Chugga chug chug…I can DO IT!

Allons-y! That is the word for this week, for you that are unaware, that is Doctor Who speech for “let’s go!”

Yesterday I jumped out of bed at 7:15 am, and flew through T25 Alpha Cardio, ate pretty well, even though I ordered Mexican. Side Note – Under The Volcano in London, ON knows how to make great Vegan Mexican Food and emphasize on Vegan care. However, this place serves to non-vegan clientele as well, so perfect for mixed company. I will not say working out is a breeze this week, I definitely have to chug along mentally to get myself psyched into workout mode. As my soon to be Nephew-inlaw would say, I need to not give up, “be like Thomas”.

Song of the day is inspired by my mom, she loves this song and when she had her aneurysm I listened to it on almost repeat to keep me going and find my smile.

I was looking over my food tracker, wow what flavour all day, guess you do not notice until you look at the day as a whole.

T25 Day 8 Food Intake

As I mentioned previously I flew through Cardio, only got a little unbalanced during one of the lunge progression.

Focus T25 Alpha Phase Calendar - Day 8

I am really getting in the habit, I swear my own little motivational memes keep me going. Do not give up, but make sure you do your thing, just because said friend lost it doing one thing doesn’t mean it is for you.

 

 

It was like BAM..KAPOW…..EXTERMINATE!

Met a creative little fashionista. I told her she better keep it up so I can one day enter her boutique and get some geeky inspired attire.

As I mentioned Friday, Saturday was Free Comic Book Day….Definitely one of my favorite reasons for an outing. We had some chilly and damp moments but it was so much fun. Lots of friends, met some interesting people, saw some creative costumes. Sowith Superheroes on the mind, today’s Song of the Day is….

The DC Universe was definitely outweighing all others this year 🙂

In regards to workouts, I did not get out of work early enough to get over to Yoga Shack *serious pout*. However, between 9 am to 3 pm-ish Saturday I was on my feet across Downtown London, ON (1.06 miles apparently). Sunday time definitely got away from me, I was in and out of my apartment to do laundry, I measured and installed corner shelving in my apartment. Which led to the reorganizing of the entire main area of my apartment, obviously lifting dust particles resulting in some deep cleaning. I also baked some bread for the boyfriend…My tracker on Sunday read 699 calories burned by the time I finally relaxed, I could believe it my arms were noticeably worked out.

A guy made and electronically operated this Dalek. It had voice modifier and even played the theme song. (there is a very petite man in there) Click to see video

So even with hiccups, I would say I did better with fitness this weekend then I did nutrition. I bought Gardein Chick’n Sliders at 3 pm-ish Saturday and we will call that Dunch (Lunch & Dinner). I was in damp conditions all day, did not have an appetite when I first awoke so it is what it is.

Sunday I was surprised with a celebratory Lunch with the best in-laws someone could ever have. and even though it was not the meals I had planned on I was at least closer to a balanced intake and to the 1100 cal intake suggested for the 5 day weight loss boost T25 offers.

And my Friday, Saturday, Sunday Nutrition tracking –

T25 Day 5 Food IntakeT25 Day 6 Food IntakeT25 Day 7 Food Intake

I would say I could have done a lot worse for sure, and I overall had an amazing weekend, Family is healthy and happier by the day, Community fully participating in some leisurely fun, and I wasn’t just bumming around.

 

Some Way, Some How

TGIF everyone! So excited for the weekend tomorrow. I need to do my weigh in after 1 week complete, but also it is FREE COMIC BOOK DAY. The boyfriend and I will walk from one place to the next starting bright eyed and bushy tailed first thing in the morning. I will wear my step counter tomorrow. I am in such a good mood the Song of the Day is presented to you in my two favorite movie forms.

Tempeh over coleslaw

Tempeh over coleslaw

I find I put a lot more energy into lunch rather than dinner, so I had Marinated Tempeh Steaks over Coleslaw with a Sesame Seed Vinaigrette Dressing.

This dish was inspired by a Vegan Tempeh Reuben Sandwich, but I didn’t want something as heavy as bread and… TaDa!

T25 Day 4 Food Intake

T25 Day 4 Food Intake

Even with the Nesquick Chocolate milk and skipping my original dinner plans for leftovers I feel I rocked at a healthy days worth of meals….and mmmmm Silk Almond Chocolate Milk 😛

Friday’s Fitness plans so far are going smoothly, minus the lack of bike riding to and from work instead of walking…However, I will use my bike as a quick mode of transportation from home to Hot Yoga at Yoga Shack – On Ann Street, it’s a free community class…

I Love when I can combined my interests with my couponing and saving addiction, lol

 

Focus T25 Alpha Phase Calendar - Day 5

Focus T25 Alpha Phase Calendar – Day 5

On Sunday I plan on doing the recommended Stretch T25 Video…Heads up I will not post my Saturday Weigh ins until I have completed T25….

