Saturday, October 15, 2011
I'm getting my food ready for the upcoming week so that I can have fun tomorrow!
I'm making soup- roasted butternut squash soup with apples, red curry, red lentils and light coconut milk. About 300 calories per serving.
While the soup cooked I also roasted cauliflower so I can have three more servings of the whole-wheat penne I was eating last week. At the same time I roasted a red pepper, because I'm going to make hummus.
I'll eat the hummus on whole-wheat pita bread with Greek salad and Gardein "chicken".
And I'll probably make a batch of pancakes too. I think I have some pumpkin puree in the freezer that I'll add to the batter!
And then I won't have to think about cooking again until next weekend! Voila!
Friday, October 14, 2011
Hmmmm... soda or juice or a cocktail... or herbal tea?
Herbal tea sounds like a good choice!
I'll just run some water through the coffee maker to heat it up!
Five minutes later I go to fill my teacup and realize I forgot to put the carafe under the drain, and all the water went all over the counter and the floor.
Let's just call it extra cleaning!
Thursday, October 13, 2011
Through my job, I get a certain amount of discretionary health spending that I can use each year. It can cover the deductible on prescription medication, or paramedical services like physiotherapy, naturopathy or chiropractic medicine. Or... my favourite... MASSAGE THERAPY! This money runs out every year, so it's use it or lose it! I've calculated that eleven weeks remain this year, and I've got $650 to spend before then, or it's gone forever. I'll be rewarding myself with a massage in October, November and December. I'm going to try out three different spas (I think) that are known for their posh change rooms. My first appointment- next week- is at a place that has infrared saunas and ergonomically-correct heated limestone relaxation chairs. I'll be lounging with a book before my appointment (and after, maybe!).
If you've got discretionary health spending, don't let it go to waste! Treat yourself!
Wednesday, October 12, 2011
Yes, I will give you a snarky face if you're five minutes late for a group fitness class and then you ask me to move all my equipment because you don't like any of the available positions in the room. Can you not see I'm already in the middle of exercising? Can you not see the large, unoccupied areas of floor to your left and right? And then, after I stop my cardio and move all my stuff, you only stay for five minutes? Good riddance!
I really do support anyone beginning a new fitness regime (I'm definitely no expert myself!) BUT I also think that when you're in a new situation- ANY new situation, it's best to err on the side of common courtesy, rather than self-absorption. I hope this post, and my last post, help people who are new to shared workout spaces get off on a better foot! Working out is more fun when you're not annoying everyone around you (not that I'd know...).
Sunday, October 09, 2011
I can hear you!
I might have my headphones in, but my music isn't THAT loud.
Girl 1: "How fast is she walking?"
Girl 2: (Looks at my treadmill screen.) "3.5"
Girl 1: "Oh. What's her incline?"
Girl 2: (Looks AGAIN.) "15%"
Girl 1: "Oh."
The two of them then kept tabs on my changing speeds and inclines. And, I think, my playlist!
I almost wanted to stop and say, "Can I help you with something?" But I was in the middle of an awesome workout and I wasn't going to lose my momentum.
These girls seem like newcomers to the gym, so I understand that they might have questions and not be sure about the etiquette. So let this serve as a lesson, Gym Newcomers: If you have a question, ask the trainer or even ask someone who looks like they know what they're doing. DON'T try to get info by (in)discreetly scoping out someone else's weights, resistance, speed, etc. And for goodness sake, don't loudly ask someone else to look at a third person's machines on your behalf!
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