Getting ready for a beach getaway the lazy way: Day 27 and 28 Blog

Hello guys! As I predicted the last time you heard from me, I now have a cold. Why does this always happen right before I leave on vacation?

My appetite is all over the place. Either I am not hungry at all and just want to have sweets or I am starving all of a sudden. I feel weak and my throat is killing me so I don’t think I will be working out in the next couple of days. I have heard that as a rule of thumb, if your symptoms are only experienced from the neck up you can exercise but if you have a fever and your body is weak you should rest. My body is definitely feeling weak and achy so I am listening to it.

It’s a shame, I wanted to get as many workouts in as possible before Barbados. I was getting into a good routine again, doing five workouts a week because I felt like it and not because I felt that I had to.

I still had to get out of the house yesterday even though I wanted to stay in bed and rest all day. I stopped by Tim Hortons.



I got so used to avoiding cream and sugar since starting my lazy getaway prep that when I had my coffee with cream and sugar it tasted overly sweet. My tastebuds are not liking it anymore, I guess that’s a good thing! I ordered a breakfast sandwich with egg, bacon and cheese on an English muffin. Choosing ham or forgoing meat would have been a bit better but I was in the mood for bacon so bacon I had.


I am out of groceries and not planning to shop before traveling. But I did find the ingredients to make protein crepes for lunch. I usually make pancakes with this recipe, which is excellent! I wish I had made pancakes instead of trying to make crepes because they were hard to flip and they ended up breaking. I am going to stick with pancakes in the future. They are made with Greek yogurt, egg whites, oats and banana–no protein powder (I find that protein powder never works well in pancakes and gives them a weird texture).

I drizzled them with warm honey instead of my usual maple syrup cause I figured it might soothe my achy throat.


I dragged myself to a work meeting and had a juice to get some vitamins into my system. It energized me for a bit. I asked for a kale, beet, apple, orange and carrot juice. I am surprised it didn’t turn out greener but I guess the beet colour is overpowering.


And some roasted and salted almonds while still on the go. I met my family for dinner at L’Entrecote St-Jean. If you don’t like steak and fries don’t go there because that’s the only item on the menu. Yes, I am not kidding. You can have it as a table d’hôte with soup, salad and dessert or you can have it only with a salad. It actually makes things easy for me because I am that indecisive person that takes forever to order.  I live with the fear of making the wrong food choice, especially under pressure. Doesn’t it suck when you get jealous of your friends’ dishes and wish you had ordered whatever they are eating instead?

I was STARVING. Do they say “feed a cold, starve a fever”? My stomach felt like a bottomless hole and I happily obliged to feeding it. I started with two small pieces of baguette and used self-control to avoid ruining the rest of the meal by finishing the bread basket. Thank god I am not allergic to gluten, I don’t know what I would do. I could never give up bread. Pasta and rice, whatever. But there is nothing like fresh bread. Obviously I was too busy enjoying the two pieces to take a picture.

Unidentified green soup, I forgot what kind of soup it was.




I ate 2/3 of the steak and about 3/4 of the fries. That sauce probably contains a gazillion pounds of butter but it is sooooo addictive. I love taking forkfuls of fries and soaking them in it.


The chocolate sauce on the profiteroles is also addictive. If it was socially acceptable to lick the plate I probably would. Still not having wine but apparently my sweet tooth is compensating.

Case in point: Wednesday’s breakfast.


I knew I would have to try Tim Horton’s new Nutella doughnuts at some point. I just didn’t know when it would happen. Let me tell you, I have no problem eating a rich homemade dessert but I consider doughnuts super junk food, I don’t know why. It’s like I won’t feel bad about having Five Guys but I feel like McDonald’s is more poisonous.

So I probably have a doughnut once a year. This morning was that special day! It was delicious! If you are a Nutella fan I urge you to try it. The small one is stuffed with Nutella. I had it with a coffee, one milk and no sugar.


Lunch was a tomato and Bocconcini sandwich with pesto and served on olive bread with a chickpea salad from Green. I had all of the  sandwich but only a couple of bites of the salad — the sandwich filled me up. I was more in a vegetarian mood today.


Another juice for much-needed vitamins: Beets, kale, carrot and orange.

I got hungry all of a sudden and made a snack sized bowl of oatmeal (1/4 c oats made with water) and mixed in all-natural peanut butter and organic strawberry fruit spread (1 tbsp of each). Peanut butter and jelly oatmeal!


My family is leaving tomorrow so we met up for Thai food. The spiciness felt incredible for my throat and sinuses.


Shrimp Tom Yum soup to start. It was like heaven.

I had basil eggplant and a mango salad with a bit of steamed rice for my main meal. I also nibbled on half a spring roll and a piece of fried banana with honey at the beginning and end of the meal.



Good night!













Anouare Abdou is a freelance journalist from Montreal, Quebec.

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