Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Brown or Blonde?

Good evening Beautiful,
Tomorrow is Thursday. You know what that means? The next day is Friday! The weekend! This weekend is going to be great because I get to see my whole family! Ever since moving to Toronto I haven’t seen my family as much so I always look forward to spending time with them – they are the best! Not only do I get to see my immediate family, I get to see all of my aunts, uncles, cousins and my Grandpa! It’s my family reunion that we have annually and it’s also my Grandfather’s 85th birthday! I can’t wait to see him; I love him and my Grandma so much. I was always very close with them growing up, again, another reason why I look forward to seeing them!
I haven’t blogged in a couple days, I feel like I have so much to catch up on, but in all honesty, I don’t have a lot to catch up on! I mean, I work a 9-5 job so what happens outside of those hours really isn’t THAT exciting.
First off, this week is creeping by very slowly for me… Thank god for my workouts or I’d be dying. I played volleyball last night… and, well, it was interesting. There’s something to be said for spending the night on the beach playing beach volleyball, in 1 of 85 courts, with the sun shining on me, walking through the warm sand, around tons of other volleyball enthusiasts, playing with people I thoroughly enjoy being around. Saying that, I played like absolute crap last night. Like, I couldn’t do a single thing right except serve the ball across the net and more times than not, have it land on the other side of the court, which is where I make up the points that I lose. When I would bump the ball it’d fly off the side of my arm. I’d volley off of a service ball, which counts as a fault in beach volleyball. The ball would fall right in front of me when I would attempt a block, and my spikes resulted in floppy hands and therefore fell in our side. It didn’t help that my shin was really hurting and I couldn’t run quickly. Every Tuesday night, we play 3 teams twice for a total of 6 games. This week, and literally every week with the exception of the first, we’ve won 1 game and lost/tied the other 5. I’m no longer talking about this because it makes me so frustrated. The end.
Just kidding…
Lately I’ve been not-so-strict with my diet and basically I’m sucking. I’ve cheated a lot lately for no good reason except for the fact that I have no self-control. It’s awful because I know I can do so much better than I have. Today for example, I know that I should be eating every 3-4 hours in order to keep my metabolism going full force. I could barely force myself to finish my lunch at 2pm (I didn’t feel hungry until then) and I ate at that time because I knew I was working out at 3pm. Unfortunately for me and my metabolism, I couldn’t do it. I just did not have an appetite. I have no idea why…. But I proceeded into my workout feeling totally fine and ready to go! I worked out with my friend today, and we focused mostly on chest with a little bit of back. It went a little something like this:
4 sets of bench press/push-ups
- first set was a warm up so I just benched the bar for 15 reps
- 10 push-ups with my toes on a stability ball. These were very hard for me and I was quite tired by the end of this.
- second set was with 10lbs weights on each end for 12 reps (with a struggle at the end)  Side note – I’m tall and have very long arms and I’ve had a struggle gaining strength in upper body my whole life… apparently it’s harder for tall people to gain strength and muscle, wicked.
- 15 push-ups against the wall. Yes, against the wall. Usually I can do 10 full push-ups from my toes but my arms were already wobbly I couldn’t even do 10 from my knees.
- third set was with 5lbs on each side (my arms are toast by now) for 10 reps
- 15 push-ups against the wall
- fourth set was 5lbs on each side for 10 reps
- 15 push-ups against the wall
4 sets of Hammer Strength Incline Press with 20 lbs on each arm for 12 reps each set
4 sets of chest fly with the cable machine with 7.5 lbs on each side for the first 2 sets, and 5 lbs dumbbells for the last two sets.
4 sets of seated row with an overhand grip so I could work my posterior deltoids (the back of my shoulder) using 45 lbs plus the lat pulldown bar.
3 sets of lat pulldown (I was running out of time!) at 45lbs for 12 reps
I know that when you’re reading this, you’re probably thinking to yourself what a boring workout this is. And I agree. It wasn’t one of the most “fun” workouts that I’ve ever had but there are a couple of reasons for this.
  1. My friend is actually a trainer at our gym, and I don’t want people thinking he’s “training” me because he’s not. We’re friends and we’re working out together. I do learn from him, but that’s to be expected since exercise is his job. Does he track my progress and keep my ultimate goals in mind when working out with me? Absolutely not.
  2. We were going to do an intense boot camp workout together (probably one of the top 3 hardest workouts I’ve ever done) but my calves are sore (still) from skipping, and my shin is sore from having shin splints, and I don’t want to do anything to postpone my recovery.
Speaking of skipping, check this out. My whip marks have literally turned into bruises.
This afternoon was my second physio session for my shin splints. He hooks me up to a machine that puts an electric current through my muscle hopefully promoting blood flow therefore healing it more quickly than it would heal itself. The electro-pads look like this:
And they don’t feel like anything good. I try to have him set it as high as I can handle it, but still, it’s not all marshmallows and rainbows. It feels literally like I’m being electrocuted in my shin. Not pleasant, but it’s quite necessary.
On a random note, tomorrow I’m going back to my blonde self. I’ve had brown hair for a good part of 6 months and I’m ready to be blonde and sassy again! Here’s my blonde vs brown hair… which do you prefer?

Blonde...

Me on the right, my friend Amy on the left. This is my brown
hair!
Thank you for stopping by and checking out this post! It’s bed time for this girl… sweet dreams everyone!
Stay sweet.
xoxo
PS – please let me know if you wish to read more or less of something from me on this blog… I love feedback, and I really do listen! I promise! J

Monday, May 28, 2012

Online Shopping, Paleo Goodness & A Crossfit Workout!

Good evening Beautiful,
Happy Monday! My day has flown by! It was jammed pack full of online shopping, paleo goodness and a crossfit workout! But first, I will catch you up on my weekend after my first crossfit class.
Basically, first I napped. I really tried to convince myself that I wanted to go to a patio to have some drinks, but as soon as my body hit the bed, I was gone. I woke up around 7pm in anticipation of going out! So I had a few bevies, and got myself ready (side note – I wore my black, one strap American Apparel dress… it’s cotton, also my favourite J). We were going to meet up with a couple friends who were going to Brassai here in our area in Toronto. C and I stood in line for 30 minutes before I decided to bow out and go to the pub next door, The Firkin on King. As we got in there, I realized I wasn’t the only one who decided to get out of the line and go drink elsewhere because there were tons of people dressed up and some I recognized from the line!
Eventually we made our way home, and for some reason I was in the worst mood ever. Like, 100% total b*$%^. I have no idea why, maybe it was because my night didn’t pan out as planned, or I didn’t get to see my friends and dance the night away, or my shoes kept slipping off and would make me then roll on my ankle causing me to look like a drunken slob (the few drinks I had probably didn’t help that). I had to apologize to C in the morning because I felt so bad. Luckily for me he doesn’t take ANYTHING personal and told me it was fine.
Sunday, well, it was hell. I woke up with a headache. I took Advil. Still had the headache. Drank water, took more Advil. Still had the headache. Slept on the couch while C cleaned the condo. Still had the headache. It was awful and so frustrating. I didn’t want to talk, I didn’t want to be awake, I just wanted to eat, eat, eat and go to bed. I passed out long before C (even though he was in bed with me) and woke up feeling a bit groggy but much better. This hangover was definitely a surprise for me. Usually I’m tired, but I never feel sick or have a headache. I think it was because 1. I decided to try a Coors Light Iced Tea (CLIT for short… bah) and beer is packed full of gluten (also could be a reason I was so bitter). 2. I decided to finish the rest of my Skinny Girl Margarita Mix (so now I’ve had beer and tequila) and 3. Have Vodka Sodas and one of them included a Red Bull (the non-sugar free kind, not diabetic friendly which equals high blood sugar and elevated bad mood). So I drank beer, tequila and vodka. I usually only drink vodka water/soda with a lime. This is why I never venture away from “my drink”. It’s just not safe, and never again will I do that!
Because my weekend was full of disgusting, delicious food and alcohol (with an amazing workout, thank god) I decided to be very strict with my diet this week. This is how my day went in terms of food:
Breakfast
- ½ of a HUGE steak
- 1 orange
Lunch
This, plus a chicken breast…
I totally forgot that I actually needed groceries yesterday in my hangover state and realized I had no organic romaine lettuce to use for my salad, so I decided to use just veggies I had, plus some fresh herbs. I used:

