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Low Calorie Vegetable Soup

Well bonjour and good eeeeeevening.

You probably noticed in my post yesterday that veggies seemed to have eluded a lot of my plates this weekend. Sure I enjoy indulging, but I am an everything in moderation kinda gal, and I didn’t completely snub my veggies.

Yesterday I made crock pot vegetable soup for dinner and it was pretty darn yummy, and it is practically calorie-free.

In that mix is:

  • half of one of those huge bags of carrots (probably about 10), chopped
  • 8 stalks celery (almost an entire bunch), chopped
  • 1 green pepper, chopped
  • 1 large yellow onion, chopped
  • 1 cup frozen corn
  • 3 cloves of garlic, chopped
  • 1 can crushed tomatoes
  • pack of Knorr vegetable soup mix
  • 1 (900ml) carton low-sodium beef broth (about 6 cups)
  • 2 cups water

I put it in my crock pot in the am and let it cook allllll day long on low. It was veggie-packed and seriously delicious. Also perfect for lunch again today.

Pretty sure I will be eating it all week, because it made a ton. Definitely a good way to sneak in a bunch of veggies if you are sick of salad (which I am not, but I like to switch it up).

Workout

I took my gym’s 7:30 BodyPump class tonight, and man, I am finding the most recent release pretty hard. I have done it a couple of times now, and I am continually struggling at the end of squats, triceps and lunges. Squats especially, I felt like the track went on forevaaaa. Definitely a good workout though, and one that I will be feeling tomorrow.

This post is on the short side and a little on the lackluster side, but it is late (school night late, not weekend late) and I am off to get ready for bed.

Have a great night!

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Just the Girls (Well, + Eric)

Last night after a pretty yummy dinner of barbecued turkey burgers (I topped mine with salsa, lettuce, and tomato) and parsnip fries

Turkey Burg

I drove 20 minutes to my home town, and hooked up with a few of my high school friends for a petite girls’ night!

Ladies Pic

My friend Crystal (on the right) is currently visiting from Calgary, so seeing her definitely made this night extra special.

One boy did show up though…

Eric with da Ladies

Eric!  Since he is staying at our house this weekend he got to hang with the girls and listen to all our gossip.  I think he enjoyed himself ;).

It was a pretty tame night, and this morning I woke up super early so I decided to hit up my gym’s 8:30 BodyPump class.  But not before I squeezed in breakfast.

Ceeeereal

Kashi Honey Almond Flax cereal with almond milk.  I can’t eat before a run, but I have no trouble eating before I pump iron!

BodyPump was killer, in a great way!  So nice to feel the BodyPump burn after a week of just running.  The ab track was a highlight for me today, because the instructor used Ben Harper’s Steal My Kisses.  I hadn’t heard that song in a while and I’ve missed it!  I think it will be making an appearance on a future playlist.

I arrived home from the gym hungry for more breakfast, so I made myself another one!

Breakfast #2

PC Honey Greek yogurt mixed with a cup of Yoplait Source blueberry 0% yogurt, topped with fresh blueberries and Enjoy Life Cranapple Granola.

And NOW I am full :D.

We are off to Andy-roo’s parents, and then we are going to see Harry Potter later this afternoon.  I am so excited for the final installment!  We watched HP 7 Part 1 on Friday night to gear ourselves up for it.  I am tingling in anticipation!!!!

Enjoy your Sunday!

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Happy 97th Birthday to my Beautiful Nana!

My beautiful little Nana is turning 97 today!

My Sunny Nana

97!  That is a big deal, Lucille.

In my tribute to my food-lovin’ Nana, I mention how positive she is, and that I truly believe this is how she has lived for so long and is still doing so amazingly.  I think she is the prime example of how your attitude about life directly impacts the quality of your life.

Nanners & I

Sure, like everyone, she worries about things, particularly her family.  She went through a little phase of worrying about my brother Eric when he was in his second year of high school, about how he might join a gang and start smoking (he didn’t do either).  And she worries sometimes that my purse might get stolen (you must always be aware of “purse snatchers”, they can get you when you least expect it ;)).  But she loves her family, loves her friends, and is deep down just a genuinely happy and good person.

Nana & Fam

My Nana enjoys every moment, takes each day at a time, and is a huge advocate of noticing and appreciating the little things in life.  It is rare to see her without a smile on her face, and I know whenever I talk to her she will have something encouraging and uplifting to say.

