Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Oh She Glows!

My new room mate showed me a vegan lifestyle blog called "Oh She Glows" and I am quite certain this will become my new nutrition and recipe source! The blog is great, pictures look delicious, and there are so many delicious looking recipes. Since it's fall, there are lots of comforting fall-chill foods with pumpkin, nutmeg, cinnamon, sweet potatoes and on and on. I can't wait to start tackling them all!

Today for lunch I made an Oh She Glows inspired salad - I didn't have all the ingredients so I improvised. I did quinoa, with orange lentils, chick peas, spinach/arugala, other veggies, and a light cuminy lemony dressing. It was deeeelicious and now I also have lots of pre-cooked carbs for a few days :)

I went to the general meeting for the track team today, with fanciful dreams of being a varsity track athlete. Only to realize I don't really want to commit all my time to a sport, let alone having that time in the first place, and the standard times are very quick, I'd hate to have a defeatist attitude, but I am nearly certain I wouldn't be able to run those to make the team let alone compete. I have decided to try my hand at intramural sports, so we'll see if I can get in on any this fall :)

I hit the gym after the meeting for an upper body workout. I forgot to write my workout down so I was texting Mike like a dork in the locker room! :P Upper body went great, felt good and lifted good weight. Afterwards I attended yoga at the Mac gym - always love yoga with Phil. I got plenty of cracks, pops, and stretches. I nearly fell asleep at the end of class during a lying down breathing exercise!

That's all for today. Is it just me or does it feel like this week has been going on forever?

-Cait :)

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Busy Tuesdays!

Today was honestly a great day :) I started my day at around 8:30. Spent a frustrating half hour trying to convince my printer to stop translating everything into computer gibberish. Later got ready for class, went to school, home for lunch, back to school, then GYM GYM GYM!

After my cardio warm up I saw one of my old high school friends and started up chatting with her. She totally KILLED my gym-time chatting - but I love her so that's fine with me :) Then I crammed my actual workout into the 35ish min I had left, which was great for keeping my heart rate up actually. I was changing to go back to class and realized that I forgot my work shoes at home, and only had 21min to go home, shower, change, get my work shoes, and get back to class! I somehow pulled it off - heaving and sweating - only 3min late for class. After class, straight to work til 8, then hit up No Frills and Fortinos with Mikey, and came home to make stir fry!

I felt awesome all day today - especially once I went to the gym - finally I am getting that work-out high that I have been desperately missing for so long! Feels good to be getting some motivation back in me.

I am also loving my new house! My room is bigger with new floors, and I'm FINALLY getting everything organized and functional. It is also amaaazzing to be so close to the school! My new room mates are great - they're all super cool nice people :) I appreciate so much living with people who are active and healthy like me! and as a bonus, everyone does their dishes right after eating, keeps everything clean and tidy. Mutual respect is extremely important, and I finally have that here. Plus, I can do my own thing and no one talks about me behind my back. So happy with my decision :) Life is rollin' rollin' rollin'. I am so well taken care of and so blessed in every part of my life.

CHEERS - to healthy living and happy, positive people!

Monday, September 12, 2011

Bubble People

So yesterday I went to Ikea. Ikea - famous for it's ridiculous bubble people illustrating what to do and what not to do - comics are appreciated in every language, apparently. Ikea, also famous for including everything you need to complete your furniture project, so I thought.

I bought 3 new shelves to put up in my room - crucial for setting up my room and finally getting organized. All 3 of the shelves required screws and other bits of plastic in order to put them on the wall. I was given everything to make the shelf and nothing to put it on the wall. Kind of fights it's purpose.... So attempt 2 at shelves is happening tonight.

Monday-morning alarm clock fail - 'nough said.

Now Jeanette Jenkins is ringing in my ears - fail to plan and you're planning to fail.

I had an awesome workout yesterday at LA Fitness in Burlington. Hammered down all-around shoulders and then hit the treadmill for a hard 20min sprint workout. 

