Monday, October 29, 2012

From Deadlifts To Kale

Good afternoon Beautiful,

Happy Monday! Monday – ahh, my favourite day of the week. Mine flew by, what about yours? Work was kind of crazy, I had a meeting and a conference call and a bajillion emails that I should probably work on this evening but instead I’m blogging and watching Long Island Medium. Have you ever watched this tv show? I cry, ball, every time I watch it… but I keep watching it which is kind of stupid. I friggen love this show. Theresa is so sassy and so funny, it’s just hilarious. Her hair never moves, I swear. And I’ve never seen anyone with longer nails, I don’t know how she makes it through a day with those honkers.
I was excited for today because it’s day 1 of my weight training focus and I didn’t want to miss it. Jenny and I went to work out late this afternoon and it was super fun working out with her in the weight room. Normally we go running, but not anymore not just because I’m retiring from running for a while, but this hurricane weather does not make for good times when wanting to run outside. I had planned on doing a full body workout today but there were a few exercises I knew I really wanted to do; bench press, squats with an Olympic bar and rack and deadlifts. So we definitely did those. Our workout looked like this:
Bench Press, 3 sets, 10 reps. First set was just the bar, last 2 sets I added 2x2.5lbs plates (ha).
Deadlifts, 2 sets, 10 reps, 60lbs bar
Squats, 3 sets, 10 reps, 1st set on the Smith machine with bar + 20lbs, 2nd set was on Smith Machine with bar + 40lbs, 3rd set was just an Olympic bar not on the Smith Machine.
Hammer strength Chest Press, 3 sets, 10/10/8.5 reps, 20lbs on each arm first 2 sets, 15lbs on each arm last set.
Wall push-ups (in between each set of chest press, as many as possible until Jenny was done her set)
Arnold Press, 2 sets, 10 reps, 5lbs weights
Lateral Raises, 2 sets, 10 reps, 5lbs weights
Front Raises, 2 sets, 10 reps, 5lbs weights (these three were performed back to back twice without stopping)
Bicep Curl, 12.5lbs dumbbells, 2 sets, 10 reps on each arm
Tricep Dips, body weight, 2 sets, 10 reps
Bicep Curl with 20lbs bar, 2 sets, 10 reps
Ab crunches on ball with 12.5lbs dumbbell on chest, 5 sets, 10 reps
WHEEEEW… we packed a lot into one workout! My arms were very jelly like after the workout. You know it was good when!
Tonight on the way home from work I stopped to get some groceries because I wanted to pick up some fresh veggies for my meals this week. I picked up my usual avocado, kale, tomatoes, zucchini and then I grabbed a couple other things that are completely brand new to me, and might need help coming up with how to use. First off, I grabbed a small bag of baby bok choy. I’ve seen this used in a lot of paleo recipes before, so I have no doubt that I’ll be eating this and enjoying every bite of it! Secondly I bought a baggy of fresh cranberries. I have absolutely no idea what I’m going to do with this… all suggestions welcome. Thirdly, I bought a can of 100% pumpkin puree. This year has been my first year kind of diving into the realm of pumpkin. I had my first slice of pumpkin pie, my first pumpkin spiced latte… so I thought I’d keep the streak going. Only… I have no idea what the heck to use it for. I’m not big on baking and sweets… is there some way to use pumpkin puree without having to make cookies or pie?
I guess that’s another fun goal for me for this week. Figure out how to use fresh cranberries and pumpkin. I was also thinking in the grocery store… I know people love the taste of pumpkin, but what are the health benefits of pumpkin? Then I thought the same about cranberries because these are the two things that I’m really at a loss of how to use. So I Googled it.
Cranberries are most popular in the prevention of urinary tract infections and that’s partly related to the proanthocyanidins, their special nature acts as a barrier to bacteria that might otherwise latch onto the urinary tract lining. Fresh cranberries also help prevent cardiovascular disease and helps protect the liver, this is only in food form, not in an extract or anything. Also, the cancer preventive benefits of cranberries are now known to extend to cancers of the breast, colon, lung, and prostate.
Source here.
Pumpkins, because of their bright orange colour have a high amount of carotenoids which assist in staving off the free radicals in the body and help prevent premature aging (bonus!), cardiovascular diseases and other infections. It’s rich in vitamin A which helps to boost the immune system a lot. It’s full of vitamin C and that offers protection of various forms of cancer. It’s full of friggen EVERYTHING –
find out more here!
So all in all I picked up some pretty cool foods. I’m excited that I’m learning so much about foods since starting this blog, but this week I’m taking my knowledge to the next level. Well, I’m starting my journey on taking it to the next level. Today my first installment of my tuition was accepted, I got email confirmation that my school books are being sent to my house tomorrow with UPS, which means I should have them on Wednesday or Thursday, and I’ve been added to the online discussion forum for all of my classmates. So basically, the madness that is the next two years of my life has begun. I’m so FLIPPING excited! Guess what I’m going to do ALL WEEKEND? School work J Because I can of course! The lovely people at Vibrant Lifestyle, which is a health food store close to me told me to stop by anytime to get some advice if I want any. I’m going to make a visit there this weekend to pick up some fun foodie things I think. Then I’ll be able to share my findings with you and I’ll probably be whipping up a new recipe or two on the weekend (and before since I have cranberries, pumpkin and bok choy to use up) so I’ll be able to share that with you as well!
Tonight for dinner C is making us steaks (his steaks are the best I’ve ever had, besides my dad’s J) and I’m baking some butternut squash and KALE! I haven’t had kale in like a week and I’m dyyyyying! I’m pretty surprised at how much I enjoy kale. I don’t even want a new recipe (although I learned from Kasey at that she puts her kale and all her oil and garlic and salt into a baggie and mixes it up in the bag and pours it onto the baking sheet so it’s all completely covered) because I love the way my kale is… It’s not often you find a brand new food that becomes your favourite food instantly. Kale is mine!

