July 16, 2011

Alternate protein sources…..

So today it was raining like the heavens opened up and I might need to think about building an arc…..I spent the day being totally lazy and contemplating skipping my run, even though I currently have the availability of a treadmill to use so weather is really no excuse……anyhoo while I was busy being lazy today I was thinking about alternate protein sources because A) I am poor B) I am getting sick of eating nothing but chicken…….I loathe fish….I try to eat it then it gets wasted because no matter what kind of fish no matter how it’s seasoned I still can’t bring myself to eat it…..the only type of fish I can handle is albacore tuna (the white tuna) and at 2.99 a can it’s far too rich for this student’s diet most days….how sad is that? Tuna is a luxury lol…….I rarely eat red meat…..although I could happily eat a nice slice of bbq’d moo alas I can not afford much of that either…..extra lean ground beef in the smallest butcher pack they sell usually runs about $4.00 so also not a regular option……I’m on the fence about tofu…..some I like some not so much……so most of the time my protein comes from chicken because I can buy a box of boneless skin-less for what amounts to about $1.30 a piece…..soooo the fact that I eat chicken at least 5 days a week is starting to make meals a snore…….Even with my stellar cluinary skills!……Eggs are even cheaper but I already eat those for breakfast almost every single day, and I despise eggs LOL…pork is out of the question I really do not like the taste…..sooooo once again thinking about alternate protein sources on the cheap 🙂

I was thinking beans etc….then it stopped raining and I really really had no more excuses not to run so I got dressed and off I went……I was getting into the beats and still trying to think up meals with protein other than chicken……when BLAMO! something flew in my MOUTH!!!!!!! I came dangerously close to it becoming part of my bubble gum! I spit it out….well rather I tried to spit it out….anyone who knows me knows that I do not have the ability to spit at all…..last time the need arose and I tried I ended up spitting on myself LOL…….anyway I ended up having to fish said black fly out of my mouth with my finger…..again anyone who knows me knows how traumatic this is! I hate bugs….any kind of bugs…..but the little ones are the worst…..they are sneaky….they buzz around your face and then dive bomb your ears!…..they flit around your eyes then swoop into your mouth!….disgusting…..I have a wicked gag reflex sooooo needless to say I began to gag…..picture me running down a residential street gagging and people staring like what’s up with this freak? haha!……at one point I actually had to stop running because I was in full dry heave hell…….all for a stupid little black fly!  This was NOT the alternate source of protein I had in mind!

From now on I’m stickin’ to chicken 😛


One Goal Met!

Filed under: Things I do to get fit a.k.a exercise! Eeek!, Thoughts for the day — Tags: , , , — myjourneyfromfattofit @ 1:08 pm

Can I get a whoop whoop?!!!

so the other day I finally started week 10 of my run program! yehaw! I am FINALLY running 5k again! yay me!  I gotta say it was not as hard as I had anticipated! The mind makes a heaven or hell just by thinking it and I had allowed my mind to make 5k into hell until I actually did it… more of that nonsense!

I also noticed this morning that on my calendar I had written down my next few runs wrong…….I had anticipated staying at 5k for 2 weeks to get comfy with it then beginning 10k training…..well it seems that my subconscious had other ideas….you see I had written on my calendar that I would add another 5min to my runs next week… that brings me to 4 intervals… first I was like hellllll NO…..then I thought about and I believe I am going to try it….worst case scenario it’s too much for me and I stop before injury and sit with the 5k a couple weeks……best case scenario I push myself just enough to edge into my next goal…..10k!

I”m fired up! I keep visualizing myself running 10k…wish me luck peeps…..I think I might need a better playlist for this next goal… eye of the tiger, we are the champions kind of stuff LOL

now……if I can just meet my other mini goal by July 28th…..lose another 7 pounds…..that will put me back to my weight 4 years ago when I was very athletic and pretty darn fit, as well as being halfway to my ultimate weight-loss goal…fingers crossed 🙂

July 8, 2011

A little motivation goes a long way…..

Filed under: Thoughts for the day — myjourneyfromfattofit @ 5:50 pm

When I don’t feel like getting my butt off the couch and gettin’ ‘er done, I take a look at these pics.  they motivate me and remind why I’m on this journey……..


 ….well my butt IS big…..10,000 lunges…I’ll let you know when I get there…….


Jamie Eason is one of my fitness heros….one day I hope to look half as good as she does


Is your food real?

It’s soooo worth it!


hip bones please 🙂


I am earning it……every breath….every sweat drop….every curse……every meal…..every…..single…


These are just a few of the things I use to get and/or stay motivated…..what do you do?

