Archive for August, 2008

I’m Still Here!

August 22, 2008

My laptop died!!!!!!!!!!! I have been soo busy working that today is the first I’ve had time to come use the computers on campus to post and catch up on emails and other blogs. I’ve missed everyone! My boyfriend, who is much better with technology than I am, is going to try to fix it when he gets here next Friday, but until then it’s picture-less campus posts for me 😦 Sorry guys 😦
At least it’s sunny, which has me in a great mood 🙂 AND I have PEANUT BUTTER COOKIE LARABARS to look forward to when the bf comes!!!!!! I bought one when I was in Boston and tried it the other day, and ohhh my god I am in love! He promised to bring me some 🙂 What a good boy haha. Now if only he would bring up a small cooler stocked with Fage, he’d be perfect. (Just kidding!) Ok I am off to enjoy the sun a bit before heading off to work but hopefully I’ll get my computer issues resolved soon!

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Lessons Learned

August 17, 2008

I went out for a lovely walk today- I was probably out for an hour before I started to get hungry and decided it was lunchtime. I made 1/2 cup of egg whites in the microwave just like last time, and then made it into a sandwich with a toasted whole wheat English muffin, mustard & ketchup, spinach, and tomato. I wish I had some cheese for this though, that would have made it perfect! On the side I had a sweet potato which I microwaved until soft and then cut into cubes and sauteed on the stovetop until crispy. Ketchup for dipping, of course.

I actually only wound up eating half of the sweet potato, because I decided to get some gelato! My cone was oreo, mint chocolate chip, tiramisu, and chocolate hazelnut.

I finished one shift at job #1 at 7 and my shift at job #2 was actually supposed to start at 7 (obviously I didn’t get there on time, thank goodness everyone who works there is crazy laid back and just happy that I show up), so needless to say dinner was eaten on the run. I had a kamut tortilla with a banana and about 2 tablespoons of PB&Co’s Mighty Maple PB. I LOVE this pb flavour!!!!! The hint of sweetness is perfect. Ughhh I would move to the states just for the food products. Well I actually might be moving to the states, but that’s a different story. Also, my boyfriend tells me that no one who lives in the states, actually calls it the states. It’s America. Or the US. Or, as my grandpa says, the US of A. Well, that was quite the tangent.

I snacked too much at work tonight- I was distracted every time I was eating, which means I didn’t enjoy it enough so I ate more in volume to make up for the lack of satisfaction, and also means that I don’t even know how much I ate. I had a few handfulls of my co-workers fries, which were just a little too heavy for me (as I’m feeling now) and lots more bites of gelato. I just feel kind of bloated now. I need to stop making excuses for myself for eating while at work. If I’m going to be hungry, bring a snack. Or just don’t eat it.

Oooh I was going to end there but I just remembered something I wanted to share 🙂 One of the girls I work with asked me tonight if I was ever a gymnast. I was a little confused (wondered why she would ask?) and replied that I used to figure skate. I still have pretty good tone in my legs (though I’m not sure that it’s leftover from my skating days) and I tend to get complimented on my legs and my bum. Haha I feel silly saying that, but really, I always get told that I have a nice bum. It’s a pretty good bum, I guess. Ok no more bum I have to stop there. Annnnyway wow I am on a roll with tangents today. Back to my story- when I told her I used to skate she was like ‘ohh well I asked if you did gymnastics because you have really toned arms’. I have never been told I had anything close to tone in my arms!!!! Must be all those 20lb boxes I lift for 8 hours a day at job #1 🙂 Anyway her comment made me smile and definitely makes me want to tone up all the rest of me just as nicely 🙂

Have a happy rest-of-weekend! 🙂

Toasty

August 16, 2008

I was slightly more energized when I woke up this morning 🙂 I still think I’m going to hang out in bed and read a bit, but no more sleeping! I’ve got coffee with me right now to prove it haha.

Breakfast this morning was 2% plain yogurt, Nature’s Path Organic Smart Bran Psyllium cereal, 1/2 a banana, blueberries, and a white peach, all topped with toasted almond slivers. Delicious! I loved the crunch of the toasty almonds in there. My bowl was huge and should definitely hold me until lunch.

