Sorry I’m late.

Yeah, yeah, yeah.  I know it’s not Thursday but you’re going to get a Thinking Out Loud Thursday kind of post anyway because I have a bunch of things to say that have absolutely nothing to do with each other.

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So I’m sorry I’m a day late but HERE WE GO.

1.  Remember my computer issue?  Well those geniuses at Apple made my freaking week by telling me all I needed was a new charger.  Thank heavens.  I thought both the charger and the port would both be damaged but I lucked out big time.  My computer is back up and running and it only cost me $70.  Better that the $300+ it would have cost me for a new charger and port….or the $1500+ it would have cost me for a new computer.  I’m so happy.

2.  I had my colonoscopy yesterday.  It was supposed to be the day after I got back from Aruba but when I looked at the prep for the procedure (which is done the day before), there was absolutely no way I could have done it while on vacation.  I couldn’t eat anything on Thursday and was only allowed to drink Gatorade, apple juice, water, or any other liquid that was kind of clear.  I also had to drink a nasty solution to “prep” me but I won’t get into details.  I’m just glad it’s over and that I will hopefully have some sort of answers soon (they weren’t able to find anything right away so they took some biopsies and I will get results in two weeks).  I also never want to drink Gatorade ever again.

3.  I’m going to work on a full Aruba post this weekend – the resort I stayed at, the weather, what we did, what we ate, etc. but for now you can get a glimpse of its beauty:

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It didn’t even feel like real life.  I’d like to go back asap.

4.  Another kind of technical issue I had in Aruba had a little something to do with my phone case…

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I got a Mophie case for my iPhone a while back and I absolutely loooooove it.  My phone dies so quickly and the Mophie acts as a case and charger so once your phone battery life starts to get low, you just turn the Mophie on and it starts to charge your phone.  My phone pretty much lasts all day now and then I plug it (and the Mophie) in when I go to sleep.  BUT the case started to wrinkle/melt/go crazy on me!  It still works but I guess that the heat and humidity in Aruba were a little much for it so the rubbery exterior is now strangely texturized.

5.  This morning I had a smoothie for breakfast and I can’t even explain how happy it made me.  As part of my colonoscopy prep I wasn’t allowed to eat any foods with little seeds (i.e. berries) for FIVE DAYS before the procedure.  By this morning I was just dying to have every berry in existence.  I combined everything I could find in my freezer to make a banana berry smoothie.  Heaven.

6.  The 50 Shades of Grey trailer is everywhere.  Did anyone read all three books?  Is this a stupid question to ask?  I got through the first one and started the second but then I lost all interest.

7.  I’ve already shared this photo on my instagram but it’s too cute not to share here too:

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I missed this little nugget while I was gone.

8.  It’s time to run!  I’m so close to hitting 100 miles for the month of July so I’ve gotta go hit the pavement before the rain starts coming down!  They’re calling for rain all weekend and I’m not really excited about it.

Hope you have a great Saturday and I’ll see you SOON!  Now that I have my computer back and my dang colonoscopy is over I am no longer upset, angry, hungry, or cranky…so regular blogging shall continue! ;)

I’ll be back…

Well hello there!

So my intention was maybe to blog once or twice more while I was in Aruba but unfortunately wasn’t able to post again after last week’s WIAW.  While I was away, I kept all of my valuables (including my laptop and charger) in the hotel room safe.  I forgot my charger on the nightstand by my bed once and on that one day the cleaning lady (who was lovely) accidentally sprayed some cleaning product on it.  I didn’t notice until a day or two later once I plugged in my MacBook to charge and nothing was working.  There was rust on the end of my charger as well as in the computer port.  Soooo I don’t really know if the issue is the charger, the computer, or both.  I have an appointment at Apple tomorrow which I am assuming will be very expensive but I am just hoping that I can somehow get my computer working/restored because I’ve got so much stuff on there that would kill me to lose.

I just wanted to pop in and say hi.  Aruba was amazing and I’ll share more about the trip once I get my computer back up and running (I’m using my mom’s right now).  P.S. my mom is the best and we had a really great time being lazy, eating, shopping, going on walks, and sweating buckets together.

