Monthly Archives: March 2012

Hill Training and Eat Clean Pizza

Today was the first time I’ve run hills in a LONG time! And the first time I’ve ever done hills on a treadmill!

Feeling a little tired and sore from yesterday’s workout, I started out with a 1 mile warm-up at a nice comfy pace of 5.5 mph. After the warm-up it was time for the ‘hills’ so I jacked the treadmill up to an incline of 15 and gave’er for 1 minute – talk about tiring!! Then, after a 2 minute walk break, I did it all over again…and again…and again! I finished the workout off with another easy mile and 36 minutes later, I was done! Woo Hoo! Time to get out and enjoy the gorgeous weather!

So after a few hours on the back deck finishing Catching Fire (the second book in the Hunger Games trilogy), it was time to head inside and get started on tonight’s dinner, Eat Clean Spinach and Turkey Sausage Pizza.

So, with the help of my assistant, I get at it!


We stared out sautéing up some turkey sausage that I took out of the casing broke into little chunks.


Then sautéed some spinach in a little olive oil and garlic.

After that,I rolled out the pizza dough that I picked up at our local Nino Da’Versa Bakery.


And added the toppings: 1 cup of diced tomatoes (drained), 6 ounces of sautéed spinach, the 2 sautéed turkey sausage and 3/4 cup of grated mozzarella cheese.


And tossed it in the oven (on the bottom rack) at 450. 20 minutes later it was ready to eat.


Oops, forgot to take the picture before I cut it up and started to serve it! I’m such a rookie!

The pizza was delicious! The recipe was super easy to follow and took very little time to prepare, and there are leftovers for lunch tomorrow…my kinda meal! The only problem was that some of the crust stuck to the pizza stone – I guess I should have greased it or something???

I’ve come to the realization that cooking isn’t so bad if you have time and are prepared. Stay tuned for tomorrows dinner…Eat Clean Tropical Chicken Tacos….Yummo!

What are your favorite Eat Clean recipes? I’m looking for new ideas, so please do share 🙂





Skinny Jeans Challenge – Day 1

Today marks the beginning of the Skinny Jeans Challenge at my local gym.

The Skinny Jeans Challenge is a 14 week program involving pre and post challenge assessments (weight, measurements, strength, flexibility, and endurance tests), 2 personal training sessions a week, a challenge success journal, weekly weigh-ins, weekly healthy recipes, motivational emails, and 24 hour email support from the trainer.

At the end of the 14 weeks, prizes will be awarded for highest percentage of weight loss, highest percentage of inches lost, largest percentage of increase in number of push-ups completed, largest increase in percentage of length of plank time completed, and most number of workouts. I have no idea what the prizes are, but I LOOOOOVE prizes!

Before we started today’s workout, I had baseline measurements taken. Despite being only 5 pounds from my pre-pregnancy weight, I am so far off in terms of body composition it’s scary! Having my measurements taken was a real eye opener, and definitely serves as a motivator for me to start eating healthier!

I’ve never done personal training before, and I’d have to say it was awesome! Today’s workout was fun and challenging. I can honestly say that if I did that same workout in my own, I would have definitely slacked off, maybe even quit before finishing. Kari (the personal trainer) is super motivating and made sure everyone (there were 5 of us) had a great workout despite varying levels of fitness.

Another part of the Challenge is keeping a food and exercise journal. Writing down what you eat definitely makes you more aware and accountable, but having to show your journal to someone else, wow, holy motivator! I definitely thought about what I put in my mouth today, and I actually sat down and planned healthy meals for the whole week. Tonight’s dinner- pork tenderloin, asparagus and sweet potatoes, and let me tell you, it was super yummy! Looking forward to leftovers for lunch tomorrow….that’s if my husband doesn’t get to it first!

So, ya, that’s the Skinny Jeans Challenge. I’m very much looking forward to Friday’s workout and a week of healthy eating! Stay tuned for weekly updates!

Motivational Monday! Do You Have UMPH?

Desperately. Need. Sleep.

On the topic of Happier and Healthier, I need to discuss the issue of sleep, or lack of!

