0 MPH
  • 22-25 Min @ 6.5 MPH
  • 25-27 Min @ 7.5 MPH
  • 27-30 Min @ 6.5 MPH
  • 30-32 Min @ 8.0 MPH
  • 32-35 Min @ 6.5 MPH
  • 35-37 Min @ 8.0 MPH
  • 37-38 Min @ 7.0 MPH
  • 40-44 Min @ 8.0 MPH
  • 44-45 Min @ 8.5 MPH

The last 7 Minutes were faster then the last run as Shane’s ex wife just happened to hop on the treadmill next to mine looking all perfect and smelling like the perfume counter at The Bay

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So clearly almost making myself thrown-up was the only option I had at this time……I know you understand.

After the gym we had our protein shakes in the car along with some walnuts as we weren’t going right home.

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Almond milk and plant based protein…..not the tastiest but it does the trick
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Walnuts and Coffee!

After running a few errands it was home to relax a bit.

I made some homemade Cashew Butter

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Whirl up some raw Cashews
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Add a bit of hot water slowly until desired texture
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Store in the fridge.

I am not sure how long it is good for as it is long gone around here before it could ever go bad. I will be using some of it in a Cashew Butter Chicken dish sometime soon. I will post the recipe when I do!

Getting ready to go out for a Sushi Date! Been looking forward to it all week.

Have a great night

 

Liebster Award

Liebster Award!

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How fun! I have been nominated for my first blog award from SEMI-SWEET TOOTH!  Check her out!

I feel so fancy being nominated!

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Anyways…….For the official rules CLICK HERE, I will be nominating 10 of my favorite blogs! (How will I choose!? So many great ones)

Q: What encouraged you to start a blog?

A: I used to blog on blogger. I loved it and was working very hard on designing my page. Well apparently I did something wrong and blogger locked my blog from being seen! WTF! I was so upset. I continued to read blogs for the next couple years until they unlocked it 2 years later! When it was unlocked all my hard work was gone and they had reset it to basic formatting. I tried to get it back up and running but it wasn’t the same and I was so discouraged. So I moved over here to work press a couple weeks ago and am really loving the community so far! Great blogs everywhere!

Q: What is your favorite part about blogging?

A: I love reading so many great blog! I look forward to the days when I can sit down with a cup of coffee early in the morning and catch up on what everyone is up to!

Q: What is the meaning behind your blog name?

A: Well Tipsy Runner kind of speaks for itself! I love running and I love wine! (I try not to enjoy them at the same time buy hey never say never)  

awardQ: What is one thing you miss from your childhood?

A: I miss being taken care of. I grew up in a small town and there was always someone there when I needed them! My Parents, Grandparents, Aunts, Uncles, Cousins, Friends the list goes on. Everyone knew your name, where you lived and where you were supposed to be/what you were allowed to be doing! We had the run of the whole town as kids. Fishing, swimming, skating, baseball, horseback riding…..anything we wanted to do. And because we knew everyone it was safe and fun. The street lights were my calling to go home! I loved it!

Q: Do you prefer coffee or tea?

A: I work 12 hour shifts, getting up at 4am. I am a coffee girl. I try to keep it to 2 a day, but it can be the one thing keeping my sanity. We love coffee at work, seriously at 6 am the first thing someone says everyday is “who is going for coffee later?”

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Q: What is something that is an important part of your morning routine?

A: My CLA and L’Carnitine. I think this is more important then my coffee. It wakes me up and gets me going!

Q: What is your favorite clothing item?

A: All of my LULU stuff. I know it can be expensive, and there has been some controversy with them lately buy damn the clothes just fit so well! And they last forever!!

Q: What is your favorite season?

A: Without a doubt or moment of hesitation SUMMER.

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I really used to love winter, but since I moved to the city I have no use for it. I just love Summer !

Q: If you could take a weekend trip somewhere, where would it be?

A:  I would love to scoot down to the Bahamas for the weekend. (You got me thinking about summer now)

Q: Must have beauty product?

My OBAGI skin care line. It has done absolute wonders for my skin! I can not even begin to explaine what a life changer this product is!

I would like to nominate the following blogs……….keep it going!

The Bloggette

My Own Journey

FLRunnerBoy

The Heartbreak of a Beautiful Life

RealGirlRant

SlimmerStory

Eyeoftheginger

Sugar Junkie Triathlete

Clare Bear

Keeping Food in the Friend Zone

Looking forward to reading all your responses!

Homemade Coconut Butter

I am obsessed with all things coconut. I am not kidding….it is to the point that I need to be physically restrained from sucking suntan lotion out of the bottle……

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By the way…..That says BURN not BUM….I didn’t even notice unitil after I posted that it looked like Bum…..

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Homemade Coconut Butter is one of my favorites. You can use it on so many things. I add it to oatmeal, on protein pancakes, in a curry, on fruit or even in my coffee!

So simple and easy to make.

Add unsweetened coconut flakes to a food processor and just let ‘er rip. You will have to stop it and scrape the sides once in a while. It will take about 10 minutes depending on your processor.