I want to get a walk in today or maybe some gym time before work…. We’ll see 🙂

Satisfaction

August 16, 2008

Soooo I definitely went back to bed after breakfast today 🙂 It’s honestly one of my favourite things to do… During the school year on weekends I loved waking up super early, enjoying my oats, and then falling back asleep for a few hours before waking up again to coffee. Ok, I’m a little weird 🙂 I only slept for half an hour or so today though, and then I got up and made myself some coffee before heading to the gym. I did 40 minutes on the elliptical today while watching X-Weighted, which is a weight-loss show filmed in Nova Scotia (where I grew up!). Watching kind of made me miss home but it was nice to see all of the familiar places! It was also inspiring to work out while watching it- basically the show follows one or two people an episode and covers about six months of their weight loss journey. This episode focused on two best friends, one woman whose starting weight was 235, the other at 295. Both of them wound up losing quite a bit of weight, which made me feel happy for them 🙂 As with any weight-loss show I watch I always hope the contestants stick to their new habits and see it as a lifestyle change, not just a quick fix to lose some pounds. But anyway enough blabbering, on to the food!!!!

I absolutely loved everything I ate today 🙂 It really is my goal to make every day like this! For lunch I toasted up two fig + flax waffles spread with a little butter, 1/2 cup microwaved egg whites, grapes, and a white peach that was a little bruised but still tasted delicious! I need to take a moment to rave about egg whites- SUPER easy to make in the micro, delicious, and they kept me full forever! I just buttered up a little dessert bowl and poured in about 4 egg whites, then microwaved for roughly a minute, stopping every 20 seconds to stir. They came out fantastic, tasting just like they were poached! The touch of butter I used to grease the cup provided awesome flavour too. Sprinkled with a little salt & pepper, they were perfect. Expect to see a lot more egg whites on this blog!!!! 🙂


Dinner was just as much fun! I had a mixed greens salad with blueberries and balsamic vinegar. Blueberries are definitely my favourite berry and they are perfect in salads, since they are both sweet and tart. I had some 2% plain yogurt anddd one of my Boston finds! The Kashi Go-Lean Chewy protein & fiber bar, in chocolate almond toffee. This. Was. Awesome. It was pretty big so it took me a while to eat, and it tasted like a candy bar, but better. It was pretty sweet (the only downfall, there are 31g of sugar in this bar- yikes!) but with 13g of protein, 6g fat and 6g fiber this guy kept me going at work all night. I only wish Kashi would sell such deliciousness in Canada!!!!!!!!!!!!

Another super busy weekend at work (double shifts both days) but at least I have Monday off so I can catch up on sleep and downtime then! Have a great weekend everyone!!!

Reunited With Oats

August 15, 2008

It’s been sooo long since I last had oats! They tasted especially delicious today 🙂 The mix was standard, with 40g of oats, a pinch of salt, 1/3 cup skim milk, 1/3 cup water, 1/2 banana, raisins, lots of cinnamon, brown sugar, and an almond butter spoonful. The new addition today was a big spoonful of 1% cottage cheese for a little extra protein. It melted into the oats and gave great texture, though it added pretty much nothing to the taste.

Now that I’ve had breakfast though all I really want to do is go back to sleep! I don’t know why I’m so tired… Probably because I haven’t had my coffee yet 😉 I want to fit in a gym trip today and then I’m working at 4 but that’s about it, pretty boring day. At least August is coming to an end and some of my friends (and boyfriend!!!!!!!!!!!) will be coming back soon! I am so excited to move into my new apartment with the boy 🙂 Two more weeks until it happens!!!!!

Happy Friday! 🙂

Figs In My Waffle

August 15, 2008

I just got home from work and I have such an awful headache! No clue where it came from 😦 So I’m going to post quick and then go straight to bed, I have a lot planned for tomorrow and I want to wake up early and feel well-rested. As for today, I woke up a little late and wasn’t hungry (probably because of some late night fruit and cereal snacking!) so I went to the gym and did a quick 20 minutes on the elliptical. I made brunch for myself as soon as I got back, which consisted of some grapes, very ripe mango, 1/2 cup of 1% cottage cheese, and a new grocery find, a Lifestream Fig + Flax waffle spread with a touch of butter. These are by far my favourite frozen waffle- they have great flavour and little bits of fig in the waffle!! Yum.

My packed dinner for work was some more grapes, yogurt, a whole wheat roll, and a mixed greens salad with blueberries, broccoli, and balsamic vinegar. Lots of ‘b’ words there haha.

I didn’t eat a whole lot today because I just wasn’t that hungry. I ate until I was quite full every day in Boston and snacked last night so that’s probably why my appetite was off today.

Have a good night everyone and see you in the morning 🙂

Boston!

August 14, 2008

I’m back! But I really wish I was still there, I had such an amazing time! I don’t have a ton of food pics to share but I do have some scenic ones and lots of stories 🙂 We spent a lot of time at Cape Cod and a day in Provincetown, which is where most of the pics here were taken:

Beach at sunset.

