I feel like my posts are becoming fewer and farther in between these days! But I’ve had so much else going on this summer – day trips to visit friends, a bachelorette party, a wedding, dinners out, and taking care of JZ when he threw us for a loop and wound up in the hospital for a week with pneumonia (he’s on the mend now though!).
Needless to say, things like blogging have not been my biggest priority. Fitness has also taken a spot on the back burner – I think I’ve been to the gym maybe 3 times in the past month. But now that summer is slowly winding down (as much as I hate to say it…), life is slowing down too. I had the day off on Monday, so I went to GoodLife Fitness before breakfast for a chest and triceps workout followed by a good stretch. My goal is to make it to the gym two more times this week (now that I’ve said it, you guys have to hold me to it!).
When I got home, I showered and made breakfast: my kefir breakfast bowl topped with granola, blueberries, and goji berries. This is my favourite way to make “overnight oats” lately since you don’t even have to soak it overnight – it’s perfect after just sitting for 5 minutes. Also, kefir is a crazy good source of probiotics. I’m sure JZ is sick of hearing me talk about probiotics, as I’ve been making him eat them for weeks to try to counter the effects of his antibiotics. But at least now I have another outlet – I’m teaching a class on probiotic foods next month (did I mention I love my job?).
After breakfast I rushed around like a madwoman hitting up Bulk Barn and Sobeys to stock up on groceries for the week. I have been trying to minimize the grains in my pantry to just 2-3 types, but I am powerless before the bulk bins… the buckwheat groats and bulgur (okay, and maybe some cornmeal too) were just calling to me!
I made it home just in time to put everything away and rush out the door for the drive to London – my old stomping grounds. It’s hard to believe it’s been over two years since I lived there! It was weird to see how the time had passed since I’ve been gone. New restaurants in place of old ones, different people walking the streets, old hangout spots gone.
But one of my favourite restaurants Garlic’s seems to have barely changed at all. The menu of course has changed, since they focus on using local and seasonal foods, but the quality of their food has not! I met up there with Sam for lunch before her flight back to Calgary later that evening. The last time I saw her was before she even moved to Calgary last fall, so we had lots to catch up on while breaking bread (literally).
We ended up ordering the same dish: the pan seared salmon salad with local greens, organic quinoa, feta cheese, dried cranberries, toasted pine nuts, and truffle oil. The flavours in this were awesome and the salmon was cooked perfectly.
After lunch I stopped by Organic Works, the cafe where I used to work. They’ve stopped serving lunch and dinner and now just focus on their baked goods and refreshments – which seems to be working for them because they had some awesome new baked goods available (all safe for my nut allergies, and also vegan and gluten free too)! I couldn’t help myself and picked up a few new items like their raw cocoa brownie.
After doing a bit of damage at H&M (I’m obsessed with all the stripes right now!), I met up with one of my best friends for coffee at Starbucks before heading back to Waterloo. I was starving and lazy, so I contemplated just picking up takeout (yes, dietitians have their moments of weakness too), but when I tallied up how much money I had already spent at restaurants over the weekend, I decided to just stick to our planned dinner.
Luckily it took less than an hour before dinner was on the table: red pesto pasta with zucchini salad. I inhaled it too fast to take a picture, but I had a photoshoot with the leftovers the next morning (you know what that means: new recipe coming soon).
How do you fit in fitness when life is busy? Have you tried kefir?
This post was written as a part of the GoodLife Fitness Blogger Ambassador Program, however all opinions expressed are my own.