- organic cherry tomatoes
- part of an organic cucumber
- some red onion
- fresh chives
- fresh dill
- sea salt and fresh ground pepper
I only had small Tupperware this morning so I used one for my chicken and one for my “salad”.
Snack
- protein shake, vanilla.

Dinner
- white wine and garlic mussels
So I have NEVER cooked mussels before. I’ve actually only ever ate 1 mussel before tonight. I had downloaded an app on my iPad of hundreds of paleo recipes, and one that stood out to me that I wanted to try was the White Wine and Garlic Muscles.  I’ve had this in my head for about a week now and there just wasn’t a good night for me to cook them, until tonight! I stopped at Loblaws on my way home, picked up all the ingredients including 2 lbs of fresh mussels. That was a bit of a weird experience. The man who was working at the seafood counter told me not to close the top of the bag he put the muscles in or else it would cut off their air supplies. Interesting. I had no idea that the mussels I see every day in the grocery store are actually alive. Somewhat creepy, but I just accepted it and walked around with a bag of mussels like they were my pet. Literally. I’m sure the people in the elevator of my building thought I was crazy. They were speaking in some form of Chinese however, so if they were actually talking about me, I had no idea.
So I came home, cleaned the whole kitchen so I could work my magic in a clean and clear space and got to work. I rinsed off the mussels, got the sauce ready, cooked the muscles until they opened, and TAA DAA…. This is what they looked like:
Once the muscles were all open and cooked, I added 1/3 of a cup of fresh herbs, I used purple basil and chives, and added butter (not so paleo… but I swear that’s the only thing, besides the wine. Damn… why is this recipe in a paleo app?!) and oh my goodness, it was like heaven in a shell. They were so unbelievable, I can’t believe I haven’t taken advantage to how cheap mussels are until now. 2 lbs were $5. The recipe calls for 4lbs, but I had never made them before and didn’t want to waste a ton if I didn’t like them. When I made them, I learned quickly that 4lbs wouldn’t even fit in my big pot, so 2lbs for us it is!
Onto the workout aspect of my day. All along I knew I wanted to do another crossfit workout, and I downloaded an app that gives me most of the crossfit workouts so I can do some of them myself. Originally I had planned to do Angie. Angie is this:

- 100 pull-ups
- 100 push-ups
- 100 sit-ups
- 100 squats
So I had sent my friend Jason (the male crossfitter) a text and he recommended that I do Annie because we just did squats on Saturday, and Annie would be good to mix it up! I took his advice, and this is the workout:

50 reps, 40 reps, 30 reps, 20 reps, 10 reps
- double unders
- sit-ups
 I found myself a skipping rope, and went into the training room at my gym so I was all alone with Lenny Kravitz playing on the stereo. I remember doing double unders as a kid, it’s where you’re skipping and you whip the skipping rope under your feet twice in one jump, and let’s just say, I’m not as good at jumping rope as I was in the 6th grade. I got to doing 4 double unders in a row before stopping (the rope would hit my feet, or whip my arms, anything) one time in the entire workout. I definitely got better as the workout went on, but I still felt pathetic. The good news (sort of) is that 1. I had never done this workout before so it's an instant personal record, and 2. I did it in 21m47s! I have no idea what "good" is in terms of this workout, but yay me anyways!

Here’s proof that I whipped my arm a ton of times (aka did not complete a double under)…. It wasn’t fun, and some of these marks are still on my arm:
Please only look at my arm and not my disgusting chin shot
The first time I tried skipping, I had my weight on my right leg, the leg that has been hurting me for a while. It was so shocking that I made a conscious effort to put most of my weight on my left leg for the rest of the workout, but I could tell that my right leg was going work as well. Every time I went to do my sit-ups my shin would throb. It was actually enough for me to seek the advice of my friend, Dr. Takes. He’s the chiro/physio and works right in the club that I work at. I got him to look at my shin later today and I have posterior shin splints in one leg. It’s so painful, I can’t run and I can’t jump, which should come in nice and handy during beach volleyball tomorrow. Just kidding, I’ll probably be in a ton of pain. I guess that the muscles that are attached to the part of my bone that hurts have a really large insertion point, and part of it has come off the bone which is causing my pain. So he’s using ultra sound and ART (active reflex therapy) to help heal it. Such a pain in the @$$.
On a positive note, I received my tax return today, and had enough to pay off my entire credit card! That was one of my new years resolutions if you've been following me for that long. I was so excited that I decided to reward myself with putting something else BACK onto my credit card. It's not bad, I promise. I ordered these Lululemon Wunder Under Crops:
I get so excited when I order new Lululemon. I've been trying to grow my Lulu collection and it's getting there, slowly but surely! Also, I love shopping - have I mentioned that before? I plan on buying a maxi dress on Friday (pay day!) to wear to my family reunion on Saturday... I'm already excited to make the purchase.

Anyways folks, I hope you’re enjoying my blog. Please leave a comment for anything you like reading, anything you’d like to see more of, or even less of. I appreciate all of your feedback and will definitely take it to heart when writing for you!
I’m going to go enjoy my white wine (a bonus to look forward to when cooking with white wine – where will the rest go once you’re done using the ½ cup the recipe calls for? J), and hang out with C while we watch Dexter on Netflix.
Have an amazing night!

