Monday, October 31, 2011
The last couple of years, I have made it a personal goal not to eat any Halloween candy.
This was not the case this year, as I ate about 3453 million of those stupid treat size chocolate bars on Saturday. But that dosn't mean I need to eat anymore.
So I'm going public with it once again.... I WILL NOT EAT ANY HALOWEEN CANDY.
....let's hope lots of kidlets visit tonight to rid my house of all the candy that was procured.
What are your Halloween plans? Do you hand out candy?
Sunday, October 30, 2011
What exactly is my "calorie comfort zone"? During the week, I'm very much a creature of habit. I eat pretty much the same thing each and every day. I've complained a little bit lately about my life feeling a little bit like the movie Groundhog Day, where everything is the same. My food is definitely a part of that analogy.
The weekend however, is hard to control and hard to plan. I more often than not, eat way too much, and consequently spend the rest of my weekend feeling guilty and trying to undo the damage.
I had a BBM conversation this week with the lovely Angi this week regarding the crazy-ass thoughts that go through my brain. When I use the term "conversation" what I really mean is that I typed novel'esque BBM's, and she listened to the craziness. I'm a nut-case sometimes, but talking (or typing) about it makes me feel a lot better.
Here's a synopsis of things that were discussed:
- I dropped quite a few pounds during the summer, despite being injured and being unable to do very little physical activity.
- The reason? I really paid attention to what I was eating.
- I suffer from "I just burned 345308 calories, so I can eat 10 poutines" mentality, which undoes all the calories I just burned.
- Now that my shoulder is allowing me to workout like I used to, I'm cheating a lot more as a result of the "I just burned 345308 calories, so I can eat 10 poutines" syndrome. I think I might just stop tracking the calories I burn during exercise. That might work for me.
- Weight Watchers, while being the reason I was successful at weight loss, has made me a psycho. I wish I could undo that. I hate thinking about food all the time.
I'm not sure what the point of this post is, or if there even is one. My head is all over the place lately in regards to blogging, health, fitness and life.
I did something a little drastic this week, and stopped reading (cold turkey style) all the big blogs that drive me batty. I would get so angry reading some of them, and even more angry reading the comments. People worship these women, and for the life of me I can't figure out why. Oddly enough, I feel a lot better not reading them.
And after spilling my guts in this not so well-composed blog post, I feel a lot better too.
I just need to relax about stuff, and continue to figure out what works for me. I think I'm doing okay, as I've kept the majority of my weight off for almost 7 years. I think I'll be just fine.
Thank you for support. Seriously. xo
Friday, October 28, 2011
I paired them with a tunic-y sweater, and a collared shirt just to keep it classy.
Have no fear, this isn't becoming a fashion blog, because well, I have none.
Thursday, October 27, 2011
Usually, I'm a black pants kind of girl. I wear a lot of black with pinks, plums, purples and green. On my "Amy Day" I bought a couple of brown'ish pairs of dress pants. I've been gradually picking up a few shirts in the earthy-tone family to compliment them.
Last night I picked up this top at Reitmans. I think I like it. (matches my powder room towels too!)
Tuesday, October 25, 2011
I went to Costco on Sunday to pick up a few staples, including stewing beef. It was a chilly dreary day, I was craving a little comfort food. I also needed carrots for said beef stew.
At this point I had two choices.... and keep in mind my patience were already minimal just due to the fact I was at Costco on a Sunday.
1) Make an additional stop on the way home at an equally busy grocery store to procure a normal sized bag of carrots.
2) Buy a ridiculously large bag of carrots at Costco. Enough carrots to feed a small army in fact.
Guess what my afternoon snack will be this week?
Welcome back to my life Mr. Carrot. I will do my best to enjoy you, and hopefully after our time apart our love affair will be rekindled. If that fails, hummus makes everything taste better.
Do you have any foods that you can't stand as a result of over-doing it? Tell me I'm not the only carrot-hater out there?
Monday, October 24, 2011
So, those are my 2 gramma's. Gram on the left, Nanny on the right.
Over the weekend, I was talking to my friend about my little binge episode and was telling her I ate too many graham crackers with margarine. She was appalled at the mere fact that I would eat such a combination of foods.
I always thought it was a normal combination of food. My Nanny used to give this to me as a snack all the time.
We got to talking about some of the other combinations that we thought were completely normal, but looking back... maybe they weren't?
Bread with butter, dipped in maple syrup
Pasta shells, with butter salt/pepper and a cheese slice
Graham crackers with margarine
Not weird, but she always had arrowroot cookies and red licorice in her pantry.
Did your grandmother teach you any weird food combinations?
Saturday, October 22, 2011
So, I kinda sorta didn’t go to spin last night. I was watching Y&R, and I thought “I’ll just close my eyes for 30 seconds”.
I woke up 45 mins later. Needless to say, I totally flaked out. No big deal right? Well, it would have been a big deal if I didn’t have a mini binge-fest on chocolate covered pretzels and macaroons. Ooops.
