Early Morning Optimism

May 22, 2011 at 3:55 pm | Posted in Breakfast, Snack | 15 Comments
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I feel like I’ve been constantly on-the-go the past couple days!  I have a lot that I’ve been putting off getting done until the summer since the school year is always so busy, and I finally started to make a dent on that list along with my usual daily tasks.

The past couple of nights haven’t been the greatest sleep-wise, and I’m the type that hates laying around in bed if I’m not falling back asleep, so I got my butt out of bed at 5am and got a head start on my day.  Despite being a little tired, I’m not complaining since I ended up having an awesome morning!

Breakfast was a bowl of Nature’s Path Mesa Sunrise Flakes topped with unsweetened almond milk and an organic banana on the side.


After breakfast I walked to a local Ancora coffee shop for my morning coffee – so good!


After I was fully caffeinated, I decided to go for my daily walk in the morning since it was so nice outside!  I used to always go for morning walks in the summer and I forgot how much I enjoyed them. 

The highlight of the walk?  Saving a baby painted turtle’s life that was trying to cross the road and wasn’t going anywhere fast enough.  I put it on a leaf (it was TINY!) and walked over to the lake and set it free.  That’s gotta give me good karma or something. Winking smile

I had some summer clothes shopping I wanted to finish up, so after lunch I headed to the mall and actually got quite a few things.  I’m usually a pretty picky and indecisive buyer when it comes to clothes and I tend to leave without many items, but I got lucky today!


On my way home, I was exhausted and the Starbucks I drove by was too tempting to pass up.

Coffee #2 of the day.


I drank it up when I got back to my apartment with a snack – organic peach (seriously so good!), organic mango, and Siggi’s plain yogurt.



The rest of my day is looking much less hectic.  I’m teaching a yoga class tonight and getting in my own practice sometime before, but other than that I don’t have much planned! Hope everyone had a great weekend! Smile









Scheduling + Snow = My Tuesday In a Nutshell

April 19, 2011 at 11:49 am | Posted in Lunch, Snack | 15 Comments
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Happy Tuesday lovely people! 

Long story short, today is my day to schedule for classes next year, and it’s been a stressful morning so far to say the least.  To add to the fun, it’s a SNOWSTORM outside!!!



Another normal April day in my world! ;)  And the scheduling is all just a part of being a college student, so I’m sure I’ll get through it just fine. 🙂


After my successful grocery shopping trip yesterday, I broke into the goods right away!

For lunch I wanted to try the organic heirloom tomato I had bought, so I decided to top off a wrap with it:

Food for Life Brown Rice Tortilla topped with Wild Wood super firm raw tofu, organic spinach, organic mache, and sliced organic heirloom tomatoes.


With organic green beans, a light activia, and a glass of unsweetened almond milk.


Heirloom tomatoes?  Definitely my thing!  Loved them!


For an afternoon snack between classes, I tried out one of the organic Ataulfo mangos I bought…



… with an organic kiwi, Fage 2% Greek yogurt, and a Botanic No 7 Organic Raw Kombucha (all just-purchased items).


The mango was fabulous – perfectly ripe!  And it’s been a while since I had a Botanic Kombucha – actually a lot better than I remembered! Less perfume-y tasting maybe?


Now it’s back to more schoolwork and scheduling… 3:30pm is my time slot.  Wish me luck! 🙂








Stuck with the Choices You Make

April 9, 2011 at 3:26 pm | Posted in Lunch, Snack | 12 Comments
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This is what happens when you don’t do laundry in two weeks.


And this is only HALF of the 4 loads of laundry I did this morning!  

I always say that I never “balance” my life; instead, I prioritize.  I take an overview of everything that needs to get done, and then prioritize my schedule so I accomplish everything I need to (schoolwork, teaching yoga, blogging, studying, going to class, daily chores around my apartment), while still putting my mental and physical health first (exercising, eating healthy, socializing, relaxing). 

Last weekend, laundry was obviously not on my priority list. ;)  Sometimes you’re just stuck with the choices you make, and that meant doing double the laundry loads this weekend.  Yes, it took twice as long, but I put it as a priority this weekend and made the time for it!  And last weekend I accomplished everything that was a priority at THAT time.  It all worked out in the end!


