Are you there Internet? It’s me, Amy.

Hello, hello! My break from blog-land has been quite nice (and necessary). I am glad to be back and hope to post regularly (Mon, Wed, Fri) again – obvs things may come up so don’t worry if I disappear (not like you’d worry anyways). My little break got me thinking a lot about the direction I want to take the blog in my nutrition practice – but I will leave that for another day. Until then, I’d love to get back to recapping some workouts (and races!), sharing some yummy kitchen creations (stay tuned!) and whatever else in honey bee land.

So let’s get to it – starting with this past weekend hanging and running in St. Louis with Morganne!

Amy Morganne Finish3

Eeeeek it was so awesome/weird/amazing/awesome to finally meet! It’s crazy feeling like you know someone before even meeting them in the flesh.

Anyways… once I landed on Friday, I hopped on the MetroLink to the hospital where Morganne works. I enjoyed the weather, did some work/studying and ate some food while Morganne was doing her pharmacy thing. I joined Morganne for her smarty-pants pharmacy seminar later in the day. I tried my best to follow along but when the title of the presentation has the word “hypogammaglobulinemia” in it… well it’s a bit tough.

Then we headed to pick up some essentials: a Trader Joe’s, Target and Whole Foods run. I stocked up on dark chocolate honey mints and fruit bars from TJs, picked up some Larabar Renola from Target (can’t wait to try it!) and got food for the weekend/dinner from Whole Foods (plus a bunch of Larabars and Kit’s seed bars).

How I wish we had these goodies in the great white north – Applegate meat products are so legit!

St. Louis Food Collage

WF Dinner

On Saturday morning (after a delicious breakfast – Instapic here) we headed to yoga. The instructor was great and a stretch sesh was a good idea! Then we walked around Forest Park – a lovely area for running and all around activities. We popped into the Missouri museum and saw an exhibit celebrating St. Louis’ 250 years. Plus a little photoshoot at the steps of Washington University at St. Louis.

Amy Morganne Washington U

Morganne Wash U

Amy Wash U

Then we headed downtown to the race Expo to pick up our bibs. Morganne’s room-mate and friend from pharmacy school were also racing, which was super nice! I bought two headbands at the Expo because a girl can never have enough headbands.

My lovely tour guides also took me to see The Arch (the gateway to the West) and the Mississippi River.

Arch2

Arch1

Then it was back to the apartment for a delicious dinner and some relaxing before race day!

Pre-race dinner

Yesterday morning we were up bright dark and early to get ready for the 7am start time. I ate my usual pre-race meal (hard boiled eggs and banana) and bundled up (tank top, long sleeve x2, leggings) for the early morning weather – it turned into a beautiful running day but of course my nose still ran like crazy. Then the four girls were off to race!

Start

Girls at the Start

The first 6 miles were easy and fun. It was my first time racing without headphones/music/podcasts and I actually loved it! I was really able to get into the race spirit with all the spectators. And it was super fun to run with Morganne and her friends. It was a great tour of St. Louis – albeit a little hilly. Even with the hills, we were running at a solid pace (8:35 miles) and I was in a really good mood.

Busch Stadium

Then miles 7-10 sucked. I ate my baby food (which made me happier) but Morganne calls those miles “the dark period”. Yup. All I kept thinking about was “how the heck am I going to run 26.2 miles?!” But I didn’t let my mind get the best of me, my knee felt fine so pushed through and we crossed the finish line together in 1:54:53.

Amy Morganne Finish2

It was my slowest half time but a) I love my extra CrossFit muscle and it keeps me healthy and b) it was definitely my most memorable race. I am so glad that Morganne stuck with me and coached me through this race with our sights set on our 26.2 in less than two months!

We found everyone (we didn’t all stay together for the whole race) before heading to brunch.

Girls Finish2

I had a banana and Larabar before digging into my meal at The Corner Cup. Full disclosure that I sent my first plate back because it was legit drowning in maple syrup. Sugar headache, no thank you. But the eggs, bacon and sweet potato hash hit the spot.

The Corner Cup

The rest of the day was spent recovering (stretching, water), eating, relaxing and shopping.

And now it’s back to Toronto for me – I can’t thank Morganne enough for a truly great weekend! Okay sorry for the novel but I guess with a few weeks off I had a lot to say. Honolulu… we’re coming for you.

 

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Have you been to St. Louis? What have I missed in blog-land?! Fill me in on your life!

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Hi guys, I hope you had a nice weekend!

Okay, I’m just going to cut right to the chase: I need to step away from the blog for a few weeks. Everything is fine, just busy! So rather than trying to do too much, I need/want to focus on the other areas of my life and take a break from the Internet for awhile.

I will still be around social media (maybe a bit less frequently) but I will post meals, workouts (and random life happenings) on Instagram; links and other fun stuff on Facebook and 140-characters-or-less on Twitter.

I am sure I will miss blogging, reading, commenting and interacting with you all but I know this is the right thing to do at this time. I don’t want to put an exact date on when I’ll be back (be sure to subscribe via email or on Bloglovin) but I’m thinking the week of October 20th.