I made up for it this morning with a 60 minute disgustingly sweaty class. Sweat was coming out of every single pore I had.
I arrived home and made my “Gotta get back on the straight and narrow” meal.
And a salad in a glass.
I feel healthier already.
Friday, October 21, 2011
Today is another “Amy day”. I have some vacation I need to use up, so there may be a few more extra long weekends in my near future.
I went to Starbucks and tried their new Salted Caramel Mocha. It was kind of gross tasting, and I was not a fan AT ALL. It was also 220 calories. NOT WORTH IT.
I was also perusing the book store, when I decided rather than spending money on book I should head to the library and sign up for a card. I went in not knowing what I wanted, so the end result is kind of embarrassing.
I never claimed to be a book critic!
I also made a stop at the Bulk Barn to pick up some nuts – MUCH cheaper in bulk form – and somehow these little buggers ended up in my basket. I love macaroons.
The remainder of the afternoon was spent with this little dork. We went to the dog park, and there were 3 other golden retrievers there. She was so happy.
I took this picture afterwards. Look how tired she looks with her droopy eyes. As I type this, she’s passed out on the floor at my feet. Tired girl.
It’s 3:48pm. I have plans for spin at 5:30. And that’s it.
Said spin class should be interesting given the fact I can’t walk. I’m SOOOO sore from Body Pump on Wednesday. Granted, doing Combat last night likely didn’t help either. Hopefully spin won’t kill me. Time will tell.
Thursday, October 20, 2011
Confession #2: I generally get stabby when said bloggers quantify every weight that they do.
Confession #3: Today I am going to write about Body Pump AND quantify it.
Wednesday, October 19, 2011
Luckily (I think?) I have a guilty conscience so prior to those wishes and desires coming true, I usually go to the gym and get my sweat on. After a workout you don't want to und0 all the good work you just did, right? Ok... if I'm being 100% honest, after a workout is usually the time I do my worst damage in the calorie department. I struggle with the "I just burned _______ calories" so I can eat a carton of icecream.
Anyways, I was in a carb-whore kind of mood last night so I made Butternut Squash Macaroni and followed this recipe loosely. It was flavour was really good, and satisfied my pasta/cream sauce craving.
But it definitely wasn't mac'n'cheese. While I appreciate the vegan aspect of things, there is no substitute for mac'n'cheese. The sauce texture also got kind of funky as it cooled. Like I said, it was tasty... but if you want mac'n'cheese, make mac'n'cheese! :)
Tuesday, October 18, 2011
Despite being expensive, they do have some great food. Yesterday they had a warm kale/sweet potato salad that caught my eye. I decided to make something similar last night, and the end result was pretty fantastic.
Onion, mushrooms, garlic, wilted kale, craisins, toasted walnuts, roasted sweet potatoes, israeli couscous tossed in olive oil, lemon juice, red wine vinegar and a little maple syrup. Salt and Pepper added to taste.
I served it with a rather bland looking chicken breast.
Monday, October 17, 2011
Sunday, October 16, 2011
I got some new shoes yesterday, and tested them out this morning.
I’ve been wearing the same “21_0” series of Asics forever. They work for me.
This is where I should be telling you I had a fabulous run. But I didn’t. It was actually terrible. My stomach felt off and I felt like I had to take a huge poo.
That’s where mentally I tapped out and called it a day after 20 mins.
Am I disappointed? Kind of. Ok, yes I’m really disappointed with myself.
I always tell others that “any running, regardless of the speed, is better than no running” so today I’m going to listen to my own advice.
She picked up a tick somewhere. Gross.
Surgery has been performed, and all is well with her perfect little face once again.
Enjoy your Sunday.
Friday, October 14, 2011
Usually I simply glaze it with maple syrup, but I wanted something asian’ish so I tapped into my cooking spidey senses and whipped up a pretty delicious marinade.
Orange juice, soy sauce, fresh ginger, fresh garlic, honey, salt and pepper.
I cut the salmon into fillets, threw them into a pan, covered with marinade, covered and put in the fridge for a couple hours.
During those couple of hours I actually went to spin class and had my ass handed to me. Good news was I was sitting beside I rather hot man clad in spandex, so I gav’er the entire class. Can’t look like an alice beside hot men in spandex!
To cook the fish, I simply transferred the fillets onto one of my Pampered Chef stoneware pans and broiled each side for about 5 mins.
The end result was some pretty kickass salmon.
A pretty delicious meal, if I must say so myself. Toot-toot!
…yep, I just tooted my own horn!
Thursday, October 13, 2011
This is what happens when there is not a lot of communication happening in the “what to procure” department of any particular household.
Ok, our household.
Too many apples. Too many bananas. Too many mushrooms.
One apple recipe. One banana recipe. One mushroom recipe.
Wednesday, October 12, 2011
That being said, I'm still suffering from post-turkey-guilt.
