Better With Sprinkles

The Colourful Side to Healthy Living.


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Ink Addict.

And by addict, I mean I have 4 tattoos. But I am only 22 and that sh*t’s expensive. 🙂

But first…I may have fixed yesterday’s hair disaster!! 🙂

I did more google research today on how to get rid of semi-permanent hair dye (I didn’t even realize at the time that I got semi-permanent, apparently it was a good thing!) and came across a recommendation to use crushed up vitamin C pills mixed with shampoo. I was originally going to try dish soap, but this seemed like a less harsh option so I decided to give it a shot. The result?

Not too shabby!

Most of the purple/red is completely gone and it’s almost back to my natural colour. It’s still a bit purple/reddish on top, but I’m hoping one more treatment tomorrow will take care of that. The vitamin C thing seemed so random, but I’m ecstatic that it worked.

Lunch

The random-ness of my lunch plate astounds even me.

On that plate, I’ve got two sunny-side up eggs with Avocado-Peach Salsa (that stuff is good with everything, I swear), tabbouleh, baby carrots + BBQ Hummus, and blueberries.

Random? Yes. Amazing? Also yes.

Dinner

Simple burger dinner tonight.

A bunless Yves Veggie burger for me (with a small bite taken out so I could make sure it was done ;-)) topped with lettuce, tomato, honey mustard and pickles. I’ve determined – every burger needs a pickle. One at the very least, preferably several. They add the best flavour.

On the side, some steamed broccoli that was clearly on the verge of death and some sweet potato wedges with ketchup.

Usually for roasted sweet potatoes I use olive oil and a ton of different spices. For this batch I used coconut oil instead and just seasoned with salt and pepper. They turned out so flavourful! I understand why people always talk about how amazing coconut oil is. Such an awesome purchase!

Also, I said in yesterday’s dinner post that today would be completely meatless. Mission accomplished. 🙂

The Tattoos.

A few weeks ago, I left a comment on another blog where I mentioned that I had tattoos. Looking at my blog stats later that day, I noticed that I had a lot of clicks coming from that post – I’m taking it as a sign y’all (look at me, pretending to be Southern) are curious about/interested in tattoos.

And really, I love my tattoos and look for an excuse to show them off. 🙂

Tattoo number 1: the four-leaf clover.

(for the record, I like ear piercings too. Clearly).

This was my first tattoo that I got when I was 18 years old. I realize clovers are a popular tattoo, especially among Irish peeps. There’s a bit of Irish in me, but really, I got it as a permanent good luck charm. I’m the sort of person that does not have good luck – I break things, I never win draws or prizes…I decided this was like a rabbit’s foot, but better. 

Weird story with this tattoo: I got it May 7th 2008. Aka – Eric’s 23rd birthday. Eric is Irish. We didn’t meet until January 2011. Coincidence? I like to think of it some sort of fate (why yes, I am a hopeless romantic).

Tattoo number 2:

I got this one in June 2009. Weird tattoo for someone who is terrified of bees, no?

But this one deals with my heritage. I’m Scottish on my mother’s side – my grandmother’s maiden name was Ferguson. The family crest is a bee on a thistle, so I decided to just get the bee. I’ll probably get a thistle tattooed eventually. I grew up Highland dancing, and identify strongly with my Scottish roots. One of my goals in life? Actually going to Scotland.

Tattoo number three – the recovery tattoo.

(and my stomach, in case you were curious what that looked like).

I got this tattoo soon after I entered therapy for anorexia, in November 2009. It was my reminder to myself that I needed to do exactly what the tattoo said – loving myself was the most important thing at that moment, and for the rest of my life. The placement was strategic too; I got it on my side, so every time I’d lift up my shirt to look at/despair over my stomach (the body part I’ve always had the most trouble accepting) I would see the reminder that hating my body was not good for me – I needed to work on loving myself.

And number four – Princess.

Not going to lie, this tattoo was more for fun than anything else. I got it in June 2011, right after I got my undergraduate degree. I think tattoos should represent something special in your life or a special moment, so for me, graduating from university was a good time to get one. While I’m not too diva-ish, I do consider myself a princess while still being a little bit of a badass, something I think this tattoo represents well.

