Sunday, July 20, 2014

Farmer's Market, Picnic + My Workouts of the Week

The last 7 days have been good to me, I have to say. I've been keeping busy but also managing to take plenty of advantage of the gorgeous sunshine that we had all week long (aside from the last couple of days, which turned grey again). The gym is still very much a part of my routine, as you've seen, but I don't feel bad taking a day off from the gym and just taking a long walk out in the sun instead.  Here's what's been going on this week, in a nutshell:

Sunday: Walked to the Kitsilano Farmer's Market on 10th and Larch, where I bought some local kale, blueberries, and dark chocolate truffles.

Mixed berries from the Kitsilano Farmers Market in Vancouver

Fresh basil at Kitsilano Farmers Market in Vancouver

Monday: Went to the gym and relaxed on the beach after work, followed by a walk downtown before dinner.

Tuesday: Walked to Second Beach in Stanley Park for their Fresh Air Cinema series. Each Tuesday of the summer, they set up a big outdoor movie screen on the lawn, and you can come and picnic and watch the movie...

Fresh Air Cinema Stanley Park in Vancouver

... I put together a picnic dinner for us that included baby carrots, sandwiches, watermelon, chips, caprese skewers, and chocolate-dipped shortbread cookies. The picnic was delightful, and it was a warm and sunny evening. Unfortunately, the sunshine was such that the movie wouldn't be able to start till 9:40pm, which was really too late for us, so we packed up and headed home around 8pm.

Tomato basil mozzarella skewers

Wednesday: Gym and beach after work.

Thursday: I headed down to Robson St. with David so he could pick up a few goodies for his nieces and nephews. While we were down there, I popped into The Body Shop (for the first time) and picked up a new body butter and a hand creme. After that, we got Red Robin for dinner and finished our downtown trip with a stop into Chapters to find a good animal book to accompany the other gifts Dave was bringing to his nieces/nephews.

Friday: In the early morning hours (around 4am), I brought David to the Vancouver airport for his 6:00am flight to Massachusetts. He'll be there for the next week visiting with his family. Friday night after work I went to the gym, picked up a quinoa salad for dinner, and finally rented Frozen from Redbox. I was crying like a baby by the 11-minute mark, and cried several more times throughout the 90-minute movie. Don't judge me. I also managed to eat an entire bag of Jiffy Pop by myself. So.

Saturday: After a completely leisurely morning at home, I walked down to Robson St for what was marketed as "the Robson Street Summer Fest." Once there, I was confused and disappointed to realize that I didn't really see anything resembling a "summer fest" going on. Some of the shops had balloons out in front on their sidewalks, but that's about it. Nonetheless, I managed to spend money in both Lush and Forever21 while I was down there.

Yesterday evening I spent some time going through my makeup collection to try to weed out some of the more useless space-taker-uppers. I was definitely able to get rid of some products, but not as many as I would have really liked. Anyone else have trouble throwing away makeup products?

My night ended last night with a satisfying trip to Scoop for some raspberry frozen yogurt and a million chocolaty sweet toppings. Mmm. Which brings me to this important question:  How are there people in the world who don't like sweets?? What in god's name is going on inside your brain and mouth that you don't LIKE sweets? TELL ME.

Anyway, speaking of being on a path towards Type 2 Diabetes, here's what I did at the gym this week to try to counteract the effects of eating too much sugar:

7/13 (lower body)
5 mins biking
3x:  12 sumo squats, holding 20 lbs
3x:  40 calf raises, 20 lbs each hand
3x:  40 bridges

7/14 (core)
40 weighted v-sit twists, holding 15 lbs
40 alternating weighted side bends, 15 lbs each hand
40 crunches on exercise ball, holding 15 lbs
40 cobras

7/16 (upper body)
5 mins elliptical
   - 13 deltoid flys, 8 lbs each hand
   - 8 overhead press, 12.5 lbs each hand
   - 8 deltoid raises, 8 lbs each hand
   - 13 bent over rows each arm, with 20 lbs
3x: 20 alternating chest flys, 8 lbs each hand
3x: 13 chest press on exercise ball, 12.5 lbs each hand
3x: 10 tricep extensions on exercise ball, 8 lbs each hand

7/18 (lower body)
5 mins biking
   13 sumo squats, holding 30 lbs
   60 calf raises, 20 lbs each hand
   60 bridges

This afternoon I'm going out to do something rather fancy and fun - an afternoon tea service at The Urban Tea Merchant in downtown Vancouver. A fellow Vancouver blogging buddy, Whitney, posted a recap of a recent afternoon she spent at the UTM and it sounded so delightful that I rounded up a group of ladies to go there to try it out ourselves. Whitney is even coming, too! I can't wait. 

I hope you guys are all having a great weekend!

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  1. Those berries look so goooood! And I'm feeling the sweet tooth too because they immediately made me think of frozen yogurt with berries on top. And the skewers... you know what? Your pictures have made me realize that I am pretty darn hungry! So I'll just bookmark the workout advice for later because I think a fro-yo run is in order here. :)

    1. Haha, sometimes it's risky to read my blog on an empty stomach!! And I post my workouts every Sunday, so I hope that you find them useful or moderately interesting :)

  2. SO JEALOUS OF ALL THE TEA INSTAGRAM PICS. so wish i were in town with you ladies. :)
    A Beautiful Zen

    1. Jennnnn, we wished you were there too. You even came up in conversation!


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