Blueberry Muffin Bake {Take One}

I truly appreciate you guys!  When I put myself out there with a post like this one, you are always there with support, suggestions, and encouragement.  I couldn’t ask for anything more!  Sunday was a much better day of eating, and I am starting Monday off with this fun and energizing breakfast.




The sun wasn’t cooperating with my photos this morning, but hooray for sunshine!  I spotted this recipe on Fit Cupcaker last month, but didn’t have blueberries until Saturday.  I was all set to make this for breakfast yesterday when I realized that I needed my oven, not my microwave and didn’t have enough time before yoga.




So the first thing I did when I woke up today was preheat my oven.  I was determined to have a Blueberry Muffin Bake for breakfast!




I stirred together the dry ingredients, adding in some flax seed, and then the wet ingredients.  I was a little skeptical that my oat concoction would bake up into the beautiful cake I saw on the blog, but I poured everything into a Pyrex and baked it up for 20 minute.




20 minutes later, I had a beautiful looking baked oatmeal but definitely NOT a muffin.




Hmmm…..I’m not really sure where I went wrong.  I checked a few other blog sites and everyone else ended up with a muffin…maybe I was supposed to grind my oats?!  Yikes, I definitely forgot the salt.  Thankfully, my baked oatmeal tasted great, so I topped it with banana and was able to eat it on my way out the door to CrossFit.




One thing I can tell you is that I will recheck the recipe and try making this again because I definitely see potential here!




I also should tell you that this breakfast was so filling that I made it all the way to lunch without hunger pain and that includes a challenging workout at CrossFit called Put It Up.




I obviously didn’t do the workout as prescribed.  Me lifting 155 pounds over my head???  Not gonna happen!  But I was proud of my accomplishments cleaning 65, 45, and 30 pounds for 9, 15, and 21 reps respectively.  And then doing a 2 minute shuttle run finale.  I haven’t lifted that much weight in a long time, and I must admit that I kind of liked it.  After my workout, the BOY and I went out for lunch and then ran a few errands.  I didn’t get much done yesterday because I spent Sunday Funday downtown!




I met some friends down at Millennium Park yesterday for ice skating.  I can’t even tell you the last time I went skating and it was a really fun way to spend an afternoon!




My friends (these awesome girls from my snow shoeing adventure) are moving to Australia next week, so we decided to celebrate Chicago before they leave.




And the weather was actually on our side.  Afterwards, we chowed down on Chicago style hotdogs, Garrett’s popcorn, chili, and cornbread.  Yum!  We will definitely miss our friends, but who doesn’t love an excuse to visit Australia!


Ok, so back to the Blueberry Muffin Bake…you can see the full recipe at Fit CupcakerYou should give it a try!

Burpee, Squat, Push, and Sit

I stayed up a little later than usual last night trying to cheer the Bear’s (complete with their backup quarterback) onto a comeback victory against the 49ers.  No such luck for the Bear’s!  It’s a sad turn of events after an impressive start to the season.  Oh, to be a Chicago fan : )  Moving on from football and forward to Thanksgiving…Hooray!  I should warn you ahead of time that my posts may be a little spotty this week.  I am spending some time in the city and at the P’s and have no idea if there will be any time between bites of food to blog.




My schedule has changed a bit allowing me to go in later to work on Tuesday mornings.  Typically, I have been getting in my shorter runs, but I ran 5 miles yesterday and the only run left before Saturday’s half marathon is a Thanksgiving 3 miler.  I’m not so sure when that’s going to happen, but we shall see!  I wasn’t going to run this morning and it’s too chilly to bike and I don’t currently have a gym membership and there are no early Tuesday morning yoga classes, which left me in need of a home workout.  I am not a good home exerciser.  I never have been!  I have piles and piles of workouts pulled out of magazines in hopes of one day being that girl who will bust into lunges during a commercial, but they end up covered in dust before eventually being recycled.


I know that I REALLY need to do more strength training, so I had high hopes when I discovered this easy at home workout on Jess’s Blonde Ponytail blog last night.  It looked doable, challenging, and it wasn’t going to take up space on my counter for months at a time collecting dust.  Plus, there was no equipment needed, and I had the TV to keep me entertained.  It’s been a long time since I’ve had enough time in the morning before work to watch the Today show.




