healthy |ˈhelθē|adjective ( healthier , healthiest )in good health: : feeling fit and healthy.• (of a part of the body) not diseased : healthy cells.• indicative of, conducive to, or promoting good health : a healthy appetite | a healthy balanced diet.• (of a person's attitude) sensible and well balanced : a healthy contempt for authority.• figurative in a good condition• desirable; beneficial• A conscious choice; A life-long commitment.

Wednesday, February 29, 2012

What I Ate Wednesday [5]

Here you go folks! A look in to a very unhealthy day :)

Breakfast: Banana, Black Cherry Almond Clif, Tall Soy Coffee Misto, 1 Pump Mocha
Snack: 1/2 Butter tart (not pictured, woops!) and a Plum
Lunch: The Chopped Leaf - yum! A Strawberry Kiwi Water (must. recreate.) Popeye Salad sans chicken and Butternut Squash Soup
Snack: Popchips (about 10, also not pictured), 3 handfuls (okay. 5.) of Pretzel M&M's and 2 handfuls (okay. 3.) of Chocolate Covered Gummy Cherries (I checked the ingredients on this one! No Gelatin in them my friends)
Supper: Shared an Ale Sampler with my dad, a large plate of salad with Raspberry Vinaigrette,  2 breadsticks, and 3 (okay. 4.) pieces of Pizza (STUFFED - gross). The pizza was all healthy-ish though. Loaded with veg, low on cheese. The middle slice was my favorite. It was brushed with garlic butter, fresh arugula and tomatoes, topped with a little bit of Parmesan and olive oil, very light, trés delish.
Dessert: I made cake pops! They were quite time consuming, and a little stressful. I am so glad I made them in advance and froze them. I would do it again, for the right person and the right occasion.

I like the above format for posting pictures. What do you guys think?

P.S. I am going to do another "What I ate" tomorrow for comparison of a healthy day and an unhealthy day (I am trying to get away from the terms good and bad. Food should all be good. I don't want to eat bad tasting stuff.)

Getting Faster! Getting Stronger!

I am going to give an update of my fitness and how I am staying active in my home away from home. It hasn't been an easy month, and I have had to get creative, but all in all it is good, and I am pleased with how I am feeling.

I did my 13km run on Sunday. I am quite a bit faster this year, and I am looking forward to pushing myself hard (but not too hard!) during racing season. By the way, is it racing season yet?! I am SO so so excited for spring, summer, and fall runs, bike rides, and walks, that winter is just dragging on and on and on. Am I alone in this feeling? Probably doesn't help that we just got a bazillion inches of snow.

Like I said above - quite a bit faster! I am not sure (?) if I posed this in a previous entry but 2 weeks ago I ran a PR for 10km! 57:11. WOO! So proud of myself. I also did 12.5km outside in a mini blizzard (t'was warm) in about 73 min! Which is great :) When I started running my go-to speed was 5.0 (12 min mile). I can now comfortably run at 6.0 (10 min mile) and am working my way up to 6.5 (9:13 min mile)! Yahoo!!! Goals for this summer include running as many 10k's as I can fit in, 3 half marathons, and the Spartan Race in Calgary!

Unfortunately it has taken a back seat right now, with me being in Edmonton and the amount of snow on the ground. Will resume once I buy a pass for Terwilliger Recreational Center in March, as well as when the snow melts and I can take the ol' pedal bike out.

Oh, how I long for milder weather. I love to walk, and I take advantage of it every warm-ish opportunity I get!

Working on it! I try to do 15 reps and 3 sets of various exercises (focusing on different muscle groups) each time I am at the gym. Today I did 45min on the elliptical and abs. I am also working on my chest/shoulder strength by doing pushups. Right now I can do 5 full, proper form pushups. Pathetic right? I am doing 3-4 proper pushups, 3-5(ish) times a day to build my strength in this area. I am hoping that more back strength will help to correct my terrible posture.

Insanity and Other Fitness
Well, Insanity got boring, really fricken quickly. I will do a work out here and there, but once I buy my pass for Terwilliger it's doubtful I will do it unless I have no other fitness options. It is just too repetitive for me. Definitely a good workout, but it is not fun, and why would anyone put themselves through something they don't enjoy? So my bro lives like 3 minutes from a brand spankin new rec center. It costs 10.50$/drop in, or $70 for the month. I am totes buying a month pass for March because I will be spending a lot of time here! That way I can use their running track, swimming pool, weight and cardio room (with all brand new equipment!), and plethora of fitness classes! This will make fitness easy peasy while I am here, because lets face it, I miss the gym, and home work outs just don't do it for me.

