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Operation Motivation

So it is no secret that I have been eating horribly lately. It has been pretty well-documented on here. And by horribly I mean deliciously, but unhealthily. Very, very unhealthily.

This has mostly just been on the weekends. During the week I have been fairly good (minus last week, but it was Halloween and my best friend was here so I am giving myself a pass). I haven’t really blogged about any of my healthy eats though, because they haven’t been anything new or exciting, and writing about my oatmeal and salads doesn’t hold the same luster it once did for me.

Though you know I still love my oatmeal…

I still eat it for breakfast nearly every day.

Now, the eating wouldn’t be that big of a problem on its own, but I have also really been slacking on the workouts. I was pretty good all summer on the running front because I genuinely enjoy running outside in my neighbourhood. There are some good running areas, like the cemetery (I know, creepy, but I really like running through it), and there’s also an awesome trail behind my apartment. And sometimes I just run on the streets. It’s busy so the people-watching really holds my interest and makes me forget that I’m running sometimes (I only run on the street after dinner though, because if I do it around rush hour I am constantly dodging people in suits on their way to or from work).

So all summer I was pretty dedicated to the running thing, and I was running outside about three days a week. And then sometime around late August I started running only two days a week, which gradually became just one day a week. And there were a couple weeks in October (last week being one of them) that I didn’t run at all.

Also, and this is embarrassing, my gym is on the end of my street and I haven’t set foot in it since I switched my membership over when I moved. It is literally a two minute walk from my apartment and I have worked out there exactly once. I haven’t done BodyPump or any strength training really since June.

Both my personal life and my professional life were up in the air for a while, and I find when this happens and I don’t have a regular routine, I eat like crap and slack on being active. I completely lose my motivation.

Soo guess what’s happening. I am gaining weight. This is no surprise. Eating pizza and nachos and chocolate and candy will do that. I probably haven’t gained a ton, but it happens quickly. My pants are fitting a little more snug than usual and overall I just do not feel very svelte. I’m pretty lucky that I have a fairly decent metabolism, and I’m not as heavy as I probably should be considering the amount that I eat. But still, I need to put a stop to this.

So yesterday I decided that I needed to engage Operation Motivation. I am starting a new job today (I am so excited!!!!! More on that later!) so I will finally have a steady routine again, and I figure it is a good time to start up a regular workout regimen. And hopefully the healthier eating will follow. Probably still not on weekends though, let’s not get too crazy.

To kick-off Operation Motivation I was going to run outside, but sadly I think these days might be over…

It is freezing now, and I do not get down with winter running.

So you know what this means…GYM TIME! For the first time since I moved, I went to the gym. I ran 5k on the treadmill, and I would have hated every second of it…

But I have made an amazing (in my opinion) playlist that really excites me. I haven’t posted any of my playlists lately, but here it is in all its glory. You can click on any of the links to watch the song’s YouTube video.

Bohemian Like You – The Dandy Warhols
Burn It Down – Linkin Park
Feeling Good – The Sheepdogs
Heavy Ceiling – Said The Whale
Ho Hey – The Lumineers (thank you to my BFF for introducing me to this song, I love it quite a lot)
I Predict A Riot – Kaiser Chiefs
I Will Wait – Mumford & Sons
It’s Time – Imagine Dragons
Jump Into the Fog – The Wombats
Kill Your Heroes – AWOLNATION
Little Talks – Of Monsters And Men
Madness – Muse
Professional Griefers – Deadmau5 feat. Gerard Way
Radioactive – Imagine Dragons
Reunion – M83
Robots – Dan Mangan
Take A Walk – Passion Pit
Time Bomb – 311
Tongue Tied – Grouplove

I like to save the songs on my running playlist and listen to them only when I’m running, because I am excited to listen to them so then it makes me excited to run. It is tricky though, there are a few on there that I just want to listen to on repeat over and over again.

But yesterday it worked. I was excited to run. And I felt so smug and great afterwards. So hopefully I can keep it up. My plan is to aim for three days a week of cardio (so treadmill and possibly arc trainer), and one day of strength training. We’ll see how it goes.

