Adventures with Little Miss


TTC Knit Along 2010

On Saturday July 10th I and my mother took part in the TTC Knitalong.  We started our days on either sides of Toronto and both rode the GO train in.  We met at Union Station and then took the TTC up to The Passion Knit.  When we got there we signed in and met some of the other ladies who came.  We were not the only mother daughter group, we met Lindsay and Ruth.

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(Ruth, Lindsay, Mom and I)

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We all got the great red swag bags.  I dug through mine and checked what we got:

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I did get some great DPN and a pattern for the Universal Sock.  I bought a ball of On Lite a germany sock yarn.  You can guess what I started to work on.  Mom casted on to make life easier.  I was on the search all day for the best pair of needles. ADI TURBOS!!  So we travel on to Mary Maxim.  We all wandered the shop and then stopped for lunch.

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We then headed off to Knitomatic via Subway:

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Thank you to Kim (On the Left) for taking the majority of these photos.  We got to Knitomatic

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and I found the holy grail of needles *Note this is my opinion* I began knitting further on my socks.  I was so happy with these needles.

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While at Knitomatic Haley the owner and her amazing Parot hopped around all of us crazy ladies with sticks and string.

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We then took all of our wares travel again on the TTC.  We took the Streetcar and it was HOT and sticky.  Although we were happy to be off to Romini Wools on Queen.  It was huge and I got a Spinning Wheel!  I will post on that later. We ended our journey and Rivoli a bar on Queen.  We all relaexed untill all the groups got in.  The team leaders Thanked Us and the Stores for the great wears we got.  They handed out prizes and we knit and chatted. 

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Thank you again for the great day!! Looking forward to next year!


Overnight Oats!

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So I gave it a shot!! This was testing the process of making overnight oats… I used (what we had in the cupboard) 5 grain Pc Blue Menu blend.  They are great cooked on the stove.  So last night I put 1/2 cup of 5 grain cereal in the bowl, 3/4 cup of milk and let it sit in the fridge.  Well I woke up to soaked cereal.  It was ok.  I through in some raisins, granola, peanut butter and honey. I did stir it up and dig in.  Although the texture was a bit Slimy and did not seem right.  I ate 80% of my bowl. 

Here are some other bloggers who make over night oats:

- Oh She Glows: Easy Vegan Overnight Oats

- Ohh May: Vegan Overnight Oats

- Happy Heart, Happy Mind: Oats, Oats, Wonderful Oats

In light of my first test… I am going to head back over to bulk barn today and pick up some regular oats and I am going to follow Oh She Glows idea and make some soft serve VOO.


Just call me Little Miss Farmer!

“Oooo Little Miss had a farm, ee iii eee iii oo,  and on this farm she had many plants, ee ii ee ii ooo.”

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Yes my little farm has been growing well only 100 more days till everything is grown.  I think I might need to get some bigger pots!! I did not have any celery the other day and some how lost my onion I bought. (It must be the heat) and well I was make red lentil soup.  I needed celery and an onion to go in my mirepoix – for non cooks “Mirepoix is a simple combination of onion, carrot and celery that is used in nearly every traditional French stew and many other dishes.”  Aka the base of my soup veg wise.  So i grabbed a few peices from the celery and a tiny little onion bulb:

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While I was waiting on my soup I nibbled on a few pieces of kale, which to my amazement tasted like cabbage. I enjoyed it!

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Barcode Free Challenge

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Well as I am now working hard to ensure that I am eating healthy and hopefully losing some weight.  I would like to try and reduce the number of items I eat that have barcodes.  The main point is to reduce processed foods and to eat more locally.  How much do you eat that is processed?  What so bad about processed foods??

There are GOOD processed foods and then there are BAD processed foods.  The bad foods I will do my best to avoid are made with trans fats, saturated fats, and large amounts of sodium and sugar. These types of foods should be avoided, or at least eaten sparingly.

Processed foods that may not be as healthy as fresh foods include:

  • canned foods with lots of sodium
  • white breads and pastas made with refined white flour, which are not as healthy as those made with whole grains
  • packaged high-calorie snack foods, like chips and cheese snacks
  • high-fat convenience foods, like cans of ravioli
  • frozen fish sticks and frozen dinners
  • packaged cakes and cookies
  • boxed meal mixes
  • sugary breakfast cereals
  • processed meats

My Barcode Free Challenge.  I pledge to cut out as many processed foods as possible… I am going to try some of the ideas from Nourished Kitchen, who had a 28 Day Challenge to reduce Processed Foods.  Nourished Kitchen challenge happened in Feb 2010 and NK kept a log of the days.  Here is a link to the recap posts from NK.

