Archives for September 2013

WIAW #38 – Eggcellent!

Welcome to WIAW! Thanks to Jenn from Peas & Crayons for hosting the link party :)

These photos below are most of yesterday’s eats. I had my breakfast before I realized it was Tuesday. Breakfast was plain Greek yogurt with pineapple chunks, and a few almonds.

For lunch, I had a salad with carrots, cucumbers, chickpeas, black beans, a boiled egg, avocado, and goat cheese.  I never thought adding hard-boiled eggs to a salad was a good idea, but I was wrong! The salad was really tasty, or as my title says – eggcellent!! ;)

lunch-saladFor my snacks, I had an apple and cottage cheese, and cucumber with Tajín, and a Lara bar


lara-barFor dinner, I knew I wanted to make cook some pork chops, but I didn’t have a recipe. Pinterest came to the rescue with a recipe for Mexican Pork Chops. My fiancé  loved this recipe because it had some kick to it. While I had the oven on, I took advantage and roasted some Brussels sprouts. I sautéed the zucchini with Mrs. Dash’s Fiesta Lime seasoning.


That’s all for Tuesday’s eats.

What’s something new you’ve tried on a salad?

Marathon Training – Week 2

Week 2 was a huge improvement over Week 1.

The run on Wednesday went was exponentially better than the first week’s run; we actually did the 6 miles and then some (we got a little lost which added about a quarter of a mile to our workout)! I was really proud of my friend for sticking it out even though her calves had been really bothering her for the first half. To help us cool off, I brought us some wash cloths; we soaked them and  put around our necks. It made a world of difference!! It also helped to see our coach around miles 2 and 4. He reassured us that running in the heat would help us be stronger runners next month.

Saturday’s run was a little more challenging. Although I didn’t check the weather, it felt really humid. I had a lot more issues with the hills and my asthma. If my asthma doesn’t improve in the next week or so, I’ll have to go back to my doctor and see if I should be using a different type of control inhaler; I simply cannot be walking up all the hills! The run itself felt pretty long, but it wasn’t too bad. My friend’s calves were doing a lot better.

On Saturday night, my fiancé and I went to a bachelor party for a couple of our friends who are getting married this weekend. We got home around midnight, but I still set my alarm for 6:15, and went out on my recovery run on Sunday morning. I was glad I was able to get up and do it!


  • Monday: Core
  • Tuesday: 3 miles
  • Wednesday: 6 miles
  • Thursday: yoga
  • Saturday: 7 miles
  • Sunday: 3 miles

WIAW #37


I saw this photo on Facebook this morning and I had to use it… (don’t know who to credit)

On September 11th, 2001, I was still living in Canada, sitting in a class when my uncle (who was living in the US) messaged me on MSN messenger, and he told me what was going on, so I started looking at the news online. I texted my parents, and could hardly pay attention to the rest of the school day (which ended at noon). I went home and turned on the TV. After a while, I just couldn’t watch it anymore; it was terribly heartbreaking, and it’s still is. Never Forget.

Thanks to Jenn from Peas & Crayons for hosting this link party :) Her little Chickpea is too cute!

These are most of yesterday’s eats:

  1. Breakfast: A coconut milk, pineapple, Perfect Fit protein, and almond butter smoothie (it wasn’t the best)
  2. Lunch: Leftovers from Monday night – Cornmeal-dusted [cod] with Quinoa Sauté (Cooking Light – June 2013) – we loved this recipe!
  3. Afternoon Snack: Hummus with red bell pepper
  4. Dinner: Spicy Thai Turkey Wraps – always a favourite!

Not pictured here: an apple and almonds for my morning snack, and 3 squares of dark chocolate :)

Today, I have an appointment with my endocrinologist and my 2nd quality run for marathon training.. I hope it goes better than last week!

Have a good day!

Marathon Training

Marathon training officially began on Wednesday.

