Top of the mornin’ to ya!

Where to start?  You may have noticed my absence yesterday… Well, I took a day off from writing because I just wasn’t feeling it.  I did work out (I repeated my backyard cross training routine)and had an awesome breakfast, but just didn’t feel like hitting the keys.  I woke up with a bit of a headache after hitting my head on the armoire in my bedroom around 4 am, when a sneaky Mer tried to climb into bed with Dennis and me.  I sat up to turn and pick her up, but ended up whacking the side of my head instead.  It’s still tender- owww.  I waited until pretty late in the morning (around 11:00ish?) to work out, and figured by the time I was done, showered, ate some lunch, and finished some housework, it would be nearly time to pick up Mer from the bus anyway.  My day just slipped away from me.

I did however, have some pretty yummy food yesterday.  For breakfast, I fixed myself a couple of whole grain waffles, topped with vanilla bean cream cheese and layered with ‘baked’ pear slices(I simply sliced a pear and microwaved it on a plate for a couple of minutes).  I added a pat of butter, and sprinkled the top with a bit of cinnamon and brown sugar.  Fall. On. The. Brain.


It was similar to the Breakfast waffle pizza, and just as tasty.  In fact it reminded me of a fancy french pastry, you’d find in a frou frou pastry shop.  Mmmm…

Oh, and I tried a new coffee creamer…. It has the word ‘brownie’ in the title, what was I supposed to do, NOT buy it?  Ha!


Lunch was yummy as well.  I threw together a tuna salad using canned tuna in water, three hard boiled eggs, a bit of miracle whip, sliced carrots, sweet relish, and chopped onion.  I sprinkled it with some seasoning salt, wrapped it up in a whole wheat flour tortilla and dug in-


I also enjoyed a FruitChia bar on the side.  I picked it up at the grocery store on a whim, and let me tell ya- it was GOOD.


It’s basically tastes like a strawberry fruit roll-up with crunchy little seeds in it.

I have a major soft spot for fruit roll-ups.  As a kid, my mom wouldn’t allow them in the house because they ‘were cavities waiting to happen’.  By the time I got to high school, and could pick them up in the lunch line, I had braces and couldn’t eat them anyway- gah!

Anywho, back to what I was saying- these fruit bars are awesome!  (Sorry Mom, at least they have Omega-3’s…) 🙂


Breakfast this morning was a protein-packed experiment.  I wanted something cold to drink, since I’d just come in from my 1.96 mile run/walk, and was sweat-tay!  Again, fall was on the brain, so I opted for something with pumpkin and spice.  I also wanted to make sure to utilize some of Dennis’ vanilla protein powder since my legs have been feeling pretty sore and tired.  I thought a pumpkin cheesecake smoothie sounded like a winner.


I tossed the following into the blender:

  • 2 Tbsp ricotta cheese
  • 2 Tbsp pumpkin
  • 1 tsp vanilla bean cream cheese
  • 4 Tbsp vanilla yogurt
  • a shake of pumpkin spice
  • 1/2 scoop of vanilla protein powder
  • 1/4 c of milk
  • a handful of ice cubes (around 5)

I blended until smooth and enjoyed in a tall glass.  Enjoy!



I also enjoyed a slice of homemade banana bread this morning that I baked late last night.  I got the recipe from- well, you know where😉  It was a hit with the family and tastes delish!



I actually ‘healthied’ it up a bit more by substituting whole wheat pastry flour in place of the unbleached all purpose flour the recipe called for.  Gotta love that.

Alright, enough of the food porn for now.  I need to make a run to Target for a much needed sock run- every pair I have, seem to be getting awfully holey!  Yikes!

Enjoy your Wednesday!



Weekend of Fun

Good morning!

I hope you all had a fun weekend!

Before I get into the weekend’s events, I want to share some exciting news- My cousin Jake is getting married!!  He announced to friends and family, that he and his girlfriend Weiwei will be tying the knot sometime in October.  They are planning a quick wedding at the court house here in Houston, and a bigger wedding in Weiwei’s native China.  So excited for them!  Congratulations to you both!  🙂


Alright, on to the weekend…

Mine started with an early Saturday morning bike ride.  After all of the sprints and longer runs last week, my shins were paying the price.  I woke up Friday morning with what can only be described as sore bones.  It literally hurt to touch my shin bones.  So after a little research on shin splints, I found that running on them is a bad idea.  I took Friday as a rest day, and decided rather than sit around and do nothing on Saturday, a bike ride sounded like a fun way to get some exercise in.

I forgot how fun bike riding can be, and before I knew it, I was done with my 3.49 mile ride in just under 22 minutes.  Fun!

Saturday’s fun didn’t end there.  The girls and I headed north for my nephew, Noah’s, 10th birthday party at Main Event.  If you’ve never been, Main Event is an indoor bowling, gaming, laser tagging, pool playing mega plex, complete with stadium style food and a full bar.  It’s a lot of fun.  Dennis had to miss for work, but I had a good time visiting with my sis-in-law, Jenny, my mother-in-law, Sharon, and Dennis’ aunt Diane.


The birthday boy!


Myself, Diane, Sharon

Jenny made Noah a yummy double-layer cookie cake that was enjoyed by all.


Ohhh yeaaahh


On Sunday morning, I woke abnormally early, and decided to get the girls up as well and head out for another bike ride.  Dennis headed off to the Texans game, so it was just me and my girls.   I convinced them to come on the ride, with a little donut bribery.  I told them we would take the long ride to Shipley’s donuts and I’d buy them each a couple of donuts and chocolate milk.  It worked, and we headed out.


We had a good time, but unfortunately Mer’s bike chain kept popping off the track, which was more than a little frustrating.  Luckily, after the second time it popped off, a nice police officer pulled over to help get it back on ‘the right way’, and the ride went smoothly after that.

On our way home, we stopped at a local elementary school playground to cool down and play around a bit.


Once we got home, Meri declared that we needed to go to the pool and really cool down, so we threw on our suits and headed out again(this time by car) to hit the pool.


It wasn’t long though, before the sky closed in on us and ominous, dark clouds rolled in…


We packed up and headed home expecting a nice downpour, but were left with not a single drop. 😦

Come on Mother Nature, we need the rain!


Now, let’s skip to this morning’s workout, shall we?

Workout:  After taking 4 days off from running, this morning’s run was less than stellar.  I ran for a total of 17 minutes, with two short, two minute breaks.  My legs felt heavy and tired, and my right shin still felt a little sore.  I think in order to help keep my legs from getting so sore, I’m going to keep my sprints on the grass rather than the hard pavement, and focus on my form as well.  Hopefully that will help alleviate any further pain/damage.  Fingers crossed!

Breakfast:  I threw together a bowl of oats with frozen strawberries, slivered almonds, and semi-sweet chocolate chips.  It’s like chocolate covered strawberries with a bit of crunch!  So good.  


Alright ya’ll, I’m off to the grocery store.  I plan on shaking up my breakfast a bit, and getting out of my oatmeal rut.  I can’t help it, I love oats!  🙂

Have a great Monday!