Whistler Getaway + Career Change, Hmm…

I am back from a whirlwind weekend in Whistler! I was up there with my fiance and some friends for the annual CrankWorx bike event, and we hd an amazing view for the downhills and just an all-around fabulous time. Of course, that also entailed eating a lot of crap food and drinks! My body was like, “What are you doing to meee?” Oh well, a little “vacation food” every now and then is okay. All about moderation in my opinion.

At least I know I am really into fitness now because when we all got drunk, I started a push-up competition with all the guys. Geez. No wonder I woke up and my arms were screamin’ sore! On the Saturday, we also went out dancing and I didn’t sit down the whole time so that must’ve been a great workout (if I remembered it haha). But yeah, those push-ups, daaaamn.

I am considering a career change into being a personal trainer. It would be a drastic change for me (career-wise) but I also think quite rewarding, both personally and professionally. Anyone out there a personal trainer right now? What are your thoughts on the job and how did you get into it? I’m super duper thinking about doing it…!

The Devil’s Turds

* Warning: This post discusses chocolate. I am not responsible for any cravings that occur. You have been warned.

Aero Bubbles Canada

These. These are what I like to call “The Devil’s Turds”. Why? Because they must be a product of Satan created in order to lure our waistlines further towards Hell (aka early death due to diabetes/obesity). They do this because they are so frickin delicious it’s unimaginable. I don’t even know why I like them. I am normally a pure, rich dark chocolate kind of girl… I love lots of clean brands like Giddy Yoyo, Endangered Species, Theobroma, and many other natural and good-for-you chocolate bars. Real food without the processed crap.

But these. Dear God. These. These overly processed, totally fake ingredient, corn syrup dynamite balls of anti-health… Okay, maybe we should back up a little bit. Let’s just say that I had a bad day. A really bad, terrible, awful, no-good, full of shit kind of day. I wanted to hit up the drive-thru at A&W (holllaaaa gurl), buy like 14 chocolate bars and call it a day. It helps that my fiance was out for the evening so that I could eat all those things without judgment. I mean, I know he loves me but still… can you really love anyone when they are shoving 14 chocolate bars, a delicious Teen Burger with mozzarella cheese, and a pan of brownies into their face-hole?

So. I bought these little turds. I thought about it for a few hours. Yes, hours. I had a nice and healthy dinner. I still wanted them. And damnit, it was a rough ass day. So I put on some pants (no small task after Leg Day) and high-tailed it to the grocery store to buy these turdettes, a box of tampons, and a copy of Wedding Bells magazine. Really embarrassing to wait in the checkout line with those. But you know what, I owned it. So what if I am gonna eat an entire bag of Satan’s bunny poop in one sitting and also happen to be PMSing and also happen to be stressing over planning an affordable wedding. SO WHAT, random fellow citizen standing behind me with your judgey eyes?!

YOLO, good sir, YOLO.

The point of this is to say… I don’t feel guilty for eating those dark balls of evil sorcery. I was craving them, I gave in, it tasted amazing, I regret nothing. Tomorrow is a new day for healthy eating and I have another killer arm workout planned for the AM. I had a bad day, and tomorrow I pick myself back up, dust myself off, and carry on. Living fit is a long journey, not a short race. Be kind to yourself along the way and forgive yourself.

But seriously… Satan’s turds, okay? Just remember that.

Slow Cooker Lemon Garlic Chicken Breasts

Alright, as promised, here is the recipe for the delicious lemon garlic chicken I made for dinner last night. However, it was so good that I forgot to take a picture of it – doh!! So, to sum up, it looks like chicken. πŸ˜€

Slow Cooker Lemon Garlic Chicken Breasts

  • 4-5 chicken breasts, rinsed and patted dry
  • 1 tsp minced garlic (or use 3 fresh cloves)
  • 1 cup lemon juice
  • 1/4 cup olive oil or grapeseed oil, coconut oil, etc)
  • black pepper
  • seasoning salt
  • Lemon Garlic Mrs. Dash seasoning

This recipe is so simple, I love it. Just mix together the olive oil, lemon juice and minced garlic in a bowl. Then pour it in your (large) slow cooker. Place the chicken breasts in the liquid, and turn them once so they are all coated in the sauce. Sprinkle the chicken with pepper, seasoning salt (optional) and Mrs. Dash Lemon Garlic spice on each side. Put the lid on, and cook on HIGH for 3-4 hours (depending on thickness of chicken – cut one open before serving to check doneness). It comes out so tender and flaky, you hardly need a knife!

Next time I will remember to take a picture for my recipes, geez. Anyway give it a try for dinner one night, it’s so easy after a long workday. Love it.

