Monthly Archives: May 2012

Three Things Thursday!

This weeks three random things are…

  1. We are attempting to grow a “garden”. We’ve planted a bunch of veggies in pots and planters on our deck in hopes of eating some home grown vegetables this summer. We’ve decided to start small since we have absolutely no idea what we are doing! Here’s what we’ve planted…

    Fresh Herb Pot – including Basil, Parsley, Oregano, Thyme, and Cherry Tomatoes


    Peppers – Sweet Heat, Habanero, and Sweet Orange


    A Lettuce Basket with a bunch of different types of lettuce


    Beefmaster Tomatos


    Onions and Cucumbers


    And Cauliflower


    If you have any tips on how to grow a successful veggie garden, I’m all ears!

  2. Tomorrow is the beginning of the Green Smoothie Challenge hosted by Amanda over at Run to the Finish. The challenge is to drink one green smoothie a day for the month of June. Since this ties in so well with my Clean Eating Challenge, I figured it might be kinda fun. I’ve never had a green monster before! I’ve already planned out tomorrow smoothie…I’m going with the Easy First Time Monster (also posted by Amanda), it’s suppose to be so yummy you’d never know there was spinach in there…I will let you know how it goes! Since I plan on having it for breakfast, I’m going to add a scoop of protein powder so it holds me over til lunch.
  3. I’m absolutely loving my Trigger Point Foam Roller. Its like having a daily massage! I picked it up last week and have been using it regularly since Sunday’s half marathon. I’ve managed to work out all the knots that lingered after the race and now I’m pretty much just using it as a stretching aid and to work out any kinks that pop up! I love that it has bumps and ridges to really dig into those muscles!


Clean Eating Challenge: Day 9

Wednesday, May 30
Day 9






Breakfast – Plain Oatmeal Pancake with Maple Syrup

Oatmeal pancakes are a quick, easy and nutritious breakfast. They are also high in protein, keeping you fuller, longer. Here is my oatmeal pancake recipe – I’ve changed it up a bit lately, and since I’m eating clean, I’m skipping the chocolate chips and topping it with fresh fruit instead – although today I used 1 tbsp of pure maple syrup.

1/2 cup quick cook oats
1/2 cup egg whites
1 tbsp agave nectar
1 tsp cinnamon

Mix it all together, and cook it up like a regular pancake.


Morning Snack – 2 Eat Clean Caramel Coconut Chewy Bars As I popped in at home to change after team teaching BodyAttack and before heading back to the gym for my Skinny Jeans Workout, I needed something sweet. I grabbed them out of the freezer and ate them immediately…they were so good!

Lunch – Open Faced (not because I wanted to, but because we only had one slice of bread!) Peanut Butter and Banana Sandwich


Dinner – Pork Tenderloin, Corn on the Cob and Asparagus. Asparagus has to be one of my favourite veggies, especially when grilled on the BBQ. I like to mist it with olive oil, add some salt and pepper and let it sit for about 15 minutes before grilling. Yummo!


Evening Snack – Eat Clean Lucky Ginger Spice Cookies – seeing as I ate the last of the Chia Seed Peanut Butter Cookies, I needed a new treat. These cookies were very easy to make and are delicious! recipe comes from

1/4 c Olivina Margarine
1/2 c Sucanat
1/4 c molasses
3 large egg whites
1 1/4 c all-purpose flour
1/3 c Whole wheat pastry flour
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp cinnamon
Pinch of ground cloves
1/8 tsp ginger
Pinch of ground nutmeg

1. Preheat oven to 350. Prepare baking sheet with parchment paper or Silpat.

2. In a medium sized mixing bowl, beat margarine until smooth. Add Sucanat and molasses and mix well. Add egg whites and mix until batter is creamy in texture.

3. Combine all dry ingredients in a separate bowl.

4. Add dry ingredients to wet and stir until well blended. Drop large spoonfuls of dough onto cookie sheets. Bake for 12-15 minutes.


