WIAW – My Food Philosophy

I was torn between sharing my amazing collection of nut butters (truly, it’s amazing) or talking about my food philosophy (if you could call it that) this week. Since last week I talked about trying to eat more, I thought it would be timely to talk about my philosophy as it relates to food.

Over the weekend, Amanda posted this question to her Facebook Page:

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As you can see, I have somewhat strong feelings (okay, that might be an understatement) as it relates to labeling foods as “off limits”.

Last week my forehead broke out in what I believed to be pimples, and upon getting feedback from my friends, some people thought they might be more related to an allergy. I’m lucky in that I can only ever recall one allergic reaction in my life. I was 12 or 13 and I ate six or eight eggs in a short amount of time one Easter and ended up breaking out in hives. As I hadn’t changed my skin care route, or detergent recently, my next assumption is that the bumps were related to a food intolerance.

Ugh.

See, my philosophy of eat all the things means I’ve never dealt with having any food “off limits” in my life.

Once when I was in Grade 11 I decided to go vegetarian for a month with my best friend, as her boyfriend at the time was vegetarian. I think I lasted three or four days until we had salmon for dinner one night. I reasoned that some people who are vegetarians eat fish, so I could too.

I believe in eating healthy whole food

For a while when I was 20 or 21 I was working evenings and would regularly eat a protein bar for dinner. I reasoned that because it was a protein bar it was healthy; therefore it was an acceptable alternative.

I can’t tell you how much current me cringes at that.

The closest I’ve come to consuming a protein bar, is having a Vega Vibrancy bar as a snack last week.

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I’ve seen a ton of people raving about Quest bars lately, but I’d much rather eat real food instead of a bar designed to taste like cookies or a cinnamon bun.

This said, in my attempt to eat more, I did pick up a handful of bars for afternoon snacks on days that I run. They’re also easy to toss into my purse on weekends, as I find I’m having a harder time-consuming enough on weekends after my long runs, but that’s a story for another day.

Counting is for accountants

Okay, so I am an accountant, but I have no desire to count calories or macros.

While I do think it’s helpful to occasionally check in and see how I’m doing calorie and macro-wise, I’m certainly never going to live and die by those numbers.

I consciously work to consume sufficient quantities of carbs, protein and fat, but I’m really not going to get fussed if one day I eat more protein and another day I eat more carbs. I fully believe that being conscious to it (and I’m actively working to consume more protein) I’ll give my body what it needs.

If I want it, I eat it

I don’t believe in denying myself food

Yes, I have some weird and wacky food rules, but if I crave something, I’ll eat it. I may not always eat it right that second but I will eat it.

I’ve been craving red meat, specifically a good juicy burger, so that’s on my list to eat this week.

I also eat dessert nearly every night. At the bare minimum I’ll have two or three dates with peanut butter as my dessert. On Sunday I shared some of my gelato collection with a friend and had some dates. I didn’t feel one bit bad about it.

I don’t believe in guilt

When ever I make a choice as it relates to food, I do so consciously. Okay, most of the time I do so consciously.

Since I’m the one making the choices as it relates to my food, I see no reason to beat myself up for my choices. If I decide to get fries with my hamburger, I’m going to get fries with it and I’m going to enjoy every last one of them.

I believe in moderation

This week I may treat myself to a burger and fries – but I can tell you I’m not going to eat a burger and fries every day, or even every week. Heck, I probably won’t even do it every month.

I’ll have dessert every night, but it will be a few spoonfuls of gelato, or two or three dates, or one of Amy’s amazing cookies (although I really wanted to eat the whole batch!).

I’ll have a glass or two of wine on the weekends, but not a bottle. Most of the time. Sometimes a bottle is necessary 😉

Tell me: Do you have a food philosophy?

I Think I Need to Eat More

Warning: this is probably going to be very rambly and all over the place. I’m sure I could spend some time editing it and trying to make it more coherent, but I think I’d end up censoring myself or changing the message of my thoughts, so I’m just going to go with it. Messy and uncensored and all.