To stay active I have done anything possible to move my body. I downloaded a LOT of free 20 minute yoga classes from Yoga Download, I have been trying to do this 4x week. I am also getting in my 6 days of exercise, and it has generally been running, 1-2 classes, 1-2 home workout, and swimming. The home work out days are the hardest, but I have been trying to save as much money as possible, so I have only been to the rec center a handful of times.

Expect a terrible (but delicious) and very un-nutritious (but ..... delicious) What I Ate Wednesday tomorrow! I am going to a luncheon (with unknown food) for clinical and it's my sisters Birthday Party. We are riding in a limo after school (read: pop chips and pretzel M&M's) and then going out for pizza (read: MMMMMmmm). I also made her cake pop's so I am going to enjoy one of those! Hey at least those are homemade :) .... with boxed cake. HAH. Disclaimer: I don't eat the way that I will be eating tomorrow everyday. For a more detailed account of what I eat add me on MFP (username xxAmie)

Thursday, February 23, 2012

What I Ate Wednesday [4] and SWIMMING

I call this a win... Charlie Sheen Style. 2 Weeks in a row of WIAW
Earl Grey Vanilla, Banana, 1/4c Barbara's Spoonfuls and 3/4c Fibre Fit, 1c Almond Milk
Raw Veg and Beet and Fennel Salad from Planet Organic
1/2 Coffee, 1/2 Mint Chocolate Latte from Bogani's

Apple and Jello (only ate 1/2 of each), Green Leaf and Bean Sprouts topped with Tabouli Salad from Planet Organic
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....... x2

As you can see, my day started off superbly in the healthy eating spectrum.. Then I went to clinical. Darn chocolate. Like come on. Anyone have any great tips on how to say no to work treats?

I also tried out a new work out last night ... Lane Swimming! I took swimming lessons when I was younger, but I think I only made it up to level 8 before quitting? Needless to say, I can swim, but not that good. I googled pool etiquette, bought a one piece and goggles, and looked up how to properly swim the front stroke. Looked easy enough... I knew the hardest part would be the breathing. I was right.

Basically I swam for 40 minutes with my head out of the water haha. I tried to properly breathe out under water once and ended up sinking, having to ridiculously splash my way back to the surface. I am sure I looked like a fool. I started out in the slow lane (as per proper etiquette because I well... suck) and there were like 5 Asian men in the pool talking to each other in an unknown language. They just hung out at the wall and talked, sporadically swimming a lane here and there. NOT proper etiquette. I got so fed up with it that I asked a life guard what to do and they advised me to switch to a Medium lane, where I proceeded to be passed, over... and over... and over again. I felt pretty wobbly when I got out of the pool, a sign that I assume means I worked hard (hard to tell in a pool lol), and figured a few minutes in the hot tub was a good idea. Took off my goggles and hopped in.

I sort of noticed people looking at me... but not really. Like it was a subconscious thing if that makes any sense? Anyways, I attributed it to them watching my ridiculous swimming. After getting to the change room (and being met by more looks from people) I finally looked at myself in the mirror.

HAH. I wore my goggles too tight. I hard dark red rings around my eyes. Made for a good laugh. No wonder people stared.

I really like swimming and being in the water. I just really REALLY need practice on breathing.

Any tips on how to become a better lane swimmer and be more confident with breathing?

Saturday, February 18, 2012

Make Peace With Food

3. Make Peace with Food Call a truce, stop the food fight! Give yourself unconditional permission to eat. If you tell yourself that you can't or shouldn't have a particular food, it can lead to intense feelings of deprivation that build into uncontrollable cravings and, often, binging. When you finally “give-in” to your forbidden food, eating will be experienced with such intensity, it usually results in Last Supper overeating, and overwhelming guilt.
I will probably struggle with this my entire life. I love food so much. I love the act of eating. My favorites are cookies, chocolate, chips, and, if I allowed myself, fast food. That food is engineered to taste delicious, and that is why I am addicted to it. I also believe addiction has a genetic component to it, and with 2 generations having addiction in my family I know that I have an addictive personality. When I was at my lowest weight, I was restricting my intake (although not to a point of unhealthy, it was still very restricted). I would often go to bed hungry and spend time every day wishing I could eat but not allowing myself. Now, I do eat what I want. I will munch on a handful of nuts, on a handful of candy, on spoons of peanut butter, and fresh baked cookies.