Time to prepare my meals and hit the gym! Week one here I come.

Saturday, September 10, 2011


Abandonment... of so many things. Let's do this confession style.

Abandonment of.... well, it is September, and my last blog entry was July, so I think it is safe to say that I abandoned the entire month of August.

What exactly was I doing in August? Well.
August Week 1: feeling sorry for myself, but more specifically on the verge of a mental breakdown. I will say this without any censorship, fear of people reading this blog, or sensitivity. My old room mates were the worst room mates that anyone could ever hope to have. To be short, and not turn this into a cliché bitch-blog, they took SLOBS to a whole new level. Few examples: basement floods, other peoples feces are remnant on the bathroom floor down there, and this girl continues to use the washroom and shower in there.... irony? Not to mention trash everywhere, pot smoking every day and bombing the kitchen with nasty foods and rotting everything. Okay, I'll stop. Bottom line is: this lifestyle certainly does not mesh with mine. Secondly, the only guy room mate was the source of the most personal drama I have ever had in my life. I am talking gossip QUEEN. I have never met a WOMAN who gets away with the shit he pulls with regard to drama and gossip. I haven't had a conversation with this person that wasn't gossip-based... and he wonders why drama follows him? Wake up. Anyhow - this issue became so unbearable that my mental health was suffering, my mother and boyfriend had a serious sit-down and specifically told me to move out, bitching and complaining about this situation was literally all that consumed my life.
August Week 2:I began the hunt for a person to take over my lease as well as new living arrangments - which, in short, somehow panned out more beautifully that I could have ever expected... I had a little more than luck on my side :)
August Week 3: I set the arrangements in concrete and packed and moved. I found a fabulous new house, half the distance to school, renovated, bigger bedroom, with room mates who actually care about the fact that they're in university, care about their health, and care about living in a hazard-free space (Like I said - WAY MORE than just luck on my side. God obviously agreed with my decision). I absolutely could not have pulled off this move without the help of Michael and his brother Christian, who also painted my new place. Week 3 was extremely hectic - I packed, painted, moved in about 2 days. I was so cramped for time I was literally digging my plants out of the garden at 9pm. Then I set up my bed in my new place, packed for Algonquin, slept, and left the next morning at 7am for....
August week 4: Field Course to Algonquin park. I did 10 days here studying Aquatic Geochemistry. Was fantastic. Learned so much, met some really great people, and had amazing experience.
So I say August abandonment - but I really achieved an unbelievable amount in a very very short amount of time!

Abandonment of.... my old house and room-mates obviously. Do I regret this decision? Absolutely not. I believe it took a lot of courage for me to do what I did. I achieved the seemingly impossible, and made an absolutely necessary change in my life. My regret surrounding this decision was "playing nice" for as long as I did, especially to the drama-queen. Michael lost it on him and I tried to be nicey-nice peace keeper, but the fact of the matter is, everything out of Mike's mouth was MY THOUGHTS, and every brutal remark was something that I believed and should have stood by. Are they happy I'm gone? I'm nearly certain of it. But without a mother/maid they can rot in their own stench/weed-fumes/garbage/bad plumbing/hang overs/poor marks/promiscuity/raunchy mess. (I swear I'm nice in person)

Abandonment of..... diet and fitness. I know, terrible right? I start a blog about vegetarian health and fitness and last about a month - how many blogs does this happen to? Given, my August was crazy in every sense of the word, and it definitely tested my limits, to which I gave-in to, to say the least. However - being a vegetarian, I really don't have the availability to eat as poorly as 75% of the American population (sorry guys), but for my own standards I left myself feeling bloated, squishy, pale-faced, decrepit, deflated, weak, and disappointed. Okay, maybe those words are overboard, but I'm sure anyone who's failed at dieting and working out can appreciate what I mean.

