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Fueling for Errands May 24, 2011

Filed under: Eating — Celina @ 8:32 pm

This week is a whirl-wind of activity. There are so many things I still have to prepare, things to do before I’m gone, and people to see. I figure with so many things going on, I need some pretty good food to fuel me. I woke up at 8:00 a.m. this morning and made myself a bowl of oatmeal with banana, strawberries, and one of my Cocoa Almond Bites. I followed this light breakfast with a killer, 500 Rep Workout. What a great way to start the morning? A workout this hard, needs to be followed up by a hearty lunch.

I whipped up an omelette for lunch, and plated it on top of a bed of leftover quinoa with asparagus. I made sure I packed this meal with lots of antioxidant superfoods like spinache, asparagus, and tomatoes. The base of the omelette was about a tablespoon worth of sausage. I sauteed it with spinach before adding in my egg mixture (one egg and two egg whites). When the omelette was set, I sprinkled it with a sparse amount of dairy-free cheese.

This meal was healthy and filling and kept me tied over as I did my many errands. By the end of the day I was absolutely wiped and I came home to great news. More on that later. Right now I’m asking everyone to keep their fingers crossed . . . hopefully the volcano in Iceland won’t result in my flights being cancelled. Positive thoughts please!

 

Workout Week 20: May 16 to May 22 May 23, 2011

Filed under: Training — Celina @ 6:52 pm

Monday: Drill 8 Workout (Bodyrock.tv)

What an awesome workout! I’ve done this workout before and I am happy that I have beaten my old personal best. Today’s workout took me 18:56. Last time I did this it took me 19:43. That is a great improvement in my books, especially since I pushed super hard both times. This is a small achievement that should be celebrated!

Tuesday: Trail Run (25:45)

I beat my old personal best again. Last time this run took me 26:33 and this time it took me 25:45. This has done a lot for my confidence and I am feeling really strong. More reasons to celebrate.

Wednesday: Burpees Are Forever (Bodyrock.tv)

Today’s workout focused on my upper body. This was really hard. I find that if I go a couple of days without working my arms then I lose my  hard earned muscle quickly. This workout left my arms feeling like jelly.

Thursday: 6 Minute Workout (Bodyrock.tv)

I’ve been busy preparing for the trip and studying for my MCAT so I haven’t had much time to workout. This 6 minute workout was really amazing, and I am so happy I fit this in. I felt wiped at the end.

Friday: Rest

Saturday: Hot Attack Workout (Bodyrock.tv)

This 12 minute workout was really draining, especially on my legs. I guess this is a good thing considering what I have to face on the expedition. It’s also nerve-racking because my legs were really tired. I’m not too worried though, because I’ve developed enough discipline to push through anything.

Sunday: Skipping + Abs

Being the long weekend, I didn’t really have the time or the discipline to workout hard today. Actually I did, but an intense workout never ended up happening. I did manage to squeeze some skipping and ab work in but I was really just going through the motions. I spent the entire day outside and I was active, so even if I didn’t sweat as hard as I normally do, I still feel like my body worked hard.

This week has been a whirl-wind of preparation and studying. Although I feel like I have worked out really hard, I don’t think I’ve been giving myself nutritional foods. To be honest I’ve been binge eating. It all started with the Bon Voyage party, and it carried through my weekend. Instead of being angry at myself, I’m going to eat light tomorrow and focus on feeling good. Look forward to more posts soon, as I take you through my final week until the trip. 

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Workout Week 19: May 9 to May 15 May 15, 2011

Filed under: Training — Celina @ 9:26 pm

Monday: Muscle Conditioning Class (1 hr)

This is a wonderful class that I have been going to with my mom. I find that by the end I haven’t sweat a whole lot, or worked on cardio but my muscles are absolutely dying. This class really pushes me to hit my wall, and I find that as I push through the reps my muscles burn so much that there are points where I have to take a one second break before getting right back into it.

Tuesday: Trail Run (26:33 mins)

To be quite honest my legs were sore from yesterday’s class but I still really wanted a run, to focus on my cardio. I headed to the trails and pushed really hard. I’m not too sure how far this run was, but it was amazing.

Wednesday: 14 km Bike Ride + Sexy Body Beater (Bodyrock.tv)

I biked into down town London for lunch today which really felt great. Its nice to arrive at a meal feeling like you actually need the energy. Although the bike ride took me 80 minutes, I still felt like I could push harder. At home I pushed through this great interval workout. What an awesome training day.

Thursday: I’m Into You Workout (Bodyrock.tv)

Since I was sore from the past hard core days I did a light interval workout. It still pushed me but it was a nice break from the week.

Friday: 600 Rep Workout (Bodyrock.tv)

Wow an awesome workout! If there is any workout I think you should try it is this one. This is a frightening workout. I completed it in 32:49 and every minute of it was brutal. Just the thought of having to do 60 reps of one exercise is daunting, but then realizing there are 10 exercises to complete is just terrifying. But it is amazing. My muscles were screaming.

Lesson: Make sure you stretch after this workout. I did light stretching but not enough because the next morning my hamstrings were so tight I could barely move. 

Saturday: Rest

Sunday: Put it Down on Me Workout (Bodyrock.tv)

I didn’t push as hard as I could for this workout, but considering the hard core week I had, it doesn’t bother me. My muscles feel strong and much looser since my Friday workout. I’m ready to tackle the coming week. With only 2 weeks left I’m going to keep pushing as hard as I can. Stay with me.

 

Asparagus Fritter Fish Stack May 13, 2011

Filed under: Eating — Celina @ 11:30 pm

Where's the fritters?

If you’re looking for a way to add some extra vegetable to your meal, then you’ve got to try these fritters. If you’re a fan of potato latkes, or any kind of pancake for that matter, you’ll be a fan of this meal. What exactly is this meal? I’m not to sure. I just got creative and stacked what I thought would be complimentary.

