I consider myself fortunate that within one block of my house, on opposite corners, stand a YMCA and Starbucks. Two or three times a week, following my run, I lift upper and lower body weights at the YMCA and then walk across the street to treat myself to what I call the “fatty latty”, a triple-venti-vanilla-whole-milk latte. Nothing beats the satisfaction of strolling home over that last block, workout done, sipping on my latte.
At most times, I’m not the best role model of healthy eating as I burn a lot of calories daily and am able to afford to spend a few of them on treats. One of my favourite treats, is pictured here . . .
Yes, poutine is my junk food of choice. My mom turned me on to something called “The Works” a New York Fries special, a poutine variant which in addition to the usual fries, gravy and cheese curds has chili, sour cream, bacon bits and green onions. I know, I know . . . you can feel the heart attack coming on but exercise and low body weight is a great cholesterol regulator. The poutine pictured here was ordered and quickly consumed by yours truly, very recently at Ann’s Cafe in Richard’s Landing, St. Joseph’s Island which is about 50k east of Sault Ste. Marie.
The weeks when I eat most healthily are the 3 weeks preceding a marathon when I am tapering i.e. reducing my training volume and reducing my body weight by 5-6 pounds to lighten the load for the 26.2 mile marathon trek.
Getting back to coffee, my husband and I do try to diversify our coffee intake and recently tried the Ezra Pound on Dupont Street. In homage to its (mad and fascist) namesake, the EP has a poetry vending machine dispensing poems for a toonie, a project of Toronto Poetry Vendors (TPV). There is poetry on this blog at the HEART and WORDS pages.