Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Raw meals: Paleo wrap with raw egg mayo and dried salmon


                                                           Fresh colorful lunch!

Raw Tuna Salad with Black tomatoe and Honey Balsamic Dressing

Raw Tuna Salad with Black tomato and Honey Balsamic Dressing

-Honey Balsamic dressing
-Seared Raw Tuna
-Spinich mixed spring greens
-Black tomato
-shredded yellow carrots
-red onions
-red peppers

Saturday, August 9, 2014

Fermented Garlic Dill Pickles. No Heat, No Vinegar

Fermented Garlic Dill Pickles

 Day 1 of my first attempt at fermented pickles. No heat, no vinegar. Fingers crossed!

Recipe from:

Seared Tuna Salad with Raw Cashew Dressing

Seared Tuna Salad with Raw Cashew Dressing

I used a universal Raw cashew mayo for the dressing. The rare tuna is addicting. It helps curb my sushi craving.

Paleo Wrap; Marinated Mushroom and Raw "rice"

                          Paleo Wrap; Marinated Mushroom and Raw "rice"

                          -Paleo Wrap (coconut )
                          - Kombucha Marinated mushrooms
                          - Cauliflower "rice"
                           -Raw Cashew mayo


Snack Attack

Snack attack

Salmon Jerky
Dried Mango
Pumpkin Seed/cashews squares

Monday, July 21, 2014

Fitbit VS Bodybugg

I have left my beloved bodybugg in the dust, and moved onto the less intrusive fitbit. It surprisingly tracks calories nearly the same as my bodybugg, with the additional benefits of being concealable, not having to touch my skin, and tracks my sleep too! It has been quite motivating and I have lost a total of 10lbs since starting it at the end of May.

My daily goals are 10,000 steps
                               30 minutes of activity
                               2800 Calories burned

I forget about the sleep goal, as it bugs me when I see some days 1-3 hours of sleep due to my shift working.

RAW Vegan Spinach Manicotti Recipe Trial

Today I tried the raw Vegan Spinach Manicotti Recipe from the raw food recipes website. I had some problems that I will fix for next time.


-my mandolin made the zucchini noodles too thick and would not roll easily

-the cheese filling was not cheesy enough, so I added additional nutritional yeast. That fixed the taste problem for me


- until I get a different mandolin, I will perhaps put the ingredients in lettuce wraps


Raw Cocoa Matcha Fudge Truffles

Raw Cocoa Matcha Fudge Truffles

1/2 Cup Dates (without pits)
1/4 Cup Raw cocoa powder
1/2 Cup unsalted unflavored Almonds
1 tablespoon Matcha powder
1 tablespoon Almond Milk

Blend all ingredients until a workable dough like paste

Roll into bite size pieces and roll again in additional cocoa powder or matcha powder. (I chose cocoa powder)

These fudge like treats taste smooth and melt in your mouth with the perfect sweetness

Raw  . gluten free.   energy.   high antioxidant value .

Spartan Sprint Edmonton 2014

I participated in the Spartan Sprint in Edmonton. It was a cloudy summer day, I was quite well rested as I traveled up to Edmonton Alberta the night before. I did this race solo, it was my first solo spartan. I also did this race being sick. It was a fever/sinus infection, I thought I could just run the sickness off. The race started with a big line up at the bag drop off, and I proceeded to the typical spartan start. After the AROOOS we were off down a tight trail system for about what seemed a km. It was at a slow walk.... due to the bottle necking of people. This annoyed me as I was hoping to run the whole race and see what sort of time I could challenge myself to.

I attempted all of the obstacles, but the plank walk and opted to do burpees instead. The line up looked like a good 15 minutes, and so I took the burpees in hope to salvage my time.

It was tremendously muddy as it rain the night before. I could not do the final rope climb as my grip failed on the mud.

It was a fun race, despite the crowds, and despite the 30 minutes trying to reclaim my bag. I was off to work for a night shift shortly after changing and showering.

Saturday, March 22, 2014

St. Pattys Day Scurry 5k Run

March 18th I participated in the Red Deer St. Pattys Day Scurry, which is a 5k fun run/walk.

I should have been more on the ball from my previous winter runs, and brought my ice grippers for my runners. Lots of icy sections, some bare. I was hoping to do well, but also didn't want to break any bones so I came in at a conservative 31 minutes.

(Posing with the dog post run)

- It was an untimed/unrecorded run

- Goody bag included fun St Patrick's day boas and hats, coupons, food samples and a race bib

Blitz Snowshoe Run Lake Louise 2014 5k

I spent the weekend in Banff National Park enjoying spring, fresh mountain air, and a recent snowfall.

On Saturday I participated in my second blitz snowshoe race in Lake Louise. Last year I did the 10k, but this year dropped down to the 5k distance. The race starts at the edge of the lake near the hotel, travels across the lake and back along the shore. I went with no expectations of making a good time, but I was pleasantly pleased that I made it in around 36 minutes.  

Highlights of the race:

- The race goodies included the most delicious home baked cookies, ginger snaps and chocolate chip. Chocolates, and caramel popcorn, as well as food samples, coupons and gum to name a few more treats in the lulu lemon goodie bag

-The weather was great not too cold or warm

-The catering afterwards was beyond expectations, with food and warm beverages

-Great prizes and ability to buy extra prize draw tickets (I won a few prizes)

-The views of the mountains were priceless
Before the race, strapping on the snowshoes

Sunday, February 23, 2014

Todays WOD

Todays WOD is brought to you by the words, spartan, heart attack, and OMG!  I completed two rounds, and was near death.

