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Clothes to Sweat In.

Before I get into today’s post, I have to discuss my dinner Saturday night. Remember how I said I was craving onion rings?

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That craving got demolished Smile with tongue out The special of the night at The Piston Broke was a turkey and black bean burger with greens, onion, tomato and guacamole. Of course, that is right up my alley, so I ordered one with a side of onion rings. Oh my goodness, amazing.

Workout Clothing Necessities

So while I was out shopping on Saturday, I made it my goal to get some new workout clothes. I had a gift card for Sport Chek from Christmas that I hadn’t used yet, plus I wanted to see what I could find at Winners (if you’re unfamiliar, it’s basically the Canadian version of TJ Maxx). I was only able to find one pair of shorts that I liked at Sport Chek (a pair Nike Pros) but I found one top and two pairs of bottoms (plus another sweater that I liked) at Winners. I had no idea Winners was such a mecca for workout clothes! The stuff I got all seemed good quality, and no piece was over $20 (Lululemon, ahem. It’s so pretty but I can never get myself to actually buy anything…somebody needs to take me shopping and be a bad influence). Plus $30 for the Nike shorts.

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It got me thinking…I am REALLY picky when it comes to my workout clothes. I’m not too picky about brands, but I’m really specific about what styles I like.

Tops:

  • colourful. I tend to really like neons and brights.
  • form-fitting. It drives me insane when I have stuff flowing around my body when I’m trying to do sprints or the like.
  • No built-in bras. There’s no way I’m not going to wear my own sports bra when I work out, so the built-in ones just tend to flatten my (already small) chest. Not cool
  • tank tops. I don’t like tshirts or anything with sleeves.
  • seamless. Less itchiness/annoyances.

(source)

Bottoms:

  • preferably black or neutral.
  • form-fitting. Again, nothing needs to be floating around me.
  • shorts or capris. I hate long pants or tights – I will never wear yoga pants to actually work out in (and I wonder why I won’t run outside in cold weather?)
  • Stays put. No having to stop mid run because the legs are riding up too much (or the waistband is slowly falling).

If my workout clothes don’t meet these criteria, I won’t be 100% happy with them. So far, not too bad.

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(clearly taken post-workout. Yay sweaty selfies! P.S. What the hell do you do with your face for an outfit selfie?! I can never make it not awkward).

While the top has a bit of a bra built in, it’s not TOO annoying. It does have a bit of bust-flattening action, but I’ll look past it for now. The colour is pretty, I like the fabric and it only cost $17, so I won’t complain too much. But I’m definitely going to keep my eye out for some better workout tops over the next few months.

But the shorts – I’m kind of obsessed. They meet my length, colour and fit requirement. And while I was doing my treadmill intervals, they absolutely did not move. Yay good buys!

And from the back…(butt shot. You’re welcome).

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(Hey, I’m proud of it!)

 

And moving on…

Dinner

When I was making the meal plan last week, I couldn’t get the idea of steak out of my head. So, it was penciled in for last nights dinner.

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Steak, a baked potato with sour cream and a side salad. Definitely made for an amazing Sunday night dinner. And I’ve discovered my favourite new way of roasting potatoes – rub with with a bit of olive oil and salt, poke some holes in them and roast them at 350 for about 45-55 minutes with a pan underneath to catch any drippings. Seriously, amazing. And think, I’d just been throwing them in the microwave all this time.

Have a happy Monday!

<— Are you picky about workout clothes? Any colour/style preferences?

<— Where do you buy them?

(P.S. – not a sponsored post or anything, just my ramblings).


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Fitness Plans and Puppies.

(Yes, I am so original with my title).

 

It’s October.

October = birthday month.

That means, the countdown has begun.

I’m like a seven year old when it comes to my birthday – I pretty much want to celebrate the entire month. Smile

 

Breakfast

Still on the pumpkin bandwagon, in pumpkin oats form.

