Thinking Out Loud Thursday #101!

Just like that, we’re already into Thursday! Long weekends make for confusing but super short weeks! I’m linking up with Amanda at Running with Spoons for another edition, edition 101 to be exact, of Thinking Out Loud Thursday!

  • I mentioned yesterday that I did a quick leg and stair workout Tuesday night. It must have been a good one because I woke up yesterday morning with insanely sore legs. I really didn’t think I did enough to warrant that type of soreness but because of that I probably didn’t stretch enough and thus…

  • I get excited when I’m sore and I have spin class. Spin flushes out my legs and is so much less impact than running. I really think it helps my soreness rather than enhances it so last night’s class was a good one. We did a lot of 5-7 minute drills which are tough but also require less total drills in class so the class seems to go by faster. Another great class for the books!

  • I have had a Pinterest obsession with Monarch butterflies lately. I think they make beautiful watercolours and tattoos and it reminds me of my obsession with learning about butterflies in grades 1 and 2. I remember we did one of those classroom butterfly experiments where you get to watch the caterpillars grow, then cocoon, then go through metamorphosis into butterflies. I want a canvas of this in my apartment.

I additionally would like this as a tattoo on my wrist. IT’S SO CUTE.

  • I just finished reading “Happiness for Beginners” and it was super good. I really enjoyed it and it was an easy read that I finished in a couple days. It’s kind of chick-lit but it had an adventure hiking side to it which I appreciated. It was a cute love story woven into one woman’s quest to challenge herself on a three week wilderness adventure. Super cute.

  • My snacks at work this week are raw vegetables so I brought a container of hummus to leave in my office fridge and use throughout the week. The concern for someone eating my hummus is real and there is sharpie all over that container to prove it. I finished snacking on red peppers and then went back to our office fridge to heat up my lentil tacos and my coworker was like, “didn’t you just eat?” YEAH. WHAT OF IT? That was like pre-lunch snacking. If you missed it, these lentil tacos are amazing.


  • There is a -20C windchill right now in Edmonton, so naturally, I’m looking at swim suits. I cannot get over this swimsuit and have decided that this summer I need to update my swim suit wardrobe. I rarely shop online, or really buy clothes in general, but I do a lot of “window shopping” online… this one has been bookmarked! That mesh halter top is wonderful.

That’s all I have for today, I’m counting down the hours until another weekend because I have the pleasure of subbing an extra spin class this weekend! I love teaching drop-in classes so it’s going to be a fun time! I also have to do my taxes this weekend so that’ll be equally as fun.

Do you have any tattoos? What are they?

What was the last workout to make you “can’t-walk” sore?

WIAW: Lentil tacos, yams, and oats, oh my!

It’s been a while since I did a What I Ate Wednesday post so to switch things up a bit, I’m jumping back in to this type of rambling! These photos are from my day yesterday, which was a typical day at work. I did some food prep on the holiday Monday so this is basically what my meals will look like for the next three days as well. It’s a good thing these foods are delicious!

Breakfast: I think I’ve eaten this for 80% of my breakfasts in the last two months. I just love a hot bowl of oatmeal to wake up to on cold winter mornings. Plus, that melty peanut butter… mmm! I also eat a grapefruit with my oatmeal every day, and yesterday I added a couple of strawberries that were about to go bad in m fridge. I have noticed a significant improvement in my skin since I started eating an almost-daily grapefruit. It’s incredible, my skin has never looked better and the only real thing that changed in my life is my incorporation of grapefruit!

Snack: red peppers, grape tomatoes, carrots, and hummus.

Lunch: I made a big batch of lentil and sweet potato tacos for this week’s work lunches. I added some onion, tomatoes, black beans, lentils, sweet potatoes, and corn salsa. Plus corn tortillas. I nice amount of spice and so so good. I was actually looking forward to this lunch all morning!

Snack: Apple. I nice juicy crispy apple that destroyed my lipstick and dripped on my keyboard. Real class act, it’s shocking I haven’t been promoted yet. I also had a mocha Kashi granola bar that I had bought and left in my pocket on my ski trip.