Water Consumption:
9 glasses

7 hours. Tanner slept through the night again…unfortunately Ryan decided to come into our room at 5:30 this morning 😦 Definitely need to get that figured out! Any suggestions?

Clean Eating Challenge: Day 8

Tuesday, May 29
Day 8






Breakfast – Plain Oatmeal Pancake with Fresh Strawberries


Morning Snack – Starbucks Strawberry Protein Smoothie


Lunch -Starbucks Protein Bistro Box


Afternoon Snack – 1 cup of Grapes and 6 Almond Clusters


Afternoon Snack #2 – 2 Chia Seed Peanut Butter Cookies


Dinner – Supperworks Black Bean and Brown Rice Wrap


Evening Snack – 2 Chia Seed Peanut Butter Cookies

Water Consumption:
9 glasses

8 hours 🙂 Tanner slept through the night AGAIN!! He’s the best!

Toronto Women’s Half Marathon – Race Recap


Sunday’s Half Marathon was my first race since running the Scotiabank Marathon in 2007. After having my second baby in January, I decided I needed a little motivation to get back in shape and though it would be fun? to get back into running. So, I texted my sister and asked her if she wanted to do a half marathon with me. She said yes! That day, we signed up for the Toronto Women’s Half Marathon.

And, on March 5th, I went for my first run in a VERY long time. It felt great, I was so excited to be running again, and was super pumped to have a race planned. Thirteen weeks of training all worked out…3 runs a week, one long, one interval, and one plain ole run. Throw in a few BodyAttack classes each week as cross training and I was all set to go!

Well, after signing up to take my BodyAttack Instructor Course and making that a priority, I soon was down to running only once or twice a week. I also ended up missing a few of the long runs towards the end my my training. Both of which are not so great when your race goal is sub 2 hours.

So, about 3 weeks away from the race, knowing there wasn’t much of a chance of me finishing the half in under 2 hours, I decided I would run this race with my sister Cathy and try to help her reach her goal of a sub 2:30 half. I was super excited to be running with my sister, because, although we have ran many races together, we’ve never actually ran together in a race.

Race Day Preparation

Because it had been forever since I’d last ran a race, my Garmin was dead, super dead, like not even chargeable dead! I had done most of my training runs just using the fitness app on my iPod, but I wanted more info about my running on race day, and figured if I was going to get back into it, I needed a watch. Hehehe! So, after humming and hawing, I decided I would treat myself to a new Garmin.

Four days before the race I picked up a Garmin 410 from Costco. After charging it up, I went for a run and played around with it a little in hopes of figuring it out before race day.


It took my a while, but I finally figured it out and was totally shocked at all the info it gathered during my run! I LOVE my GARMIN 410!

In the spirit of Carb Loading we had my sister and her family over for a pasta dinner the night before the race. I made a delicious recipe – Eat Clean Sausage and Pepper Penne from Clean Eating Classic Comfort Foods 2012.


It was awesome! The recipe made enough to feed 7 of us, and the guys even had seconds. It took a lot of time to make, but was definitely worth it! So good!

After shooing everyone out around 9pm, I was time to get my stuff together for the morning.


Race Day

I set my alarm for 6:00 am since my sister, brother-in-law (Rory) and nephew (Jack) were coming to pick me up at 6:45. I grabbed a quick shower, got dressed, made a yummo oatmeal pancake, and it was time to go! Despite having a great sleep, my brother-in-laws first comment upon seeing me was “wow, she looks tired!” Yikes!

The boys dropped us off at Sunnybrook Park so Cathy and I had a bit of time to visit with some friends, pee, and stretch before the race. An hour and a bit later, and I’m still looking pretty tired!!


There were over 1150 women running this years race. We were divided into three groups according to finishing time. Cathy and I started in coral 2.

The gun went off to start the race at exactly 8:00, and the first group of runner (the fast ones) we’re off!


3 minutes later, our gun sounded and we were off! Our plan was to run a mile then take a one minute rest break for water and eventually cliff energy gels.

