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Happy Earth Day Everyone!!

Were you earth-friendly today? Not gonna lie – I didn’t do the best job ever – I drove to work, and used a cardboard cup from Starbucks. I am really glad that Earth Day exists though because I believe it is important to give people (like me!) an excuse to rethink their daily habits. I have about 4 reusable travel mugs at home – I should definitely start using them more and save 10 cents off my coffee’s.

I’m sorry I’ve been so MIA lately. I haven’t blogged since last Wednesday *sigh* – the last week has been pretty good. I went to the gym Friday and Saturday of last week. However, on Saturday I ran 4 miles in 41 minutes (which was great) but I think I may have messed up my knee somehow because it has hurt every time I have tried to workout since (even when I’m doing lower impact training like the elliptical or biking), which worries me. So I’m trying to take a break from running this week.

I am really looking forward to this weekend though. My in-laws are visiting and I think we’re planning another trip up to Banff to see the mountains. Its raining outside right now though – which I think is giving them a bit of a false impression of Calgary  (where it rains like once every 2 months).  Its so nice to see them, we had a great dinner out at Moxies, after picking them up from the airport. Then watched Survivor, because Ryan’s mom is a HUGE fan.

I almost forgot to mention my eats for the week, I’ve made some good ones!

Cinnamon Maple French Toast & Coffee

Stir-Fried Rice & Veggies

Lemon Pepper Chicken

Pad Thai Noodles with Tofu

I promise I’ll post a longer update next time – but for now – family calls.

What did you all get up too this week? I have sooo many blogs to catch up on in my Google Reader – thats on my agenda for this weekend. I’m looking forward to reading them.

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Hi All,

I had a nice long post planned out for tonight – but I am so exhausted that I think I’m gonna make it a quick one and head to bed early. Work this week has been madness. I feel like I haven’t had time to sit down much since Monday, and somehow my to-do list is growing at astronomical speed :S

Anyways, my eats so far this week were pretty yumm-tastic.

Monday:

– Breakfast of almond butter and banana on a whole grain wrap. First time trying it – really impressed.

– Lunch was a sandwich with lettuce, hummus, laughing cow cheese, mustard, turkey and salami

– Dinner wasn’t eaten until 9 (worked late) but the boy kindly made me a mini pizza with olives, goat cheese and sundried tomatoes. So sweet of him.

Tuesday

– Breakfast: Green Monster with lotsa spinach, almond milk, flax seed, banana, honey, and some OJ. So yummy – I forgot ice cubes though – that would’ve made it even better!

– Lunch: Mixed Salad with Mozzarella Cheese, Zucchini, Cucumber & Tomato with Greek Dressing.

lunch preview: that's a coke zero I swear!

– Dinner: Wendy’s – FAIL! I was so excited to catch Glee and the Biggest Loser that I slacked on dinner …. oops. Did you catch either of them, thoughts?

Today

– Breakfast: Oats with Coconut Butter, Cinnamon, Maple Syrup and Almond Milk

I may be a *tad* in love with almond milk

– Lunch: Repeat of Monday’s Sandwich – Quick, Easy and Tasty.

– Dinner: Modified this recipe, subbed goat cheese for blue cheese and it was still delish – served with garlic veggies.

Fitness

Strangely this is the one area this week that I actually feel like I’m kicking butt in – here’s a recap.

Monday: 32 minute treadmill interval run for 3.1 miles. My knee was bugging me a bit so I took it a bit slower than I planned. I also stretched for 10 minutes afterwards.

Tuesday: 30 minutes on the stationary bike (reading the book I mention below), followed by 20 minutes of abs + strength training.

Today: 30 minutes on treadmill with 20 minutes of 1 minute on, 1 minute off sprints, covered 5K in about 28.5 minutes.

Tomorrow is my off day – I’m sooo looking forward to sleeping in for a bit. Nevertheless, I’m stoked that I got my butt to the gym 3 days in a row. That’s a step in the right direction.

What have you been up to this week?

*Sidenote* I recently picked up Michael Pollan’s ‘Omivore’s Dilemma’ – have you read it? So far I’m really enjoying it. I had no idea Corn was in so much of our food – apparently over a 1/4 of the supermarket is primarily corn based products. Thats a bit shocking and sad to me. What do you think about that?

