Monday Mantra: Yoga Love

So first an update on last week, it was a total success. It’s amazing what a little thought and planning can allow you to fit into your day. I slowed down and spent time everyday this past week and it was nice to not constantly feel like I was running from one thing to the next. Sometimes life is going to feel like a race and that’s okay. But most of the time it should include taking time to enjoy the moments that matter most….lesson learned.

 

Monday Mantra Eleven: Yoga Love 

 

 

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I am doing my first race ever in 2 weeks, I don’t know where the time has gone! So I have been working hard running and doing body pump for strength training. But what has seemed to have fallen to the wayside is yoga. Yoga is so important to maintain injury-free training, and besides that I love it. So this week I plan to make time for it even if it just means doing a podcast. I am committing to at least 4 yoga sessions this week so I can get my muscles ready for my race!

How do you stay injury-free during heavy training?

Workout Plan Aug 29 – Sept 4

So I had an interesting workout week last week.

Planned
Type Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday  Sunday
Run (Minutes) 30 min 32 min 20 min 20 min 34 min 35 min Rest
Class  Body Pump   Body Pump Yoga (PC)   Yoga  
Swimming              
Other              
Actual
Type Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday  Sunday
Run (Miles)   3.44 1.77 1.77 3.19    
Class     Body Pump Yoga (PC)      
Swimming (meters)              
Other              
Total Miles this week: 10.17
Total meters this week:  0

 

I was sick Monday and Saturday we had a leak in our house that I had to deal with. I woke up yesterday and my ceiling was literally on the floor. Oh the joys of home ownership. haha

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Last night was my friend’s bachelorette so I was in no shape to run today so I kept my rest day right where it was. I had so much fun last night, maybe a little too much! haha

 

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I am on the couch now planning out my week so here is the plan this week, 2 weeks to go to race day:

Planned
Type Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday  Sunday
Run (Minutes) 20 min 32 min 20 min 30 min 35 min 55 min Rest
Class  Yoga PC Body Pump Yoga PC  Body Pump   Yoga  
Swimming              
Other              

 

What are your plans this week?

Italian Quinoa

I created this recipe last Saturday night, Bruce was at a bachelor party so I took the opportunity to make something with quinoa in it seeing as he doesn’t love the texture of it . It made enough for 4 huge servings which I have eaten for lunch this week. This recipe freezes well, I defrosted one and ate it for lunch today! This is a quick healthy recipe you could make on the weekend and enjoy a few times during the week when you’re in a rush.

 

Quinoa which tastes and looks like a grain is actually a seed it, “contains a balanced set of essential amino acids for humans, making it a complete protein source, unusual among plant foods. It is a good source of dietary fibre and phosphorus and is high in magnesium and iron. Quinoa is gluten-free and considered easy to digest” (source).

 

Italian Quinoa (Serves 4 – 5)

  • 1 large bell pepper chopped
  • 2 spicy Italian sausages
  • 3 or 4 fresh mushrooms chopped
  • 1 cup organic quinoa
  • 1 can diced tomatoes (undrained)
  • 1 can of tomato paste
  • 1 cup light mozzarella cheese shredded
  • 2 cloves garlic minced

 

To cook quinoa:

Bring water to boil in a medium-sized pot, once rapidly boiling reduce heat to medium. Add quinoa and cook partially covered for 7 – 10 minutes. Use lid to drain off water and serve hot. You can add quinoa to lots of dishes that call for rice or even as a substitute for oatmeal. It takes on the flavour of whatever it is added to.

 

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Meanwhile while quinoa is cooking boil an inch or 2 of water in a large pan (with a cover) once boiled reduce heat to medium. Add sausages and cook covered for 10 minutes. Remove from pan and chop up sausages into bite-sized pieces. Drain water from pan and add olive oil. Add mushrooms, peppers, and sausage and cook for 5 to 7 minutes until peppers and mushrooms are cooked. Add garlic in the last minute of cooking.

