Mid-Week Tangent: at long last! the most stuf Oreo finds it way into my life

Ever since I read about the most stuf Oreo being released, I have been wishing and hoping and dreaming that it might arrive in Canada one day.  Well, first I contemplated purchasing them on Amazon for the not-so-bargain-and-bordering-on-unconscionable price of $30CDN (plus shipping!), then I somehow managed to access a tiny shred of reason that convinced me otherwise, then I sulked for a while, and then I sort of forgot about them entirely until my better half came back from the grocery store on Friday telling me he thought he saw them. Could it really be true?

I was horrified that he hadn’t immediately bought a package. Surely they would sell out and my most stuf Oreo dreams would once again go unfulfilled. I still cannot comprehend why he doesn’t think with the same sense of scarcity that I do. Alas, he is fortunate that supplies were still amply stocked as of the following day…and that the world is not apparently as obsessed with frosting-like substances as I am.  My internet searches now tell me they’ve been out in Canada since March 5th, so aside from missing out on a month’s worth of sugar comas, I can only conclude that there will be no mad rush on most stuf Oreos in Canada. Phew.

But let’s get back on track. And so, on Saturday I arrived home with a package of most stuf Oreos delicately balanced atop my bag of groceries, to avoid any potential cookie breakages of course, and highly eager to explore just how stuffed these most stuf Oreos might be.

I was immediately driven to capture all manner of data for any other Oreo fanatics out there. I even hauled out my measuring tape and kitchen scale. I thought I was ahead of the curve on really analyzing the most stuf Oreo, but I should have known in today’s world someone would already have done that, and done it better. For a full analysis of all range of Oreos, I highly recommend you check out this post.  For the more sane and less obsessive of you, continue on and read my infinitely less detailed and scientific analysis.

Your standard issue Oreo weighs in at .5 ounces, and because the only standard issue Oreo I had in my possession was being stored in the freezer, I wasn’t able to cleanly separate cookie from creme to weigh the filling on its own. Further, the creme was so minimal that it was virtually impossible to measure with a tape measure. I estimate somewhere in the area of 2mm.  You can already see how lacking my approach was in terms of true scientific method. Let’s be honest, the science was secondary and I mostly just wanted to get on with eating the cookies.

The most stuf cookie weighed in at a slightly disappointing .7 ounces. However, the creme alone accounted for .5 ounces of total weight. If you’re into math, that’s 71.4% creme. That, my friends, is a worthy creme to wafer ratio. It’s also 8mm thick which pretty much is like a quadruple standard Oreo. Now we’re talking.

But what I was really most interested in was the taste. Here’s what I can tell you: if you, like me, see the cookie wafer as an utter waste of your time, you will of course love a most stuf cookie. That’s a no brainer. What I wasn’t prepared for was the slightly softer and smoother creme filling. I am convinced that the creme filling recipe has been ever so slightly altered in the most stuf Oreo, and for the better. While it still bears no resemblance to actual frosting, it is decidedly more frosting-like and less fondant-like than original Oreos. I also found that the cookie wafers separated much more cleanly from the creme, allowing you to more easily choose your own adventure with cookie-to-creme ratios.

For those who are curious, my preferred ratio is as follows: one chocolate wafer to two most stuf creme centers. If your face is aghast with horror, you can join the judgment corner with my better half, who looked at my concoction with a combination I can only describe as disgust and sadness. I will ignore you just as I ignored him and proudly embrace my limitless sweet tooth.  It has taken me decades to finally find my ideal creme-to-cookie-wafer ratio and I will not be shamed.  Thank you most stuf Oreos for finally coming to Canada, and for finally allowing me to create my own ultimate Oreo. What a world we live in.

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Training Tuesdays: quick and dirty at home workout

Sometimes going to the gym sucks. For me, it requires getting in my car, 15 minutes of driving, and then potentially not being able to use the equipment I want to use at the precise moment I want to use it. Also, now that the weather’s a bit nicer, I sometimes want to take my workout outside and I’m lucky enough to have a lovely patio to use for at-home workouts. Long story short, sometimes only an at-home workout will do.

If you’ve ever felt the same way, today I’m sharing one of my favourite at-home workouts with you. You can make it short and sweet or add extra rounds to really kick your butt. It can also be completed with or without weights, and you’ll need minimal equipment. Hurray for flexibility! Check it out!

What You’ll Need:
–Skipping rope
–Resistance band
–Bench, box, or sturdy chair
–Resistance cable
–Yoga mat (really, this is optional depending on your flooring or your back)
–Dumbbells (optional)

 

TWIR #157: go, go, go

Another week, another TWIR. This week brought more work travel, during which I always feel as though I’m running from thing to thing with no time to just pause and breathe. I am thankful to be home and back to some quiet routine, and also ready for the weekend. It’s Masters weekend, too, which means loads of time watching golf coverage. Judge if you will, but I actually like it.  Regardless of your thoughts on golf, let’s see what this week in fitness looked like, shall we?