She is an amazing woman, a true inspiration, and I am proud to call her my Nana!

Nanners & Me Circa 1983

Nanners & Me 2011

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Another Day, Another Quinoa Stir Fry

Bonjour!

It is another gorge day here!  I was back to that regular work thang today, so I spent most of the day sitting indoors at my desk, but ho hum pig’s bum, what can ya do?  Hurrah for weather that is finally May-like, at least.

Today got off to a good start with my morning meal!

Kashi Go Lean Crunch

(Side note: I love how sunny and bright it is in the morning’s these days!  Not only are my breakfast pics better, but I wake up feeling naaaiiiice.  I think I may have to start up morning running again…if I can make myself get up early enough.)

Shmanyways, b-fast was Kashi Go Lean Crunch cereal with 1% milk and raspberries.  I don’t eat cereal on its own very often (I prefer to add it on top of Greek yogurt for a little crunch) because I have a seeeeerious problem with portion control.  One serving of cereal is so little!  Half a cup?  Psh, come on.  That will not fill me up in the a.m. (not like oatmeal!), so this was probably two servings…maybe a little more?  Yummy though.

And on the bright side, I saw a list of best cereal’s on the Men’s Health website a little while ago, and Kashi Go Lean Crunch was on it.  So, probably better than two servings of Cap’n Crunch (used to be my FAVE when I was younger ;)).

A leftover quinoa stir fry was consumed for lunch.

Woo, Quinoa!

(I forgot my iPhone in the car and I was too lazy to run down to the parking garage to get it, so I took this crappy pic on my computer’s cam.  You like it.)

I made this quinoa yesterday, and it was basically a variation of the quinoa dishes I have been making over the last several weeks (which can all be found on the ol’ recipe page).  No beans or chickpeas this time, but it included spinach, red pepper, onion, garlic, green onion, and quinoa with a bit of balsamic vinegar.  I cooked the onion and garlic first in a bit of olive oil, then added the veggies, cooked for another five minutes or so, added the cooked quinoa to the pan, added the vinegar, and stirred everything together.

This is what it looked like last night when I made it…

Deeeeeelish

Much better than my crappy computer snapshot (and PS I served this alongside some delishy fishy).

I am LOVING these quinoa dishes!  If you haven’t tried quinoa yet, DO IT!  Also, I want to mention that I cook my quinoa in water, not broth.  I heard from two separate people that they only thought quinoa was okay, and they both cooked it in broth.  I don’t know if that makes the difference, because I haven’t tried it in broth, but when I cook it with water I think it is yummy to the max.  If you tried cooking it in broth and didn’t enjoy it, try water.

Now for dinnah…

Cheesy Chicken Enchiladas

This was one of the very first dishes I made when I started this blog, awww (recipe is linked there if you want to check it out!).  I seriously used to make these all the time, but I haven’t in months. They are an Ando fave.

Some enchilada goodness fell out of the back there, but not to worry, I took care of it ;).  For being on the healthy side, these are deliciously yummy.  I have missed them.

Workout

Tonight’s workout was BodyPump!  We had a sub instructor and she wasn’t as good as the reg, but I still got a great workout.  That bicep track on the latest release is killer, and she switched up the chest track to a tricky one as well.  My arms and chest are burning.  I haven’t been to the ol’ Pump in a week though, so it was good to make my muscles scream!

I really wish I could do BodyPump in the a.m., because with the class, station set-up and take-down, and travel time to the gym, it takes at least an hour and a half out of my evening, phew!  Unfortunately, my gym doesn’t offer BodyPump in the morning until 9am, much too late for me…

What time of day do you prefer to workout?
I would much prefer to workout in the mornings, and then I don’t have to worry about it for the rest of the day.  I hope to start running in the morning before work.  Maybe tomorrow?  We’ll see, don’t get too excited…

I found an article from Women’s Health on losing weight while working in an office that I thought was intriguing, check it out!  Some good tips, and I especially liked #4, scheduling snacks.  I am a GIANT fan of snack scheduling!  And tip #9, place bets.  Andmo’s mom had a Biggest Loser competition at her work and lost 22 pounds!  She used Weight Watchers, and it worked amazingly for her.

But I am outta here.  S’laters!

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Hey, Guess What? Weights Aren’t Scary

Holy storm tonight!  I was hoping to make it home after work before the torrential downpour but…

Pretty Crazy...

Nope.