The key is portion control. I don't do this every day (or at least I try not to). The only food that is "off-limits" for me is meat, and that is because of health reasons. I may eat meat one day, who knows. Specifically, McDonald's is off limits and will be forever. This is something I have accepted and I am at peace with this.

I do enjoy the food I eat. I love creating healthy meals, attempting healthy baking, and bringing happiness with the treats I create. I don't however allow myself to eat everything I want because I would quickly gain back all the weight I have lost and then some. I do eat all the types of food I want, but I do ensure healthy portion sizes.

Everything in moderation!

Thursday, February 16, 2012

What I Ate Wednesday [3]

HUZZAH! I remembered. This is going to be a short post (just got off evening shift), and there are bites taken out of all the food, but such as life. I am focusing very hard this week on taking out the grazing. I have noticed that this is where the difference lies in how I was eating in the summer vs. how I am eating now. That sneaky little habit has snuck back in to my life and I want it gone. It is going okay so far... today was the first real day I tried sticking to this. I ended up grazing on cinnamon hearts at clinical and I had a handful of grapes when I got home, could have been worse. Tomorrows goal is to have NO grazing!
Smoothie with 1/2 Banana, Strawb, Blueb, Cherries, Soy & Yogurt, 1/2 Blackberry scone with PB

Bag o' Veg en route to Edmonton

PB Lara Bar

Vivani Praline Chocolate (x2)

Life Choices Veggie Pizza and unphoto'ed Coffee with Soy Creamer

Finished off with a Plum

Monday, February 13, 2012

Our Love Story

Saw this and thought it would be a great idea! After reading mine, post yours and put a link in my comments so I can come read yours :)

1. How long have you and you significant other been together?
5 years and 2 months :)
2. How did you meet? What’s your “love story”?
I met Matthias at his 18th birthday. I was an outgoing bratty 14 year old, and I approached him (whilst he was intoxicated, I however, was not drinking that eve) and I said, and I quote, "Talk dirty to me in German" The rest.... is history. Lol. He replied, saying something really short in German, blushing, and I asked "So what did that mean?" He replied "Well, in German, it means your sexy, and in English it translates to your horny" We both laughed about it. We became friends, and 2 months later he became my boyfriend. We fell fast and he moved in 3 months later (I still lived at home). We had a happy 4.5 years, and then during the last .5 of that year, I realized I needed to do some growing on my own. I ended the relationship, which crushed him, and we went our separate ways for 1.5 years. We slowly became better and better friends again and then I realized what had been missing in my life. Surely enough, my soul mate still loved me, and I, now recognizing and fully appreciating this fact decided it was time to get back together. To this day, I wonder why I am so lucky, and I try to show Matthias how grateful for him I am every. single. day. He is the one person on this planet who I want to give happiness to for the rest of his life. He deserves nothing short of the world. <3
3. How long have you been married? If not married, is this the guy you hope to marry?
Matthias and I will hopefully wed on July 6th, 2013, our 7 year anniversary
4. If you are married, where did you get married? Big or small wedding?
I imagine our wedding to be small, close friends and family only, a nice little celebration of our happiness.

5. Do you have any nick-names that you call one another? Do share!
I call Matthias "Matee" and then he returns it by using the same pronunciation to say "Amie" with emphasis on the "eeee", haha, I also call him Tee, or Teeus, and he calls me sweetie some time. When we first started dating I was upfront with the anti-Babe thing - I hate being called it!
6. Name 3 things you love most about your honey.
He is supportive, hilarious and strong.

7. Tell us how he proposed? Or your ideal proposal?
Anything that Matthias puts time into will be worth it and perfect. I can't think of an ideal way, but he has stated that it will occur sometime this summer, it is dependent on me (what the heck does this mean!?) and that it won't be anything flashy or huge (which is totally okay with me!)

