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If It Ain’t Broke + Groceries/Meal Plan 10/28-11/02


If it ain’t broke…


Although, I highly recommend adding maple extract. Smile with tongue out Seriously the best thing to happen to pumpkin.

Yup, still going on my pumpkin protein pancake kick. At least 5 mornings a week. I should probably change it up, but I figure if I’m still enjoying it, why not?

Side note: I am in love with this spatula.


Look at how freakin’ cute that is. Seriously obsessed.

I normally reserve Saturdays as my grocery shopping day, but this past Saturday I was feeling a little too under the weather to go. So Sunday shopping it was. It meant I wasn’t able to get to the Farmers Market (only open Fridays and Saturdays) but I was able to make do. This haul took me to Zehr’s, WalMart and Bulk Barn.



  • canned pumpkin (still going strong)
  • snap peas (hidden back there)
  • cooking onions
  • baby carrots
  • bananas
  • arugula (I love it, but I don’t buy it often. Needed a change!)
  • spinach (weekly staple)



  • 1% milk (for the boy, I’ve been sticking to almond milk lately)
  • 2 year old cheddar (I grabbed a sample and it was awesome, so I scooped one up)
  • egg whites
  • ricotta cheese
  • crabmeat (well…crabmeat flavoured, anyway)
  • shrimp

The Rest


  • baking soda (my fridge was starting to smell a little)
  • ground flaxseed
  • tomato sauce (can you tell there was a sale?)
  • tums
  • salad dressings (Italian for me, Ranch for himm)
  • lasagna noodles
  • pizza starter kit
  • Reese’s peanut butter cups (I’ve been told not to expect a lot of trick or treaters, but I figured it was better to be safe than sorry. But if we don’t have any, I’m not exactly disappointed with the though of leftover Reese’s)

The Meal Plan

  • Sunday: pizza and salad
  • Monday: seafood lasagna (new recipe, I’m definitely intrigued) and salad
  • Tuesday: tuna melts (old favourite)
  • Wednesday: homemade chicken tenders, sweet potatoes and broccoli
  • Thursday: butternut squash soup and sandwiches
  • Friday: wing it/leftovers/out

Good week of meals! I try to make at least one or two big meals a week so that there’s a lot of leftovers for Eric’s lunches. I don’t mind making myself a salad or whathaveyou, but he would much rather throw something in the microwave and be good to go.

(and I’m desperately waiting for pork roasts to go on sale so I can break out the slow cooker. Because I adore pulled pork and I feel like that’s the best way to break it in Smile with tongue out)


As per the meal plan…



The pizza kits I picked up come with the crust and sauce, so I just needed to pick out the toppings to throw on top.


I went with chicken, bell pepper, green onion, spinach, and marble cheese. Ten minutes in the oven and good to go.


1/2 of the pizza with a simple salad of romaine, carrots, celery and Italian dressing. It made for an easy Sunday night dinner – which we ate while watching A Time to Kill – I hadn’t seen it before but I had read the book. I was impressed! Usually, I’m not a fan of books-to-movies (because the details are never how you pictured it in your head) but they actually did a great job.

Side note: Matthew McConaughey does not age.



That’s like 16 years apart, people. Insane.

(And he totally had me tearing up at his speech).

Fitness Plan

This last week was my week 5 of my Slim and Sculpt plan with This Fit Chick! This was the first week of phase 2, so I knew the intensity was going up.

But, it still caught me off guard, Jesus, that was an intense week! The plan goes from 2 days pure lifting, 1 day lifting + circuit and 1 day intervals to 3 days lifting + circuits, 1 day lifting. So, a lot more cardio and a lot more time overall.

After the circuit workout in the last phase, I was confident I could handle the circuit in phase 2. After completing it twice in week 5…ouch. Definitely painful. 1 full minute of squat jumps in the middle of a circuit is just not fair – but definitely effective!

Drop sets are also introduced in this phase. I hadn’t had a lot of experience with them, but Carrie is nice enough to draw out exactly what’s involved. Yea – I did those today (writing this Sunday evening) and I KNOW I’m going to be experiencing some serious DOMS in the morning.

A great week and I know I’m going to be seeing some awesome results!


This last week was week 4 (and the final week) of my October Yoga Challenge with Courtney of Sweet Tooth, Sweet Life!

So week 3, I was feeling a little disappointed in myself that I only got in one yoga workout out of my goal of two.

Week 4?


(the blood splatters have nothing to do with anything, I just wanted to play around with PicMonkey Smile with tongue out)

Yea. Not one session last week. Not exactly ending the challenge with a bang, am I?

Between being busy with school, the increase in my regular workouts, and my birthday, yoga just did not happen.

That’s ok – life gets in the way sometimes. Now that the challenge is over I don’t feel as pressured to squeeze it in – but I’ll still try once every week or two. I definitely need it to help with my flexibility, so I should be doing it sometimes, at least.

Oh, well – I still enjoyed the challenge – thanks Courtney!

<— Any exciting meals planned for the week?

<— Are you expecting a lot of trick or treaters this year? What candy did you buy/are planning on buying?


23 thoughts on “If It Ain’t Broke + Groceries/Meal Plan 10/28-11/02

  1. always a new week on the yoga front, seems like you were super busy. life happens! hope you have a good start to your week

  2. Pft nothing wrong with eating the same breakfast everyday… I’ve been on a serious yogurt, cereal, and fruit kick for -months- now, and to be honest I don’t see it changing anytime soon. Why mess with a good thing? 😉 And I don’t remember getting any trick or treaters last year, so I don’t expect to get any this year 😦 I think it’s mostly because I live in a pretty secure apartment though, so I’m going to go over to my parents’ place and hand out candy. Hopefully we’ll get -some- kids, although I’m not too hopeful because the weather turned ridiculously bad over the weekend. Boo.

  3. Haha I eat almost the same breakfast every day too. But whatever. As long as we like it, right? 😀

    Also I love your meal plan for the week. And now it has me craving tuna melts. Those are the best! This week I’m planning to make a mushroom gravy and millet bowl from Oh She Glows, mushroom and kale quesadillas, pork tenderloin, and soba noodles with tofu.

    • That’s what I’m thinking! :-p

      And I hadn’t had a tuna melt in years until I randomly made them a month or two ago, and now I have them at least once every couple weeks. Delicious.

      And now you’ve got me craving a stirfry with soba noodles!

  4. I forgot to get more pumpkin at the store — huge fail! And, no yoga for me this month – – major fail!

  5. I LOVE that spatula!! I’d be obsessed too.

    Oh and yes. Pizza for the win. I want some this week…..and I need yoga in my life. IN a bad way.

  6. Love the blood splatters on the yoga mat! I played around with picmonkey a few weeks ago and made myself a zombie!

  7. How do you store your pumpkin after opening the can (assuming you don’t use the whole can all at once?)

  8. Love pizza for a quick and easy meal. Yours looks absolutely delicious!

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  10. I plan on trying to use up the rest of my produce today and tomorrow before I go out of town!!

  11. I really need to get my booty back into weekly yoga. It’s just tough to find the motivation now that my favorite instructor is gone….so sad. But I know I could really use a day each week for some really good stretching.

    Yay for protein pancakes! And pizza! And now I’m craving pulled pork! Thanks! 😉

  12. Hey, no worries on the challenge! Haha, at least you gave it a shot, right? 🙂
    And, umm, I’m also obsessed with your cupcake spatula. SO cute!!

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