July 3, 2011

Week 8

Filed under: Things I do to get fit a.k.a exercise! Eeek!, Thoughts for the day — Tags: , , — myjourneyfromfattofit @ 7:09 pm

Well I started week 8 of my 10 week run program yesterday.  It is difficult, yet not difficult all at the same time…….my body is adjusting to running again and even with the increases in time every week I am getting used to the feeling and getting my stride earlier in my intervals.  I am able to catch my breath faster and the whole asthma thing is not really bothering me much except on humid days….then it feels like a troll is sitting on my chest while I run…which is awesome.  I have actually been able to start paying better attention to my form while running now….making sure I am not holding my arms to close to my chest so as not to close my chest and make breathing harder…….proper foot placement as I run instead of just thinking oh God one foot in front of the other till the bell dings… it’s more like only 2 songs to go till the bell dings 😉

I have mixed emotions.  On the one hand I am super excited that I am almost to the end of this program…..I am a runner again and I LOOOOVVVVEEEE that, it makes me feel so very free and it makes me so aware of my own body.  On the other hand, I am almost at the end of this goal… makes me anxious… makes me sad…..

crazy you say…….enjoy your success you say……I am…..but I am sad….I need big goals to be motivated and to stay motivated……I still am working on the weight-loss goal, that one will keep me busy for quite a time yet, however I feel like I am losing something the closer I get to my running goal. I like to challenge myself, and the more fit I get, the more fit I want to be.

I want to inspire people……I want to motivate others….to show that the only things that are impossible are the things you tell yourself you can’t do……I like to think big…….so I thought up my next running goal…….10k…yuppers that’s what I will be training for next……10 kilometers! YIKES! I have never run that far…..not even for chocolate!  In my previous life as a semi-fit, kinda chubby, yet muscular chick I only ever ran 5k and felt like that was an accomplishment.  Now not so much… I feel like I want to keep reaching……so 10k it will be.  i have a secret goal of running a marathon with my bestie sometime next year…..but that is still so big it’s scary so it stays in the dark recesses of my brain for now and remains secret or I’ll be too scared and give up……so for now the next big goal is 10k.  I’ll be finished my 5k plan in 2 weeks and then will maintain that until august.  In the meantime I will hunt for the right 10k training plan for me and when I find it I will post it on here for anyone else that wants to follow.

I’m a little scared…..a lot excited…..kinda like the first time a cute boy leans in for a kiss…..clammy hands……butterflies in my stomach…….little tingles all over……..and a smile from ear to ear! Can’t wait to get to 10k 😉

June 25, 2011

Back in the saddle

Filed under: Things I do to get fit a.k.a exercise! Eeek!, Thoughts for the day — Tags: , , , — myjourneyfromfattofit @ 11:31 am

well it’s been a bit of an absence and let me tell you it’s quite nice to not have pain shooting down my leg any more!  I spent about a week and a half not being able to stand upright or lie down or sit without pain. Could barely walk couldn’t put weight on one side of my body  taking muscle relaxers like candy…….I had to stop all physical activity and I have to say it just about killed me……I was going stir crazy…..however I am smart enough to know that if you do not take care of your injury it will just get worse…..soooo I spent my time sleeping on my yoga mat on the floor and passing out on muscle relaxers lol

well I am finally….FINALLLYYYYY back to exercise! yeehaw! I can not tell you how much I have missed activity since I had to stop it all.  So I’m back running , I just finished up week 6 of the program i posted on here previously and let me tell you it was sheer torture trying to do that after a week and a half of totally sedentary life – I could barely keep from checking my timer every 10 seconds….the mantra in my head was just for this song…just get through this song….I don’t think I even heard the song…..but get through it I did and the second run of the week was a little easier…..of course these were both on treadmill….a nice way to ease back in after nadda for so long……then run three this week was on pavement…..i felt like my legs were weighed down… was sooo much harder of course but I completed it….albeit at a snail’s pace but done without stopping non the less… yay me!  i feel great today very happy that i am back on track …..even slept better…..tomorrow I start week 7!  just a couple of weeks away from finishing this program and being able to run 5k again! It feels so great to be able to say that I am a runner again!  my next goal starting in august will be to continue training up to 10k!

well I would love to keep writing but I’m starved to death…tummy is rumbling loudly and must go make a frittatta to satisfy 🙂

ohh on a side note am now down 33 pounds! hope to lose 15 more in the next 5 weeks but we will see what happens – healthy first then pounds

June 20, 2011

Siatic Nerve is gettin’ on my nerves!

Filed under: Things I do to get fit a.k.a exercise! Eeek!, Thoughts for the day — myjourneyfromfattofit @ 5:49 pm

well I know it’s been a bit of a gap since I posted – but I have been having an issue with my sciatic nerve.  It began a little over a week ago and the pain was travelling down my leg and deep in my tushy! I have not been able to run or do any form of exercise and have been loopy on muscle relaxers all week.

