Wednesday, February 27, 2013

New Years Resolutions- Update #2 and WIAW #12

I'm jamming two posts into one here, brace yourself!

I'll start off with my What I ate Wednesday first:

Breakfast- Smoothie!!
1/2 c milk, 2 carrots, kale, banana, 1/8 C oatmeal, cinnamon, ice

Snack #1- Cottage Cheese and Pineapple

Lunch- Leftover Asian Lettuce Wraps (on a salad)

Snack #2- Iced Coffee and roasted chickpeas (my new favorite snack!!)

Dinner- Mushroom and Kale Lasagna Rolls and Green Salad (lasagna roll recipe at

Evening Snack- Popcorn (scarfed it too quickly to remember to take a picture!!)

Pretty decent day of eats if I do say so myself!

Now, onto my New Years Resolutions update....

1. Run 13 races in 2013

Still no races, but I am registered for my first one this year on March 16 in Calgary! I'm really looking forward to it, and depending on the weather I feel I my have a PR coming on :) Check out my 2013 races tab to see the ones I am planning on participating in this year!

2. Try out crossfit

I have a date with a friend to try crossfit on Thursday night!! I'm really nervous, but also really excited! I'll let you all know how it goes!

3. Be able to do 50 real pushups in a row

Last month I was up to 6, this month up to 9. Obviously I need to focus on this a little more, my goal is to be up to 15 by the end of March- maybe crossfit will help with this??

4. Try 1 new dinner recipe per month

We tried quite a few new recipes in February, here's a quick list of the ones that I remember:

Curried Quinoa Salad- My recipe 
Hot Fudge Brownie Larabars-Chocolate Covered Katie
Asian Lettuce Wraps-Our Best Bites
Zucchini Bread-100 days of real food
Cilantro Lime Tilapia Tacos- Skinnytaste
Mushroom Kale Lasagna Rolls-Skinny taste

5. Read 52 books this year

I had a busy month, and I only ended up getting 3 books read this month, for a total of 12 so far this year! Check out this month's reads here.

How are your goals for the year/month progressing?

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

February Books Read

I made a goal for myself to read 52 books this year. I read 3 this month, bringing my total up to 12 so far. Here are my thoughts on this months books:

1. Gold- Chris Cleave

This book follows two friends, Zoe and Kate, on their journey to the 2012 London Olympics. It jumps between the viewpoints of Kate, Zoe, their trainer, Kate's husband Jack (who is also an elite cyclist), and Kate and Jack's daughter Sophie who has leukemia. The timeline bounces back and forth between past and present, exploring the events that lead Zoe and Kate to be competing for the only spot in the 2012 Olympic games. This book is about more than the sport though, it follows the relationship between Jack, Kate and Zoe, which turns out to be quite interesting.

I loved this book! There were some great twists and turns, and I was drawn in until the very last page. A must read for sure!!

2. The Boy Who Sneaks Though My Bedroom Window- Kirsty Moseley
 The Boy Who Sneaks in my Bedroom Window
I learned 2 valuable lessons with this book... the reviews, 2. If a book costs $3.00, there is a reason!! This book had a really good rating on goodreads, and the synopsis made it sound like a decent book, but sadly it was not. I struggled to finish it. Once I finally got through it, I went and read the reviews and discovered that people either hated it, or loved it. I was definitely a hater. There were so many typos and grammar errors (I have horrible grammar, so me noticing that is saying something!), and the characters just kept saying the same things over and over... it reminded me of a high school version of 50 Shades of Grey. Not a fan.

3. Heartstopper- Joy Fielding

Mysteries are my favorite genre to read. This book kept me guessing to the very end, which I love! Usually I have the bad guy figured out by the end of the book, but not this time. If you are a mystery fan, this book is for you :)

With a 2 week long Spring Break coming up I am hoping to get lots of reading done in March. I am halfway through the newest James Patterson book, and I have 3 more books waiting for me on my e-reader!

Check out the books I read last month here.

Any good book suggestions for me? 

