A Murky Monday and a Weekend Recap

And it’s a Monday… I was tempted to go with Marvelous Monday but I think Murky Monday would be more appropriate. Yet another gloomy grey day today, which we’ve been having all weekend. I actually don’t mind it too much though, sometimes I like the grey days. They make me just want to cuddle up on the couch in sweats and watch a movie… or cuddle up on the couch in sweats and do some school work… So maybe not want to do the latter so much but sometimes you just gotta be productive right? And these grey days are great for that. It’s way too darn difficult to get stuff done when then sun is up and beaming.

But enough of the weather report?

After a late night of retro dancing last night, I was still up fairly (not so) bright and early this morning. Bed by 3:30. Up before 9. Which is technically sort of still like 8ish because of the time change. Anyone else thrown off by that? My entire day yesterday felt so out of whack!

And speaking of last night, I kept it calm. No pizza thief tackling (or The Pizza Napper as my friend likes to call him) or any other attempts of heroism on my part. It was a one hit wonder gig.

Anywho, feast your eyes on the feast I just finished:

Packet reduced sugar maple flavour instant oats, spoonful pumpkin, handful frozen blueberries, couple spoonfuls plain and vanilla yogurt, fresh strawberries

+ coffee (always a given).

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Reeeeeeeeewind…and recap.


was a long time ago. It involved an early breakfast before an early class. This early breakfast involved a breakfast cookie and an orange. The breakfast cookie involved simply oats, applesauce and peanut butter. It was dry. The yogurt and mango pieces coated in yogurt and cinnamon that lay atop it made it much better.


After getting home from class there was a present on my doorstep!

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A box of Larabars from being Larabar Fan of the Day! PB&J, Tropical Fruit, Apple Pie, Cashew Cookie… mmmm. That’s enough to brighten my day. Thanks a lot Larabar

Rest of Thursday involved salads with leftover baked tofu and noodles….


Bowls of puffed wheat cereal with almond milk, cinnamon and vanilla protein powder


And large amounts of SQUASH.


What. A. Beauty. There’s some kind of fettucine out of a bag on there as well. Twas my mom’s dinner and clearly I had to sample. It was good. But my squash was BEST.



Involved one of my favourite breakfasts: WEETABIX! With pumpkin, plain and vanilla yogurt, frozen banana and lots of cinnamon. Mushy delight.


– Gloomy grey day…not fun.
– Morning 3 hour long class… not fun.
– Assignment handback…that I did horribly on…doubly not fun.
I don’t know if it was the pretty dismal mood I was in on Friday but the poor assignment grade literally had me in tears… how sad is that. I was supposed to hang out with a friend after class and I almost bailed because I was that bummed about it and I wanted to go home and cry instead. Yeah, I was in that bad of a mood. But I did not bail. I hung out with my friend. We went food (Bulk Barn!!) shopping. I snapped out of my funk. Friends (and extremely sweet easter candies) make everything better.

As do bowls of spinach, zucchini and tomato topped with turkey slices, roasted squash and deli mustard.


I also had more of the greenery at dinner alongside my chicken breast stuffed with rice, mushrooms and sundried tomatoes.


And a container of yogurt with cocoa powder, vector cereal and peanut butter for good measure.




Friday night I told myself I was going to get up early and EXERCISE. I never do this, the whole getting out of bed, jumping straight into workout clothes and getting it done thing. I’ve done it maybe twice ever. But on Friday I told myself, “Saturday, you are GOING to run. In the AM. First thing. No questions. It can be done. It will be done. You can do it.”

On Saturday morning the alarm clock went off at 7:15. I know that’s not early for some of you die hard AM exercisers but a morning workout for me is like 9-11. On Saturday morning when the alarm clock went off I almost said to myself, “Stay in bed. It’s warm. I’m tired. I can exercise another day.” Almost. But instead I looked at the clock, closed my eyes, opened them, looked at the clock again and said, “I set my alarm. It went off. I’m up. I have time right now. I told myself I’m going to do this. I’m going to do this.” And with that, I jumped out of bed, put on my workout clothes, warmed up a mug of coffee, downed half, and headed down to the basement for a good 45 or so minutes of sprint intervals followed by a good paced run, followed by planks, followed by weights.

My legs were definitely more sluggish first thing in the morning. But I got it done and I sure felt accomplished after it!

It also helped that I knew I had this to look forward to after it…


Oats in a Jar! Not the most photogenic breakfast but mighty delicious. Stovetop oats cooked with water, banana, pumpkin and cinnamon, splash of SF french vanilla creamer, a bit more than 1 Tbsp of peanut butter left in the jar. Breakfast of champions.

Then I went to work.