So that is the current tattoo collection. I’m hoping to add one more small one by the end of summer, but we’ll see how funds are looking at that point. I know a lot of people have strong opinions on tattoos, or think that they’re ugly. I personally love them, and see them as a form of self-expression. That being said, I’m not about to go get a spider tattooed on my face or anything extreme like that.

A lot of people present the argument that tattoos that look good when you’re 20 will look awful when you’re 80. But you know what? Pretty much everything on my body is going to look better at 20 than it will at 80. So I might as well enjoy them now.

<– Any hair horror stories for me? I’m glad this one is turning out to be a temporary blip. 🙂

<– Talk to me about tattoos. Love them, hate them, have any of your own?

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And It Begins.

Phase 3?

Bring it.

 

Workout

Livefit Week 9, Day 57 – legs

Superset

  • 3 x 15 leg press (2 45 lb plates on each side)
  • 3 x 15 jump squats

 

Working set + Active rest

  • 3 x 20 dumbbell squat (20 lb dumbbells)
  • 3 x 1 minute jump rope

 

Superset

  • 3 x 20 walking barbell lunge (40 lbs)
  • 3 x 20 long jump
  • 3 x 20 leg extensions (70 lbs)
  • 3 x 20 lateral bounds

 

Normal sets

  • 3 x 20 barbell squat (85 lbs)

 

Working set + Active rest

  • 3 x 20 standing calf raise (95 lbs)
  • 3 x 1 minute jump rope
  • 3 x 20 calf press on leg press machine (2 45 lb plates each side)
  • 3 x 1 minute jump rope

 

Wow…when I read that phase 3 was intense, people were not kidding. This workout left me in a state of “Ohmygod I’m sweaty and dying!”

I remember doing skip rope a lot when I was a kid – I do NOT remember it being such as intense workout! And the plyometrics…oh goodness, the plyos (explosive jumping movements, such as jump squats or lunges). I haven’t done those in months. Especially with that opening superset, my legs were burning like nothing else.

I think it’s safe to say, when I’m done with this program I am going to be a MACHINE. 🙂

 

Breakfast

Super sweaty workout = super cold breakfast.

 

A green smoothie was definitely in order.

My usual mix: 3/4 cup almond milk, 1 scoop chocolate peanut butter protein powder, 1 frozen banana, and as much spinach as I could squish in the Magic Bullet. Some (sinking) Love Crunch granola on top.

If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. 🙂

Have a lovely day!

Off course, more Olympics watching today. Canada’s sitting at 3 medals right now – need to bring that number up a bit!

<– Random question: favourite type of music to listen to at the gym? Or do you prefer to workout without it? I was listening to hard rock/punk music today and it was definitely keeping me motivated.


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Hair Fail + Hummus with a Twist.

I confess – I’ve dyed my hair many times throughout the years. All done at home with a box. I got my hair professionally dyed once, and the price tag immediately turned me off. I’m sorry, I’m just really cheap.

I’ve had pretty much every hair colour a person could think of. I’m naturally blonde, but my hair’s been black, brown, red, red and black, purple, highlights…you name it. So dyeing my own hair has never been a big deal for me.

Now…I understand why they tell you to go to a professional.

This is what I started out with today:

 

My usual, blonde self.

This is what I was aiming for:

 

Colour 6RR: Light Auburn. Aka: Light reddish-brown.

And this is what I got.

 

An ugly, splotchy purple mess. Purple was acceptable to my 16 year old self. Now? Not so much.

I have no words right now – it’s pretty hideous. Massive, massive hair dye fail.

Fortunately, it’s summer so I don’t see tons of people on a day-to-day basis. I may just be hiding in the basement a little more for the next couple of days. 🙂

I spent the afternoon googling ways to make hair dye fade faster. This is what I got so far:

  1. Wash hair twice a day
  2. Expose it to strong, direct sunlight
  3. hot oil treatment
  4. scrub with liquid dish soap
  5. plain vinegar

Anyone have any suggestions to add to this list? The sooner I can fade the colour, the better.