Here is a list of the challenges NK asked those who participated to try:

The Daily Challenges

  • Ditch processed, packaged, refined foods.
  • Choose wholesome, natural foods.
  • Improve your grains.
  • Start your sourdough.
  • Sprout your grains.
  • Mill your own sprouted flour or make wet-milled sprouted grain bread.
  • Relax and evaluate.
  • Fats for moderate and high heat.
  • Fight against GMOs.
  • Fats to eat raw.
  • Bake your sourdough.
  • Find real milk.
  • Get your (good) bacteria.
  • Relax, evaluate and eat some dark chocolate.
  • What’s a SCOBY?
  • Get cultured (veggies, that is).
  • Make yogurt at home.
  • Make cheese at home.
  • Prepare nuts and seeds properly.
  • Maximize the value of beans and legumes.
  • Vegetables and salads and another reason to eat your fats.
  • Why you should eat red meat.
  • Eat your bacon, eggs and lard too.
  • Homemade broth and stock.
  • Not-so-awful Offal.
  • Fish and seafood.
  • Grow your foodshed.
  • Beyond the challenge.

I am going to try some of these and I will post my recaps to them… Hope you follow along as well!


To: New Beginnings!

In January this year I had set a resolution No Fast Food and I had hoped that it would lead to a healthier lifestyle.  Well like most resolutions it did not last.  Recently I have notices a little more around my waist and well I am tired.  I never want to be as round as I am tall.  I currently weight the most I have ever had in my whole life and it is a time to change.

I am 5’3” and I would guess… *as I have been to nervous to stand on a scale* that I weight about 220-225.  I always swore I would never weigh more than 200 well that changed some where in the past two years.

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I must say my downward spiral of bad choices and bad eating started in 2008.  Just after New Years I had found out the my boyfriend of 4 years was cheating on me online… We had not been happy for a while and this was the final straw.  We basically had a 4 month long break where we were living together although not together.  In June of 2008 I met a new group of friends.  They were both good for me and bad at the same time.  It was 3 guys… (one who is the love of my life).  I hung out with them and they introduced me to new people and I joined an improve group and well, my social network exploded.  For the rest of 2008 I ate poorly and enjoyed pizza pasta and McDonalds.  2 liters of coke and Pepsi and no veggies!  I did not exercise and gained my weight.  I was stressed about my life and money and what I wanted to do and where I was headed.  I hit a funk and pushed a lot of the positive friends and my family away.  I did not want them to see me as I was embarrassed of who I had become.  Aaron was one of my new friends and he stood by me throughout the whole year of stupidity and bad choices.

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March 2009

In February of 2009 my family had said well enough is enough.  We had many long unhappy conversations and still Aaron stayed by me.  He had told me he loved me although I did not love myself and was not ready for someone to love me.  He still stuck around.  In May 2009 I had sorted nearly all my mess out and was ready to be loved.  We started dating and pretty much most of the bad things drifted away.  I removed the negative people from my life and was ready to start a new chapter (well whole book).   In June 2009 my friend Ellie got married and well we were friends before her wedding but afterwards our friendship blossomed.  She became my shoulder to lean on and she was there during some hard chats.  By the end of 2009 Aaron and I had moved in together and all is well.

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So that brings us back around to the beginning of  the post.  Well for the past 2 months I have been on twitter and chatting with fit bloggers.  I have also read many fit bloggers and reflected on some of the things that have done to change and improve there lives.  I really want to get my life and weight in order.  I want to be happy and healthy.  I have chosen today to reflect and post this as it is time for that Change! It is time for me to shed the pounds and let go of the pain.  I have been on this big kick where I want to run a 5k and well I am.

I AM A RUNNER *If I say it then I must be right?

Well here is my pledge:

I pledge to reflect on my choices both in eating and exercise.  I am going to eat healthy and the CORRECT portion sizes.  I am going to exercise on a regular schedule.  I am going to follow my dreams and make goals (and stick to them).  I am going to reduce my consumption of fatty foods and cut back on the amount of sugar I consume.  I am ready to be HEALTHY HAYLEY!