It’s been just over 10 weeks since I have had a decent nights sleep (also just over 10 weeks since Tanner was born), and it’s finally starting to take it’s toll on me! Don’t get me wrong, Tanner has made some huge progress in the sleep department in the last little while, but we still have such a long way to go!

For the first few weeks Tanner was sleeping in our room and the transition to his crib took a while. He really didn’t seem to like to lie on his back or to be swaddled, but we forced the swaddle and put him in his crib in the bouncy chair. This worked great until he started to squirm a lot and I got worried he might slide out the bottom. 🙂 Again, after several days/weeks, we managed to get him to sleep in the crib – in the bassinet the – yay, progress! Well, the squirmy little guy is now outgrowing the bassinet and the challenge continues as we work on having him sleep just in his crib.

Seriously, this seems crazy to me, especially since my daughter slept in her crib from the time she was 3 days old! She was also sleeping through the night by 9 weeks.

Is it just a boy thing, or what?

Throughout this whole process, Tanner has continued to wake up on average every two hours through the night. Which, as many of you know from experience, totally sucks! It wouldn’t be so bad if I could just fall asleep right away after feeding him, but most nights I’m up from at least one feeding to the next, trying to fall asleep. Brutal!

Since Tanner’s one month Well Baby check, the doctor has said he does not need to be eating so often in the night…the little chunk weighted just over 10 pounds – a gain of almost 3 pounds in one month! Most babies go longer between feeding at night…not this guy! He goes a solid 4 hours during the day, but no such thing at night 😦 At only 4 weeks old, I was not too comfortable (and I’m still not) with letting him cry it out. For one, I think he’s still a bit too young, and two, I don’t want him to wake up my daughter.

So, we are off to the doctor again on Tuesday, and sadly I will have to report no progress on sleeping through the night 😦 At this point I’m pretty sure Tanner is not hungry every two hours – or maybe he is? I’m exclusively breast feeding him, so maybe he is not getting enough? I really just think its a comfort thing, and that he has trouble getting himself back to sleep once he wakes up.

So, here’s what I’ve tried so far to get him to sleep longer.

1. Swaddling

2. Cluster feeding

3. Top up with bottle of before bed – he does not like the bottle, but has been better the past few nights

4. Comforting him (rather than feeding him right away) when he wakes up if it has not been 4 hours since his last feeding

5. Sticking to a bedtime routine – bath, story with Ryan, feeding, bed.

6. Reading The Baby Whisperer – hoping for some good tips from there!

It seems like just as Tanner is making some progress, he hits a growth spurt and we’re back at square one!

So, I’m looking for suggestions, tips, tricks…anything you can share to help us get a good nights sleep. What worked for you? I’m all ears!

Chocolate Milk…The Ultimate Recovery Drink???

This morning kids and I headed over to the gym so I could jump on the treadmill and get this weeks long run out of the way. My schedule called for 7 miles again this week, and I’m happy to say I finished it 3 minutes faster than last week.

Maybe it has something to do with all the chocolate milk I drink. I’ve always loved chocolate milk, but often felt guilty about drinking it since its so high in sugar compared to white milk.

Lucky for me, lately all of the rage has been about chocolate milk being the perfect post workout drink. There are posters are all over the gym promoting it, so its gotta be true, right?

Well, just why is chocolate milk so great? According to the website (the maker of the posters plastered all over the gym), chocolate milk “prepares your body for tomorrows workout today”. How you ask? Well there are 4 main reasons:

1. It helps to replace fluids – fluid loss (dehydration) has a major effect on performance. Dehydration of just 2% (of your body weight) can decrease your performance by up to 10%. Yikes! Since chocolate milk has a high water content it helps replace fluids lost due to sweating, thereby, helping prevent dehydration.

2.It replenishes electrolytes lost during exercise – the more you sweat, the more electrolytes you lose. Since chocolate milk naturally contains sodium and potassium it replaces key electrolytes lost when exercise lasts more than one hour.

3. It helps replace glycogen stores – glycogen is the stored form of glucose, it is also the energy source most often used for exercise. Depleted glycogen stores results in the build up of lactic acid and a decrease in performance. Drinking chocolate milk within 30 minutes of your workout helps replenish glycogen stores, thereby, improving your performance the next day.