There is something almost refreshing about wiping my slate clean and starting fresh.
I made a batch of Carrot Apple Ginger Soup and a batch Chicken Divan loosely based on this recipe.
I've written many times about the overpriced cafeteria at my office. Despite being overpriced, her food is quite good. She makes both carrot soup and chicken divan and I can proudly say both of these recipes are BETTER than hers. I've never made my chicken divan with curry, so when I tasted hers I loved it. This week I'll have healthier versions of her food and save myself the $$.
I took yesterday as a rest day, so I'm itching to get back to the gym tonight.
I also plan to drink my weight in water.
How do you detox?
**I took pictures of my delicious soup, but the Blackberry network appears to be down world wide. I smell scandal**
Tuesday, October 11, 2011
It's my first year of university, and I looked like this:
It was one of our first nights out at the bar and I meet a boy named Mike. It turns out we are in the same program. We become fast friends.
Monday, October 10, 2011
Today I am thankful for many things.
But if I’m being 100% honest I’m especially thankful that my gym was open and that I could sweat out the turkey dinner(s) that I consumed yesterday.
Note: One of the invitees at dinner #2 is a pastry chef and brought 4 types of pie. I died. And tried all 4 of them.
I’m onto dinner #3 today. Give me strength. Hey, at least I have a bit of a calorie deficit to work with. Right? Riiiiiiiiiiight?
Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours.
Saturday, October 8, 2011
I’m not a great baker, mainly because I don’t measure things.
I’m starting to be known as the lame-o cousin who brings vegetables to family dinner.
In addition to my favourite shredded maple walnut brussels, I will be bringing this little masterpiece.
I saw this recipe for pumpkin muffins, added some cinnamon, nutmeg and chocolate chips and cooked in an an angel food cake pan.
And this is the recipe for the heavenly browned butter cream cheese glaze. I didn’t add all the sugar which kept it “glazey”.
Not bad for someone who sucks at baking eh?
Friday, October 7, 2011
I'm happy to say too that I didn't die cardio-wise so it makes me happy that all the spinning/running I've been doing has kept up my fitness level!
Thank god I didn't look like the dude in the white. Creeper.
Bad news: The score of the ball game. I feel like I got kicked in the junk this morning. Could A-Rod be any worse at baseball?
Thursday, October 6, 2011
Fact #2: I have a reallllllllllllllllllllly hard time excepting compliments regarding recent weight loss, I turn every color of red, and usually end up saying ridiculous things in return.
I saw my lady-laser-bit lady last night. She got all touchy feeling and was full of compliments regarding my recent weight loss. She sees me every 5 weeks, so apparently she really notices it. When I was laying on the table (naked from the waist down - spread eagle, hot eh?) she touched my stomach and gushed some more about how much I've lost.
Truth be told, I have felt pretty svelte of late.
But sadly, when I look in the mirror that's not the first thing I see. What I do see, is my pootch. Sometimes I pick it up, and make it talk. "Hello, I'm Amy's flab"
Every part of my body is getting smaller. Every part of my body is getting toned. Except that blasted pootch. I've been living with this pootch for the better part of 7 years now, so I know there are no amount of crunches that will make it go away.
Even at my teeny-tiniest, the beloved pootch was still present.
I'm not exactly sure what the intention of this post really is. Maybe it's that I like my body from the waist down. Maybe it's that I accept my body from the waist up. Maybe I'm seeking reassurance that I'm not the only one that picks up their pootch and makes it talk?
...or maybe it's just that I'm my own worst critic.
It's all about perception baby.
Wednesday, October 5, 2011
Amy fun fact #2: I've been playing ball since I was about 7 I think. I wanted to play 3 pitch, but my Dad signed me up for hardball. I was the only girl on the team. I also thought that if I didn't move the bat it wouldn't count as a strike. Good thing my skill got progressively better over the years.
Tuesday, October 4, 2011
- Discovering Matt Beilis' version of Someone Like You on You Tube. Adele's version makes me want to drive my car over a bridge. This version is slightly less depressing, and his piano playing skills make me weak in the knees.
- Finding the perfect nail technician that does them exactly how I like them, and dosn't look at me like I'm a freak when I ask for them super short.- My second new pair of glasses that FINALLY came in. I like them.
Monday, October 3, 2011
I hosted an impromptu luncheon yesterday. I knew I wanted to serve some sort of soup and some sort of fancy grilled cheese.
Sounds easy enough, right? But throw a picky eater in there, and the menu options become somewhat minimal. (Love you April!)
I decided on this Baked Potato Soup and ABCD Sandwiches.
A = Avocado
B = Bacon
C = Cheddar
D = Dijon mustard
I even made the sandwiches using WHITE bread.
A perfect cool-day kind of meal shared with wonderful family.
You may recall, that I have started shaping the life of my godson by making him a Yankees fan by osmosis?
Yesterday, I started on his musical talents.
I think he's well on his way to growing up to be a well rounded young man.