More weekend needed

March 3, 2009

I had my first class of the week today – seminar in social psych. Normally I love the class (and the prof – he’s so hilarious and honestly said Lady Caca, not Gaga, the one day thinking that was her name… oh dear!) and we were discussing stereotypes and prejudices, which normally I find really interesting. But today I was itching to get out of there! I think part of it might be that I spent my weekend doing school work. When I do this, I find that once the school week starts, I’m not ready for it because I didn’t really get a break. Thankfully I don’t have many on campus classes, but it sucks that I’m feeling this now as my school week is starting. Tomorrow I have my reading program after school, and Thursday I have both my seminar and a computer lab for thesis class – we’re learning how to make posters in Power Point, which I have no clue about so I’ll need to go. Hopefully I can make it through without feeling as though I’m going to go crazy!

Eating-wise I’m staying right on track. Seeing my loss this week was amazing motivation to stick with eating three healthy meals and two snacks per day. It’s crazy how just the change of adding a bit more food each day helped me lose more weight than usual, even though I didn’t step up my exercise routine. I guess I just wasn’t eating enough before – it’s a difficult thing because it seems so counter intuitive to eat more when your goal is cutting calories.

Today I had:

  • Breakfast: oatmeal
  • Lunch: ham sandwich on sunflower flax bread
  • Dinner: whole wheat pasta with broccoli
  • Snack (so far): baby carrots

I’ll probably have some sliced berries or a peach as a snack later on to finish off the day. Right now I’m enjoying my second mug of green tea today (the first I had was from Timmy’s and I didn’t win – again!)

I’m planning on a walk later, as long as it’s not freezing cold out. I meant to go earlier after I finished some prep for my reading program but then I got into a paper-writing mood which happens rarely so I always take advantage of it! I think my geography paper is ready to hand in after one last edit. I can’t believe I actually finished it a week and a half early – it’s actually due March 13!

Anyway, time to convince the boyfriend that he’s not going to freeze if we go for a walk! This could be challenging!


Weather, what’s the deal?

February 27, 2009

When I went to school this morning around 10am it was 8C outside – beautiful, even though it was overcast and drizzling but I’ll take it if it means warmer weather. But it’s now -7C outside! And the windchill overnight is supposed to be -29C! What’s going on? Is spring ever going to get here? Looking at the 5-day weather forecast, it doesn’t seem like it. The warmest day from now until Tuesday will be -5C. Yuck!

I’m not sure whether to go out for a walk tonight or stay in and do 30 minutes on the elliptical. I really do prefer getting outside for a walk, since I get bored on the elliptical, even if I watch some TV while using it. I’m not really sure why. But if I don’t go for a walk, I definitely need to get some exercise in so I’ll just suck it up and do it. After, it feels amazing but it’s just motivating myself to do it in the first place. Gotta focus on the feeling I get after working out!

I did well with eating healthy again today. I was really tempted to get a half-coffee/half-hot chocolate at Tim Horton’s on campus today but I resisted and got a green tea instead. Of course, I didn’t win anything on Roll up the Rim, so I’m 0/3 still! Anyway, I had oatmeal for breakfast, a chicken sandwich for lunch and for dinner I’m going to cook up some chicken meatballs and asparagus and have a spinach salad on the side. I decided to experiment last night by making some of my own dressing. I mixed a bit of olive oil with lemon juice and added some dried herbs. It was actually much better than I though it would be. I think I’ll try it again tonight, especially since I need to use up my spinach pronto! Some of the leaves are getting that slightly wilted look to them so it won’t be good for too much longer.

I may post again later with some pictures of dinner (if I remember.. I’m usually halfway through eating before I remember) but I do need to get going on that geography paper. I have written a single word yet! I’d better start soon if I’m actually going to finish it by Sunday!

