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A Torturous Run

Yesterday after work (though I worked from home, so after the work day), I changed into my running clothes and headed outside for a run.

It was probably my worst experience with running since I started about a year an a half ago. I was just not feeling it at all, and I have no idea why. I have mentioned before that I sometimes need to talk myself into running once I get started, and in those times I usually feel better in the second half of my run and I pick it up. But this was a serious mental block that lasted the entire time.

On Monday I ran for 5k right after work, and I felt great! I pushed myself and actually finished in just under 30 minutes, which is a PR for me in a non-race situation (and I have only ran under 30 minutes one other time). But yesterday I could not make myself run fast. Every step felt like torture, but not for my body, for my brain.

I tried, and gave up on, my I Win game. I ran through every workout mantra I could think of in my head. I tried everything I could think of to distract my mind from what my body was doing. I listened to every song that would possibly pump me up. I thought of the people who run for hours in marathons. And I just kept thinking to myself “this is the SAME body as Monday, what is my prob? Why can’t I do this?”

I wanted to turn around the entire time, but I made myself run 2.5k so that I’d have to run the 2.5k back. And I finally settled on “I just have to run, I do not have to run fast,” and I didn’t. I ran sloooooow. I guess I jogged, but I really dislike using that word because I feel like it is lame. If you are running, you are running. It doesn’t matter how fast you’re going. I picture joggers at a nice leisurely pace in their matching red sweatsuits with hoods. My run, though slow, was anything but leisurely. No one jogs anymore. It’s a 90s word.

Anyway, somehow I ended up finishing 5k. In about 35 minutes. I was happy with myself for pushing through the running hate and not turning around, I gotta say. And every run still feels like an accomplishment for me, even a crappy one. I needed to remind myself that this time two years ago I could not run for 5 minutes straight without stopping. I have said it before, but not every run can be awesome! Some are just a straight up crapfest.

Food Time

When I got back, all I wanted was dinner. I had put chicken breasts in my crockpot in the late morning and covered them with a can of reduced fat, low-sodium cream of mushroom soup and a cup of 1% sour cream. I turned it on low and let those suckers cook all day, so that when dinner time rolled around, they were good to go!

Easy Crock Pot Dinner

I served the chicken with No Yolk egg noodles and roasted broccoli that I tossed in a bit of olive oil, sprinkled with garlic salt, and then roasted in the oven at 400F for about 20 minutes.

Normally when I eat pasta I am allll about the red sauce. I don’t particularly enjoy fettuccine alfredo, or any kind of cheese sauce, or just plain noodles. I love my Prego tomato sauce! This works out, because tomato sauce is typically better for you (and lower in calories) than cream sauce.

But this soup/sour cream sauce was pretty good, and not heavy on the calories either, so that is a win.

I was home today for lunch, so I made myself egg salad with two hard-boiled eggs, a chopped celery stalk, some green onion, and a bit of seed mustard (which kind of reminds me of Grey Poupon, which always reminds me of Waynes World ;)).

I put my egg salad on a toasted whole wheat bagel smeared with a bit of low-fat vegetable cream cheese, which was a last minute idea and turned out to be a winning combination!

Egg Salad Lunch

Sometimes I find egg salad to be a little bland, and the vegetable cream cheese gave it a little punch, which I was a fan of. Sliced red pepper rounded out this meal.

And I am outta here! I have lots o’ work to do before the weekend. Catcha lata!

Question

  • Do you prefer red or white sauce on your pasta?

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Conehead Woes

So…it looks as though I may have a conehead.

Every time I try to wear a workout hairband/sweat band (are they still called sweat bands?!) it starts out all good above my forehead and then slowly works its way off of my head.

Every. Time.

I want to wear a band when I work out so badly, and I am so jealous when I see people successfully sporting these bands, but it never works out for me.

I have tried every kind.

The two black bands are just from Goody, and so far those have been the worst.  They slip off my head in seconds.  The green Lululemon band isn’t much better.  I have had mild success with the multicoloured Lulu one, because that one has rubber grip underneath.  I wore it on my 5k, but still had to put it back on twice as I was running, because it also slipped off.  Stupid bands.  Stupid conehead.

One time when our intern Mary was still working in our office (I MISS MARY!!! 🙁 She was my partner in crime!), we were about to go take part in lunchtime yoga and she fixed me a band made of athletic tape to hold my hair back.