Stay sweet.
xoxo

Saturday, May 26, 2012

My First WOD

Good afternoon Beautiful,
Well, I did it. I survived my first WOD (workout of the day). I went with my friend Jason to a CrossFit studio in Liberty Village here in Toronto (website here) for my first CrossFit class. It was literally my very first time ever going into a CrossFit studio so I was a bit nervous; thank god Jason went with me. I went to a “foundation” class because you basically need to learn all of the foundations of the movements before you can do a normal class. They recommend someone who’s coming in for the first time do about 6 foundation classes before moving into the normal classes.
I met Jason at our GoodLife club in Liberty Village and we walked over to the CrossFit studio together. We got there, and as soon as I walked in it felt like a wet sauna. So humid, so hot, I was a bit nervous at this point because all I can see is some serious equipment, and all I can feel is basically, the moisture from people’s sweat. Luckily, I know one of the owners of the CrossFit gym, I’ve known him for about 4 years actually and I’m glad he was working because it made it a lot more comfortable for me.
We started the class by introducing ourselves to each other. Then he walked us through the movements that we’d be doing that day. We started by learning a proper squat, then a push-up then a pull-up. We learned an additional movement called the “clean”. Basically it’s a movement you do to bring a barbell from the ground, up to shoulder height. Nic (my friend/the coach for the day) broke up the movement into multiple smaller movements so we could learn. It was really neat to be coached so closely, I really liked that part.
Then we learned about the workout we were doing that day. The normal WOD which was called the “Murph” was this:
Run 1 Mile
100 pull-ups
200 push-ups
300 squats
Run 1 Mile
And do this as fast as you can. Because we were in a foundation class, we were only doing half of this. So our workout went like this:
Run 1 Mile
50 pull-ups
100 push-ups
150 squats
And do this as fast as you can. One of the coaches put a time limit on this workout (thank god) of 25 minutes. Nic explained to us that we could break up the workout however we wanted, but the easiest, least confusing way of doing it would be 10 sets of 5 pull-ups, 10 push-ups, 15 squats… So I did that. I didn’t make it through all 10 sets (I didn’t think I would), but I did make it a good chunk of the way through. I did 45 pull-ups, 65 push-ups, and 115 squats plus the 1 mile run in the beginning. I used a resistance band to help with my pull-ups, which really helped, because I got in most of those. The squats were the second easiest for me as they were body weight squats, but they were really deep. The push-ups killed me. I’ve never been good at doing push-ups, and it wasn’t until after college that I could actually complete one push-up from my toes. I did my push-ups on my knees, because I think I literally would have died if I would have done them from my toes.
My goal was never to be the best at this, because that will NEVER happen, but I was really trying not to be the worst, and I wasn’t! Woohoo! I am so proud of myself for actually doing a CrossFit workout! I think I will be returning, I mean, if I’m not completely crippled by the workout today. I think I could do this about 1x/week, including all my other workouts of course.
I think the only other time I’ve been as sweaty as I was after a workout was when I did hot yoga (which I refuse to do again by the way….).
How is your weekend going so far?
I bought a really cool drink dispenser from Kitchen Stuff Plus today after my workout, and I’m super excited because I’m going to make Sangria in it tonight! White wine sangria to be more precise! I’m really excited. Hopefully we’ll be going out tonight with some friends.
Tomorrow is an off day for me in terms of working out… I’m so excited to relax!
Stay sweet.
xoxo

Friday, May 25, 2012

I'm Chicken $@*! And Really Shy...

Good afternoon Beautiful,
TGIF!! Oh Friday… how you never come fast enough. I hope everyone is having a happy Friday! Today has been, kind of interesting, not really in a bad way, but it’s just been kind of a weird day. I’ve been feeling sluggish all day, probably because I didn’t sleep well again (I need to up my magnesium intake or something… I hate not sleeping!), I even had a coffee and felt like it only helped me for about an hour. I’ve been really consciously trying to be productive today because I know it makes the time go by faster, but with 90% of the office leaving because of summer hours, it kind of felt like it went by slow.
I’m not doing summer hours this year. What happens is staff work more during the week so they can leave a bit early on Fridays, but because C and I share a car, it makes it hard to figure out when we need to be places, and I don’t want him having to leave work early to come pick me up, so we decided it would be easier if I didn’t do summer hours. Fine by me, if I did do summer hours, I wouldn’t be able to work out on my lunch… how painful would that be?
This morning I was texting with my friend Jason who does CrossFit, I introduced him and Keely (remember – blogging queen of Toronto?) and now they’re like bff’s. Anyways – I was texting him because I just want to try a CrossFit class to see what all the hype is about. Originally I wanted to do one with Keely, but she’s so incredibly busy I didn’t want to bug her and make her life super hectic. Jason works near a CrossFit gym so I figured I’d ask if he’d take me to a beginner class. I hence the word beginner because frankly, the whole concept scares me and I would never be able to set foot in a place like that by myself for the first time. Mostly, I’m chicken shit and really shy.
So we decided that he’d take me to a “foundation” class tomorrow at noon. I’m excited because he says it’s the class that people have to take before they even start crossfit, so that makes me feel a bit better. I hope I’m not the only super newby. So tomorrow I’m doing my first crossfit class! How exciting is that! I hope I enjoy it, but not enough that I need to warrant spending $1600/year on a membership. Once a week will be plenty for me I think! I will blog afterwards if my hands still work.
Today was a light workout in anticipation for the crossfit workout tomorrow. I didn’t want to be sore, but I wanted an effective workout. Here’s what went down:
3 sets of 10 squats on the smith machine (racks were taken), 90lbs plus the bar
2 sets of 10 deadlifts with a 90lbs barbell… I only did 2 sets because I felt like I was going to pull my hamstring where I had tweeked it the first time doing deadlifts… I stopped before that happened.
3 sets of 10 shoulder presses with 20lbs dumbbells
3 sets of 10 one arm rows with a 30 lbs dumbbell (Woohoo! Upped my weight, and completed all 3 sets, but it was a challenge!)
3 sets of tricep dips with 70lbs of help (so I dipped about 80lbs, yes… if you do the math I weigh THAT much…)
2 sets of 20 kettlebell swings with a 40kg kettlebell
2 sets of 20 crunches with an 8kg medicine ball
I think I need to purchase weight lifting gloves. As much as I hate them, I’m convinced I can find some cute ones somewhere… it’s either that or have my hands torn apart when I’m deadlifting, which is less feminine than wearing gloves. Maybe I’ll get pink ones…
I wanted to blog last night, but I hadn’t worked out yesterday but an idea did come to me. Last night throughout the whole night my blood sugar kept going low (I have Juvenile Diabetes, I think I had mentioned that before...) and I realized how hard it is to be diabetic and try and eat paleo. I mean, when my blood sugar goes low I usually do 1 of 2 options, either down about 1.5 cups of orange juice, or down 1.5 cups of Gatorade. I usually keep Gatorade in the cupboard because it’s cheap and is super effective at treating low blood sugar, but if I have orange juice in the fridge I prefer to use that first, and at least get some vitamin C out of the deal.
Last night however, I had neither. Crap. It was about 11pm, I had just crawled into bed and felt funny. I tested my sugars and found out I was low. What to do? C had bought me a custard tart from the store downstairs (my kryptonite) but I had put it in the fridge for safe keeping for whenever my next “cheat” was (a custard tart is probably like 5 cheats, but who’s really defining the word “cheat”…). I downed it so quickly; I barely had time to enjoy it which was a shame. It wasn’t kicking in fast enough so I took drastic measures. I mixed a couple tbsp. of white sugar with some cold water. It was so gross, but it cured me. So you can see how this would put a damper on said paleo diet. Anything white is a definite no-no, and my low blood sugar treatment was completely white.
I’ve been taught my whole life that when my blood sugar is low, there really isn’t any time to waste when it comes to preparing something so it fits my certain diet. I’ve gone into a seizure before at 3.9 which is 0.1 below normal, and I’ve barely felt anything when I’ve been 1.9, 2.1 below normal, so you could see how a low blood sugar would make me kind of panic. C has never been witness to me seizing before so I’d like to keep it that way as long as possible.
Does anyone know how to treat a low blood sugar with something that’s paleo? I guess I could Google it, I haven’t even gotten that far with it yet, but any ideas would be greatly appreciated!
Today, when I was completing my one arm rows, I noticed how my body has changed. When I row a 30lbs dumbbell, you can clearly make out my deltoid, my bicep and my tricep. I never thought I could change my body so much, but since I started running it’s been crazy! When I was running I lost about 2% body fat, my stomach is a lot flatter, my legs are more muscular, my collar bone is protruding, my hip bones show, and arms are so much more toned. No complaints! Although, there are always things I want to change. I want my legs more slim and toned, my behind more firm and “up”, and I’d still like to lose another couple % of body fat. I try not to focus on the number on the scale, I mean, it means nothing. If I weighed 170 but looked amazing in a bikini, I wouldn’t care at all. % body fat and % lean muscle mass are the numbers I care about. So far we’re moving in the right direction!
Anyways – it’s Friday folks! Go out, see your friends, have a cocktail, and enjoy your night! I’m staying in, vegging, and playing The Sims on my iPad… I can’t wait! Oh – I’ll have a cocktail or two as well J.
Stay sweet.
xoxo

