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What Ruins My Day

You know those days where one bad things happens in the morning and it seems to spiral for the remainder of the day? Today is one of those days for me, but I wouldn’t have suspected it because the early early part of my morning was the complete opposite!

I woke up earlier than normal. By that I mean after 3 snoozes instead of like, 5. You see, I’m an avid snoozer, so I set my alarm about 45 minutes before I actually have to get up. Some would argue that that’s not a good sleep habit, but it works for me. It’s all mental. I need that “ahh I have another half hour to sleep” feeling to really start my day.

So anyway, I got my butt to the gym with running on my mind. I was determined to do 7 miles again. I did a quick floor abdominal workout and hopped on the tready to get down to business. I did a 4-3-2-1 running interval workout.

  • 2 minute warmup
  • 4 minutes at 6.5
  • 3 minutes at 7.0
  • 2 minutes at 7.5
  • 1 minute at 8.0

I repeated the 10 minute interval 6 times, with some random extra sprints arond 30 minutes and the end of the hour. I ended with a 5 minute cooldown.

When I don’t know what I am going to wear that day, it’s usually not a good thing. Somehow today I found an outfit quick that I was happy with!

  • Crochet Top: Sam & Lavi
  • Capris: Vince
  • Sandals: Tory Burch


I made myself a protein smoothie with almond milk, dark cocoa powder, strawberries, and spinach and headed out the door.

That was the end my good morning. WHAT RUINS MY DAY? TRAFFIC!

I can express my anger towards it, but I would prefer to keep things positive on here. It took me almost double the time to get to work today. I am a rebel and check my twitter and blogs while waiting in it. It makes the wait a little better. All I wanted to do was get to work and eat my overnight oats in a jar. I added blueberries this time!

Yes, I stopped for a coffee even though I was late.

It has been a whirlwind day at work ever since I walked in flustered from my traffic and lateness. I am just now eating lunch at 3:00! I guess you’ll have these kinds of days.

Anyone in the NYC area that is going to Healthy Living Summit? Seeking carpoolers and roomies! 🙂 I have my car!

Busy Bee

Today is a super busy day for me as I am in market with a vendor all day long. They feed us…free lunch and lots of cookies. I can’t complain about that. I prepped for  my long day and I’m feeling ready. I did a full upper body workout. I made my OIAJ (yes, we already went through another jar of PB) last night to have for breakfast. I subbed Vanilla SunWarrior protein powder this time and didn’t add PB2.

I’m rockin’ my new skirt from Zara.

…and my favorite Kara Ross necklace from Gilt Groupe.

Catch ya’ll later….

The Post With Many Names

The name for this post changed about 5 times since I woke up this morning.

  • OIAJ
  • Squats Til You Puke
  • Jello Legs
  • Not the Mama
  • Pain is Weakness Leaving the Body

I’ll explain why. It all started last night when I got home from work to see an empty jar of peanut butter in the recycle bin. Joe finished it on me! I was a little angry, for a second, but then a lightbulb popped up above my head. OIAJ!

My first Oats in a Jar! There were scraps of PB left on the sides, perfect for making my overnight oats. I added:

  • 1/2 cup old fashioned oats
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 1/2 scoop Isopure vanilla protein powder
  • 1 tbsp chia seeds
  • 1 stevia packet
  • sprinkle cinnamon
  • 1 tbsp homemade almond butter
  • mashed up banana
  • 1 tbsp Hershey’s dark cocoa powder
  • 1 tbsp chocolate PB2

Yea, I went a little crazy. I mushed it all up and dreamed about it all night. I even thought about it at the gym this morning. I did a short 20 minute floor ab routine followed by 35 minutes on the treadmill, covering just under 4 miles (warmup and cooldown were incline walking). At that time, my post was named OIAJ. I was sure of it because I knew how good they’d be.

Next, I saw a dude with a shirt that read “Pain is weakness leaving the body.” I thought, wow, this is a Julie exercise mantra quote. I intend to tell her to add it to her list. This quote makes you want to push yourself hard at the gym, but also implies than when you are sick, your body is saying “Hey, hold up! Rest and let me get rid of this annoying illness so you can resume normal routine!”. The name of my post (in my head) changed immediately. Nope, too long of a name…plus, we had some more thoughts going on this morning.

I headed over to do squats for the first time in 3 weeks. Since I took last week off, and was lazy the week before and just did the basic machines, it had been a while. When I was done doing 6 sets of squats and deadlifts (15 reps, 10 second rest), I felt like I was going to puke. That’s when you know you have a good leg workout! That is also when you say “I am going to name my post ‘Squats til you Puke'”.  About 10 minutes later, after finishing up the rest of my leg workout, stumbling up the stairs and out the door, the name changes to “Jello Legs”. I feared I would not make it to my car because my legs were so weak.

When I got to work, I enjoyed these little buggers. I had to add a little almond milk first to soften them up. I enjoy scraping the sides like Kath. I wouldn’t compare it to vacuuming. I don’t know what I would compare it to, but it is very enjoyable getting every last bit of oats!

Every bit of YUM I expected.

TGIF, my friends! I was thinking about TGIF this morning and rememberd the shows on ABC every Friday night from 8-10pm (am I wrong on the time?) The show with the dinosaurs used to be my favorite. I brought it up at work and everyone went nuts. A girl on the other side of my cube yelled “NOT THE MAMA”. Remember the baby used to hit things and scream that? I googled it and found that the show was infact called, simply, “Dinosaurs”. This leads to the last contemplated post name of “Not the Mama”, which didn’t make the cut either. Being the indecisive person that I am, I chose the name above.


…and Happy Friday the 13th!! I am not supersticious, but I did have a mishap with my commute this morning that really angered me.

Lunch that I am enjoying as I post:

Leftover sauce from Sunday’s grilled pizza with Carba Nada noodles and parm cheese.

Do you feel like weird/bad things happen to you on Friday the 13th? Do you remember or did you watch Dinosaurs? What usually determines your blog post name?