So overall, this week is off to a good start. Check off my first workout of the week! I will be getting school books this week, and some foodie experimentations? You’re going to have to keep coming back here to see what I come up with!
PS – by now you’ve probably noticed my blog has a new facelift! Thanks to Caroline over at who did this for me - I love it! Huge shout out to her for doing this for me! Let me know what you think about it!
PPS – I received a really nice email from a reader today, Steve at sent me a message introducing me to his website and letting me know that his whole office is a fan of my blog (YAY! Leave me a comment and introduce yourself!), and basically it’s kind of cool what they do. Check it out when you get a chance!
Stay sweet.


  1. pumpkin pancakes! The batter keeps well over a week in the fridge, they're not sweet at all, and I have two recipes on my blog already ;) which I'm sure you could modify to paleo standards :) Have fun with it!!

    1. Good idea! Thanks girl! I will think about it!

  2. Loving the new look! I need to try kale chips etc!

    1. Hey Kat! Thanks! And yes - you do need to try kale chips, they are easily my favourite snack/meal/whatever now! :)

  3. Mmm Kale can be delicious, so can Baby Bok Choy! One of my favourite recipes for Kale is a salad that has lots of vinegar and pine nuts in it, amazing! If I find it I'll send it to you - it was an LCBO Food & Drink win!

    1. Hey girlie :). I love when you comment now because I actually know you now!! I'm going to look up a recipe for bok choy tonight - I'll post it and you can tell me what you think! :) I love that mag... I always find AMAZING recipes in there!

  4. Love the new site! :) And Yay to the lifting!!!

    1. Thanks girl - I knew you'd be proud! Haha..

  5. The blog looks so good! I've heard wonderful things about kale chips! I need to try some!!
    Thanks for the recipe!!
    <3 Spa Love

    1. Thanks!! I love it so much too - I keep looking at it, it's so pretty now! :)... You should definitely try kale chips - I have a recipe under "clean eats" at the top of my blog!


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