Sunday, 13 December 2015

Meal Planning + Weekly Workouts + a Great Mail Week

This week ended up being a pretty a epic mail week over in this neck of the woods. Our brand new dining table was delivered on Wednesday. It is actually an Xmas/Birthday gift from my Mom, but we had it delivered before the holidays so we can put it to use good use with all of our upcoming hosting duties. Our Christmas festivities start next weekend when my sister comes home Halifax and basically last until New Years, so we have a lot planned.

It matches our sideboard in the living room and I absolutely love it.

I also came home Friday night to this super sweet care package from Smartwater. I am loving the new colouring book already!

And finally, I won an instagram contest hosted by the adorable Katy over at Fit in Heels for a $100 giftcard for Farm and Forks Organics. (*woohoo! I never win anything!*)

They have prepared meals, produce boxes, meat boxes, or just simply chose-your-own options. I opted to use it for a Meat Box - basically because it was a great way to get a good assortment of local and organic meat.

In the past we have had a both a Produce Box and a Meat box subscription, and I really liked it. I like getting to know and support the local farms we were purchasing from, being more in tune with what grew well or didn't, and knowing that what we are getting is organic. So I think I am going to use these guys regularly starting this spring/summer. The delivery was seamless and so far the stuff we have sampled has been delicious.

Along with having an awesome mail week, it has also been unseasonably warm around here, making running feel like a dream. Usually by this time of year it is well below freezing and there has been some (*if not a lot*) of snow. So far it has stayed above zero and there is no snow in sight, meaning I had to take advantage, and I ran a little more than I have in the last couple of weeks.
I opted to leave my GPS off though and just focused on Heart Rate. I kept my pace easy and my weekly workouts gentle as planned.

This week's workouts included...
Monday - 5km Run
Tuesday - 30 min Yoga
Wednesday - 5km Run
Thursday - 45 min Yoga
Friday - Rest
Saturday - Rest
Sunday - 5km Run

I have been on my gluten-free adventure for about 6 weeks now, and I have been on my Thyroid medication for just over a month, so I am off to get my follow-up blood work tomorrow. I have noticed quite a few changes since I started my plan, but I am curious to take a closer look at the official numbers, so I will keep you posted.

I am also getting the hang of this whole gluten-free business, as you can see from my tasty meals above. I even managed to bake some successful gluten-free Christmas Cookies this weekend. (*I will share the recipe later this week*). Meaning, even though there have been moments where I have really missed gluten, I definitely think is manageable as a long-term lifestyle change.

This week's dinner's included...
Monday - Quinoa Salad
Tuesday - Chicken Salad
Wednesday - Tuna Salad and Green Juice
Thursday - Shrimp Teriyaki (*on the road*)
Friday - Gluten-Free Margherita Pizza from Scaddabush with blogging buddies (*Hi Girls!!*)
Saturday - Smoke Pork Chop + Salad
Sunday - Beef Burger on Rudi's Spinach Tortilla with Salad

And Congrats to Salma Sebastian and Sarah Abbot you won my Birthday Mizuno Breath Thermo Giveaway! I sent you an email this morning with all the details. Thanks so much to everyone who entered. Don't despair if you didn't win, I am putting together again great fitness giveaway for you all in the New Year.

I hope you all had a great week!
Love your favourite Darwinian Fail,