Monthly Archives: February 2014

Hers … His … and Theirs …

My older sister will be 35 in June and her fiancé just turned 42.

They have been together for 4 ½ years.

She has a 16 year old daughter and a 13 year old son.

He has a 12 year old daughter.

In November they’ll have their first together.

 

I just turned 32.

I have no children … not even a boyfriend.

In fact, I’ve been single for 6 ½ years.

 

I’m happy for my sister but a little jealous too.

I will be happy when I have babies.

She will be happy for me too.

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Happy Birthday To … ME!!!

This past Sunday was my 32nd birthday.

I got up to an alarm at 3:55 am to watch the Gold Medal Men’s Hockey game – what a great win and great way to start my birthday!

After the game, I went back to bed and slept until about 8:00 am.

Upon waking, I watched a couple of House of Cards episodes on Netflix and just chilled in bed until about 10:00 am.

This time I decided I had to get up because church, my new Sunday venture, starts at 11:00 am.

After church I relaxed at home for a couple of hours then walked up to my Mom’s house … in the cold & blowing snow!

I opened a card from my Grandpa and it had $40 cash! I then opened the tissue-wrapped gift from my parents and inside was the newest book by Brendan Brazier – Thrive Energy Cookbook.

I had NO clue he put out another book and my Mom was happy to know that I already owned his other books – Thrive Fitness, Thrive Diet and Whole Foods to Thrive.

Mom had already made a vegan cupcake recipe from the book and it was really great! I decided to make the same recipe (Nutty Seed Cupcakestonight and mistakenly overlooked the ingredient quantities.

I ended up putting in twice- and four-times as much of some ingredients! Luckily, it was only nuts and seeds … and they still taste great!

This recipe is raw and gluten-free … so tasty! I topped the cupcakes with Chocolate Coconut Icing, as my Mom did, too.

This book just came out (in Canada) on February 11th so I feel absolutely blessed that Mom heard about it and ran out to buy it for me for my birthday!

#SupportiveParents #RunOutAndBuyItForYourself

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Putting Myself Out There

In an effort to meet new people and expand my group of friends, I have decided to try new things.

I’ve been to church twice this month, which happens to be 2 times more than I’ve been since I was probably 5 or 6 years old. I enjoy going, even though I may not totally understand what they say. I’ve met some really nice people who truly open their hearts to strangers, to me.

I also plan on going to an Epicure party tomorrow at one of the Pastor’s homes because his wife is the host. I met his wife, Olivia, a couple of years ago because she is one of the bus drivers and I have seen her almost every Saturday for the past couple of years (except when she was on mat leave!)

Olivia has offered to pick me up and drive me home afterwards, which is super awesome because I don’t own a vehicle! LOL

I’m excited to go because I’ll have the chance to meet some new people.

Gona Get Healthy … inside and out … physically and spiritually.

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Lachi Indian Restaurant, Penticton, British Columbia

I cannot express how grateful I am that my friends introduced me to Indian food last July. We went to Lachi Indian Restaurant for a friend’s birthday and I was beyond impressed and possibly addicted!

My birthday is in one week’s time but as with the past 4 – 5 years, my friends (with whom I also work) head out of province for work and more times than not, miss my birthday.

Instead of pouting (like normal) about them being gone, I decided to celebrate the day I was due to be born instead! So last night we ventured out for a little celebration.

I invited about 14 or 15 people and all-in-all, by the end of the night I had spent time with 10 of them! Such a great turn out really made me feel loved and appreciated.

We started early, at 4:30 pm going for dinner at Lachi Indian Restaurant. Begin vegan, I can rely on a good portion of their menu to choose from.

I ordered the Vegetable Samosas for an appetizer and as always, it was perfect!

Dinner was Yellow Dal (3 out of 5 spice factor), Basmati Rice and Naan Bread. This restaurant NEVER disappoints!

I cannot emphasize that if you are ever in the beautiful Okanagan Valley, specifically in Penticton, British Columbia – you MUST go to Lachi Indian Restaurant on Main Street.

After dinner we went for some bingo … yup, the ol’ fashion dib-dab-dob bingo! It was a good time and I’ll definitely go again. It only cost $10 for 3 hours of bingo and that, my friends, is budget-friendly!