I was surprised at how jam packed the first bit of the course was. Off and on for the first kilometer or so we were running on a narrow path, shoulder to shoulder about 8 wide. It was awful! Cathy and I struggled to find our pace and get in our groove, but eventually we started running for the gaps and things got better. It wasn’t until the 3K point where the group started to spread out a bit and we were able to run our pace and not feel like we were going to get trampled on!

The next 5K went pretty well and things looked good for a 2:30 finish!

Rory and Jack were waiting to cheer us on at about the 9km mark, it was great to see them and even better that they snapped a picture of us in action!


Up to this point we had been sticking to the mile and one plan, but the clouds started to disperse and it got hot! From about the 2 hour mark on, ended up walking more often, which resulted in our muscles having a chance to tighten up, which caused more walking, and it sort of became a viscous cycle!


We didn’t really got back into a groove again, but managed to pull it out for the final 400m and run in strong to the finish line!


Woohoo! 21.1km DONE!


And don’t you just LOVE the bling! Yep, that necklace was the finishing ‘medal’! Cool, eh!

We finished in 2:40, which was a bit longer than we had hoped, but all things considered, not a bad run! We’re already trying to decide what our fall half marathon will be!

Here is the breakdown of our run, straight from my Garmin!


I love that thing! Can you believe the detail?

Clean Eating Challenge: Day 7

Monday, May 28
Day 7






Breakfast – Chocolate Banana Smoothie oops, forgot to take a picture! I was in a rush so I just threw in a banana, a cup of soy chocolate milk, 1/2 cup of Greek yogurt and 2 tbsp of ground flax. Yummo!

Morning Snack – 2 Chia Seed Peanut Butter Cookies Time to make another treat, this one is almost gone! Will definitely be making these again!


Lunch – leftover Sausage and Pepper Penne

Afternoon Snack – 2 Chia Seed Peanut Butter Cookies

Dinner – Supperworks M Jack Quesadilla After dropping the first one as I tried to flip it in the oven, I tried again, this time heating it up in the frying pan…and I burnt it! Oh well, nothing a little salsa can’t fix!


Water Consumption:
8 glasses

7 hours uninterrupted…Tanner slept through the night! Woohoo!

Motivational Monday – Getting Past That Not-So-Great Race

So, yesterday was Race Day (which I will tell you all about in another post), and although things didn’t go exactly as planned, my sister Cathy and I need to be proud of what we accomplished!

Despite the fact that we did not reach our goal time of 2:30, we came pretty close. Running a 2:40 Half Marathon is awesome!

Let’s face it, everyone has bad races, the trick is to not get caught up in it!

We’re already talking about what to race next!

Because as tough as it was…

Because as much as it hurt…


We are Runners!

Clean Eating Challenge: Day 6

20120527-215341.jpg Sunday May 27
Day 6 







Breakfast – Oatmeal Pancake with Chocolate Chips

Post Race Snack – Breakfast Pita and a Banana, 2 Chia Seed Peanut Butter Cookies

Lunch – Nachos

Afternoon Snack – This afternoon we went over to my sisters house to chill in the backyard and have a few post-race Coronas. We also had a few snacks too…Bits and Bites, Cucumber and Baby Carrots with Veggie Dip Here is a picture of me enjoying my first of 3 Coronas!


Dinner – 4 Mint Oreo cookies and a Coke Brutal! After eating all that crap and drinking a few beers, I really didn’t feel much like eating dinner!

Water Consumption:
8 glasses

7 hours, almost uninterrupted as my husband got up with our son in the night…such a treat!

So ya, today was NOT a clean eating day AT ALL, but when I started this challenge, I knew that today – race day- would be my only cheat day in all of the 40 day challenge. I definitely had my fill of non-clean foods, and I’m actually really looking forward to getting back on track tomorrow…and so is my stomach! Isn’t is crazy how quickly out body adjusts to eating clean, and then how much it punishes us when we don’t! I’m feeling like total crap this evening…tired (I’m guessing that’s because I ran 13 miles – 21,1 kilometers – today), full, bloated…just plain yuck, and I know it’s because I ate like crap today.