 

 

NO…Not Going To Take It…ANYMORE

Based on the title of the post most of you can venture a guess at the Song of the Day….Yup, Twisted Sisters…not my favorite band, but this song pops in my head whenever I have had enough. And this week is a whole lot of “I have had enough”. Only thing that really is running smoothly is my Meal Plan and T25 Workout schedule.

Braised Seitan Tacos on Sprouted Corn Tortillas

 

I happily received my new cookbook earlier than the late delivery date…So it i early, but late at the same time….Just happy to have it. And on that note yesterday was a successful Nutrition day, I was able to use my braised seitan ribs in multiple ways.  Such as the tacos I had at lunch YUMMY.

 

T25 Day 3 Food Intake

 

 

I find that each day I get further away from a cardio video the more coordinated I get. Make me crunch, squat, mountain climb, but quick steps with arm moves combined is asking for me to fall or end up in a human Knot. Friday is a big day with 2 T25 workout videos and hopefully a relaxing Hot Yoga class after work. Yoga means I get to pull out my bike, cardio I am more than happy to embrace 🙂

Day 4

 

On a great note, as I began writing this pot, my day went from horrendous to a little better to awesome. My older sister called and I had an opportunity to hear my 1 month old niece, Mia, coo. Had a lengthy conversation about this and that like my sis and I used to back in our carefree days. I swear yeterday I lived in Alberta and I was 15 and then I blinked and BAM I have a Niece, Debt, and I am 28, WOW.

 

I would have aid Heck, but it gets the point across

 

Harder, Better, Faster….

I was super motivated this morning, even though I slept in almost 20 minutes past alarm :-/ …My boyfriend was sweet and vacated the living room ASAP (ASAP included the time it took to move the coffee table…aww so sweet, I know). I jumped into action for Alpha Day 3 Total Body Circuit workout, which brings us into my song of the day….classic, but true to my day in every way.

Very impressed, only felt slightly out of sync at one move

Very impressed, only felt slightly out of sync at one move

Now Nutrition, the only hiccup is the coke and rum (would of been happier with a glass of Merlot, but I was all out) I enjoyed my drink as I slaved over another One Green Planet Recipe. Vegan Braised Seitan Short Ribs in Spicy Chile Sauce for those who were curious, I plated it over Quinoa and Wilted Garlic Kale toss…NOM

http://www.onegreenplanet.org/vegan-recipe/braised-seitan-short-ribs-in-spicy-chile-sauce/

Lunch today will be chopped short rib over a bed of romaine in a organic corn soft tortilla with the sauce I made by reducing the strained, braising liquid. I think if I made cashew cream it would compliment this, but not going to do it.

I also received notice that my much delayed cookbook order will finally arrive by Monday, I am excited to read “Mayim’s Vegan Table”. I have many great cookbooks, such as “Appetite for Reduction”, “Happy Herbivore Light & Lean”, “Practically Raw”, “Great Gluten-Free Vegan Eats”, “Happy Herbivore Abroad”, and a few others. Between these, Mayim’s, and my Grounded Nutrition 30 Day Meal Plan E-File I feel it should be easy to keep myself from feeling the need for convenience foods. Especially if I remember how inconvenient they are to my goals.

http://www.amazon.ca/gp/product/0738217042/ref=oh_details_o01_s00_i00?ie=UTF8&psc=1

Yesterdays calculator:

Day 2 Food Intake

Day 2 Food Intake

 

 

 

Keep on Moving

We will start with my favorite part…SONG OF THE DAY of course, and the winner is….

I received a prep for 5K from Happy Herbivore a little while back that I think is designed for everyone and is very well set up regarding how to personalize it and not get deterred.

http://happyherbivore.com/2013/06/free-couch-5k-program-ebook-recipes/

Since I do not believe it is necessary to be soaked in muggy city rain water I am skipping the 5K training outdoors and replacing it with the following.

This is hilarious and perfect. Now I can exercise AND watch one of my favorite disney movies at the same time!!

Yesterday I successfully tracked my food, and even though it scored me as high in the carbs category, a lot of my carbs were beans and veggies. Maybe I could have skipped the 7 grain salad, or had a smoothie instead of toast but I am not going to harp on it. I would like to up the protein amount a bit.

