Day 50 (May 15): To start the weekend off on the right foot, we’re going to do raised leg side planks today! These are super challenging for me and I will admit, I can’t hold them very long. That is ok though! If you need to put your leg down in regular side plank form, do so until you can get your strength back up to life the leg again. I did each side for about 1 minute. Note: My body is not in perfect alignment- I am leaning a bit too forward in this shot. Like I said its a tough one! :)


Edit: In all the excitement, I forgot to post about my workout- DUH!!!!

My workout:

  • Treadmill hill walking (4.0 mph, incline 15%)
  • Max heart rate: 168 bpm (I cranked it up to 4.4 mph!!)
  • Avg heart rate: 149 bpm
  • Feel the burn: 429 kcals
  • Duration: 45 mins

Today’s workout was INTENSE and I wanted it that was because I am going to be eating and drinking a gazillion calories tonight!!! lol. :)



Lunch was super quick and easy today because I have been rushing around like a mad woman!!!

I had an organic granny smith apple smothered in raw almond butter (YUM!!!):

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My company was some birthday cards and lovely roses :)


The main event was a huge spinach & chickpea salad!


In the mix:

  • 4 cups baby organic spinach
  • 2 cups cooked chickpeas (I needed LOTS of staying power for my busy afternoon!)
  • 1/2 English cuke
  • 3 T walnuts
  • Raisins
  • Balsamic dressing by Kraft (light)
  • Black pepper

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Oh yea:


I also brought some trail mix in the car with me this afternoon and had a few handfuls. I wasn’t really hungry, I think I just ate it because it was there. :D

More fun things arrived in my mailbox today!!!!

Cards– I put all of them in the kitchen desk area!


More gifts!


  • My Runner’s World arrived in my mailbox today!
  • My nephew gave me a handmade painting :D
  • My sister Kristi got me a gift card to Chapters to buy some cookbooks
  • I bought 3 summer shirts with a gift card from my grandparents (I’m returning one of them because it has pulls in the fabric that I didn’t see!)
  • I got a package from my best friend Allison
  • And I bought my friend a lil birthday gift for tonight (Its hiding in the green bag!)

Look what Allison gave me:


Lise Watier Best Sellers Collection, a beautiful make up bag, and a green tea bath bomb!

:) :) :) Birthdays are the best!

Jogger’s Life made my raw granola bars and got them to stick together- get this- with a food dehydrator!!!! Check it out!

Lauren also told me about this amazing soundings raw food bar called Live Organic Food Bar in Toronto!! So now I don’t know whether to go there or the one I mentioned in this morning’s post called Fressen! I’m thinking Live looks a bit better. Thoughts???

I will try my best to post tonight- I’m making a batch of vegan cupcakes from VCTOTW!!!

Yes, I am the only person who bakes for their own birthday! bahaha


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1 foodiegettingfit (kudret) May 15, 2009

Have TONS AND TONS of fun during your birthday and totally rock out one of those new shirts at all these parties! Happy Birthday :D


2 Kiersten May 15, 2009

Happy Birthday! I hope you have lots of fun this weekend!

You aren’t alone, I usually bake my own birthday cake too. Half the fun is baking it!


3 Jenny May 15, 2009

wonderful gifts girl.. hope you have an amazing birthday celebration!!! I’m hoping to see pictures later :)


4 Emily May 15, 2009

i bake my own birthday cupcakes too! i love to bake, and i know what i like :)


5 sarah (ghost world) May 15, 2009

happy birthday!!! have a wonderful night out. you deserve it!


6 TorontoGirloutWest May 15, 2009

WOW! A raw food bar in Toronto!?!?!? I’m SOOOO heading there when I’m home in late August! SUPER excited too!!!! :D

BTW I didn’t get a chance to wish you a HAPPY BIRTHDAY – I hope it’s nothing less than amazing!


7 Run Sarah May 15, 2009

Happy Birthday! What lovely cards :) Love the bright colours on the tops you bought.


8 Katrina (gluten free gidget) May 15, 2009

I vote for Live Organic Food Bar! Practically everything was Gluten Free. I think I may need to take a trip up to Toronto just to eat there! HA!


9 Shelby May 15, 2009

Happy Birthday Angela!

I could totally down 2 cups of chickpeas in a salad. I love those!


10 lisa May 15, 2009

Hi Angela! Just discovered your site and I looove it! Happy Bday to u!
LIVE is just around the corner from me and I still haven’t tried it out…but Fressen I can personally vouch for- a MUST for their brunch.enjoy!


11 Alison May 15, 2009

Happy Bday!
I want to try that side plank now!


12 Heather May 16, 2009

Happy B-day!!!!

Omg, your salad looks amazing. Filled with the good stuff! ;) Enjoy the rest of your day!


13 Dee May 16, 2009

Happy Day!

My issue with those dratted side planks is not my LEG getting tired, it’s my ARM. I cannot hold myself up for longer than 15 seconds.


14 Lauren May 16, 2009

Yay!! I vote for LIVE, obviously ;P
One thing, Fressen is a bit bigger and a bit fancier than Live, so if that’s important to you since it’s your birthday… otherwise if you just care about eatin’ some good food, Live is the way to go!


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