A Little Change in Plans

Today has definitely not gone according to plan!

Running:

I had a run this morning at Crystal Falls with my running buddy. It was great to have company and be out on this gorgeous trail. Crystal Falls is a forest trail that leads out to a small waterfall. It is obviously uphill going out as you are following the Coquitlam River. The trail has recently been widened and cleared so it is quite accessible, though there are still streams you have to make your way across. The  log barriers that the mountain bikers use now have trails you can take around them. This trail was a great choice for today as it was several degrees cooler (a nice break from the super hot day).  Of course on this hot day when I wouldn’t mind a refreshing foot bath, I managed to stay completely dry, but on a cold, winter day I always seem to manage to end up in the water🙄.

Unfortunately this run was my only exercise for the day:( An epic fail😫

Eating:

I was supposed to be making a batch of apple chai scones today but a friend called me up and suggested lunch before the craziness of school starts up again. We met at the John B Pub on Austin avenue in Coquitlam. The waitress was super knowledgeable about allergies and made sensible and clear suggestions of what I could order. I ended up with the celiac stir fry with scallops and prawns. It was absolutely delicious and looked just as lovely with big pieces of veggies and seafood.

My indulgences didn’t end with the lunch however as my nephew and I hit Matteo’s Gelato in Port Coquitlam tonight. This is my absolute favourite ice cream store in the area because out of fifty flavours of Gelato, 38 are gluten free and 18 are dairy free. There are so many options that I feel overwhelmed!  img_8711.jpgI also love how you can have as many flavours as you want in each size. Today I tried five different flavours- coconut, chocolate peanut butter, salted caramel, chocolate covered cherry, and mango. I would have a very difficult time choosing a favourite as they were all amazing!

Events:

My friend and I checked out IKEA for back to school items. I went in looking for nothing but came out with magazine holders, an aloe Vera plant and some kitchen scrubbers. At least at IKEA when you go crazy, it’s still cheap:)

I’ve done a little bit of knitting but still have half a sleeve to complete. I am babysitting my nephew tonight so ended up in the pool with him and am now watching the Mayweather/ McGregor fight with my brother’s company. Definitely not what I planned to do tonight! Lol I can’t even knit because they smoke! As well, this cutie keeps getting on my lap and chasing the needles. 😂IMG_8718

Oh well, I suppose it’s days like these that make life interesting!

Have fun!

AJ

Motivation

Well my holiday cost me two pounds and a lot of muscle tone. It could have been much worse ( I think running all but two days really helped), but it was enough motivation to get me back on a healthy lifestyle:)

I did my usual run around the Burrard Inlet to Rocky Point Park tonight. It was weird because at times I had the feeling I was kind of running sideways, like some dogs do🤔. My times weren’t too bad though so I was happy!

Those two pounds were also motivation for some healthy grocery shopping and meal prep. My fruit salad is ready for the week. This week it is cantaloupe, watermelon, pear, plum, Apple, banana and a mandarin orange. My veggies are cut up and ready to be munched on. I also splurged and got the individual packages of guacamole to eat with my veggies as I figure portion control is going to be very important as I get my stomach shrunk back down to its regular size.

The two pounds also motivated the Pylo Circuit workout this evening and a walk. Not bad for my first day back from holidays!

My walk was only half of the usual because I had a bee that just wouldn’t stop following me. That was enough motivation to come home!

I had meant to stop in at Matteo’s Gelato so I could enjoy a treat since I was going to  be in the area, but I was so focused on wanting to see the eclipse today that before I knew it, I was out of Port Coquitlamand up getting my groceries. I guess the eclipse provided good motivation today too:)

I spent a lot of today looking at slipper patterns on Ravelry. 46 pages of them in fact. I’ve narrowed it down to the fact I want a pair I can wear over socks, they need to have an interesting stitch pattern and they need to have one button that is just for pretty! I spent all this time looking as slippers are what I want to make out of my New Hampshire wool, but then I realized I had my turtleneck on the go still and my parent’s afghan to make. Wanting to get started on my slippers motivated me to get the back of my nubby knit turtleneck done. Hopefully it will continue to motivate me!!!

Reading a wordpress blog I follow also motivated me to join KAL fanatics on Ravelry. Lately I’ve heard so much about these KAL’s that I’m intrigued. Hopefully this board is a good place to start. If there’s a better place, please tell me.

My sweater has also motivated me to stay up until an appropriate West Coast bedtime. It’s good I had the motivation as I’ve been wanting to sleep for a while now! I think I’ll give in:)

Have fun!

AJ