T25 Day 1 Food Intake

T25 Day 1 Food Intake

We will have to see tomorrow how well I tracked and planned out my food today. Due to a certain significant other I also lost maybe 5 minutes of the Day 2 T25 Alpha workout, which is sad, maybe I will redo it if Tangled workout doesn’t do me in for the day 😉

Focus T25 Alpha Phase Calendar - Day 2.

Focus T25 Alpha Phase Calendar – Day 2.

Scored myself a less than. I kept up to tempo, even though I was a little less than coordinated at times, but ultimately not completing all 25 minutes is not okay, even if it was a minute.

 

I Cannot tell a lie, my bottom half is killing me, some of the moves in Speed 1.0 remind me of Will Smith dancing in Fresh Prince of Bel Air, and when your not coordinated it is a painful mess, lol.

 

 

WAIT, Rewind…and Restart

I have been having a little problem managing stress lately so lets start with song of the day and it is going to be….

I had a great and unique hair cut experience at the Cut-A-Thon for Parkinson in London on April 27th,

https://www.facebook.com/parkinsonsociety

I chose Studio H as my salon location. It was a $40 donation and I was surprised with a gift bag. Inside the bag was a Full-size Finishing Spray, replenishment serum samples and shampoo and conditioner samples. I was lucky to have an ambassador of L-Oreal, by the name of Heather Wenman Scratch cut my hair. It was a blast, and she filled me in on Green Circle Salon Campaign that is quickly growing in the Salon world.

Info:

http://london.ctvnews.ca/video?clipId=349635

App: 

https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.app_mygreensalon.layout

me with morning glow

Relaxed style for work…with a mornign workout glow

Me & Heather - I always blink lol

Me & Heather – I always blink, lol – but very fun up-do

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

As much fun as I had, I saw a shot of me that I really didn’t like and it has amped me up to restart my fitness goals. Tracking my food again, drinking my tea rather than coffee, and I am restarting Force T25.

I wish there was a button for when you almost Nailed it so hence the "better than symbol" ;-)

I wish there was a button for when you almost Nailed it so hence the “better than symbol” 😉

I am attending the Color Run and have an open invitation to join a team, which sounds like so much fun. I plan on completing the daily requirements of the above workout, the 5K prep suggested by the Color Run page, and hopefully a good Hot Yoga stretch here and there. I will also be using the Grounded Nutrition 30 Day Meal Plan to help boost my immediate results and get me on a path away from my vices

 

 

 

 

 

Those 2 Boxes of Hair Dye Will Be $30.99…I DO NOT THINK SO!

I only bought 2 things that were not on my list and really good savings…spent $48.84, but with $10 worth of pts really $38.84

I am an Optimum Member at Shoppers and that is one of many store cards I have and Shoppers was having the 8000 Points for $50 before tax purchase….We all know it does not take a lot of items to add up to $50.00 worth of product. Which in this economy is a horrible reality.

So for this trip, I went into the store found my items, found what sales were going on, go home flip through the coupon binder, flip through the flyer to make sure I didn’t miss anything and I can get as much as possible for my Dollars.

Luckily I also had:

– a $10 Shoppers Gift Card, and

– $10 worth of Optimum points to add to this trip.

– Nail Polish was B1G1 and Revlon nail polish was buy 2 and get 2000 PTS,

– Oasis Juice on sale for $2.99 and receive 1200 PTS

– Sassoon Dye was on sale for $12.99 and I had a $5.00 coupon from Elle Beauty Box

–  Olia Dye was on sale for $14.99 and I had a $3.00 coupon from ?save.ca?…I think

– Bf’s Minute Rice on sale for 2/$4.00

– Triscuits were on sale for $1.99 and I had $1.00 off coupon

– Toothpaste was on sale for $2.99 and I had a $1.00 off coupon

– Coke was on sale for $2.99 and I had a 2 for 1 coupon

– Monsters were on sale 2/$5.00

 

Silk Almond Milk was a guilty pleasure for regular price of $4.79 and the extra items (Becel and Monsters) for the boyfriend

 

I find  it is difficult if you are trying to maximize your savings in a store where the manager can be a little….abrupt, and you feel like an inconvenience, but remember the world is not fair. We as a society would be lucky if Housing Costs were only 30% of our monthly income, then you factor in student loans, food (even harder if you have food restriction), dependents, unexpected necessities (medicine, physical rehabilitations/ alignments, etc), clothing…as you know the list goes on. This is why I refuse to really feel bad, I am a customer, the companies provide these discounts and reimburses the retailer (and it is not like the store employees are paying for the stock). I have a right to a few treat items, making that occasional home hair-dye a possibility by scraping the cost down in other areas is a reasonable expectation. And to do so I find all resources available to me…

 

