Monday I did the Core Yoga workout by Tia Mowry. By the time I was finished my core was done! I was sore for a day or two afterwards. Tara Stiles is also in it, and I really liked her. She was easy to follow without constantly having to watch to see what she was doing. I find that I get in a better workout when I can focus more on the postures instead of the TV.
Wednesday I did my very first Tone It Up workoutt with One Day Fat Blast. I have no idea how I’ve managed to go this long without trying one. I was super sweaty and tired by the I was done.
I also went for a walk on Wednesday. Although I wasn’t out there for too long, I had a pretty good pace going. Not only are my walks good for my body, but being outside in beautiful surroundings is such a good mental break for me too.
Thursday I tried the second workout from One Day Fat Blast. I thought it was just as good as the first one. My shoulders and arms were sore the next day, so I know I was working hard.
Do you have a favourite body part to workout?
I’m pretty excited that it’s Friday. It’s been a busy week, and I’ve been up since 4:30 (thanks brain for not being able to go back to sleep).
This breakfast happened this week. While I couldn’t eat it all (it was a lot of food), it was delicious. My favourite was probably the crepe and strawberries. Yum!
Speaking of breakfast, this morning I went to the Social Media Breakfast here in Calgary. Once a month they provide breakfast and line up a speaker to talk about something related to social media. I’ve been to two so far and I’ve found them both really interesting. If you’re in Calgary sign up for updates on the SMByyc site to find out the details for the next one in September.
If you follow soccer at all you know that the U20 Women’s World Cup is being played right now. Although Canada was eliminated in the quarterfinals, I’m still pretty excited about seeing so many up and coming soccer stars. I know I’ll be hearing about some of these players later on. There’s a lot of talent out there. The final game is being played in Montreal on Sunday. Nigeria and Germany will be playing for the top spot. I can’t wait to watch the game – it should be a good one.
I decided to try this beer. I’d never heard of it before, but I thought the cherry in a beer sounded in intriguing. Well it turned out to be freaking delicious! I’ll definitely be getting this one again. According to the Samuel Smith website they also have strawberry, apricot, and raspberry flavours. They sound just as good as the cherry one.
I’m currently in the middle of this book – Body of Work by Pamela Slim. It’s a pretty interesting read so far. Pamela talks about how the landscape of work and careers has changed over the last few years, and how to adapt with those changes. I’m going to a book club about it in a few weeks, so I’m interested to hear other people’s thoughts on it. I’m actually thinking of doing a blog post about it. Let me know if you’d want to read my thoughts on it.
Now that you know what I’ve been up to this week, tell me something about your week.
On Saturday I was wanted to get out for walk, but was feeling like going somewhere new. I remembered a pond my dad had told me about, so I thought I’d go there and find out more about it.
I was surprised how pretty the pond was. Being down the hill from a suburban neighbourhood and one side and train tracks on the other, I wasn’t expecting much, but I was impressed.
As I started along the pond I found this bush. I’d never seen these before and thought they were interesting. With my luck it’s probably a weed, but I thought it was worth a photo.
The path was unpaved. Part of it had gravel, and part was grassy. The only downside was that there was a lot of poop (from wildlife, not dogs), so I had to make sure I was paying attention to where I was stepping.
There were quite a few ducks in the pond. They were closer to shore, but the closer I got to them, the further away they swam.
I thought these berries were so pretty against the green leaves.
There were lots of wild rose along the path. It’s the flower of Alberta. They range in color from almost white like these ones to bright pink.
It took about 15 minutes to get halfway around the pond.
Close to the end of the walk I found some cattails by the water. I loved them when I was a kid. It’s too bad they love water, or else I would have some planted in the garden.
In half an hour I covered 1.3 miles (or 2 km).
Thanks once again to Jen for hosting WIAW.
I’ve been making hot breakfasts more often lately, and this one was no different. I cooked up 2 eggs and 2 pieces of bacon. I had some strawberries on the side. Since they’re in season right now they taste so good!
Lunch was some leftover tacos. With a tortilla base, there was taco meat, olives, tomato, cheese, and salsa. Apparently most people don’t put olives on their tacos and it’s just a family thing. It might sound weird, but tacos taste 100% better with them. Give it a try next time you make them.
Dinner was a white pizza and (an unpictured) salad. The pizza doesn’t had any sauce or mozzarella cheese. Instead it starts with some olive oil, I add some spices (I like Italian seasonings and garlic, but everyone in my family seems to have their own combination they like best), and then finish with some parmesan cheese.