Smooth Smoothie!

Last Friday I was out with hunnie while he was buying an iPhone (I am super jealous).  I wondered around the mall where he was, and went into Your Good Health.  I had been looking for some sort of smoothie mix and I did not enjoy Greens+ Smoothie. So I bought Vega Shake and Go in Berry flavor.

Here are the facts about the mix:

Each serving of Vega Shake & Go Smoothie includes:

  • Two servings of veggies
  • 2500 mg Omega-3-6-9
  • 11 g complete protein
  • Only 100 calories
  • 1 billion probiotics cultures

Berry Ingredients:
organic green pea protein, organic coconut palm nectar, flaxseed, hemp protein, organic sprouted brown rice protein, organic green food blend (alfalfa grass, organic kale leaf, organic spinach leaf, organic broccoli sprout, spirulina), natural flavours, xanthan gum, beet powder, digestive enzyme blend, citric acid, malic acid, dairy-free probiotic blend (L. acidophilus, B. bifidum).

I tired drinking it straight, it was ok, a bit grainy although tasted better that the Greens+.  Although I will note that I did choose to make it into a blended smoothie.  I mixed in raspberries and some OJ.  It was great and enjoyable.  I will continue to drink this.  I like that it does not make and claim that it will make you feel more full of energy or that you will see a change in a certain number of days.  They only claim that it mixes well with water and that is true.  I hope to try the other flavours as well.

Do you have a favourite smoothie recipe or brand please do share!


Running Plan

Below is my running plan.  I am going to do my best to ensure that I follow it.  I am going to post once I complete a week to ensure that I am being both accountable to myself and hope that it will also keep me motivated based on my last post!

Week

Workout 1

Workout 2

Workout 3

One

Brisk five-minute warm-up walk. Then alternate 60 seconds of jogging and 90 seconds of walking for a total of 20 minutes.

Brisk five-minute warm-up walk. Then alternate 60 seconds of jogging and 90 seconds of walking for a total of 20 minutes.

Brisk five-minute warm-up walk. Then alternate 60 seconds of jogging and 90 seconds of walking for a total of 20 minutes.

Two

Brisk five-minute warm-up walk. Then alternate 90 seconds of jogging and two minutes of walking for a total of 20 minutes.

Brisk five-minute warm-up walk. Then alternate 90 seconds of jogging and two minutes of walking for a total of 20 minutes.

Brisk five-minute warm-up walk. Then alternate 90 seconds of jogging and two minutes of walking for a total of 20 minutes.

Three

Brisk five-minute warm-up walk, then do two repetitions of the following:

● Jog 200 yards (or 90 seconds)

● Walk 200 yards (or 90 seconds)

● Jog 400 yards (or 3 minutes)

● Walk 400 yards (or three minutes)

Brisk five-minute warm-up walk, then do two repetitions of the following:

● Jog 200 yards (or 90 seconds)

● Walk 200 yards (or 90 seconds)

● Jog 400 yards (or 3 minutes)

● Walk 400 yards (or three minutes)

Brisk five-minute warm-up walk, then do two repetitions of the following:

● Jog 200 yards (or 90 seconds)

● Walk 200 yards (or 90 seconds)

● Jog 400 yards (or 3 minutes)

● Walk 400 yards (or three minutes)

Four

Brisk five-minute warm-up walk, then:

● Jog 1/4 mile (or 3 minutes)

● Walk 1/8 mile (or 90 seconds)

● Jog 1/2 mile (or 5 minutes)

● Walk 1/4 mile (or 2-1/2 minutes)

● Jog 1/4 mile (or 3 minutes)

● Walk 1/8 mile (or 90 seconds)

● Jog 1/2 mile (or 5 minutes)

Brisk five-minute warm-up walk, then:

● Jog 1/4 mile (or 3 minutes)

● Walk 1/8 mile (or 90 seconds)

● Jog 1/2 mile (or 5 minutes)

● Walk 1/4 mile (or 2-1/2 minutes)

● Jog 1/4 mile (or 3 minutes)

● Walk 1/8 mile (or 90 seconds)

● Jog 1/2 mile (or 5 minutes)

Brisk five-minute warm-up walk, then:

● Jog 1/4 mile (or 3 minutes)