Monday, February 25, 2013

Meal Plan Monday and baby Eli pictures!

I am so in love with this little guy!!
Sleepy Eli

I didn't want to share!!

Group shot!

Mom, dad and baby are all doing great! I am so excited to be an auntie. Eli is perfect in every way and I just love holding him and snuggling him! I can't wait until he's at home and I can go see him any time that I want!

Other than hanging with Eli, and texting my brother making him send me pictures and updates every hour on the hour, my weekend was pretty chill. I spent Saturday hanging out with some friends who were in town for the weekend, starting to plan my best friend's stagette (which isn't until July, but I love to plan things) and visiting with my sister who's in town for reading break right now.
Sunday morning was spent at the gym, 35 mins of cardio (a mix of treadmill and elliptical) and 40 mins of weights. Post gym I grabbed an iced coffee and zipped home to eat some pancakes and do some meal planning!

Here's what I came up with:

Monday-Fish Tacos

Tuesday- Mushroom and Kale Lasagna Rolls (

Wednesday-Zucchini Enchilada Boats (

Thursday- Steak and potatoes (gee I wonder who requested this meal?)

Friday- Pulled Pork in the crock-pot

Saturday- Birthday dinner for my brother

Sunday- Shepard's pie

Should be a delicious week :)
Hope everyone is has a fantastic Monday!

Saturday, February 23, 2013

Yesterday was an exciting day

Yesterday was the most exciting day I've had in recent history.

First I bought a new (to me) car:
Its a 2009 Subaru Tribeca, and I love it!! It's a big step up from the 1995 Jeep Cherokee I was cruising in before.

Second, even more importantly, at 11:45 last night my very first nephew Eli was born! He was 11 days late, weighed 7lbs 12 oz and is perfect in every way! I can't wait to meet him tonight!!

Hope everyone else is having a stellar weekend so far!!

Monday, February 18, 2013

Meal Plan Monday

I hope everyone had an awesome weekend! Will and I had a busy one, but it was really great.

On Friday evening we went out for a drink with 2 friends who were visiting from the States and 1 who was visiting from Calgary. It was awesome to catch up with them!!

On Saturday I went shopping for dinner supplies with the same friends. We got the fixins for mini pizzas! Everyone came up to our place afterwards and we spent the night eating and playing games- my favorite way to spend a Saturday night!

Sunday was spent doing some running around- we went to say goodbye to my aunt and uncle who were visiting from Victoria, visited with Will's parents for a while, went to my mom's salon so she could cut Will's hair, tidied up our house, and played with Baxter. We ended the evening by watching the last episode of Dallas that we downloaded on iTunes. Now we're all caught up and ready for tomorrow night!

Since it is Meal Plan Monday, here is our meal plan for the week!

Monday- Asian Lettuce Wraps (our best bites)

Tuesday- Mini Pizzas (gotta use up those leftovers!!)

Wednesday- Dinner in Banff (we're thinking maybe The Banff Grizzly House)

Thursday- Dinner in Calgary

Friday-Homemade chicken fingers and sweet potato fries

Saturday- Santa Fe chicken breasts  (recipe here!)

Sunday-Dinner at Will's parents house

Easy meal planning week for me! We are heading to Banff on Wednesday night and then on to Calgary on Thursday morning. We are going to go vehicle hunting for me!! The old Jeep just ain't what she used to be :)

Any new must-try recipes?
What is your favorite game to play on game night?
For the Calgary folks- any awesome restaurant recommendations? We always end up going to the same places and I'd love to try something new!

Sunday, February 17, 2013

7 days of real food RECAP!

This post is only about a week and a bit overdue! Life's been very busy for us lately, I apologize for the delay!

I didn't end up taking pictures for day 6 and day 7 since I found I was eating the same thing over and over and I didn't want to bore everyone to death! With Will being at work there were a lot of leftovers that needed to be eaten!

Here are a few of my thoughts on the week:

- I liked having simple healthy meals planned out. I also liked having my breakfast and lunch planned. I found that I was doing way less of the standing in front of the fridge staring at what I should eat.