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Organics

Hi All, hope you had an enjoyable weekend. Mine was pretty good – not too exciting, but that’s a nice change of pace sometimes. Saturday morning I enjoyed sleeping in a bit while Ryan went for a run…. OUTSIDE…. by himself.  My hamstrings starting bothering me a lot after my run on Thursday, so I unfortunately had to let Ryan do his first outdoor run solo. I felt awful about it since I was the one the pushed him into doing it – but was impressed that he still went. He found some snazzy app on his iPhone that does basically the same thing as a Nike+ , so I think that kept him company.

While he was out, I decided to take a trip to the health food store. It’s only like 2 blocks away and they had some schweet sales on – so I had planned to make a trip over there at some point this week anyways. Here’s a little picci of what I left with:

Hello Healthy Food

Hello Healthy Food

  • – Miso soup mix (yum – so excited to use this at work)
  • – Annie’s Mac & Cheese mixes (on sale)
  • – Amy’s Broccoli Pot Pies (also on sale)
  • – Artisana Coconut Butter (on sale – soooo excited about this one)

For lunch on Saturday we checked out one of the ‘rumored’ best burger joints in Calgary called The Holy Grill (haha!). I had the gourmet burger (with cheddar instead of blue cheese – I’m not a fan of blue cheese). The burger was ‘out of this world’ good – soooo yummy! I had happy tastebuds after that one.

Then later in the afternoon the boy and I decided to run some errands which consisted of a grocery run (yay for finding a 36 pack of laughing cow cheese for $7.99 – huzzah) and a trip to Best Buy – where I picked up one of these pretty little things.

I’m still figuring out the iPod Touch, but I’m loving it so far.

Sunday was much less eventful that Saturday, but at least the eats were good.  We started the day off right with some cinnamon french toast topped with strawberries/raspberries and maple syrup. Delish.  Then for dinner, we dug out Giada’s Everyday Pasta cookbook and made Angel Hair Pasta with Goat Cheese and Sundried Tomatoes – except we subbed linguine for angel hair, because it was all we had. It was tasty – and the goat cheese made it super creamy (without using actual cream – love that).

Today, I made up for my easygoing Sunday by getting out of the house by 6:45 and working out for an hour before work. I attempted a HIIT elliptical sesh for the first time in my life – and boy did it work! I was a sweaty mess! I did 30 minutes on the elliptical, burning 375 calories or so. I alternated the intensity between level 7 for 40 seconds and level 9 for 20 seconds. It was TOUGH. Once I finished that, I stretched out my quads and hamstrings (hopefully this will prevent issues like what I had last week), and did some weighted side-bends and ab work with a medicine ball.

Once I got to work, I knew I was in for a long day! Time seemed to pass sooo slowly today. I bolted out of there at 4:30, desperate for some fresh air. Tonight, Ryan and I made some Jerk Tilapia Filets (turned out delish) and garlic veggies – it was a perfect little healthy dinner. Now I’m off to watch some Dancing with the Stars – I’m really liking it this season.

In other news, shopping for organics this weekend, (and listening to some Jillian Michaels podcasts today) got me thinking about Organic Food. We try and buy organics whenever we can – but sometimes price wins out over quality, which I hate to admit. Some organics are redonkulously expensive – (yes, I just used that word in a sentence!) How do you guys feel about Organic Foods – do you have any advice on which foods are better to buy organic/which are the cheapest?

Also, how was your Monday?

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OIAJ Love

Hi All,

Can I just begin by mentioning how excited I am for GLEE to be returning in the next couple of weeks!

The promo commercials have made the upcoming season looking Super Fantastic Amazing!! So pumped.

So this week started off on an interesting note, the majority of my day workday yesterday was spent in a 5+ hour strategic planning meeting. They should’ve just called it a conference, 😛 It was very informative, but sooo long. I was definitely grateful for the free coffee and lunch – very necessary. Before work I tried out a breakfast I had never had before, Oats in a Jar.

It was a really great way of using up every last inch of the jar, and not wasting dishes. I love anything that makes my breakfast cleanup easier.

Oh yes, I almost forgot to post the pics of the Pad Thai dinner we made on Sunday.

Doesn’t that look gorgeous. So tasty too!

Last nights eats consisted of homemade pizza (that Ryan was FAR too excited about), but turned out great. We used tomato sauce, goat cheese, spinach, sundried tomatoes, and olives. In the words of Rachael Ray – YUM-O.

Today I deliberately planned on going into work early, so I could finish up by 4:00 and make it home in time to get a decent outdoor run in. On my way to work I made sure to swing by Starbucks though, and pick up a croissant for free pastry day! Its not like I didn’t already adore Starbucks, but I love a freebie, and more so – I love companies that spoil their customers.