Ate a Peanut Butter Larabar.


Ate a salad with some leftover stuffed chicken on top.


Ate an unpictured apple.

Took advantage of this lovely photo op on the drive home. Of course it was my brother who spotted this gem…

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The words: “Size matters”

Once I got home it was sushi time! My friend and I had a sushi dinner planned since we were feeling severely deprived. I got no pictures but I ordered a caterphila roll which had a whole lot of salmon inside and a whole lot of avocado on top. It was delicious. Well except for the crunchy fried stuff in the middle. I don’t really love the crunch in my rolls so I kind of poked a lot of it out with my chopstick. My friend thought I was nuts, but most of the rolls there have some kind of tempura something or other in them so it’s kind of unavoidable. Next time I’ll have to remember to try asking if they could leave that stuff out. I just don’t want my sushi to be crunchy!

Then we had a wild night of eating Cheetos and watching 2 hours of The Penguins of Madagascar on DVD.

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It was pretty epic. We eventually headed to the bar for a bit but it was not very fun and we were both tired and didn’t stay long at all. I was home nice and early. My Saturday nights sure have tamed down. And I really don’t mind it. I think I’m going grandma!



I opened some mail.

It included POM coupons! Thanks POM! What should I do with it once I pick some up? Besides the obvious drinking of it… any good POM recipes you’d recommend? I think I saw a POM granola recipe I wanted to try…


I also ate breakfast. Obviously.

Easy Vegan Breakfast Banana Bread! This breakfast was awesome. Except my crusts were kind of burnt and kind of inedible, and I made quite the mess cutting them off. But otherwise this was delicious.

2 slices Cinnamon Raisin Ezekiel bread. Topped with half a banana mashed with 2 tsp peanut butter. Topped with cinnamon. One slice topped with coconut butter. Baked at 350 for ten minutes. Sided by fresh cut pineapple and strawberries with a dollop of cottage cheese.


I also went to the Dollar store with my mom. And browsed it for nearly an hour? I love dollar store shopping! I hadn’t been to one in a long while so I forget how much cool junky little stuff they have. Plenty of St Patty’s gear. I may have picked up some shamrock earrings… and mini green hats.

By the time I got home I was staaaarving. Big messy salad it is! Finished off the last of my roasted squash :( The brown bits in the left corner are chestnuts that I picked up at the dollar store. I had never tried a chestnut before… they kind of taste like sweet kidney beans? I like them though!


I was feeling pretty off yesterday. Not quite alive. Like zero energy. And zero appetite by the evening.

All I wanted for dinner was something sweet. SO I had the most random bowl of stuff ever…
Pumpkin, vanilla and plain yogurt, vanilla protein powder, frozen banana, cinnamon, defrosted and crumbled low carb sweet bread, mini piece of defrosted raw cheesecake
As I said, really random. It was good though and did the trick.


Then I went out. Danced. Had a good time. Came home. Went to bed. Woke up. Ate breakfast. Wrote this. And now I have to get on with my day since I’m now like an hour behind schedule? Eep!

Happy Monday!


8 thoughts on “A Murky Monday and a Weekend Recap

  1. For some reason it’s been so gloomy here.. and I’ve officially become a couch potato!

    I used to only exercise in the afternoon but now I love getting it done in the morning.. then I’m free for the rest of the day!

  2. Congrats on getting that morning workout done!! Props to you girl, dunno if I ever have enough motivation BEFORE a delicious oatmeal breakfast–hahaha, i’m so obsessed.

    Don’t stress about school!! You and i are always flipping out over the dang pressure we put on ourselves, so ease up and know that you’re trying your hardest :)

    You are one strongg lady and all the salads, squash (LOVE!) and breakfasts’ look gorg. I need cinna raisin ezekiel bread in my life, right now.

  3. I’m glad you were still able to enjoy that time with your friend despite the grade on that paper.

    and that “gem” on the back of the car? you can spot them everywhere in TX. yep, don’t think longhorns on cars, those are there instead. EVERYWHERE.

  4. YES Bulk Barn makes everything better. I love going there with my roommate to shop for crazy amounts of baking ingredients! I was totally in a funk over a silly school grade too- I took a test for my online french course and somehow the last letter of nearly all my words got cut off so I got a 57% which is LAME because I’m good at french.

    Nice job on the AM workout!! I’ve been trying to do that on Sunday mornings, but it’s soooo to roll out of bed sometimes and my legs always feel really sluggish. But it definitely makes for a more energetic day!

  5. I think any day in which a Larabar package shows up at your door would be a good day, regardless of what else is going on! How did you end up at the Larabar Fan of the Day? I’m jealous – I’d love that honour ;)

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