Last week I read a number of articles about food. Specifically, how the heck much food do we need to eat. (You probably saw them in my link love post).

The resounding message was that the majority of us are under eating.

I thought about it.

Then I thought about it some more.

I reasoned that I am likely under eating.

Because of that I need to eat more. (duh!)

Now, here’s where it gets tricky for me…..A year ago I weighed nearly 10 pounds less than I do now. I saw a number on the scale I hadn’t seen in years. To be completely, brutally honest, I liked it. I liked seeing that number. Heck, I probably even valued that number.

But – here’s the kicker I wasn’t healthy.

I did not lose the weight in a healthy way. I lost the weight through stress. And not eating. And drinking lots of wine. And not sleeping.

I may weigh 10 pounds more, but I’m also probably in the best shape I’ve even been in. I just finished a week where I ran nearly 86km. In ONE FREAKING WEEK. I remember getting into running and being amazed at running 100km in a MONTH, let alone a week.

The logical part of my brain knows I’m healthier now that I was a year ago. That part of my brain also knows I need to eat more. It even knows that if I were to eat more I’d probably lose weight because I’d be feeling my body properly.

The hard part is actually getting there.

See, back in the day of disordered eating I made up these food “rules” for myself and they’ve become so ingrained in my life that I still abide by them, mostly:

  • don’t drink juice, juice has calories and is therefore bad
  • don’t eat pasta
  • dinner should consist only of protein and veggies
  • don’t eat after 10pm
  • don’t drink your calories
  • always order the salad instead of the fries
  • don’t snack after lunch – hold out until dinner
  • 1200 is the magic number <– ugh. Barf.
  • treats should be “earned” through exercise
  • it’s okay to eat a lot after a long run, but only one meal

I’m sure there are more than just this, but these are the ones that come to mind, and I have a really hard time getting them out of my head.

Do I think I still suffer from disordered eating? No. I don’t. I can and have and will do things that are “against” my “rules” and I don’t feel guilty about it, I don’t feel like I have to exercise it off and I don’t beat myself up. But regardless, those feelings are still there.

Sometimes I think about going to get a body fat and metabolic analysis done. I think if science told me I need to eat 2400 calories a day to maintain my level of exercise, I’d have an easier time doing it. But when I go to a site (like this one) and enter in my height and weight to determine my RMR, I’m…..hesitant. I’m hesitant to believe that what it’s telling me is accurate.

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Yup. I put my weight on the blog. I figured I could dance around it, but I’ve decided to OWN IT! 😀

From reading Giselle’s post on RMR, there’s still some math to be done…See that 1513 number is only 70% of my metabolic function, I still need to add 30% to it to account for doing something other than just laying in bed (no matter how sloth-like I can be at times) plus what I burn when running. Let me tell you, what I burn when running can be a lot.

Pre-exercise I should be consuming ~1960 calories.

Umm, what?! That’s a heck of a lot of calories, yo. Definitely far more than I eat, even with the booze I sometimes consume.

So.

Yeah.

I think I need to eat more.

And…I’m working on it.

Tell me: Do you think you’re eating enough? How does your intake compare to the RMR calculator?

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Since it’s Thursday and I’m rambling on and on, I’m linking up with Amanda for Thinking Out Loud. ❤

WIAW – Minus Dinner

Well hello and Happy Wednesday to you all!

While it may be mid-way through the week for most of you, I just have one more day of work until I get a long weekend. Let me tell you, I’m very much looking forward to having an extra day to rest and sleep in.

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Today’s post is an excellent example of why I’m not so great at WIAW posts.

I did awesome and taking pictures of my meals all the way until dinner. And then? Plain old forgot. Whoops. So today you can see everything minus my (super amazing) dinner 🙂

Breakfast

By now you probably know I’m a creature of habit. Same breakfast every week day.