● Walk 1/8 mile (or 90 seconds)

● Jog 1/2 mile (or 5 minutes)

● Walk 1/4 mile (or 2-1/2 minutes)

● Jog 1/4 mile (or 3 minutes)

● Walk 1/8 mile (or 90 seconds)

● Jog 1/2 mile (or 5 minutes)

Five

Brisk five-minute warm-up walk, then:

● Jog 1/2 mile (or 5 minutes)

● Walk 1/4 mile (or 3 minutes)

● Jog 1/2 mile (or 5 minutes)

● Walk 1/4 mile (or 3 minutes)

● Jog 1/2 mile (or 5 minutes)

Brisk five-minute warm-up walk, then:

● Jog 3/4 mile (or 8 minutes)

● Walk 1/2 mile (or 5 minutes)

● Jog 3/4 mile (or 8 minutes)

Brisk five-minute warm-up walk, then jog two miles (or 20 minutes) with no walking.

Six

Brisk five-minute warm-up walk, then:

● Jog 1/2 mile (or 5 minutes)

● Walk 1/4 mile (or 3 minutes)

● Jog 3/4 mile (or 8 minutes)

● Walk 1/4 mile (or 3 minutes)

● Jog 1/2 mile (or 5 minutes)

Brisk five-minute warm-up walk, then:

● Jog 1 mile (or 10 minutes)

● Walk 1/4 mile (or 3 minutes)

● Jog 1 mile (or 10 minutes)

Brisk five-minute warm-up walk, then jog 2-1/4 miles (or 25 minutes) with no walking.

Seven

Brisk five-minute warm-up walk, then jog 2.5 miles (or 25 minutes).

Brisk five-minute warm-up walk, then jog 2.5 miles (or 25 minutes).

Brisk five-minute warm-up walk, then jog 2.5 miles (or 25 minutes).

Eight

Brisk five-minute warm-up walk, then jog 2.75 miles (or 28 minutes).

Brisk five-minute warm-up walk, then jog 2.75 miles (or 28 minutes).

Brisk five-minute warm-up walk, then jog 2.75 miles (or 28 minutes).

Nine

Brisk five-minute warm-up walk, then jog 3 miles (or 30 minutes).

Brisk five-minute warm-up walk, then jog 3 miles (or 30 minutes).

The final workout! Congratulations! Brisk five-minute warm-up walk, then jog 3 miles (or 30 minutes).


Motivation?

I was talking to another blogger the other day about Motivation and how you stay motivated.  Well I have been super tired every day after work and I have not been training.  I feel really crummy not training.  I really want to run that 5K. 

The issue is that when I get home from work (well on my walk home) my feet hurt SO MUCH!  I have been standing everyday for 8 hours and it is KILLING my feet. I have tired everything like soaking my feet and ice, nothing is helping my feet.

How is it that you all stay motivated?  What can I do to stay motivated… I think I am going to post and share my plan.  Hopefully that will help me be accountable to someone out there other than myself.  If you are reading this please share your ways to stay motivated.


Strawberries Bonanza!!

So after E and I came home from our Adventure, we unpacked the car and loaded all the fruits and veggies and the one chicken into my little fridge.  We (cleaned) the kitchen up and bit and got our little homemaker hats on and went to town.  E decieded to search the infinite web for the great blog-goddess out there for a delicious short cake recepie and well she found, The Pioneer Woman’s Strawberry Short Cake Cake and well WE made it and here is the proof!

Oh and I made Jam! I used the One Change Blog Fresh Strawberry Jam recipe. It is super yummy too….


Adventures at the local farms!

I had decided well before I knew E & her hubby were coming down that I was going to go pick strawberries and go on an adventure of the local farms. Well it was awesome because the Men went to London to hang with friends and we went to the farms!

First we went Lindley’s Farm, where they have pick your own strawberries. E and I both picked 6 qts of berries.  The berries were delicious and so ripe!! I could not have asked for more.  We chatted and picked and talked to the other people picking in the rows to each side of us.

We then adventured over to Fenwood Farms and bought some meat… Yes I have not transitions to vegetarian yet. I am working to incorporate meatless meals.  I bought a WHOLE chicken (it was $14) which is a bit steep but hey it was LOCAL!!! (*When I cooked it last sunday it was SOOOO Good*)  We then travelled off home thinking what will we make with all this yummy food.


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