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THANKS MOM FOR SUCH A WONDEFUL TRIP!!!

I hope you are all having a great week so far and my fingers are crossed that I’ll be back tomorrow!

WIAW: Aruba eats!

My mom and I have kind of got a system down at night while we’re here.  After dinner we spend a little time wither walking around, going to the casino, or checking out the entertainment.  Once we’re back at our room, she reads for a while before bed and I either do the same or can pop in here to share little snippets of our day.  So I thought why not participate in WIAW and show you what’s going down (…the hatch) here in Aruba!

It’s honestly a bit of a waste of money for my mom and I to stay at an all-inclusive resort.  With me being a vegetarian and the both of us being non-drinkers, we definitely don’t get our money’s worth.  I’ve been doing my best to try different things each day but have found fruits and veggies/salads to be the easiest.  On the first day I literally ate ALL the bad things.  Anything and everything that was deep fried at the buffet, I wanted it.  I went to bed that night feeling horrible (as expected) and it truly wasn’t even worth it.  The french fries weren’t even that great and I looooove french fries.  So yesterday I was a little better at actually ingesting some nutrients and whaddaya know?!  I felt good.  Surprise, surprise.

Breakfast and post-run I went with the most random combination of food.  I guess I was craving salt from the ridiculous sweating so pickles and seasoned potatoes did the trick.  The fruit here is pretty awesome so I’ve been trying to eat some with every meal.

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I definitely didn’t eat enough though because I was hungry within an hour and lunch doesn’t start until 1:00pm here so I had to listen to my growling stomach for longer than I would have liked.

For lunch I hit up the salad bar and had romaine, tomatoes, jalepenos, olives, more pickles, radish, and carrots with oil and vinegar as my dressing and topped with pistachios.  I also tried a veg-friendly sandwich (cheese, lettuce, tomato, and sprouts) which was just okay.  Aaaaand more fruit!

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My mom and I went for a walk in the afternoon and found a Starbucks.  Apparently there are only three on the island!!  I ordered an iced coffee with two pumps of sugar-free caramel syrup and a touch of soy milk.  Oh my word.  It was fantastic, and this is coming from a girl that drinks coffee about once a month (except around Thanksgiving and Christmas when Starbucks has their fancy lattes…then things get out of hand).

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We made dinner reservations at one of the a-la-carte restaurants but the only seating times available are 6:30pm and 9:00pm so we chose the later time.  I was ravenous around 6:30 so I ordered room service….nachos, of course.

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So good.

We went to the Italian restaurant for dinner and the only vegetarian option on the menu was a lasagna so I’ll give you one guess as to what I ordered.  Yep.  You nailed it.  Problem is – I didn’t even eat it because I filled up on pesto rice balls (aka ‘arancini‘) and bruschetta from the appetizer bar.

As you can see, my eats haven’t been too interesting and I doubt I will stray very far from the basics.  If you aren’t picky, there are TONS of options.  Lots of meat, chicken and fresh fish throughout the day.  For breakfast there are eggs made in every possible way – even an omelette station where they make it nice and fresh, adding in whatever ingredients you like.  There’s a cereal bar, yogurt, all kinds of cheese and deli meats.  You name it, they’ve got it.

Every night the buffet has a different theme so I’m hoping for something a little more exciting!

Hope you all had a great Wednesday!

We’re HERE!

Happy Tuesday!  Yesterday was a bit of a whirlwind.  My mom and I made it to ARUBA and spent the day at the airport/flying/more airport/riding to our resort/exploring/eating and all kinds of other fun stuff!  Oh, and she already won $170 at the casino!  I refuse to gamble but she gets pretty lucky.  She swears by the Michael Jackson machine…whatever that is.  I’ll share a few pictures from our day but first a quick recap of last week’s workouts (since I didn’t get to do my usual Marathon Monday post yesterday):

Monday: OFF

Tuesday: 5 miles @ 8:11 avg.

Wednesday: 3 miles @ 8:40 avg. + 25 mins elliptical + strength training

Thursday: OFF

Friday: 6.70 miles @ 8:25 avg. (this progression run)

Saturday: 7 miles @ 8:39 avg.