Now you can see the fritters below.

The base was two fritters which were soft, moist, and delicately crispy. The asparagus was complimented subtly by the handfull of chopped dill which really picked up the flavours of the fish, that was stacked on top. I lightly dressed a spinach salad and the acidity really enhanced the taste of the dill as well as of the fish and the asparagus. See where am I going with this? The fish was soft, flaky, and added the perfect amount of salt to tie the whole dish together.

Can you tell that this meal got me excited? Not only was it awesomely healthy, but it was creative and fun to make. I highly suggest you try it yourself. Here’s my version of the fritters. I hope you enjoy it.

The fritter. Yum.

Asparagus Fritters

Adapted from Closet Kitchens

I purposely didn’t add any salt to these fritters because I topped these with a salty fish. If you’re not going to pair these fritters with anything, then season them up just the way you like.

Ingredients:

  • 1 pound asparagus, trimmed
  • 1 handful dill, chopped
  • 1 green onion, diced
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup almond flour (*see note)
  • 2 teaspoons oil
*Note: I used almond flour to make the fritters gluten-free (for my sister). You can use any flour.
Directions:
  • Process the asparagus in a food processor.
  • Mix the asparagus, dill, green onion, flour, and egg such that the mixture holds together. I had to add a bit more flour.
  • Heat the oil in a pan.
  • Spoon the batter into a pan, I made my fritters thin, and cook until brown on both sides. Serve topped with salad and fish or any other combination. 

Enjoy!

 

Fresh Bean, Chicken, and Feta Tostada? May 12, 2011

Filed under: Eating — Celina @ 10:54 am

The lunches I’ve made have always been quite bland. In highschool I remember having sandwiches daily. I had them so often that I got to the point where I went on a sandwich rebellion and told my mom to stop buying deli meat because I would not have sandwiches! Throughout university rarely would I pack sandwiches in my lunch. Besides the monotony of sandwiches, I was also turned off by deli meat. Deli meat and mayonnaise are two things I really do not like, and coincidentally are the two things most commonly found on a sandwich.

After rebelling against sandwiches I found my lunches to be rather blah. Soup. Salad. That’s about as much variety as I got. That is until I started reading Closet Cooking. This awesome blog is written by a guy in Toronto with a similar problem. If you look at how he turned his boring meals around, you’ll be sure to see why I was inspired.

So today, instead of just having chicken with black beans like I did yesterday, I decided to make this meal a little bit more fun. I tried my hand at making a fresh taco-thing. I’ve never really had much Mexican food so I don’t know what this would be called, but I’m going to throw in the word tostada for authenticity. All I know is that the cumin spiced black beans, salty fetta, lemon chicken, and diced tomatoes worked beautifully together. It also looked very pretty, I do believe that presentation is important. For a little bit of sweetness I had a bowl of grapes and watermelon on the side. This was definitely NOT boring!

Black Bean, Chicken, and Feta Tostada?

Serves 1

Don’t be fooled by the picture. This was a small portion. That’s a 6 inch plate which is what I like to eat lunch on to control portions. With a handful of fruits on the side this meal was perfectly filling. 

Ingredients

  • 1 6″-corn tortilla
  • 1/4 cup World Famous Black Beans
  • 1 teaspoon feta
  • 1 palm sized piece of grilled lemon chicken
  • 1 quarter diced tomato

Directions

  • Place tortilla flat on a small plate.
  • Top with black beans mixture.
  • Sprinkle with feta.
  • If using cold/left over chicken then place chicken on top. (If using fresh grilled chicken then warm the beans and feta before adding).
  • Microwave for about one minute so the tortilla becomes soft, the feta melts slightly and the chicken and beans are warmed through.
  • Adorn with diced tomato. Enjoy!
 

Updates on my trip to the Arctic May 10, 2011

Filed under: About — Celina @ 9:07 pm

Great news! Yet again!

Women's hiking boots

I have updated you on the newspapers stories that explained my trip and its goal with deep inquiries into the subject. Today I would like to update you on a blog post that makes the knot in my stomach relax a bit. With such an experience it’s hard to not feel tense thinking about it. Novack’s has been and continues to be a constant supporter of my Arctic journey. You can read their post here

Until today, with your help I have managed to raise 2100$. The expenses for the journey are a bit more than double that amount and you can always find all that information and more in the widgets on the right side of my blog. An expense that I will soon undertake is buying boots for the Arctic, which will cost me 400$. I shall definitely post a picture and a review once I get them.

Once again thank you Novack’s and thank you to all that have and are helping me prepare for the trip to Svalbard.

 

Grilled Chicken, Cabbage, and Black Bean Mash

Filed under: Eating — Celina @ 8:27 pm

I haven’t shared a recipe in quite awhile but when I smelt the pungent aroma of sauteed onions, tomato paste, and black beans that would soon be my lunch I just had to share. Last night I had grilled chicken breasts in a lemon, garlic, oil, and oregano marinade. It was so tender and juicy I dreamed about it. Well, I definitely fell asleep thinking about it.

It was a no brainer that I had leftover chicken and cabbage for lunch but I was really craving a healthy side. Instead of propping the chicken on a crisp bed of lettuce, I decided to try a recipe I’ve been eyeing for awhile. With a name like World Famous Black Beans, I knew this recipe would be a killer.

With the protein and fiber from the beans this meal kept me quite full. It was great fuel for my trail run, and with all the protein and health benefits of this meal, I’m sure it would be great as a post-workout meal. I hope you enjoy it and if anyone wants the recipe for the chicken and cabbage just leave me a comment.

Enjoy the World Famous Black Beans! Are they a killer or what?

 

 
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