Abandonment of..... Hopefully: negativity, hopelessness, helplessness, shame, defeat, anger, being taken advantage of, fake friends, bad friends, weed/alcoholism, laziness, desperation, complaining... I could go on.

Abandonment of.... summer. So by now I have pretty much proved what a neglectful human being I am - who abandons summer? Honestly, I would love nothing more than to pack in just one more weekend at my mum's place, soaking up the sun on the beach, working out every day, eating good food with good people, staying in her cute cottage-house. However, school has started, and it's about time that familiar September-smell returns to the air. I'm ready to pull out my fall sweaters, boots with tights, scarves that match the turning leaves, and inhale a breath of non-humid fresh air.

Last, but not least, abandonment of my blog, obviously. I'm not sure that anyone even reads this thing, but hey, I have enough cliché aspects in my life, I don't need that in my virtual life too. But having a blog at all pretty much achieves that, doesn't it? :)

Monday, July 25, 2011

Monday Monday Monday

I woke this morning with that disgusting dried out salty mouth feeling. I hate high sodium :( totally killer. Sometimes I get it so bad the inside of my mouth peels :|....

Anyhow, weather is decent in Hamilton today. Since it rained Friday night the weather has been much more moderate! Finally. I am just doing some chores and another lame living room workout. Can't wait to get my hands on a real gym pass again.

I'll post my "before" measurements now... Given I have been eating clean and working out for 2 weeks but the change has been nothing dramatic. I probably have some water weight on from all the salty food anyways :)

Measurements (July 25, 2011):

Height: 5'8"
Weight: 145lbs
Waist: 28.5"
Neck: 13"
Hips: 32"
Bum: 37"
Calf: 14.5"
Thigh: 24"

Using an online body fat percentage calculator (based on height/weight/measurements) I have: 16.2% Body Fat which puts me in the "athletes" category. According to this I am 23.5 Pounds of fat and 121.5 Pounds of lean (muscle, bone, body water). I'd like to get one of those skin pincher measuring things to be more accurate though!

I'll post some 'before' pictures later ;)

Latest Whim: joining the McMaster Track team. I'm gonna have to man up and throw in some more running with my weights if I want this to happen. We will see.... .



Sunday, July 24, 2011

Cheat Day 2


Cheat day number 2... More successful than the seditating east side marios from last week, but still not 100%! Michael and I got up this morning, started our day with protein smoothies (which I will give you a healthy breakfast kick-start recipe for). Then we went around the corner to a local bakery for cinnamon buns, only to find they're closed Sundays. We ended up settling for Second Cup and were not impressed with their cherry cheese cake. Was fridge-old and rock solid, not the mouth watering soft and evil cheese cake we were looking forward to. I actually got my money back, and I am not the type to complain about bad food!

We finished our coffees and then went for a hike through a local conservation area, mostly forests/trails/streams. I had been there a few times before but it was Mike's first visit. We went for a hard 45min hard hike - got a sweat on! Was nice to have a thoroughly enjoyable workout even on our cheat day :) got our blood pumping and enjoyed the scenery and adventure as well.

When we got home we went to the nearby grocery store to find our cheat-dinner. We had started the Sunday cheat ideas with: pizza, nachos, ice cream, etc etc. BAD stuff. But we've been eating so clean recently we couldn't do it. Instead I made a stir fry with tofu chicken and broccoli with general tao chicken, and a side of rice. Michael also made fries and I had some of those Quaker rice crisp chips. I am STUFFED! Don't feel disgusting though which is nice. The only downer to the meal was pretty high sodium. I have that nasty dry mouth feeling. Still struggling with doing cheats right lol! Til' next Sunday :)

I have just about completed my diet. This is where it stands right now:

