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Clean Eating Challenge: Day 37

20120628-122520.jpgWednesday, June 27
Day 37




Breakfast – another Chocolate Banana Green Smoothie! Yep, it’s that good!


Lunch – 1/2 Grilled Chicken Breast, slice of Cheddar Cheese, a Hard Boiled Egg, Grape Tomatoes, Snap Peas and a tbsp Hummus


Dinner – 100% Pure Beef Sirloin Burger on a Red Pepper Thin Bun


Water Consumption:
8 glasses

8.5 hours!

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?

Motivational Monday! Have You Ever Had a Bad Day?

We’ve all been there.

You know what I’m talking about.

Totally losing control of our healthy eating habits.

Well, this weekend was a bit of a calorie overdose for me. And unfortunately, the scale totally reflected that at this weeks weigh-in.

But, I’m not going to beat myself up over it. I’m going to move on. Leave it behind. And get back on track.

I’m going to Eat Clean!

I’m going to exercise daily!

I’m going to show that scale who’s boss!

The Bad. The Better. The Best.

The Bad.

Monday is weigh-in day for the Skinny Jeans Challenge. YIKES! This weekend I consumed WAY TOO CALORIES! Although I didn’t actually eat too bad, I pretty much drank a whole case of Corona…maybe even a bit more!

The Better.

Although nowhere near caloric balance, I at least did a bit of exercise this weekend a burned a few calories.

Friday morning before my personal training session, I hopped on the treadmill and did this weeks ‘long run’ – a race pace 5k – and to my surprise, I did it in only 28 minutes 🙂

Right after that I had my training session where we did another new workout. This weeks focus was supersets. After a quick warm-up, we did 3 sets of each superset: Belgian split squats and push-ups, bent over rows and deadlifts, and double crunches and plank pull-ins. We finished up with a cardio blast and called it a day!

I also played a game of hockey Friday night and two on Saturday, which, again, didn’t burn many calories, it was at least exercise!

And lastly, in keeping with my 100 push-up challenge, I did workout 3 of week 1 (a total of 42 push ups) on Saturday afternoon. The best part was that my roomies did the workout with me 🙂 – which is kinda funny because I totally thought these girls would have been more likely to make fun of me, rather than join in! It’s a good thing no one else came by, they would have for sure made fun of us!








A total calorie burn of only 903 calories all weekend. I guess it’s better than nothing!

The Best.

This weekend was awesome! I had so much fun hanging with my best girlfriends and playing some hockey, that the extra 2.2 pounds and lack of sleep was totally worth it! All I can say is, thank God we only do this once a year!!!

Thanks for the great weekend Crushers!

I Just Ate a Days Worth of Calories…


No joke! Today hasn’t been he greatest food day for me from the start.

Breakfast was an oatmeal pancake (with chocolate chips) and a glass of skim milk.

My morning snack, before hitting the gym for my Skinny Jeans Workout, was an Eat Clean Chocolate Hazelnut Crispy Square – which I whipped up this morning along with a pan of regular rice krispie squares (recipe to follow).

Lunch was a Turkey Chipotle Sandwich from Tim Horton’s.

Afternoon snack was another Eat Clean Chocolate Hazelnut Crispy Square.

Dinner was half of a McCains Ultra Thin Crust Chicken and Red Pepper Pizza.

Really, up to that point it wasn’t too bad, but 8 o’clock hit and I was crazy hungry. It was all down hill from there!

I started out with a few PC Mini Chocolate Eggs, which quickly turned into a small up full – about 300 calories!

And ANOTHER Eat Clean Chocolate Hazelnut Crispy Square – about 180 calories

Then I had a bowl of Red Pepper and Garlic Tostitos – about 220 calories

And then another bowl….another 220 calories

With a can of Coke – another 140 calories!


Yep, I’d say that’s close to a whole days calories in about an hour! Can you say DISGUSTING!!!

Back on track tomorrow….AGAIN!

Fun Friday!

Happy Friday everyone!

Originally Friday was a rest day for me in my training schedule, but not anymore (will write more about that soon)… Friday’s are now Skinny Jeans Challenge workouts with my personal trainer Kari. Today’s workout was great! It’s crazy how hard I work and how much I sweat in just 30 minutes!