Saturday
Activity: hike
Relevant Stats: 8ish km
Observations: We kicked off the weekend with a solid hike during which I was full of energy and desperately wishing to make our loop even longer (I failed in that mission). Still, it was quality outdoor time and we made it home before the rain started, which is always a plus.

Sunday
Activity: hike
Relevant Stats: 5.5 km
Observations: All I can recall about this hike is that my legs didn’t want to go uphill. We did a shorter loop because the weather was iffy again, and we had a bunch of other stuff to do, and in hindsight that was a good thing because I really just had no gas in the tank.

Monday
Activity: at-home strength workout
Relevant Stats: 40 min.
Observations: My available time slot for a workout did not coincide with my gym’s open house hours so I had to settle for an at-home/on-my-patio workout. I did a good mix of leg and arm exercises, and enjoyed the fresh air and sunshine at the same time.

Tuesday
Activity: planned rest day
Relevant Stats: travel time
Observations: There are few things I hate more than times when I arrive for my flight earlier than necessary only to encounter multiple flight delays. As you can probably guess, I was in a foul mood by the time I (finally) made it to my meetings, and spent most of the day running between meetings and meet ups with friends, and my word I was exhausted by the end of the day.

Wednesday
Activity: strength training
Relevant Stats: 35 min.
Observations: Well, I learned a valuable lesson that just because a hotel is high-end, doesn’t mean it will have a good gym. I scored a great corporate rate at a Fairmont and found its fitness centre not only lacking in a solid range of equipment but also carpeted, which I find super icky. Regardless, I fit in what I considered to be a short but difficult workout before heading into another day of back to back meetings. The highlight of my day, other than coming home to my family, was my new tradition of arriving at the airport earlier enough to enjoy a beer before my flight home.

Thursday
Activity: hike
Relevant Stats: 5.5 km
Observations:  I woke up feeling sluggish and tired but determined to get outdoors for a workout. We managed to fit in a short hike, and once again my legs did not want to cooperate on any of the hills.  We somehow managed to cut about 5 minutes off our usual time for this hike, though, so even though my legs felt tired I guess they weren’t actually moving that much slower.

Friday
Activity: strength training
Relevant Stats: 50 min.
Observations: This was a big one. I did all the things: box jumps, step ups, deadlifts, TRX stuff, sled pushes, and kettlebell stuff. My legs were done by the end (I mean, my arms were too but they’re pretty much always tired). All in all, it felt like a really strong workout to wrap up the week.

2019 Fitness Goal Tracker: 28/75 hikes (more than firmly on track!)

With that, let’s say a big welcome to the weekend! May you find yourself enjoying rest, relaxation and whatever activities float your boat. I’ll be over here trying to balance outdoor time with extensive golf coverage. It’s a tough life. Happy weekend, y’all!

TWIR #156: long week + low energy

At long last! Friday is here! Can you tell I’m excited for a weekend? For some reason, I’ve been dragging my ass most of the week, feeling tired and sluggish, and wanting nothing more than to be lazy. I’ve managed to push myself most days to, you know, function like the adult like I am supposed to be, but it certainly hasn’t felt easy. Let’s see what I got up to on the workout front.

Saturday
Activity: stairs + strength
Relevant Stats: 25 min. stairs + 25 min. strength
Observations: Whomp. Those stairs were just not happening. I know it says I did stairs for 25 minutes, but I’m quite positive if you compared rest time to stair-climbing time, the balance would’ve been heavily tipped towards rest time. I just had nothing in my legs. At least I forced myself to come home to do some additional strength work on the patio. Then we went to see Dumbo, where I cried my eyes because, man oh man, animals with sad eyes + animal injustice + babies separated from their mothers is just a triad I cannot emotionally handle.

Sunday
Activity: hike
Relevant Stats: 8km
Observations: Well, Sunday made it official: our local trails are snow free. Sigh. On the plus side, that means no more donning spikes to go for a walk in the woods. We hit one of our new favourite loops and finished it in record time (also a perk of snow-free conditions), and everything felt decidedly Spring-like.

Monday
Activity: strength training
Relevant Stats: 45 min.
Observations: This workout was all about the legs and arms. I had been neglecting my arms of late, so I opted for lots of tricep work and tried to get back into the swing of things with pushups. My arms were tender to the touch by the end of the day, so I think it was a success. For my legs, I did some solid sets of lunges, dead lifts, step ups and more adductor work. Phew. I’m tired just writing about it.