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Boring 😛

I promise to remember to take pictures of my weekend food one day because it’s far more interesting 🙂

Snack

Oh. Hey. Trailmix.

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That’s new.

Heh.

Lunch

Since I ended up working all last weekend I had no time to grocery shop. Thankfully I had food in my fridge from my Costco run, so lunch was the most amazing soup…

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…baby carrots…

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…and a hot cross bun with coconut butter.

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I can’t believe it took me so long to make coconut butter. I used Ang’s recipe and it turned out so yummy!!

I also had some chocolate for lunch dessert, because lunch dessert is important.

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Snack

Refresh tea with vanilla syrup and some milk. Noms.

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Banana – note the lack of banana spots. This one was pretty much perfect! with strawberries.

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I know it’s not exactly strawberry season, but these were on sale and they looked good to me.

The dinner that wasn’t

After work I came home and had a slice of cheese…

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…and a small glass of wine to told me over until dinner time.

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I was cooking dinner for a friend and I had the most amazing dinner planned!

Hand-made perogies that were filled with potato and cheese AND another kind with sauerkraut. Seriously amazing.

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We paired the perogies with bratwurst, beans and beats. Seriously, so amaze.

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I’m kind of bummed I forgot to take pictures, but by the time it was 7:40 I was far too concerned with shoveling food into my face and didn’t remember about pictures until I’d cleaned my plate.

Guess that just goes to show how yummy my dinner was 🙂

Tell me: What was the favourite thing you ate yesterday?

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 I’m also going to link up for What I Ate Wednesday.

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A Day of Food: Sick Day

I have a confession to make……I really enjoyed talking about food with all y’all last week.

I’m glad I decided to do a WIAW post because it really showed that what I thought my feelings were about sharing my food, weren’t actually my feelings about sharing my food. Did that make sense? Maybe?

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Anyway before I even posted my food last week, I was already taking pictures of what I ate when I was home sick. See, I’m approaching this whole posting food on my blog thing as a way to show how I eat for different days: sick days, running days, lazy days, etc.

While I’m a super boring eater, I do eat differently depending on the day and my hunger levels (and sometimes I even remember to take pictures!) and while I would never claim to the healthiest person out there, I do think it’s important to show how I fit food into my day.

Typically, when I’m not feeling well, I revert back to being a six year old. White bread and easy carbs for me please 🙂

Breakfast

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You would need to pry coffee from my cold dead hand for me to give it up. Yes, even when I am sick. Sorry, not happening.

(Shout out to Ann for the kick ass mug for my collection!!)

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Instead of my usual green smoothie, oatmeal sounded pretty much perfect to my feverish and dizzy body.

These were amazing. Seriously amazing. I’m so glad I picked them up and I can’t wait to eat more of them! ❤

Snack

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Mmmmm. Nuts. <–TWSS

That is all.

Lunch

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I popped over to the store to buy….something? I think it was zucchini for dinner, anyway, I saw bagels and I just knew I was going to be shoving a bagel into my facehole for lunch.

I love bagels so much, but rarely eat them and I appreciated every bite of this one – topped with dill cream cheese. So yum!

Snack

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Cheese and crackers will always be the most perfect snack. Always.

Dinner

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This pan of amazingness is all thanks to Amy. When she posted about sweet potato, zucchini and runny eggs I knew I’d be making it sometime soon. It just sounded like healthy comfort food to my sick body. I even branched out and sprinkled nutritional yeast on it to give it a cheesey flavour. Who am I?!

Tell me: What do you crave when you’re feeling under the weather?

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What Tracking My Calories for One Day Taught Me

On Wednesday I posted what I would normally eat in a day where I had an evening run scheduled. Now, that evening run didn’t go quite as planned, but that’s really just part of life and sometimes that’s just how things work out. No biggie.

