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I think I figured out a perfect grocery store time for my “large” weekday order:  5:30pm on a Tuesday.  I usually stop to pick up a few things like produce or protein every few days at our neighbourhood store, but I like to do one BIG trip every week or two to get all of the basics. Apparently, people (including myself) are usually pretty tired, and don’t particularly want to go shopping after a long day at work, or got everything on the weekend/Monday.  Anyway, the store was basically empty, and I was able to fly through at rapid speed, heels and all.  Of course I much prefer weekday mornings (summertime teacher style, baby!) but I for the next 7 weeks, the Superstore and I will be having a reoccurring Tuesday date night.

I found the most delicious treat a couple of weeks ago: Love Crunch Organic Granola.  Move over candy, cookies, ice cream, and sweets…this totally does it for me. Sprinkle some overtop a berry yogurt: the perfect dessert.  Or, the ‘shovelling handfuls into your mouth like popcorn’ option is equally satisfying.  I try to eat it in moderation, but if you’ve tried this stuff, you know this is not an easy thing to do.
As I happily skipped into the organic cereal section, I came across the most unfortunate scene:
WHAT!?  Where is my Dark Chocolate & Red Berry Crunch?  Temporarily out of stock?  Probably sitting in some cardboard shipping box in the back of the store.  Of course, I could have easily chosen one of the other flavours, but in a state of rebellion, I opted for Love Grown granola, which I’ve heard/read about and I believe has only recently been added to the Superstore collection.

Needless to say, this stuff is delicious and a little healthier than the Love Crunch.  It also accompanied me at arms length on the drive home and now has a special place in my heart…and passenger seat. 
I chose the Sweet Cranberry Coconut Pecan flavour!
Why it’s better than “cereal aisle” granola:
– No refined sugar
– No trans fat
– No artificial flavours
– No wheat
– No high fructose corn syrup
– No hydrogenated oils
– No preservatives
– No genetically modified ingredients
(all of which many granolas have)

Verdict: Will be re-purchasing :)
I can’t believe the weather today: 29ºC!  A-maze-ing.  Nothing lifts my mood more than beautiful weather, and to me, that means anything over 20º.  It was a perfect evening for a pre-dinner run.  I only really had enough time for a quick 6k tonight.  However, don’t judge a run by it’s cover!  Even a little 5k can be just as effective (or more) than a 10k.  By incorporating quicker paces and challenges like hills, you can have the same workout results as a longer, steady paced, flat road run.  I’ve learned that despite time restrictions, you can still have an awesome workout.  Just make tougher choices.

A Fork in the Road?
Choose the one that’ll make you sweat and your muscles burn.
(That’s Option B, folks)
You’ll be happier afterwards :)
Option A: Downhill
Option B: Uphill

By the way, this applies to WALKING as well.  When taking Macy for walks, we opt for the hills to get more bang out of our 20 minutes.
Post-Run Dinner:
I asked Adam to throw some salmon on the BBQ while I was running, so that I could quickly toss this summery salad together when I got home.
Grilled Salmon & Strawberry Salad
  • Grilled salmon (with garlic, lemon, pepper, olive oil)
  • Fresh organic strawberries (sliced)
  • White mushrooms (sliced)
  • 1 1/2 tbsp feta
  • 1/4 cup walnuts
  • Dressing: Balsamic Vinaigrette 
Okay, well I am off to do a little short story marking, but let’s be serious… my main intention for the next hour+ is to watch my recorded Bachelorette from last night’s première.
Oh, and one last thing.  I think there is a sock monster in my dryer.  I’m not even kidding.  To my understanding and awareness, all of these workout socks went into the hamper with a significant other, yet emerged lonely and companionless.  Does this happen to anyone besides me?  So dumb!
Mystery of the vanishing sport socks!

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