Rainy Saturday morning

7:45 Workout done.  Coffee in hand.  Nothing I HAVE  to do until afternoon.

A lighter workout this morning.  15 minutes bike but no sprints and no weights.

We had dinner at Lin’s last night and though I love their hand made noodles and the honey prawns are amazing, the Tan Tan soup wasn’t the best.  Peaceful may be.  We’re going to have to try them all again soon.  A week of Tan Tan.  Chongqing’s sauce is sometimes fantastic and sometimes too hot and they don’t make the noodles.  Peaceful adds some nice crispy tofu.

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The Bok Choy with 2 kinds of mushrooms was pretty great.

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At The Travel Group’s Friday Winedown we opened a bottle of Sandhill 2011 Cabernet Merlot from Vanessa Vineyards and it disappeared so fast I barely tasted it.  We toured the vineyard just before they picked the grapes so I’m quite partial to the wine.

I ate 2,700 calories yesterday.

Friday morning there’s so much wonderful ahead

Great workout this morning.  15 minute bike with 4 sprints.  They are really getting me huffing and puffing.  I didn’t feel like doing anything but making a coffee but it’s a habit so I just went with the flow.

Cooked dinner at home last night, maple mustard glazed salmon with nugget potatoes and carrots peas and corn.  A simple meal but delicious.  I’m going to take a picture of every dinner plate I eat.  Increase mindfulness and make some pretty pictures.

Finished off a couple of bottles of leftover wine.

I ate 2,300 calories yesterday.

Thursday and Christmas is in the air

It was a tough workout this morning but I did 15 minutes on the bike with 4 sprints of 1 minutes + and a full workout except squats.  Knees just weren’t up for it.  Although I didn’t get to work out yesterday, I did do a lot of shopping including Costco, a knee destroying experience.

We had dinner at home last night.  David made mushroom soup and I made an avocado and pomegranate salad. There was some leftover Norman Hardie Chardonnay and it was weighty enough to hold up brightly with the soup.

I ate 2,300 calories yesterday,

Wednesday morning easy start

Having a guest stay in our basement means no workout for me this morning so I’m taking advantage and starting a new book.  Not many calories burned at that task.  It’s a paper book so a bit more active than reading on my phone.

Dinner at home last night by David was his special vegetarian tourtiere with his new cranberry jam.  Pretty awesome.

I opened a bottle of Seven Stones 2006 Meritage to go with and was it ever good.  I’m always a little worried opening older wine but the cork pulled nicely and was in good shape.  The aromas didn’t leap out of the bottle but came on when poured.  Nice dark garnet colour and smooth wine, very ready to drink.  The dark plummy flavour was great with the tourtiere.

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I ate 2,100 calories yesterday.

Tuesday and December, time to start getting ready

Another good workout this morning.  15 minute bike with 4 sprints.  I moved through the whole workout faster as well to try and keep my heart rate up.  Feels good.

I cooked last night and Rachel came for dinner; tomato and mushroom bruschetta, salt and vinegar potatoes and grilled tuna with white wine, mustard sauce.  The potatoes were disappointing.  I’d spent a good deal of time finding the recipe I’d read in Bon Appetit because I thought I’d love it.  Not so much.  Perhaps it needed to be served instantly.  Perhaps the white nuggets weren’t up to the task of the called for small yukon golds.  Whatever the fault the recipe has been deleted.   I liked the tuna but didn’t get much feedback on it.

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I opened a bottle of Norman Hardi 2012 County Chardonnay to make the sauce and go with the meal.  The wine was the best part.

I ate 2,100 calories yesterday.

Monday morning feeling guilty for not posting yesterday

Good workout this morning.  15 minute bike with 4 sprints and full upper and lower workout.

Yesterday was a write off in so many ways and yet it was a good day.  I didn’t leave the house or get out of my pyjamas so that is a kind of success.  Didn’t do a work out but changed 2 beds and did several loads of laundry so some work.

It was an eating leftovers kind of day.  I had leftover guacamole and chips for breakfast and leftover curry for dinner.  I probably would have done OK with calories if David hadn’t come home with 3 Pure Breads treats to share.

We opened 2 bottles of wine on the weekend.

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2008 Ex Nihilo Night from Lake Country, a blend of Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc is actually grown in Okanagan Falls and promises a long finish.  I thought it underdelivered.  I don’t like the labelling either.  I think the name and vintage should be clear on both sides.

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This Jackson-Triggs 2007 Merlot was the winner in our house this weekend.  Nice aromas, good colour, juicy wine with a velvet finish.

I ate 2,500 calories on Saturday and 3,000 Sunday.  Yikes!

Saturday morning and it’s a winter wonderland

I love Saturday morning workouts, there’s no rush, the day seems endless ahead.  15 minutes bike ride with 2 – 2 minute sprints.  Lots of physical work ahead around the house and I love it after a week of sitting at my desk.  I counted my workouts this year and I’m up to 134.

Friday is always an eating and drinking day with lunch and dinner often a challenge. Yesterday I made grilled cheese on Pure Breads Old Stumpie Rye with grated 2 year old PEI cheddar and Maasdam.  The George Foreman grill at work is one of our most useful appliances.

Winedown at The Travel Group can be quite an affair this time of year and this week I had some leftover Hinterland Rose and wanted to see how it had held up for 5 days.  That lead to picking up some Oyama Truffled Duck Breast Salami. Available for a limited time each year, it’s perfect for starting a party with sparkling wine.

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A match made in heaven and the wine held up well with a proper stopper and refrigeration.

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We’re also helping Les Amis du Fromage finish a wheel of Pepper D’Affinois so opened a bottle of Syrah from Vanessa Vineyards by Sandhill.  That was a pretty fine match up too.

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Dinner was curry from Desi Turka so I went hunting for a riesling and found this Orofino 2013 Old Fines . Pale gold colour, heady aroma, mouth watering and enough acid to cut through the curries.  Saved some for a repeat performance.

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I ate about 2,800 calories yesterday.

Friday and I’ve had a great workout week

Biked for 15 minutes this morning, only 2 sprints but 1 was 2 minutes and the other 1.5 minutes.  Also did some core work and yoga stretches.

Dinner at home was left over ravioli and salad.

We opened a bottle of Sandhill Vanessa Vineyards Merlot.  Nice colour and aroma and lots of fruit.  There’s a half left for tonight and I’m interested to see how it holds up.

I ate 2,100 calories yesterday.

Feeling strong this morning

15 minute bike this morning with a full body workout.   I can feel my core strengthen.

Dinner last night was at home, leftover winter vegetable pie, possibly even better the second time around.  It was a rainy sad day yesterday.

The Pentage Invictus didn’t suffer from the overnight.

I ate 2,200 calories yesterday.

Wednesday morning rainy day blues

Light 10 minutes on the bike with some core work and yoga stretches.

Dinner at home last night was one of David’s ravioli casseroles from the freezer and a 1st of the year avocado and pomegranate salad.  One of my favourites David messed with it and added tomatoes and apple.  All wrong.  Grrrrr!  I’ll have to make one for lunch today.


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I opened a bottle of Perseus 2008 Invictus for dinner.  A bordeaux blend that we really liked in the tasting room.  The cork was a little bit suspect but the wine was perfect.  We managed to save half for tonight.  Amazing restraint.

Ate 2,200 calories.