Anyway, NEW JOB! I start today! I’m sure I’ll have more to say about it later, but I don’t think it could be more perfect for me. It is a Communications and Social Media Specialist for a marketing/events agency and I am just so, so excited about it. It’s full time, permanent, and it’s a 20 minute walk (or two subway stops) from my apartment. I have worked with this company in the past at my old job, and I have always felt that they foster a very creative environment in their office. I have wanted to work there for a long time, but they don’t usually hire externally. So yeah, just good things! This is why I really try not to worry about things, because I know, everything will work out. It just will. Though I definitely did go through a bit of a funk when I lost my job. I think it would have been impossible not to. I actually went out for lunch with all my old coworkers on Friday to celebrate my new gig. It was really great to see them, and I am so grateful that they are still supportive of me even though we are no longer working buddies. I will always have a special place in my heart for them.

I hope you guys had a great weekend! I definitely have some shenanigans that I need to write about…

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Songs I’m Currently Obsessed With

So I’ve been trying to get back into that whole running thing lately. For most of December and January I was running maybe one day a week, pretty half-heartedly, and opting for other forms of exercise for the rest of my workouts (a lot of BodyPump).

But I want to run a 10k (my first!) this spring, so for the past two weeks I have been stepping up the running to two to three days a week. Mostly on the treadmill, but I did squeeze in an outdoor run last Monday after work. It was 10 degrees C and beautifully sunny when I arrived home, I couldn’t pass it up!

If you’ve been following my blog for a while, you probably know how I feel about the treadmill. I don’t enjoy it, and that is an understatement. Most of the time I want to punch the treadmill in the face.

But for the past couple of weeks the treadmill has been more than bearable for me, and I’m pretty sure it’s due to the playlist I have been running to recently.

I feel like there are a lot of really great songs out right now! Sometimes my running playlists are just filled with mindless (but upbeat) Top 40 songs that are okay, but don’t really make me think about anything in particular. They keep me motivated to move, but they don’t excite me.

My favourite playlists include songs that I absolutely adore, and I’m so excited to hear them that I can’t wait to go for a run again.

I currently have a lot of song obsessions, and I’ve filled my most recent playlist with them. Here are a few of the highlights:

1. Somebody That I Used To Know by Gotye

I mentioned this one last week, but I can’t leave it out. It’s still a playlist highlight. I really have to force myself not to listen to this song on repeat, because I tend to do that with songs I really like, and then I ruin them for myself. So far it hasn’t lost its luster!

2. We Are Young by Fun. (feat. Janelle Monáe)

Ah this song, so good. I can’t get enough of it. This accoustic version (click the link to hear) is also quite fab. I actually may like it better… But both versions give me tingles. Love love.

3. Big Black Car by Gregory Alan Isakov

This song (no video so listen via that link) was on the McDonalds holidays commercial in Canada. Every time the commercial came on TV I would stop whatever I was doing and just listen. I loved it. It made me feel warm and comforted and tingly and nice. It is the musical equivalent of wine to me. It’s slow, but I love to run to slow songs if I’m into them.

Thanks for introducing me to this song, McDonalds!

4. Toes by Lights

I don’t have much to say about this song, but I really like it. Also, I find Lights really interesting to look at.

5. Gold On The Ceiling by The Black Keys

I’ve been listening to Lonely Boy ( <– the video kills me!) for a month or so now (who hasn’t been? It’s a great song), but it is starting to not have the same effect on me as it did when I was first listening to it (hate it when that happens!). And then I heard Gold On The Ceiling. And I was instantly a fan. I don’t know if I like it quite as much as Lonely Boy, but it’s pretty groovy.

6. White Doves by Young Empires

I can’t find the video for this song, but you can listen to it here. I like this song more every time I hear it!

7. Yo Hello Hooray by Ubiquitous Synergy Seeker

No video for this yet either, but you can listen here. This is a local band that I have actually seen a couple times. I like them a lot, and I love that Edge 102 supports them and is trying to spread the word about their awesomeness! N/A OK is probably my favourite song of theirs, but I’ve had it on a few of my playlists, so it has lost a bit of its luster for me.

Here is the rest of my playlist. Also great songs!

Bohemian Like You – The Dandy Warhols (oldie but a goodie!)
Color On The Walls (Don’t Stop) – Foster The People
Damini – USS (this song is about Damini the elephant that starved herself after her best friend died :()
Good Feeling – Flo Rida
Hit Me Up – Danny Fernandes ft. Josh Ramsay
Inside Out – Eve 6 (takes me back to the 90s!)
Lonely Boy – The Black Keys

And I can’t forget about Whitney Houston. I will probably make a little tribute playlist for her.

I was so shocked and sad when I heard the news about Whitney yesterday. I am watching the Grammy’s as I type this, and LL Cool J’s tribute to Whitney in the beginning definitely brought tears to my eyes. She was so talented!

