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You Know You’re Addicted to Surfing When…

Happy Friday everyone!!

Since my work family are away in Spain over Thanksgiving, I have a nice little day off today.  ‘Bonus’ you say? Totally…until you realize you’re not being paid for a week and a half, boooo!

Let’s back track a little to last night, shall we?

When I took my tired little self upstairs last night, I got to my bed and was surprised to see that a certain something had taken my place.  Want to know how you know your husband is addicted to surfing? When this happens…

Hmmm…

Yes, that is Chris spooning with his newest surf board! Oh Oh, not even a month in to marriage and I’ve been replaced! This is just a little taste of what life with Chris is like, he also likes to hide every chance he gets, jump out and scare the bejeebuzz out of me!

Today…

This morning came a little too fast for my liking thanks to a certain little lady! Chris had left bright and early in search of some surf before work and I was woken shortly after 6 by a crazed Annie jumping on and off the bed, scratching, rattling her collar and licking my face. Grrrrrrr Annie!!! I took her out for a quick walk and was greeted by a rainy old day (putting my running plans on hold!).

I assumed that she had just needed to go out and that’s why she was waking me up, but it turned out Chris had already taken her out just before he left! What a little sneaky dog. I wanted to be mad at her for waking me up much earlier than I had planned for today but really, how can you stay mad at this face?

“Don’t be mad, I just want to play!”

Breakfast…

After reading my book for a little while in bed my stomach started grumbling, breakfast time! I popped the kettle on for my morning dose of tea and put together a nice bowl of oats, granola, yogurt, chia seeds and raspberries.

Today’s yogurt flavour was Chobani Greek Peach non-fat.

Another Chobani winner

Breakfast was tasty and filling this morning!

Morning Oats!

I just love starting my day with rolled oats.  Hot, cold, overnight…they always leave me feeling nicely full and ready for the day.

I plan to let my breakfast digest for a while before either hitting the gym or popping in a good workout DVD.

See you after lunch!

Question;

Does your husband/wife/boyfriend/girlfriend like to play pranks on you? Or are you a killer prankster? 

One of my favourite stories is from a friend of a friend whose husband used to climb up to the ceiling in their hallways (spider monkey style) and then drop down on her from above! Ha! Can you imagine?! 

 

The Wonderful World of Chia!

Good morning world, Happy Hump Day!

Workout…

After waking up on the wrong side of the bed this morning (sorry Chris!)  I was thinking about having today as a no workout day.  I just wasn’t feeling a whole lot of motivation and was being a grump, but then my usual mantra ‘Just do something, anything‘ ran through my head.

Since I wasn’t feeling up for a big workout, I decided to work on my core.  I headed over to Tina at Carrots N’ Cake to see if I could get some workout inspiration.  Well, I definitely found it in the form of a 9 minute plank workout.  Now 9 minutes doesn’t sound like much of a workout, but let me tell you…9 minutes of plank related exercised is haaaarrrrd! My abs and my arms were well and truly feeling the burn after 9 minutes! Phew!

I finished off my workout with 25 scissor crunches and 50 jumping jacks, just for good measure.

This workout wasn’t long, and didn’t leave me a sweaty mess but I’m sure it helped boost my metabolism for the day and more importantly, put me in a good mood.  Ahhh exercise, you do it every time!

Breakfast…

The other day, I picked up my first packet of Chia Seeds.  I know I’m very late to the Chia party, but  I was excited to see just what the fuss is about.  Now, at the mention of Chia, are you picturing this?

Chia Dude!

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Well, you’d be right! They are one in the same, except now the nutritional benefits of Chia seeds have really come into light.  If you want to read about the goodness of Chia seeds, you can see a great article by Christina Pirello at Huffington Post here.

Chia Seeds

So, I knew I wanted my breakfast to centre around these teeny tiny seeds.  I thought about sprinkling them on top of a toasted english muffin, but then I decided that I really wanted to see what these bad boys can do! I have heard a lot about their amazing thickening powers (due to their high fibre content) and remembered that Julie uses Chia Seeds in a lot of her overnight oats (which always look delicious), so I decided to follow suit.  Of course, I didn’t have overnight so I had to settle on 30 minute oats!

