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Get Yo Tan On

Posted May 24 2009 11:28pm


My beach day on Thursday left me nice and crispy. Ouch. Most of the redness has faded now though so I’m rocking a nice beginning of summer tan. Although it’s a little blotchy so it needs some work yet.
How does the sun work on your skin? Do you burn or tan? Burn then fade to tan? Avoid tanning all together and rock the porcelain? What about sunscreen? What SPF is your go-to?

I hate to admit I much prefer having a tan, even though I’m naturally quite pale. I feel so much healthier with a tan. I know, it’s the complete opposite of healthy but I can’t help but love the sunkissed glow. I think I’ll be using more than SPF 15 next time I’m out in the sun though…

Before heading off for the approximately 1.5 hour drive I fuelled for the day with a big bowl of mixed cereal, yogurt and fruit (frozen banana and strawberry slices).


I packed a couple apples and a couple bars to take with me but I didn’t end up eating them because we just bought food and whatnot throughout the day on the strip.

The first thing we did when we arrived at the beach was buy some lunch because
A) All of that driving and belting out dance music tunes worked up a mad appetite
B) The beach entrance was blocked off and full of construction?! We had no idea how to get onto the beach!

We were waiting for a couple other people to meet us there so we figured we’d just get some lunch at a restaurant right by the beach and watch all of the other equally confused beach goers find another way to get onto the beach so we could follow their footsteps. After watching for a while and seeing many people go down one certain path without returning, we figured that was our best bet so we finished up lunch (grilled chicken sandwich – delicious) and decided to venture out in attempts to find out how to get on the stinkin beach.


We found it! Note the blocked off area. At first we were afraid they had somehow closed off the entire beach and we made the trip for nothing. Now that would have been a bummer.

Then we proceeded to set up camp and work the tans. No swimming because the water is still fuhreeeezing but we did go in up to our thighs, which was beautifully refreshing on that sunny 30 degrees Celsius day.

We read celeb trash –

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Refreshed with lemon lime slushies –

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And cried about our sore skin at the end of the day.
(Does my burgundy car interior make you jealous?)

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Friday I was slightly sore but I’ve definitely had worse burns before. Eek… I’m applying cream generously. No peeling please!

In the morning I felt for something completely different that I haven’t had in ages… french toast! I never really crave french toast so what gives? The sun must have messed with my brain. I was excited about it though, I like craving out-of-my-norm breakfasts.

The easiest french toast ever. 
One slice of Ezekiel Cinnamon Raisin, slathered in egg white and pan cooked it til nice and dark.
Toppings: Banana slices, SF maple syrup and vanilla yogurt mixed with Chocolate PB2.


This was a very sweet way to begin the day though and my sweet tooth kept a’kickin. I ate a bunch of dates and some White Chocolate Wonderful though and then it was tamed.


Later on I just really wanted some squash. I hadn’t had it in a little while now (I know, ridiculous!) so I cooked one up alongside a couple old sweet potatoes that were stinking up the cupboard a bit and needed to be saved asap.


Then I had a plate of the good stuff. No scratch that, I had several plates. Here’s one of them.



The squash killed my appetite for essentially the rest of the day.
However I ate some crazy great bagged pasta (one of those frozen Lean Cuisine meals) that my mom had for her dinner because I love pasta, and I ate some salad (aka spinach and snap peas in a bowl with dressing ) because my veggies have been lacking a bit the past couple days. More squash got incorporated but of course.


AND since I can’t have dinner without something sweet to follow no matter how unhungry I may be – yogurt containers do the trick. Sort of anyway. I think I still went scrounging after this.



Friday night, despite being completely exhausted and having to get up early the next day for work, I went out dancing because a friend was home visiting from out of town and that was her last night here. I couldn’t not go out with her. It was fun times but I probably could have used an earlier than 4am bed time. You’re only young once right…?



I was up nice and early for work but wasn’t hungry for breakfast (probably because of my 3:30am 1/3 of a pita snack that my friend didn’t want to eat. I don’t waste food yo!) I did eat some squash and a few bites of banana while making my lunch though. Squash for breakfast? But of course.

I brought along a Peanut & Oat Trek bar that came all the way from the UK for when my appetite did kick in (Thanks LARA!).


This was uh…MAZING? I loved this bar! Kinda sorta like a Larabar only bigger and BETTER. IMO of course. But seriously, SO good. HeyTrek, please get yourself to Canada asap mmk?

Lunch was same old Saturday work standard: Cabbage slaw salad (with squash duuuh), cottage cheese, apple. 148


When I eventually got home it was about dinner time and I was about ready to make myself a grilled tempeh sandwich.
I coated tempeh slices in a mixture of hoisin sauce and seasoned rice vinegar, cooked them in a pan and had them on a slice of toasted multigrain bread with wilted spinach and sweet and spicy mustard. 014

I followed my dinner (which also included some unpictured and unbeautiful cottage cheese and baby carrots) with banana and chocolate PB2

plus Oaties and an Iced Coffee.

Saturday night I stayed in, rested and sort of caught up on sleep. Except for the fact that the people working on tearing up and redoing my mom’s bathroom were here bright and early and care not about the beauty sleep of others. Grumble grumble. Actually I didn’t mind too much, I don’t think I would have slept much later past the time they arrived anyway.

Tis now Lazy Sunday. Enjoy it while it lasts!

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