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Day 5 : Back to “normal”

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Today was Monday, which meant back to work and the start of a new week! But it is also the first day that I have felt back to “normal” after being sick a little over a week ago and then having my period right after.

Since both can mess with your appetite, cravings, etc. I am glad they are both outta here 🙂

Breakfast this morning was pumpkin oats. I used the last of my pumpkin can so I won’t be having these for a while. They were good but I still can’t figure out what’s missing. Perhaps my tastes have changed?


This bowl contained 1/3 cup oats (cooked with water), 1/3 cup pumpkin, a sprinkle of pumpkin pie spice and some Skippy Natural PB.

Mid-morning, I enjoyed some new tea the in-laws gave me:


And some mixed nuts to snack on.


For lunch, I had some leftover black beans and barley, which I wasn’t too thrilled about at first, but I found some salsa in the fridge which I think gave it the perfect touch. I ended up really enjoying it!


I got back to Exercise Science class after missing last week, so that was good to get caught up. I’m really enjoying everything I am learning in this class but I’m starting to think I won’t be able to stick through getting another 4 year degree (I already have 2).

So I’m thinking after this semester I may just get my personal training certification and then go back to school later if time (and money) permits. I really want to get to work!

After class, we had a baby shower for a co-worker who is so cute it’s ridiculous. I’m so happy for her. There was also some good food. I just snacked on some tortilla chips and salsa (plus more chips).


I knew I had to get a run in sometime today and it was going to have to be after work. Luckily, I hopped on Twitter and saw a few others who had either gone for runs or needed to. So that inspired me to get it done!

I did one of my favorite paths near my neighborhood with no time in mind. After I was done, I came back in and looked it all up on Map My Run.

It says I did 2.85 miles in 25 minutes! That’s an average of 8:46/mile! Holy smokes. I’m not sure how accurate that is but I’ll take it.

My time also isn’t exact. I left the house at 6:03 p.m. and reached the front door again at 6:28. So it’s a guesstimate. I even walked for a few minutes including a warm up and cool down so I was quite impressed with that.

I do think I am getting faster, as my 1-mile runs with Farrah have proven. I texted her after this run to tell her I wanted to go fast again tomorrow but she wisely told me to wait and see how I feel tomorrow. Ha ha.

After the run, I did lots of stretching including pigeon pose to keep my hips from getting tight and lots of downward facing dogs. I love yoga.

For dinner, I made some baked tofu which I am now confident in keeping in my diet for the time being. Thanks again to those of you who commented on my soy question in a previous post. I really appreciate the feedback.


I’ve decided I’m a big fan of mixed veggies. It’s just the right combo of starchy and green. I think I just like mixes in general instead of just having one veggie on the side.

I’m currently watching “Dancing with the Stars” hoping my man Chuck Liddell makes in another week!

I also snacked on this and perhaps a bit more PB 🙂


I think I will have some tea and call it a night soon. Hope you had a great Monday!

Wild weekend

Usually, my friday nights are pretty relaxed, filled with grocery shopping, watching movies and sometimes going out to dinner. I sometimes joke about how old I’m getting because even on a Friday, I am in bed around 10!

But this week, we threw caution to the wind and checked out a free concert at 4th Street LiveTonic! Remember them? I loved the 90’s so it was really nostalgic for me, plus it was a great night outside (is it really August?) with great friends. And even though I felt rebellious, I still got home at a decent hour and in bed before midnight.



The best part is…we’re doing it again tonight! Only much, much later. We’re seeing a friend’s band play at a local bar and it doesn’t start until late, so this grandma is taking a nap here soon then grabbing some coffee before the show!

Yesterday’s eats were pretty unremarkable so I didn’t photograph them — all leftovers and repeat snacks. I went to the grocery store today though so things should get more interesting 😉

Breakfast this morning was very light…I had a small bowl of this cereal.


This cereal normally runs more $5.79 at Kroger but was on sale for $2.99 so I knew I could not pass it up. It has absolutely no sugar and makes a good snack and hopefully yogurt topping (I will find out soon)!

I ate this size “breakfast” because I knew I was going to a brunch later but I needed some fuel.


I met my two aunts at the Zoo for a nice 3 mile walk and boy did it wear me out! I hadn’t walked hills like that in a while so it was definitely challenging. It felt so good to get in a great workout on the weekend since I usually reserve the weekend for laziness, haha.

After my walk, I came home and got ready for a baby shower for a couple at our church. It was quite a spread of food, mostly breakfast items (my favorite) and I went for different choices than I usually do. I completely by passed the crazy carb table (all muffins, pastries, donuts, etc.) and headed for the quiches, eggs, grits and some fruit.


I finished that entire plate and some coffee which left me totally satisfied. Guess what else I did? I completely passed up the cake! I have found that now that I eat less sugar, I want stuff like that less and less, which makes me feel good because I always get that dreaded sugar high and crash that comes along with it.

When I got home, I sorted through coupons, made a list and checked some ads online before I went shopping. Josh has given in and decided to let me have complete control over our groceries…he just makes me a list of what he wants and I do my best to get him what he wants but as healthy as possible. He said it will be easier to resist candy and crappy cereal if he just doesn’t go to the store at all. Plus it gives me more time to comparison shop, which is easily becoming one of my passions!

To fuel this effort, I had a hard boiled egg for a snack.


I only went to 2 stores today (Kroger and Walmart) and while I spent the same amount of money we usually do ($50) but got a ton more stuff! The best news is that the two stores are only a mile apart so it’s not like I went out of my way and wasted gas. I think next week I won’t be getting as much because of this, so I could see us spending more like $30 next week.

Some people believe that eating healthier is more expensive, but when you stick to fresh, in season produce and avoid the extras like candy, processed snacks, sodas, etc. you actually save money in the long run. I believe if you make the effort (check prices ahead of time, find coupons, go to more than one store, etc.) it can be done.

I wasn’t completely starving at lunch time so I just had a cup of pinto beans on top of romaine lettuce with some chinese garlic sauce and sour cream. Sort of weird, but it worked. I’m full and ready for my nap!


Ok, so that and a spoonful of PB (that I shared with the dog)!

Have a great weekend guys!