I love being productive

February 24, 2009

I got a lot done today and I was pretty happy with myself. Some days, I’ll plan out a list of things to do and get one thing finished. But today, I set out a list:

  • prepare reading program materials
  • do some research for my geography paper
  • go for a walk & do strength training
  • set up more time slots for the study I’m running at school
  • send out a resume for a job

I actually got all of that done! I was impressed with myself! Keep in mind that I also had class from 10am-11:20am and didn’t start any of my to-do list until after I’d gotten home and had lunch – so after 1-1:30pm was when I started tackling the list.

I also completed another day of healthy eating! The only kind of bad thing I had today was just now – a piece of whole wheat bread with jam. I get a weird craving for toast and jam every month or so and I figured it really isn’t that unhealthy so I’d treat myself. The jam is President’s Choice Blue Menu, so it’s lower in sugar and calories. I absolutely love the Blue Menu line. Almost everything I’ve tried from it is delicious! One of my favourite finds were the Italian Chicken Meatballs which I enjoy as a break from my usual chicken or fish. Their low-cal hot chocolate is also tasty – very rich and cocoa-y!

Anyway, onto today’s menu!

Breakfast was oatmeal. Yes, I eat a bowl everyday and no, I haven’t tired of it yet. I love having a warm breakfast, especially in the winter, and oatmeal keeps me full until lunch time, unlike the cereals I love.

Lunch was a grilled cheese with a slice of Tuscan-style roasted ham (it was on sale so I tried it on a whim and love it.. it might be a regular purchase now). I threw on a good handful of spinach as an experiment and the result was good!


Dinner was a chicken Caesar salad which I forgot to take a picture of! I was really hungry when I got back from walking (I was out for about an hour).

Later on, I had some sliced banana and berries.


Yum! I can’t believe I used to eat hardly any fruit. Now I eat fruits (and veggies) a lot! Which reminds me, I had some baby carrots as a snack in the afternoon before my walk. I usually have them with a bit of salad dressing as dip but today I enjoyed them plain!

The only obstacle to my healthy plan might be this: Tim Horton’s has the Roll Up The Rim contest on right now! Basically, you have a chance to win a prize on each coffee cup and I always get addicted to getting drinks there when the contest is on (even though I hardly ever win). But I’m going to try sticking to tea with the occasional half-coffee/half hot-chocolate (a.k.a a cafe mocha without the whipped cream). So I’ll cross my fingers that I can stick to this. I’m really hoping to have a decent loss as a result of my eating healthy this week, especially since it will motivate me to get through these last 6.8 pounds!

Busy day

February 23, 2009

Today was busy with school work! That’s what happens when I spend my whole reading week not even thinking about homework. It was nice to have the relaxation time but now I feel as though I’m behind. It’s also a weird feeling when you suddenly have a one week break from your routine. I’m used to doing the same school work each week – read 2 articles for my seminar and prepare discussion questions, complete a lesson for my online course and do a quiz, prepare materials for the reading program I’m running for my undergrad thesis. I tend to do things on specific days as well, so not having done this for a week feels strange!

Today’s meal plan was pretty typical. Breakfast was oatmeal with brown sugar and a big glass of water.

I am absolutely loving sandwiches for lunch, probably because my boyfriend and I picked up a used George Foreman grill really cheap. It hardly looks like the previous owners took it out of the box though! But anyway, grilled sandwiches are delicious.


That’s my sandwich with oven roasted chicken breast, spinach, low-fat mayo and a bit of cheese, all toasted up. It was great. And, as usual, I had a serving of berries on the side.

I can’t wait until summer when berries are cheap all the time! For now I’m buying them on sale and stocking up. I’ve made it through one container of the strawberries I bought already but I still have another one to last until next grocery day.

Dinner was something a little different. I had a chicken breast, brown rice and a mix of steamed baby carrots and broccoli all tossed together in a sauce I made from a bit of cream of chicken soup seasoned with garlic and dried herbs. It tastes really hearty, but the sauce is low fat and low calorie! I make this type of meal when I’m craving something warm and filling and it really does the trick.

