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Weekend fun
July 7, 2013, 1:31 am
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I had a great Saturday. I started my day off at the gym, just to get it out of the way. I warmed up on the spin bike, and moved onto my NROLFW workout. My strength training went well, and I still had some energy when I was done so I jumped on the elliptical. There was a movie on TV I got into, so I spent an hour on the elliptical.

I went home showered, and made myself one of my epic smoothies


Afterwards Kurt and I headed to Belleville to catch a matinee of Despicable Me 2. The movie was really good light hearted with lots of laughs. I admit it I’m a total sucker for a happy ending.

Kurt and I ran a couple of errands after the movie before heading home. When we got in I headed straight to the kitchen to prep some food for Kurt’s “man night”. I made a hot pepper dip, a veggie plate, and homemade chicken strips for him to take with him.

I had the house to myself tonight, so I cleaned up the kitchen, took a nice long bath, and started a marathon of “The Good Wife”. I watched part of the most recent season when it was on TV during the winter, and decided tonight to start back at season 1. I’m really starting to get into it.


Red Curry Shrimp
July 6, 2013, 4:14 am
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This was my very first attempt at red curry, and I have I say it was pretty good. There are some changes that I would make for next time, but overall I’m very happy with the finished product.

Here is what was in the mix:

454 g of jumbo shrimp
1/2 yellow pepper
1/2 red pepper
1 onion
1 tsp of minced garlic
1 tsp of minced ginger
1/4 tsp of cumin
1/2 tsp of chilli powder
2 Tbsp of red curry paste
1 400ml can of light coconut milk
2 Tbsp of coconut oil (can reduce the amount)

1. Mince ginger and garlic. Chop onion and peppers.
2. Bring pan to medium heat, add coconut oil ginger, garlic, and onion. Sauté for 5 minutes add peppers. Sauté until onions and peppers are slightly tender.
3. Add coconut milk.
4. Add remaining spices and red curry paste. Sauté over medium heat until sauce boils.
5. Lower heat, and add shrimp.




I served the red curry shrimp over brown rice.


Before I got cooking today I walked to and from the grocery store, which is a bit over 6km round trip. The distance doesn’t bother me, but the humidity does. The last time I checked the weather the humidity was 97%. Honestly I know everyone has a hard time when it’s this humid, but for this British Columbian with strong Scottish blood running through my veins, it is almost unbearable. Lucky for me, I’m heading out to BC in about a week and a half, so I know I won’t have to deal with the humidity too much longer.

Deadlift pain
July 5, 2013, 2:47 pm
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Yesterday I started the day with a mango smoothie: soy milk, complete green protein powder, and frozen mangos. It was a simple smoothie, it doesn’t look as good as some of my other smoothies but it was good.


I did some cooking yesterday before it got too hot. I made some potato salad, cooked some chicken breasts, and roasted chick peas. Here is what my lunch looked like yesterday:


I got hungry before dinner, and had a handful of almonds. My dinner looked pretty similar to lunch yesterday.

In the evening Kurt and I went to the gym. Kurt helped me with my dead lift form before he went swimming. It turns out I was bending my knees too much when I was dead lifting, and that was probably the cause of my hip pain after dead lifting. I dead lifted 75lbs yesterday for 3 sets with 10 reps. No pain or hip clicking after my dead lifts, so I would say the corrected form was a success. I finished off my weights, and rowed 4 sets of 500m. I just got on the treadmill, and Kurt arrived finishing his swim earlier, so my workout ended early.

After I got home and showered we decided to watch a movie. I had some popcorn to munch on while watching Parker. I enjoyed the movie, but thought that there were a few too many gratuitous Jennifer Lopez bum shots. I also have to admit that I am a big fan of Jason Statham.

July 4, 2013, 1:33 pm
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I am not an expert when it comes to exercising outside in the heat; I’m just a regular whimp who high tails it into the air conditioning when it’s too hot.

First off I try to go out and run early in the morning or late at night; last year I was dedicated to heading out for short runs three days a week at 5:30am. Unfortunately I’m just getting back into this summer, and I don’t have a set routine(working on it).

Back to the heat, I drink at least 500ml of water within an hour of heading out.
I don’t normally run long enough to need a water bottle, but of course I take one for the heat.
Wear a visor or hat.
Slow it down, honestly for me this means longer walking breaks.
Listen to your body, and don’t be afraid to take it inside and onto the treadmill.

Right now it is hot and humid in Southern Ontario, and I can handle it outside before 10am, and after 7 am (it’s great that it starts cooling off early here). Outside of those times, I’m not going to risk it with running outside, I can handle a walk outside, but running can just be too much for me. I have to say I love the air conditioning in my local YMCA. I don’t have central air at home, so this encourages me even more to head to the gym.

So, since it’s been a late start for me today, after more cover letter updates, and job hunting; I am off to the gym.

Daily Eats
July 4, 2013, 2:50 am
Filed under: Food

Well you saw my breakfast and lunch today already. For an afternoon snack I had some carrot sticks and hummus, and I finished off the last of my blackberries and raspberries. For dinner I had homemade fries, and chicken stuffed with broccoli and cheese (it was in the freezer, and I ate it, instead of throwing it out). I know I’m a terrible person eating overly processed foods. I’m working on it, okay.


After dinner Kurt and I went to yoga, which felt really good. My shoulders felt really tight tonight, and hopefully I have loosened things up a bit for my weight lifting session tomorrow. I came home to watch old Simpsons episodes, and snack on almonds.

I plan on working more on photographing my food for all of you to see. Hopefully it will keep me a little more accountable, even if I’m sharing my boring eats.

Oh it was tough
July 3, 2013, 2:16 pm
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Oh it was so tough to make it through my workout yesterday. I headed to the gym yesterday evening after I got home from Ottawa. I thought I would get into the workout once I was at the gym, but I was just tired. I did NROLFW workout 6A, and I really struggled especially with my push ups. I’m still working on incline push ups and I wish I could do full body push ups. I normally do about a half hour of cardio after I finish my strength training, but yesterday I just didn’t have the energy for it so I called it a day.

This morning I got up, and immediately headed out the door I had to drive a friend of mine to a Service Ontario office. That took about an hour, and I came back to a great breakfast of Vans Gluten Free Waffles, berries, and scrambled eggs. Yummy.


After breakfast I caught up on my emails, and headed out for a run. After my 5.4 km run around the neighbourhood I was ready to eat again. I made myself a great smoothie with: strawberries, mangos, soy milk, protein powder, and greens+. I had my smoothie in a bowl, and topped with granola. Mmmm, I sure am managing to get my sweet food in.

Now it’s time to get going on my cleaning. Do any of you have a cleaning schedule or routine, to help you stay organized with your cleaning? I don’t have a cleaning schedule right now, but I am thinking about implementing one.

Back at it
July 2, 2013, 3:41 am
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Well today was my final day in Ottawa. In the morning we checked out of our hotel, and then headed down to the market for some breakfast. Kurt wanted to go to a music store, so I took a walk around the market while he looked at guitars.

Afterwards we made the three hour drive back home. We stopped in Kingston on our way home to have lunch at Golden Rooster Deli. I had half a bratwurst and some potato salad.
Now that we are at home I want to get back to eating healthy. I tracked my food on myfitnesspal over the weekend, but it wasn’t perfect, and I realized that even when I try to make better choices while I’m traveling, restaurant food has a ton of sodium.

I feel fine about my level of activity while I was away. We walked for hours exploring the city every day, and I did some lunges, squats and push-ups in our hotel suite. That said as soon as I am done writing this post I plan on killing it at the gym.