What songs are you obsessed with right now? I love, LOVE being introduced to new music, so bring it!

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Cold Weather Running

Welp, these days are pretty much over…

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I don’t think I’ll be running outside in tanks again until the spring!

Yesterday after work I headed outside for a 5k run, and it was pretty darn chilly. The temperature was about 6 degrees C, and though I was comfortable with a light jacket, I know that pesky colder weather is on its way. This morning while I was driving to work I noticed the temperature was hovering around 0. Eep.

I am not sure how much longer I’ll continue to run outside. It kills me to say this, but it may be treadmill time.

Running in the snow? That seems a little too hardcore for me… I am really in awe of winter runners.

Is anyone reading a winter runner? And do you have any tips for newbie winter runners? Like how to not hate it and also avoid frostbite?

It’s starting to get darker earlier also, which is always a bummer. I don’t mind running in my neighbourhood in the dark, but I do mind getting out of my comfy warm bed at 5:30 am and forcing myself out into the cold. It’s hard to remember how good you will feel after your run when you know you are about to freeze your loins (and nungas) off.

Last year I ran outside until about mid-November, and then I started hitting up this beast.

Silly treadmill.

Yesterday I did actually really enjoy running in the cooler weather though. I didn’t get too hot and I found it a lot easier to breathe, except my nose was so runny! I constantly had to wipe it with my sleeve. So gross. I’m sure I looked attractive while doing this.

I also made myself a new playlist, which kept me pretty pumped up. And just FYI, to keep me excited about running, I will try not to listen to any of the songs on my running playlist unless I am actually running. This helps me to look forward to my run, because I am excited to jam out to my playlist. Not a bad idea, oui?

I’ll add this to my Playlists page as well, but here it is if you are interested (if you click on the song title it will take you tot he song’s YouTube vid):

Cheers (Drink To That) – Rihanna
Color On The Walls (Don’t Stop) – Foster The People
Days Are Forgotten – Kasabian
I Like How It Feels – Enrique Iglesias ft. Pitbull
I Wanna Go – Britney Spears
Moves Like Jagger – Maroon 5 ft. Christina Aguilera
Reaction – Acres Of Lions (still loving this song)
Sexy And I Know It – LMFAO (Ohhh this video!!!! Kills me every time!)
Stereo Hearts – Gym Class Heroes ft. Adam Levine (highlight ;))
You Make Me Feel… – Cobra Starship

Food Stuff

So I’ve been really slacking at posting food stuff this week, but to be honest I’ve been really busy with work and I’ve been eating boring and repeat foods and I don’t really know what to say about them.

For example, for breakfast every day this week I have eaten either oatmeal with peanut butter and banana, or a whole wheat bagel with peanut butter and banana. Healthy and yummy, yes and yes, but boring and repetitive? Yes…

I love talking about food when the dish I have made is the meat of my blog post, but I don’t really like throwing it in as an afterthought, like “oh and by the way, here is what I ate today, since I have kind of identified myself as a food blogger and feel obligated to post this.”

That leaves me with a funny taste in my mouth, and I feel like it’s obvious when I do that. It also makes me less excited about blogging (obligation will do that to ya).

I like to give food the attention it deserves, but I also want to talk about the things that I want to talk about, ya know?

Sorry to be all ranty-pants, and I don’t know if anything will be changing around here. Just something I have been thinking about..

Anyway, cheers to the freakin’ weekend! I hope you are all dressing up and gallivanting around your cities! I’m pretty excited for Halloween festivities ;).

Enjoy your Friday!

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5k Race Recap (+ Tappenyaki Action)

Hello!  I am baaaaack from my first 5k and feeling fab!

I am happy to report I completed the race with zero walking.  I ran the entire time, so therefore completed my goal ;).  I also had another goal in the back of my mind that I never said on here, which was to complete the 5k in under 35 minutes, and I made that goal too!

Ready To Run

Let’s get to the deets…

I woke up this morning bright and early and the sun was shining brightly, so I started getting excited and thinking “well maybe it won’t rain after all!”

Wrong.

As soon as we got in the car it started raining, and it did not stop (it was also freezing, I’m sure it wasn’t higher than 8 degrees).  Shortly after I finished, it started absolutely pouring and thundering all over the place, so I’m glad I made it before that.

Anderoni came with me for moral support.  He was really debating running with me, but he hurt his foot last weekend, and then ended up re-injuring it on our run on Thursday, so he was out of commission, sadly.

