Is life ever not busy? I don’t think so. I feel like I have a tendency to blab about how busy I am, which kinda bugs me because everyone is busy so I realize I am in no way special. But, I have a blog so I can blab. Hah.
Anyways… how was your weekend? It’s a long weekend here in the good ole Canadian north but I don’t work Mondays so it’s a regular Monday-study-day for me. Mondays and Fridays are my study days – I work Tuesday-Thursday and coach Saturday afternoon. But I have been seriously falling behind in school. When I finally sit down to study, I feel so tired and often do not focus for as long as I like. Fail. Still working on figuring out this balance.
So the last thing I want to do when I feel tired and busy is cook. Anyone else? Sure I like to cook and eat delicious, nutritious food but I do NOT get very creative. I stick to what I know and recipe-repeat (if I follow a recipe at all). But that doesn’t mean that my meals suck. They are just simple and easy. I set an hour or so aside to food prep so I have ingredients ready for the week and then I create my meals based on combining what’s in the fridge.
Here’s what I’ve been eating lately… Do you follow me on Instagram? You should. I post all this shizz there.
My breakfasts have really changed over the past couple of months. I feel so much more satisfied, full and nourished with eggs or meat in the morning… it’s crazy! John Mack hash tagged on one of my photos “rethink breakfast”. It is so true. I never thought I would crave these things, but I do. If you want a mini-rant, check out this post on Insta.
3 egg scramble with kale, salsa and avocado + a banana with almond butter and coconut flakes
2 eggs, chicken sausage and a zucchini scramble
Grass-fed ground beef, kale, broccoli and salsa
Salads are super easy to take to the office so I take them to work often.
Broccoli, sweet potato, yellow pepper, grass-fed ground beef, salsa (plus a Larabar)
I was home studying on Friday… I had an egg, some grass-fed ground beef, salsa, yellow peppers, cucumber and avocado – not enough ground beef for lunch though…
…so I ended up having a banana and nuts a little while later.
I’ve had random dinners lately and have been slacking on the photo front. Oops.
This was from our Mother’s Day dinner: chicken, zucchini, pepper, pineapple and avocado. YUM. I love grilling season… because my dad is the best at it.
I never get sick of this bowl of deliciousness: chicken sausages (from the Healthy Butcher), brussels, spinach, apple all sautéed in coconut oil. Sometimes I switch up the spinach for kale or add sweet potato too.
I used to think sausages were so nasty. But the one’s I buy from the Healthy Butcher are the bomb dot com and contain only good ingredients. They are amazing to have on hand for quick meals. Lamb sausages, kale and apple in coconut oil.
I really need to keep some emergency snacks at the office. My lunch usually take me to dinner, but when they don’t I walk to Live and spend $5.60 on a Steve’s Paleo Krunch bar. Yes I do. The price is outrageous but the taste is delicious. It’s a seldom purchase though.
After dinner eats:
So much granola. This granola is addicting. I must resist.
And look what Les got me to celebrate The Little Honey Bee turning one! A red velvet cupcake (vegan, gluten free) from Bunner’s. It was actually amazing. I demolished it and then looked at their menu – cinnamon buns! She’s the best.
See? It’s really not boring and I’ve said it time and time again: food prep doesn’t mean you are eating the same thing over and over and over again. Fact. Check out this post from Marisa for delicious ideas for your shredded chicken… and if you don’t have a crockpot, use my recipe here.
But I wasn’t a complete lazy-bum in the kitchen. I did make you something delicious…
Coming your way on Wednesday :)
So what else has been going on? Well, turns out I do not have a green thumb. I really was sad but I think I was a bit too ambitious for my first gardening endeavour. I tried to start the garden from the seed, which is apparently hard. So I think I am going to buy a few plants this weekend instead. Not sure if I am going to buy veggies or herbs or both.
Wanna know another fail? My natural body-care routine. I am still totally natural for my skin (apple cider vinegar and magical oil for the win!) but I totally stopped doing the “no-poo” shampoo method. My hair looked like an actual grease ball. I couldn’t handle it and it was definitely driving my mom nuts. So I have been using conventional shampoo and conditioner (gasp!) and a bar of soap. I know, I know… I need to just go buy some quality products, I just haven’t yet. Do you have any faves? That won’t cost me an arm and a leg because I smashed my car into a dumpster and that’s gonna be a hefty bill…
Gosh, I have been racking up the loser points lately. Haha I’m kidding. I still think I’m cool… especially when I’m dressed like a cow-girl.
CrossFit dress-up days are the best. This pic is actually from two weeks ago but it was too much of a gem not to post. Let me tell ya: wall balls in skin tight jean shorts are not easy and they hurt. I had bruises in a weird area because the shorts were riding up in all the wrong places when I was squatting. Yes I need a new pair of jean shorts along with my colored jeans… my clothes shopping list is slowly increasing.
In fitness news… I went spinning at Spynga for the first time in foreverrrrr last week. They asked me to come try out one of their new classes – the “1000 Calorie Burn”. The name of the class bugged me at first (oh calories…) but the premise was really quite interesting: the class went on as long as it took for a designated rider (his name was Jamie) to burn 1000 calories (not sure what device they used). We spun for a little more than 70 minutes and I was exhausted by the end. Calories or not, it was a great workout. But I do hope that Jamie ate a good post-workout meal.
I had forgotten how great a workout spinning was. When I hurt my knee, I was spinning at Spynga 3 times a week. Spinning is awesome because it eliminates the pounding on your legs and the music is always my fave – I love when people start jamming out to Janet Jackson during the class. Toronto friends: the people at Spynga are seriously amazing; the instructors are knowledgable and super high energy. I definitely need to get my butt on the bike more often for some cross-training.
Otherwise I’ve been CrossFit-ing and running. I need some yoga back in my life but the class times have been sucking for my schedule. That’s a terrible excuse… I could easily do yoga at home too.
I’m pretty proud of my new overhead squat PR. I’m not a huge fan of overhead squats (holding that weight above my head like that slightlyyyyy terrifies me) and 14.2 was a real struggle for me but I hit 75 lbs on Friday morning! It’s pretty fun to see yourself progress and it certainly makes me happy and care a little less about my jeans not fitting – cause I need those legs to squat.
And then yesterday I felt as weak as a bird with my power snatch. Oh lifting, how you have amazing days and then not such amazing days.
So that’s what’s up in my life. Well most of it anyways. I mean, I could blab about all of my awful dates as of late but I don’t. I’m a big girl and choose what to share and what not to. And some things are best left up to the imagination anyway.
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