Dinner: After prepping the lentil tacos, I had leftover sweet potato that I decided to use to make a pasta sauce. I added some vegetable stock, butter, spices, and milk, and made the most delicious pasta sauce ever. Remember when I paid $8 for pumpkin cream pasta sauce… yeah, so this sauce probably cost me $0.83 to make and it was twice as good. I added it to spaghetti with chickpeas and feta.

There is a crispness to the winter air right now, the feeling that cooler weather is coming, and my favourite winter comfort food is anything squash. I haven’t done a ton of cooking with lentils before but they are such a versatile protein that I should do more. They were delicious as taco “meat” and super filling! I went to the gym in between work and dinner, doing a legs and stairmaster day at the gym (a shortened version of what I did Saturday) and loved coming home to a prepped dinner of pasta and chickpeas.

What did you eat yesterday?

What is your typical breakfast?

Foods you can’t get enough of in winter?

Weekend Recap: Family Day weekend.

This weekend truly felt like a long weekend and I loved every second of it. Edmonton was very plaid and cowboy hat covered this weekend as thousands of people were in the city for the Garth Brooks concerts. He’s putting on 9 shows here in YEG so there is quite the buzz around the city about him! Did you go to a show? I am currently looking at upcoming YEG concerts and the Lumineers are here the day after my birthday… sounds like fate.

Friday evening I spent a few hours after work drinking beer with some friends at CRAFT. There was a bigger group of us that was supposed to get together but as it turns out only the girls showed up so we had an awesome ladies evening. I didn’t stay too long because I knew I had a workout date with some friends in the morning and wanted to be in tip top shape for it! I read, caught up on This is Us, and hit the sheets early.

On Saturday I drove to my spin gym (my old workout gym) and met two friends for a leg and stair workout. I warmed up walking on the treadmill while my one friend did her bench press training sets and the second friend dropped her kids off at the child play centre. I have to admit that working out with other people is SO MUCH BETTER. It FLEW by, I pushed myself harder, took rests so that I could work harder during our working sets, and definitely got in a killer workout. Credit to my friend Heidi for the awesome workout plan for the day. The leg moves were intense and then just when we thought our legs were toast, we finished off by running stairs. There are sets of stairs that run from the first floor to the third floor of the building so for each set we did 3 rounds up and down, making 6 flights.

After leaving the gym I met another friend for coffee and a walk along the river. It was surprisingly icy as the water had melted and run over parts of the path and then frozen overnight. We walked and chatted for about an hour before I went to visit my fam jam. Once again, I arrived at their house unshowered and starving post-workout. I made myself some lunch, watched hockey with them, and then headed home to finally shower and do some errands. I spent a quiet evening at home reading and cleaning/tidying my apartment. I finished “Maybe in Another Life” in less than two days and started “Happiness for Beginners” promptly after.

Sunday I had another great strength workout, but sadly solo at my own gym. I did over an hour of upper body, including bench press which I haven’t done in SO LONG. I ran 5K on the treadmill to shake out my sore legs from the above leg workout, and then headed home. I showered then headed for a massage which was much needed and felt painfully good. I met my parents for coffee after as my dad was headed out of town and my mom wanted a latte, ha! I hung around in the afternoon with my mom and brother before we went to play boccer ball in the sports and recreation league! It was as sweaty and super fun night!

Yesterday, Monday, was Family Day in Alberta so I had the day off. I had a great sleep and then spent a lazy morning making breakfast, cleaning my apartment, and doing more laundry. I went to the gym for a 5 mile run and some abs/foam rolling. It was a cloudy weekend so I really felt good about cozying up all day reading or relaxing, but my body also needed fresh air so I met my friend Amanda for a walk in the afternoon. Just what we needed to round our a lazy but fantastic weekend. The only day I didn’t actually spend with my family was Family Day! I am so thankful for them that even though they roll their eyes when I burst through their front door exclaiming, “I’M HERE EVERYONE!” I know they love me. 😉

How was your weekend? Did you get Monday off?

Do you follow a strength training plan or wing it?

Do you tend to workout more with friends or solo?