Ando & I

I loved having him there though.  It was so much better than arriving by myself, and I’m pretty sure it motivated me to run faster.

We arrived at Sunnybrook Park around 9:30am, found parking, and made our way to the starting area (about a 7 minute walk, not so much fun on the way back to the car when it was thunderstorming.)

Registration Area

I had already picked up my registration package on Friday, so we just killed time people watching until it was time for me to get into the starting area.  Cynthia Mulligan was there from CityTV, and they had a few other announcers leading everyone through group stretches, which I semi took part in.  There was about 400 racers in total (about 150 running in the 10k), so it was busy, but not overwhelming.

It was not long before I had to get into the starting area.  They asked for the faster runners in the front, and walkers at the back, so I chose to stand somewhere in the middle.

My View

And then, we were off!  The course was a 2.5k loop, and it was really foresty and nice.  It did not feel like I was in Toronto at all.  If the sun had been shining it would have been absolutely beautiful.  The scenery definitely helped me step it up.

On The Course

Sorry it’s blurry, but hey, I was running.

People had been telling me that when you are in a race situation you tend to step up your game, and I definitely felt like that was the case for me.  It was motivating to have a bunch of people running with me (some of them children), and I also had an actual finish line to get to.  I ran faster than I ever have in my training, by almost a minute a kilometre, so I was really happy with that.

I also made myself a pretty sweet playlist in preparation for this (which I will be updating on my playlist page).

Schweaty Beats

A couple new songs, but mostly oldies but goodies, and a few all-time faves of mine.  When “Danger! High Voltage!” came on it got me really pumped up and I started thinking “throw it down, throw it down” and just booked it.   That kilometre was almost 20 seconds faster than my others, according to my splits on my RunKeeper app ;).  Hehe.

I was feeling pretty good all throughout.  My biggest fear was that I was going to get a cramp, so I stopped drinking water half an hour before the race, and didn’t take any water during.  They had a water station set up at 3k and a line of people started throwing cups my way, wanting me to take one.  I tried to wave them away politely, but then they started yelling “It’s FREE water!  YOU NEED WATER!!!!”  In kind of a…mean way.  I think they thought I was worried that stopping for water would affect my time, but I cramp up so easily, I didn’t want to risk it (if I was running 10k I would for sure).

I ended up getting a cramp in my side at 4k anyway, which made me worried that I was going to have to walk.  I ended up slowing my pace and taking deep breaths, and thankfully it went away.  It was around this time that I went through my entire arsenal of running motivations in my head, including: “I have to run, I do not have to run fast” “Go Go Gadget LEGS!!!” “Just do it” (a la Nike) “Do it for those who can’t,” etc.

I crossed the finish line feeling happy, and proud of myself :D.

Finish Line

Looking like death though…

All Finished

I was also super excited when I saw my friends Emily and Corey there waiting for me, braving the rain!

Rain Bravers

And of course, Andmo.

#1 Supporter

I almost broke into a sprint when I saw him at the finish line (it sounds like I’ve been running for days, and not half an hour…slightly over-dramatic ;))

My iPhone’s RunKeeper app said I finished in 32.52, but I forgot to stop it right away so I just went online to Sportstats.ca and checked out my actual time…

Thats Me!

32.20!  I will take that!  I am very happy with that time.  Like, ecstatic actually.  I came in 90th out of 256 runners, and 43rd out of 141 females, so not too shabby!

PS – All registration money from this race (Cadillac Fairview Run) went to support the Pediatric Oncology Group of Ontario (POGO).  Obviously a great cause ;).

Lunch

After the race I was hungry!  We stayed to watch the winners receive their awards, and then the four of us booked it to our cars and headed to Memories of Japan.

Excited For Japan Memories

We sat at a Tappenyaki cook table, which are so much fun.

Chef Emilio

You order your meal, and they cook everything right in front of you.  Our chef wasn’t too crazy, but at the other side of our table the guy did the onion volcano (my fave) and some other fiery tricks, so we still got a good show.

Tappenyaki Chef

I ordered the shrimp, salmon and chicken, which also comes with steamed rice and veggies.

My Lunch

(I had already dug into that before I remembered to snap a pic)

It also comes with miso soup and  salad…

And Jaundreusse and I also shared some tuna rolls.


And then there was ice cream…

I was beyond full.  But it was very good, and I love the atmosphere of these places.  Plus the company was good ;).

Now it is definitely time to relax!  Hope everyone had a great weekend!

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