As a bit of an experiment, I decided to also track my calories, something I don’t regularly do, and something I probably haven’t done in a year or so.

Honestly? I was pretty surprised by the result. There is no way I would have guessed I was consuming roughly 2,000 calories a day. After the shock wore off, I decided to really sit down and evaluate what I was putting into my body. Was it helping me? Was it hurting me? Are there any tweaks I can make to serve my training and my body better?

After spending some time reflecting and looking at my macros from last week, I came up with a few (hopefully) simple and easy tweaks to make.

More Protein

Here’s the breakdown of my macros (carbs, protein, fat) from Thursday.

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For me I’d say my protein was low on Thursday. This is possibly because I had a sandwich for dinner instead of my normal protein + vegetables for dinner, but the protein in my lunch was also lower than I would have liked.

So, I want to make sure I’m consuming sufficient protein at lunch and dinner.

Limit Alcohol

I’ve gotten into the habit of having a beer or a glass of wine nearly every day and I’d like to reduce it. Am I going to completely give up booze? Oh heck no. Not a freaking chance. But I would like to limit it to the weekends and for special events only.

Reduce Sugar

On Thursday I gave the remaining bag of the Reese’s goodies to my friend when I met him for dinner on Thursday. I was eating far too much sugar just as random snacks (you know, just grabbing a handful as I walked by the bag) and while I would never completely give up dessert, I do think limiting the added sugar I’m eating would be helpful.

Fish & Red Meat

I’ve fallen into a bit of a dinner rut.

There’s nothing wrong with salads and chicken, but I think a bit more variety would be wise, so I’d like to eat fish twice a week and red meat once a week which the remaining four dinners being a good balance of protein and vegetables.

None of these changes a huge, but I do feel they’ll make a difference in the way I’ve been feeling and hopefully will have a positive impact on my training.

More Water

A food quirk I neglected to mention yesterday was that I don’t like cold water. I know. Weird. I prefer room temperature water, and since it’s been so cold lately, I’ve been avoiding water because I don’t want to be cold. That said, water is super important for running, healthy skin and keeping my metabolism at its best, so I’m going to try for more water as well.

Progress

I started eating by these guidelines at the beginning of the week, and I can say I feel so much better!

I also hate to say it, but I really do feel better after no drinking – even if it’s just a glass of wine. Major sad face, here 😉

I can’t decide if I felt sick on Monday (I went home with dizziness and a fever and still had a low-grade fever on Tuesday) because I consumed too much sugar or if I was really ill. Monday morning I had a (tall, non-fat, half-sweet) white chocolate mocha and a cookie the size of my face and felt awful after. I know that could explain Monday, but I’m not so sure about Tuesday…..

I ate well after that and noticed a huge improvement on Wednesday and Thursday. I did Monday’s run on Wednesday (easy 13k) and felt good and then I banged out a killer speed workout last night. I felt amazing. It was the longest interval workout I’ve done and I feel like I killed it.

Looks like low sugar and no booze is working for me 😉

Tell me: What tweaks have you made in your diet recently?

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Weekly Plan: 1/20-1/26

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Exercise

First let’s look at my plan, and how it played out, from last week:

Monday Greatist WOD
RW Core
10k run
RW Core
Tuesday 10k steady
Greatist WOD
Off
Wednesday 10k steady
Yin Yoga
6.4k run
100 push ups test
Thursday 10k steady
Greatist WOD
Abs
Friday Greatist WOD 6k run
Push ups
Abs
Legs
Saturday 10k steady
Yoga Sculpt
Off
Sunday 15k long run 15k
Abs
Legs

Before writing out what I did this week, I was feeling lazy and bummed about my runs, while I did them, they didn’t always feel great. Then I realized I’ve ran more this week than in all of December. Seriously. The awesomeness of my 15k run also pretty much made up for all the suck. It wasn’t fast, there was ice on the path so I walked instead of risking falling, but it was great. I never wanted a walk break and I only walked for safety – not because I needed to. I have a lot more to say about how I feel about running, so much that I’m writing an entire post about it (it’s been a long time since I talked about running!).