Luckily I still made it to my gym’s 5:30 BodyPump class.  We have been doing the new #77 release for two weeks now, and it is a challenging one, for the biceps especially… My muscles have been feelin’ the burn!  Which leads to me weights, and incorporating them into my workout routine.

Until about six months ago, I tended to stick to the cardio machines in my gym and pretty much avoided the weights area at all costs.  I would maybe experiment with a few weight machines, although I didn’t really know what I was doing with them, or what muscles I was supposed to be working out.  Free weights intimidated me and I didn’t really think I needed them.

When I used to think of weight lifting, I pictured hardcore muscle dudes drinking raw eggs and creatine shakes for breakfast.  It didn’t help that in the bigger gyms if you wander over to the weights area, said muscle dudes may be hanging out…


It can be intimidating…

What first got me interested in adding weights into my cardio routine was honestly reading blogs.  It was really inspiring to read about other peoples’ workout regimens and started me thinking that maybe weights aren’t as scary and intimidating as I thought (the Fitnessista is pretty inspiring, FYI).

I started to realize that weights aren’t about building giant muscles and downing jugs of protein shakes, and I started educating myself about weight training benefits.

Weight training tones your muscles and raises your metabolism so that you burn more calories while doing nothing!  It strengthens your bones and reduces your risk of developing osteoporosis.  And it doesn’t give you GIANT bulky muscles, it gives you toned muscles! (It does a bunch of other things, so feel free to google.)

I still didn’t know what I was doing though.  This is where my friend Dawn came in.  I started “training” with her once a week, and she showed me some moves with the free weights, and also the bigger weight machines that were always more intimidating to me (like the one where you switch up the handles…I had no idea what you were supposed to do with that before).

Dawn was so confident on all the machines, and it definitely inspired me.  Before I started gymming it up with her, I couldn’t even do a proper squat, or a push-up (the boy way).  She totally gave me the knowledge (and therefore confidence) to hit up the big-boy gym by myself and not feel totally useless on the machines, or look like a tool with the free weights.

The other thing that has helped with my weight routine in a huge way is BodyPump.

BodyPump has seriously become my favourite class.  I actually genuinely like it.  This is how the website describes BodyPump:

“BODYPUMP™ is the original barbell class that strengthens your entire body. This 60-minute workout challenges all your major muscle groups by using the best weight-room exercises like squats, presses, lifts and curls. Great music, awesome instructors and your choice of weight inspire you to get the results you came for – and fast!”

BodyPump works out all the major muscle groups in your body.  Each muscle group has a dedicated song, usually about five minutes long.  So instead of the usual reps of 15 or whatever for weight training, you work a certain muscle group for the entire song, so your weight will be a bit lighter than what you would typically use.

And the good thing is, you get to control the intensity of your workout, since you load up your bar yourself.

My BodyPump Setup

(With warm-up weight on the bar, and you also use a mat for abs, etc, which is not pictured here)

Each class is always in the same order:

  • Warm-up
  • Squats
  • Chest
  • Back
  • Triceps
  • Biceps
  • Lunges
  • Shoulders
  • Abs
  • Cool down

Squats and lunges are always the worst for me.  But the great thing about the squats is, once the squats track is over, it’s chest time!  So you get to lie down.  Sure, you’re working your chest, but it still feels like a break.

And the songs are so upbeat, which gets me really into it.  And they change up the tracks and the moves every three months or so, though the order stays the same.

I was a bit apprehensive going into my first BodyPump class (luckily I had my trusty gym buddy Leah with me :)), but it was fine!  There is usually a new person in every class I’m in, and the instructor always gives weight recommendations.  If BodyPump is offered at your gym, I highly recommend it.  And it’s fun with a friend too!

I have been trying to do BodyPump at least twice a week, and let me tell you, I have been noticing serious changes in my body.  The cardio has probably helped me to lose weight, but it is the weight training that has been really making the difference.  For probably the first time in my life I feel toned.

Sometimes I’ll have my hand on my upper arm and I’ll move it and all of a sudden I’ll feel triceps muscle.  I don’t think I’ve ever had a triceps muscle!  And I can do push-ups the boy way!  Only about 10, but whatever, I’ll take it.  I had zero upper body strength before, so it’s very encouraging.  Jiggly pipes no more!

These days I actually enjoy weight training more than cardio.  Weights aren’t scary my friends, they’re good times!

Question: What is your take on weight training?  Did you used to be afraid of weights like me?  How did you overcome your fears?

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