Foodie Pen Pal – September

The Lean Green Bean

Today I get to share with you all the awesome goodies that I got from Veronique who was my Foodie Pen Pal for September.

Here are the goodies…


So what came in the package?

Camino bars – Peanut butter and Almond butter – I heard great things about these bars but never tried them so I was super excited to receive these in my package.  I ate them almost immediately, and they were so delicious!  I’m definitely going to look into some future purchases of Camino bars.

Chocolate Fix – Quinoa crisps – These have a great healthy list of ingredients and were a great chocolate snack substitute.

Made In Nature dried apples – Another snack that I’ve never seen before and very excited to try!  This will be coming with me to work tomorrow.

A huge thank you to Veronique, my foodie pen pal for sending me these goodies!


Doesn’t the Foodie Pen Pal thing sound like so much fun? It’s a great opportunity to try products from different parts of the country and you get to meet great people.  And really, who doesn’t LOVE receiving a package in the mail full of goodies!!? If you’re interested here are the details…

  • On the 5th of every month, you will receive your penpal pairing via email. It will be your responsibility to contact your penpal and get their mailing address and any other information you might need like allergies or dietary restrictions.
  • You will have until the 15th of the month to put your box of goodies in the mail. On the last day of the month, you will post about the goodies you received from your penpal!
  • The boxes are to be filled with fun foodie things, local food items or even homemade treats! The spending limit is $15. The box must also include something written. This can be anything from a note explaining what’s in the box, to a fun recipe…use your imagination!
  • You are responsible for figuring out the best way to ship your items depending on their size and how fragile they are. (Don’t forget about flat rate boxes!)
  • Foodie Penpals is open to blog readers as well as bloggers. If you’re a reader and you get paired with a blogger, you are to write a short guest post for your penpal to post on their blog about what you received. If two readers are paired together, neither needs to worry about writing a post for that month.
  • Foodie Penplas is open to US & Canadian residents.  Please note, Canadian Residents will be paired with other Canadians only. We’ve determined things might get too slow and backed up if we’re trying to send foods through customs across the border from US to Canada and vice versa.

If you’re interested in participating for October, please CLICK HERE to fill out the participation form and read the terms and conditions.

Focused again…

Yesterday didn’t start off very well and there was a moment when I wrote that post thinking about going all out and indulging. But then I stopped, and remembered that I didn’t have to wait til tomorrow to get refocused. So I headed down to the gym, had a great workout and followed it with a protein rich meal.
Today was a good day. I indulged a little at lunch (dim sum) but ate good for the rest of the day and had another great workout.
So finally I asked the hubby to take a couple pictures of me post workout.


Had to crop the picture though. My top was showing a bit more than I wanted to show (remember the Seinfeld episode when Elaine asks Kramer to take a Christmas card picture?)


I’m excited to see some progress with my back. For the longest time I felt like I wasn’t seeing any changes. Tomorrows workout will be a leg workout so I’ll try to take a leg progress picture.
This is the progress I needed to see to keep motivated and focused.

Point of no return?

That’s how I’m feeling right now.. Breakfast started with a toasted bagel a smidgen of margarine and a coffee. 


Then the kiddies and I headed out to run errands, and on the way home kiddies started with the “I’m hungry!  I want chicken fingers!”  Rather than chicken fingers, I went through the Burger King drive thru and picked up 20 pieces chicken tenders and large fries.  Kids started eating, but soon both were asleep in the back seat of the car.  So there I was, driving home, stuck in traffic with nothing better to do than listen to music and munch on… what else?  chicken tenders and fries.  Luckily I didn’t eat all 20 chicken tenders and ate maybe 1/2 of the large fries.  Oh, but I failed to mention while running errands the kiddies also requested for chocolate chip cookies.  So I picked up a couple cookies from Starbucks.  Neither finished their cookies, so when Taya left for kindergarten this afternoon, she left her cookie behind.  And she left it in a place that was in my direct line of sight from where I was typing on my laptop.  So then I pondered.. Hmm.. I’ve already had chicken tenders and fries.. I’ve been craving a cookie pretty much all week.. That’s it!  That cookie is mine.  And I ate it.

So now I’m at that point where I’m thinking about other foods that I want to indulge in.  Can I really make up for today’s eating through exercise?  Maybe I should just start over again tomorrow?  

Oh my gosh, how easy and quick it is to lose focus.  

I’m going to look back on my goals and get myself motivated.

Never to late to get back on track right?

A hashbrowns-pizza-sushi kind of day

That’s exactly what yesterday was. It could have been worse. I could have gone back to the cafeteria for a second round of hashbrowns. But I stopped myself because I knew that I would’ve felt really bad afterwards. A personal sized mushroom pizza for lunch and sushi for dinner.
All in all not as bad as it could’ve been.  There were no desserts or sugary drinks, and no salty snacks.  Then again, there wasn’t any exercise either.  Following dinner, I got myself ready for bed and then powered up my work laptop and worked for a couple hours.  But honestly after this week, no more working from home.  I really dislike lugging my laptop home at the end of the work day.