On my way home from work the weather was a beautiful 8 degrees and I rushed back so I could run 5K at 6.2 min/km pace by the Bow River.  I finished in about 32.40 and was actually surprised the time wasn’t worse when I finished – it seemed like a tougher run today. Once I got home, a random moment happened – one of the guys from my PR program in London last year sent me a Facebook message asking if I had been running out by the river tonight. Turns out he moved to Calgary last year, as well, and apparently had passed me when I was running. Such a small world moment. I had no idea he was in town – we’ll have to find an excuse to hang out and catch up.

Now I’m hanging out in bed and relaxing. In all honesty, I’m feeling a bit under the weather. I think I might have some combination of a cold/sore throat happening because I’m gradually developing a “man voice”, :P. Thankfully, I have a special guy who whipped up some green tea with fresh ginger grated into it to help me feel better. Love him for that.

I think I’m going to head off early tonight in the hopes that a good sleep will make this cold get better, not worse. Night all!

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Hey Hey

So I’m still getting used to this Calgary weather – today the car told me it was +15 outside when I was driving. CRAZINESS. Its March – this is unheard of in my life. People are running and biking and all I’m seeing outside is shorts and t-shirts. Its great, I’m mildly in love.

So tonight I’m holding down the fort on my own, as Ryan is off to a poker night with his coworkers. Hopefully he’ll bring some hard earned winnings home with him. I haven’t been alone in Calgary on a Saturday night yet but I think I’ve got a pretty nice little evening planned, consisting of laundry and easy dinner, then maybe some girl-movies or a good book. I haven’t had time to myself like that in awhile – and not gonna lie – I look forward to it sometimes. Living in a such a small place can make it pretty tough not to get on each others nerves occasionally.

The earlier part of today was spent sleeping in and making a breakfast of greek yogurt +granola/cereal mix. This was followed up by some errands that included exchanging our HD box for one of these baby’s:

Yay *PVR*

Its ridiculous to say, but this little guy is gonna make my life so much better 🙂  Now I can keep up with all the talk shows and *coughs* soaps that I watched while unemployed .. tee hee hee. Thats not embarrassing. Nope not at all. What can I say – I’m a junkie for Days of Our Lives.

After errands, I headed to the gym because I was feeling too exhausted to go this morning. I ran 4.04 miles in 45 minutes – not the fastest run ever, but its the longest I’ve gone so far in 2010. In retrospect, I probably could have run outside since the weather is so gorgeous.

So one thing I’m struggling with since starting work, is what to do about lunches! I HATE buying lunch because I feel guilty about it each time. BUT I find that it is SOOO hard to come up with meals. Do any of you have good tips for planning lunches for the week?

Anyways, hope you are all enjoying your Saturdays.

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On A Roll

If I had to describe the week thus far in 3 words – those would be it.

So what happened to make it so awesome?

Well lets start with Monday, I had a 2nd interview scheduled over lunch. I found the 4 ladies I met with to be super friendly and nice, and they made me want the job even more. So I left that night with a pretty good feeling, and headed out to run some errands throughout the afternoon. During this time, I got a phone call from a company I had interviewed at about 2 weeks ago. Turns out that I guess the person they had in mind for the job didn’t work out and they asked if I’d be willing to speak with them again, I said sure and set it up for Tuesday morning.

Monday night, the boy and I watched in amazement (as I’m sure many other Canadians did) at these two.

So nice for these two to come away with a gold … and way to REPRESENT London, ON!

So on Tuesday, I got up early and headed downtown to meet with the company that called me Monday afternoon. Turns out they had re-thought the job description and thought I would be a better fit – so they offered the position to me. So, I was pretty excited about that. The whole time I was still thinking about when I would hear back from the company that I had the 2nd interview at – because I wanted to see if I was going to get an offer there as well.

After my morning interview/offer, I headed out for a celebratory shopping trip. What else is a girl to do? I hadn’t been to the mall in like a month, and our landlords had shutoff the water to my building that morning for plumbing repairs – so I didn’t want to go home. I bought a belt, a pair of black dress pants, 3 workout tops, and a coral cardigan. Is it just me or does Coral colored clothing look good on everyone?

On my way home, I noticed I had a voicemail on the celly and it turned out it was from the group I had interviewed with on Monday. Guess what?  They wanted to offer me a job too – CRAZINESS. Its like a month of nothing and then two offers on the same day. Ryan told me it would happen all at once, but I didn’t believe him.