I didn’t do as well with exercise today but I still got some in. I had some errands to run but the amount of walking was only about 20 minutes. However, I took the route home that has a nice big hill to give my legs a workout!

Here’s to hoping I sleep well tonight and have the energy for a good workout tomorrow! If the weather is nice, I’d love to go for a long walk!

Wintry day!

February 22, 2009

It snowed last night – not a lot, but just enough to make it feel as though spring is never going to get here! Just a week ago there was no snow in the city and I was thinking I could start running in as little as a week or two.

I’ve been wanting to take up running for a while now, but not in the middle of winter when I’ve got freezing temperatures and snowy sidewalks to deal with. Some people do such a terrible job clearing the snow that it all turns icy and it’s difficult to walk on it, let alone run! Anyway, once the snow melts, I’m going to run.

Let me make one thing clear. I HATED running in gym class. It was always a punishment! I had one gym teacher that would make you run laps of the soccer field if you goofed off. Yeah, that’s a good way to make kids like running! But anyway, running and I have never been good friends, but I hope to change that! I’m actually pretty excited about it and I’ve been looking for programs online that help you ease into running – you start out doing intervals of running and walking and gradually build up to run the entire time. That’s exactly what I need! I’m in pretty good shape, but not good enough shape to go for even a 10 minute straight run right now!

I don’t have any goals like running a marathon or being able to do a mile in X minutes. I just want to run for plain, old fashioned exercise. Plus, I love exercising outside. I get bored on the elliptical trainer after 20-30 minutes but I can go on hour-long walks! There’s so much to see and fresh air is a definite plus.

Today’s menu is going to look something like this:
~Breakfast: Oatmeal with brown sugar
~Lunch: Ham (or chicken) sandwich on sunflower flax bread with low-fat mayo, cheese and spinach with baby carrots on the side
~Dinner: Chicken breast, asparagus and baby blend veggies (pea pods, peas, baby corn and carrots)
~Snacks: Yogurt and fresh berries (strawberries & blueberries.. mm)

Tomorrow my reading week ends… unfortunately! So I’m debating my options: a) enjoy my last day of freedom from school until April 17 (date of my last final exam) or b) get started on stuff I know I need to do this week. Maybe I can find a balance.

We will see!

The First Step

February 21, 2009

Here begins the final stage of my journey to a healthy and active life!

You can read all about my beginnings on the ‘About’ page.

After being at home for reading week and falling off the wagon a bit, I was looking forward to having a fresh start when getting back to school. On Friday, I did fairly well, although I gave into temptation and had a cookie. Today, though, I’m not doing any of that! I plan on eating as healthy as I can this next week as a way to make up for it.

So far today I’ve had:
~Oatmeal with brown sugar
~A ham sandwich on sunflower flax bread with low-fat mayo, cheddar cheese and spinach
~A bowl of strawberries and blueberries

Dinner will probably be a chicken breast, a sweet potato (I still need to Google how to cook this, or if all else fails, call my mom!) and some asparagus. For a snack later, some vanilla yogurt and perhaps a mug of the low-cal hot chocolate that I got yesterday.

I lucked out a lot at the grocery store this week. I got a ton of fresh produce (which makes me crave summer all the more) – asparagus, romaine lettuce, broccoli, strawberries, sweet potatoes. Combine that with the spinach, blueberries, baby carrots and bananas my mom sent me and I’ve got a ton of healthy stuff to choose from. I’ve also got the usual frozen peas and beans. In the summer, when produce is cheaper (and when I have more money), I’m hoping to have a fridge full of stuff like this every week. I’m already planning at least bi-weekly visits to the farmer’s market in St. Jacobs once local produce is available.

As for staying active today, I’ve already spent an hour cleaning the kitchen, vacuuming the main floor and throwing on a couple loads of laundry. Later I plan on a walk and some strength training. Finally, I’m going to wind down the evening by watching this week’s episode of Hell’s Kitchen that I recorded but haven’t found time to watch!