8. Is he a flowers and teddy bear kind of guy for v-day, or strawberries, champagne, and rose petals?
Flowers. We both agree that love shouldn't be celebrated only once a year and so we frequently do little things to show our love for one another.

9. Are you a sunset dinner on the beach kind of girl, or pop a movie in and relax on the couch?
It depends on the season I guess! Summer = outdoors please, Winter = hibernation NOW :)

10. Tell us one thing you’d like to do with your significant one day. If you could do anything? Go anywhere?
Climb the Inca Trail to Machu Pichu.

11. Tell us what you plan on doing on this Valentine’s Day.
I am taking my little sister to the Simple Plan Concert for her 13th birthday actually :) FLOOR SEATS! But Matthias came to Edmonton to visit me today and we went for supper and a walk on Whyte Ave and through Ikea. We also got couples massages a few weeks ago in early celebration. 
12. Are you asking for anything this Valentine’s day?
Matthias bought me the couples massage and I got boudoir pictures taken for him (How risque lol - I would never do it again, I am not the "sexy" type, I felt so awkward! They turned out great, but I'm not sure it was worth the discomfort)
  13. Give us one piece of advice of keeping a relationship strong and full of love.
Always appreciate your partner and make certain they know this. Appreciation of one another fosters kindness and open communication.

14. Show us a picture of what love means to you.


Friday, February 10, 2012

Insanity Week 1 & What I am Up To

Lets see here if we can get a solid post outta me! I have been so consumed with life (which is probably a good thing) that I have been severely neglecting this lovely little place.

Alas, I forgot to photo my food again.... lets try for this Wednesday. I think I am going to set an alarm on my phone? Yes. That is precisely what I am going to do!

H'okay. So whats new with me? Well I am 41 shifts shy of being a graduate nurse! WHAT! My final practicum is stellar so far. Preceptor is a pretty cool guy. The unit has been very welcoming. The patients are SO incredibly interesting. I am learning a lot about myself, my values, and my beliefs, and I could definitely see myself working in forensics. Here is a description of the Unit I am on:
"Admissions to Unit 3-5 (Intensive Care) receive treatment under the Alberta Mental Health Act. Assessment and intensive psychiatric treatment are provided to persons awaiting trial, found Not Criminally Responsible (NCR) or Unfit to Stand Trial, or have a Treatment Order under the Criminal Code of Canada. Prisoners from the remand centre awaiting trial and serving prisoners from the correctional facilities are also accommodated. Referrals are occasionally accepted from FACS (Forensic Assessment and Community Services) when they suffer from an acute relapse of their mental illness." Source
Pretty cool, right? A little scary. Very stimulating. I am blessed that I have such a cool experience. I am looking forward to the next 9 weeks and I expect they will fly by.

Being in Edmonton is also great. I have made it a goal of mine to try out every Vegetarian Restaurant and this past week I tried out The Loma House. It is a quaint little spot just off 23rd ave. Very new location. Great portion sizes. Friendly staff. Yum! I would reccomend to anyone. I also like that they sell some vegetarian foods like Veggie Steam Buns, Chik'n Cutlets, Vegetarian Spring Rolls, ext.. I had Combo A, and I chose the Berry Smoothie, Teriyaki Chik'n and Vegetable Medely. I tried the Banana Chocolate Mousse for dessert. I ate half and brought the other half home and mixed it into my morning oats. It was very tasty and fresh. I will be back for sure.

Insanity has been going good. I am done the first week. The warm up is a bit repetitive... but I can deal with that. Here are my fitness test stats from day 1:
  1. Switch Kicks: 42
  2. Power Jacks: 46
  3. Power Knees: 59
  4. Power Jumps: 33
  5. Globe Jumps: 11.5
  6. Suicide Jumps: 17
  7. Push-Up Jacks: 9
  8. Low Plank Oblique 35
 I will update the next time I do the test. It is definitely a good program to do now that I am unable to go to my gym. It has been too chilly for me (cause I am a baby) to run outside and with no treadmill I missed my medium run this week. I will also possibly miss my long run next week if the weather doesn't perk up. Such as life. OH! Last weeks long run was AWESOME. PR 10km!! 57:11. NICE. So so proud of myself!

Eating has been the same. Working on intuitive eating and healthy choices. I am happy with how I have been eating. It is at a manageable spot right now. I could live the rest of my life eating this way.