Tuesday
Activity: hike
Relevant Stats: 5.5 km
Observations: This was supposed to be the last day of sunshine for the week, so even though we couldn’t hit the trails until mid-afternoon, which is most definitely not my peak workout time, we made a hike happen. It was a short one, but with good hills and a quick pace, and I felt 100% better after getting outside for some fresh air and nature.

Wednesday
Activity: personal training
Relevant Stats: 60 min.
Observations: After a couple weeks off from seeing my trainer (due to work travel), I was right back a it. There’s something about these training sessions that I think is just mentally harder for me. I’m not sure that we do anything that is that much harder than I do on my own, but for some reason it always feels tremendously more difficult. Regardless, we did some good work, including a return to my favourite (she says sarcastically) hand-over-hand sled pulls and bear crawls.

Thursday
Activity: planned rest day
Relevant Stats: so. few. steps.
Observations: Between meetings and deadlines, I knew it was going to be a rest day, but I didn’t know just how lazy it would be. I’m not sure I crested 500 steps for the day, which is shockingly and embarrassingly low and all I could say in my defence is that I don’t carry my phone with me 24/7 and so maybe my steps weren’t actually that low? I know, it’s a really shoddy defence.

Friday
Activity: strength
Relevant Stats: 45 min.
Observations: Today’s workout was nothing short of a miracle of willpower. I put things off until 2:30, at which point I was fairly convinced that today was going to be an unanticipated rest day.  Somehow, someway, I managed to make a workout happen. And I went to my new gym, which is really just my training studio, but which I can access during their open hours. It’s actually pretty great because there’s virtually no one there when classes aren’t running so I never have to fight for equipment. And I’m saving money by not renewing my other gym membership. Wins all around.

2019 Fitness Goal Tracker:  25/75 hikes (1/3 of the way there!)

The weekend couldn’t come soon enough this week and now it’s here. I plan to relax as much as humanly possible, although I suspect I will have to suck it up and do some work here or there. May your weekends bring you as much relaxation and downtime as you can fit in.  Happy weekend y’all!

Mid-Week Tangent: I went to see Dumbo (and cried like a baby)

As a grown woman, inching closer and closer to being categorized as middle aged, I dragged my better half to see the new Dumbo movie this past weekend. We saw the first preview for this newest rendition back at Christmas, and I am not exaggerating when I say that I had been counting down the months and days until its release date.  And so, this past weekend we braved the afternoon matinee, with all its threats of loud and obnoxious children, to reconnect me with a fresh take on a childhood favourite.

How was it? It was everything I wanted it to be. I spent most of the movie trying desperately to fight back tears, and failing miserably.

Now, let me clarify a few things, because it wasn’t actually a great movie. Sure, it was directed by Tim Burton, who I love, and it had a decent cast, but at the end of the day the character development and dialogue were pretty lacklustre. I honestly don’t remember the original cartoon’s storyline enough to say with certainty that the storyline took some major deviations, but I suspect that it did.  But what it lacked in things that typical movie goers might look for as a sign of a good film, it more than made up for in things that tug on my personal heartstrings.

You see, I am an emotional train wreck when it comes to three things that Dumbo had in spades: 1) sad animal eyes (CGI generated, but heartbreakingly sad nonetheless) 2) ostracized misfits and 3) babies separated from their mothers, or really any family members separated from each other. While everyone around us, including the small children, seemed relatively unfazed by Dumbo’s struggles, there I sat with tears streaming down my face, crushed by the immense injustice and sadness of it all. And yes, by ‘it all’, I mean the life of a fictional, cartoon elephant. It may sound ridiculous, but then I would also argue that only a monster wouldn’t make the leap to contemplating the immense injustice and sadness that exist in the real world around us. And that is why I cried like a baby.

I cannot say that you would have the same experience watching Dumbo. In fact, you might loathe it as many reviewers appear to. What I can say is that for me it was exactly the emotional release that I was looking for…and I was beyond grateful for the darkness of the theatre hiding my tears.

TWIR #155: digging the new work life

Happy Friday! It’s been a fairly chill week over here, despite a quick trip for work. I’ve been basking in my newfound work freedom (i.e. working when I want/when deadlines require it) and it’s a lovely space to be in. Most notably, it meant not one but two weekday hikes, which is pretty much living the dream in my books. Let’s take a closer look at what the week had to offer.

Saturday
Activity: strength training
Relevant Stats: 60 min.
Observations: After three days straight on the trails, I was actually missing the gym and feeling the need to really work these muscles. Since my legs felt surprisingly un-tired from hiking, I opted for a leg heavy day, with some weighted step ups and hip thrusts, many variation of lunges and squats and even a little bit of arm and shoulder work since they’d been neglected the last week. It was a solid hour of work, and man was I tired afterwards.

