Day 22 of 30: Veggies Are Back in My Life

My legs are pretty stiff from last night’s workout and stairs are quite the challenge. I’m working out with my trainer again tomorrow morning. Here’s hoping we’re doing upper body/core and giving my legs a bit of a break.

One of my favourite holiday things: a Starbucks Skinny Peppermint Mocha. Click on the image to see the nutritional details.

Food journal for today:

  • Starbucks grande skinny peppermint mocha
  • orange
  • 2 hard-boiled eggs
  • 1 c cucumbers
  • All Bran Bar – cinnamon oat
  • banana
  • Oikos key lime yogurt
  • no sugar added chocolate pudding
  • Caesar salad
  • 1 1/2 pieces of garlic bread
  • beef and bean chili
  • 2 small shortbread cookies
  • hot buttered rum
  • orange

I’ve been meal-planning, and it’s made a difference. I’m consuming veggies and fruit with regularity again. Also, I spend way less money on lunches. Today was not a stellar eating day, but much improved over last week.

I’m still feeling wiped. Going to do some stretching and go to bed.

Day 9 of 30: Getting Back Up

Friday was the kind of day where you get home and barely have the energy to get into bed. No workout, but I did four hours of painting. I didn’t food journal, either.

Yesterday, I continued slacking off. No food journal, no workout.

Today, I did a core workout and water was pretty good. What did I eat?

  • oatmeal with cinnamon, 3 tbsp raisins, vanilla, 1/3 c skim milk, and 1 tsp brown sugar
  • grande skinny peppermint mocha (love these!)
  • 1 can (2 servings) of clam chowder (I had a craving)
  • 1 mini Mars bar (Halloween leftovers)
  • 6 baby carrots
  • 2 c romaine lettuce with Caesar dressing
  • 1 slice homemade lasagna
  • 1 piece garlic bread
  • 1 Twisted shot (in celebration of the Riders win)
  • ripple chips and onion dip
  • 1 peppermint brownie

So clearly things went downhill as the day progressed, and, man, do I ever need to start eating more fruits and veggies.

My eating plan tomorrow?

  • oatmeal with raisins for breakfast
  • green monster smoothie, too – 1 c skim milk, 1 banana, 2 c spinach, 1 scoop protein powder
  • lasagna, baby carrots (NO garlic bread)
  • Oikos yogurt and apple
  • chicken breast with salsa and a little cheese, brown rice, green beans

Still not super-super healthy, but an improvement.

Keeping a food journal has made it apparent that I need to do more planning. I’m relying on eating out too much and choosing unhealthy snacks way too often. We also have a shortage of fruit and veggies in this house on a regular basis, which sure doesn’t make healthy eating easier. With Christmas coming up, I think it’s important that I take steps now to make sure that I keep any weight gain to a minimum. I plan to create a meal plan for the next month, fully expecting that it will have to be tweaked as I go along because we all know that the holidays can get out of control with extra activities.

What are your favourite fruit choices during the dark days of winter?

Day 7 of 30: Food Journal Update

No blogging yesterday, and no food journaling, either – way too long a day. I did workout and did pretty well with the water, but it was the kind of day where you get home and barely have the energy to get ready for bed.

Today was better. Not as tired. Worked out with my trainer tonight – upper body and core. I am going to be so sore in a couple of days!

As part of my November goals, I committed to keeping a food journal. It’s a tool I’ve used in the past and I found it really useful when I previously lost weight. As you might imagine, the food journaling has been interesting. I haven’t altered my diet as of yet, but I am amazed – in a bad way – at how much crap I’m eating and how few vegetables I’ve been getting in. Today was worse that usual, but not by much:

  • Mini Wheats and skim milk for breakfast
  • a slice of Pizza Hut Triple Crown pizza, a Diet Pepsi, coconut Oikos Greek yogurt, and ripple chips and dill pickle dip for lunch (I was ravenous and obviously made bad choices)
  • DQ for supper: cheeseburger and onion rings with a medium Diet Pepsi (in a rush and tired and no food in the house)
  • 3 mini Mars bars
  • banana

Yuck, right?!? No wonder I’ve been feeling like I have no energy and am tired all the time, and I can’t lose weight – I’m eating like I want to pack on a few pounds. I’m fueling my body with crap! Nothing like keeping a food journal to open your eyes to what you’ve really been eating and to motivate you to do better.

I’m definitely keeping up with recording what I eat. Gotta keep myself honest, and it’s really pushing me back toward meal-planning, too, which is a good thing.