And now the plan for this week:

Monday Abs
Push ups
Legs
7 min workout
Tuesday 6k run
Abs
Legs
7 min workout
Wednesday 10k steady
Abs
Push ups
Legs
7 min workout
Thursday 10k steady
Abs
Legs
7 min workout
Friday Abs
Push ups
Legs
7 min workout
Saturday 10k steady
Abs
Legs
7 min workout
Sunday 18k long run
Abs
Legs
7 min workout

The ab and leg workouts I’m doing are from the 30 Day Fitness Challenges app, the push ups is from 100 Pushups app and the third workout is from the 7 Minute Workout Challenge app.

Once again, I’ve highly modified my training schedule – since I’m not a fan of being injured and not being able to run (being sick was bad enough!!) I’ve pretty much taken out all of the speedwork from my training program and I’m focusing on rebuilding my base through steady pace runs and building my distance to a half marathon distance in the 5 remaining weeks before Orlando!

Both Ann and I have had setbacks due to illness and winter weather, so we’ve revised our goals to be more in-line with where we are now – and I”m feeling pretty good about the two runs. We’ll be in Disney – we’re certain to have fun!!

Breakfast

I have four green smoothie packs in my freezer, so I plan on using those up Mon-Thurs and treating myself to something on Friday. I’m not sure what yet, it might just be oatmeal, but it’ll be a temporary change from the smoothies.

Lunch

I enjoyed my salads so much last week, that I’m brining them back this week. It also helps that I have a lot of the supplies left over, so it’ll make grocery shopping easier for the fixin’s. I plan on posting the recipe (if you can call it that) on the blog this week. Probably.

Snacks

Snacks are pretty much the same: yogurt, fruit, trail mix, except I’m also adding in the granola bars I made last week. They’re ridiculously amazing – if you haven’t made them yet you really should!

Dinner

I did a bit more of a substantial grocery shop this week, so I’ll have salads, wraps and curry this week. The spinach peanut curry from a few weeks back was a bit of a fail, but I know the green curry is good, so I’m really looking forward to that!

Tell me: What are you looking forward to this week?

Today I’m linking up with Amanda at Run To The Finish for Accountability Monday.

Plan for the Week: Oct 28

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Whew. Last week kicked my bum! I had a great time attending my conference, it’s given me a lot to think about for my personal career and I’m excited to see what I’m able to do with my career after this.

I’ve been feeling a bit fluffy since the conference; I usually get sucked in by the cookies in the afternoon, and I was too tired to get too many workouts in (6km run on Tuesday, cross-training on Wednesday, 10k run on Saturday), so my focus this week is workouts and healthy eating with lots of protein and veggies.

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I find it easiest to plan my weeks when I eat relatively simply and almost the same every day. Come Friday I’m usually looking for a change, and I found out I have enough points at a local grocery store to get a free dinner, so that’ll be my Friday dinner to mix things up for the weekend.

Breakfast

After taking a break from smoothies for a few weeks, last week reminded me of how much I love my morning smoothie. I’ve made smoothie freezer packs again to speed up my mornings.

My green smoothie recipe is here.

Lunch

As I’m back in the office, I’ll be bringing my lunches with me and I’m going back to a tried and true staple, sweet potatoes. I’ll have these baked up beforehand and will top with cottage cheese (for protein!) and salsa (for flavour!).

Snacks

If you haven’t noticed, I’m pretty good at eating on a schedule, my morning snack will remain my tried and true trail mix and I’ll bring an apple and cheese to have as an afternoon snack.

Dinner

Last week I ended up making an omelet with random frozen veggies and butternut squash – the squash was sooooo good in the omelet! I’ll have an omelet a few times for dinner during the week and might play it by ear for a dinner or two as well. I have lots of frozen veggies, chicken, fish and pot pies in the freezer, so I certainly won’t go hungry!