Now I know firsthand, that when it rains … it pours.

Needless to say, I had some deliberating to do last night. In the end, I decided on the company that I interviewed with on Monday for a couple of reasons.  1) it is a difficult industry to get into – but once your in – you can move around easier – so there is flexibility and growth potential that way 2) the people I’ll be working with are a younger crowd and very energetic – definitely my kind of group 3) the benefits rock and 4) its full-time, permanent.

I am so relieved that I can officially declare the job search OVER – its been a stressful, long haul. But I should probably count myself lucky that – in this economy  – it only took 2 months. I officially start on Monday, however, I’m working a later shift tomorrow as they are holding an event and could use some extra help. So that’s my BIG NEWS!

I’m also really excited because my mom and brother are going to be coming into town to visit for the weekend. They have been in Vancouver for the last week or so at the Olympics and are going to make a weekend pit-stop in Calgary, on their way back East. I haven’t seen them in about 2 months now, so that will make for a fun weekend I’m sure. If my blogging is a little sparse over the next few days – the new job + family visiting will be why.

And just so I don’t forget – here’s a bit of a recap in pictures of some of my eats over the past couple of days.

Maple Salmon & Pasta w/ Arugula Pesto

I’ll upload the recipe for the pesto sauce in the next couple of days – its super simple to make.

Oats w/ Chocolate Milk *yum* & Apple Tea

Omelette FAIL - there is a reason the boy usually makes these 🙂

The only downside to all these big changes this week – is that my workouts have been suffering a bit  – I’m hoping I’ll get a chance to go sometime over the next couple of days. I think I’ll pick it up more once I get into a working routine. That seemed to be helpful last year.

Hope you are all enjoying your Wednesdays!

Have you ever had a “When It Rains … It Pours” Moment?

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Stepping It Up

Hi All – hope you all had a lovely Valentine’s Day, and were spoiled good by loved ones/family.

Up here in Canada we got an extra long weekend, as we had FAMILY day yesterday. Yes – its been a good weekend for the Great White North with the Olympics on Friday, Valentine’s Day and Family Day – I suspect there are a lot of happy people kicking around right now.  Family Day is a relatively new thing for me, because it has only existed in Ontario for the past couple of years – apparently its been a fixture in Alberta since the 80’s, however. Regardless, I love holidays in the middle of winter – god knows we need more of them.

Anyways, I promised I would share some pics of the boy’s fabulous risotto dinner on Sunday. He made one of my favorites – lemon and asparagus risotto – so simple and so delightful. You know its good because we never have any leftovers.

look at that presentation...

cute little lemon garnish

Gahh – I want more just looking at it now! So yummy.

Yesterday we woke up bright and early and decided to make pumpkin spice pancakes for breakfast. Its pretty rare that we get to eat breakfast at the same time – and it was nice to work on something together.

After breakfast we headed down to the biggest mall in the city, Chinook, which was conveniently open on Family Day. I needed to replenish my stash of conditioner from Bath and Body Worksis it just me, or does anyone else go through conditioner twice as fast as shampoo? Ryan told me I shouldn’t use so much, but honestly, my hair looks like a bag of shite if I don’t. While we were at the mall we decided to see this movie…

It was super cute. I think Ryan even liked it a little more than he let on. Of course the critics panned it – so I had my doubts – but I was actually pretty impressed. Not bad at all.

After the movie we can home and started on dinner – we made potato and leek soup and cous cous with tomatoes, black beans, spinach and feta. It was yummy. I love how versatile things like cous cous and quinoa are – and you only have to use a little bit to get ALOT of food.  I had the leftovers for lunch today, as well.

Last night we watched a combination of the Olympics and The Bachelor – seriously cannot believe that VIENNA is still kicking around.

This morning I got up bright and early so I would have lots of time to prepare for my interview later in the morning. I think it went well – the place seems nice and friendly – so we’ll see what happens. Pre-interview I made a quick breakfast of pumpkin oats.

On my way back from the interview I stopped into the gym and pounded out a quick 2 miles in about 21 minutes. I had to push myself for the last half a mile or so – but I think I’m slowly building back my endurance.

On that note – I have an announcement – I’ve decided that I’m going to be competing in the 10K portion of the Calgary Marathon which is coming up on May 30, 2010. Over the weekend, I developed a training plan based off the Hal Higdon method, which can be found in the training folder at the top of the bloggie.

For others who have competed in 10K races, do you have any training tips? How many miles should I be looking at completing each week?

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