It’s All About Balance

Today was the perfect example of what I want to see more of in my life this year – a day that felt balanced. I woke up on time, had my 2 classes, did some grocery shopping, read a little, hit up the gym, watched hockey, and enjoyed good meals. If only every day allowed for this. In a perfect world, eh?

Today was my later wake up day, so of course, I pulled out the saucepan to make some oatmeal.

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I was at a loss for what to add to my oats…until I spied the dried figs. Aha! A lightbulb went off in my head, and I set to creating my breakfast.

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  • 1/2 cup oats, milk, water
  • 3 dried figs, chopped
  • 3 dried apricots, chopped
  • splash of vanilla
  • 1 tbsp flax seed
  • swirl of peanut butter
  • sprinkle of Artisana Cacao Bliss

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With a glass of POM Wonderful Pomegranate Mango juice.

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Figs have quickly become a favourite oatmeal addition of mine. If you haven’t tried figs in your oats, I highly recommend it. They add the perfect sweetness, and nice texture from their seeds.

I wasn’t really sure what I felt like for lunch, but ended up with a tasty, easy to eat in class meal.

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Yogurt with frozen raspberries and granola (added later so it doesn’t get soggy), and a peanut butter & pumpkin butter English muffin-wich. Check out those frosty raspberries.

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It turned out to be a delightfully filling lunch. It was odd to eat a non-toasted English muffin, but it worked with the pb & pb. File that one away for use another day.

Since I didn’t have to work this afternoon, I thought I’d take the opportunity to stop in at Whole Foods on the way home and do a little shopping. I have big soup making plans this weekend, so I needed to pick up some essentials. I spent some time wandering the store, seeing what was on sale, and managing to walk out of there only $26 poorer. It easily could have been double, but I figured I should be fiscally responsible, since I won’t see a paycheque from my job for another week still.

I arrived home, and had a wee bite to eat.

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Hello cheesy baking powder biscuit, basking in some natural light. I spread on a little buttah for fun.

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With my biscuit, I enjoyed this Whole Foods find.

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Blood Orange Italian Soda. How fun! I had to try it. Isn’t it pretty?

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It was light and fruity, with a nice level of carbonation. I’d buy it again, especially if I wanted a fancy non-alcoholic drink for a party. Although, I’m sure it would be equally good spiked with say, a little vodka? 😉 I’m just saying.

Oh, and proof that the sheet is a necessary addition to the dining room table?

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Sienna would have no problems kicking those puzzle pieces all over the place.

Although I was this close to taking a nap, I stopped myself from changing into my pajamas, and instead put on the workout clothes and went down to the gym. You know, it’s so true that getting to the gym is the hardest part, because once you are there, it’s almost always a good workout. Even though it was busy, I lucked out and was able to get all the machines I wanted to (stairclimber, treadmill, bike for those who care). I will say though, all the crazies were there today. The guy on the stairclimber beside me spent the entire time hacking up a lung and trying to clear his nose. It took all my strength to not scold him for dragging his sick ass out in public, and getting his germs all over the equipment at the gym. Ugh!

I came home, showered, and dinner was ready to go. Perfect timing!

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I just noticed you can see my toes in that picture. Oops!

Dinner featured baked chicken – mine was a chicken breast coated with sweet chili sauce. Nom!

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Broccoli with shredded cheddar. Always a good choice.

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As well as some jasmine rice with soy sauce, and leftover sweet potato/pecan dish, which doesn’t look that pretty, but tastes awesome.

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Then after dinner, it was time for my favourite evening activity – watching hockey! The Canucks were playing the Phoenix Coyotes, and boy, did it turn out to be a great game. Well, other than all the injuries our team sustained (you never want to see a face plant into the ice). We were victorious 4-0, and now I can’t wait for the game on Saturday night 😀

As per evening ritual, a snack was consumed. The theme was chocolate.

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Healthy chocolate, in the form of a Cocoa Banana Muffin (heated, with a dab of buttah).

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And less healthy chocolate, in the form of a Ferrero Rocher.

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The best of both world, really 🙂

And now, it is time for this blogger to make her way to bed. Early wake up call for the end of the first week of school. I’m not sleeping in this time! Night!

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4 Comments on “It’s All About Balance”

  1. January 8, 2010 at 7:07 am #

    Look at all those wonderful eats!

    My cats would do the same thing if I had a puzzle on the table. Naughty little creatures they are.

    Whole Foods is my mecca to find new things. I usually find a ton of new things every week.

  2. January 8, 2010 at 7:21 am #

    That biscuit looks perfect!! Getting to the gym is the worst – once you’re done though it makes it all worth it!

  3. Jenny
    January 9, 2010 at 7:29 am #

    It’s great to have days where you feel balanced, so you know what to strive for on a regular basis. No we don’t get there everyday, but it’s nice to know that balance is acheivable and makes us content.

    I hate it when people are coughing or “grunting” at the gym. It’s so gross!

  4. January 15, 2010 at 9:52 pm #

    cocoa banana muffin sounds nummy!!!

    it is so hard for me to motivate myself to work out sometimes! i find that taking classes on a schedule really help! I don’t like working out alone or without a coach!

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