I’m sooo looking forward to getting back on my 40 Day Clean Eating Challenge tomorrow!

How is YOUR Clean Eating Challenge going?

Clean Eating Challenge – Day 5

20120527-210048.jpgSaturday, May 26
Day 5







Breakfast – leftover Clean Eating Waffles – pop them in the toaster and you’re good to go!

Morning Snack – 2 Chai Seed Peanut Butter Cookies


Lunch – after a busy morning out and about buying planks for out ‘veggie garden’ we had lunch at a local Mexican restaurant called Made in Mexico. If you live in the Newmarket Area, you should definitely eat here – its delicious! Trying to stick to my clean eating challenge, I opted for a Chicken Taco Salad….yummo! And to keep it clean, I didn’t eat the deep crisped bowl 🙂


Afternoon Snack – 2 Chai Seed Peanut Butter Cookies

Dinner – Eat Clean Sausage And Pepper Penne (from Clean Eating Comfort Foods 2012)


Evening Snack – 2 Eat Clean Caramel Coconut Chewy Bars


Water Consumption:
10 glasses

7 hours

A Few Last Words Before Race Day!

So, tomorrow is THE BIG DAY! My first race since running my first (and only) marathon in September of 2007! I’m super excited…and a little nervous!

Originally I was training to run this race is under 2 hours – which would have been a PB for me…but, things got in the way and I did not get in as much running as I had hoped. That being said, the training I did do has more than prepared me for tomorrow’s run….but, a few weeks ago I decide to to change my whole race perspective and run with my sister to help her reach her goal of a sub 2:30 half. You see, my sister Cathy has trained really hard for this race (you can read all about it on her blog) and has SERIOUSLY improved in her running, but she still lacks a bit of the mental toughness required to compete a 21.1km race. She, (like pretty much everyone else) always runs better with someone…she just needs a little push sometimes, someone to get her running again after her one minute drink break towards the end of the race, someone to make her run up every hill, someone to distract her with mindless chatter…enter ME! I am super excited to run with my sister, we have done many races together, but have never actually run together. It’s going to be awesome!

So, here’s a little something to keep us both going as my sister I run the Toronto Women’s Half Marathon tomorrow…


So, that’s it. Everything we have worked so hard for comes down to tomorrow. We’re ready! We can do this! We will reach our goal of a sub 2:30 half marathon!

Clean Eating Challenge – Day 4


Friday, May 25, 2012
Day 4




Breakfast – Clean Eating Waffles – My daughter absolutely LOVES pancakes, but this morning I didn’t have the ingredients necessary to make our usual Eat Clean Cottage Cheese Pancakes, so I poked around online and came across this recipe by The Gracious Pantry. These waffles were not only super easy to make, but really yummy and filling! We loaded ours up with fresh berries…de-lish! And as a bonus…we have leftovers to pop in the toaster for breakfast tomorrow!


Lunch – straight from the freezer to the oven…Eat Clean Chicken, Spinach and Ricotta Quesadilla. Quick and yummy!


Afternoon Snack – Chia Seed Peanut Butter Cookies – While the kids were napping I spent some ‘quality time’ on Pinterest…found a cookie recipe that used chia seeds and since I picked some up last week – and had no idea how to use them – I thought I’d give these cookies a try! So, Ryan and I whipped these up after her nap this afternoon. They are sooo good, and HEALTHY.


Dinner – Pork Tenderloin, Corn on the Cob and Grilled Asparagus – Seriously, does I get any better than that!


Evening Snack – 2 more Chia Seed Peanut Butter Cookies – At only 162 calories for TWO cookies, how can you resist!

Water Consumption:
8 glasses

7.5 hours, minus about a half hour to feed Tanner at 4:10 am