Food Prep & a GPS Watch Experiment


Hi guys!

Hope you all had a great weekend!  We started Saturday morning off at the Farmer’s Market. I was SO happy to go because we have been out of town for the past few weekends and haven’t been able to make it! We tried to keep our purchases to a minimum since we are off to BC on Friday! We picked up:

  • 1 pint raspberries
  • 3 mangos
  • 4 bananas
  • 3 red peppers
  • 8 yellow peppers
  • avocado
  • asparagus
  • fresh dill
  • nitrate/sodium free turkey slices
  • dried cranberries (sweetened naturally with apple juice!)
  • horseradish
  • hot sauce (watching Josh try to eat this is rather amusing)

We also went to a small local grocer and picked up all our meat! After the market I batch-prepped like it was going out of style.

Here you see roasted red pepper chicken burgers, quinoa salad, mashed cauliflower, and dill chicken (marinating). Not pictured are the zucchini-dill turkey burgers (Jamie Eason’s recipe + fresh dill)!

The quinoa salad is something I just threw together but here is a rough idea of the recipe in case you want to try it too!

Quinoa Avocado-Pepper Salad


  • 1 cup uncooked quinoa
  • 1 avocado, diced
  • 1/2 roasted red pepper, diced
  • 1 yellow pepper, diced
  • Juice of 1/2 lemon
  • 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 tbsp balsamic vinegar


  1. Add uncooked quinoa to a pot with 1.5 cups water.  Bring quinoa to a boil, then reduce to a simmer.  Cover partially and cook until no water remains and quinoa becomes fluffy (probably 10-15 minutes).
  2. Add cooked quinoa to a large bowl and let cool.
  3. Add all remaining ingredients, toss and refrigerate.

The lemon and vinegar seem to keep the avocado from browning– about 24 hours later I noticed it started to brown a little, but not much. This was really fresh and delicious! Here is a glimpse of last night’s dinner!

Corn on the cob, mashed cauliflower, quinoa salad, 4oz steak with roasted red paper and goat cheese! NOMS.


In non-food related news, today I decided to test out two GPS watches for accuracy. My Garmin Forerunner 305 has been known to let me down once or twice– it often overestimates distances (and therefore pace), which can cause some major disappointment on race day. Josh has the newer Nike+ Sportwatch, and I have been considering wearing his on race day, assuming it would be more accurate (since it cost a million more dollars). I decided to wear BOTH watches today to see how they compared. Well…it was interesting that’s for sure. Here is a fun little chart comparing both watches in addition to what G-Map Pedometer said when I mapped it out online and calculated my pace:

Garmin Forerunner 305

Nike+     Sportwatch

G-map Pedometer














The Garmin and the Nike distances are off by almost and entire kilometre!!! So needless to say, I have no idea what watch to use, no idea which is more accurate and no idea how fast (or far) I have been running! PEACHY! hah. I know this is a serious first world problem, but annoying nonetheless. If anyone has any experience with these watches and can help a runner out, let me know!

I also tried the barefoot in Vibrams + vaseline combo today and it did NOT workout, blister city. I think I may have to suck it up and wear the dreaded socks on race day, wah.

Anyway, off to prepare for tomorrow’s personal training practical exam!





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  1. I’m always so impressed with your food prep! I went crazy yesterday getting planned for the week and prepped a bunch of food. I never used to do this but it saves me SO much energy during the week and gives me more time to write/work out/have fun and I love it! That quinoa salad looks amazing!!

  2. Hey, look at me, commenting on your blog! You gotta run the tangents. Google it! That will help you to just run the 13.1 on race day. Though this doesn’t help explain why the two watches are so different, but gmaps isn’t necessarily 100% either. I think you’re gonna kill the Vancouver half with all your muscles, so if you see a per km time that scares you cause it’s so fast, go with it, cause I think you can run way faster than you think. 🙂

    • Danielle says:

      I just googled it and my mind IMPLODED. Gonna need to practice this week, hah. Oh I am banking on these new muscles to cut minutes like I did sugar, fair trade hahah

      • I know, CRAZY. All the bloggers I read are always talking about how they really need to try and run the tangents more. Finally googled it a month ago. WOW. Makes sense though, the shortest possible way you can run the race has to be the distance it claims to be, otherwise people could cheat and run less.


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