 

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Mix in cooked quinoa, diced tomatoes, and tomato paste and cook for another 5 minutes until heated through. Top with cheese and cover allowing cheese to melt. Serve and enjoy!

 

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What’s your favourite way to eat quinoa? I’d love some new suggestions!

Monday Mantra: Taking A Moment

So 2 weeks ago I set a goal of finishing some of the many books I was reading. Between travel, work, and life I didn’t get them all finished. But I did get one completely done, The Raw Shark Texts, which by the way was amazing and you should go read it now! I also got ahead on my work book club The Leadership Challenge and so far this book is really useful as a learning tool. I am really enjoying it so far. For the time I had to dedicate to this goal I am pleased with the outcome and have decided I am not buying anymore books until I read all the ones I have here!

 

Monday Mantra Ten: Taking A Moment

I didn’t sleep well last night and I couldn’t figure out why. I woke up and went to work and just felt sicker and sicker as the day went on. By lunch I really wasn’t feeling well, I had a dentist appointment, so I headed to that and by the time someone had poked around in my mouth for almost an hour I knew I couldn’t go back to work. I decided to work from home the rest of the day and spent the remaining few hours of the work day on my couch tying up the loose ends of a few projects I have been working on at work. I came home and made myself a green monster with the hopes I would feel better but I have basically been on the couch the whole night. In the mix was frozen cherries, banana, strawberries, blueberries, chia seeds, soy milk, and spinach.

 

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I had to skip my workout but that’s okay, when I finished up my work for the day I took the night to myself and while watching television was looking at some of the news stories about the death of the great Canadian politician Jack Layton. I think we all can learn a lot from Jack, he worked hard till his dying day. He literally told the House of Commons on July 25 that he would return to the house in the fall. He was a force to be reckoned with and he fought for the people of Canada. One thing I did notice though through all his hard work and the success he had he never lost sight of what was important – his family, he looked at his work as recreation, and you could tell he truly loved what he did.

 

I think this week in the spirit of Jack I am going to try and take a moment each day to myself or spend time with someone I love. I will always work hard and I love what I do but I think a little perspective about what is important and taking time to enjoy this world is always needed. Rest in peace Jack … you were an inspiration to us all.

 

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My friends, love is better than anger. Hope is better than fear. Optimism is better than despair. So let us be loving, hopeful and optimistic. And we’ll change the world. – Jack Layton (Source)

Workout Recap and Plan Aug 21 – 28

So I have a two week recap of what I planned and what went down.

Aug 8 – 14

Planned              
               
Type Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday  Sunday
Run (Minutes) 30 min 42 min 30 min 35 min (out) REST 30 min  50 min
Class  Body Pump   Body Pump Body Flow      
Swimming              
Other              
               
Actual              
               
Type Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday  Sunday
Run (Miles) 2.75 3.53 2.79 3.7     3.24
Class              
Swimming (meters)              
Other Body Pump   Body Pump        
               
Total Miles this week: 16.01            
Total meters this week:  0            

 

So traveling on Friday and Saturday threw me off. But I did manage to get one run in while I was in Toronto so it wasn’t a total flop. Sometimes you can plan all you want and then life happens anyways!

 

Aug 14 – 21

Planned              
               
Type Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday  Sunday
Run (Minutes) Rest Rest 30 min 52 min 40 min 37 min (out) 30 min (out)
Class               
Swimming              
Other              
               
Actual              
               
Type Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday  Sunday
Run (Miles)     2.75 4.43 3.33 3.1 2.35
Class              
Swimming (meters)              
Other              
               
Total Miles this week: 15.96            
Total meters this week:  0            

 

Again travelling threw off my Monday and Tuesday but I made up for it the rest of the week and still stayed steady with my mileage. So for this week I want to get back to Body Pump and yoga, I missed it all last week. I am going to try some yoga podcasts as well, as noted below. I also want to go swimming again soon I miss it so I am going to try to go once the week. My friend the running coach told me this will be my toughest week yet despite the low times so we’ll see what happens. All my runs are outside this week.