Day 1 of 30: November Resolutions

This month I turn 38. It seems weird to me that I’m getting so close to 40 because I don’t FEEL like I’m almost 40.

Being that it’s my birthday month, I decided that I need to take care of myself, so I’m committing to blogging daily all of November to write about what I’m doing to get fitter and be healthier.

What am I doing to get fitter and healthier? My goal for this month is to be active every. single. day. Since my plantar fasciitis is still nagging, I’m sticking to the stationary bike for now for cardio, plan to increase my strength training (I’m approaching 40 – I need it) to a minimum of 2 times per week, and really want to get back to fitting yoga in on a regular basis. I’ll also be working on water consumption and food journaling, along with adding some Vitamin D and acidophilus to my diet.

Today, I didn’t food journal, but I did work out and I managed to consume more than 8 cups of water. My workout was pretty basic: 5 minute warmup, 30 minute stationary bike with 30 second hard intervals every 5 minutes, and then 5 minute cooldown.

What healthy habit do you struggle to make permanent? What healthy habit have you got down? I’m a flosser, but definitely have ups and downs related to healthy eating, drinking enough fluids, and exercising.

March Madness

My kids’ hockey seasons are wrapping up in the next couple of weeks, I’m happy to report, and my son’s soccer winds up this weekend. Looking forward to less driving and more time at home. If I’m totally honest, though, my husband has been shouldering the bulk of the running around for the kids’ activities, so I’m sure he’s going to be ecstatic come March 24th.

Workouts have not been happening for a couple of weeks. I have been totally exhausted (work has been really busy) and have tended to choose more sleep over workouts. On the other hand, my eating has been pretty good, and last week I started using the Lose It app ( and totally love it. I had previously resisted my dietitian’s attempts to get me to food track electronically because I’ve always found anything online to be a pain in the ass (PITA), but this app allows you to scan food labels into your phone and then tracks the nutritional data, to enter your own recipes easily, and is, according to my dietitian, fairly accurate in calorie counts vs. other apps out there. I was already food journaling, but using this tool helped me I was eating plain ol’ too much, even though the food I was eating was generally good for me.

Still making my way through The Book of New Family Traditions (Revised and Updated): How to Create Great Rituals for Holidays and Every Day and have started Sundae Mondays for the kids. Basically, I’m putting together breakfast sundaes for them every Monday morning so that they have something to look forward to that day. Mondays suck for pretty much everyone, and I’ve definitely noticed that it boosts their moods at the beginning of the week to start out with something fun.

Off to do some yoga before bed. Today was a long, tough day at work and my back needs to decompress.

What are your favourite apps?



My eating was less-than-healthy yesterday.  I munched my way through movie popcorn, peanut butter M&M’s, toffee, a mushroom-Monterey Jack burger, sweet potato fries, and a ginormous spoonful of peanut butter.  I have to say, though, that I enjoyed every mouthful.

Back to healthier eating today, though.  And I’ll be planning meals for the week.  My kids are now officially with me for the summer, so planning is more important because:

  1. If I don’t plan, I’ll be scrambling at supper time, and hungry kids + hungry mom = bad news.
  2. We’ve got a babysitter this week and I need to have a plan for her for the kids’ lunches.
  3. Meals are always healthier when I plan them out.
My meal plans have felt a little stale lately so I picked up a couple of new cookbooks, Simply Great Food (by the Dietitians of Canada) and Quinoa 365.  I’ll be trying out a few new recipes this week, including Cranberry Chicken Bake (from Simply Great Food) and Mango Chicken Quinoa (from Quinoa 365).
On Tuesday, I’ll be seeing my physiotherapist and an exercise physiologist for a running gait analysis.  Both the physio and exercise therapist are friends of mine.  Hopefully we can sort out what’s going on with my hip!  This past week, I’ve been using a tennis ball on my psoas (painful), but I got a couple of runs in this week, so I’m happy.  I also did upper body one day.  I’ll be doing more strength today, but I’ve definitely been slacking on the core work, which is not helpful for my hip.  Must do better this week.




Me and My Life

Life Update:

I fell asleep at 8pm last night.  Our neighbour and her kids came over for a visit shortly thereafter and I was so out of it, I totally couldn’t wake myself up to chat.  I do remember her asking if I was feeling unwell, but my response was that it was just Friday.  Yup, I’m sure that made a lot of sense to her.  Here’s a little confession: school wipes me out so much that I usually fall asleep by 8:30pm on Friday nights, and I usually sleep until at least 7am, and often more like 8am.  On Friday nights, I usually get more sleep than my kids do.