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Go For Your Personal Gold!

Good evening Beautiful,
What a long friggen day. I slept horribly last night which didn’t help. The pain that I’m having in my leg was hurting in the middle of the night and it was keeping me awake. I drank 2 coffees today, usually I only drink 1. Random tidbit of information about coffee… did you know that the caffeine in coffee causes cortisol levels in the body to rise which causes stomach fat? But if you use a heavy cream (preferably whipping cream) in your coffee, it somehow creates a layer on the inside of your stomach that allows a slow release of cortisol so it doesn’t cause as much stomach fat. Cool huh?
Today’s blog post will probably be one of the shorter ones. I did a smaller workout today because I doubled up yesterday (including volleyball) and I also worked out with a friend of mine today, who pushes me harder than usual so even though I didn’t do as many different exercises, I can already feel it!
We started with seated row on the cable machine. I did 3 sets of 12 of 45lbs. I know this isn’t a heavy weight, and I usually do more, but my friend had positioned my arms and had me focus on one specific area of my back and my normal weight was too heavy to do this movement with. It’s crazy how different an exercise can be just by repositioning your arms, or consciously thinking about contracting certain muscles.
The next exercise was one that I had never done before. I positioned myself in the middle of the dual cable machine so my hands were on the chin-up bars (yes, I can just reach up and grab the chin-up bars… that’s what girls who are 6 feet tall can do). I brought my feet up so that they were resting on the back ledge of the cable machine and my body was parallel to the floor. At that point, I did some pull-ups. I was positioned like this so that I was basically doing a rowing action, just with my body weight. Unfortunately for me, I’m not THAT strong yet, so I needed some assistance from my friend, but completed 3 sets of 10 of my bodyweight. My forearms are exhausted from holding on for dear life, but it was definitely an exercise I will be doing again!
We moved onto a prone row type of exercise. My chest and stomach were against a bench that was at about a 40 degree angle and I was facing the floor. I used a 15lbs weight to start and pulled them up until they hit my shoulders and my elbows were out at my sides, I lowered them and then pulled them back up to my shoulders again, this time with my elbows tucked into my sides. I did about 6 reps of this until the weight was too heavy. My arms (mostly my forearms) were so tired from the previous exercise that I couldn’t even lift 15lbs, so I lowered it to 10. I felt stupid, but it is what it is I suppose right?
Then we decided to do biceps. We did a standard bicep curl with 10lbs on each side (I could have done more… not to self) with an external rotation at the top of the curl. I did 3 sets of 10 of these bad boys just fine, so then I was cocky and challenged my friend to the next bicep exercise, see if he could tire my HUGE (not) arms. We went to the dual cable cross machine again (except a different one in a different location in the gym) and put the lever right at the bottom. I sat adjusted the weight to the appropriate bicep curl weight (23lbs or something….) and sat down on the ground. I grabbed the bicep curl bar, and lay down on my back. The point of lying on your back is so that you don’t swing your body when performing the bicep curl. Neat huh? I did 3 sets of 10 of these again (ha! Challenge... won!) but the last few were a struggle.
That was the end of my workout today. Since my goal this week was to literally work out every day this week, I have to figure out what I want to do tomorrow. Maybe another interval training session? I worked out at 3pm today and the gym was SO DEAD it was great. That will most likely be my workout time going forward, especially if I plan on doing intervals. I need to somehow incorporate kettlebells into my sets tomorrow, I love them so much. They make me feel intense, like every woman in the gym is like “holy, I wish I could do that…”. I know they aren’t actually like that, but it’s a bit of a confidence booster, and thinking that makes me also really think about my posture and technique so it’s perfect at all times.
My friend and I have decided to workout with each other every Wednesday afternoon. Next week we’re going to do some intense boot camp style training, and I cannot wait! I’ve done this type of workout with him before and wanted to cry, this is going to burn some serious calories!
How is your week going? Tomorrow is Thursday – I love short weeks! Today I registered for the Toronto canfitpro Conference that happens in August (website here - I highly recommend it, if you are a fitness professional OR just a fitness fanatic!). The theme this year is "Go For Your Personal Gold" and I love that so much, so motivating... see above for the logo this year! I actually used to work for canfitpro before I moved to Toronto, and I helped plan the Toronto conference curriculum. This is the first year in 7 years that I've had to pay to go to this conference, and it felt a little weird. I definitely had mixed feelings. It was about $300 for me to go after my staff discount I get, and as I was picking my sessions, I realized that 1. There wasn't a TON of sessions I was dying to go to but 2. there were a ton of presenters I want to see because I had built relationships with them during my 4 years at canfitpro. So basically I'm paying $300 to mostly see friends from the past, and hopefully get a couple workouts in over the weekend and learn something new in a few lectures.
Hopefully I'll get my $300 worth, Simon Whitfield is the keynote speaker this year which will be cool. I'm also hopefully going to meet Tosca Reno (you can check out her website here). She's on a panel presentation with 2 friends of mine who have told me they could arrange an introduction! My goal is to 1. Meet the queen of clean eating and 2. somehow get her to follow me on Twitter. She's following like 6600 people right now, so what's another, right? :) Hey Tosca! If you read this - I can't wait to meet you! And please follow me on Twitter - I'd be so grateful!
If she follows me, I will update this immediately. :)
Stay sweet.
xoxo


Post Script Update - TOSCA IS FOLLOWING ME ON TWITTER! How cool is that! She started following me at about 8am this morning... :) so happy...