Until then, wishing you all the best with lots of delicious food, sweaty workouts and love – speak to you soon!

Amy Notting Hill

Bye for a bit!

 

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The winner of the Runtastic Orbit is Sheelagh D. Please email me at amylittlehoneybee@gmail.com. Please note that the giveaway was only open to Canadians – in randomly picking the winner through Rafflecopter, I had to disqualify three “winners” because you were in the USA. Sorry guys, please read instructions :) Congrats Sheelagh!

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So I have not been in a recipe creating or following mood lately. Legit don’t have time for that right now. It’s no surprise that my go-to meal is a bowl of food: protein, fat, veggie, carb, flavor… boom, you’re done. Cooking and eating is really not hard or complicated if you just keep it simple. No need for elaborate recipes or fancy gadgets. I’ve been food prepping for about an hour over the weekend (hard boiled eggs, chopping/pre-cooking some veg and pre-making chicken and some ground meat) and that’s it. This makes “cooking” (more like assembling” super easy.

I’m still all about my post-workout smoothie. When I’m going from a workout to coaching, I make it the night before: 1/2 cup unsweetened almond milk, 1/2 cup coconut water, 1 banana, 2 tbsp of my vegan protein powder blend. Blend it all together, keep it in the fridge over-night, workout, shake it up, drink.

Postworkout smoothie

After my workout and smoothie, I eat a more substantial meal so I dive headfirst into a cold bowl of meat, veggies and salsa. I cooked up some organic ground turkey and steamed broccoli over the weekend (I totally over-cooked the broccoli and it’s really soggy). Then I just throw about 1/3 of a lb of the turkey, a generous serving of broccoli and a few dollops of salsa into a bowl. Voila. Meal numero uno. Yes, eaten cold.

Turkey brocc salsa

Or I sub the broccoli for green beans… not pretty but does the trick.

Turkey green beans salsa

Salad beasts (or big salads) are one of my faves for an easy and nutrient dense meal. I start with my greens then add protein, veggies and fat. This salad was spinach, a shredded chicken breast, carrots (I bought a pre-shredded bag of organic ones), red pepper, sunflower seeds, a whole avocado and some olive oil. Done.

Shredded chicken salad

Return of the soggy broccoli for a delicious meal ready in about 5 minutes. In the morning, I sliced a piece of clodhammer steak and put it in a bowl with a few tablespoons of coconut aminos, 1/4 tsp paprika, salt and pepper and let it marinate for a few hours. I had pre-cooked broccoli and green beans in the fridge. When I got home after an afternoon of coaching and I was starving, I heated some coconut oil in a pan before adding the steak. Once the steak was starting to cook through I added the carrots. Then added a few more splashes of coconut aminos plus the green beans and broccoli to warm and a few sun-dried tomatoes.

Beef stir fry

I broke out my spiralizer this week – it’s been awhile…

This was a random experiment as per a recommendation from Tabitha to combine tahini with chicken – I really want to like tahini (tahini is crushed and blended sesame seeds and a good source of calcium and other nutrients). I combined about 2 tbsp of tahini with pinches of paprika, chilli powder, pepper and salt. Then I mixed the tahini sauce with a shredded chicken breast (pre-made, from the fridge) and a few cut-up sun dried tomatoes. Then I just barely cooked the zucchini noodles in a pan with coconut oil and added the chicken mixture in the last minute. Not bad. (There’s a lot more chicken at the bottom of the bowl).

Tahini chicken zoodles

For this dinner, I put about 1/3 of a pound of grass-fed ground beef in a pan and allowed it to cook. I didn’t have any tomato sauce made so I just added some pureed tomatoes and basil, oregano, chilli powder, salt and pepper to the beef. Once the beef was almost done, I added a spiralized zucchini to cook for a few minutes.

Zoodles and ground beef

Okay one last spiralized creation: broccoli noodles + tuna + avocado. It was actually delicious! This was my first time spiralizing broccoli stems and I’m never turning back. I cooked the broccoli noodles in a pan with a bit of coconut oil for 3 minutes or so. Then I topped the noodles with a can of tuna, a whole avocado, sun dried and cherry tomatoes. Mix it all up and devour.

Spiralized Brocc and Tuna

My evening is seriously incomplete without a sweet potato. My dad thinks I have an addiction and my mom asked if you can become intolerant to sweet potatoes. Hah. Sweet taters are my favorite starchy veg and I gotta get those carbs in! I have not been prepping my sweet potatoes lately, dunno why… but whatevs. You can easily roast them in the oven or steam them or turn them into “hash” (directions for all here) or even spiralize them but my lazy method of choice has been the microwave. Yup: pop it in the microwave for 10-14 minutes (depending on the size of the tater) allow it to cool (seriously, I always burn my mouth) and enjoy ‘dem carbs.

I legit only use the microwave for taters (and soup sometimes) and from all the research I’ve read, it’s pretty inconclusive.

Sweet potato

Oh I can’t forget to tell you about my tumeric shots… no they are not as delicious or fun as Jager bombs. So I’ve been trying out these little power-shots of coconut water and an 1/8 of a teaspoon of tumeric. Research has shown the beneficial anti-inflammatory effects of tumeric on the body so I have been giving it a go – I know Lauren and Lindsay will both be proud :) With this marathon training, my body certainly feels quite inflamed. So far it just tastes disgusting but I’m up for just about anything if it has the potential to better my health and performance.

