I’m home! And Workouts Last Week

Hey chickies! Over the weekend I drove back to Aurora and then on to KW. Even though travelling always leaves me feeling pooped, I’m beyond excited to be back in my own space, and starting OB :). I’m really hoping to get a good sense of what the lifestyle is like and whether I can handle it. Onto a quick recap of my workouts this week!

Screen Shot 2014-03-24 at 9.07.12 PM

Monday – 3.7 mi run @ 8:31/mi Ok, this was a huge deal. After an early shift on Monday and not getting to sit/eat/pee all day in a crazy ER, I was beyond tired when I got home. Add the -10 degree weather and it was just so tempting to stay curled up in my bed instead of going for a run. I ended up giving myself a serious pep talk, including “look at that dress. Don’t you want it to still fit?” and “remember your not-so-great mileage last week and that oh-so-lofty goal you set for yourself?”. Finally, it came down to “just put on a bunch of gear, get out there and run one mile. Then you can turn around if you want”. Well, once I got going it wasn’t half bad :). A nice slow run in the fading sunshine was a great, if chilly, way to end the day.

Tuesday – 3.7 mi run @ 8:03/mi Another battle with myself to get out the door, so I just did the exact same loop as yesterday. Quick and dirty but still counts!

Wednesday – 3.2 mi run @ 8:10/mi I struggled to leave the hospital at a reasonable time and only had time for a shorter run before dark, but still a nice evening in Ottawa.

Thursday – off Another late shift + rain = no run today! Thought about doing abs but decided I should pack instead!

Friday – off Worked till 6 then drove home from Ottawa, so no time to squeeze in a run. It always surprises me how I really feel the second day off. Missing one day of activity is not a huge deal for me, but by the time it’s been 48 hours since my last workout, I’m really getting antsy!

photo (1)

Saturday – 3.1 mi run @ 7:51/mi My mom’s sister lives only 5km away, so I ran over to her place to see my cousins and grandfather today. It is so, so nice to be back home, even if only for a little while. My favourite thing about this run, though, is the negative splits! Even with lottsss of elevation and a stop light in the middle, I managed to be under 8:00 average and faster all the way!

Sunday – 3.1 mi run @ 8:23/mi and 40 min walk with Mom Started off this gorgeous sunny day with a walk with my Mom to the nearby Starbucks… because as my Dad said, the coffee wasn’t going to get itself! The caffeine jolt carried me through until early evening, when I went for a quick run back in KW. So nice to be in my usual neighbourhood, minus the part where I died on the hills!

Totals: 16.8 mi / 2:17:41

 

Advertisements

Have a lovely weekend!

6faa607208e2721608484822ffd16efc

Hi! Can’t believe the weekend is already here! Do you have any plans? I’m wrapping up my month in Ottawa today, and driving home to Aurora with my best friend from undergrad before going back to KW for 6 weeks of OB/GYN. I can’t wait to see my family and get settled back into my apartment. I missed my clothes (oh, and my friends:)! Plus, I love OB, so this should be a great rotation.

Here are a few links I’ve enjoyed from around the internet this week – hope you like them!

xoxo

Yum. This really makes me want sunshine. And a personal chef.

This awesome website has me practising my Italian, French and Spanish. It’s really fun, and makes me want to go back to Europe and never leave :).

Grownups acting out kids’ scripts (this one‘s my favourite)!

I am newly addicted to this – add red wine and Scandal and I’m in heaven!

I am so, so ready for summer (and wearing a few new finds!)

All set to order this major investment, which has been a long time coming. Deep breaths.

So true!

P.S. If you’d like to see more of what I’m up to, you can always follow along on Instagram or Pinterest!

(Image via)

Online to On the Table

46c1de246d70d6f3878351cc065ea06b

In the interest of full disclosure, I have to say that most weeknights I’m pretty lazy about dinner, especially if I’m cooking for one. I end up eating some version of salad + some kindof protein, and then snacking through the rest of the night when I get hungry. Yesterday, for example, after I had salad and 3 turkey meatballs, I also ate popcorn, baby carrots, a hard-boiled egg, raspberries and a yogurt cup. I love snacking but I also miss sitting down to dinner with my family at the end of the day. So, I thought I’d try (at least once a week) to cook a dinner from my Pinterest board of ideas that reminds me of those dinners (major appreciation for my busy working mom getting a hot, fresh and really nutritious dinner on the table 6-7 nights/week!).

This week, I’m trying a recipe I had pinned from The Everygirl, but which is actually from Gwyneth Paltrow’s new cookbook, “It’s All Good“. The recipe is “Curried Cauliflower and Chickpeas”. I modified the recipe only ever so slightly, in the kinds of mustard I used and in that I didn’t have white wine vinegar, so I used lemon juice instead.

  • 1 large head cauliflower, broken into florets
  • extra-virgin olive oil
  • salt and pepper
  • 1 teaspoon curry powder
  • 1 14-ounce can chickpeas, rinsed and drained
  • 1 tablespoon dijon mustard (I used a really coarse one from Maille – yum)
  • 1 tablespoon honey mustard
  • 2 teaspoons honey
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger (fresh if you have it!)
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1/4 cup chopped Italian parsley
  • coarse sea salt

Serves: 4 / Calories per serving: 295 / Prep time: 5 min / Cook time: 40 min

I loved how inexpensive this was! I already had most of the ingredients on hand, and only had to buy cauliflower as a more unusual (but still much loved) grocery item!