Rainbows EVERYWHERE in P-town!


I also got to vist two other popular tourist attractions (ok for me at least) Trader Joe’s and Whole Foods!!!! Ahhhh!!! I had a field day inside both stores. It was honestly so exciting for me to browse the aisles, and find all the foods I see on my favourite blogs 🙂 At Whole Foods I had to pick up a vegan chocolate chip scone after seeing all of Erica’s posts on them, and wow this baked good did not disappoint! (Like you can’t already tell, the picture is of my scone after I had a few bites haha I couldn’t resist!).

And then there was the yogurt. Oh my god, the yogurt. I picked up a coconut milk-based So Delicious in Passionate Mango and was immediately in dairy-free heaven. It was so thick and rich and delicious, definitely better than most sweetened yogurts I’ve tried. I was impressed by this one for sure. The only downfall was the lower protein amount, versus dairy yogurts. I was also introduced to Stonyfield Farms on my trip, but I feel that I can’t give a fair review on their yogurt because I tried it after I tried Fage and Fage is the GREATEST YOGURT EVER!!!!!!! I only tried the 2% but it absolutely blew me away. There is nothing like this in Canada. I felt like every spoonful was an indulgence and am still contemplating a way to have Fage delivered to me daily via a personal refrigerated Fage truck. Yeah, that’s how in love I am 🙂 Another thing I am in love with is the cost of groceries at the stores I visited- Canadian prices are consistently higher than the US ones I saw. Larabars at TJ’s were $1.29- at my local store it’s $3.00 for one.

I did more than grocery shop though, I swear! I went to my boyfriend’s house on Cape Cod on Friday and for dinner we had fresh scallops, steamed summer squash, salad, and mashed potatoes. Oh how I miss fresh seafood, the quality where I am now just doesn’t measure up to the Nova Scotian standards I was raised on. These were perfect though and definitely satisfied a craving! On Saturday I went to the beach with the bf and his sister and her three kids, and after a long day in the sun we went back to the house and had lobster, steamers, corn on the cob, salad and wine for dinner. They definitely spoiled me there 🙂 We went out for ice cream after dinner (there was a lot of ice cream during this trip) and watched some of the Olympics. Go Michael Phelps!!!!!!!!

Provincetown was our next destination, where we did a lot of walking and browsing in shops along the waterfront. We stopped for lunch at a cafe that served very fresh, light tasting fare. I ordered a turkey, bacon, avocado and tomato sandwich on ciabatta with a side salad and the bf got a falafel pita (which I of course stole my fair share of bites from!). And what’s a meal without some ice cream?! We shared (and by shared I mean I ate most of it) a Half-Baked frozen yogurt cone from Ben & Jerry’s. I also had about 3 iced coffees haha I just love the way it’s made here! Just coffee and maybe some milk over ice. Sounds simple, but few of the affordable coffee shops back home will make you something like this.

And of course there was Boston! We went shopping on Newbury street and to some other fancy centers that I can’t remember the name of right now. I got to see Fenway park and do a lot of walking- Boston is such a beautiful city. We stopped for dinner at PF Chang’s one night (I remember reading about the lettuce wrap appetizer on someone’s blog…) and I am sooo happy we did, dinner there was great! The bf and I started with the vegetarian lettuce wraps and they were the highlight of the dinner, I am going to have to find a way to recreate these. We also shared the Kung Pao chicken and the Dan Dan noodles, both were fantastic! The noodles were chewy egg noodles with a ground chicken sauce served with sliced cucumber and bean sprouts to cut the heat a little. This is another one that I am definitely going to be recreating 🙂 And then guess what came after dinner- surprise! Ice cream! Cold Stone’s was right around the corner and I was dying to try the legendary cake batter flavour. I ordered a little too much and had to enlist my boyfriend’s services in finishing it off, but wow did it ever taste good. So creamy!

I took the overnight bus last night to get home this morning and I’m a little beat by now but I wanted to get this post up before morning so I may be adding in a few more details as they come to me 🙂 I did save the best for last though- here is my loot from the TJ’s and Whole Foods shopping trips! The Chocolate Coconut Chew Larabar is available in Canada but none of the other ones are.

Pictured here is a Coconut Cream Pie Larabar, a Chocolate Coconut Chew Larabar, a Peanut Butter Cookie Larabar, a Clif PB Pretzel Mojo Bar, a Kashi GoLean Chewy Chocolate Almond Toffee bar, a Blueberry Crisp Clif Bar, a PB&J Dipped Clif Mojo Bar, and two z-bars- Apple Cinnamon and Blueberry. Annnnnd a jar of PB&Co’s Mighty Maple PB! I was a happy girl after finding this 🙂 I’ll be sure to let you guys know how everything is!


