Yesterday I woke up, made some peanut butter and honey kamut toast, chugged some coffee and leashed up the girls for a fun 5-mile snowy run with Shaun and our friends Rich, Steph and Keira.
Then I dropped off the dogs at home, changed into yoga clothes, ate a banana, grabbed my swim bag and yoga mat and headed to the gym.
Ninety minutes of yoga later (and following a quick snack) we were in the weight room running through our Ironman weight circuit and doing core work.
And as if that wasn't enough, then we hopped into the pool for 1,000 meters. We started with 10 minutes of vertical kicking, then did some laps focusing on kicking drills, and I wrapped things up with 5x100 of various strokes.
I celebrated my super day of exercise with dinner. A gluten-free, corn-free, dairy-free, alcohol-free, meat-free one of course. Wild rice and fried eggs it was! And man, it was tasty.
It feels good to be fit, doesn't it?
Last night, Shaun and I wanted to go out for dinner but I wanted something that would appeal to my cleanse. Almost immediately, Noorish came to mind and Shaun agreed to give it a go with me!
We started with drinks. I decided on the Gratitude to Greens Elixir, which was made with nettle tea, parsley, orange juice, ginger, kale, lime, agave, blue green algae and vitamineral greens. It tasted exactly as I expected it to and was very satisfying. Shaun had the Noorish-Mint Dream and holy wow, was it delicious! It was made with homemade cashew cream, coconut milk powder, holy basil tincture, ahwagandha tincture, honey, milky oat seed, vanilla stevia, vanilla bean powder and dream tea blend consisting of chamomile, passionflower, skull cap, lemon balm and peppermint.
For our meals, I had the Laughing Buddha's Belly Bowl. It consisted of a bed of quinoa with a rich green coconut curry sauce and included bell pepper, eggplant, onion, carrot, zucchini, basil, toasted almonds, cilantro and lime. I loved the flavor combination and was pleasantly surprised with how filling this dish was. I can't wait to replicate this at home. Shaun decided on the Pacha Mama's Mac 'n Cheese. This consisted of macaroni noodles topped with cashew cream and baked quinoa. A kale salad with cabbage, carrots and hemp seed dressing complimented the dish.
Overall, the atmosphere at Noorish was very quaint and cozy and as luck would have it, featured live music last night. All donations to the musicians went to a local charity, which I thought was pretty neat. The service was good and we enjoyed chatting with our waitress as we paid our bill.
This morning we were back in the saddle for the first spin of 2013. Our coach, Rich, told us it would be a mild workout. Nearly 90 minutes later, he admitted it probably looked easier on paper and was certainly more in the hard category. <insert sigh of relief as my HR was through the roof>
I purposefully left my HR monitor at home as I just wanted to get my legs moving again and not necessarily worry about what zone I was in. It'll be back in the mix for Tuesday, but man did it feel good to get in a good sweat with loud music, good friends and hot coffee awaiting me afterwards.
After spin, we ran to the market for some staples: apples, carrots and olives for me and grass-fed steaks and chicken sausage for Shaun. We decided to grab lunch at The Pourhouse and I tried my first-ever veggie hotdog topped with mushrooms, peppers, onions and garlic aioli.
The verdict? It was good. Definitely no taste reminiscent of a hot dog, but it was fresh and filling. I don't think this was a gluten-free bun though so I lost some cleanse points on that one.
Now it's time for hot showers and errands. Apparently the dogs need to eat something other than rice, gravy or extra meat, i.e. we're out of food for them. We're also going to grab some new yoga mats, select paint samples and possibly get our fish tank assembled. Saturday for the win!
Hope you're having a wonderful weekend thus far!
If there are two things that make me happy in life, it's food and exercise. Bet you thought I was going to say Shaun and the pups, eh? Well, let's make it four then.
I just want to run and shout from the hilltops how happy I am with my life from an exercise point of view right now. Our crazy cycling classes start this Saturday, which also means my runs are about to begin since we go before our Tuesday night class and after our Saturday morning classes. In addition to yoga at the bike shop twice a week, I am also attending sattva-style yoga classes at The Yoga Loft per the recommendation of a new friend. Last night was my first class, and I thoroughly enjoyed the challenging sequence and meditation at the end of class. I also very much appreciated that in addition to one teacher leading the class, another was present to correct posture, etc. That was very helpful to me and I'm looking forward to not only the strength and flexibility that I will gain from yoga, but also the stress management it provides for me. When I got home from yoga, a Ironman swim training plan was awaiting me and I'm meeting another friend this weekend to lock-in our weight training schedule. It's a lot to think about and manage, especially once I begin working, but I'm really excited about it all. It's been a long time coming.
Like every good American - well, I should now say Canadian, eh? - I started 2013 off with a cleanse. In this cleanse, a group of us are eliminating the following for two weeks: alcohol, dairy, gluten, corn, sugar, meat and caffeine. Actually, I have elected to keep my one cup of coffee each morning but everything else I am onboard with. It's only been two days so far, but I've enjoyed the challenge and am not finding it terribly difficult to make a good meal out of the remaining food items. But I do miss being able to just pour myself a glass of wine or open a beer if I'd like. Here's a sample of what I ate yesterday:
Breakfast: one cup of coffee + a larabar
Lunch: three spinach pancakes (mmm...yum!)
Snack: carrot-apple-ginger juice
Dinner: thai coconut soup + two slices of kamut toast w/earth balance
In Other News
My cousin sent me the most hilariously awesome Pittsburgh-themed Christmas card and gift. See?
What changes have you made to your exercise and eating habits for 2013?
Reflecting back upon 2012, I would say that I was 50% successful with my goals. While not an excuse, moving to Canada really threw things for a loop so I'm hopeful I'll have better luck in 2013.
1. Get (and stay) healthy. This is a continuation from 2012 and one that I think will always be on my list. I need to continue prioritizing my health, because without that I have nothing. In addition to seeking out some great new doctors and working closely with them, I am hopeful my increased exercise and clean eating will compliment this goal well.
2. Find a new job that I love and enjoy. Now that we're completely settled, I can't wait to get back to a work environment where I am busy, challenged and motivated by great colleagues.
3. Live in the moment. I have found this to be such a fleeting experience that I am going to keep it as a goal in 2013. I am a Type A planner to a T, but there is something so liberating about breaking routine to enjoy life. I encourage you all to give it a try.
4. Plan a date night once a month. While Shaun and I have no trouble going out for dinner, it's rare that we put a lot of time or effort into an evening. Striving for one good, unique and exciting date night per month will be lots of fun for us as a couple.
5. Complete my first Half Ironman. I am registered and ready to do this. Bring it on!
6. Save more money. Again, another goal that will always be on the list. This is about being aware of where we are spending money and doing what we can to save for our future.
7. Get back to peak physical shape. This will undoubtedly happen with the training plan I have in place and some great new friends that I've met here. It won't be easy, but it will be awesome.
8. Experience more outdoor activities and really embrace Edmonton. The key to living in Edmonton must be getting outdoors. There are so many new-to-me sports and activities here that I can't wait to step outside of my comfort zone to experience.
9. Learn to stop on ice like hockey players do. Dear Oilers, please pity me and teach me this.
10. Travel at any given opportunity, especially locally. And by locally, I mean within Canada, the Pacific Northwest and Alaska. There is so much to see, explore and appreciate.
What are your big goals in 2013? Do we have any in common?
It's amazing to look back on 2012 and see all of the fun and crazy things that were part of this life-changing year. I was beyond blessed to not have any true tragedies in my personal life, so I would say that 2012 was one of the best years yet. I can only pray that 2013 will treat us just as well.