Sunday: 8 miles @ 8:19 avg.

No long run or speed work last week…whoops.

PICTURE TIME!

Plane ride selfie…because why not?

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Plane snacks!  I’m re-reading Mile Markers for a little inspiration.  My friend Annie gifted me with this book a while back and I absolutely love it.

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Our resort:

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SO WINDY!  We read on Trip Advisor that it gets pretty breezy here and man, they aren’t kidding!!  It’s literally windy all day and you get sand blasted if you lay on the beach.  It’s kind of annoying but at the same time, it helps make the heat a little more bearable.

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Nighttime beach walks aren’t so bad…

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Her winnings.  I can’t even deal.

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She’s going to kill me for posting that… ;)

I’m going to be really bad at responding to any emails/comments/messages this week so I apologize in advance.  I’m intentionally trying to spend less time on my phone and computer.  This resort makes it hard because there is literally free wifi EVERYWHERE but I’m trying to be a little more “unplugged”!  I’ll post and respond when I can but for the most part I’ll be soaking up the sun and being all kinds of lazy.

HAVE A GREAT DAY!

One down…

Friday.  Finally.  I woke up this morning with every intention to go to the gym.  My plan was to run there (1.5 miles away), lift weights, and then run home.  My first mile felt like I was running through sand.  I worked my legs two days ago and I’m feeling DOMS like cray today so let’s just say my hopes for a solid run were not high at all.  Once I got through that first mile though, I felt like a million bucks!  I instantly changed my plan and decided to scrap the gym and run until I felt like stopping.  I ended up running a 6-mile progression run (8:41, 8:31, 8:26, 8:18, 8:10, 8:05) with a .70 mile cool down (8:51).  It felt pretty darn good to have a decent run.

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So remember that list I talked about yesterday?  Well I decided I should start chipping away at some of the things that sound appealing to me.  I was out running all kinds of errands today and happened to be near Urban Herbivore.  I’ve been there before but have always ordered their coconut curry with black rice.  The BBQ tofu sandwich is #96 on the list so I thought I’d give it a try and see what all the hype is about!

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All I have to say is…I’ll definitely be going back for this!  The BBQ sauce on the tofu is amazing and the bread is freshly grilled rosemary focaccia.  Basically you’re eating a piece of heaven when you have this sandwich.  It came with a salad and I also got a green juice.  My order took about 10 minutes to make and they offered me a free muffin top for waiting.  Ummm.  Yes please.  Urban Herbivore definitely did not disappoint.  One down, lots more to go!  It’s going to be a very tasty summer.

I think Grasslands’ guacamole grilled cheese is next on my list…

ALSO – I forgot to tell you guys!!  Just a couple of week ago Vega added a “bloggers” section to their website where you can learn more about some pretty cool and inspiring women.  Not quite sure how I made that list but I’m not complaining! ;)

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Click here to learn about the cool cats!

That’s it for today!  Hope you all have a fab weekend!  I hear it’s free slurpee day at 7-11 today??  I’m not a huge fan of them but if YOU are, GO GET ONE!!!  I’m more in a nacho mood tonight… ;)

Thinking Out Loud #26

Thinking Out Loud Thursday!  My favourite day!

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1.  So with Aruba just four days away (WHAT?), I’ve been running around picking up some last-minute things.  I honestly don’t need anything but I like to have a couple of new bikinis or summer dresses whenever I go away.  My closet doesn’t agree but we’ve learned to tune out that nonsense… ;)  Anyway, I grabbed a cute hat that was on sale at Aritzia and check this out…

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I saved a whopping $3.  A sale is a sale and sure, it’s better than nothing…but really?

2.  While preparing for this trip I realized how much has changed over the years.   In the past, when I knew I was going on a beach vacation I would be sooooo careful with the things I ate and super diligent about workouts in the weeks leading up to the trip.  I was always worried about looking my best in a bikini.  I’m not saying I haven’t thought about what it’s going to feel like prancing around the beach nearly naked, but it’s definitely not affecting me the way it used to which is kind of awesome.  I’ve eaten pizza, tacos and roti this week without even thinking twice.