I really want some sleep so I will be seeing you in the morning for breakfast and I’m hoping on getting in some gym time too! This vacation was awesome and I loved every treat that I had, but I’m feeling a little sluggish now and know that I need to eat more veggies and get in some movement tomorrow. Goodnight!

Let’s Get This Show on the Road

August 7, 2008

I’m packing + blogging so my apologies if this gets a little disorganized- I’m not the best multitasker haha. I am soooo excited for Boston!!!! But first a little recap of the day’s eats: breakfast at 6:30 this morning was a change from the usual oats, with 2 slices of Ezekiel cinnamon raisin bread toasted and spread with 2 tbsp almond butter, half of an extremely ripe banana (I could hardly cut it, it was so soft!) and a drizzle of agave nectar.

Plus coffee with a little hot chocolate mix.

For lunch I packed the last ounce of my round of Camembert cheese (yes it was on sale, and yes I did a little dance when I found this), a whole wheat roll, organic vanilla yogurt, and a banana.

I was craving mango like mad for dinner! At my favourite grocery store they sometimes set out little packs of very ripe fruit at reduced prices so I scored this amazing juicy mango, pre-cut and all, for 99 cents 🙂 The regular packs of pre-cut fruit start at $3.99 so I was pretty happy with my bargain. I had another whole wheat roll on the side spread with a little butter and the rest of my Tex Mez salad from last night on the side. This all tasted so great together and filled me up perfectly.

I’m bringing a container of my absolute favourite plain yogurt as a travel snack. This organic kind is so freaking expensive but I decided to treat myself tonight. Can you believe there are 10g of protein in this thing?! Awesome 🙂 Since I am such a yogurt lover you can bet that I am pumped for my first FAGE encounter!!! I’m also intrigued by Chobani. And I want to sample the coconut milk based non-dairy yogurts! I may just be eating yogurt for the next 4 days……


HK I will be emailing you!

I don’t think I’ll be blogging until I get back but I’m sure I will have a ton to talk about then 🙂 Have a great weekend everyone!

Tex Mex Lightens Up

August 6, 2008

As always, oats held me through a tough morning at work. I wasn’t even really that hungry when I took my lunch break at 12:30, so I just grabbed a Crunchy Peanut Butter Clif bar and an organic vanilla yogurt. They definitely hit the spot though and powered me well into the afternoon! I like this flavour of Clif bar but my absolute favourite is the Chocolate Almond Fudge. It tastes like a richer, more textured version of the chocolate brownie z-bar. Yum 🙂


Since I’m leaving soon I don’t want to have a lot of perishable groceries lying around so I went out for a salad for dinner. I ordered the ‘Tex Mex’, which I feared would be smothered in cheese and chips and too much guac (though really, can there be such a thing??). I was pleasantly surprised when my plate came to the table, loaded with a mountain of fresh mixed greens, tomatoes, red kidney beans, and very reasonable portion sizes of grilled chicken, cheddar cheese, guacamole, and salsa. There were just a few chips framing the plate instead of drowning it. This was really good, and I ate about 3/4 of it and am saving the rest to do something with tomorrow.

Since my cocoa coffee tasted so good this morning I decided that I wanted it for dessert tonight too! I got a decaf coffee and stirred in some hot chocolate powder when I got home. It’s raining and gross outside and this warmed me right up.

I think I’ll do some packing tonight, catch up on blogs (I missed you guys!) and read some more of Atonement. So far it’s pretty good, very detailed (sometimes too much so) but still quite captivating. I wanted to get to the gym today but that might have to wait until tomorrow. Have a good night!

Back With Bananas

August 6, 2008

In my oats, that is 🙂 I’ve missed blogging!! In my 5am oats this morning were 40g of the oats, a pinch of salt, 1/3 cup skim milk, 1/3 cup water, half of a banana, lots of cinnamon, raisins, brown sugar and an almond butter spoonful. Coffee is also most definitely on the agenda for today. I mixed some hot chocolate powder into my morning cup and now it’s all mocha-like and delicious. I can see why Jenn loves her cocoa coffee 🙂

I found an apartment! I was really stressed about this because I’m going out of town soon and definitely wanted one before I left, so I am very very happy about this. I can’t wait until September 1st!!!!

Time to move so I’m not late for work. Happy Humpday!