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November 19, 2014

WIAW #71: Back on the Train

Good morning! I thought it would be good to hop back on the What I Ate Wednesday train today. I took an unintentional break from it for a couple of weeks, and knowing a lot of you enjoy reading them, I will make sure to play along every so often.

Below you will see an entire day of my unfiltered eats. In no way do I change what I eat just for the sake of documenting it. I don’t ever count my calories, but I do take into account how much activity I am planning on doing that day and plan my meals and snacks accordingly.

Yesterday turned out to be a rest day for me. I had training and then ran outside in the cold on Monday, and I will be going to my last training class as soon as I publish this post! I woke up feeling very out of it with a terrible cough (thanks, Scott), so I took that as a sign to rest and pulled out a good half hour of stretching and foam rolling instead.

Here’s what the rest of my Tuesday looked like!

What I Ate Wednesday Tuesday

wiaw fall into good habits button

Breakfast started with my latest (warm) go-to.

eggs chicken sausage and toast with cherry apple butter

Organic scrambled eggs, Al Fresco chicken sausage links, and cherry apple butter spread on wheat toast.

That kept me full while I stayed glued to the computer until about 11 a.m.

I was hungry, but settled on eating a couple of clementines as a snack instead.


I just love those little cuties.

Still not satisfied, I got out a serving of strawberry Greek yogurt and topped it with hemp heart seeds. I really like the added texture!

greek yogurt with hemp heart seeds

(I also refilled that mason jar of water continuously throughout the day.)

My appetite was raging by 1 p.m., so I dug into the fridge and found plenty of my vegetable pasta salad from the weekend for lunch.

vegetable pasta healthy

I kept trucking along on the computer and didn’t stop for hours. It’s crazy how I can blink and then entire afternoon passes by.

I took a break around 5:30 p.m. to take Roadie for a walk down to the mailbox and back. It’s only about a quarter mile each way, but with temperatures in the teens and aggressive winds, that fifteen minute walk seemed dramatically longer.

walking roadie in the snow

We got back inside and unthawed for a bit before I started dinner. Scott requested some kind of pasta as he often does. He wasn’t going to be home for a couple more hours, so I started with the sauce and let it simmer. I also brought out the corn chips and salsa to snack on and tie me over for a while. (I know, shocking.) (Not really.)

blue corn chips with salsa

First, all the veggies…

adding vegetables to marinara sauce

Then marinara sauce, chicken and spices.

Scott ended up being a lot later than expected, so I made myself a dinner plate and kept his warm for him to enjoy later.

gluten free pasta with chicken and veggies

Gluten free spaghetti with marinara sauce, pulled chicken, spinach, green peppers, onions, tomatoes, and topped in Parmesan cheese.

Still feeling under the weather, I drew myself a hot bath, got into some sweats, and called it a night. I can’t remember the last time I even went upstairs and climbed into bed before 11 p.m. It was really  nice!

Scott and I chatted for a while when he made it home from an event, but I was more than content in my warm and comfy bed. No dessert this time!

All right. I’ve got to get going. I’ll be back later this afternoon and hope you all have a wonderful Hump Day!


So there you have another full day of eats!

This is just one of the many examples you can find exploring the “WIAW” tag on the right hand sidebar if you’re ever curious to see what another complete day of meals and snacks looks like for me.

If you liked this WIAW post, head on over to Peas & Crayons to check out plenty others, or even link your own!

Question of the Morning

When is the last time you listened to your body and took an unintentional “rest” day?

November 18, 2014

Running in the Snow Again

My week kicked off on a great note with an early morning strength class at Rock City Fitness yesterday!

free weight dumbbells rock city fitness

I will be sharing a full review of their personal training program after my last class tomorrow, but for now, just know I’m being pushed.

I signed up for the 7 a.m. Strong class and completed four different circuits using dumbbells, kettlebells, bands, and medicine balls. Each circuit went down in repetitions and up in weight, and my trainer had me doing dumbbell chest presses with a set of 25s at one point. I can’t remember even attempting that before, so it was nice to know lifting heavier than 15s isn’t completely undoable for me.

I’ll be back to share more about my experience soon!

Running in the Snow Again

As much as I like taking classes and getting into a gym, I also miss my time running outside whenever I take a short hiatus from it. It had been over a week since my half marathon, so I was itching to get out there and get my heart rate up on a run again.

As soon as I got home and opened the windows, I couldn’t help but to pout at the snowy ground and dreary looking skies. They aren’t the most inviting sights to “go out for a run” if you know what I mean.

first real snow of winter 2014

Knowing it might be my last chance to enjoy a “warmer” run in the high 30s, I grabbed Scott, put a coat on Roadie, and set out for a quick two mile loop around the neighborhood.

Hesington family run in winter

I almost feel bad for taking Roadie with us in cold temperatures, but then I don’t. He’s been so bored and anxious at home lately. I knew he needed to get out on this run more than we did!

There were ice patches to dodge and slush piles to avoid, but we did our best to stay on the sidewalks and did just fine.

Can you believe how different this street looks in just two weeks time? It’s almost as if fall never even existed.

running in the neighborhood with roadie and snow

It just started snowing this week, so it hasn’t stuck enough to really be a problem yet. I am still very much getting used to running in it, so I’ll be sure to share any tips or tools I come across as the season goes on.

It’s always a little more challenging for me to breathe in the cold, but it’s also kind of nice at the same time. If I am dressed appropriately and hide the majority of my skin, I can sometimes run even longer than I normally do. I barely feel a sweat until I get back to the house!

running in the snow with roadie

We completed two quick and painless miles in 18:40, which is a pretty good pace of 9:20 with the King of potty sniffs and stops. I asked Scott if this was going to be our last run of the year and he said “nope!” We’ll just have to see how often we get ourselves back out here.

running with roadie in the snow

(Look at that mug! So great.)

It’s currently 16 degrees outside, so it might be a couple days or weeks until a run happens again.

Rochester Hills michigan weather

Seriously. What happened?

I couldn’t really tell you, so until I find the answers or motivation to do anything but sulk over the sight of snow, I’ve been keeping myself happy with warm meals and things.

Today’s breakfast looked a lot like yesterday’s!

eggs chicken sausage and toast with cherry apple butter

Organic scrambled eggs, Al Fresco chicken sausage links, and cherry apple butter spread on wheat toast.

When in doubt, just keep layering and drinking warm beverages.

That’s my theory!


All right. I’ve got to get going and onto a couple of projects, but I’ll be back later this afternoon with the start of this year’s holiday gift guide!

Questions of the Morning

• Have you ever tried to run longer than a few miles in snow? (Any tips?)

• Favorite warm beverage?

I was really good about getting out and running in the snow the first winter after we moved. That one was tolerable. With last year’s Polar Vortex and record breaking cold temperatures AND level of snowfall, I got completely overwhelmed by it and didn’t run for months. I definitely felt out my “normal” self, so I hope that doesn’t happen again! I would appreciate any tips you might have on how to combat running in the snow. Also, my favorite hot beverage is coffee, obviously. Hot tea is the runner up!

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