Besides doing my 4 loads of laundry this morning, I got a good head start on my current Design Studies pixelated painting project.  Saturday mornings always tend to be productive for me!  I broke away from the paints to put together my lunch:

Food for Life Gluten-free Tortilla topped with cheddar-style Veggie Slices, organic spinach, and organic mixed herbs.



With organic sliced cucumbers, activia light, and a glass of unsweetened almond milk.


After lunch I headed to the studio for a Power Yoga class.  It had been a few days since I practiced IN the studio since I’d been doing podcasts in my apartment to save time the last couple days, and it felt so good to be in a class again!

Later in this afternoon I grabbed a perfect simple snack – organic kiwi, Siggi’s Icelandic-style yogurt, organic mango, and a Raspberry Klarbrunn Sparkling Water.


It’s 59*F outside right now and the sun is finally peaking out.  Therefore, I need to get my butt outside and go for a walk IMMEDIATELY!  This is the warmest it’s been this Spring and I don’t plan to miss out! 🙂


What have you put as a priority in YOUR life this weekend?








Spring = Produce!

April 5, 2011 at 6:04 pm | Posted in Snack | 12 Comments
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Glad everyone enjoyed my 7 Random Facts from this morning! :)  It was fun to choose a few things about me that I might not have otherwise had a chance to share on the blog.


The sun FINALLY made an appearance today!  It was crazy windy and a little chilly, but as long as there’s sun I can deal with it.  I went for a walk this afternoon and took a picture on my phone looking out over Lake Mendota.


Please note the lack of ice covering the lake!  YES!!!


Recently I’ve started to notice the produce abundance growing at the grocery store now that Spring is finally here.  Let’s just say that I am taking full advantage of it!  There is nothing better than loads of fresh fruit and vegetables in warm and sunny Summer months. 🙂

Here’s a few of my produce-filled eats from yesterday and today:

Gingerberry Synergy, organic orange, organic nectarine, Fage 0% Greek yogurt.



Organic cubed mango, Klarbrunn Black Cherry Sparkling Water, Siggi’s Icelandic style yogurt, organic nectarine.



Organic blackberries, organic baby carrots, organic raw cashews, unsweetened almond milk.




What fruits and/or veggies are you excited to have back in season?







Oh, The College Life

March 26, 2011 at 4:44 pm | Posted in Snack | 7 Comments
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Happy weekend fabulous people! 

Today is one of those days where I feel like I’m not doing a whole lot or getting much done, but when I look back I realize how much I’m accomplishing.  Doing laundry, studying for a Statistics exam, rereading and submitting my final draft of my 10-page Intro to Cultures of Asia essay, hitting a Power Flow Yoga class at the studio, going for a 4-mile walk outside… overall a highly successful Saturday so far by my standards! 🙂

I woke up at 5:45am to get started on my lovely college studying, and promptly changed from pajama shorts…

to these fleece PJ pants:


HA!  Not exactly my most stylish moment, but since I knew I’d be sitting around my apartment studying all morning, I let the fashion crime slide. 😉

After yoga this afternoon I was craving some mango (my most recent obsession) and put together a snack of organic mango, Fage 0% Greek yogurt, organic kiwi, and a Synergy.



I’m surprised that the mangos are so delicious lately since it’s a little early for their peak, but I guess that mangos are naturally fabulous in Peru… or so my sticker says. 😉


Despite the SNOW, I decided I needed to get outside for a walk!  There’s just something about the outdoors that let’s me clear my mind and start fresh and energized once I get back inside.

I’ll definitely be calling it an early night tonight so I can be at the top of my game for studying tomorrow.  Can’t wait until Monday is over and these exams are DONE! (Well, at least until finals. ;))  I rented How Do You Know from Redbox to relax with tonight, and I’m hoping it’s a good comedy to get my mind off the books.


Thanks for the compliments on my Design Studies artwork in the last post.  It’s a difficult class, but actually pretty fun!

And just a side-note… if you don’t already follow me on Twitter, be sure to add me – @HealthHapHope!













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