Today we did another circuit style workout…a quick 2 minute warm-up and then right at it! 30 second bursts of 4 different exercises with no rest between exercises. Once all 4 exercises were done it was time for a quick water break, and I mean quick…only 1 minute! Back to it with a second and third set of those same exercises, with drink breaks between each set. After that we switched up the exercises and did it two more times. Crazy fast, crazy intense, crazy effective! I loved it!

Home from the gym to have some lunch – leftover Eat Clean Spinach and Turkey Sausage Pizza (see Hill Training and Eat Clean Pizza post for recipe) – put my daughter down for her nap, and spent some quality time working on getting my son to take a bottle…..SUCCESS!!!

My daughter Ryan is home with me in Thursdays and Fridays and we usually try to bake something at least one of those two days. So, after nap time it was time to make a yummy treat – Chocolate Chip Granola Bars. I followed a recipe that my friend Meagan posted on her blog Megified (you should check it out, she ‘cleans’ up some of your favorite recipes).

With our ingredients all set out, we were ready to go!


Add some ingredients and stir it up…

Almost done…

Pat it into the pan, and put it in the oven.


Yummy Chocolate Chip Granola Bars.

And not to bad for you either… 1/16 of the recipe is:

258 calories, 7 grams of fat, 46 grams of carbs, and 4 grams of protein.

Great for after a workout, or anytime! I might even have one mid-run tomorrow as I tackle another 7 miles 🙂

Making the Most of my ‘Cheat Day’

So it’s been one week since I started my journey towards a Happier, Healthier, More Fit Me, and I’d have to say that yesterday was one of my favourite days so far! My Cheat Day!

After hitting the gym for a 9:30am BodyAttack class, the rest of the day was spent having some quality family time. My husband, who has been working out-of-town for the past week, was finally able to join as we headed out for walk and to play at our neighbourhood park.

Since it was such a beautiful day, we decided to hit up Dairy Queen for a little ice cream afterwards. It just so happens that the Blizzard of the Month is Mint Oreo – my favourite! It’s a good thing I really, really, really enjoyed it, because when I looked up the nutritional information, it was pretty scary!

Total Calories – 680

Total Fat – 25 g

Sugar – 79 g

Protein – 13 g

All I can say about that is YIKES! Won’t be having one of those again for a while!

But, wait…it doesn’t end there! Just to give you a little background info, my husband is a bit of a pig! He doesn’t look like it, but he is! He’s the kind of guy who thinks everything is single serving – the pint of Hagen Dazs, the giant bag of potato chips…anything! I keep telling him that it’s going to catch up with him some day and that he’s lucky he has a very physically demanding job, but he doesn’t seem to care!

So, to finish off my cheat day, we had McDonald’s for dinner. And sadly, I enjoyed every bite of the 6 nuggets and medium fries, and every sip of the medium coke!

Total Calories: 990

Total Fat: 37 g

Sugar: 68 g

Holy unhealthy! Definitely won’t be eating there again for a while either!But, as disgusting as my cheat day was, I absolutely loved it! So yummy!

What are your thoughts on cheat days? I did a little digging around on the internet and found that most healthy eating/diet plans recommend them, however, not to the extent I did.

According to this article from SHAPE magazine, cheat days are okay as long as you:

(1) Stick to your regular healthy eating plan 90% of the time  For me, since I have 3 meals and 2 snacks each day, eating healthy 90% of the time means that I can have 2 cheat meals and one cheat snack each week. I like the idea of 90:10- it’s really simple to figure out and seems do-able. And although my cheat day fits in this equation, I’d have to say I went a little overboard on the number of extra calories consumed!

(2) Work hard enough the rest of the week to earn it. They say that if you eat the target number of healthy meals and snacks each week that you deserve the reward of a cheat day. Again, for me this means eating 19 healthy meals and 13 healthy snacks each week. It also means getting in all my workouts each week too.

(3) Plan it. I think this is a really important part of the whole cheat day thing. If I know I’m going out for dinner or meeting a friend for a chai latte, I need to use that as my cheat meal/snack and make sure I still stick to the 90:10 ratio the rest of that week.

So, in my opinion ‘cheat days’ are good. I had no trouble sticking with my healthy eating plan all week, and totally felt like I had earned the Blizzard for all of my hard work. The McDonald’s….well, that’s another thing…totally unnecessary! 🙂