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

My First Interval Training Workout

Good afternoon Beautiful,
Well… it’s back to the grind after a fantastic 4 days off.  I had my alarm set this morning to go off at 6:40 a.m. (in my attempt to start waking up earlier), and found myself changing my alarm to go off at 7:10. I 100% couldn’t get out of bed at that time today for some reason, so I slept 30 minutes longer. In hindsight, I probably would have had more energy if I would have woken up when I was supposed to, because from last week’s experience, waking up earlier = more energy (for some absurd reason).
I was somewhat looking forward to going into the office today. The only reason I was like of dreading it was the fact that I was away on Friday and I knew I had a ton of emails just hanging out, waiting for me to open them so I would have a million things to do today. If you know me well, you know that I hate not being able to see my first and last email in my inbox at the same time. I hate having emails lingering around, I’m super OCD about organization, and cute organization at that…. Chapters/Indigo have some pretty awesome and cute stationary and organization tools, check it out sometime. I am in love with office supplies. So much so that I usually buy my own for work. I could easily pay zero dollars and use normal stuff, but what fun is that? I like coloured pens, pretty notebooks, patterned post-its… it’s just what I like. See photo below.
My pretty desk supplies include bamboo, Keep Calm & Carry On
notes, coloured pens, post-its, hand cream and hand sanitizer!
So all morning I was looking forward to my first attempt at interval training. I knew what I needed to get done in my mind, but the problem was that I wasn’t sure it was actually going to “work out” (no pun intended) once I got on the floor. I couldn’t very well set up a circuit right in the middle of the gym, I’d be occupying a ton of space, and equipment that I’d be using for like 10 seconds, but no one else would be able to use. Side note: I hate when people do this in the gym. If you do this please stop... unless you’re working with a personal trainer and using exclusive PT equipment. In my head I was going to run 500m on the treadmill at a “fast” pace (not something so unbearable that I fly off the end of the treadmill, but fast enough that I’m like “holy shit this is fast”.) and then go to a set of 10 squats on the Smith machine, a set of 10 deadlifts with a bar and weight plates, a set of 10 shoulder presses and a set of 10 (on each arm) dumbbell rows.
My workout actually went somewhat like what I had planned out in my mind, but I had to make some quick adjustments in order to keep my heart rate up and the fact that sometimes people steal your equipment (not on purpose of course) because you’re not currently there using it. So my workout went like this:

Round 1
Run 500 meters at 7.8 on the treadmill (I could probably go faster next time), which took 2m30s.
Set of 10 squats holding 30lbs dumbbells (totally missed the Smith machine, I literally thought they moved it… turns out I’m just blind as a bat)
Set of 10 shoulder presses with 20lbs dumbbells
Set of 10 rows on each arm with a 20lbs dumbbell (could have done more weight.. )
Round 2
Run 500 meters at 7.8 on the treadmill
Set of 10 squats holding 30lbs dumbbells (didn’t bother looking for the Smith machine since I figured they moved it anyways…)
Set of 10 push-ups from my toes (decided to add this in, I thought my first round went too fast)
Set of 10 rows on each arm with a 25lbs dumbbell (woohoo! Could still probably lift more)
Round 3
Run 500 meters at 7.8 on the treadmill
Set of 10 squats holding 30lbs dumbbells
*This is when I wandered away from my little workout area because a guy was using my bench to do abs*
Set of 10 push-ups from my toes
Plank for 1 minute (in replace of the rows.. not even the same muscle group, whatever)
So that was my interval training… I can definitely tell that my body isn’t used to going super fast, as most of the training I’ve done this year is based on slow, steady movements. I literally had sweat dripping from my nose, and forehead, and armpits. But alas, I felt like my workout was over really quickly, it had only been 30 minutes. So I decided to do a little bit extra, which went something like this…
Squat on the Smith machine (I found it!!! Thank the sweet lord!), 90lbs + the bar, 10 reps
Deadlifts with a 90lbs barbell, 10 reps
Squat on the Smith Machine, 90lbs + the bar, 10 reps
Deadlifts with a 90lbs barbell, 10 reps
By this time I was sweating so much and I was so thirsty that I decided to quit for today and go back downstairs to my pretty cubicle, and this is what I looked like when I arrived, after cooling down a bit.
Pretty huh? Just tricking. It’s pretty gross, but I love knowing how great the workout was! I then proceeded to stretch out my legs because I’ve been having some pain in my right leg. Basically when my muscles aren’t warm yet and I start running, I run with a limp because there’s something funky going on with my right calf muscle (for all you anatomy buffs out there, I think it’s going on in my soleus as opposed to my gastrocnemius). It started when I ran my half-marathon (strange that running 21km would hurt me, right?) and it hasn’t gone away. My theory is that it’s because my legs are so tight, and my right one is way tighter than my left one. That’s why I’ve been going out of my way to stretch it out. Stretching calves is not the easiest thing in the world to do, but I think I’m getting better, sort of. I actually probably need someone to help me do it, but I’m too stubborn for that.
Tonight is beach volleyball night! I love these nights. I love my team and I love the sport and sometimes I’m actually ok at playing! I’m hoping the rain stays away until after 8:30 so I don’t get soaked and drag a pound of mud into my car. Last week was a brutal week, so hopefully this week is better. I’ll update you!
Stay sweet.
xoxo


Post Script Volleyball Update
Well, team To Kill A Blocking Nerd played better this week than last. We still lost most of our games, but just not as bad. And we won the last set we played which is better than last week! We lost most and only tied one set. Last week bumped us down in our ranking to 8th in the league... I'm not sure what we'll be after this week - I will let you know!

Monday, May 21, 2012

2 Valuable Lessons I Learned Running Today

Good afternoon Beautiful,
I’m going to start off this post in somewhat of a negative way. I’m really sad that this long weekend is almost over. It was such a crazy, busy, amazingly fun long weekend. But it’s back to the grind tomorrow, but at least it’s a short week!
So… I know that in my last post I had made note that there was no way I was not working out yesterday because of how much I’ve ate/drank this weekend. Guess what? I didn’t go to the gym yesterday. So pathetic… but it is what it is. Instead of the gym, I did hit up Costco, Loblaws and then went to Clarkson (yes, that’s a town…) for a BBQ with some friends.  The BBQ was pretty fun. We had steak and corn on the cob, and it was fun to catch up with friends that we hardly see any more since they moved to Clarkson. I drank skinny girl mojito’s all night, which are paleo, and dinner was completely paleo (steak, corn on the cob, tomatoes) so it wasn’t TOO awful.
Skinny Mojitos anyone?