I have decided to sell my size 2 pants that no longer fit to Plato's Closet. I am not upset that I am a 4 now. I am way more muscular and physically fit now than I was this summer. I was on the verge of too thin this summer. I feel great the way I am now, but the size 2's that don't fit are a constant reminder. It is in no way a failure, but that is how I feel, and until they are gone they will be there to quietly wisper as such. Does this make sense? It isn't really about the number. It has to do with the fact that I let myself spend the money on the clothes. That I was naive enough to think I could stay that way. Live and Learn.

Matthias is lovely. My best friend. I miss him immensly when I am gone. I look forward to when I get to see him and when I will get to be with him one hundy percent of the time.

I think that is probably all folks? I will, I WILL, do a What I Ate Wednesday this week.

Catch ya on the health side ;)

Thursday, February 9, 2012


How did I do this again!!? I missed WIAW. I suppose it was because I was too busy thinking about my rockin clinical. NBD. More on that later. For now, I will promise a WIA-Friday. Sorry Friends.

Monday, February 6, 2012

Honor Your Hunger

2. Honor Your Hunger Keep your body biologically fed with adequate energy and carbohydrates. Otherwise you can trigger a primal drive to overeat. Once you reach the moment of excessive hunger, all intentions of moderate, conscious eating are fleeting and irrelevant. Learning to honor this first biological signal sets the stage for re-building trust with yourself and food.
This has always been a challenge for me as I am a grazer. I could eat all day long, munching away happily at whatever is in front of my face - whether it be veggies, chocolate, peanut butter, or bananas (clearly I would prefer it to be the last 3!). When I was losing weight, I got used to the almost always constant state of mild hunger. You just get used to it. You ignore it. You focus on goal. There would be times when I knew *knew* I had to eat, and others that I would dismiss, and reassure myself that the eating would come at the scheduled time. I lived by an eating schedule. Breakfast, Snack, Lunch, Snack, Dinner, Dessert. It worked for me.

Now, trying to honor my hunger means something entirely different. Depending on the day, I try to honor my hunger with whole, healthy foods. Key words: Depending on the Day. I still love *love* chocolate, cookies, oodles of peanut butter, chips, cake, pie, granola bars, ice cream, anything sweet. It is a constant mental game to remind myself that those foods are altered to make me love them. They have additives and preservatives that make me want *want* to eat them by the barrel full.

How am I working on Honoring my Hunger? Well this isn't really set in stone yet. I eat breakfast first thing in the morning when I get up even if I am not completely hungry. I truly believe this jumpstarts your metabolism for the day, and frankly, with my schedule I don't have time to just eat whenever I please. When working a shift you have to focus on your patients and there are times when you only get to sit for 5 min to scarf something down. That's just how it is.

I eat when I am hungry. That is a given. But I also eat when I am not hungry. That is where the work ahead lies.

Starting my FINAL Preceptorship tomorrow. Please wish me luck and think positive thoughts for me.

Sunday, February 5, 2012


I have been slightly worried about how I am going to stay active while away from my gym, with limited funds, in the winter, while in my final practicum. Enter: Insanity. Problem Solved.

I am going to do the "Insanity Challenge" while still running 2x a week, and doing Saturday Spin class. This should keep me active enough, and maybe provide me with some more tone and definition? I took pictures as a reference, so we shall see.
I tried on my favorite pair of shorts today. They are Size 2, Khaki colored, and they go to just above the knee. I love them. They don't look "good" on me anymore. I have slight muffin top. The thighs are too tight. I don't feel "good" in them anymore. This is my motivation. I want to feel and look good in those damn shorts by the summer months (re: May).

Scale was at 129.5 today. Let the work begin.

Thursday, February 2, 2012

What I Ate.... Double Fail


I forgot about WIAW. Then I thought I would do WIAT (Thursday) but forgot about that too!!! Shucks.

I promise. I will do WIAF. And then go back to WIAW next week. Goodness Gracious.

Anyways, Here is my updated inches for the month of February:


  • Waist; 27
  • Hips; 36.5 (-0.5)
  • Chest; 35.5 (-0.5)
  • Thigh; 22
  • Arm; 11.5
See you tomorrow with some terrible food pictures ;)