She assured me that all of the girls on her rugby team wore athletic tape on their heads while they were playing, and she had never seen one slip off (and rugby is ROUGH).

It worked better than any of the previously mentioned bands…but 20 minutes in (and remember this is just yoga), it was sloooooowly starting to slip off my head.  I looked over at Mary while in downward dog and she stared back at me, shocked.  She may have mouthed the word “freak” at me, but I can’t be sure.

Coneheads are severely unattractive, so I’d like to think that’s not why the bands are slipping off my head… although…

But I think it may also be because of my extremely fine and thin hair.  There is just no grip to it at all, and nothing for the band to hold onto.  I thought I was destined to never be able to wear a head band.

Until I heard of the BIC band (don’t get too excited, this story doesn’t have a happy ending just yet).

BIC Band

In following other blogs, I heard all about the BIC band craze.  Everyone, EVERYONE who has tried a BIC band says they stay put…for some people an entire marathon!

The website says:

B.I.C. Bands are headbands that will not slip~ (SERIOUSLY!) They are great for any workout, a trip to the coffee shop, going out with friends, work….
you name it, your B.I.C. Band will keep your hair looking FAB! They are headbands that stay in place and help others win their race!

Sounds pretty awesome, right?  Except for that bit about helping others win the race…shouldn’t it stay in place to help YOU win the race?  Anyway.

I was excited.  I thought maybe I had found the ticket out of my endless searching for a band that would stay in place on my conehead/slippery hair.  I was going to order one.

But then, a miracle happened, and I entered Alyssa @ Life of Blyss‘s BIC Band giveaway, and guess what?  I WON.

Sparkle Bic

I chose the pink sparkly BIC band, and anxiously awaited its arrival, thinking my days of having hair in my face were over.

It arrived, and I immediately put that sucker on and went for a run.

Excited for my Band!

And guess what?  It slipped off.  Not immediately.  In fact, it stayed on longer than probably any other band I’ve ever tried.  But still, it slowly slipped off my conehead/slippery hair.  Son of a…

I was disappointed.

Disappointment

What the frig?

So tonight I am doing an experiment.  I have boot camp tonight and I want to wear the band.  Last night I showered before I went to bed and braided my hair so that it would be “kinky” today.  I even put a bit of mousse in it to help it out.  I am hoping that this gives my hair a bit of texture and therefore more grip for the band.

That is my “I mean serious business face” so it better stay in place.

I am off to boot camp to check this out!  I will report back with my findings.

In the meantime…

I have a recipe for you!

I knew I didn’t have a lot of time tonight to make dinner, so I used my trusty slow cooker to create an easy and delicious dish!

Yummers

Crock Pot Santa Fe Chicken!  I originally say the recipe on Skinny Taste, but I made some changes to mine so it would be a little more like a soup.  You can click here to view the original recipe, and here is mine with my modifications:

Crock Pot Sante Fe Chicken

  • 3 boneless skinless chicken breasts
  • 1 can diced tomatoes (mine had celery and green pepper added)
  • 1 can black beans (drained and rinsed)
  • 1 cup frozen corn
  • 1 small yellow onion, chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • 1 can low-sodium chicken broth (actually probably more than that for me, I had some in the fridge in a carton that I wanted to use up)
  • 1/2 – 1 cup salsa (I didn’t measure, so I’m just guessing here)
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1 tsp hot red pepper flakes (to taste)
  • salt to taste

Combine everything in the crock pot.  I put my chicken breasts in frozen and then shredded them when I got home and added them back into the mix.

It was awesome!

I had a whole wheat English muffin on the side for dipping purposes.

Alright, off to boot camp!  Wish me luck!

Questions of the evening:

  • Do any of you have trouble getting workout bands to stay on your head?
    Please tell me I’m not alone!
  • If you do, have you found a brand that works?

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A Little Boot Camp Recap (Sans Hair Tie)

Heyo friends!

Before I get into my adventures on this fine Wednesday eve, I just want to say I noticed a HUGE typo on the title of my last post.  Monstosities?  What is that?  No one commented about it so I don’t know if you guys noticed, but it should have read Monstrosities.  Like a monstrosity.  You know.  With an “r”.

That really bothered me when I noticed it (not until this evening), as I am quite anal about spelling and I will delete my own Facebook posts and re-send emails if I notice a mistake.  Did anyone notice?