-Sugar is in soooo much stuff that it really doesn't need to be! And in things that you don't suspect! I made some Asian lettuce wraps the first night and didn't even think about the fact that soy sauce might have sugar in it! It did, so technically I cheated on the first night. I checked the ingredients on everything else very carefully after that.

- There are additives in things that you don't suspect as well! Will's mom gave us some chicken breasts- you'd think the ingredient list would simply read "Chicken". Oh no, the list was 6 ingredients long!! I've started buying more of our meat at the local butcher. It tastes better and it's local which is a huge bonus. Will and I are getting some chickens and cows this spring, so in the fall we'll have our own meat to eat- I can't wait!

- I didn't find it too difficult to go for a week eating only "real foods", however I have the tastebuds of Buddy the Elf and I would never be able to give up candy. I need to work on the principle of moderation though, and the week of real food made me realize how often I mindlessly munch on candy and sugary treats.

After doing the challenge I definitely find myself reading ingredient lists a little more carefully, and being more mindful of what we're eating. I'm also planning our meals ahead of time which I'm finding is saving me time and money! I'm going to start posting our weekly meal plans on Mondays, so look for that tomorrow morning!

I hope everyone had a great weekend!!

Monday, February 11, 2013

Weekend Recap!

Happy family day!!

Today was BC's very first family day, and I must say I'm a fan!
We spent the whole weekend with family and it was great!

On Saturday my siblings and our significant others went for a little snowy hike, including my brother's 9 month pregnant girlfriend- she's such a trooper!! She's due tomorrow, I can't wait to meet this baby!!
My brother and his girlfriend, Will and I, My sister and her boyfriend.
Saturday night we had a huge fire, and a bunch of friends and family came up for that.

My brother disappeared for about 15  minutes during the fire and no one could find them. All of a sudden he showed up with this homemade rotisserie that he had gone and welded together! It worked perfectly.

Sunday was a lazy day, we didn't really do much. We spent the afternoon visiting my parents and the evening visiting Will's family since it was his sister's birthday!

We spent today hanging out with our families again. Will and I went for a run together this morning, then we went over to my Gramma's house to visit my aunt and uncle who are here from Victoria. It was a full house, 15 of us all crowded in but we had an awesome visit! We played Apples to Apples and Buzzword, which are both excellent games if you are looking for funny games to play with a big group. Lots of laughs were had.

We went straight from my Gramma's to Will's mom and dad's for dinner for his mom's birthday dinner. (His mom and sister are born 1 day apart.) All in all it was a great day!

I am working on a Week of real food recap and a February photo challenge post, so look for those later this week!

Wednesday, February 06, 2013

Real Food Day 5 and WIAW #10

It's been quite a while since I jumped in on the What I Ate Wednesday fun, but since I'm logging my eats this week anyways, Why not?? I'm liking the theme this month too, it's something I'm working on right now :)
 Peas and Crayons
Thanks to Jenn at Peas and Crayons for hosting!

 Today is day 5 of my real food challenge and I'm still going strong! I'm happy to report it's a lot easier than I thought it would be!

Breakfast- Stovetop oatmeal with sliced bananas, walnuts, hemp hearts and a drizzle of maple syrup

Snack- Apple and peanut butter dip (1 tbsp natural PB, 3 tbsp plain Greek yogurt)

Lunch- Tuna Lettuce wraps. I mixed a can of tuna with some black pepper and lemon juice and ate it on romaine lettuce leaves. One of my favorite easy lunches!

Dinner- Quinoa Curry Salad. I had it warm tonight to mix things up! I also had a green salad on the side.

Snack- Random snack: A slice of cheese and a brown rice cake with peanut butter

Still need to work on more veggies!!

Activity for the day was an easy 5km run outside. We had blue sky today, it was so exciting!! Once I was done my run, I came home and did BBB workout C- Back and Arms. They're definitely going to be sore tomorrow, I can feel it already!