 

Planned              
               
Type Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday  Sunday
Run (Minutes) 30 min 32 min 20 min 20 min 34 min 35 min Rest
Class  Body Pump   Body Pump Yoga (PC)   Yoga  
Swimming              
Other              

 

What have your workout plans been lately?

4 Years of Bliss

4 years ago yesterday I met my best friend and fell in love. : ) 4 years later I couldn’t be happier. Last night we headed out to the Casbah for our anniversary dinner. I started with a glass of Wolf Blass Chardonnay and the Spinach Salad with Curry-Mustard dressing. It was good but a little too much red onion for my liking.

 

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Bruce had the seafood chowder. He enjoyed it but said it could have been a bit thicker!

 

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For my main I had the pork tenderloin with basmati rice. It was perfection, however, originally I had wanted the chicken stuffed with spinach but it was served with a cream sauce. I asked if they could come up with a sauce for it that wasn’t cream based but they couldn’t which was disappointing but I still enjoyed my pork!

 

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Bruce had the rib-eye with whipped potato which he really enjoyed as well. One thing I will say about the Casbah is the portion sizes are huge compared to some other restaurants, he couldn’t even finish his meal which never happens!

 

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We opted to skip dessert because we were too full. All in all I enjoyed the Casbah the atmosphere was lovely, service was amazing, and the food was great as well. We left there and walked to Coffee Matters for some late night java. I had a frozen hot chocolate and it was the perfect summer drink to walk around with in the warm evening. The perfect end to a perfect evening! : )

 

 

Just wanted to mention one of my anniversary gifts from Bruce was Peas and Thank You the book! I read the whole thing cover to cover already and I am in love with it! I can’t wait to start cooking up some reciPEAS! Smile

 

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Sorry for the lack of posts lately! It’s been a crazy week with travel etc., what have you been up to this week?

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A City of Runners

So I am currently in Toronto Airport waiting to board my flight home. I had an amazing time while I was here in Toronto. The weather was beautiful, the restaurants and bars were great, and the shopping was out of this world! Every time I come to Toronto I have a great time, mostly because 2 of my good friends live here now. However, I find and I am sure many would agree that Toronto for all its greatness could be known as the city of impatience. I am from St. John’s, a city where the doors are always held, everyone smiles at you, there’s generally no shoving, and if you have a question that a Newfoundlander can answer they’re more then happy to ramble on for 20 minutes to you. In Toronto I found many (not all) people to be pushy, impatient, and unwilling to help out a lost traveller like myself. I get it, it’s a big city.

 

On Sunday morning I decided to go for an early morning run down Bloor Street. The weather was ideal, warm but not too hot and very little wind. So I headed out with no plan and just ran for the love of it. The city was quiet and beautiful and I stopped a few times to snap a couple pictures.

 

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Spot the CN Tower in the Background

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I was running a while without many people around when I started to see a few runners and I noticed every time one would pass me they would smile. I took notice because it was the first time a stranger had acknowledged my existence since I got there. It wasn’t just one or two of them either it was every single one of them. Like I had joined a club that only the runners of Toronto could be a part of. I don’t cross paths with many runners in my area in St. John’s so it was nice to see evidence of the tight-knit running community in a big city. It was also a great way to see the city in a new way then I normally would.

So I only completed one run while I was in Toronto but I walked over 70,000 steps in the 5 days that I was there according to my pedometer so I did a whole lot of walking which was a nice change as well as break for my knees. I will be back on track tomorrow with a plan for the rest of the week.

 

Other then walking and running around Toronto I experienced lots of other fun and exciting things:

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The shopping:  I went to  Vaughan Mills mall and this was the pile of stuff that myself and James brought back with us. I went to lots of great stores that I can’t go to at home including the illusive Lululemon Outlet store, yes one exists! I got a sports bra and running shots for 60 dollars….AMAZING!

