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









Catching Up to Speed

April 15, 2011 at 12:06 pm | Posted in Lunch, Snack | 7 Comments
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My world has been a slightly hectic the last couple of days, but I’m spreading everything out and getting done everything I need to in an orderly fashion. 🙂

Yesterday, I created a Facebook Page for Health, Happiness, and Hope.  Be sure to check it out and “like” it!

I also want to thank everyone for the sympathy on my hornet’s bite on Wednesday.  I have a mild allergic reaction to the string – just making it a little swollen and red – but nothing serious! 


Between classes, schoolwork, yoga, and blog work, my Thursday flew by!  Mid-afternoon, I took a break for a snack:

Strawberry Serenity Synergy Kombucha, organic nectarine, organic red pear, and a Siggi’s Icelandic style yogurt.



I woke up at 5:30am this morning to get a good start on notes for a paper I’m writing this weekend before I had to head to my Design Studies studioCoffee?  Yes please! 🙂


Instead of our usual Design Studies studio, today we went on a walking tour of the Madison campus to look at the architecture of the buildings.  Normally, this would be awesome; however it was 35*F with a wind advisory, and walking 2 hours in that kind of weather isn’t quite ideal.  It was hilarious when all of our worksheets (and US for that matter) almost blew away in the crazy wind!

That said, I was absolutely chilled and freezing cold when I got back to my apartment!  I think my morning coffee would have worked better post-walk. 😉


Lunch today was a Food for Life gluten-free Tortilla topped with Wild Wood raw tofu, organic spinach, and organic mache.



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


Classic for me, and FABULOUS!


This afternoon I’m meeting up for coffee/tea with my cousin whom I haven’t seen in over a year!  We were best friends when we were little and I absolutely love her.  We’ll have a lot to catch up on!

Happy Friday everyone!!!









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?







Flying By

March 17, 2011 at 6:03 pm | Posted in Review, Snack | 3 Comments
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I’m sad to see Spring Break fly by so quickly, but I do feel like I’m getting a lot accomplished.  I really needed to take some time to do some life planning (that IS what college is for, right?), and I feel like I’m on a great track for my future now!  I’m the type of person who always needs a life plan to work towards and a visualization of myself living that life as a goal.  It helps me keep my priorities straight and attain a sense of accomplishment from the little things I do to make that lifestyle happen! How about you – Are you a life planner?  Or do you tend to take things day by day?

Today was another busy one!  I taught an 8am yoga class this morning and then headed out to get a few errands done.  I LOVE that I don’t even need a coat to walk outside these days!  After I finished my errands, I decided to use up a free drink coupon from Starbucks (yes, I’m one of those addicted gold card members!) and grab a tall soy latte.


I needed the extra energy to help me study this lovely subject:


Ah, Environmental Geology.  I have a mid-term next week, so it’s a work in progress to slowly retain all the necessary info from Chapters 6-10.

It was in the 50*F’s today – Hello Spring! – and I took full advantage of the weather with another 4-mile walk this afternoon.  The wind, however, was CRAZY! Downtown Madison is literally an isthmus between Lake Mendota and Lake Monona…

… so windy days are often taken to the extreme with wind currents coming from the Lakes.  Even so, I’ll take this warm weather ANY day over the freezing snow! 🙂

This afternoon I had a fabulous simple snack:  Siggi’s Icelandic-style yogurt, organic mango, organic kiwi, and a Trilogy Synergy. 


If you have not tried Siggi’s yogurt yet, you MUST run to the grocery store immediately and buy one.  It’s THAT good!  It’s even thicker than greek yogurt and has a similarly fabulous taste.


I bought mine at Whole Foods, but I have also seen it at a local grocery store.

This evening’s plans are to get started studying for a Psych Stats mid-term that’s coming up.  Productivity certainly isn’t a bad thing! 🙂

Happy St. Patrick’s Day everyone!









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