So. Much. Food.


pineapple cilantro Moscow mule

This weekend was a food weekend to end all food weekends.  So much celebrating and based on the scale, it looks like I gained about two pounds.  Needless to say, I’m not too worried about it as this week marks the my return to serious training after a much needed post Manitoba Half cutback week (and yes, I know I still owe a few race recaps).


Friday was a bbq I hosted for a friend’s birthday.  The menu included a festive beverage (see right), some key lime pie and some veggies and rib eyes on the Big Green Egg.


Even looking at this picture again makes me hungry.

The next day I had an impromptu bbq to attend at a friend’s sister’s place.  The friend lives out of town now and decided to host a bbq so she could have a proper hangout with a number of people and they could get to meet her adorable, six month old twins.  I made a rather divine vegan chocolate cake (the host’s son has a nasty egg allergy) with some super decadent whipped chocolate buttercream and a sweetened whipped cream filling.


Finally, I opted to make some macarons with the leftover egg whites from the Key Lime Pie I made.  It was really humid and I wasn’t sure if they would turn out…alas, half did and half didn’t…figures. lol  Keeps me from getting to cocky with my baking skills….though I must say, those macs may have not all turned out, but daaaaamn they are tasty!


So needless to say, it was a busy week in the kitchen, but oh so good. I plan on going on a bit of a baking hiatus so that I can try to shake the last six pounds I want to lose in order to be at racing weight for Dumbo Double Dare in September.  only about 9 weeks to go! 🙂

Happy Monday!


P.S. I will post some recipes for some of the things I made shortly. 🙂

TWIRL ’16: Week 23

Sunday: 06/05/16

  • Commit to Get Fit 10K…oy…that was rough.  (6.33 miles on my garmin..bah)
  • Average pace was 8:21…more deets to come in my race recap.
  • Splits: 7:59/7:48/8:11/8:59/8:30/8:56/7:19
  • Feeling grateful that I was simply able to finish it without pain.  Given that I was in pain all the time from this time 2013 until fall of 2015, I’m feeling pretty happy to be pain free in life and in running.

Monday: 06/06/16:

  • Rest day – had a migraine and getting out of bed wasn’t happening.
  • Feeling grateful for migraine meds…they work 90% of the time…though they didn’t quite work today. lol

Tuesday: 06/07/16

  • 3.51 miles easy.  Felt good just to move and about 15 minutes of walking for warm up and cool down.
  • 30/30/30 and herbie rehab.
  • Feeling grateful that I survived the work day without throttling anyone.

Wednesday: 06/08/16

  • 60 minutes of trx, herbie rehab, 30/30/30
  • speed work: half mile repeats, 5.08 miles
  • Splits: 8:42 (w/u)/7:52/8:48/7:42/8:53/7:40/8:59/7:31/9:19
  • Feeling grateful for discipline that helped me not only go to trx, but do speed work AFTER trx, when I was ready to go home.

Thursday: 06/09/16

  • sorta easy 5 miles and change…I forgot to start my watch and I took a walk break.  unofficial total mileage was over 6 miles on the treadmill…5.16 on the garmin.
  • splits:8:34/8:35/8:36/8:34/13.21 (.15 mile walk break)/8:24
  • Feeling grateful for a faster than easy run that felt pretty good despite being fatigued from my double workout yesterday.

Friday: 06/10/16

  • Rest Day.
  • Feeling grateful for an impromptu dinner and a friend.  French fries and grapefruit beer have never been more enjoyable.

Saturday: 06/04/16

  • 4 miles ish–my Garmin was dead….but I just took it wasy and felt pretty darn great.
  • Feeling grateful for chillaxed Saturdays.

Weekly run mileage: 23.92
Total run mileage: 362.26

Gratitude to the Rescue

The last few weeks have been a bit lame.  They’ve involved family doing stupid shit (and fortunately some of them doing wonderful things), some mild rejection, stressful work times and a car accident where someone ran a stop sign and plowed into my 8 month old Rav4.


The damage

They’ve also involved one of my favourite Canadian rockstars, Gord Downie of the Tragically Hip, announcing he has had terminal brain cancer.  I know you are thinking, really, Lisa?  You are upset about a rock star?  Yes…I am.  I’ve seen this band approximately 20 times.  I have met the band and have set lists, drum sticks, mic stands, and autographs.  I’ve had conversations with them…and the lead singer, Gord Downie, is just something to be watched.  I highly recommend you go check them out on You Tube….especially these songs…but admittedly there are soooo many good ones:

  1. New Orleans is Sinking
  2. Poets
  3. Wheat Kings
  4. Three Pistols
  5. Locked in the Trunk of  a Car.

Gord Downie at the Centennial Concert Hall in Winnipeg in September 2009 – I had front row seats and snagged myself a pair of drumsticks at this show.

The Gord Downie thing makes me sad obviously because someone I admire immensely has been given a terminal diagnosis, but it also adds to the feeling of mortality to all my loved ones…this year a lot of my favourite musicians have passed…and these are all musicians I have seen with my dad…and it makes me realize his mortality as well, which, even as I type this, brings up a whole lotta emotion.

Given all of these shenanigans, I’ve been really trying to focus on gratitude and it truly does appear to be helping.  I’m grateful that I’m safe and was not harmed in the car accident…and that nobody else was either.  I’m grateful that I got to see this band so many times and that I got to enjoy them with so many friends and family.  I’m grateful that I got to have a really great braised bacon benedict for lunch on Tuesday.  I’m grateful I get to spend tonight with some old friends.

As I get older, I am seeing the value in this whole gratitude thing more and more.  It won’t take away the sadness, admittedly, but it forces you to see what has been good in a day/week/month/year that on the whole was anything but.  In the end, I know I can’t control everyone or everything, but I can, however, control what I’m feeling grateful for…and I know that some days, that will simply be breathing in and out…and other days it will be the fact that I was able to eat the most delicious cheeseburger and fries.  To take stock of those things…the big and the small…it really is impactful and it provides a light during the times of dark.

Take care, express some gratitude and go listen to the Hip….