Exercise

This is my last week off running until I start training for my half marathon, so I’ll be throwing in a few runs and will focus on cross training as well to keep my body balanced. So far my plan for the week is as follows:

Monday – cross training (minimum 45 minutes of Nike + Training Club)

Tuesday – 6k run

Wednesday – cross training (minimum 45 minutes of Nike + Training Club)

Thursday – 10k run

Friday – off

Saturday – 10km run

Sunday – cross training (minimum 45 minutes of Nike + Training Club)

and then I’ll start my half marathon training plan on Tuesday!

House

When I’m busy, my focus is usually on just keeping things together, housework will usually suffer before exercise and eating healthy. As such, my condo is a bit of a disaster zone! After my course on Sunday I grabbed groceries and did four loads of laundry (for ONE person!!) and by the time that was done I was ready for bed! I want to focus on a zone of my condo each night this week (for 45-60 minutes) to get everything together.

Monday – vacuum and mop

Tuesday – clean and tidy bathroom

Wednesday – organize desk area (aka – “the drop zone”)

Thursday – general tidy/pick up

Friday – off (because who wants to clean on a Friday?!)

Daily I make sure my clothes are pick up and put away and that my kitchen is tidy. I’m not a fan of hand washing dishes, so sometimes those pile up a bit, but not too much 🙂

What do you have planned for the week?

Do you eat the same thing everyday or does that get boring?

Plan for the week: Oct 21

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Well, another weekend gone, and so begins another week.

This week is a pretty crazy one for me, I’m attending a conference all week and am starting off my Monday by waking up at 5am and flying to Northern Alberta, and I won’t be home until 9pm at night! I’ll be one tired cowgirl today, let me tell you!

Since this week is so dang busy, I spent a lot of time on Saturday making sure my meals were organized so I could just grab and go as needed for the week.

Breakfasts

I’m going back to green smoothies for breakfasts this week. Lunch is provided every day this week, so I want to make sure I’m getting lots of greens and healthy berries in the morning. To save time, I made freezer smoothie packs by putting 1c frozen berries and 1.5 handfuls of spinach in freezer bags. This way all I need to do is add my VegaOne, some juice/coconut water and kefir and blend away!

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Snacks

I also wanted to be sure I was able to snack on healthy items. I’m always wary of events where food is supplied because they’re usually full of carbs carbs and more carbs. While I like my carbs, I also want to make sure my food is balanced. I measured out 1/4 of trail mix into five baggies to grab and go and pair with Kashi granola bars, fruit snacks (I really wanted fruit bars but couldn’t find them anywhere!) and cheese snacks.

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Lunches

These are provided. I’m assuming sandwiches or something? I’m crossing my fingers for healthy options!

Dinners

I’m really (really!) hoping dinner on Monday is somehow provided. Otherwise I’m going to be super cranky (and hungry) come 9pm tonight! Our itinerary only specifies lunch (and lunch at 1:30, which is late for this girl!) so I’ll be bring snacks with me! Dinner is also provided Wednesday and Thursday as part of networking evenings for the conference, so I really only need to cook Tuesday and Friday. I still have some leftover pumpkin pasta from Thursday, so that will do me for dinner on Tuesday and I’ll see what I feel like on Friday.

Exercise

After taking six days off from exercise, I went for a short run on Saturday and did some cross training on Sunday. I’m using my barre3 app (all workouts are ~10 minutes) and my Nike +Training Club app for cross training. I discovered Nike + about a year ago and I love the workouts. They’re 15-45 minutes in length and they hurt. Although I’m not much or a morning person, I’m going to try to wake up at 6am to get a quick workout in before my conference this week.