October is just around the corner and my one month progress update will be coming out soon.  Fingers crossed that I’ve got some good news!

Staying motivated…

I often find myself searching the web and instagram for motivation.  I love seeing progress made by others, learning new recipes, exercises and just getting inspired by all the individuals who are choosing a healthy and active lifestyle.  Tonight I find myself questioning why I’m constantly searching for motivation, when in reality that motivation in right in front of my face.  Now, I understand that the motivation and determination has to come from within me, and I need to want it.  But how could I not want it, not be as motivated when I have an amazing role model in my life.


Meet the hubby.  When I first met him, he was competing in his first bodybuilding competition.  And since then he’s competed every year.  And every year he improves his physique and has placed top 3 in the most recent competitions (CBBF National Bodybuilding 2011 – 2nd place Bantamweight, CBBF World Qualifier 2012 – 2nd place Lightweight).  Each year, at 4 weeks out from the competition, things around the household get a little stressful.  The hubby is in full training mode and full diet mode.  And I’m impressed because he maintains his physique year round and really only requires 4 weeks of strict diet and exercise to get competition ready.  During this time I get to observe his motivation, his dedication and his drive to get in top physique.  And I see how hard it is but I also get to see all that hard work pay off.

Sometimes, it’s tough (and I hate to admit it… a little annoying) to hear him push me to lift heavier, to do one last rep, but I know that he’s pushing me because he knows that a part of me wants to see those results.  He also knows that if I’m not focused, then any motivation he’s throwing my way simply isn’t being heard.

So I need to start listening to his encouraging words and to feed off of his motivation and focus.

Great way to start the day…

I actually slept in today and had to rush to get ready for work.  It felt cold and it was gloomy outside.  The perfect combination to just stay warm in bed and under the covers.  Unfortunately that wasn’t an option.  Following last night’s 3 hours of overtime, I wasn’t thrilled about work but as I walked into the elevator I ran into my coworker Adam.  We exchanged our good mornings and then Adam went on to tell me that he heard a great compliment about me.  Well, that definitely woke me up and I asked him what he had heard.  I was thinking in my head, who could possibly be talking about me?  My manager attended the project manager career centre meeting to talk about Quality Assurance and testing services that her group offers. In Adam’s words, “She reminded the project managers that we all can’t have Jocelyn on our projects”

That was such a nice compliment to hear.  And I know that project managers have specifically asked for me to be the QA resource on their projects but it’s nice to hear it once in awhile.  That was a great way to start the day.  It was another busy day, and I was very tempted to cancel my massage appointment but I kept it and I’m so glad that I did.  It was so relaxing, yet at times the pressure hurt.. but in a good way.  I didn’t realize my calves were so sore/tender.


Now there’s still overtime work for me tonight but before that, I’m working out and cooking meals for tomorrow.  Can’t believe I’m actually excited to have time to work out and cook.


A tiny bit can’t hurt right?

To keep myself from eating too much ice cream, which is really easy to do, I’ll have a mini ice cream cone (w/ chocolate yogurt)


I took a picture next to my computer mouse, so you could see just how tiny the ice cream cone is.

It was the perfect treat.  I have to admit, I had a second one… but that was it.. honest.

Love bring prepared..


(seriously don’t know why the picture comes out sideways)
Anyway, I love spending a bit of time Sunday night making snacks and prepping meals for the upcoming week. It absolutely sucks when I don’t make the time to do it and throws my entire week meal plan off.
This past weekend wasn’t the best for eating and exercising. My dad is in the hospital and although that shouldn’t be an excuse to not get active and workout, my mind just wasn’t in it.
My plan to catch up with work didn’t happen so my stress level is even higher which no doubt will make the upcoming week harder to get through.
The least I can do is stay on top of our meals and make sure we’re all eating well (home made meals, not something that’s re-cooked in the microwave)

Operation Barcelo… T-minus 102 days..

Operation Barcelo… to be more specific I’m referring to the Barcelo Maya Colonial Resort in Riviera Maya.

One of my closest friends is getting married in Mexico on January 15th.  The hubby and I actually fly out on January 13th.  This means only 4 months before we are soaking in the sun and enjoying the beautiful beaches.


4 months away means a total of 102 days of healthy eating and exercise (6 days out of the week).  The challenge is the Christmas season will no doubt be full of sweets and delicious foods.  But I really shouldn’t worry too far in advance, and really focus on getting off my butt today and getting active.

So how do I plan on getting beach ready, when in reality I’ve struggled to focus on healthy eating and regular exercise?  I’m not 100% sure.  I know what needs to be done.  Just really need to do it.