Sweet Potato Smoothie and Mexican Turkey Bowls…oh and I hate Mother Nature

I was hoping to get in another 10k run outside today but unfortunately I woke up to this….

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Seriously. This is getting ridiculous……

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WIAW #2

wiawSince my food tends to be the same most days I don’t want to bore you to tears posting the same food every week……

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I thought posting pictures of new or actually interesting dishes would be a better way to go about this…. Just go with it….mmmm…..k?

I was in the Bulk Barn the other day, well two Bulk Barns actually……. I managed to get kicked out of the first one and had to go to another one that was out of my way. (Don’t ask) I was picking up White Chocolate and Sprinkles for the cake pops but somehow managed to come out with tons of spices and a bunch of other things. I picked up a pulled pork spice (probably full of salt but whatever it smelled great!) I thought it would be good for a pulled Chicken.

I chopped up some onions and garlic, and threw them in the slow cooker with some of my home made Tomato sauce preserves (from last year) the pulled pork spice a dehydrated pepper and let it cook away.

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Made 32 L last fall

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Once it was cooked I took out the chicken and shredded it with two forks and threw it back in until all the liquid cooked down.

Yum…..Served with Grilled Broccoli for a work dinner this week.

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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

 

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……..

Interval Run and Big Brother!

So before I start here, just a side note…….When you are chatting with your Mother on the phone (Who just came back from Mexico yesterday) and she asks you if you’ve ever had Brazilian……clarify what she means before answering! How was I supposed to know she meant a Brazilian Steakhouse a la carte restaurant at their resort??

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I really was hoping it would warm up enough to get outside for a run but no luck…..brrrr…… Screw that! 

I powered up for my run with 1/2 a grapefruit that I sprinkled with stevia and cinnamon and then broiled in the oven…..tastes so much better this way then cold.

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I also has some of the C4 pre workout. Just needed that extra kick today!

I felt pretty strong on my run today. Here is what I did

  • 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
  • 37-40 Min @ 6.5 MPH
  • 40-44 Min @ 8.0 MPH
  • 44-44:30 Min @ 8.2 MPH
  • 44:30-45 Min @ 8.5 MPH

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I also did a .5 Mile warm up and a .5 Mile cool down (This picture is just of the interval run). My goal is to get up to 6 Miles in under 50 Minutes. Almost there.

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Yikes ……It is definitely a hair washing day!

I am so so excited…..Big Brother Canada 3 starts tonight!!!!!!!! I wish I had tried out like I wanted to! Every year I always say I am going to the casting but never do……ugh…

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Shane and I are heading to my our friends place to watch.

And have some wine and naughty food of course!

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Krazy Glue saves lives

Yesterday was a nice day off! After running on the hamster wheel treadmill for 4 miles, we headed to Costco. My blender decided to go kaput on me the other day and I can’t live without one. Of course I would LOVE to get a vitamix but I don’t really want to spend $500-$700 on a blender. I have a few friends who have the Ninja and say it works great. I looked all over trying to find the 1500 watt/2.5 horsepower one but apparently Canadian’s don’t need blenders that strong and the American web sites all refused to ship it to me!! rudeI ended up getting the blender / food processor. I took it home, washed it all up……..Excited to get it all put together and use it…..Then the damn thing cut me!! SOBAt least I know its sharp! After I cut myself it was bleeding like crazy…….so I did what any normal person would do…..After it FINALLY stopped bleeding, I krazy glued that sucker shut….Good idea!……Right????…..I work the next three days in a row….7-7.

Interval workouts and car pooling

Hello and Happy Wednesday!

I hope everyone made it through St Patrick’s Day ok and that no one woke up to ashamed of their selves! ……Although I used to love drinking at the pub, starting at noon, dressed in tacky dollar store green beads, hats and what not……I stayed home this year!

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Nothing like waking up in a ditch with a green beer moustache and a short chubby guy that last night was able to convince you he was a Leprechaun! (Again not judging!)

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I worked Monday and Tuesday at the zoo 7-7. Long days. But I was able car pool wit KFG which always makes my drive go faster! And we were able to work out on our lunch break both days! We did interval training both days.I usually use the work gym after work as I usually work 6-6 so it isn’t as busy as it is mid-day but we still managed. I set the treadmill to 7.0-8.0 miles and 10.0 incline the first day and did 1 minute sprints in between super sets. It was a back and shoulder day on Monday.Tuesday was intervals again but I kept a flat incline and did 2 minute sprints ranging from 8.5-9.5 mph in between super sets Tuesday was bicep and chest day.

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Being a shift worker has it’s advantages as I am off today and tomorrow, but on the down side I work all weekend! Friday -Sunday 7-7….yuck!

Speed run today, aiming for 4 miles. Tomorrow will be the long slow run day.

Why isn’t it summer yet?