But this just makes me depressed. Let’s move onto food. Food = happiness.

It’s no secret that I love hummus – I eat it either with lunch or as part of a snack almost every day. It is pricey though, and now that I have my mini food processor back, I needed to make some of my own.

I wanted to add a little something-something in the form of this:

 

Stubbs BBQ sauce.

Aka: BBQ Hummus. Greek meets Southern. Amazing.

 

BBQ Hummus

  • 1 can chickpeas, drained and rinsed
  • 2 tablespoons tahini
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 3 tablespoons water (if you reserve the chickpea water, that would be an awesome idea to use in place of regular water)
  • 1/3 cup BBQ Sauce (I love Stubbs because it has less sugar and better ingredients than most)

 

  1. Combine chickpeas, tahini, garlic, olive oil, water, and 4 tablespoons BBQ Sauce in a food processor. If using a mini food processor, you may have to start with a small amount and work your way up.
  2. Process until smooth – if you want a chunky hummus, use less water. Smoother – use more.
  3. Mix the last 2 tablespoons of BBQ sauce into the hummus.

 

Yum.

I was really happy with how this turned out – the BBQ sauce definitely adds a unique twist!

 

Lunch

Clearly, this hummus made it’s way into my lunch.

 

x 2 (at least) on the hummus – a lot of it went directly from the processor into my mouth 🙂

The crackers that I paired the hummus with? Applewood Smoked Barbecue Triscuits. Jesus, those crackers were made for this hummus – such a BBQ party in my mouth. 🙂

Clearly, this is a pretty small lunch. Believe me – there was a part 2.

 

Froyo! I had to make a run out to Walmart for a skipping rope (Livefit purposes) and I drive right by the Kiwi Kraze on my way home. I was feeling pretty bummed about my hair and I had an old gift card burning a hole in my pocket, so today, it seemed like a perfect day to use it up.

For the froyo, I got blueberry and marshmallow flavours. I topped with blueberries, strawberries, chocolate chip cookie dough bites, a few chocolate covered raisins, coconut, a bit of peanut butter and sprinkles (of course). I was actually going to go for a marshmallow/vanilla combo when I decided last minute to get blueberry instead. Best.decision.ever.

Notice there were two spoons…I shared!

(and by shared, I mean Eric got two bites and then I got greedy :-))

Dinner

Mmm…steak night. My inner carnivore needed appeasing tonight.

 

Striploin steak coated in Montreal Steak Spice, pan fried to a perfect medium rare in a light layer of olive oil. 

Corn on the cob on the side.

 

God, that’s 100% how I like my steak. I’m actually really proud of myself on this one! I don’t consider myself very good with cooking meat, so I’m glad this turned out so well.

Eric’s opinion? (and I quote) “This may be the best steak I’ve ever eaten. And I’ve been to The Keg and sh*t.”

Eat it, The Keg. 🙂

I’ve flirted with vegetarianism on and off throughout the years. From the ages of 16-20 I stopped eating red meat and pork. Poultry and fish were still acceptable – I wanted to cut down on my animal proteins but I didn’t want to give them up completely. I’ve gone through phases when I’ve tried to minimize my meat intake.

Honestly? I understand why people become vegetarian or vegan. Some may just not like the idea of meat, some people don’t like the environmental impact, and others don’t like the way animals or treated. For some, it’s a combination of all three. I get it, I really do. But one thing I’ve learned is that it’s not for me.

Clearly, I’m not a fan of factory farming or animals being injected with creepy hormones. I fully endorse the idea of Meatless Monday – I try to go vegetarian one day a week (although I’ve fallen off the wagon with this for sure. Tomorrow = meatless). and buy organic and hormone-free when I can. But, it’s about what works for each individual – I’ve learned that my body reacts well to animal protein.

For myself, I’m glad that I reintroduced steak into my diet. I wouldn’t eat it everyday, but it’s nice once in a while.

(and I’m almost thinking that I need to post 3 x a day. Jesus, I talk a lot).

<– Vegetarian? Why did you decide to go that route?

<– Meat eater? How do you like your steak cooked?