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Waiting is the hardest part

Once it is a nice smooth consistence pour it in a mason jar and store at room temperature. It will naturally firm up but gently warming it up will malt it down quickly.

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Deliciousness in a jar

You will go through this stuff like crazy! It is completely addictive.

Here is a great way to try it……

“Oatmeal” Minus the Oats

Ingredients
1 tbsp ground flaxseed
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1 banana, mashed
3/4 cup liquid egg whites (or 3 egg whites)
1/2 cup unsweetened almond milk (add more if desired)
1/2 tsp vanilla extract

Directions:
1.Whisk together egg whites and almond milk and then stir in walnuts, ground flax, banana, vanilla extract, and cinnamon; blend well.
2.In a medium saucepan, warm the mixture on the stove, stirring frequently, until the “oatmeal” reaches the desired consistency; this should only take a few minutes.
3.Top with berries, nut butter, seeds, or whatever else you want.

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Great post work out re-fuel

Shane’s Story

Shane’s Journey

Shane and I have been together over 3 years now, and I thought I would share his journey too.

Shane and i when we first started dating

 

At the beginning it was more casual dating as we were both just getting out of long term relationships. When we first started dating we were both in great shape. He has always worked out, and since I have known him he has always been a pretty big,  muscular guy. Sports has always been a huge part of his life. 

 In 2011, he was going through a divorce, and wasn’t in a great place. Between 2011 and 2013 his lifestyle changed, but not for the better. He was eating and drinking more (using these as coping mechanisms for all the chaos in his life) and working out less and less. He went from 208 pounds to almost 235 pounds, and I don’t think he really even cared.

Shane is the type of person who needs stability, and the uncertainty of divorce and starting over really got to him. It took him until the summer of 2014 to really come around and want to fix his lifestyle. I have always been supportive of him and never pushed anything on him. I knew that because he had always been in shape and working out had been part of him for so long that he would come back!!! (They always do, working out is such a drug in itself).

He told me he wanted to get back in shape when he saw this picture……

August. 2014

At this point I had put on some pounds due to some other health issues (which I will discuss later) so I agreed to do the reset with him. I drew up a eating plan and starting August 25, 2014 we began. I took before pictures for him because I wanted him to see the progression and knew that he would drop the weight quickly if he stuck to the plan. 

Definately lookinh swollen

 

I bought him a little book, and told him to write down everything he eats (and since he is such a creature of habit, he is still writing in the book everyday even now, 7 months later).

I am definitely the cook in our household and I like it that way. He takes care of so many other things, the least I can do is make sure he always has nutritious and delicious (as much as possible) food available to him. I packed his lunches (as I always have) but now with strict instruction that he eats NOTHING ELSE but what I make. And just like I though, the weight all but melted off him.

Initially he set a goal of going from 235 pounds to 200 pounds, but he quickly surpassed that and reset his goal for 195 pounds. On December 13, 2014 we did his final weigh in and 192 pounds meant over 40 pounds lost! We took some pictures and the side by side comparison is definitely something to be proud of! 

      

He has maintained his weight loss and is very happy with his journey, and I couldn’t be more proud of him for staying with it and making the changes necessary to stay healthy!

   

Food prep, a shoulder workout, a little mussel and it’s still friggin freezing here…….

Since I work 12 hour days I eat all my meals at work on work days. I start at 6 am, so that means up at 4:10am. This makes for A LOT of meal prep. When it comes to my work meals I stay super basic and boring. Mostly eating the same thing every day. I would rather have my tasty healthy foods for my days off. It works for me. For Shane I get more creative with his work meals, because he wouldn’t eat so healthy if he was eating grilled chicken and broccoli every day like I do.

He is more likely to get a coconut chicken curry or a quinoa salad. Not the tasteless stuff I eat.

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Plain Grilled Chicken
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Roasted Broccoli

After my 6-6 yesterday I went to my work gym for a quick 40 minute weight workout. I mostly worked my shoulders.

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I love a good shoulder work out. I am really trying to keep up my weight training up when all I really want to do is run right now.

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It’s almost a mussel……

Just thought I’d share this obnoxious selfie….why not right?!

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Sorry……..

Just a side note……

Summer is never coming to Toronto. It sure feels that way …….sigh

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Is it warm where you are? If so I’m so jealous……..

Toenails are for Sissies

I remember seeing this sign being held up by someone on my very first half marathon and I started laughing to myself……Love it!

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As soon as I increase my to over 25 miles a week I start losing toenails…..

#runnerproblems

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If you aren’t a runner you might say gross, but I know a lot of you are giggling cause you know exactly what I mean here.

This isn’t as bad as it gets at all but still not pretty to look at. When I was last marathon training I had approximately 6.4 toe nails left by race day……..

I do like seeing the look on the poor ladies face when I go in for a pedicure and whip there puppies out……yikes

I am not sure if this means my shoes are too big, too small, too tight ect….Maybe its how I am stepping….I don’t know. But it sure does make it hard to rock a peep toe.

If anyone has any tips to prevent/heal this I would love to know so I don’t have to stick my toes in the sand all summer!