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All About the Mexican + Phase 3 Review.

If you ever doubted my love for Mexican food, you won’t after this post.

 

Workout

I headed over to the gym today for a BodyFlow class. If you haven’t taken the class before, it’s a mix of Tai Chi, pilates and yoga.

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Yoga mat, how I’ve missed you.

I was really looking for a bit of stretch today for my Livefit-induced soreness, and Flow delivered. Those hip openers were some of the most painful/awesome things I’ve felt lately.

And for inflexible people that think they can’t do yoga – believe me, you can. I’m the most inflexible person I know (I’ve gotten a little better, but a few years ago, trying to touch my toes I could barely reach my shins) and I’ve benefited so much from it. Before Livefit I was going to a flow yoga class once a week – I think I need to start that up again!

 

Lunch

 

Another rotisserie chicken salad? Don’t mind if I do.

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I went with a Mexican theme – romaine, shredded chicken, salsa, sour cream and guacamole.

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I wanted some crunch on top, so I broke up a couple of whole wheat pretzel sticks. They did the job. Smile

 

My afternoon was spent doing –what else- packing. I swear, when did I amass so much stuff? I don’t even want to try and figure out how many boxes we’re filling.

 

Dinner

There was one of the sweet potato and black bean veggie enchiladas left, and it had my name all over it.

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Topped with more salsa and guacamole, with sour cream on the side.

Definitely more sour cream than I would normally use, but I figured I might as well finish off the container. The most annoying thing in the world is going to pull thing from the cupboard or fridge (milk, cereal, ketchup, ect.) and discovering that there’s like, less than a spoonful left. First world problem.

 

Phase 3

Yesterday I finished Phase 3 of Livefit Trainer. Aka – the program is now done. I’ve done reviews of phase 1 and phase 2, so I figured I’d give a review of phase 3 before doing an overall review of the program.

While phase 2 focuses exclusively on muscle building, the focus of phase 3 is to maintain muscle while burning fat with lots of cardio.

The first 2 weeks killed me, actually killed me a little. Picture lots of supersets, triple sets, and active rests. The cardio portions were 30 minutes of 30 seconds sprints. I did sprints on the treadmill for 2 days and elliptical for the other 2 – I don’t know how anyone could do treadmill/running sprints like that 4 days in one week. My legs would actually give out.

So the first half was not my favourite. I ended up skipping the last cardio workout because I just couldn’t handle it anymore – my body was fatigued and I was mentally burned out. Some of the workouts were taking more than an hour and half to complete, which is way too long for me.

The second half of the phase? I LOVED. It utilized circuit workouts, which I’m a huge fan of. You get an awesome workout in a short amount of time, and it adds a cardio element as well.

The cardio was the participant’s choice, which was a nice change. It was nice to be able to pick and choose what I was feeling that day – sometimes I did intervals, sometimes I did a slow jog. It also utilized one full hour of cardio once a week, which was an awesome way to get in some long runs that I’d been missing for a long time.

Overall, once I got to the second half I loved it. The first half was a huge challenge but I’m proud of myself for managing to get through it.

 

Tonight, I’m enjoying my last night in London and watching The Princess Bride – is it bad that this is my first time seeing this movie?

 

<—What’s a fitness challenge you’ve undertaken lately?

<—Have you ever done Tai Chi before? I thought a Tai Chi-inspired class would be odd the first time I took a BodyFlow class, but I actually really enjoyed it.


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Breaking the Diet Rules.

Good morning!

Last night was definitely one of the better dinners I’ve had lately.

So a bit of a rewind…

Lunch

While I was at my parent’s the previous night, Nadine had picked up Costco rotisserie chicken…aka, one of my favourite things in existence. Clearly, I was all over that for lunch in the form of a massive salad.

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Romaine, cucumber, sweet potato, shredded chicken and blueberries, all topped with a little bit of balsamic vinaigrette.

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So many of my favourite flavours going on here. I love the sweetness that the potato and blueberries added!

Dinner

Eric and I had decided we wanted one last big dinner with our families before the move Saturday. So last night, we brought everyone (we ended up with 16 people in total – nice big party) together at Fellini Koolini’s, a cute little Italian place in downtown London.

I pulled out a dress I had purchased last week for the occasion.