I woke up this morning and I was looking at my BBM updates on my Blackberry, and a friend of mine had changed her status at 7:56 a.m. and it said “workout time! Early bird gets the worm!”. The moment I read that, I wiped the makeup from underneath my eyes (side note: I usually wash my face before bed, but last time I was tired and/or a bit drunk so it didn’t happen), changed into some running clothes that stank because I hadn’t done laundry, chugged a glass of water and went out the door planning on running for a good 45 minutes, which for me is about 7.5km. Well, I got outside and realized how hot it already was at 10a.m., and instantly regretted not bring water nor my water belt. Not a huge deal I thought, I’ve ran this tons of times with no water, and it’s only 45 minutes, it will be over before I even know it.
So I start running down Lakeshore going west and I don’t think I ran for even 10 minutes before my stomach started turning and my mouth was seriously drying out and I needed a walk break. I realize that when I was in my peak, training for my half-marathon, I could go out and run for 45 minutes straight without even needing a walk break, but not today. So during this run I learned 2 valuable lessons.
  1. Always eat breakfast before you go out for a run (for the optimal breakfast, see my “Meat & Nuts Breakfast) post.
  2. When it’s hot out, bring water.
Ok, so on paper (or on a screen) these seem like common sense, and well, I guess it is common sense. But I was so motivated in that moment that if I had to wait to eat breakfast and let it digest, I probably wouldn’t have gone outside for a run, let’s be honest. Needless to say, I did not make it to 7.5km in 45 minutes and I did indeed walk a lot, but I did get to enjoy the beautiful weather, I got to run/exercise with a lot of beautiful people who were on the trails with me, and I burned some of the calories I consumed over the course of this weekend.
So I came home, all sweaty, and had kind of an “aha” moment. I realized that I actually do not want to train for another half-marathon during the summer. In fact, I don’t want to do long distance running anymore. I did it the first time because I was so pumped up to have this crazy goal in mind, I had the plan in front of me and I just took it run by run. But now that I have 1 half-marathon under my belt, I really don’t have a desire to train like that again for something I don’t actually enjoy doing. When I first came to this conclusion, I felt kind of bad. Almost like I was letting people down. But then I realized, who the heck would I be letting down? Who is actually going to care that I don’t do a second half-marathon besides myself? And I don’t want to dread going out to do something 4x/week for another 16 weeks. So I’ve decided I’m still going to continue to run, but I’m going to run a maximum of 10km when I do (minimum of 6km).
It kind of feels like a huge relief… but without running so much, I really need to make sure my diet is totally in check, and I need to figure out where I will be burning the calories elsewhere.
Then I also realized, I had got C to promise to go to the gym with me today. Perfect! I thought about what I want to do, and how I had done Kettlebells one other time before, but I really enjoyed the workout. So when we got to the gym, C and I put up shop by the dual cable-cross machine and I brought over some kettlebells to do in between sets on the cable-cross.
My workout was kind of scattered all over the place, but from what I remember, it went something like this:
3 sets of 10 on the cable cross – chest fly
In between sets, I did sets of 20 kettlebell swings with a 30lbs kettlebell (I could have done more weight, note for next time)
3 sets of 10 on the cable cross – back fly
In between sets I did 20 one-handed kettlebell swings with a 15lbs kettle bell (again, could have done more weight)
2 sets of 10 bicep curls with 15lbs dumbbells
2 sets of 12  shoulder press with the 15lbs kettlebell
It was a short workout, C doesn’t want to overdo it on himself, so it when I go with him it’s usually a little under an hour – not too bad since I had already spent 45 minutes today running (and walking.. boo).
When I go to the gym that we went to (The GoodLife Fitness located in Liberty Village!) I get really excited because I know I get to visit the Starbucks located underneath for my favourite summer drink…

An unsweetened iced green tea! It’s so delicious and it’s so refreshing.  Also, after every resistance training workout I always have a protein shake. You can see it in the photo above. I got new protein and it’s delicious, it’s vanilla flavoured. On my run, I was actually thinking about a protein shake and how I could spice them up. I remember in college (I studied Fitness & Health Promotion) I used VeggieGreens. They taste pretty awful unless it’s mixed with something, but it’s packed full of vitamins and minerals, basically it’s powdered vegetables. I’m wondering if I put some in with my new vanilla protein powder if it’d taste awful, or if the vanilla would actually make it bearable. Food for thought I suppose.
This week I really want to work out every day. I need to in order for me to help achieve my goals, and so I have some good stuff to blog about to you!
My current goal is to just look so healthy and toned for my work’s Awards Gala that is hosted every year in August. It’s about 3 months away from now so I think I’m on the right track, and it’d be very attainable as long as I’m really good with my diet and my workouts. I will keep you posted... obviously! J
Stay sweet.
xoxo
PS - does anyone in the Toronto area know a store/shop that carries really cute little black dresses? Every year at the awards gala I always wear colour, and I'm thinking about going black this year for the first time - I need to blow everyone away with a great dress! Comment and let me know if you have any ideas! I'm thinking strapless with a sweatheart neckline...

Sunday, May 20, 2012

Niagara Getaway, Lack of Luck!

Good morning Beautiful,
I hope everyone is having a fantastic long (for some people) weekend!
C and I got back from Niagara Falls yesterday afternoon, and the weather was so unbelievable that we decided to hit up a patio close to our house for some cocktails instead of doing anything productive.
On Friday, both C and I needed to go to the mall to get each other our anniversary gifts. I had paid and booked the hotel room at Niagara as well as purchased tickets to go to Ripley’s Believe It or Not as well as the Wax Museum in Niagara so I wasn’t going to get him something huge to go along with it. I decided to get him some Bose ear buds, because he’s lost a ear piece on his current pair, and they’re years old anyways. Well $150 later, seriously… $150 for EAR BUDS? This is out of control. The good news is, is that they’re covered under warranty for a long time, and Bose has this “upgrade” deal that if you bring in an old pair of ear buds, they’ll let you upgrade them for $55. Wish I would have known that before I left the condo, I for sure would have taken in his old pair. Oh well – maybe I’ll get myself a pair!
My Michael Kors iPad case!

C did an unbelievable job at my gift. I could see the bag of the gift at the mall, and it was a Michael Kors bag. I was already excited because there’s this bag I’ve wanted to get from there, and I assumed that he had got it for me. I let him see his gift in the car because I really suck at surprises, but I was really excited to show him thinking that he was going to be super excited. He totally was and loved his gift, but I had to wait to open mine until I got home.
So as soon as we got home, I dropped everything to open up my gift! I took the box out of the bag, and it felt oddly heavy for being a purse. So I untied the ribbon and there was a Michael Kors iPad case sitting on top, with an iPad stuck in underneath. I WAS SO EXCITED!! I ALWAYS play with iPads when I go into any sort of tech store, I always play with them in the Apple store… he did so well! And a Michael Kors case to boot?? My god. I have somehow scored the sweetest, best guy in the world. I don’t even know how I did this!
So I packed my bags super super quickly so I had time to download like 20 apps before hitting the road without wi-fi. I played on it the whole drive to Niagara, and when we got to Niagara I played on it. Basically I’ve become a hermit with my iPad. Whatever right? To each their own! We went out for dinner to The Keg. It was amazing, we overlooked the falls, and the food was unreal. I started with bacon wrapped scallops, and they were the most heavenly things I’ve ever consumed. I’ve tried making scallops before and because I had never ate them before or cooked them before, wasn’t sure what they were supposed to look/taste like when cooking them and I completely ruined them. Oh well. Next time I’ll just throw a strip of bacon around them and everything should be a-ok. My steak was cooked perfectly, and I was so stuffed when I finished, it was fantastic.
We went back to the room and decided we’d hit up the casino after we got ready (and I had more time to play on my iPad). I have never been in a casino before. I’m not the luckiest person in the world, so I have always assumed that I’d go to a casino and just lose a lot of money. Money that could have been put towards food, or clothes, or vodka… you know. So C took out money for me to gamble with, nice guy! I started at a slot machine C had picked, country themed or something (I had been drinking, I can’t recall every specific detail), and in a matter of 1 minute, I had completely lost $20. Ok that’s fine, so he picks another slot machine, and in a matter of another minute, I had lost $20 again. These are the vouchers from my very first time using slot machines….