At least my neighbour and my husband seemed to have a good visit.   My husband is telling me at this moment that next time he’ll send me upstairs to bed because he thought it was rude of me to fall asleep on the couch.  LOL.  And it probably was, but, geez, I was asleep.  It’s not like I was capable of deep thought.

Moving on to kid stuff, my son’s hockey season ended today, and last week was my daughter’s last hockey session for the year.  Soccer doesn’t start until May, so it looks like we get a bit of a break in running kids to activities.  Oh, who am I trying to kid – honestly, my husband did most of it, so it’ll free up his time more than mine.

I’m trying out this gel pack my husband bought at the local home show today.  It’s called Green Heat, so as you might imagine, it’s a warm rather than cold pack.  I’m trying one that’s designed to lie across the back of your neck and it gets really quite warm.  Hope it’ll help those muscles relax!

Also, my trainer is moving away and will be done working at the end of May.  What will I do?!?  I’ll be away myself this summer, so I’m thinking I need to – eek! – put together my own training plan to get me to my half marathon at the beginning of September.  I don’t really know how to do this at all, so here’s another confession: I like books, so I’ll probably buy 2 or 3 books on running and figure out some sort of training program.  I’m leaning towards Run Less, Run Faster by Pierce, Ross, and Murr and Daniels’ Running Formula by Jack Daniels.  I probably won’t get around to reading them until June, so I’ve got time to ponder.

Workout Update:

Had a 75 minute boot camp class this morning at 9am, so not too early, but early enough to get it out of the way so I could move on with my day.  It was a combination of your typical bootcamp strength/cardio circuit stuff (a variety of butt-kicking jump squats, pushups, lunges, etc.) and 3 (or was it 4?) x 10 minute spinning intervals.  The last spinning interval was a long climb and, in combination with the rest of the workout, my legs were totally shaking afterward.

Eating Update:

Thursday and Friday I met or surpassed my 4 servings of veggies target.  I was a little short on water on Thursday, but got 8 c in yesterday (if you include the Gatorade I consumed).  I didn’t track my food, though.

We went out for supper (or dinner, depending on what you call it where you live) on Thursday and it was delicious: a large green salad with julienned carrots, radishes, and citrus in a light vinaigrette; a little hummus on baguette; beef tenderloin with some sort of mushroom reduction, asparagus, and sun-dried tomato quinoa.  I was full, but when the waitress said that one of the creme brulee flavours was Grand Marnier white chocolate, I was hooked.  I couldn’t pass up creme brulee, though – it doesn’t exactly grow on trees around here!  Other than that, Thursday was a pretty good eating day.  Actually, Friday was okay, too.

What I ate today:

  • Breakfast: 1 slice raisin bread, 1 c skim milk with 1 tsp chocolate syrup, banana
  • Snack: mandarin orange, apple, 3/4 c cooked 5 grain cereal, 1/4 c raisins, 1 1/2 oz of ripple chips, 1/4 c M&Ms
  • Lunch: 2 Healthy Bake multigrain fish sticks, 2 c spinach, 1 tbsp dried berries, 1/2 tbsp raspberry vinaigrette, 1 tbsp feta
  • Snack: 1/2 banana, 1/2 c frozen blueberries, 1 c skim milk, 2 c spinach (all blended into a smoothie), 2 slices bread with 2 tsp margarine and 1 tbsp all-fruit jam
  • Supper: 1/3 of an order of Boston Pizza lasagna, garlic bread, and 1 piece of some sort of appetizer bread (holy carbs!)

I slept in this morning, though, so I had a slice of raisin bread instead of my usual oatmeal because I was concerned that the higher fibre content wouldn’t make my stomach happy during my workout, which was a short hour away.  I’m not sure it was a good choice because I was SO hungry after my workout.  As I found myself scrounging through my pantry and unable to withstand the Old Dutch Ripple Chips I found there, I thought I should just give in a EAT.  So, I had an orange, an apple, and some multigrain cereal with raisins.

I was still really hungry this afternoon.  Not sure if it’s because of my workout or what, but my appetite was unusually large today.  And, wow, the highly-processed-starch consumption wasn’t so good.

Goals Update:

Food journaling?  Check.  8 c of water?  Check.  4 Servings of veggies? Check.

Plan for Tomorrow:

  1. 4k run – as easy as I can manage and still call it running
  2. work on a school project
  3. study for a quiz on Wednesday
  4. book a patient for Monday morning
  5. other, smaller stuff

Are there any running books you really like and would recommend?