Tumeric shot

Hope this is helpful and gives you some very, very simple (and delish) ideas to fuel your life!

Have a great weekend – safe and easy fast to my members of the tribe!

 

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What have you been eating lately? Up to anything fun this weekend? 

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When Runtastic contacted me to use and review their latest fitness gadget, I was a bit skeptical. I had used the Nike Fuel Band in the past and was disappointed so I thought that this was just another tracking device. As I was opening the box, my Mom walked into the room and got really excited. She loved the idea of this little gadget and it got me thinking: well, maybe I am not exactly the target market. I’m already prettyyy active. So I decided to give it to Mom to try out and let her give the review.

Mom, take it away…

Yonge Street 10K - Amy and Mom1

The Runtastic Orbit was really easy to set-up: just charge it, turn it on and download the app on your phone. Until the band loosened up, it was a bit annoying and stiff to put on (now it is not a problem). Unlike other similar products (like ones my friends have), the Orbit gives you your steps and other data directly on the device – you do not need to look at your phone or your computer to get your information (you have it in real time). You set your daily step goal on the app and the device reminds you when you are 50% of the way there and also when you reach it. It is unobtrusive – it did not bother me at all on the golf course.

Runtastic Mom

Golf glove tan

I sit at a desk nearly all day. Having the Orbit on my arm made me conscious of my activity (or lack thereof). I would ensure I got up from my desk to walk around. I even walked on the spot in the kitchen and Amy thought I was crazy. But it is a great reminder to keep you accountable to get active and stay active. It is a great gift for your Mom (or dad): for Christmas, their birthday or just because you love them!

Runtastic Orbit

Thanks so much Mummy! I just want to add that I did find the Orbit a bit annoying to charge because the USB chord plugs in awkwardly – the device lasts about 4 days before it needs to be charged. Other than that, you heard the woman: she gives it a nine out of ten!

Now it’s your chance to win a Runtastic Orbit! The giveaway is open to Canadian residents only – sorry international peeps. Please use the Rafflecopter below to enter – winner will be announced this Friday October 3rd. Good luck!

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I was provided the Runtastic Orbit free of charge. As always, all opinions are my own (and my Mom’s own). 

 

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In a good and busy way, life has been flying by. Nothing really new to report (same old stuff) but all is well, happy and sweaty.

 

Monday

Rest.

 

Tuesday

Spinning – 1 hour spin class

 

Wednesday

CrossFit.

I love the class structure and programming at CrossFit Metric: warm-up, strength, WOD. Our warm-up today was mobility and stretching (lying leg swings, lunges, air-squats). Then we did 3×10 bench press and kettle-bell overhead squat.

And then the WOD was:

Darth Vader

I really need to get pull-ups. And string toes-to-bar together. Ugh. The struggle. Anyways, I used 75lbs and got 5 rounds + 2 thrusters and 10 clean & jerks.

I also am trying to start a weekly theme day at the gym: on Wednesdays we wear pink. “Oh my gosh Karen, you can’t just ask people if the even lift.” -Girls Gone WOD

Amy Wednesdays pink

 

Thursday

4 miles + 5 x 200m sprints + 15 minute bike

Cortana 4s

I tried out my Cortana 4s for the first time – I think I like the 3s better but we will see.

 

Friday

Rest.

 

Saturday

16 miles (+20 minute bike + stretch + foam roll)

16 miles

So I slept through my alarm on Saturday morning. But no, extra sleep did not mean more energy. I was oddly not at all feeling this run – which is weird after having a really solid race last week. Anyways, I got ready and set out. It was an absolutely gorgeous day (maybe even too hot) but I am certainly not complaining.

I set out to do 18 miles but after 4 miles, I knew that wasn’t going to happen – I felt dead. Well my legs did. So I changed my plan (and route) based on how I was feeling. How spontaneous Amy! I know, I know.

Running is confusing. Last week, 15.5 miles felt easy and fast. This week, 16 miles felt impossible and slow. I really just was over the run and felt exhausted. I don’t even know why but it happens. Consistency not perfection.

Update on my running gear and running fuel: I bought this new little thingy and attached it to my SPIbelt to hold my baby food and it’s perfect. I had 2 pouches of baby food during this run which felt like the right amount. Funny story about the baby food. As I was paying for them at the brand new Whole Foods by my house (!!!!) the lady asked how old my kid was. Then thought I was quite odd for eating baby food while running. Whatevs.

med-ripstop-pink

Sunday

Yoga – 75 minute hot Power Flow class.

After a hefty distance/feeling tired on Saturday and coaching all afternoon yesterday, I knew going to olympic lifting in the morning wasn’t a smart idea. It’s been awhile since I’ve gone to yoga so off I went. Oh my gosh: it was friggin hot and hard. But felt really great afterwards.

 

Questions of the day…

What did you do this weekend? Do you ever have totally different workouts or runs?

 

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