Today I opted for the Chobani greek yogurt Blueberry flavour…

Blueberry Chobani

Another winner!

I combined the yogurt with the rest of my ingredients in a bowl;

2/3 Cup of Rolled Oats

2 Tbs Chia Seeds

1/2 Cup of Almond Milk

Ready for the fridge!

It was covered and popped in the fridge for about 30 minutes.

When it came out of the fridge, I topped it with some fresh raspberries.

Overnight oats!

They were delicious and so thick! The Chia seeds really made a difference.  Every now and then I would crunch on a seed and it had a very subtle nutty flavour, delicious!

I was a happy girl…

Oh…hi Annie girl!

As of this morning, I am definitely a fan of Chia seeds and excited to see what else I can incorporate them into.  And a little added dietary fibre and omega 3 into my day doesn’t go astray.

Well, time to get to work!

Have a great Wednesday everyone!

 

 

The Chaperone

Yesterday evening and this morning I was suffering from a case of Mondayitis.  Mondayitis on a Sunday? That’s bad!

Yesterday it was due to the impending end of the weekend (you know what I’m talking about!) and this morning it was purely due to the comfort level of my bed.  If you’ve been reading fizzsbizz for a while now you’ll know that I’m not a very good sleeper.  I often don’t sleep through the night or can’t fall asleep in the first place.  BUT last night, ohhh last night was a night of blissful sleep and I woke up this morning feeling so darn comfy in my bed that I actually wasn’t sure I would be able to get out.

Alas, I did and I’m back at work.  Mondayitis is subsiding thankfully!

Breakfast…

Mondayitis is slipping away due in large part to this little beauty that contributed to my morning meal.

Chobani Raspberry…yum!

I am seriously loving all of the Chobani Greek Yogurt flavours.  I know many people say to steer clear of ‘fruit on the bottom’ yogurt and instead opt for plain yogurt sweetened with honey, but in the morning this goes down a real treat! I do use the plain yogurt with honey when I’m eating it for dessert, but in the morning when I know I’m going to be up and about all day, it works just fine for me!

I combined this little delicious morsel with some old-fashioned oats and almond milk last night and popped it in the fridge to become overnight oats.

Raspberry Overnight Oats!

Topped with some fresh raspberries, this was a wonderful way to start my day!

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I am currently reading a book entitled ‘The Chaperone’ by Laura Moriarty (reading and loving!) which tells the story of a woman (Cora) who accompanies a young lady (Louise) into New York City while she attends a dancing school.  It is set in 1922 and I am finding it to be a really fantastic read.  You can read the NY Times review here.

‘The Chaperone’

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One thing that I’ve found myself thinking about a lot and that this book touched on for me last night, is the way that people see the ‘youth’ of today.  I think that we (yes, sometimes fairly) tend to get a bad reputation from the older generation.  I was thrilled to see that during the recent election, the number of young people who voted had jumped significantly.  I think we have a lot to say, can make a big difference and I truly hope that we do.

I think working with little ones day in and day out leads me to think about this more than some.  I always try to show them respect (yes, even as 2 and 3 year olds) in the hope that they’ll grow up and do the same.

It was one paragraph in the book that really got me thinking (and sent me off on this tangent!).

‘The Chaperone’

‘She would owe this understanding to her time in New York, and even more to Louise.  That’s what spending time with the young can do – it’s the big payoff for all the pain.  The young can exasperate, of course, and frighten and condescend, and insult and cut you with their still unrounded edges.  But they can also drag you, as you protest and scold and try to pull away, right up to the window of the future, and even push you through’ – ‘The Chaperone’. 

This paragraph just really struck home with me and filled me with the need to make sure that I, as a young woman use my ‘powers’ for good as so many of my wonderful friends are doing.  Like my friends Pete (working with MRA to develop environmentally sustainable ski areas) and Dave (working with SkiDuck – a non-profit dedicated to improving the lives of kids through skiing and snowboarding) and so many more.

I hope everyone out there today (regardless of age) shows some respect, gets some respect and uses their powers for good!

This is feeling very Captain Planet right now… ‘With our powers combined…’

Captain Planet!

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Sorry to get heavy on you on a Monday morning.  I’ll be back later with some more light heartedness and cute photos of Annie!

Happy Monday!