 

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The Nightlife: We went to lots of little bars and pubs around Toronto. I just loved sitting out on a patio enjoying the warm nights! The above shot is from a bar we went to last night.

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Myself and James

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The Food: We went to tons of local restaurants and pubs around downtown Toronto that I loved but I didn’t photograph anything. I decided to just enjoy the food and not worry about blogging about it later but it was fabulous. However, I did snap a pic of my very first bubble tea. I had watermelon and it was delish!

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All in all a great work trip / vacation. I just love Toronto and city life! I am looking forward to getting home though, I love to travel but nothing beats home!

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Check back tomorrow for this week’s work out plan!

Adventures at 35,000 Feet

So as I write this I am flying above the Atlantic Ocean on my way to Toronto. I left yet another foggy and drizzly day in Newfoundland. Soon as we rose above the cloud line in St. John’s I saw the sun for the first time in a few weeks. What a beautiful sight it was.

 

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I needed to get out of St. John’s if for nothing more then to escape the weather. That much drizzle and fog really starts to have an impact on your mood after a while and not in a good way. So I am on my way to Toronto now for meetings all day tomorrow for a board of directors I sit on and then the rest of the time I am there is vacation. I normally would come back on Sunday but I have 2 friends of mine living there now so I wanted to spend time with them and of course Toronto is one of my favourite places to visit! So I figured I have lots of vacation to use up so may as well extend a trip that I’m not paying for!

 

So I am flying with West Jet for the first time ever. I have flown strictly Air Canada when flying in Canada my whole life. Not because I like Air Canada or have had great experiences but because frankly no one can compete with them on price. Anyways due to the time I needed to get a flight (I worked this morning) and the fact that I booked 2 weeks ago I couldn’t get a flight with Air Canada so I ended up with West Jet.  I had heard great things about  West Jet so it was fine with me. Turns out West Jet is Air Canada … but you have to pay for the movies. No joke, I have flow lots of American Airlines and I have never seen a TV with a credit card swipe on it to pay 7 dollars for a movie. That’s beyond ridiculous to me, you’d think with the cost flights West Jet would spring for free movies.

 

I’m not sure what I was expecting I knew West Jet couldn’t be that different but I had heard tales of singing flight attendants and amazing customer service. I asked for an aisle seat when I got to the airport so I could get up every 30 minutes and walk around to prevent blood clots (I have a blood clotting gene) all they could offer me was the back seat which doesn’t recline and is next to the bathroom. It’s fine I’m actually happy because I have no one sitting next to me. But I just didn’t get the WOW customer service I had heard about. However, I did get a whole seat to pile my things on.

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Yes my purse is a second piece of luggage, thankfully no one caught on to the size of it. hahaha I also got a whole open section to throw my carry on next to me:

 

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WestJet also offers the same overpriced sandwiches that Air Canada does. I had hoped to pick something up either last night or today to bring with me so I wouldn’t be forced to eat this garbage but my work dinner went late last night and I didn’t have enough time between check-in and boarding today to get something so I was forced to eat this:

 

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I have a cliff bar and an apple in my purse so that will suffice until dinner tonight. Anyways when this gets posted I will (hopefully) be safe on the ground in Toronto manoeuvring my way to a subway. I didn’t mean to make this a post of complaints, trust me I am thankful there is a way to get halfway across the country in 3 hours. I have a flight credit from Porter to use I’ll have to try them out next time and report back, at least they offer free booze. haha That’s got to make flying more bearable!

 

Update: So I just finished up this post and started reading my book when a flight attendant wandered by and noticed my copy of Runner’s World on the seat next to me. She struck up a conversation with me about running and asked me about the different races in Newfoundland. We chatted about the World Airline Race that West Jet participates in. In all my years of flying I don’t think I have ever had a flight attendant take notice of something as small as a magazine and strike up conversation with me. Well done West Jet, your flight attendant (Betty) may have just changed my opinion of your airline.