You can check out my last 4 days of real food here!
Day 1
Day 2
Day 3
Day 4

Real Food Day 4

Today was a day of leftovers, so some of the pictures are recycled!

Breakfast- Leftover waffle with banana, walnuts and maple syrup and grapes
Snack- Sliced apple with Peanut butter

Lunch- Leftover Salmon and Curry Salad from last night

Snack- a slice of zucchini bread

Dinner- Leftover pork chop and homemade honey mustard (no picture, sorry!)

Snack- popcorn

Goal for tomorrow: More Veggies!!!!

See my other daysof real food here:
Day 1
Day 2
Day 3

Tuesday, February 05, 2013

Real Food Day 3 and a recipe!

Day 3: I feel like I'm getting into a routine with this no sugar buisness- I'm not even really missing it, aside from when I was at my parents and saw the leftover cherry fluff square from their super bowl party yesterday! I really like having my meals planned out, it makes everything so much easier!

I switched my Monday and Tuesday activity this week and went to a spin class tonight. It was pretty intense, and I was still sore from my BBB workout on Saturday so I'm pretty exhausted right now! I'm hoping my legs feel fresh enough for a run tomorrow morning!!

Here are my day 3 eats:

Breakfast- Whole Wheat Zucchini bread and fruit salad

Lunch- Pork chop with homemade honey mustard dip, salad with balsamic vinegar and olive oil

Lunch dessert- Apple and peanut butter dip

The peanut butter dip is super simple- 1 tbsp peanut butter, 3 tbsp plain Greek yogurt. It's really yummy, but the only thing I like it on is apples. I've tried it with celery and bananas and I don't love it, but with apples its awesome!

Snack-  Hot fudge brownie larabar (Chocolate Covered Katie)
Holy smokes, these are so so good! They taste like there is no way that they could be good for you, and they only took about 5 mins to make. Winning!! There are a bunch of other flavors of energy balls on her site that I'm dying to try out.

Dinner-Salmon and Curried Quinoa with chickpeas and kale

The curried quinoa salad is one that I came up with after putting a few different recipes together. Here it is in case you are interested:

Curried Quinoa Salad


1 C Quinoa
1/2 Red Pepper
1 small can chickpeas
1 C slivered almonds
Fresh basil to taste (I used about 1/4 C roughly chopped)
Kale ( I used one bunch)

1/4 C olive oil
1/4 C lemon juice
1 Tbsp honey
1 Tbsp curry powder
salt to taste


1. Cook quinoa according to package directions
2. While quinoa is cooking, Mix together all salad ingredients except for kale.
3. Saute kale with a bit of olive oil until it starts to wilt. Don't use high heat or kale will burn (I may have learned from experience). Add to the rest of the salad.
4. In a separate bowl combine ingredients for dressing.
5. Add cooked quinoa and dressing to the rest of the salad ingredients. Mix well and enjoy!

The beauty of this salad is that it is good hot or cold, or even lukewarm! I don't usually like new foods, but this is one of my favorite salads to make!

Monday, February 04, 2013

Real Food Day 2

I did two exciting things yesterday...

 #1: I bought my own domain name!! You are now visiting! I feel very professional now :)

#2: I bought a new computer! Will and I both had Christmas money that we hadn't spent so he spent his on a fancy welding helmet and I got a new laptop. The laptop I have now takes about 10 years to react to what I'm doing, the battery lasts 7 mins when not plugged in, and the charger falls out all the time. I ordered my computer from Dell and I can't wait for it to get here!!

*side note: the welding helmet and the laptop cost the same amount of money! I hope that helmet has some fancy tricks up its sleeve.

Now onto the eats. Day 2 was just as delicious as day 1! Probably because it was mostly leftovers from the day before. Will ended up having to go out of town for work for the next week, so I had to adjust my meal plans a bit.

Breakfast- Leftover Waffle topped with maple syrup, walnuts and bananas with Basil Fruit Salad

Lunch- green smoothie- 1/2 C each blue berries, raspberries, strawberries, 100% juice and 2 handfuls of spiring mix.