Does your family have any “specialties” they make that’s different from what most people eat?
Last week I made some delicious granola bars, so I thought I’d share them with you. The recipe is from America’s Test Kitchen Healthy Family Cookbook.
The first step was to toast the pumpkin seeds, chopped cashews, and slivered almonds. I also added sunflower seeds, even though it’s not in the recipe. I was worried about burning the seeds and nuts, but as soon as they started to brown they became really fragrant, so I knew it was time to take them off the burner.
I then toasted the oats with some butter. The same thing happened as they began to brown – they smelled great. I then mixed them up in the same bowl as the seeds and nuts.
Next came the hard part – making the caramel. Although it didn’t turn out quite right this time, I have made it successfully before. I think my problem this time was that I didn’t let the sugar and water mixture get hot enough. Once I added a little cream to the mixture, I poured it over the bowl with the seed/nut/oatmeal mixture and stirred like crazy to mix it all up.
I then poured it out into a foil lined cookie sheet and flattened it as best as I could. Then the hard part came – waiting for half an hour for it to cool and harden. I was surprised when I poured it out how much it made.
When it was finally ready I cut it up and discovered that because the caramel didn’t set properly the granola bars were really crumbly. They still tasted great, but they were incredibly messy to eat.
Do you make your own granola bars? What’s your favourite flavour of granola bars?
It’s time for another installment of my How to Blog series. Today I’ll be sharing how I use Hootsuite.
I use Hootsuite for Twitter and my Get Fit Fiona Facebook page. I can post to both social networks from Hootsuite. It’s very nice to have access to both from one place.
Each column in Hootsuite is called a stream. You can completely customize what streams you want, as well as the order that they appear. Since I use Twitter more than Facebook for my blog, my first three streams are Twitter – I have my home feed, mentions, and sent tweets. My fourth stream is my Facebook page.
One feature I really like about Hootsuite is that I can schedule tweets. You can choose to either let Hootsuite “autoschedule” them for you, or you can pick a specific time and date. I generally like to schedule them myself. Being able to schedule tweets throughout the day means I don’t have to be attached to my computer or my phone all day, yet still send tweets out throughout the day.
Just like in Twitter, you can see conversations between you and other people. You can also search for users. I really like this feature as I can search for a Twitter user and write the tweet from the same view.
Hootsuite also has a link shrinker. It comes in handy when you want to share something and explain where the link goes when you only have 140 characters.
Once you schedule a tweet you can always edit it if you need to. I like to go through all my scheduled tweets and check for typos. Click on the paper airplane icon on the left hand side to check out your scheduled tweets.
If you have more than one Twitter account, you’re in luck. You can add several accounts and choose which one (or ones) to post from. This is great if you have more than one blog or a blog and a personal Twitter account.
Now that I’ve been using Hootsuite for the last few years, there’s no way I could ever go back to using the Twitter. I feel much more organized and productive using Hootsuite.
Do you use Hootsuite? What’s your favourite feature?
Yesterday I went to the Symons Valley Ranch farmer’s market for the first time. I’d heard about it from a couple other people, who all had good things to say about it. I think it’s fun to talk to the vendors at farmer’s markets and learn about their products and where they come from.
My first purchase was curry. He talked us into trying a sample (really good and fresh tasting), and within 5 minutes I was back at his booth buying some. He had quite a few options, but I decided to go with small chicken curry. It was supposed to feed 1 to 2 people, and once I cooked up some rice at home to add to it I got two meals out of it.
My dad discovered Phil and Sebastian Coffee at Diner Deluxe a few months ago. When he saw that they had a booth at the farmer’s market he got a cup. While they (obviously) buy their coffee beans from all over the world, the beans are roasted in Calgary, which is pretty cool.
We ended up getting two loaves of bread from Banuka Bakery. This one was a pesto and cheese bread. At first I wasn’t sure about the combination, but it turned out to be really great.
We also got a loaf of ancient grain bread. It’s a hearty bread with lots of grains, something you’d eat with a soup or stew to soak up the liquid as it won’t fall apart or get too soggy.
On our way out we got some cinnamon buns from Rustic. They had lots of other really good looking baking (sourdough bread and apple pies), which I’m sure I’ll check out the next time I’m there. Apparently they also have a brick and mortar location that I’ll have to check out at some point.