I also found workouts from Paula Radcliffe and Kara Goucher on my Nike + app! These two ladies could tell me to stand on my head and I’d totally do it, so if I’m pressed for time, I’ll tackle one of their 15 minute workouts in the morning.

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Do you make plans for your week?

Are you a morning or evening exerciser?

I’m sorry, how many calories are in that?!

Since I was gone for five days and haven’t yet had a chance to go grocery shopping since returning from running my marathon, I decided to pop into the cafeteria at work to grab a salad for lunch.

(I actually completely forgot we even had a cafeteria at work until yesterday – and I love that it has a salad bar!).

After I fixed up my salad I took a quick peek in the cooler and noticed this awesome looking container.

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Hummus and pretzels – pretty much the perfect afternoon snack, right?!

Well.

Maybe.

Once I got up to my office (yes, I eat at my desk. yes, I know it’s a bad habit) I ended up looking at the nutrition label.

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Shut the front door!

370 calories and 19g of fat?!

For a meal maybe, but not a snack!

I still don’t count calories, but I certainly like to be aware of what I’m putting in my body, and I think this is a perfect example of not knowing the calorie content of some foods.

I grabbed this assuming the calorie content would be in the 150-200 calorie range – just where I prefer it to be for a snack. Enough to fill me up a bit, but not make me full.

Considering my breakfast and lunches tend to be in the 300-400 calorie range, this definitely falls into the “meal” column for me and is certainly not a snack.

The packaging of this was super attractive and even managed to suck me in.

Heck, if I’m going to eat 370 calories in an afternoon, I’m going to use it for something good, like a pumpkin cookie!

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This was a good reminder for me to be a bit more aware, especially since I’m not running as many miles, I probably shouldn’t eat everything in sight right now.

I still plan to follow my moderation plan – and I know I feel better when I eat lots of protein and lean veggies (with a cookie thrown in!) – but impulse buys of “convenience” foods aren’t the greatest idea.

Are there any foods you’ve come across that haven’t been as healthy as you first thought?

Easy Peasy Pancakes

Happy Monday morning, friends!

I hope everyone had a wonderful weekend 🙂 Mine was nearly perfect.

Friday is my do nothing evening, so I finished off Veronica Mars (can someone please tell me how this show was cancelled?! Seriously. I love it and I cannot wait for the movie. Also, this is crazy, but I’m totally Team Logan).

My goal on Friday nights is to sleep at least 10 hours, and I have to say, I was 100% successful in that. I dragged my bum outta bed at 9:30 and made my regular Saturday morning breakfast, Banana Pancakes (recipe to follow). These are the easiest, yummiest pancakes ever, and I’ll also argue they’re pretty healthy too!

The rest of the day was spent chilling on the couch watching tennis, equestrian and Orange is the New Black. It was a dreary rainy day and I had no desire to leave my building, and so I didn’t.

Sunday was a much different day. I was up at 7:30 to get ready for my long run. Since my previous two attempts at long runs didn’t quite go as planned, I was crossing my fingers for this one. And? I did it! 28km!! Holy. Moly.

Needless to say, I rewarded myself with pizza for breakfast/lunch after my run. Om nom nom was it ever good!

After chilling on the couch for a bit, I went to see Riddick and eat fish tacos for dinner.

All-in-all, a super successful weekend.

Random (and not entirely related to my post, but close): I totally had a dream that Justin Timberlake was my hair dresser and I was chatting with him and Jessica Biel (she just had a baby boy) about wineries in the Okanagan. Yup. Random.

Banana Pancakes

1 banana

1 egg

1tbsp peanut butter

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Mash up the banana:

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Add in the egg and peanut butter and continue mixing:

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Mmmmm. Looks yummy…….

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Pour into a preheated pan (I use coconut oil in the pan).

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Flip

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Eat. I top my pancakes with honey.

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I’d like to try this with canned pumpkin as well, as I think it would work out similar to the banana. Really, could it be any easier?!

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What’s your go-to weekend breakfast?