I slept!


I slept through the whole night last night. Tears of joy people, tears of joy. UNTIL, the big dog decided to wake up at 5:30 and whine until I got up to feed her. Snob.

Not much going on today (and yet, where did the time go?)

Lunch was enjoyed on the picnic table right outside my office. Um yes, this is my new favorite flavor of kombucha. Also, I opted for just veggies with hummus at lunch today because my previous lunches were really upsetting my stomach- more so for the reason that I was eating the meal and sitting all day. If I were moving around, the meal would settle a lot better.


Took an alternate route home (still figuring out which is the best on certain days/times of the week). Who would’ve thought it was faster to drive THROUGH downtown? Crazy, I tell you.


Last night, I was signed up for a 7:45 yoga class, but when I got to the parking lot, I saw that over half of the lot was closed off for paving- they’ve been working on this lot for over a year, I swear. There was absolutely nowhere for me to park, so I drove back home. And obviously cried, because I get REALLY frustrated when my workouts are interrupted. After sitting at home and pouting for about an hour, I headed over to the gym and busted through some circuits and HIIT on the bike. I was grumpy throughout the whole thing and almost cried again when I got home.

Lame, I know, but working out is my thing and I hate when/if it’s taken away from me.

Tonight, I’m heading back over for a later class, so I hope I’ll be able to find some parking. I’m also planning on a pyramid workout/outdoor run early tomorrow morning. I don’t have to go into work until noon since I’ll be staying late into the evening with some training at work.

Here’s the pyramid workout I’m planning on. (Performing one rep of each move, then 2, 3…up to 10 of each, then coming back down to 1)

8.28 workout

Now that you know every nook and cranny of my day, I’mma get outta here.

HEY, GUESS WHAT? I want to be able to post every day now. I think it’s helping me keep a little bit of my sanity. BUT I need to know what YOU want to read from me? Suggestions on topics, or maybe even a weekly recurring post? Let me know! (Keeping my dinners in one post already)

Dont forget to go like my facebook page. Still need a ton more likes before I hit 200 so I can host a giveaway!!!


Phew, I’m tired. Are you? Zzzz…

Ok I guess busy was an understatement. After my early morning gum session/desperate housewives/breakfast this morning, I showered, then was on hold for 30 minutes on two different phone calls. One to pay some insurance crap, and the other to schedule a few medical appointments for my immigration paperwork. Talk about a gross waste of time.

I did, however, make use of this wait time by straightening my hair and doing my makeup. So I guess it wasn’t a total waste.

First stop after that speed bump was the library! Look who got herself a library card!


I even checked out a real live book


They offer eBooks, and I already have a few on hold. Not gonna lie, I’m excited. Free>not free.

Next stop: photographer. I needed some quality shots for my PR application. Did they turn out? Let’s just say they meet the qualifications.

Then, Hallmark. Got a few cards and become a rewards member. Free cards and cash back never hurt anyone.


By then, I had worked up an appetite (AM workouts really rev the metabolism!) and I threw together a real good bowl of deliciousness.


I mixed some of the leftover stir fry with some scrambled eggs and topped with black beans and salsa. Tummy= satisfied.

I took Layla in my next round of tasks. Only because she was involved in one of them: nail clipping. I took her to The Paw Spa. She was in and out in less than 5 minutes and they did a great job. Layla was a little freaked, but when is she not.

Then, we went around the corner to mail some of the cards purchased earlier in the day, and around another corner to the used sports store for these babies:


Phew, I’m just tired typing about my day! When we got home, I took care of some laundry, then cozied up to the first 100 pages of my book.


I wasn’t planning on reading that much, but a line from the first page got me hooked:


You’d keep reading too, if you saw that line.

Dinner was a bowl of oats with walnuts, chopped medjool dates, a heap of pumpkin ad pumpkin pie spice.

It hit the spot.

I made Tyler a hodge podge dinner (hodge podge= delicious but ridiculously easy to make), and he spent some time in his office. I don’t know what he was doing, but I heard techno/electronic music coming from that direction. I didn’t bother asking.

We just finished Underworld and are rounding out the evening with an episode of Top Gear

I’m about to run into a dilemma and I am not sure how to approach the situation. Backstory: I have been reading my eBooks on night mode in bed so that Tyler can sleep while I read at all hours of the night. Now, I have a real book. Flashlight under the covers, or put the bedside lamp on the floor and lay halfway over the bed so it won’t disturb the man? And no, I’m not going in another room.


Covering all the bases

Sit down and relax, this is gonna be a long one.

After I spent pretty much ALL morning on the phone with different immigration/customs people, I threw my hands in the air singin’ aaaaaa-yo and called it quits for the day. Moving to Canada has been by far the hardest thing I have ever done. Harder than college or fit tests or solving mathematical equations.

I rewarded myself with a trip to Safeway with Tyler’s credit card. I didn’t go crazy- mostly tons of produce. After I got home, I reheated some leftover tortellini for lunch.

I gave most of the kielbasa to Layla. A) Less calories consumed for me; B) Layla is most likely going to be a gassy mess tonight. Sigh.