After bingo (no one in our group of 9 won), 4 of us headed to a pub – The Best Damn Sports Bar – for a couple of drinks. Turns out there was a UFC fight (I’m not a huge fan) so the pub was pretty busy but not packed.

We only stayed for about an hour and a half because we just weren’t feeling the vibe and, well, let’s be honest … we’re not 20 years old any more! Having a great night out and begin home and in bed before midnight is very welcome!

I had left over Lachi that I planned on having for breakfast today, but I ate it last night before bed because having had dinner at 4:30 pm made for a much-needed “midnight” snack!

Today I am heading to Cheers the Church for my second time. I went the first time 2 weeks ago and it was good. I’m not a churchy person, but I am looking to expand my group of friends and meeting new people. I was welcomed with open arms last time and I have met a couple more people over the past couple of days that attend Cheers, so it will be nice to see them again.

Hope everyone has a fantastic Sunday and that you get to have some beautiful sunshine in your life today.

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Redefine “Lazy”

I’ve had a rough week health-wise. Now, don’t get me wrong – I’m not dying or facing anything major … but I don’t really get sick.

Monday at lunch I felt the blood drain from my head and was instantly nauseous … I was freezing then boiling. So I asked to go home early.

The afternoon was up and down. My insides were NOT happy and it stayed with me the next morning. I ended up calling in sick (easier to stay home when you may need to run to the bathroom without a moment’s notice).

Wednesday was better – except for a bit of a headache. Thursday was headachy again – felt like my brain was rattling inside my head.

Friday I woke up feeling like I had little razor blades in my throat – but by day’s end, I felt better.

Today is Saturday. I woke up again with tiny razors in my throat and took the morning to just lounge around. I had previously decided that I’ve got so much work to do at the office that going in was a definite must.

I went in around 12:00 and worked for a good 5 hours. I was chatting with one of my bosses before heading home and mentioned how I was “lazy” because I didn’t come in until noon.

He said something that really struck a (good) chord with me. He said “you’re here on a Saturday – that is not lazy”.

Yeah – you’re right! I’m NOT lazy … when it comes to my work, at least! Hehe

My health, on the other hand … yeah, I’m lazy. But that’s not what this post is about. It’s about what we consider lazy in life.

I spent the morning watching a movie in bed, watching some olympic activities online and on tv and just taking my time. Normally my Saturday morning involves going for groceries, but given that we have a holiday on Monday, I decided to postpone getting groceries until Monday.

I can work today (5 hours put in) and I’ll work tomorrow, too. I am going to try and go in early(er) tomorrow … maybe by 9 am or something. It’s nice when there is no one else in the office and I can just focus on the task at hand.

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Routine

Routine is comforting.

My weekday mornings have a routine:

  • Wake at 6 am
  • Use toilet
  • Take shower
  • Brush teeth
  • Put in contacts
  • Blow nose
  • Lotion face & neck
  • Dress
  • Put on make up
  • Do hair
  • Dab on perfume
  • Dissolve Vitamin B12 under tongue
  • Put on deodorant
  • Take Folic Acid & Vitamin D
  • Clean ears
  • Make & eat breakfast
  • Make & pack lunch
  • Head to work

Weekend mornings are a little different because I may sleep in a bit, I may shower later … but Saturdays involve going for groceries.

In the past I found that routine in food was comforting, too. Look at pets … they normally eat the same thing, day in and day out. My cats are always excited for feedings … never ‘bored’ with the same food (at least they don’t tell me!)

So for the next week I am going to keep a food routine too:

Breakfast

  • 1 apple
  • ½ banana
  • 1 orange
  • 1 piece of toast
  • ½ tbsp Earth Balance ‘butter’

Lunch

  • 2 cups romaine lettuce
  • ⅔ cup Yves Mexican Ground Round
  • 1 tbsp Tofutti Sour Cream
  • 1 tbsp guacamole
  • 5 green olives
  • ¼ cup Soya mozza & cheddar cheese

Snacks

  • ½ pomegranate
  • ½ cucumber
  • ½ cup mini carrots
  • 1 cup snap peas

Dinner

This will keep me to around 1,200 calories a day (bare minimum) which should help drop a few pounds. I am going to increase my water intake, too.

February 1st weigh in is 212 lbs … heaviest EVER (by 5 pounds)! Not the way I want to start ANY month. But I can only go down from here – in a good way!

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