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November 26, 2014

Quality Time With Mom (+ WIAW)

Ever since I picked my mom up from the airport late Monday morning, I have been soaking in as much quality mother-daughter time as I can!

It’s been really great having her here. We share a lot of the same interests in both things to do and things to eat, so it’s been nice having a partner in crime throughout all of my whereabouts this week!

downtown clarkston with mom

She must have brought the Florida sunshine with her, because it was unusually high in the mid-60s and sunny out when her plane landed! I couldn’t believe it. There she was in her winter coat and boots and I just kept telling her to enjoy being “hot” while it lasted.

Two hours later, we pulled up at Rochester Brunch House, which has easily become one of my favorite breakfast, brunch, and lunch spots in Downtown Rochester. The temperature was quickly dropping and it was beginning to look a lot like Christmas.

Rochester Brunch House outside

We were well into the afternoon, but I still ordered an omelet. That is pretty standard. I could happily order an omelet as my meal at any time of the day, as long as what is inside sounds good. This one was filled with turkey sausage, cheese, onions, and green peppers. Yum!

Rochester Brunch Company omelet

After lunch, we walked around the area for a bit… but not for too long.

Out of nowhere, the temperature dropped down to the mid-30s with high wind! Yup… nothing like showing your true colors, Michigan. You better hang on tight to those winter accessories, Mom!

We made the obligatory stop at Yates Cider Mill for hot cider and donuts, but hung inside to get a break from the strong winds.

mom and heather at yates cider mill

We spent the afternoon running around town and made a stop at The Village for groceries at Whole Foods, followed by trip to Bath & Body Works for wallflower refills (ahhh, give me all the winter scents!!). It felt freezing out, but at least there were pretty lit trees to distract us.

christmas lights at the village rochester

Temporarily, at least.

christmas tree the village at rochester hills

I had my weekly small group bible study shortly after we returned home, but I know my mom was more than down for hanging there in her pajamas with the fur kids for the night. She never gets to relax at home!

I spent most of the morning blogging and catching up on emails yesterday. My mom brought some work she had to get done with her, so that worked out pretty well. Just after noon, we took a break from the computers and took Roadie with us for a run on the trails.

running with roadie and mom

It was my mom’s first time running in temperatures in the 30s. She was nervous, but I assured her that it wouldn’t be that bad if we layered appropriately. She borrowed a lot of my winter workout gear, and we set out for an easy paced four miles.

running the trails with roadie and mom

I was so happy to see the snow had melted on the trails. We wouldn’t have been able to do my favorite loop through them if the ground was still snowy and slushy!

trail river

I made sure to point out some of my favorite parts, including the overlooks.

trail overlook on run

She did great and I am so proud of her. At sixty years old, my mother is running her third half marathon next week and is doing the Turkey Trot 10K with me tomorrow (in the cold) on Thanksgiving morning!

mom at the trail overlook

I figured a low stress four miles was just what she needed, followed by a protein smoothie post-run.

smoothie after run

Plain Greek yogurt, cocoa powder, White Chocolate Designer Whey Protein powder, banana, ice.

I warmed up in a nice hot shower, and got ready to head out the door for the rest of the day!

After we took Scott’s mom to see Clarkston, an adorable country looking town twenty minutes from us, I thought it would be a great spot to walk around with my mom as well. We arrived right after 3 p.m. and had high hopes of taking a late lunch (or linner) at Union Woodshop.

downtown clarkston in michigan

We were bummed to find out they open at 4 p.m. during the weekdays, and our hungry bellies took us to the next available spot to grab a bite to eat. A couple of doors down, we found a gourmet organic shop that looked like it would do the job just fine!

essence on main organic gourmet shop main street clarkston

essence on main cafe

I had never been inside Essence on Main before, and I just loved the knick-knacks and unique menu items.

clarkston shop

I was trying to kick a headache before it turned into a migraine, so a Greek salad, bowl of homemade tomato florentine soup and a cola sounded perfect.

clarkston organic market lunch

I hardly ever drink Coca-Cola, and when I do… it’s because it settles nausea and helps with my headaches! Couldn’t tell you why.

After lunch, I took her back through Union Woodshop anyways and also next door to the adorable women’s boutique shop, Frank and Me.

frank and me shop clarkston

We walked down to a bakery, grabbed a couple of hot beverages, and took our time walking in and out of the shops along Main Street.

plaid flannel dog christmas decoration

I always leave Clarkston with decorating fever. I’ve learned to deal with it and enjoy mostly window shopping instead.

We had the rest of the night at home, which actually sounded wonderful. I drove her through a couple of fun areas to see, and then we made our way back to the house to make dinner. Scott requested some kind of pasta (no surprises there) so my mom put together a nice side salad while I browned some seasoned ground turkey and pulled my usual “add any vegetable that makes sense” moves.

healthy side salad

healthy pasta sauce

I added a mushroom marinara sauce, and dished up way too many veggie rotini noodles to serve it over.

veggie pasta with seasoned turkey and vegetables sauce

Of course, I ended up eating it all. I’m ridiculous.

(Can you tell I’m attempting to incorporate a little What I Ate Wednesday for some of you?)

This morning started with a new-to-me breakfast, thanks to Mom.

breakfast cereal with yogurt and fruit

I can’t believe I have never tried putting a couple spoonfuls of plain Greek yogurt on top of my cereal before! Look at you go, Mom.

We hurried out the door to pick up ingredients to create an easy Thanksgiving meal after the race tomorrow and returned home with just enough time to change and go to Rock City Fitness for a training session.

Mom at Rock City Fitness with me

I just finished my 30 Day Personal Training Program there, but the owner graciously offered to let us come in and train while she was here. Thank you so much for the stretching and strengthening session today, Christina!

As soon as we got home, we dove into leftovers to enjoy a late lunch and then I hopped on the computer to catch up with you guys!

salad with noodles and beans

Phew. I think we are all caught up now!


We are going to a Pistons game tonight and plan to take it easy after that in order to turn in early and wake up at the wee hours of the morning for the race tomorrow.

I hope you all are enjoying the calm before the storm of Turkey Day!

If you’d like to see a real What I Ate Wednesday, feel free to explore the “WIAW” tag on the right hand sidebar, click over to Peas & Crayons to check out plenty others, or even link your own!

See you soon!

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?

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