I think she felt guilty for having such an indulgent snack that she gave herself timeout.

Funny story: Tyler bought Layla two new toys yesterday, both of them with strategically placed squeakies. Before going to bed last night, I put both of her toys in her bed- where she so conveniently decided to sleep that night. Well, in the middle of the night, she must have readjusted her sleeping position, because the toy squeaked and her, Tyler and I all freaked out. Like, she jumped a foot and Tyler and I instantly sat upright out of a deep sleep. It reminded me of the scene in Home Alone with Kevin’s parents realized they slept through their alarm.

Moving on.

I baked a healthier version of no bake cookies. (Ok, i didn’t bake them, but you know what I mean)

I found the healthier alternative on Eating Bird Food. Really, the only difference is using a mashed banana rather than a stick of butter.

I don’t know if you know this, but bananas are better for you than butter. Unless it’s Sunday, then who cares (I repeat: Calories do not count on Sundays)

These cookies (yes, cookies is plural, I had three because I am the baker and I am allowed) were enjoyed while I read through two new magazines:

Not too many things caught my eye in either of these. Bummer. When I did my prelim flip-through in the store, they looked like they’d be winners.

Hey, remember when I posted about some stuff I bought? Honestly, you should remember because I haven’t been buying anything since I had a job. (Other than health insurance and almond butter from Costco.) Well, it arrived today!

The raspberry ketones and protein powder plus a muscle magazine and two trial packets for free. free. I am really pumped to give these a go tomorrow before an early morning workout!

Speaking of workouts (see how this post just naturally flows?) I thought I’d show you guys my workout from last night:

10 minute HIIT on the elliptical

weighted squat series (x2, make sure to go through on each leg twice with 12 reps)

-split squat

-elevated squat

-reverse split squat

10 minute HIIT on the elliptical

arm series (12 reps of each x2)

-bicep curls

-tricep kickback

-chest press

-dumbbell fly

-shoulder front raise

-lateral raise

-front/lateral combo

-overhead press

10 minute HIIT on the ski-machine thingy. I Googled an image for you if you don’t understand my techincal lingo:


ab series (I just did a ton of each until my core was burnt out)

-stability ball crunches

-stability ball weighted russian twists

-stability ball plank

-stability ball side crunches

Overall, decent workout.

This morning, I put my daily fitness goal on facebook

And I did it. And it was hard. And I loved every single burpee. Surprisingly, the burpees got easier the closer I got to 100- my body was in the rhythm to really push through and explode on the jump. That makes me a happy lady. I got so pumped up, I ended up doing a bit of kickboxing as well!

Check out one of my guns

For dinner, I decided to make stuffed peppers. But not our regular ol’ stuffed peps. These were healthy and different and good.

I found the recipe here. I cut it in half so that Tyler could have two, and I would have one. I put some ground beef in Tyler’s because he’s manly and needs meat and protein. Woof.

My lil lone pep. Cute. I decided to dissect it a bit to let you see the innards (Terrible way to describe food, btw)

Last one, just a little bit closer…

Couple of new songs on the iPod for tonight’s workout

Sometimes only adding one or two new songs in the mix really amp up a workout. They helped me get through those burpees!!

On a final note, I am seriously considering buying a Lululemon skirt. Not for running- but for normal everyday summer wear. Yes? No?


Ok, I think that just about covers all the bases. I have run out of things to write about. Hopefully you were entertained? I was…I love blogging this stuff.

I am off to the gym with my 4 new songs and 100 burpee-in guns and I am going to get a serious sweat session on!

Photo Shoot

Yay! I’m done with the course! The days were starting to get long with all the information/in-classness. For lunch, I walked to the nearest Safeway and picked up a Greek themed meal.

Liberte yogurt

And a Greek salad

But I ate only like 2 pieces of the feta..too much cheese + my belly= no bueno

I also changed my nail color-
don’t mind the terrible condition of my fingers- I had just pumped gas bare-handed and it was freezing and windy and snowy.

Now that I have finished this Basic Theory course, I only have one more 8 hour day for a Group Fundamentals course and I’ll be able to teach! You say: Phew. I say: Phew is right.

I decided to have a photo shoot with Layla when I got home. No biggie

Then I wanted in on the action

Then we were done.


I am off to the gym to get in a good sweaty session, then back here for a relaxing Sunday evening with the manfriend.

Cert. course, Day 1

I survived day 1 of the YMCA Basic Theory course. It was a lot of repetition- things I have learned from previous courses in the states. But it was a good refresher that also had additional information that fall under Canadian guidelines.

I was a good girl and packed a super healthy lunch:

A banana, spinach salad and Oikos Greek yogurt. I had an English muffin, but didn’t end up eating it.

Holy crap the Y location where the course is being held is HUGE!

It’s connects to the local library and another wellness-recreation center. Really blew my mind.

Yeah… See that? That’s a rock wall- in the foyer. Holy moly.

And the course material?

Boom. Now there’s a novel I get to enjoy over the next couple of days!

I just got home and haven’t decided what to indulge in for dinner. I’m sure it’ll be something healthy since our afternoon topic was nutrition.

Have a good Friday, y’all.