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I’m not a fashionable person whatsoever, but I adore this dress. I’m trying to slowly update my wardrobe (I’m very much a tank top and jeans girl) but I’m trying to make myself look a little more professional/put together. You know, employable. Smile

Fellini’s has one of the best atmospheres I’ve ever seen in a restaurant. It’s in a converted house, so it feels very homey and comfortable (of course, it’s an Italian restaurant, so it means that the lighting is very dim. You’ll have to excuse the poor photo quality)! For some reason, I’m obsessed with restaurants in converted houses. I just find it so cute.

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They have wine glasses hanging in bottles from the ceiling. I love that!

They seated us in a large, private room on the upper floor. The added privacy was definitely a nice touch.

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Lots of elbow room at the table, which I appreciated. I hate it when you’re so crowded at the table your elbow is practically in the food of the person next to you!

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My cousin Kristen and her boyfriend Cody. She’s a cutie. Smile

Right when you sit down, there’s a collection of breadsticks and oil for dipping on the table.

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(ugh, blurry shots. Note to self, get better with the camera).

The breadsticks are super crunchy, so I didn’t partake. I love pretzels and other crunchy things, but for some reason I much prefer soft bread.

To drink, I ordered a glass of White Zinfandel.

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I love my pink wines. A while back, you couldn’t get me near a bottle of wine. Now I love it, it just needs to be light and fruity. If I try a really dry red wine, I will actually gag a little. Can’t do it!

For dinner, I decided to order off the Taste of Italy menu, which comes with an appetizer and a main. While I would normally choose a salad for my starter, I noticed they had one of my favourite foods on the list that I absolutely had to get.

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Calamari!

I adore calamari, but it has to be done well. Bad calamari is the worst thing ever.

Fortunately, this was perfectly tender with just the right amount of breading. It came with two dipping sauces (that for the life I can’t remember what they were – sorry!) that complimented the calamari wonderfully. I shared this with Eric and Nadine, and they raved about it as well.

For dinner, I ordered the Futti Di Mare. Lobster, scallops, shrimp, crab and vegetables in a white wine tomato sauce served with angel hair. Is that a seafood lovers dream or what?

When I asked if they could sub the angel hair for whole wheat pasta, they were quick to accommodate, which was nice. While I’ll eat regular pasta, I definitely appreciate it when restaurants have a whole wheat option. I also noticed on the menu that they had gluten-free options for the pasta and for their pizza crust – which is awesome.

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Umm, wow. Do you see the SIZE of that scallop and that shrimp? Massive.

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This was so good, I “mmm’ed” my way through every bite. It had a good amount of veggies, and the seafood was tender and flavourful. It had been waaay too long since I’ve had lobster – delicious.

I ate all the good stuff and left a little bit of the pasta on my plate – amazing dinner.

It was a great dinner with great company. Thanks Fellini’s, and thanks to mine and Eric’s amazing families for a great night.

On the way back to the car, we passed Yoyo’s…and I had some money left on a gift card that was burning a hole in my pocket. Winking smile

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(of course, the fro-yo picture is the best quality of the night. Hello, priorities).

I had a mix of vanilla and mocha frozen yogurts (maybe I’m starting to develop a taste for coffee? But only in heavily sugared forms) with chocolate macaroons, chocolate covered pretzels, banana slices, mini wheats, marshmallows and sprinkles. Most definitely a great way to top off the evening. Smile

Breaking the Diet Rules

I have read pretty much all the diet advice out there. While I had an eating disorder, when I was in recovery, and even now I’ll read it when I stumble upon it in my daily online browsing. I always tried to follows the advice it would give to a tee. Whether it told me that I should reduce my carbs, exercise more or take a multivitamin, I would immediately file that away mentally and apply it later.

One of the rules I came across consistently? Never order a drink, an appetizer and a dessert. Choose one or two, but never all three.

This advice always stuck with me. Whenever I would go out to a restaurant, I would decide which one or two (or none) I would decide to get. I was feeling a drink? No dessert. I wanted dessert? No appetizer.

Last night, I wanted a glass of wine. So I got one. Calamari sounded awesome, so I ordered that. Froyo seemed like a great ending, so I made Eric stop there so I could get a bowl.

I also broke my current self-imposed diet rules. I’m in the middle of my Clean It Up Week. Calamari breaks my deep-fried food rule, and fro-yo breaks my rule about limiting added sugars.

