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.

Problems:

-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


Solution:

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



 FIND THE RECIPE HERE:

http://www.rawfoodrecipes.com/recipes/raw-vegan-spinach-manicotti.html

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)
Highlights

- 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: http://theyeti.ca/

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.



Exercise:

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.


Exersise:
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

Cucumber
Onion
Fresh pressed garlic
Cilantro
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.

            

Exercise:

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!








Exercise:

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


Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Day 18 - Dry Island Buffalo Jump Provincial Park Hike

           
            


              Another day with my bodymedia iphone app listing a full array of check marks!
  
             Today  I had an easier time controlling urges to eat excessively. It wasn't a perfect day, but it was easier than yesterday. The trick is not to have snack food in the house. Its way too easy to sneak a bite or two of treats. I am diligent at loading all I eat as I am determined to meet my goal Nov 5th.  20.4lbs left!

          Its not an easy feat getting my calorie burn goal met.  It requires a lot of effort, and moving. I find myself having to do different activities to get keep things interesting. Today that included a hike to to the Dry Island Buffalo Jump Provincial Park.

   The park is known for a big fossil deposit site, and archaeological artifacts.  Dinosaur fossils in fact, in which I found none of either.

              I did however find  beautiful wild flowers and lots of Cactus. It is a day use area, with no camping allowed, but does have lots of picnic sites, fire pits and river access. (Red Deer River)

The scenery is a mix of prairie and badlands. Its quite a unique area.

               The trail system is undeveloped and I mostly followed game trails, that seemed to be endless. I spotted a large rabbit on the drive down the steep hill to the lower parking lot. I could have easily spent the whole day exploring the hills and ravines.



Dry Island Buffalo Jump Provincial Park

Wild Sunflowers



Day 17 - Ravenous Hunger, No Sleep and No Exercise



        

  Second time in 17 days I have skipped my vigorous
activity. The setting is at 6 METS  to start recording vigorous activity, so I pretty much need to be in a run (or slow hustle). I worked a night shift the day before and got a call at 330 am. I was already tossing and turning in my firehall bed, so my sleep quality was poor before the 911 call came in.

The good thing about night calls is that it boosts up the activity count for the day, the bad thing is it leaves you feeling sick, slow and tired... not to mention  too lazy for a run!

Another thing poor about today was my ravage hunger. Some people say a cheat meal a week does the body good and stimulates the metabolism.  So I didn't kick myself too much about not meeting my calorie deficit goal of 1000. We will have to see if this day benefited or was a hindrance to my weigh in tomorrow 


Exercise:

Dog walk 30 minutes

Monday, August 19, 2013

Day 16 - Grilled Tomatoes with Goat Cheese




       Thanks to a slow night shift, I was able to get enough rest to have a productive day. I am quite impressed with my check marks earned. I worked hard to get them all. Even more impressive are my massive caloric deficits this week. I must keep this up for success.

Exercise:
40 minute trail run (zombie app)










 Featured meal of the day: Grilled Tomatoes with Goat Cheese

Grilled tomatoes and Goat Cheese Breakfast


Sunday, August 18, 2013

Day 15 - Bodymedia Great Burn! and pre-workout sushi




What a burn day! I met all my goals and had a nice calorie deficit! It sure helps increase the burn being busy. Lots of walking and a run certainly does the body good.












Exersise:

Yummy,Pre-workout sushi
45 minutes Weightlifting - heavy lifts
30 minute outdoor trail run  



Breakfast : Fried tomatoes with goat cheese


Saturday, August 17, 2013

Day 14 - Flee Market Score, 5lb weight loss!



                 Its been 14 days since I have been doing bodymedia/myfitnesspal together and its been a success so far! Its pretty accurate with calories-in vs calories-out and associated weight
loss. I have been on par for 2.5lb loss a week, and I am exactly that. I have lost a total of 5lbs in 14 days.



 Exersise:

- 30 minute treadmill run at work
- 30 minute dog walk

           






               I found some great scores at the flee market today.

Big juicy blackberries picked fresh from BC.

A massive bag of tomatoes to feed my tomato addiction!

And a large tray of wheat grass, because I feel the urge to juice it again!






Friday, August 16, 2013

Day 13: Running at Work, and being Sedentary



                   Today I needed all I could muster when it came to motivation to keep my burn high, and my calorie deficit large. I had to go to the city to do errands for work, that meant a 1.5 hour drive there, and 1.5 hour drive back with about 1.5 hours of being sedentary at the main base. With all the driving (aka sitting) taking up a good portion of my day I knew I would have a very low burn today. Not to mention the 2 hour round trip I drive to work daily. I do 12 hour shifts on top of that.

It would be easy to do nothing on my down time. Nothing would mean being sedentary and sitting. That being said, as long as I can spare up half an hour in a day, that's all I need to fit in my vigorous work and end up with a respectable burn for the end of the day.

I pulled out the treadmill at work and squeezed it between two fire trucks. My gym may be smaller than a jail cell, but it works.


Exercise:

30 minute "Fire Truck" run



Making Fitness Fit