I also bought some corn from Taber (unpictured cause I forgot to take a photo). Taber is a small town southeast of Calgary known for it’s corn. I don’t know how they manage it, but the corn from there is pretty amazing.
I’ll definitely be back to Symons Valley. They had a great mix of vendors. It’s significantly closer than the big farmer’s market in Calgary. When we went on Saturday morning it wasn’t too busy which was nice. Check out their site here.
Do you go to a farmer’s market on a regular basis? What’s your favourite thing to buy there?
Sunday morning I did the Yoga Inferno workout 2. I didn’t use the weights, but I was super sweaty by the time the workout was over.
Thursday I decided to try a Pop Pilates DVD for the first time. Apparently I’ve been living under a rock cause as soon as I googled Cassey Ho I found out she’s pretty popular, but I’ve never heard of her before. I really liked this workout because I felt like I worked hard but it was low impact.
Saturday afternoon I went for a walk. Although it wasn’t too long it felt good to get moving a bit. I would have stayed out longer, but it started to rain and of course I didn’t think to bring a jacket with me when I left the house.
What’s the last “new to you” workout you’ve done?
I “made” butter chicken this week – cause all I did was cook up the chicken and pour in the sauce – so I cheated. It still tasted delicious though. You can’t go wrong with Indian food.
Over the weekend we had a bunch of hail. The thunderstorm was pretty big. A couple times the house shook because the thunder was so loud.
Luckily I was at home when it happened. I’ve only been caught once in a hail while I was out in the car, but it was kind of scary. The garden pulled through mostly unscathed, though some leaves were torn off – though not as many as I was expecting.
I bought a big bag of cherries at the grocery store. I’ve been slowly (or not so slowly, they’re so good) eating them this week. I wish winter wasn’t so long here and we had fresh fruit more often.
I wrote my chem final; on Tuesday. Tuesday night I celebrated with a new to me beer. I thought it would be great as I like some fruity beers, but I was kind of disappointed with it. Oh well, they can’t all be winners.
A couple weeks ago I ordered business cards for the blog. I’ve been going to more blog related things lately, so I thought having some I could give to people would be a good idea. I wasn’t sure what the quality would be like, but now that I have them I’m really impressed! They’re printed on high quality cardstock and the printing is really sharp. They were also really easy to design online. Check out moo.com (referral link) if you’re looking for some of your own.
I picked up a pack of Steam Whistle beer this week at the liquor store. It’s a Canadian pilsner and so delicious! If you’re looking for a new beer to try I’d definitely recommend this one. Plus the packaging is pretty cool.
I have two gift cards to go see movies, and I finally used one! I’ve been pretty focused on school lately, so I thought I’d treat myself. I wanted to see Tammy or The November Man. Tammy isn’t in theatres and more and The November Man hasn’t been released yet. So I ended up seeing Into the Storm. While the acting wasn’t all that great, the special effects for the storm scenes were pretty cool. One scene may have included a fire tornado. Not entirely believable, but fun to watch.
The garden is slowly but surely chugging along. We’ve had lots of hot weather lately, so that’s meant watering just about every day to make sure nothing gets too dry.
I’ve come to the conclusion we’re not going to get any zucchinis or squash this year. I don’t know what it is, but the plants just aren’t growing like they were last year. They’re not nearly as big, and there haven’t been many flowers either. It’s kind of sad because the zucchinis I grew last year were huge.
Peas like colder weather. You can seed them 6 weeks before the last frost. They produce peas in the late spring and early summer, and then stop. Not this year. For some reason I’m getting a second round of peas growing. I guess I’ll have to wait to see if they’re able ti finish growing or if the heat gets to them first.
Along with the zucchini, the lettuce isn’t doing great this year either. I planted two of the same kind of lettuce as I did last year, so I know I can grow them here. I’m not sure what it is, but I’m starting to think it’s been the weather this year.
Even though it’s not getting too big, we’ve still been eating it. Because we have a couple rows, there always seems to be some that can be cut if I want a salad.
The tomato plants are also smaller than they were last year. There are some tomatoes starting to grow, though they’re still pretty small and green still. I can’t wait to eat my first tomato from the garden!
The beans are still looking pretty with the flowers. I discovered this week that there are some tiny beans starting to grow. I’m pretty excited to see what they end up looking like and how big they get.
Have you ever had an “off” year with your garden? Tell me about it in the comments.