And so begins the official 6 month countdown to my 25th birthday, although I have been on the bikini birthday regimen for almost a week now.
I started today off with this substantial bowl of cream of wheat to which I added canned pumpkin and peanut butter, drizzled on some honey, and sprinkled it all with cinnamon, cloves, and flax meal. For anyone who ever uses canned pumpkin you know that it comes in a huge can. I opened this can sometime last week and I’m still working through it. I’m likely going to be eating canned pumpkin for breakfast for the next several days. I don’t mind though. Generally I’ll eat it with either cream of wheat, oatmeal, or yoghurt in the same fashion as I did this morning. It’s delicious and I love the creamy texture! Also, it fits in with Canada’s Food Guide recommendation of one orange vegetable each day (which I can easily say I don’t normally get). In addition to a host of vitamins and minerals, pumpkin is loaded with beta carotene, an antioxidant that prevents cholesterol oxidation, and it is oxidized cholesterol that builds up in arteries. Beta carotene is also said to boost immunity, which I definitely need to prevent myself from catching Matt’s cold.
Lunch was a “green” smoothie with swiss chard, banana, lime juice, mint, and hemp seeds. Followed up by some prunes and almonds for an afternoon snack.
My car just couldn’t seem to drive me to the gym tonight. I couldn’t imagine running on a treadmill when it was finally sunny outside. I got in a half hour run in the -3deg temperature and felt great afterwards.
For dinner I had my go-to home alone meal since Matt was out tutoring. Poached Eggs. I tried to fancy it up a bit by serving them on a wilted spinach salad with homemade shallot & honey mustard dressing. Sounds impressive, n’est-ce pas?
Tonight, my friend Sarah and I are going to part one of a health and wellness speaker series at Refine Fitness in Old Walkerville. The lecture is called “How to lose 20lb in 12 weeks”. What a great way to kick off my bikini birthday!