A Weekend of OVEREXCITEMENT!

Happy (Belated) St. Patrick’s Day!

Hope everyone had a wonderful weekend!  The weather here in Ontario was absolutely amazing and the weekend has been so much fun!

My weekend started out awesome.  It started out with some of this:

Woohoo!  Josh and I booked a trip to British Columbia in May! Josh’s friend, Andrew, is studying at the University of Victoria and generously offered to have us out there!  When Air Canada had a seat sale this week, we jumped at the opportunity.  Before booking, I did a little research about what races will be taking place while we are there and ALAS!  Just a little boat trip away:

I AM SO EXCITED!!  I will be running my 7th half marathon!  I don’t have much time to train so I won’t be setting any time goals or anything, but I think it will be such an awesome way to see Vancouver!  (Any tips on how I should combine LiveFit with my race training?).  I am still trying to convince Josh to register as well, he’s also a runner but has taken some time off recently to focus on his work and studies.

After all of this excitement, I started my Saturday morning off at 7am with day 68 of the LiveFit trainer!  It was shoulders/triceps and calves day, followed by 30 minutes of treadmill sprints (at 10mph).  My workout was SO awesome, which was a pleasant surprise, because I found it to be the hardest workout last week.  My jump roping skills are definitely improving significantly as well!  Wee!

After my workout, Josh picked me up from the gym so we could go do our grocery shopping together for the week!  Josh and I recently had some sticker shock when we realized that we had spent $1100 dollars on groceries in ONE MONTH. WHAT?  We are just two people!  We have since decided to cut our budget down to $125/week maximum, especially with our trip coming.  Friday night I went through all of the flyers and found some chicken on sale at Food Basics so that was our first stop, we stocked up!  After the, we hit up the local farmer’s market and it was SO much fun.

I could not even wrap my head around the prices of the produce.  It was SO much cheaper and we felt so much better supporting local farmers rather than the large chain grocery stores.  Here’s a peek:

This was our haul!

– 8 peppers (2 for $1!!!!!! I can’t event describe my excitement about this)

– Broccoli

– Celery

– Red cabbage

– Green cabbage

– White onions

– Beets

– 2 packs of strawberries ($1 per double pint!!!)

– Red pepper hummus

– Pita chips

– Hot sauce

– Nitrate -free turkey breast slices

– Pork shoulder (for Josh’s pulled pork)

All of this food was only $55! ($12 of that was the hummus + pitas).  It will be so much easier to stay on budget now.  This market is less than a 20 minute walk from my house!  Can’t wait to get new seasonal produce each week, so exciting.

After the shopping, Josh and I got ready for our St. Patrick’s Day gathering!  Josh concocted some pulled pork in the crockpot while I whipped up a couple clean desserts!  We had a fun night with friends (and family! Hi Jess! and soon Alex!) playing board games (serious trivia), having some drinks (I stuck to water) and enjoying each other’s company!

Now I am at my parents house with all 3 of my sisters to celebrate my Mum’s birthday!  It has been an all around fantastic weekend.

Sorry for the long post there was just so much excitement!

 

SO, do you visit farmer’s markets?

How did you celebrate St. Patrick’s Day?

 

Have a great evening!

Danielle

xo

 

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Comments

  1. oh my goodness! I LOVE BC! So happy for you 🙂 Like ALL of my fam. lives in BC! Seriously so excited for you 🙂

  2. We only have a farmer’s market on Saturdays from 8-12. I’ve only been once or twice and I found ours to be SUPER expensive as compared to regular grocery stores. :(. I’ve found the cheapest place for us to shop for clean eats is Costco. Their produce is super inexpensive and lasts us two weeks. I’ve gotten our grocery bill down to about $150 every two weeks there (I wrote a blog post on what we typically buy there). If you have one near you, ask for a guest pass to try it out and see if you like it.

    • Danielle @WorkItWearItEatIt says:

      Yes I am definitely looking into a Costco membership as well! My parents swear by that place!

  3. I’m from Vancouver and miss it so much (in Toronto now)! Make sure to go to Granville Island and the market there!

    Your market looks great! I go to St.Lawrence market all of the time but don’t find the prices much better than my grocery store 🙁 But the quality is better! I need to work on our grocery budget too!! We spend around 200/week and we are two people!

    Have a great week!!

    • Danielle @WorkItWearItEatIt says:

      Ohh thanks for the tip! I will definitely keep that in mind! 🙂 Hope you’re enjoying this insane Ontario weather!

  4. I love Farmer’s Markets! Unfortunately, here in Edmonton they only run in the summer months, so I’m waiting patiently for them to start back up but I also don’t find the prices that much better then grocery stores but the quality is better!!

    I’m so glad to see that I’m not the only one who is spending about $200 a week on groceries! I have never understood how I spend so much when it doesn’t seem that I’m getting that much!!

    • Danielle @WorkItWearItEatIt says:

      At least you can feel good knowing that you are supporting local farmers! It’s also nice to do your grocery shopping outside under the sun 🙂 I feel the same way! I don’t know where the money goes..

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