The Yeti Snowshoe Race Nose Hill Calgary

February 16th 2014  I completed my first Yeti Snowshoe Race. The distance was 6 KM. The terrain was half compact snow, half bare frozen trail. It was also my first time at Nosehill Park in Calgary.

The wind was blowing. Not a cloud in the sky, but that didn't take the edge off the unrelenting cold. I have been training out in -20 - -30 degrees Celsius so the cold didn't effect me too much. 

Ice crampons had to be used as there was not enough snow for snowshoes.

Find more about the Yeti races series:

The Kombucha is Brewing

This is the second brew with the SCOBY I purchased via ebay months ago (last October I presume)

I acually forgot about the brew in a closed cupboard and was quite pleased to see a 1 inch thick  healthy looking mother.  I live in a cold climate so it makes my brew times long. I bottled after 9 days, even though it was quite sweet tasting. This batch is more of an experimental batch as this is the first time im using plastic bottles and caps. I considered the leaching of the chemicals into the plastic, but they are BPA free. I am scared of exploding bottles, bottle bombs, which is why I chose the plastic.  The plastic may still be a poor choice.

Flavor is fresh pressed lemon and fresh pressed ginger.

Sunday, August 25, 2013

Day 22 - Low Calorie Salad and Grilled Goat Cheese Tomatoes

YES! A high burn on with my bodymedia on a sort of sedentary workday! I had one call that took 2 hours, and didn't require much work, or lifting, but it was nice to get out of the station and get some fresh air.

 I am also impressed with my appetite today. It wasn't out of control like it has been on previous days. I have been filling up with tomatoes and cucumbers as they have a high water and fiber content and are highly filling. They seem to be doing the trick.


40 minute run on treadmill (firehall run)
30 minute dog walk

Meal feature of the day:

I am still hung up on this low calorie filling salad. The cucumbers have a fat free sour cream dressing with dill and cilantro.


          Low Calorie Salad and Grilled Goat Cheese Tomatoes

So flavorful and filling! great for low calorie dieters

Saturday, August 24, 2013

Day 21 - Ultra Low Calorie Salad - 40 calories per huge serving

              Today is the lowest burn day in the last 21 days since starting the bodymedia - myfitnesspal challenge. I did get my vigorous activity in, and I did make most of my goals, but was off  by almost 400 calories in my final daily burn goal.

30 minute treadmill walk
30 minute treadmill shuffle (so sore with quad doms)

I spent a large majority of the day just being sedentary. Today was a day shift that was ultra slow. Not a single call to respond to, so when I wasnt on the  treadmill, I was on the couch.

I get so bored on the treadmill just listening to podcasts, so I downloaded the netflix app on my iphone. If tomorrow is another slow day, I will be prepared to got to battle!

I need to bulk up my meals with a low calorie salad. This salad is filling and flavorful and does the trick.

 Cucumber Onion Salad - 40 Calories per large serving

Fresh pressed garlic
Balsamic vinegar

Friday, August 23, 2013

Day 20- Dealing with DOMS and a quick cure?

                       Well, another day not reaching my burn goal. So close, but not close enough. And another day of eating out of boredom and hunger.

                      Yesterday was a heavy lifting day in the gym, and I have massive DOMS (delayed onset muscle soreness) in my quads. Its almost debilitating. I can barely walk straight, let alone sit on a toilet seat.

               For me there is  no quick cure for DOMS. I tried everything, cherry juice, BCAA's, cold baths with alternating heat, heat packs, ice packs, magnesium salt, and the list goes on and on. There is no quick cure. It just goes away over time with rest.

              I believe in the theory of   working through the pain. Introducing blood flow into the muscles to clear out metabolic waste from the DOMS. I also believe that DOMS is a result from micro tears within the muscle fibres. It makes sense to bring in as much nutrient rich blood into the newly healing muscles.



30 minutes - A very sore shuffle run (trails)
45 minute - dog walk

Thursday, August 22, 2013

Day 19- Bodymedia 777 burn .. must be luck!

              I cant be too unimpressed with not making my burn goal of 2800, as a burn with 777 must be a sign of luck!

               So far I am down 6lbs in 19 days of the bodymedia challenge.  I'm going slow and steady with a goal of losing 2lbs minimum a week. The hardest part is not overeating, and making sure I get my daily goals in and a maintain a decent calorie deficit while I'm at it! Ok that seems like a lot of work. ... Well, it is a lot of work. I'm not going to lie. If it was easy, everyone would be losing weight  and maintaining a healthy body mas without effort.

                  IT TAKES ALL THE EFFORT YOU GOT!


Heavy weight lifting at the gym
35 minute run

                     At the gym I focused on heavy deep squats, and I totally did a number on myself! Instant DOMs without the "delay" I am going to pay for this tomorrow. I don't want to use being sore from exercise as an excuse tomorrow not to do work, and miss my goals. Right now my focus is on cardio and weight loss while maintaining my strength.

Homemade Wheatgrass; Hand Grown and Freshly Pressed Juice

Homemade Wheatgrass; Hand Grown and Freshly Pressed Juice

               I was going through some moving boxes and found my hand-mill for juicing.

The tray was picked up during my farmers market vist last saturday.

                                                                       Today is harvest day!

Wheatgrass ready to harvest
Ready to handmill with my heavy duty juice extractor
Need a strong chaser!
Freshly pressed Wheatgrass Juice