Actually, while I am on pet peeves, ya know what else really bothers me?

What The Eff?

What, exactly, is that supposed to say?  I get that Facebook needs to make sure that I’m not a robot, but c’mon.  I do not have compound eyes.  How am I supposed to read that?  Silliness.

Shmanyway.

In Other News…

Today was an exciting day for me on the workout front.  I had a hot date for an outdoor boot camp class that I signed up for through TeamBuy.  I have 10 classes to use up (has to be in September), and tonight was class numero uno!

I wouldn’t say the class was killer, and it didn’t quite slay me in the way I expected, but I am definitely going to be beautifully sore tomorrow (I love being sore after a workout – it means something went down!)

Signing up for this boot camp was definitely out of my workout comfort zone.  I signed up by myself, barely knew where the place was, and I didn’t know anyone there.   I also usually stick to either running, BodyPump, yoga or spinning, and I haven’t really branched out to a lot of other classes or types of exercise.

I haven’t taken a boot camp class for at least two years, possibly three, and I don’t remember enjoying it.  However, I have a new found appreciation for exercise these days, so I found this class much more enjoyable than I think I would have back then.

It was basically a ton of cardio, a ton of plyometrics, and a ton of core work.  This was A-okay with me, as my core is definitely something I tend to neglect…I may have to work that into an October goal.

One casualty?  My hair elastic broke .2 seconds into the warmup.  If you read my first survey I did on my blog, you know I love my hair ties.  If I do not have a hair tie around my wrist, all I am basically thinking about is where am I going to get my next hair tie?!  Hair ties are IMPORTANT.

Doubled Up

I did not double up for safety tonight.  When my hair tie broke, I had no backup.  I do not like my hair down when I’m working out, because it’s in my face the entire time and I have continuously throw my head around like a stripper to keep it behind me.  If you have long hair, I’m sure you feel my pain.

I managed, but I felt like Blake Lively in The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants, running on the beach (and playing soccer, wtf?!) letting my long hair run free and wild in the wind.

I don’t know about you guys, but I’m pretty sure exercise = hair UP.  Am I alone in thinking this?

It actually wasn’t as annoying as I thought it would be, but my hair definitely didn’t stay all silky and smooth like Blake’s luscious locks did.  It went pretty stringy and greasy.

Schweaty & Greasyyyyy

But lesson learned.  I will be doubling up on the hair elastics from now on!

Eats

I am getting quite lengthy here, so let’s just talk about dinner!

Chicken Dinna

This morning before I left for work I added boneless, skinless chicken breast to my crockpot, covered it with low-sodium chicken broth and let it cook on low alllll day long.  I knew I wouldn’t have a lot of time tonight to make dinner, and with the help of my lovely crockpot, this dinner came together in no time!  When I arrived home, all I did was take the chicken out, shred it, cover it with barbecue sauce and serve it on a whole wheat sandwich thin.  Easy peasy!

Pulled Chicken

I also boiled corn on the cob and threw it on the side for a little veggie action.

And now, it is bed time.  I hope you all have a great evening!

A few questions pour vous:

  • When you work out do you wear your hair up or down?
  • Have you ever tried a boot camp class?  How did you like it?

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Fit to Strip?

Tonight’s dinner was quick and dirty, just how I laaiiike it!

Quick & DIrty Dinna

Chicken, corn on the cob and leftover quinoa stir fry from yesterday’s dinner (could barely taste the cilantro today!)  I love corn on the cob, and it’s been far too long since it has tickled my tastebuds.  All the talk about summer earlier today got me in the mood for it ;).

I boiled the corn, and I seasoned the chicken with Mrs. Dash on both sides before cooking it on the griddle.

Juicy Chicken

The chicken was perfectly cooked and juicy.  Sometimes the simplest dinners work out the best.  This baby was ready to go in 20 minutes.  Hurrah.

Striptease Workout

So yesterday I mentioned that I was trying out a Hard Core Bootcamp class tonight with a coupon I had purchased through TeamBuy.  When I was reviewing my ticket this afternoon, I noticed it mentioned I had to email someone to sign up for the class.  Whoops.  Didn’t do that.  I tried to email, but it was like two hours before the class was supposed to start and I didn’t hear back.

No Bootcamp for me.

Not to worry though, I did my own bootcamp (ish) workout at home!