 
Not super impressive. It’s basically just the money left over that wasn’t enough to take another go at it. So then C decided he’d take a whack at it since I’m obviously just in attendance to waste any money that people don’t want. He put his $20 in a Wheel of Fortune type slot machine, and somehow quadrupled his money. I was so jealous. Then, I came across the holy grail of slot machines – a slot machine that was ALL Sex and the City. Despite whether I had already lost like $60 or something, I needed to play this machine just out of code for being such an avid fan. I put in my $20, and guess what! I won $3 on top of the $20! See below photo…

 
This is the point in the night where I decided if I ever got the slot machine back up over $20, I was just walking away. And that’s what I did for the rest of the night. The cashiers must have thought we were nuts for always going back, but whatever. C won another $80 on his $20, so I think including drinks we ended up only spending about $60 for the night. Not bad! PS – I had no idea drinks were so cheap at casinos. Makes sense… But I’m exclusively going to casino’s for the alcohol now, not to gamble.
Yesterday we checked out of our room and went to Ripley’s Believe It or Not and the wax museum. They were definitely fun, but I could tell it wasn’t really that fun for C… next time I will refrain from purchasing any sort of ticket in advanced and just pay full price when we get there. But here are some fun pictures from both places….




 
When we got back to Toronto, it was so warm and so nice out, that we decided to have some drinks on a patio near our place. Here I am sipping on a Mojito.

 
Speaking of drinking, this weekend has been a complete right-off for me in multiple ways. I knew that I wasn’t going to be strict on my diet this weekend, but it actually turned out that I was probably eating completely opposite what I should have been. I’m not going into detail because it’s disgusting, but let’s just say a lot of carbs were consumed, and a lot of sugar. Whoops. I’m glad that I worked out before we went to Niagara (it still counts as working out, just because it sucked because of my headache doesn’t matter) but in Niagara, the only exercise I got was walking around the casino with a vodka soda in hand.
Today I’m going to the gym. I was supposed to go for a 10km run outside, but when I woke up it was already scorching hot outside, and it’s supposed to get up to 28 degrees today. Not exactly safe temperatures for a run. But I’ve committed in my head to at least making a stop to my condo gym for some serious weight lifting, or bring C with me to a gym so he can help me do some serious weight lifting.
Later today we’re going to Clarkson (a small town about 30 minutes from Toronto) to our friend Dan’s place for a BBQ. I’m fairly excited to be able to sit in a backyard in my summer dress catching some rays, and I’m excited for the potential of more lettuce hot dogs. They were delish! I will bring my own iceberg lettuce if that’s what we’re having for dinner.
How is your weekend going? I would love to hear what you’ve all been doing!
Stay sweet.
xoxo

Friday, May 18, 2012

My Not So Amazing Morning

Good morning Beautiful,
Today did not start out as well as planned. In my head, I woke up at 6am again, ate a quick breakfast, and I’d go out for my 7km run. I would come home after running for about 40-45 minutes, and I’d go to my condo gym, do my weights and stretch, and my day would start off amazing and my whole day would be productive.
Well, this is what really happened…
I did wake up at 6am but because my blood sugar was really low so I had to drink orange juice, and as a side effect of low blood sugar, I get mad cravings for whatever I can find (literally), so I ate a cookie, and went back to bed because I was tired. I woke up again a little after 8, but I had a pounding headache (side effect of blood sugar being really low, and then really high) and my legs are sore. I fixed my blood sugar right away to see if that helps, but my headache was still hanging out and I had no advil. I decided to opt out of my run and just head down to the condo gym to do some weight training. After every set, my head would get a little bit worse, so I finally just went back upstairs after getting most of my routine in, although I didn’t have time to stretch (bad Sarah!).
I’m not even going to lay out my workout for you because it was pathetic, and I’d be embarrassed that you’ve seen it. We’ll just leave it at that.
Last nights production of Home at Soulpepper Theatre was hilarious! It was so funny… It’s somewhat hard for me to explain what the play was about, so I’m going to write an chunk from the Playbill out for you:
Artistic Note: Brenda Robins
If I hadn’t become an actor I would have liked to have been a forensic scientist. Happily there are times when the two professions intersect.
Home might seem simple enough. As far as action goes, not a lot happens. This is when an actor’s exporatory work can get interesting. We have to search the text extra-carefully for hidden clues. Answers can be found in something as obscure as the placement of a semi-colon or the … at the end of a line. It can be quite painstaking work but very satisfying for a wannabe CSI agent.
In a play such as this where the plot is, let’s say, nonexistent, where do you look? As with a Beckett play or an episode of Seinfeld, the heart of the piece lies in the relationship between characters. After all the textual nitpicking, you have to hope that you are working with a group of people with whom you can develop rich and convincing connections. Here the work gets a lot easier. Andre is a new is a new acquaintance. The others in the cast and Albert, our director, I have known for at least 20 years. Not only that, but they are my friends and I like them. In fact I would go so far as to say they are like family to me and this company where we work is a little like a second Home. Home. The case rests here.
I found another definition of home that I like: Accessible to visitors. A formula inviting company.
Brenda Robins, Kathleen in Home
It was a really great play and I think you should definitely check it out at Soulpepper Theatre if you’re in the area.
On a nutrition note, I did end up making lettuce hot dogs last night with the sausages that C had cooked. They looked like this:

Don’t they look so good? They tasted even better! I will honestly never go back to hot dog buns ever ever again in my whole life – these were fantastic, and I felt great after eating them! Yay for Paleo!
I have to cut this blog post short because I need to go to the mall to get C his anny present. I’m so anxious to find out what he’s getting me, he always has awesome gifts J. Then we’re going to Niagara Falls until tomorrow afternoon!
I will update you when I’m back – I’m sure there will be lots of photos and everything.
Have a great weekend!
Stay sweet.
xoxo

Thursday, May 17, 2012

My Run, Soulpepper & Twitter

Good afternoon Beautiful,
Isn’t it so nice outside today?
This morning I woke up at 6:10a.m…. no, this wasn’t on purpose. I woke up because I had low blood sugar and needed some orange juice to help get it back up. Initially I was so super annoyed that I had woke up half an hour before my alarm was supposed to go off, but I figured I’d take this as an opportunity to see how I feel after being awake at 6a.m. It was actually kind of nice, C was still sleeping, and I got a chance to network my blog a little bit on bloggers.com. I wasn’t rushed, I got to relax, had time to make my lunch (I make my lunch every day, it was just a lot more leisurely today) and drink my morning green tea.
I got to work around 8:40a.m., and it’s been a great day! I went for my second run of my new training program today. I really thought my legs were going to be either jelly or cement (it’s so funny how polar opposite those things are but they describe the same thing) from my workout yesterday. To my surprise, the only thing that was obviously sore was my tush, which isn’t a big deal when you’re running. Today was also the first day I decided to use my new Nike iRun gadget with my iPod. Well, it’s just my luck that the stupid thing sucks A LOT.
I ran a route that I had done before to compare what I had calculated as my distance before and what the iRun said I ran. It was like 30% off. I had actually run 5.86 km (in 32m47s… it can keep time just fine!) but it said that I had run 7.77 km. See – huge difference. I would use this device when running based on time, it gives you pep talks as your running and tells you when you’re at certain marks in your time. However, I’m going to need to invest in another form of GPS device if I go out and need to track my run via distance. I used to use an app on my Blackberry called Endomondo. Have you heard of it? It is fabulous, you can set your target distance, and via GPS it will slowly count down and show how many more km’s you have until you finish. When I updated my Blackberry to the new touch screen bold, the app stopped working for some reason, and it’s awful trying to find something as cool.
Can you recommend any GPS devices that’s good for running?
I totally didn’t update you with my food journal yesterday, so I will right now before I forget!!
Breakfast
- 1 chicken thigh
- 1.5 cups of peas
- 1 serving of nuts