However my faithful readers… is a new day! I woke up today pretty much pain-free YAY!!! I decided to give it one more day just to be on the safe side – no use aggravating this again and having to take another week off…..sooo that said I will be back at it tomorrow……I am on week 6 of my run program….who knows where I’m at any longer on the 30 day challenge program lol….but never fear..I’ll be back in the saddle sweatin’ it out again tomorrow full force and I’ll keep y’all updated on how it goes…..I’m praying a week off of running hasn’t set me back too much but I guess I’ll find out tomorrow when I hit the pavement again…Eeeeekkk!


June 9, 2011

I am Bulletproof

Filed under: Things I do to get fit a.k.a exercise! Eeek!, Thoughts for the day — Tags: , , — myjourneyfromfattofit @ 8:05 pm

Well it has been a hectic week to say the least.  I had to move out of the place I have been staying because I just could not tolerate having to wear my flip-flops into the filthy black shower, wiping my flat mates menstrual blood off the toilet seat so I could use it, and lying awake until 4am every other night thinking up ways to make her incessantly barking dog into a nice quiet puppy rug.  I found another place on the very last day I had available to move or stay stuck in hell and pay my rent – what a relief!  So move I did – in record time I might add!  Also got a text from my scumbag ex to tell me not to worry if I see his car in my neighbourhood – he is just dating my next door neighbour now! no big deal – just 30 days after we break up -can we say afraid to be alone much?  LMAO – talk about pathetic – low-class – trash –  but mission accomplished it hurt – just enough to block him on every electronic means of communication and change my cell number – and hey if the old toothless hag next door wants my sloppy seconds – and he is happy with the town bike – well hell who am I to stand in the way of true love? LOL

so what is a girl to do? turn to chocolate and LOTS of it you say….mmmmm….good idea….no, no NOOOO bad bad idea, I’m like a junkie with a big ‘ol bag of heroin for chocolate, once i start I’ll do anything to get my next fix – best for all just not to start….omg what to do so i don’t run to the store and buy up every bit of chocolately goodness in site?

ohhh right today is run day……hmm it’s raining……eat a yogurt, sure this is just as good as chocolate yeah really it is…..dammit rain stopped……gaawwwwddd……lace ’em up……stuff your ears with little white buds……turn it up…..waaayyyy up…….listen to La Roux bulletproof


Been there, done that, messed around
I’m having fun don’t put me down,
I’ll never let you sweep me off my feet,
I won’t let you in again, the messages I’ve tried to send,
my informations’ just not going in,
burnin’ bridges shore to shore, I’ll break away from something more,
I’m not to not to love until it’s cheap,
been there, done that, messed around,
I’m having fun don’t put me down,
I’ll never let you sweep me off my feet,

This time baby,
I’ll be,
Bulletproof x2

I won’t let you turn around,
and tell me now I’m much too proud,
to walk away from something when it’s dead,
do do do your dirty words come out to play when you are heard,
there’s certain things that should be left unsaid,
tick tick tick tick on the watch and life’s too short for me to stop,
Oh baby, your time is running out,
I won’t let you turn around,
and tell me now I’m much too proud,
All you do is fill me up with doubt,

This time baby I’ll be bulletproof x2
This time baby I’ll be bulletproof x2
This time I’ll be bulletproof x2
This time maybe I’ll be bulletproof x2
This time baby I’ll be bulletproof x2


……and run until your legs feel like lead…….aaahhh much better 🙂


June 5, 2011

My recent food intake

Filed under: Fuel a.k.a what I eat, recipes — myjourneyfromfattofit @ 12:02 pm

I am posting a few of my recent meals – there are no real recipes per say – as I said before I am more of a throw stuff together and hope it tastes good kinda grrl 😛

so the first is a stuffed turkey meatloaf I made:

mmmm mmmm good!

I purchased a small package of ground lean turkey.  It was enough to make one small meatloaf in one of those disposable tin foil pans.  this is enough to last me several meals.  I added some spices, garlic (I looove garlic!) thyme, onion, parsley and basil.  I put about half of it in the pan and layered Portobello mushrooms, zucchini and yellow pepper.  Then finished off with another layer of turkey, hence the stuffed meatloaf.  I boiled up a sweet potato, pureed it in my blender topped it with pepper and Bob’s your uncle!

The decided one day I am not getting enough salads in my diet but needed something with a bit of protein to keep me full long enough to get to the next meal time.

kitchen sink tuna salad

so this salad was made with romaine lettuce, avocado, low-fat old cheddar cubes, one entire boiled omega 3 egg, half a can of albacore tuna, cherry tomatoes, cucumber, red pepper and I think some yellow peppers too.  I made my own dressing with about a tablespoon of EVOO and balsamic vinegar and a little cayan pepper sprinkled over top.