4.It helps build and repair muscles– during intense exercise, muscles get small tears in them. Chocolate milk contains protein which helps repair these micro-tears and promotes muscle growth.

So, there you have it! Chocolate milk not only tastes good, its good for you! You know what I say to that….Drink up!

Oh How I Love the Tricky Mile!

So, as you know, I’m currently training for the Toronto Women’s Half Marathon on May 27th. This will be my 5th Half Marathon (I’ve also done 1 Full Marathon), but it’s been about 3 years since I’ve actually trained for a run. Before having kids I was doing one, maybe 2, ‘big’ races a year, along with a 5 or 10 km race here or there.

Every time I have ever trained for a big run I’ve always measured my distances in kilometers, but this time, since I’ve only done treadmill runs to date, I have been measuring distances in miles. And I must say, I totally love it!

Focusing on miles means that instead of doing a long run of 11 kilometers, I only have to run 7 miles. Instead of running 6km every thursday, I only have to run 4 miles! I know that it’s the same distance (or very close to it) in the end, but the fact that the number is smaller, is totally working for me.

My last long run was 7 miles and as I said in my “Take That, Long Run!” post, it was a great run! After I finished the run, I kept thinking how awesome it was that I had just run more than half the actual race distance (13.1 miles) and felt great! I said to myself, I can totally do 13.1 miles! No problem!

Now, let’s look at that run from the perspective of kilometers. I ran 11 km – still more than half of the total race distance of 21.1 km – and it still felt great. But to say to myself I have to run 21.1 kilometers on race day, to think that this run was 10 kilometers less than that distance, well, that just seems so far…so painful, so unachievable! I know it totally doesn’t make sense, but it’s working for me!

So, I’m going to stick with it! I going to focus on the fact that I’m only 5.1 miles shy of race distance, with 10 weeks of training to go. I going to focus on the fact that 13.1 miles seems doable! I’m going to use this trickery to my advantage, I’m going to focus on the fact that I have run 56 miles to date in my training – which is actually 89.6 kilometers – now that’s FAR!!

And, today, I’m going to focus on the fact that tomorrow is a rest day! Woo Hoo!

Holy Hungry!

Ok, so I’m just going to start off by saying once again how much I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE BodyAttack! It seriously has to be one of the most intense and fun group exercise classes I’ve ever been to. This morning I decided to wear my heart rate monitor to see how many calories I actually burn during the 55 minute class – the result – 887 calories!

So, does burning this many calories by 10:30 in the morning cause everyone to eat like a horse for the rest of the day, or just me? No matter what I ate today, it just didn’t seem to be enough.

Breakfast – oatmeal pancake, oj


Snack – 1cup of grapes, 1/4 cup of mixed nuts

Lunch – 1 cup of butternut squash soup, 1/2 can of tuna, 3 riveta crackers, and a large glass of chocolate milk


Snack – 1 Kashi fruit and grain bar (chocolate covered with peanuts), a large glass of oj, banana

Snack – 1 hard boiled egg, 2 pieces of cheese

4km walk with kids in stroller

Dinner – 1 black bean and corn quesadilla, large glass of skim milk,

Snack – sweet chili rice chips – 2 servings, 2 large glasses of oj

And, it’s 10pm and I’m doing all I can to not eat and drink more! Seriously, this is crazy! I’d hate to see how many calories I actually consumed today! I don’t think the food is actually too bad, but the number of calories I drank today, well, that’s a different story. Definitely more than I burned at BodyAttack! I really need to work on drinking more water, that’s for sure!

Let’s hope tomorrow’s 4 mile run doesn’t cause a repeat of today’s pig-out fest!

Ok, time to follow up on de-clutter mission #2. This weeks project was to clean out the storage closet in our basement bathroom. It was mostly full of boxes and boxes of baby girl clothes, and since we just has a little boy, it’s time to pass them along. Apparently there was a bunch of other junk in there too!

















So, I cleared out all of the baby clothes, washed them and sorted them into boxes by size.






Now, I just need to get them out of our house! As for the other junk, a few things to Goodwill and the rest is garbage.

Isn’t it Crazy…in only 10 days I’ve managed to clean up both my car and our storage closet, two things I’ve wanted to do for a while now, but never found the time. Accountability is sure a great motivator!