I broke another one of my self-imposed diet rules – I told Eric I wanted Yoyo’s, but he was feeling too full. So we stopped, I got a bowl and we sat outside and chatted while I ate it. A year ago, this would NOT have happened. I could never be the only person to get dessert – I thought it came off as gluttonous and weak. If I suggested dessert and no one wanted to partake, I wouldn’t either, and be secretly grumpy and a little bit resentful of everyone else. If they didn’t want dessert, that meant I couldn’t partake.

You know what?

Rule breaking is awesome.

Last night had so much amazing food that I couldn’t care less about a diet rule. I had been eating well for a few days and I was having a great night with family, so I just went with what sounded good. I enjoyed every bite of what I had and didn’t allow any guilt whatsoever. While I indulged, it wasn’t to the extreme (I shared the calamari, had only one glass of wine and kept the fro-yo bowl at around $5) and it was all stuff I loved. There is absolutely nothing wrong with that!

Being a diet rebel is awesome. Do it sometimes. Smile

So in review of Day 4 of Clean It Up Week:

  • Pre-workout: 2 dates dipped in almond butter
  • Breakfast: smoothie and a Vitatop
  • Lunch: salad beast
  • Snack: shredded chicken (Yes, I’ll snack on it. Is that weird)?
  • Dinner: calamari, Futti Di Mare and fro-yo
  • Drinks: water, glass of wine

Not 100% in line with my rules but I enjoyed every bite. Smile

Breakfast

Last night’s dinner kept me pretty full, so it took a little while for me to get hungry this morning.

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I was feeling something simple, so I went with eggs and fruit.

I scrambled up 1 egg + liquid egg whites with salt, pepper and chile powder.

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A sliced banana and bluberries with a dollop of peanut butter on the side.

Super satisfying breakfast.

Plans for the day involve a Body Flow class at 10:30, followed by laundry and packing. Woot Friday! I’m still planning on doing a review of Phase 3 tonight, so make sure you come back for that.

Have a lovely day!

<—Do you have self imposed diet rules? When was the last time you broke them?


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And It’s Done.

And just like that, Livefit is complete.

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The final workout of the program? 1 hour of cardio. I wanted to finish strong, so I decided to do the same thing I did last week. Run for an hour and see how far I get.

In 1 hour, I covered 6.4 miles – a little bit further than last week. I love improvements. Smile

Workout

My splits:

  • mile 1: 9:29
  • mile 2: 9:21
  • mile 3: 9:08 (speedy here!)
  • mile 4: 9:31
  • mile 5: 9:33
  • mile 6: 9:30
  • .4 nubbin: 8:34 (finishing strong)
  • average pace: 9:22

Wow. 12 weeks of hardcore workouts, and I am done. I don’t even know what to do with myself right now!

Because this program is so intense, My next plan is a deload week. Lots of stretching, yoga and walks for the next week (and y’know, moving, which is definitely a workout in itself). Nothing too intense, because my body desperately needs the break right now.

I’ll do a review of Phase 3 tomorrow, and a review of the program as a whole over the weekend. Overall I enjoyed it, but I definitely have some thoughts on the program and its overall effectiveness.

Breakfast

Considering that after my run and subsequent shower I was STILL red-faced, a smoothie breakfast was very much needed.

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(Smoothies are best served in a beer glass. Duh).

Into the Magic Bullet went:

  • 1/2 cup unsweetened chocolate almond milk
  • 1 frozen banana
  • handful blueberries
  • 1 scoop chocolate peanut butter protein powder.

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Super thick, just the way I like it.

A deep chocolate vitatop on the side.

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Love getting the ones with lots of chocolate chips. Smile

And by on the side, I mean right after the picture was taken it was crumbled up and dropped into the smoothie. So good.

Quick review of Day 3 of Clean It Up Week:

Still going strong! Smile

Plans for the day involve more packing (of course) and a going-away dinner tonight. It’s the first time Eric’s extended family meets my extended family, so I think we’ve got an interesting night on our hands.
Have a wonderful day!

<—Did you get in a workout today? How was it?
<—Do you put toppings on your smoothies? I always feel like I need some crunch/chew with a smoothie, or else it won’t feel like a meal.