Loved hearing all your favourite muffin varieties!! I’m a big muffin head. I blame it on my mom, who didn’t let me eat them as a small kid because I would crumble them everywhere and make a HUGE mess (don’t worry mom, you made up for it by teaching me how to make a mean chili). One muffin variety that piqued my interest were Ellie ’s “ kitchen sink muffins ” with carrot, zucchini, raisins, banana, and walnut. Doesn’t that sound fab? Must add that to my ever-growing list of things to bake…
I caved and bought dark chocolate M&Ms yesterday, so you know they found their way into my breakfast cookie today.
All mixed up, flattened out on a plate and set in the fridge overnight :) One of my coworkers came in a FIVE A.M. this morning while I was chowing down on my cookie. It scared the crap out of me! But it was nice to see a friendly face. Normally I’m there all by my lonesome on the weekends.
Snack was one of my chocolate banana protein
I put peanut butter on it last night before wrapping it up again, that’s why it looks funny. I also heated this up before eating, as that usually makes bad baked goods taste better. But it made it squeaky :\ Like, it squeaked in my teeth. It was still edible with the PB though. And surprisingly filling!!!
“Lunch” (I always put that in quotation marks because I eat it at 10am) was a smoked salmon bagel sandwich.
I finally found decently priced local smoked salmon at my grocery store – it’s my new favourite thing! It had laughing cow cheese, mustard, onions and spinach as well. There was an orange in there too, but I trust you know what that looks like ;)
I immediately dug into my Peanut ButterNut Squash Muffins when I got home from work.
Wait. You hear that? Oh, that’s just me tooting my own horn. *Toot toot* :P I’m in love with these muffins! Besides the perfect marriage of the PB and squash flavours, the texture is perfection for me. Soft, dense and a little crumbly. Nomnomnom.
Then I read a chapter of Eclipse, and proceeded to conk out for an hour. One of those naps where I just remember closing my eyes, then all of a sudden I open them and it’s an hour later. I laid around for a bit, waiting for my post-nap drowsiness to subside. Then had another snack in preparation for a long gym visit:
Bananas, dates and almond butter. I don’t always photograph it because it’s redundant, but if you’re reading about a workout on here, you can just assume I had some variation of this beforehand. Never fails me.
My gym visit today was ohsogood. I’ve been doing a combo of HIIT, upper-body weights and abs on Sundays lately, so that’s what I stuck to. Since I only ran once this past week, I decided to do all my cardio on the treadmill. I ended up with three separate variations of HIIT on the treadmill. It was awesome. I felt h-core.
A1 – Wide-grip lat pulldown:
A2 – Dumbbell shoulder press:
B1 – Seated cable row:
B2 – Dumbbell bench press:
B3 – Tricep dips:
HIIT: (a la Janetha )
incline=0 – 2 min @ 5.5
A1 – Swiss ball crunch:
A2 – Russian twists:
A3 – Reverse crunch:
This workout took me almost 90 minutes and I loved it! HIIT on the treadmill is so much fun, I ended up covering just over 5 miles. And Janetha, I lovelovelove your routine. I was a sweaty mess at the end of it, and I even skipped the final sprint because I knew there was more in my future.
As previously mentioned, I was ready to eat my arm off when I finished. I grabbed the quickest, most filling thing I could thing of when I got home. Frozen leftovers of moo-beef chili.
I realized I was lacking in the green department today, so I heated two big handfuls of spinach into it. Hit the spot! Just what I needed.
Final November Goals Check-In!
I cannot believe it’s almost December. Wow. This was my first month checking in every week on my goals, and it really kept me motivated. With that said, I feel I only accomplished maybe half of them. I don’t see that as a bad thing though, I may never have accomplished any of them had I not set the goals in the first place!
Have fun workouts.
Monday – Step class at the women’s gym. Sosososo fun. I LOVE this class.
Tuesday – 5 miles speedwork on the “dreadmill,” except I really enjoyed it!!! I swear, I really did ;) I’m a sucker for intervals, they make anything fun.
Wednesday – Rest day.
Thursday – Body Pump at the gym, followed by HIIT on the elliptical. It was “meh” but got the job done.
Friday – Spun my little
Saturday – Rest day. Broke my quads in spin.
Sunday – HIIT extravaganza on the treadmill with some upper-body weights and abs. Best way to spend a “lazy” Sunday afternoon :)
I also did no yoga this week! My schedule didn’t jive with yoga classes, and I suck at getting motivated to do it at home.
Be less complacent with food.
Get more sleep.
Make it through the last month of work with a positive attitude.
Try my best to not let anything hold me back.
Figure out a way to get into the holiday season.
Spend more time with my grandparents.
Be more honest with people.
Look for a job.
Start playing music again.
Re-reading that, I feel pretty good about it actually. Tomorrow, I’ll do another instalment of “Things I Learned This Month” and then Tuesday will be a whole new set of goals for December!
Question of the day: What’s one thing you feel you accomplished this month?