Sunday, 17 April 2011

Crazy weeks!!!

Last time I wrote something here was on April 1st, so I figure it's about time I start writing something. It's not that I don't know what to write, I have a few posts in my head, I just can't find a time to sit down and just write for me these days. Last Wednesday was my last night volunteering until one in the morning. Last Friday was my last day working at my previous job. This Wednesday was my first day at my new job. This Thursday night I had a 2h workshop at this other place I'm volunteering at. Between last Friday and today, I have been experiencing sore throat, itchy eyes, tiredness and getting a bit emotional. My eating was not so good last week. I have been skipping workouts. I have also started a chat with my coach at a time which wasn't planned and I usually try not to do that (I mean, I know she has a life too and I don't want her to get sick of me!). In summary, the last two weeks have been crazy.

Last Friday I got an email from my coach that said : "Do I need to stage an intervention? Lots of chocolate going on this week". Indeed that was true. I have also eaten quite a bit of French fries. This week I have tried to do better on the chocolate, but I did skip quite a few workouts, which hasn't been typical of me in the last few months. I know this is just temporary. I know I need some adjusting because the new job implies a new schedule. Some of my workouts will have to be done at other times than what I was used to and I just hope I won't have too much problems adapting. But not doing the workouts just ain't gonna cut it. I mean what's the use of paying a coach if I don't follow what she gives me, right? I need to figure out a way to make this work without being so fricking tired.

On the bright side, there was a nice lunch at work last Friday for my departure. Getting free ice cream cone on Tuesday with my friend Amelia was also nice (did I say one cone? I meant two cones...ouch!). I love the new job and the project I'm working on and the team seems really nice, there was also a nice beer and nacho afterwork meeting Friday at the new job which was fun. Also, my coach hasconvinced me that I could do a 10k in September instead of a 5k and that I should do a 5k (and maybe even 2) earlier. We've even started talking about triathlon for next year :-) (meaning that I can't start skipping workouts now!)

Anyways, I know that this was just my first week at my new workplace and there was a lot of things going on this week. I know I'll figure out a way to make all of it work. Let's just hope it doesn't take too long. Next week I plan to change some of my workout schedules. We'll see how that goes...

Friday, 1 April 2011

Getting rid of loose clothes and getting creative in the kitchen

Skinny pants has been busy this week. I had to get some paperwork done for my new job (which starts in two weeks) and I also had to deal with finding an appartment and signing a new lease among other things. So this weekend I'm taking it easy. I will still do volunteer work and I have a BBQ planned on Sunday for one of the places I'm volunteering at. And I also have spinning, running and strengths exercises to do. But aside from these "usual things", I am not planning to see much of anybody.

I have started to do a major clean-up in my wardrobe. Meaning that anything that's too big goes...I didn't realise how fun that would be. I mean getting to buy smaller sized pants was fun, but having to get rid of stuff that use to be too tight and that is now way too loose is REALLY fun. It makes me realise even more how much weight I did lose already.

The other thing I will be doing this weekend is trying new recipes. What I like to eat is changing so I need to figure out new recipes that don't take too much of my time and that will taste good. The fact that the new worplace does not have a cafeteria will also have an impact on what I'm eating. I have had it easy for lunches for a while. The food where I worked was really good and mostly healthy, but now I will have to be creative if I don't want to end up eating salads for lunch everyday (I don't like making salads AT ALL).

The recipe I created tonight was really good so I thought I would share it. Personnally, I think that the mix of sweet potato and lentils was the best part. For the other vegetables, you can take whatever vegetables you prefer, especially if you're not used to eating some of those. I'm not saying you should avoid the foods you're not used too, but I do think it's best to introduce new tastes gradually, one at a time. So here's the recipe :
  1. Preheat oven to 350 F.
  2. Boil sweet potato. 
  3. Heat some olive oil in a pan and gradually add diced onions, eggplant, zucchini and mushrooms. When cooked, put the mix in a bowl that can go in the oven (that's the first layer of the dish).
  4. Second layer : Rince canned lentils and add on top of the first layer.
  5. Third layer : Mash the sweet potato and add it on top of the second layer 
  6. Finally, put the dish in the oven for about a half hour.