That would be disc two of Carmen Electra’s strip tease workout – Fit To Strip.  Ando went out to Canadian Tire after dinner to pick up a few things for our upcoming camping trip (I put him on a strict budget so he doesn’t come home with an entire outdoor kitchen or anything), so I cleared out space in the living room, laid down my yoga mat, and stripped my way to fitness!

Just kidding ;).  In this particular DVD of the stripping series, there is no stripping involved, and unlike the other ones (which I actually have as well), there is no striptease routine.  This DVD gets you fit to strip (if I ever wanted to strip, that is). It is supposed to make you feel comfortable enough to be seen in the nuddy-pants.

Carmen and a trainer go through a 50 minute routine that starts with cardio and then gets into plyometrics to work all the muscles in your body.

I just found the entire video on YouTube actually, so here’s a sample:

I have had these DVD’s for years and I haven’t done this one for over a year I’d say.  I forgot how good of a workout it is, I think I might be sore tomorrow!

When I first bought this DVD it was literally the only exercise I did (this was like seven years ago), and I tried to do it three times a week, so I kind of burned out on it.

But tonight, this was an awesome little workout at home!  Pretty sure Hard Core Bootcamp would have been more intense though ;).  It would probably also make me look good in the nuddy-pants.

Question of the Evening

  • What is your favourite workout DVD?

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Chicken And Quinoa Stir Fry

Bonjour, and also salut!

The weather today’s been crappy and a half, oui?  Last year on March 31st I distinctly remember sitting outside on my patio reading a book and enjoying the sunshine!  Not this year.  This morning I awoke to a beautiful rain/snow mix, and it’s been dreary and cold-ish all day. Boo.  Spring better get started soon…I’m looking forward to a HOT summa!

But obviously I have more exciting things to talk about than weather.  Like food, for example.  Who wants to see a bunch of pictures of my eats today?  What, EVERYONE?!  Well then.

It’s my dinner tonight that I really want to highlight.

Chicken + Quinoa Stir Fry

Since I have been loving the quinoa so much lately I decided to give it a go again tonight.  I wanted to do the shrimp and quinoa thang but I had chicken breasts in my fridge that I wanted to use up, so I thought I’d eat chicken for the third day in a row (I really need to mix it up tomorrow…) and make a chicken, veggie and quinoa stir fry!

It was very easy, and very good.  Here is what went in my stir fry mix:

  • 2 large boneless skinless chicken breasts, cooked, chopped
  • 1 red bell pepper, sliced
  • 10 asparagus stalks, chopped
  • 2 handfuls spinach
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • half a yellow onion, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon low sodium soya sauce
  • 1 tablespoon Kikkoman stir fry sauce
  • 1 cup cooked quinoa

I made my quinoa while I did everything else.  I cooked the chicken in a wok, and then added garlic and onion, cooked it for a bit more, and then added all my veggie goodness.

Veggie Goodness

And spinach last…

Spinny

Because you know how quickly…

Where'd It Go?

It wilts.

I then added my quinoa, soy sauce and stir fry sauce and mixed it all together.

I really wanted to add feta cheese because the shrimp + quinoa combo with the feta on the weekend was so dang good, but I wasn’t sure how feta and soy sauce would taste together.  But then Jandreusse brought it out the fridge and said he needed to have the feta, could not eat another bite without the feta, so I quickly got on board.

Feta Makes it Betta

It was better with the feta.  Not quite as good as my friend Dawn’s shrimp and quinoa stir fry, but it was still delicious.

Allll Togetha

What I really love about quinoa is that it seems to absorb the other flavours of a dish and enhance them.  It’s so versatile.  It can taste totally different depending on what you add to it.  I think this is why it is such a good combo with the feta, ’cause it picks up all the delicious feta flavah.  I mentioned all the nutritional benefits of quinoa the super grain (super seed?) the first time I tried it, so you can check that out by clicking on that link if ya want.

I also squeezed in a little dessert action.  A chocolate Vita-Top heated up with a smear o’ peanut butter on top.

Top O' The Muffin To Ya!

There’s some oozy chocolately goodness in the middle of the muffin top, so mixed with the peanut butter it was a rich and creamy chocolate peanut butter party.  Big fan, right here.

I quickly want to go over my breakfast also!  It was the same as yesterday’s, but the oatmeal edition!

