Gainingorlosing's Blog

School’s out for summer!
June 25, 2013, 11:32 pm
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I started my day with a 5k run outside, followed by NROLFW workout 5A at the gym. It was tough to get out of bed at 6am before it got hot, but it was worth it.

Today is the last day of the school year, and since I’m an on call teacher I didn’t get called into work today. It’s not official, I am unemployed for July and August, and I have yet to secure full time employment for September.

I am excited for summer. I have yet to decide what course I should take this summer, one in special education which is very applicable to the classroom, or one in child psychology which is less applicable to the classroom, but more applicable to my future desire to obtain a masters degree. I need to decide this week, since whichever distance course I choose will be short and intense.

I’m looking forward to lazy days reading in the sun, running, swimming, biking, hiking, BBQ’s, spending time with friends and family, and anything else the season has to offer.

I’m heading to BC to visit my friends and family in the middle of July for about a month, which is very exciting. I promise to share tons of photos with you of Vancouver Island.


Celebrating every piece of success!
March 28, 2013, 12:01 am
Filed under: Career, Recipes, Uncategorized | Tags: , , ,

I had a great start to my Wednesday!
I got a part time job teaching grade four science to a couple of home school students. I am excited to get my first career related paid position. I have continued working on job hunting each morning this week, which is a success for me. Also yesterday I heard back from an elementary school principal who would love to have me volunteer in her school, and mentioned the possibility of some paid scribing work at the end of April.

On Tuesday, I had a kick ass nrolfw workout, so today I rested and just went out for a 3km walk around my neighbourhood.

In the afternoon I made protein oatmeal cookies, and I forgot to take a picture. They were really good, so I will share the recipe and pictures soon. After making and eating the cookies I went out to do a couple of errands including grocery shopping.

I came home and immediately got started on dinner: meatballs and spaghetti squash.


I roasted the spaghetti squash at 400 .F, then I started prepping my vegetables. I used:

4 garlic cloves
1 large onion
1 pound of mixed peppers
Which I sautéed with 1 tablespoon of olive oil.
Then I cheated, I added a jar of tomato sauce to the pan, followed by 1tsp of basil, and 1tbsp of oregano. I continued cheating by adding pre made angus meatballs to the mix.

Here is a picture of the finished product, with bits of goat cheese on top. It was super yummy, and my boyfriend loved


A new week, a new start
March 26, 2013, 3:29 am
Filed under: Career, Food, Uncategorized | Tags: , , ,

Today I started my Monday morning the way any unemployed girl should. I checked job postings, worked on my cover letter for international teaching jobs, and phoned three different places about potential volunteer opportunities. I need to keep the job search momentum going, for the rest of the week.

Next on the agenda was a morning walk, and running some errands. I made a trip to bulk barn where I picked up some, new to my ingredients that I am going to try out in some recipes later this week. I promise to share any kitchen successes.

Physically, today was a rest day, and I needed it! My upper back is tight right now from yesterday’s lifting session.


Here I am learning how to take a self portrait.