Sunday
Activity: totally unplanned rest day
Relevant Stats: so. lazy.
Observations: I had grand plans to hit the trails, but I woke up feeling like garbage. After a week of sunshine, patio beer/wine/cider and way fewer vegetables, I think my body had thrown in the towel. I was exhausted, had a headache, and nothing sounded like a good idea except for sitting on my ass. So that’s exactly what I did for almost the entire day. I had zero regrets.

Monday
Activity: hike
Relevant Stats: 6km
Observations: Friends, nothing is more magical than weekday hikes. The trails are quiet and there’s something so incredibly liberating about not having to be in the office on a weekday.  We had a great hike, on almost completely snow free trails. And in case you’re wondering, I did actually work on Monday, but I was able to take a nice 2 hour break mid-day to enjoy fresh air.

Tuesday
Activity: strength training
Relevant Stats: 45 min.
Observations: I had to fit in a bit of a quicker workout Tuesday, but I still managed to really work up a sweat. I went to the gym and focused on legs and core, including some cable hip adductor pulls, which have become a new obsession since I recently discovered my adductors are possibly lazier than even my lazy glutes. My bonus challenge was doing them without supporting my weight by holding onto something. It was a double whammy that tested my strength and balance.

Wednesday
Activity: strength training
Relevant Stats: 40 min.
Observations: While I rarely enjoy a hotel fitness centre workout, at least my hotel’s gym had some kettle bells and a cable machine and even some sliders (!!). I mean, it also had two dudes who kept taking turns sitting on the one plyo box that I desperately wanted to use, so it wasn’t all great news, but it was one of the better hotel gym workouts I’d had in a while. I even tried some negative pull ups, which I haven’t done in months, and which felt about as good as you’d expect for something you haven’t done in months.

Thursday
Activity: unplanned rest day
Relevant Stats: best intentions failed
Observations: I had this grand plan to run the stairs near my hotel, out in the fresh air, with the ocean behind me. And then I woke up and felt like absolute garbage. I wasn’t sure if it was because I didn’t eat enough real food the day prior (although I certainly ate enough macarons and gummy candies), or because I was tired from interacting with humans for an entire day (which I almost never do anymore). Regardless, I talked myself in and out of working out at least three times, even got dressed in my workout gear, but then promptly realized it just wasn’t happening. At the very least, my city days mean more daily steps and I walked 5.5 km over the course of the day, which is about 5km more than when I work from home.

Friday
Activity: hike!
Relevant Stats: 8km
Observations: It was a stunning clear morning, the lake was calm, the air was still cool, and there was no one on the trails. In other words, it was perfect. We even discovered a new spur trail that I am looking forward to integrating into our regular mix because it’s one of the steeper sections in the park. Wins all around. To top that off, I also discovered one of my favourite beers at a local store and loaded up for a weekend of patio time. Life is grand.

2019 Fitness Goal Tracker: 23 out of 75 hikes

With that, it’s the weekend, and I’m about to get a beer in my hand and get some sunshine on my face. I hope that your weekends bring you whatever refreshment and joy you seek. Happy weekend, y’all!

Mid-Week Tangent: It happened!

You may or may not recall my last post about Cadbury Mini Eggs and the excruciating pain of being forced to wait until Easter to have them in my hungry little hands.

Well, friends, something wonderful happened this week and I have to share it with you. Over the weekend, I was casually scrolling through my Flipp app (basically, reading flyers online, which is not quite as satisfying as reading actual paper flyers…but is much better for the environment). Well, imagine my surprise when I saw that the colossal (i.e. 943g/almost 2 lb) bag of Mini Eggs was on sale for the bargain (well, comparatively) price of $14.98!!!

I mean, that was pretty much guaranteed to be the lowest price we’d see until post-Easter clearance sales. And don’t even get me started on the crap shoot that it is to hope that you’ll score a post-Easter clearance bag…In other words, the time to seize my enormous bag of Mini Eggs was NOW. My better half protested, yet again, but either my powers of persuasion were ultra high or he finally lost his will to fight my Mini Egg obsession. Regardless, the end result was the same: we hopped in the car and, at long last, I procured my highly anticipated super sized bag of Mini Eggs. Victory!

Now my only mission is stretching out my Mini Eggs so that I don’t run out before Easter. This involves carefully managing the Mini Egg Paradox (in which the more Mini Eggs one eats, the more one craves even greater quantities of Mini Eggs) by consuming them only in what I consider to be impossibly small portions and by monitoring depletion rates with a fierceness which I’m sure my partner finds terrifying. And yet, despite this scarcity mindset, every day I get a small window of Mini Egg bliss, and I assure you this gives me more joy than any food product should.