My "Bag" of Tricks

My “Bag” of Tricks

Things I Use to Optimize My Savings

– I receiving email Flyers, coupon blog emails (Mrs.January, Extreme Canadian Couponing, etc),

– save.ca is a great way to combine multiple online couponing resources, as well as other coupon sites

– Store Discount Cards, Banks cards that provide rewards, Stamp/punch cards

– Subscribe to Sample sites, a 5 minute survey once in a while is soooo worth it I promise

– Subscribe to flyer deliveries (sometimes flashing the flyer off a tablet or phone will not be enough for a store clerk

– Coupon binder that is organized (I use chapter dividers and “cardholder pages”)

– Follow all blogs, coupon sites, favorite brands, companies, etc on Social Media ***ESPECIALLY Facebook***

– Get familiar with annual giveaway days and do not give up (Top Right corner of 2nd picture is the wallet and purse I won as a Grand Prize through Susan Nichole Handbags (https://www.facebook.com/SusanNicholeHandbags)

– Research your local market places and stores

– Know where you freebies are (Kids eat free, It’s your birthday enjoy a ______, 1/2 price Tuesdays, etc)

 

It should be noted that I have not paid for razor blades in _____ ….WOW, I do not remember, I have not needed to purchase Laundry Soap since prior to moving to London 3 years ago, and toothbrushes I get free, along with various other things. Note there is a difference between not paying and not needing to purchase, it is exactly that (razors free and laundry soap is still stocked 😀 )

 

SPECIAL NOTE: If you need a minimum coupon count to order that 1 coupon you want, do not let them go to waste…a little scotch tape as you go through an aisle you can “Pay it Forward”….I never say “well I have a coupon so it is worth buying….”. the hair dye I bought may have a high reg price but after discoutn and coupons it matched the cheaper products that were out.

 

Song of the Day – Stronger (video performed by Megan Kowalewski)

Recently, my friend shared this moving video for “stronger” about surviving Cancer. It is absolutely moving and inspires me on a personal level due to my mom who is goes through Physio & Speech Therapy to heal her right side after her brain aneurysm in October 2013.

For more information regarding my mom’s personal struggle and ways of support that would be really appreciated and cherished visit

http://www.gofundme.com/HopeforCindy

Positive thinking leads to a positive life. (i didn't write this caption but it is the truth haha) be grateful! And cherish everyday you have, don't take things for granted!

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I have personally bought the 30 Day Meal Plan, and I have participated in the 10 & 7 Day Vibrant Living Cleanses. I love them, things are planned, and since my cupboards and freezers are used to the clean diet that the Cleanses and Diet offers, it can be very affordable. If you are someone to the clean foods culinary style, this can be a costly adventure at the start, but as you enjoy and engulf yourself in this nourishing foodie environment you will not buy a lot of the unhealthy processed items littered throughout the household previously. You also get to know your local food markets, which offer the best deals for what, I find local markets and international grocery markets work best for me.

I feel the vibrant foods open to you by making a grounded nutrition recipe are endless, the following are my Daily Meal Photos from the 7 Day Vibrant Living Cleanse.

Day 1 Consisted of, well to start not the greatest photo ops, but back to the food…Slow Cooker Berry Bomb Oatmeal, Iced Macachino, Maple Dijon Spinach Salad, Cookie Dough Balls, and Pesto Pasta & Green Salad.

 

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Day 2 Raspberry Mango Smoothie, Glow Juice or Smoothie, Almond Ginger Quinoa Salad, Zucchini Green Hummus, Hearty Taco Salad

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Day 3 Maple Nut Oatmeal, Orange Spinach Smoothie, Broccoli Soup & Sandwiches, Mylkshake, Vegetable Stew

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Day 4 Tropical Smoothie, Veggies & Guacamole, Goddess Salad, Sunshine Juice or Smoothie, Coconut Crusted Burgers with roasted veg

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Day 5 Perfect Pancakes, Green Goddess Smoothie, Eggplant Pizzas, Banana Cookies, Teriyaki Buddha Bowl

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Day 6 Creamsicle Smoothie, Superfood Trail Mix, Orange Basil Salad, Chocolate Energy Pudding, Classic Lasagna (by now you can tell I play with my food)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Day 7 of 7 Day Vibrant Living Cleanse from Grounded Nutrition @Grounded Nutrition

Day 7 Banana Caramel Parfait, Energy Juice & Smoothie, Hearty Salad Bowl, Brownie Balls, Buffalo Cauliflower w/ Potato Wedges & Dip

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The red drizzled over some of my dishes is Sriracha, I was craving spice that week, which is not called for anywhere in the Cleanse or Meal plan.

 

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