The recipe itself is really simple. Preheat the oven to 425F. Combine 2-3 tbsp olive oil, salt and pepper, and curry and toss it in a big bowl with the cauliflower. Then, spread the cauliflower on a lined baking sheet, and bake for 20 min. While that’s going, rinse the chickpeas and set them aside. In a small bowl, combine the mustards, honey, ginger and lemon juice.

Once the 20 minutes are up, add the chickpeas to your baking sheet and bake for another 20 minutes. If (like me) you’re already starving at this point, start your meal with a mixed greens salad!

When the cauliflower and chickpeas are nice and roasted, put them back in the big bowl and toss them with the honey & mustard mixture. Add the parsley and serve warm.

Here’s my final version:

image (7)

I thought it came out pretty good! I used yellow/orange cauliflower (mostly because it was on sale for $1 at the grocery store!) but I thought it made the dish look great. I would definitely make this again, and I easily have enough for lunch tomorrow. Win-win.

(top image via)

Favourite Reads

Hello!

Since I’m just getting back into blogging, I thought I’d do a round-up of some of the blogs I’ve been reading lately. Some I’ve followed forever, and a few are a little newer, but I definitely check them all every day (via my trusty Feedly!).

Screen Shot 2014-03-23 at 5.10.29 PM

Up first is A Cup of Jo, the very popular blog written by New Yorker Joanna Goddard. She has a great combination of funny, interesting, random, and personal posts, and somehow always manages to write with the sweetest and most endearing voice. I’ve never met her, but I still want to be her best friend!

Screen Shot 2014-03-23 at 5.15.08 PM

Next would be Humans of New York. Brandon Stanton is a photographer who goes out and captures the best portraits of everyday New Yorkers, and then he maxes out the awesome by asking them thought-provoking questions. It’s an awesome mix of funny, poignant, and just plain random (plus, it’s a book too!).

IMG_20131102_2339471

Meals and Miles is a newer addition to my blog reading habit – I’ve only been following along with Meghann for about 6 months. When I read her post about finishing an Ironman, though, I was totally sold on her being the coolest person ever.

Screen Shot 2014-03-23 at 5.26.22 PM

Roni’s Weigh is another blog I’ve been reading for a longggg time – probably 4 years now! My favourite thing about this blog is that Roni is so open about the things she struggles with – body image, family, work, time-management – no topic is off limits and I appreciate how tough that would be.

Screen Shot 2014-02-11 at 8.20.06 PM

Last but not least is the ShuBoxBlog, written by Sarah (aka SHU). She’s a pediatric endocrinologist in Florida, and a lover of organizing, running, and medicine (which means I totally relate to 99% of things she says).

Tuesday Musings: On “Good Enough”

Screen Shot 2014-03-23 at 8.29.28 PM

When I thought about returning to blogging, one of the things I knew for sure was that I really didn’t want to end up writing only fluffier pieces. Don’t get me wrong, I love fashion posts as much as the next girl, but I also wanted the blog to reflect my life and the things I’m thinking about a little more than it has in the past. I’ll probably play around with this column in the next little while, but for now I’ll try to post these articles on Tuesdays. If there’s a topic that you think is relevant and want to hear more on, feel free to send me an email! Since this post is a bit of a doozy, I’m putting it after a jump. Click through to read more!

Continue reading “Tuesday Musings: On “Good Enough””

Happy Monday and This Week’s Workouts

28df5fd39640c48ae424dbe1059d82f1

Good morning!

I didn’t get much in for workouts last week, and I’m getting a little worried about my mileage for this year’s running goal. Last year I was aiming for 1000 km, and ended up running just under 1300. So, this year I decided that I would aim for 1400. Well, I guess I didn’t really consider a busy clerkship and rough winter, so I’m not quite where I should be a quarter of the way through the year (!!). That’s ok, though, I’ll just have to pick it up from here. Cross your fingers that Spring arrives soon!

Monday – off

Tuesday – 2.9 mi run at 8:05/mi

Wednesday – 3 mi run at 8:03/mi

Screen Shot 2014-03-23 at 4.43.38 PM

Thursday – Barre class! It was such a snowy and cold week here in Ottawa. By Thursday I could not face another blustery (and therefore short!) run outside, so I started googling some fitness classes. I ended up stumbling across InsideOut, a barre studio not too far from where I’m staying, and decided to check it out. I think my favourite thing about it was the style/feel of the studio! I’m always in favour of workouts that call me gorgeous at 6 AM :). The class is based on lots of very small, isometric movements, and it BURNED. I was glad to feel sore all over the next day (I always love that my body is telling me I had a great workout) but I also felt that I didn’t use much energy – no cardio leaves me feeling antsy.

Friday – 2 mi run at 8:06/mi

Saturday – off

Sunday – Barre class Went to another class on Sunday since it’s been cold and overall I enjoyed the atmosphere. I don’t think I’ll be back, though. The first class was a free trial, but this one was $22! For only 60 minutes it’s a little too pricey.

Totals: 8 mi, 184 min

(image via)

Happy weekend!

What are you up to this weekend? I’m working tomorrow, but then on Sunday I’m hoping to visit Montreal for a day – now to start practicing my French!

Totally craving these guys since I saw them on Pinterest a few days ago

I’m pretty sure everyone on the Internet has already read this article, but it was still fascinating (and kind of moving!)

Been listening to this song, and this one, on repeat this week.

I’m always trying to drink more water, and I love these ideas to keep it interesting.

There might be hope for bad hair days, yet.

I absolutely can’t justify it, but I’m still jones-ing for a pair of these guys.

I’ve been trying out this really interesting technique for learning new things. Can’t wait to see if it improves how much I’m retaining!

Alyssa

(Image above via Pinterest)