Next thing I made was a recipe from the april/may clean Eating magazine.  while there is an actual recipe for this I don’t want to violate any copyright by posting it –  It is called 5 onion soup.  it pretty near killed me with the acid coming off all the onions and although it is a pretty good soup it tastes like it is missing something to me and I can’t for the life of me figure out what.  I also think if I make this again I will probably try a beef broth base instead and of course purchase a gas mask to cut all the damn onions with! lol

sweating the onions

 this is stage one – onions are chopped and they are “sweating” – cooking down I guess basically

bubble, bubble toil and trouble.....

next stage: cooking away, well simmering really, for quite a while, required to let simmer for 20 min then stir then simmer then stir, got really quite annoying after a while
the final product, with a little piece of toasted baguette and some goat cheese on top!  overall this soup was pretty labour intensive and not good enough for me to rush out and make again – but could be a great base for some other type of soup or stew  and if I do attempt this one again I will definitely make it with a beef broth base instead.
……and now for the best part……Friday night PIZZA!
I made a multigrain flat bread pizza this friday night – I live in a rural area right now – so unfortunately I had to make do with what was at the grocery store – there were no Ezekiel bread or super clean options – sooo I picked up a multigrain flatbread – that was mostly clean and made do.
multigrain flat bread pizza

I spread basil/garlic pesto all over the crust, then layered with various types of gourmet tomatoes (they were on sale this week at the grocery store) no idea what they were other than various sized/shaped red and yellow tomatoes, red pepper slices, mushrooms, spinach, goat cheese and drizzle of balsamic vinegar.  baked in the oven for about 20 min on 425 and gobbled up with a tables spoon of EVOO for dipping. this was awesome! very flavourful and pretty close to totally clean!

those were my adventures in food this week – hope you enjoyed as much as I did 😉

June 3, 2011

First outdoor run

Filed under: Things I do to get fit a.k.a exercise! Eeek!, Thoughts for the day — Tags: , , — myjourneyfromfattofit @ 7:33 pm

Well last night after work I decided to run outdoors.  I have been running on a treadmill for the last 2 weeks and had intended to continue for at least the next 2 weeks.  However as I said in a previous post I have been upping my speed much more than I expected when running on the treadmill lately and kind of felt like it might just be time to take on the hard pavement.

so off I went.  into the great wide open, or at least through the suburban sprawl that is my neighbourhood (yes that is spelled right – I’m Canadian we spell “our” NOT “or”)   😛  anyway off I went – at first meh no big deal, I don’t need no stinkin treadmill – treadmills are for babies – 2nd interval – breathing laboured,exercise induced asthma in full swing, wind in my face like a big cold hand pushing me backwards – put the music up louder and suck it up princess – 3rd interval getting my stride, this is allllllright! – 4th interval – wind, tornado, monsoon, can’t breathe, walk break, walk backwards to catch my breath, 5th interval God help me I’m almost speed walking instead of running, wind is like a brick wall, legs full of lactic acid, feel like lead, where’s that damned egg from the commercials when you need a little push??……ooohhhhh 6th interval downhill!!! yehaw! easy peasy chicken pot pie! 7th interval – last one! raining – awesome – now cold AND wet – DONE! cool down walk home, rain stops, throw in an extra interval for good measure – tomorrow is week 4 and time increases again heaven help me…found a trail nearby think i will try that – nice soft gravel instead of unforgiving pavement……

knees ache slightly today, a little from the first outdoor run and a little from the cold rainy weather and my arthritis….tiniest feeling of shin splints so need to do even more exercises and stretches before next outdoor run…..dreaming of smooth, toned, muscular runners legs *sigh*

May 30, 2011

Run Playlist May 2011

Filed under: My Playlists — myjourneyfromfattofit @ 8:59 pm

Bon Jovi – It’s my life, Livin on a prayer, wanted dead or alive

Daft Punk – harder, better, faster, stronger ( a better take on the lame-o kanye west’s version)

Fergie – fergalicious (’cause I be workin’ on my fitness :P)

Pink – so what, raise your glass

The Veronicas – untouched (because I like the violins)

Miley Cyrus – Can’t be tamed

All American Rejects – gives you hell

Black Eyed Peas – I got a feelin, don’t stop the party

Ke$ha – blah blah blah

CeeLo – forget you

LeRoux – bulletproof (because I like the beat and it happens to be a great break up anthem for the summer)

Brittany Spears – till the world ends

Rhianna – S&M

Katy Perry – ET

Green Day – know your enemy

Martin Solveig & Dragonette – hello

Lady Gaga – born this way

I don’t really have any slower songs on here right now – but I like a good beat so I can cool down to this type of music anyway 🙂

hope you like my playlist – what do you listen to when you work out????



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