Lunch (my usual..)
-  3 cups of organic baby romaine lettuce
- ½ cup of organic cherry tomatoes
- ¼ cup of a cucumber
- 1 can of chunk white tuna
- seasoned with Herbamare (it’s like a salt substitute. It has herbs, veggies and sea salt in it – it’s delicious and organic! Check it out here)
- 1 serving of nuts

Post-Run
- ¾ of a scoop of vanilla protein mixed with water
I’ve noticed lately that I drink a lot of green tea during the day. Not only because I love it and it keeps me awake, but because my office is so damn cold that I need it to keep my internal body temperature regulated. I think for dinner tonight C is making sausages, and he bought white hotdog buns. Umm... nutrition fail. I refuse to eat those buns. So I’m going to take an idea my friend Keely gave me, and go buy a head of iceberg lettuce and use a couple of huge leaves as a bun for my sausage. Totally paleo, and I’m totally high-fiving myself already for doing it. I also am high-fiving myself because C had purchased a large bag of Swedish Berries and he finally ate all of them and I didn’t consume even one! Woohoo!!
I’m going to a play tonight with my friend Holly. The play is called Home and it’s put on by Soulpepper Theatre Company (click here to be taken directly to their website). Tonight is opening night for Home so I’m pretty excited. I haven’t been to the theatre in a long time. I’m going with Holly as a work function, so I’m going to be dressing somewhat corporate. I’m going to wear a work dress with a black boyfriend blazer and silver flats. Totally work appropriate, which means that it should go over well tonight.
I love when Holly asks me to go to work functions with her, the last time I attended one of her work functions with her, it was a charity gala, the tickets were $1000 each that her work paid for, and the charity they were raising money for was for Juvenile Diabetes (which is what I have!) so it was amazing to see so many people helping out to raise money to help find a cure. There was a silent auction at the gala, and if I remember correctly, one bottle of wine went for about $5000. At the end, they asked people to outright just donate money, and I think the minimum you were allowed to donate was $500… a couple people donated $500,000 like it was no big deal. These are the kind of people I hang out with… swagger (just kidding… it was actually somewhat uncomfortable to be around such wealthy individuals drinking wine. I limited myself to 1 glass).
Also, as a random side note – do any of you have Twitter? First off – if you do, please follow me @sarahohm. Secondly, I wanted to share with you some cool things that have happened to me via Twitter. Please see below!
How cool is it that all of these people have had me on their mind for at least 30 seconds? I almost died when Jeannie Beker tweeted me. Instant favourite. Stacey McKenzie tweeted to me after I had tweeted to her because when I was out running I ran past her, on King St! Shane West walked past me when I was sitting on a patio one night, and I tweeted him asking if he lived in the area (my area - alas, he does not!) Dina tweeted me after C was on Breakfast Television, so now she answers me tweets all the time which is awesome! And Sandra tweeted me when I went through this probably unhealthy period of being obsessed with HGTV, and more specific, Property Virgins. But then today this happened:


I'm not too sure who Kolby Gray is, but the All-American Rejects are now following me. Kind of cool, huh?

Stay sweet.
xoxo

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Full-Fledged Torture Session

Good afternoon Beautiful,
It’s a 2-workout day kind of day today. I purposely waiting until 2pm to go upstairs for my work out because I was hoping the gym wouldn’t be busy because I work in a big building of business’s and I would assume that they would all workout at lunch between 12 and 1, or at least 1 to 2. Well today it was busier than planned. Before I go to the gym I usually envision what I’m going to do that requires some prep (i.e. Deadlifts, Squats with a barbell).
I had mentally prepared for the fact that I was going to destroy my lower back with deadlifts, and I was going to turn my legs into jelly (and then cement tomorrow!) by doing squats with the barbell. Well I get to the free weight area and all the squat racks are taken and there are people everywhere. I didn’t even know where to start and I probably looked like a fool just aimlessly looking around the gym trying to change my plan at the last minute (which I’m SO not good with by the way, I don’t adapt very easily, I need to work on that..).
I started with an Incline Press on the Hammer Strength machine. It felt a bit awkward, but I just figured it was because it was a new machine for me. I did my 3 sets of 10, and then needed to figure out what to do next. Pull-ups! Perfect. So I lessened my weight (On the machine I was using, the less weight you use, the more of your own body weight you’re pulling up) to 5lbs lighter than normal, and managed to pull myself through 2 sets of 10, and 1 set of 7. Not too bad… I’d love to be able to do 5-8 body weight pull ups… how awesome would that be? *new goal!
Then I decided I would tackle squats. I needed to figure out a way to get myself set up for squats without looking like I had absolutely no idea what I was doing, so I decided to ask a trainer here for a spot. I like to ask questions when I’m hanging out with a trainer that can benefit me for when I work out alone. Because all of the squat racks were taken, we decided that I could use the Smith Machine instead. It’s basically like a squat rack, but the bar is attached to the machine and moves up and down, so you can’t fall forward or backward with the barbell. Because the Smith Machine is attached, it makes it a lot easier for perform the squat because you’re using a lot less muscles trying to stabilize yourself as you move through the range of motion of the movement. So I used more weight than normal (and by normal, I mean the one other time I attempted squats), I did the bar, and 35lbs on each side.
The trainer showed me how to do them, so I thanked him thinking he’d leave at that point. Wrong!!! He proceeded to put my through a full-fledged torture session lower body workout. It went a little bit like this:

1 set of 12 squats with the bar + 35lbs/side
1 set of 12 deadlifts with an 80lbs barbell (looking back, I could have done more weight because I was pounding the reps out like it was no big deal..)
Repeat this 4 times.
1 set of 12 alternating lunges, knee down until it touches the ground
1 set of 12 of these jumpy squat things, I bounced on my toes three times, and then planted my feet and squat down far.. Except it’s in all one fluid movement.
Repeat this 4 times.
Then the trainer stretched me out good, and also flexed my calves and pressed his elbow into the muscle in different areas. It was so painful (my calves are sooo tight) but it also felt so good all at the same time. After he stretched me out, I stretched out my lower body a bit extra because it’s so tight. See – still working and committed to my goals!
It doesn’t look like an intense workout, but for someone who hasn’t trained their legs in 5 months, it’s really hard, and I think I’ll probably be sore tomorrow. Speaking of sore tomorrow, because I’m going to the Blue Jays game tonight, I don’t have time to go for a run, so I’m going to have to do it tomorrow on my lunch break because I’m going to a play tomorrow night with a friend at Soulpepper Theatre here in Toronto.
One of my new goals is to try and wake up earlier every day. The past two days I’ve set my alarm for 6:40a.m. and it honestly hasn’t been that bad!  I’ve been more awake than I thought, but for some reason I never seem to get out the door any earlier to go to work than I did when I woke up at 7:15. I guess in the morning I’m not as rushed! Waking up probably 5 minutes earlier next week. Hey… baby steps. J
Did any of you work out today? What did you do?
Stay Sweet.
xoxo