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In the mix:

  • 1/3 cup porridge oats
  • 2/3 cup water
  • 1/2 scoop peanut butter chocolate protein powder
  • 2 tbsp liquid egg whites
  • 1/4 cup pumpkin
  • dash cinnamon
  • dash vanilla extract

 

Topped with almond butter and maple pumpkin butter. Just can’t get enough, I tell ya.

 

Lunch

Nadine (my boyfriend’s mother) came up to Brantford today to pick up Leon and take us out for lunch. Eric and I were already debating getting a dog, but after that week it’s become more a matter of “when” as opposed to “if”. If you want to convince your significant other/family members that you should get a dog, just offer to dog-sit a really cute one for a few days. They’ll be converted, I promise.

 

(Cue cute puppy pictures….just for you Sloane! Smile with tongue out)

Awww.

You can’t look at a dachshund and not smile.

I want to hug it!

Ideal dog would be a pug. There is nothing in the world cuter than a pug. JUST LOOK AT THAT FACE!

These are not puppies. In fact, they are platypuses. (platypi?) Wearing fedoras.

Just awesome. Smile

 

Lunch

Lunch involved a little bit of adventuring.

First restaurant choice for lunch: closed indefinitely. WHY DO YOU HAVE A WEBSITE IF YOU’RE CLOSED INDEFINITELY?! Ahem. Annoying.

Choice two: Closed Sunday.

Choice three: Closest restaurant I knew of that was actually open.

So, we ended up at Shoeless Joe’s. It’s a sports bar and grill, so I figured it would work for everyone.

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I’m always slightly impressed when restaurants have TVs right in the booths. Although I guess it doesn’t exactly encourage conversation, does it?

For lunch, I ordered the Chipotle Southwest Chicken Salad.

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marinated chicken with roasted corn, mozzarella, cheddar, green onion, tortilla strips and pico de gallo over mixed greens with chipotle ranch dressing.

It was a tasty salad – mainly because of that dressing. I only used a little, bit that was really all it needed – lots of flavour.

Although when I was looking at this picture again, I realized they forgot the cheese – fail.

 

Eric ordered the smoked meat poutine.

DSCF1679 I swear to god, the guy is a poutine connoisseur. I’ve given up thinking he’ll order something else. :-p

Nadine’s club sandwich:

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Club sandwiches are such a classic, no? I’m pretty sure I went through a phase when I was about 11 when that was all I would order at restaurants. That, or chicken fingers and fries.

 

Slim and Sculpt – Week 1

This week, I finished week 1 on Thisfitchick’s Slim and Sculpt plan.

So far? I’m enjoying it! It’s challenging and definitely causing me to push myself in the gym. While I’m still struggling a little bit with the only working out 4 days a week thing, I know I’m appreciating the extra time I have in my days now to focus on schoolwork. I do walk to/around school every day, so I know I’m getting a bit of exercise on the side. I may add in some yoga or a turn on the treadmill/elliptical if I feel so inclined, but I think I’m good with following the program (mostly) as prescribed.

 

Things to note:

  • Workout B involves a circuit workout that absolutely killed me a little. I finished it, breathed a sigh of relief, and then noticed on the sheet it called for 2 rounds. Le sigh.
  • Intervals: I, for some reason, decided to start out with the hardest interval workout on the sheet. Umm, I died a little. Is it physically possible to hold running at 10 m/h for an entire minute? I got to 40 seconds before I cried uncle. Definitely effective!
  • Workouts changed: nope. Followed as prescribed.
  • Workouts added: I usually walk .5 – 2.5 miles daily, (plus I’ve got those stairs) but other than that, nope.

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Self portrait in the bathroom of the gym in workout clothes = proof that I worked out. Duh.

 

Dinner

We managed to get our hands on some smoked salmon (thanks Nadine!) so dinner was simple.

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Whole wheat english muffin with goat brie (best.impulse purchase.ever) and smoked salmon, with baby carrots on the side. Simple and delicious.

 

Enjoy the first day of October!

 

<— If you could have any breed of dog, what would it be? Or, what breed is your current dog?