3.  Speaking of tacos, I had my favourite butternut squash tacos again this week (don’t act surprised).  I ordered takeout one day for my aunt and cousins and when I was placing my order I asked for no red onions on my tacos (I HATE red onions) and the girl asked me if I wanted EXTRA SQUASH instead!!!  Ummmm…yes please.  I definitely think that was 100% against all rules on her part but whatevs.  I’m all about that extra squash.

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You bet I’m going to ask for it every time I go from now on.  Maybe I can ask them to replace the kale, tomatoes, onions, and cilantro with squash.  I’d probably get kicked out again.

4.  You know when you just love a particular food or drink and then it just magically disappears or becomes discontinued?  Well, back in high school my most favourite drink ever was Tahiti Treat.  I used to drink it regularly with a beef patty of course (how things have changed, eh?).  Tahiti Treat became impossible to find so I eventually just gave up.  I stopped drinking pop anyway so it didn’t matter too much anymore and then look what happens…

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They changed the name to Tahitian Treat and is now made by Dr. Pepper/Seven Up vs. the good ol’ C Plus but it still tastes the same! I’ll be honest – I felt drunk after not even half a can.  I don’t think my body is made for pop anymore after not drinking it for so many years!

5.  I got my blood test results back and apparently I have a vitamin B12 deficiency so I’m about to become a pill popper.  I’m not so excited about this.  I need to do more research and find out if there are any foods I can start eating more of/incorporating into my diet so I don’t have to take pills forever.  If anyone has any advice (Angela, I’m looking at you!) I’d be forever grateful!

6.  Toronto people – Vegan Culinary Crusade has compiled a list of the top 100 must-try vegan dishes in the city!!  I can’t believe that I have only tried maybe two or three items from the entire list.  BLASPHEMY!  I better get started!!  The only problem is that about 99% of the items are definitely not good for you.  Deep fried ice cream?  Vegan Mac and Cheese?  Vegan Butter Chicken Burrito (I don’t even know how this is possible…)?  Snickerdoodle French Toast (…okay this sounds amazing)?  Just because these things are labelled vegan, it doesn’t mean that they’re wholesome and nutritious.  I’m all about balance and eating things that destroy your insides every once in a while but they could have thrown a few more salads and actual plant-based meals on that list…

7.  I know I’m not the only one who hates when this happens:

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8.  That’s it for today!  Off to do some Thursday night laundry.  Don’t be jealous… ;)

WIAW: it’s been a while

Happy What I Ate Wednesday!

I’m posting a little late today but the last couple days have been kinda nuts.  I had a doctor’s appointment yesterday as I’m still trying to figure out my GI issues and today I had to go get some blood tests.  I also have a colonoscopy scheduled for the day after I get back from Aruba.  Something to look forward to right?!  Ugh.  Anyway, let’s talk about food instead.

Breakfast: After a run/elliptical/strength training session I wanted nothing but a cold smoothie.  Banana, frozen berries, spinach, and water.

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Snack: Vega One bar to take with me to the blood clinic.  I ate half before and half after, all while crossing my fingers hoping I wouldn’t faint.  I’ve had strange episodes in the past and feel the need to have a little sugar in my system.  It worked!  Maybe it’s all mental… ;)

Lunch: I was out running errands for part of the afternoon so I ate lunch on the go.  It’s been a while since I had roti and the last time I had doubles (which I ate too fast for a photo) was when I was in Trinidad last August.  It doesn’t photograph well but man, it was delicious.  Put potatoes in/on anything and I’m happy.

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…aaaaaand some mango bubble tea just because.  Funny – the man at the bubble tea place saw me trying to take a photo of my drink and he was like “here – you want this for the picture?” and handed me that ninja.  What a good man.

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Dinner: That roti held me over for quite a while but around 8pm I was feeling for a small dinner.  Avocado toast and a side of fruit.  It never fails.

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Snack: Snap Pea Crisps while catching up on Amazing Race Canada!

Hope you had a great Wednesday and I’ll see you tomorrow for Thinking Out Loud Thursday!