Breakfast: my Microwave Chocolate Peanut Butter Protein Muffin, topped with vanilla Greek yogurt.
So I am done with day 1 of my new program! The highlights:
- I met with the professor I’ll be TA’ing for. I’ll be doing some marking, as well as some actual teaching. Umm, that’s intimidating, but in the best way possible. She also recommended some nearby restaurants for me – I’m already planning future date nights with the boy. 🙂
- My first class graduate class today was moved to Coffee Culture. There were cookies. Clearly, all classes should be held in coffee shops.
- Both professors bought me tea today. That pretty much guarantees a good day.
- One of the other students has been approached about starting a running club. I told him I would join, and he mentioned he’s interested in starting the club with the goal of running a half marathon in Hamilton at the beginning of November. So I may be running a half marathon in 2 months. I should probably start running more than twice a week.
- I’m thinking about running for a position on the Graduate Students Society of Criminology. We’ll see how that goes.
- I learned there’s a Yogurty’s within walking distance of my apartment. That is vital information.
- I ate a packed lunch for the first time in months.
A BLT made with turkey bacon, spinach, tomato, honey mustard and pickles. Applesauce and a cheese string on the side.
Mmm, sandwich. I can’t remember the last time I had a regular ole’ sandwich. So satisfying!
Because I had to be at school for 8:30 this morning, my workout waited until I got home. I broke out my Turbo Fire collection and completed:
- Lower 20
- Core 20
- a bit of stretching
I hadn’t done any Turbo Fire in a while! I was definitely feeling the burn in my legs walking down the stairs later – while I love my heavy weights, body weight exercises and resistance bands do the job too.
I’m definitely a morning exerciser though. I may end up using Mondays as my weekly rest day, as the rest of the week I don’t start class until at least 11:30. I already wake up at 7 to get to class, and that’s pretty much my limit (I don’t do early mornings well).
So, wanna see what we’ve done with the place so far?
Clearly, the kitchen is my favourite room of the house. I usually hate the colour yellow, but for some reason it works here. Kitchens should be bright and cheery, so it feels appropriate.
OMGARETHOSEMASONJARS?!? Yes, I am easily influenced by Pinterest.
Wine rack is also vital for happiness.
Kitchen is my favourite place, this is Eric’s:
The computer chair. Where I can usually find him.
I like to pretend I know what I’m doing when it comes to decorating.
1. I’m slightly obsessed with my bathroom. Black, white and wood accents? Love.
2. I put the bookshelf together all by myself. Proud moment right there.
3. I don’t pretend to know anything about wall decorations. But Eric and I found that tree picture for $15.00 and I fell in love with it.
4. The staircase of “Look at us, we’re so smart.” Degree wall.
5. We have skylights in our bedroom. Looks awesome, but we had to block one out for the sake of sleeping in the morning.
Clearly, girl needs her shoe rack.
I’m so happy that we have the apartment organized to our liking. Really, it’s starting to feel homey and very “us”. We’re definitely happy in our little nest.
Dinner was featuring a new-to-me ingredient.
Slightly blurry Soba noodles. Eric has a minor obsession with Asian food. I’m happy to make it, but I’m always looking for ways to keep the nutrition levels in our meals high. I was getting a little tired of brown rice, so when I saw these noodles on sale I decided to give them a shot.
Soba noodles are thin Japanese noodles (similar to vermicelli) made mainly from buckwheat. Each serving has 310 calories, 3 grams of fibre and 10 grams of protein. The fibre content is decent, and clearly the protein content caught my attention.
I stirfried two chopped chicken breast and a generous pour of frozen stirfry veggies in a mix of olive and sesame seed oil while the noodles cooked (side note, these noodles cook super fast. 4 minutes in boiling water and they’re good to go).
While the noodles were cooking, I made a quick stirfry sauce. It’s a variation of the one my mom makes all the time – love my mom recipes!
Easy Stirfry Sauce
- 1/2 cup water
- 1/4 cup reduced sodium soy sauce
- 1 tbsp corn starch
- 1/2 teaspoon minced garlic
- 1/2 teaspoon minced ginger
- 1/2 teaspoon chili powder
- 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
Mix all ingredients together and whisk. Pour sauce over veggies and chicken (or other protein), cover, and cook on medium low-heat until thickened.
Clearly, super easy. I added the noodles to the meat and veggies, and there you go – stirfry.
Eaten with chopsticks for extra authenticity.
Eric and I both loved these noodles – they had an authentic Asian flavour to them, but a higher nutritional profile than the more traditional vermicelli or ramen.
I love dinner success.
Have a great Tuesday!
<— Ever tried soba noodles?
<— What’s your go-to packed sandwich? Ham and swiss is another favourite for me.