A couple of friends and I signed up to do training downtown because our favourite coach is doing the Austin Marathon program there.



Our first quality run was 5 miles; however, I had a really hard time on the run. It was still close to 100F around 6:45 when we started running, and my asthma kicked my butt: I couldn’t catch my breath and was feeling light-headed and nauseous. My friend C was still with me, and we decided to cut the run down to 5K; we walked about half of it. I felt like a failure, but I know that it wasn’t my legs that were giving out on me. It also reminded me to go get some more Asmanex (daily asthma medication).

Our coach invited everyone to meet him and his wife at Takoba for dinner after the workout. During dinner and drinks, my friends and I decided that this year, we were going to do things right. We are going to go to core classes {which we hate}, and  we’re going to do the sprints and exercises after our quality workouts. We learned our lesson from last year: Rogue’s training program works, but they work best if we follow them completely {not just the parts we choose}.

Yesterday, I went on my long run – 6 miles with my friend, Alicia, who was doing 9 miles (she’s training for a half marathon). Although it was slow, it was still a good run. I didn’t feel the need to walk, nor did my asthma bother me. I hadn’t had a good run in a long time, so I was glad to get a good one in.

Last week’s workouts were:

  • Monday – 3 miles
  • Wednesday – 3.2 miles
  • Thursday – core
  • Sunday – 6 miles

This week will be a little more packed!

Are you training for anything?

WIAW #36 – Bay Area eats

I’m not sure if Jenn from Peas and Crayons will be doing a regular WIAW as last we read, she was hoping to go into labour. Hope she’s welcomed her little one into this world!

As I mentioned last week, I was quite busy with work in the Bay area. I didn’t get any time to go sightseeing, but I did get to pick three of the places I went to dinner. I was craving Maggiano’s but decided to explore what California had to offer. I took  a few photos of some of the items I ate. Please forgive the bad quality in the photos.

I got into SFO Sunday evening. After picking up the rental, I headed to the hotel, and then I went to Target to get some of the things I forgot at home. I spotted El Pollo Loco in the same plaza as Target; I couldn’t believe I’d forgotten all about it!! After checking out their website to see if they had any GF items, I went through the Drive-Thru before heading back to the hotel.

El Pollo Loco

El Pollo Loco

The hotel had free breakfast, so I went to check it out the next morning. I was expecting it to be all carbs, and I was pleasantly surprised when they had eggs and yogurt. I grabbed what I could and had pretty much the same thing every morning: juice, eggs, yogurt, and fruit.

Free breakfast!

Free breakfast!

The first day in the “office,” we got to order our lunch from Mondo Burritos, and I got a Chicken “Mondo No Wrappo.”

Chicken Mondo No Wrappo - trust me, it tastes better than it looks!

Chicken Mondo No Wrappo – trust me, it tastes better than it looks!

In the evening, I looked for a place that would take American Express and had gluten-free options. I ended up at Tony and Alba’s and got the Agli Olio pasta. It was expecting the tomatoes to be a little more “sun-dried” and not so fresh, but it was good otherwise.


Agli Olio GF pasta

On Tuesday night, I ended up at Pacific Catch. I had some ceviche with GF chips and the Chipotle Mahi Salad. The ceviche was a little on the spicy side, and the salad was great.

Chipotle Mahi Salad

Chipotle Mahi Salad

 On Wednesday night, we went to Piatti, and I had the grilled king salmon; it was excellent!

Piatti - Grilled Creative King Salmon, White Corn, Radicchio, English Peas, Basil Butter

Piatti – Grilled Creative King Salmon, White Corn, Radicchio, English Peas, Basil Butter

On Friday, we went to lunch before my flight back home; we went to Jersey Mike’s Subs where I had a bun-less sub (a.k.a. a salad). It wasn’t bad, but I wished they’d had some GF bread. Can’t win them all!

Sub salad

Sub salad

Although the trip was a successful one, I was so glad to be home :)

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