Meal 1: Protein smoothie (breakfast recipe at the end)
Meal 2: 1/2 cup egg whites, 1 whole egg, 1/4 cup spinach/arugala, scrambled and micro cooked, with 1/2 cup salsa, 1 slice of multigrain bread
Meal 3: 1/2 cup quinoa, 3/4 cup spinach/arugala, veggies, 1tbsp balsamic vinegar, 1tsp mustard, 1tbsp lemon juice, 1tbsp udo's oil, 1/4 brick tofu, 1tbsp "super seeds", 1/4cup unsalted mixed nuts --- done as a cold salad
Meal 4: 1/2 avocado, veggies, lemon juice/balsamic vinegar/fresh dill -- done as a salad
Meal 5: Protein bar
Meal 6: 1/2 cup lentils (done as curry), with 1 cup broccoli
Meal 7: Protein shake with 1tbsp udo's oil - right before bed

Stats: 2046 calories, 94.5g fat, 234.1g carbs, 138.2g protein.
                               36% fat, 40% carbs, 24% protein
Info courtesy of FitDay - thank you!

So these meals are throughout the day, with 2-2.5 hours in between each one. It's been hard for me to eat all of these as I just don't get hungry for it. Michael was telling me you have to force your metabolism to speed up and then after about a week of doing it religiously at the 2.5hour mark you will always be hungry by that time. I have yet to add in the lentils meal - I'm headed to Bulk Barn this week to re-stock my supplies :)

I also obviously have more adjusting to do: I need to increase my protein and keep the calories around 2000. I am switching protein powders/bars soon so I'll have to fix that when the time comes as well. 

As @JeanetteJenkins said, "Fail to plan and you are planning to fail."

Cheers everyone!


Breakfast Smoothie
  • 1 scoop protein
  • Half a banana (pre-frozen)
  • Berries (pre-frozen)
  • 2 heaping scoops of ground flax seeds
  • 1 tsp glut-amine powder
  • 1 cup non-sweetened almond milk
  • Water & ice - base on thickness
Blend together and drink in the morning with your daily supplements! Gives a kick to your metabolism with low carbs, high fiber, high protein!

Friday, July 22, 2011


Hey everyone,

Yesterday I had to do my workout in my living room. Obviously a gym is more ideal, but i have a bit of a situation keeping me from the gym... At McMaster you can only buy gym passes per term, so since it's 3/4 way through term I'm not going to pay full price for 1mo of gym and have to renew again in September. I may go down there and try to negotiate soon though.

Anyhow, I have 25lb and 8lb dumb bell pairs, a yoga mat, furniture, and a fan (no AC :'(). The workouts I have been doing are based off of ( so I adjusted the "Week 1-4 Tuesday" workout for my living room. Squats I did with 25lb dumbbells at my side (light weight so I did plenty of extra reps). I did stiff leg deads again with extra reps. For lying leg curls/leg extentions I substituted with different workouts. For Quads I did reverse lunges with 8lb dumbbells in hand (extra reps again). For Hammy's I did a reverse plank. This I had to get creative with: I put my yoga mat down infront of a stool, laid on my back with heels on the stool, and stiffened my body upwards (head, hips, heels in line) with my arms supporting on the ground. I held this long as I could bear it for 3 sets. Calf raises I did ten per step of the entire flight of stairs (no more than a moment's rest between each). And then I completed the abs simply on my yoga mat. The workout did me well though! I woke this morning with achy muscles (such a great feeling - reminds you that you DID something). This also helps a bit with water retention - since I have no AC so I was sweating profusely the entire time :P

This post is titled Avocados! because yesterday was the first day I added a half avocado into my daily diet! I LOVE AVOCADOS. The nutrition in these things is amazing and they're so delicious. A great salad consists of: 1-2 sprigs chopped dill, 1/2 avocado chopped, chopped tomatoes/cucumbers/snowpeas/what ever veggies you love, 1tbsp balsamic vinegar, pepper. Super healthy and soooo delicious!

Tomorrow is Farmer's Market visit to pick up some delicious, fresh, organic produce :D

Hope you all are feeling great :)