Lunch-Rice Cake with peanut butter. Crunchy natural peanut butter = my new favorite thing

Snack- Coconut Cream Larabar (good, but not my favorite!)

Dinner-Leftover Asian Lettuce Wraps
Yes, it's the same picture from yesterday!
Dinner- I had a slice of whole wheat zucchini bread with my dinner, it was awesome!!

Snack-Popcorn again! Since Will was gone I decided to rent a girly movie and spend my evening on the couch watching movies, a great way to end any weekend!

Real Food Day 1 can be seen here 

Sunday, February 03, 2013

Real Food- Day 1

Day one of our eat real food challenge was a success! I actually remembered to take a picture of everything I ate. Woohoo!

Breakfast: Whole Wheat Waffles with Basil Fruit Salad
I found an awesome recipe for whole wheat waffles, but I can't seem to figure out where I put it once we were done! If I find It I'll post it because there were so good! They didn't even taste like whole wheat!
To make the topping we whipped three egg whites until they got to the consistency we wanted, then whipped in about 1tsp of maple syrup. My uncle makes it with sugar and calls it whip, so we decided to make whip flavored with maple syrup for a healthier option! I thought it was the perfect amount of sweetness, but Will still added more maple syrup to his waffle.

For the fruit salad we just cut up an orange, an apple and a banana and mixed in some fresh basil- it's an unbeatable combo! It's great with fresh strawberries too.

Snack: Orange Raspberry smoothie
1 C raspberries, 1/2 orange, 3/4C milk (approximately). Not too sweet, just perfect for me!

Lunch:Turkey sausage,white bean and kale soup (
Leftovers from the other night. The turkey sausage in this soup is homemade and so good! This is a favorite around here for sure.

This is my favorite kind of Larabar. They're so good, but not cheap! I've seen lots of recipes lately for homemade ones, I think I may have to try them out this week.

Dinner: Asian Lettuce Wraps

The picture is not appetizing, but these are amazing. Seriously. Best recipe I've tried in a long time, and it was really easy! How can you beat that?

Movie Snack:

Whirley pop! Does anyone else have one of these? It makes the best popcorn ever, you don't have to put anything besides salt on it. We usually use 1tbsp olive oil and 1/3 C popcorn kernels for the best taste.

We watched The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo last night, we both really liked it, but Will found it kind of hard to follow since he didn't read the book. Has anyone else watched the movie and not read the book?

Today for me is going to consist of taking Baxter for a walk and trying to clean out my purple room (our spare room that I decided to paint Easter egg purple.. who lets me make these decisions??) . Hope everyone has a great day!

Friday, February 01, 2013

7 days of real food

The book "In Defense of Food" by Michael Pollan really got me thinking about what I do and do not want to put into my body.

I decided to challenge Will and myself to go for one week without eating anything processed- real food only! I don't think it will be too hard for me, but you never know what kind of challenges are going to pop up.

What is real food you ask? This is the set of rules that I am going to follow

What we can have:

1. Whole foods- foods that come from nature, not food that's been overly processed
2.Fruits, veggies, dairy products (Milk, plain yogurt, cheese, eggs), 100% whole grains.
3. Locally raised meat when possible
4. Wild Seafood
5. Beverages limited to water, milk, coffee, tea, all natural fruit juice
6. Snacks- unsweetened dried fruit, nuts & seeds, popcorn
7. All natural sweeteners- 100% maple syrup, honey

What we can't have:

1. No refined grains eg. white flour, white rice
2. No refined sweeteners eg. white sugar, corn syrup, cane juice, artificial sweeteners
3. Nothing from a package containing more than 5 ingredients
4. No deep fried foods or fast food

Pretty simple right? I have our meals all planned out for the next week so it should go pretty smoothly. We already eat pretty clean, but I must say I am going to miss condiments- I put ketchup on everything!! A week isn't very long so I'm not too worried.

I will be posting our menus and food pictures daily for the next week (hopefully!!) so look out for those posts!
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