The workout goes as follows:






Starting with 10 reps and then counting down…



Jess has a great graphic on her site as well as the proper form for a burpee!


After 15 minutes, I was dripping in sweat.




But I still had my plank challenge left to do and this one was for 3:45.  Yikes!  I know I say it every time, but this one really was the absolute hardest.  With one minute 20 seconds to go, I really wanted to throw in the towel. But I held in there and I did it!  It was a quick and challenging morning workout that totally got me energized for my day ahead.




Breakfast was leftover Pumpkin Cream Pie Oat Bran heated up with a sliced banana and some almond milk.

Delish!  It was really filling, and I caught the Thanks & Giving portion of the Today show just as I was finishing my breakfast.


I’d love to sit and play all day (that’s what the BOY will doing although he is supposed to be studying), but I am off to work!  Just 1 1/2 days until my 5 day Turkey Day break!



Do you exercise at home without equipment?

Please, please, please, send me some ideas!

Pumpkin and Cream + Thanks and Giving

Good Monday Morning!

Today is a little off because the BOY is home all day. What does this mean?  Well, most importantly, it means that I can’t watch Grey’s Anatomy this morning before my run because the second I tried to put it on, he started to whine a bit.  Yikes!  He better get used to it because starting next semester he is off on Mondays, and after 4 years of not working on Mondays, I kind of have my routine down.


First up…tea!  I bought this seasonal tea when I picked up boxes and boxes of Candy Cane Green tea from Trader Joe’s.




I brewed up my first cup this morning.  Let me just tell you that it smells wonderful and tastes just as good!  It is a really flavorful tea (although this may be because I made mine extra strong)!




Then it’s on to breakfast.  As soon as the weather cooled off, I started craving this Pumpkin Cream Pie Oat Bran from Peas and Thank You.




I made this last winter and absolutely loved it!  So my mouth was watering before I even started cooking.  This oat bran is spicy, creamy, and super filling!




I followed the recipe as written, but I add my sweetener as a topping at the end instead of in the beginning.  This morning, I used maple syrup.




In between cooking, I darted back and froth to the television where I was watching the Today show.  I’ve been living back in the Chicago area for almost 4 years, yet I still love to check out the Thanks and Giving kick off.




I even record the show all week just to watch Marlo’s short segment each day!


Thanks and Giving 2007


The hospital holds a special place in my heart, and I think the message of being THANKFUL for all of the joy in your life and helping others is so important, especially this time of year.  It also gets me geared up for the holiday season ahead!  One of the things that I am thankful for is my ability to run.  I’ve mentioned this before on the blog, but there was a 6 month period where running was contraindicated for a medicine that I needed to take.  The children of St. Jude kept me inspired throughout this time, and my first race back (and current PR) was the St. Jude Half Marathon in 2008.  It was an emotional run, and I had tears in my eyes as I crossed the finish line.




On days when I am not-so-motivated to get in a workout, I think about this time in my life, put one foot in front of the other, and remember how lucky I am that I RUN.  This is what pushed me out the door on this grey morning while the BOY tried to convince me to stay in.  I must admit after that comforting bowl of oats, the idea did cross my mind. 




My legs are a bit fatigued after Saturday’s 8 miler and yesterday’s 90 minute Hot Yoga class, so I made it a watchless run.  With all of my recent training, I have been thinking a lot about mile times and pace, and today I wanted to run just to run.  It was a beautiful morning to be outdoors, which a nice woman walking her dog and I discussed on the path.  Even without my watch (or maybe because of), my 5 miles sped by quickly and I returned home in the best mood with plenty of ideas on how the BOY and I should spend our day.


How do you give back around the holidays?


I just read about Rebecca’s Mission A Toy For Every Pup

Her post is really sweet (she has the cutest dog) and you can easily donate while you are doing your online holiday shopping with this Amazon Wishlist!  Check it out!


You can find this hearty fall breakfast recipe HERE!

I ate half this morning and I am planning on reheating the other half with some almond milk for breakfast tomorrow.