My Fave Breakfast – Toast n’ Eggs!

Sooo Day 2 of getting back to the weights is done, and it was Leg Day. I am having difficulty walking around my place and up the stairs… Seriously. I am about to go for a nice long walk in a bit too. Will I survive? Only time will tell. To see the workout I did, check out my recent post with some free training plans…

Well, I had one of my absolute favourite breakfasts for lunch today, just because. It’s so simple but I just love it. My grandpa used to make this for me all the time as a kid so maybe it’s a bit of nostalgia too. Although probably I like it because it’s just damn tasty.

eggs on toast

Easy Toast n’ Eggs

Simple! Just fry up those eggs in some olive oil, I like mine so that they are still runny and make the toast all “smooshy” (actual culinary term, I am pretty sure). I fry mine with green onions and then add pepper to it afterwards. Up to you – experiment to find your fave way to do it! I also like to top my eggs on toast with avocado, berries, or other in-season things sometimes.

Macros: depends on what bread you use – calculate your macros using MyFitnessPal or another similar website if you desire.

Nom nom! For some reason, so satisfying. Well, now I am ready to take on the rest of the day – which for me includes a long walk on this nice and cool cloudy day, making dinner (I’ll post the recipe tomorrow – healthy lemon garlic slow-cooker chicken breasts!) and an evening of getting some work done. (Maybe?) πŸ˜‰

My New Weight Training 30 Day Plan

I thought I would share with you a new strength training routine I made for myself. This is a split schedule, 4 days a week total, 2 on upper and 2 on lower. I am doing this with just dumbbells and a barbell I have at home. You could do this with just dumbbells too. I know this doesn’t incorporate everything, but I am starting out with some of my favourite exercises to jumpstart me into working out every morning (okay, let’s be honest, probably every evening because I am just so not a morning person).

workoutplan

I am going to see what kind of results this gives me after about 4 weeks and then adjust from there. Of course, I will be combining this with good nutrition. Although it being summertime and lots of family and friends events going on, I am not as strict with myself as I would be other times of the year. I do love food, I love spending time with family and friends over cocktails and yummy things, and to me, fitness is about balance in life as well. Meaning, I am not okay with giving up those things permanently for the sake of a body. Cake every day? Okay, that would be a problem but a once a week or so “cheat meal” with friends, enjoying a good time? To me, that’s the point of life!

So here are some workout plans I made for myself. I made them using WorkoutLabs.com which is an awesome resource for pre-made plans or for putting together your own routines. We’ve got Mondays as our Upper Body A, Tuesdays Lower Body A, Thursdays Upper Body B, and Fridays Lower Body B. Ooooh dat Friday is gonna be a killer! Can’t wait to feel the burn starting tomorrow! If you try these workouts, let me know how you liked them. πŸ™‚

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Monday – Upper Body A

Tuesday – Lower Body A

Thursday – Upper Body B

Friday – Lower Body B

Zucchini Salmonwiches

I’m not one for spending an hour to make a healthy snack, I prefer quick grab and go type things. However, my busy season has started so quick quasi-dinners in between my day job and seasonal volunteer job at night have become crucial. I made up this recipe the other day to fuel me for my volunteer job in the evenings. I usually have about 20 minutes when I get home from work before I have to leave again on these nights, so it can be pretty hard to make something healthy AND eat it within that time frame!

Zucchini Salmonwiches

Enter zucchini. My new wonder food love. I can slice it up quick and dress it up in all sorts of ways. Since I am trying out carb cycling (a few lower carb days mixed into regular carb days to spur body fat reduction, along with my training of course), this is a great low-carb, high-fat (the good kind!), high-protein meal to satisfy me for hours. It really hit the spot and was tasty too. Just don’t skimp on the black pepper – it’s the secret!

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You can change this up to suit you too. I probably would have added green onions if I had any at the time – so try that, or different spices. My favourite product I used for this was the Vegenaise. It’s just like mayonnaise but entirely clean, healthy, real and good for you. This is one I buy and it’s sold at Save-On Foods and Overwaitea in Canada, but your store might have something similar too.

Try it out for a quick light dinner or for some party appies – your friends won’t even know it’sΒ super healthy. πŸ˜‰

Zucchini Salmonwiches

Ingredients
1 zucchini, sliced
half a can of wild pink salmon
1 tbsp Vegenaise (or mayonnaise)
1 tsp black pepper

Instructions
Mix up everything except the zucchini slices (obviously). Place some of the mixture on a zucchini slice. I found the easiest way was to press it on with a fork. Top each one with another zucchini slice to form little sandwiches. Then dust with more black pepper on top. Nom!