The week from hell!

25 11 2009

This week and next will hopefully be my last 2 hellish weeks. Last week I had to pull an all-nighter that messed my sleep schedule up completely, so this week I have little stamina and the most work due. Boo! 😦 Somehow I’m scrounging by, but I definitely won’t be able to post much this week.

On the bright side, I’ve been a little bit better about remembering to take food pics, so I’ll post ’em to spice this place up a bit. (Not like they’re interesting eats. Sadly, I’ve been pretty boring lately.)

The not-so pretty frittata/quiche egg thingy

Broccoli slaw with honey-lemon-garlic-soy glazed salmon

Gnocchi in a basil/oregano/1tsp margarine sauce

baked bitter melon and sweet potatoes

The baked bitter melon turned out to be sooo delicious! I couldn’t stop eating it. Who would have thunk it, huh?

Broccoli slaw salad with chicken breast

My Glo Bar order came in!

I love that there are chocolate chips in the Chi Glo Bar. Definitely my fave flavour! Cale, I’m going to have to bring you one of these the next time I see you. These things are yummy, healthy and filling!

Today's study snack

I’ll probably be pulling another all-nighter 😦 I have 5 more chapters to read by tomorrow afternoon. I should be able to pull it off (hopefully!).  And then I’ll be pulling another one tomorrow night to finish a case assignment that’s due Thursday afternoon. It’s a good thing I work best under pressure.

Wish me luck!


A late update

21 11 2009

This time of year is just crazy busy, it’s hard to be a good blogger. But I’m trying!

Here’s a little photo review of a couple of this week’s eats:


Wednesday - chicken breast w/ broccoli slaw

The spiky looking things are bitter melons.

Thursday - Giant sushi dinner!

Thursday was a bad eating day only because I was in such a rush I was only able to have a Glo Bar in the morning (technically afternoon since it was after 12 when I woke up and rushed off to class), then I didn’t get back til 6pm and was starving. I had to go straight to work, so I picked up some sushi at Sushi Villa in the Bloor West Village. I haven’t had sushi in awhile, so this was really really satisfying! I was very full, but was feeling peckish when I got home at 10 pm and ended up eating some oatmeal chocolate chip cookies while I caught up on The Office and Community (a really great TV show if you’re not watching it already!).

My run got canceled Thursday because it was raining. I also had a horrible migraine almost all day as I usually do when it rains. Lately, Advil hasn’t been working for me as well as it used to. It works for awhile, then wears off and I hate taking medication unless absolutely necessary, so 2 is the most I’m willing to take in a day. I’m going to have to find some natural methods of dealing with migraines. I read somewhere peppermint tea can help, so I’ll give that a try next time.

Because I was asked to cover my co-worker’s shift last minute, I had to forgo my swim too, so no exercise for me since Tuesday 😦 And I was feeling really strange on Friday, so I skipped my workout yesterday and decided to step up my workouts this weekend to make up for their absences this past week.

I’m going to a local craft sale later today, which I’m kind of excited about. I’m hoping to stumble upon some x-mas finds. At the very least, I’m excited for the festive environment they’re sure to have. Christmas is almost here!! And no snow yet! (Don’t want to jinx it.) I love fall weather!

Anyway, on the menu for today:

  • Green monster. I’ve replenished my spinach and Almond Breeze stock after a week of being out. It’s going to be a green monster-y goodness filled week!
  • Salmon. I just finished writing an article about foods that improve brain function, potentially helping with studying for exams. Salmon and other cold-water fatty fishes were on the top of the registered dietitian endorsed list I compiled. Omega 3 fatty acids improve blood flow to the brain, enhancing brain performance.  I’m going to try it with a maple soy glaze inspired by Eaternotarunner and her friend Emily.
  • Potato, onion, spinach, mushroom and cheese frittata adapted from this recipe. Will post a pic of it later, but it won’t be pretty! Somehow it got stuck to the casserole dish even though I sprayed it liberally with non-stick spray. Pretty much all of the pieces fell apart as I removed them from the dish and put them into a container. Oh well. I guess I’ll go back to using the cast iron skillet (and get an authentic looking frittata) next time.

More tomorrow…(or later today, we’ll see.)

Oops! I went shopping again…

19 11 2009

Well, I was hoping to save some money and wait till December to go shopping for Christmas presents and myself, but I decided I needed a new pair of Lululemon yoga pants (my old ones are a size too big! :)) and I found a gorgeous pair of Frye boots!

How badass are these?

I’m in love! They are super durable-feeling boots. These in particular have a neoprene oil resistant sole. I was looking for a pair of flat boots, but I’d heard rave reviews about Fryes and these seemed easy to walk in while giving me a much needed (I’m 5’2″) little boost.

The Lululemons are the Groove pant with a colourful red and pink waistband. I love that they offer free hemming!

Gotta head to class 😦 Will try to update with more interesting stuff (and pictures!) later 🙂

The Beginning

16 11 2009

Hello blog world! I started blogging earlier this year chronicling my ongoing weight loss efforts and I found it to be a huge help. But I wanted to create a blog that was more about life in general rather than focused specifically on my weight loss. So, here it is!

I’m in my last year of university and it is tough going! It’s also going really fast. There are only about 3 more weeks left and then it’ll only be 1 more semester!! As you can imagine, it’s been incredibly stressful 😦 yet somehow I’ve managed to be consistent with getting my cardio (30-40 mins of swimming 3-4 times a week).

I’ve also restarted taking a pilates class, which I absolutely love love love! I can’t recommend pilates more highly. It’s amazing how core strength can change your life, especially for chronic back pain sufferers like me. And as of last week, a friend and I have decided to give running outdoors a shot. We’re both beginners thinking about doing a 5km race in the spring, so we’re kinda sorta following the Couch to 5K plan. I think I’ll start a “Run with Ruby” page to track those workouts.

Okay, I’ve got to get back to studying, but hopefully there will be more to come this week. Stay Tuned!