Breakfast Remix

Oatmeal topped with blueberries, crasins, chia seeds, a splash of almond milk, and a pinch of brown sugar.  Very yummy (doesn’t really look the greatest though, I’ll admit).

I’m off to hit up my little exercise bike at home while I watch DVR’d Survivor.  I LOVE Survivor.  I have never missed a season and it makes me happy that Ando (and my Bestie!) is also a Survivor fan, so I have someone to watch it with ;).

I could never be ON Survivor though.  Eating only a spoonful of rice a day would probably make me a grumpy pantsed freakshow, so I’d be voted out immediately.  I think could survive the elements and all that, but the lack of food?  Doubtful.

Bon soir!

Question:  What TV shows are you currently into?

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Baton ROUGE and Mr. B

Last night I had an amazing dinner date with some of my best friends from high school and our very favourite (now retired) teacher, Mr. B (along with his wife Jan).

Dinner Party

From left: Dawn, Emily, myself, Joel, Lisa, Joanna, Mr. B, Jan.

If you think it’s odd that we’re still chummy-chummy with our teacher from high school, you should know that our school had about 150 people in it (huge, I know), and you are basically looking at my entire OAC history class right there, plus Jan of course.  (Side note: OAC is Grade 13, before Ontario got rid of it.)

Over five years of high school, we all got pretty close and we have always considered Mr. B a friend (he actually admitted to us that he has a picture of all of us on his and Jan’s nightstand :)).

This is the second dinner we’ve had with Mr. B and Jan in the last six months or so, and I always leave them with a warm fuzzy feeling.  It’s funny to relive silly high school memories, and it’s hilarious to hear the things adults remember you doing when you were younger and still a bit lacking in the common sense department (like the time we were out to dinner while on a school trip in Quebec, and we took a bunch of pictures of ourselves pretending fried frogs legs were mustaches and unibrows).

Tonight we went to Baton Rouge, which is kind of a story in itself, but first let me get to the eats!

I had never been to Baton Rouge before, and it was great!

Dinna

I ordered the Amarillo chicken, which came smothered in cheese (just how I like it!), and Parmesan veggies and salsa on the side.  I actually could not finish it all, my chicken was ginormous!

We also had a round of tortilla chips at our table, one with some sort of cheese dip (DELICIOUS.) and the other with spinach dip.

Cheeeeeesy

I went to town on these, so this may have had something to do with why I couldn’t finish my dinner.

Now back to the rouge in Baton Rouge…if you are familiar with French at all, you may know that rouge means red in English.  Though none of my friends are French, we like to throw a little Francais into our Anglais sometimes to spice up our vocab.  We interchange rouge with red a LOT.  Rouge has a deep meaning for us, and it has an especially deep meaning for us with Mr. B.

One of Mr. B’s favourite memories of me (he has told me this) was when we were on a band trip to Halifax in Grade 11 (yeah, we were all in the band…I played the flute.  Don’t hate).  We were staying in a University dorm, and in the middle of the night a few of us dragged our mattresses into the hallway for a serious round of hotel Olympics (I actually believe this is where hotel Olympics originated…)

Hotel Olympics

Ohh wait, do I have an actual picture of this?

Hotel Olympics…In The Flesh

Yes, yes I do.  (I am the one holding the fire extinguisher, which was just a prop for the photo.  I was not actually going to do anything destructive with it, not to worry.)

Anyway, I guess we were being pretty loud and woke up Mr. B. (our band director, and chaperon), because seconds after that picture was taken he showed up to tell us to go to bed.  Looking like this:

Terrifyingly Hilarious

Angry.  Tired.  Clad in a short, bright, rouge robe.

I don’t have an actual picture of that sadly…

We were dying.  Absolutely dying.

This image has basically been ingrained into all of our heads…an angry man in a mustache and a short rouge robe, arms flailing wildly, telling us to go to bed.  I may have never lived down the hotel Olympics, but he has definitely never lived down the rouge robe incident.  We are probably so annoying because we bring it up all the time.

When I informed him that we were going to Baton Rouge I said that we had chosen this restaurant because of the amazing memories his rouge robe has given us, and that he should probably wear it to dinner in honour of this ;).

Unfortunately, Baton Rouge has a dress code, but he did bring a surprise…a framed picture of our old band!

Fave Teach!

It was a really great night!  And I have some more shenanigans coming up with these gals tonight…

Catcha lata!

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