<— What was your go-to restaurant order when you were a kid?


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Sushi Porn.

When I woke up this morning, I decided it was a good day for shoulders and core work. I’m still doing my own thing at the gym right now, but I do have an exciting announcement regarding a new program I’m starting next week. Look for it Monday. Smile

At the gym:

  • 20 minutes treadmill intervals
  • 3 x 12 dumbbell lateral raise
  • 3 x 12 dumbbell front raise
  • 3 x 12 seated arnold press
  • 3 x 12 reverse crunches on a bench
  • 3 x 12 hanging knee raise
  • 3 x 25 situps on an exercise ball.

 

Done and done.

 

Breakfast

It’s getting chilly outside. You would think that would make me want a warm breakfast, but no. Smoothie it is.

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Vanilla greek yogurt, a frozen banana, 1 scoop peanut butter chocolate protein powder, a handful of spinach, and enough unsweetened chocolate almond milk to get it all moving in the blender.

And I definitely took that spoon from the Yogurty’s I went to last weekend. The plan is to take the spoon after each time I go and see how many I end up with within the next year or so. Smile

 

Sushi Lunch!

I was eagerly awaiting the end of class today. For the end of our second week, my class and I (all six of us) decided we were going to hit up Sushi Eight for the all you can eat lunch buffet. I have a minor sushi obsession, so clearly I was cool with these plans. I hadn’t been to Sushi Eight yet, but I was definitely impressed. The atmosphere was nice, the food was good and the service was friendly and quick. Also – it was cheap. All you can eat sushi lunch for $12.99? I will most definitely be back. 🙂

If you’ve never eaten at a sushi buffet, it’s a little different than regular buffets. You order off the menu, but you can order as many times as you want for one price. But, you have to eat everything they bring you, or else you’re charged extra. It’s always a little bit of a challenge at the end of your meal to try to fit the last remaining bits into your belly to avoid the extra charges.

And, commence sushi porn. (We ordered a bunch of stuff and split it, so don’t think I managed to down 6 rolls to myself)

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My half eaten yam tempura. We ordered an appetizer of vegetable tempura, but you know I’m going to go straight to my beloved sweet potato!

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A cucumber and avocado roll, a rainbow roll (one of my favourites –  a california roll topped with salmon, tuna, red snapper and avocado) and a salmon and avocado roll.

The next one is clearly the money shot.

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Pretty sure that is the definition of sushi porn right there.

From left to right, we’ve got a dynamite roll (shrimp tempura with veggies and mayo), a green dragon roll (dynamite roll topped with avocado) and a red dragon roll (dynamite roll topped with salmon)

I definitely had a piece or two of each one – and maybe more of the red dragon. so yummy.

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Spicy Crispy Salmon, regular Salmon, imitation crab sushi (can’t remember the official term for it). I helped myself to a piece of the spicy crispy salmon and the regular salmon – pretty sure I got more than enough of my omega-3s today.

Things that escaped the pictures:

  • seaweed salad (at least I got some greens in there)
  • chicken teriyaki
  • yam tempura roll (also amazing)

 

And when we saw they had a little dessert buffet, that required some checking out. Clearly.

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I have to say, Japanese cuisine has some really interesting flavours of ice cream. I got the green tea, which I’ve had before and loved, and I decided to try the red bean. I didn’t expect to like it all that much, but it was actually really good.

However, I was not brave enough to try the taro ice cream. Or the sesame seed. Maybe next time. Smile

Definitely left feeling pretty damn stuffed. That always happens to me when I go for all-you-can-eat sushi, I definitely eat too much. But it is delicious, so it’s ok. Smile

 

Give Me Music Suggestions!

I’m starting to get bored of the minimal selection of music on my MP3 player (I had to start again after losing 1400 songs off my Ipod in the summer). So give me some good music suggestions! Please. Smile

 

<— Do you like all you can eat sushi? Do you tend to overdo it like I do?

<— Would you try sesame seed ice cream? It was a dark grey. Sorry, not appetizing to me.