Good morning everyone! It’s a little chilly here, but the blue, cloudless skies and bright sunshine are more than making up for it! Tomorrow I think I’m going to take my camera with me on my morning mom walk so I can show you this enormous lilac bush we pass by every morning – you can smell it from like 100 yards away – LOVE it!!

I started this beautiful Monday morning out with a bowl of tropical oatmeal!


In the mix:

  • 1/2 cup old fashioned oats
  • 1/2 cup each of milk and water
  • splash of vanilla and ALMOND extract!
  • cinnamon
  • sliced banana
  • toasted coconut and almonds
  • 4 dried apricots
  • drizzle of sugar-free syrup



The addition of the almond extract was SUCH a delight – I only used about 4 drops but I could definitely taste it!


Of course, I portioned out my oatmeal, toasted my almonds and coconut, cut up my fruit and measured out my milk and water last night!


This was awesome!! Such a unique blend of flavors – I could taste each and every one. I loved the addition of the almond extract too, I’m thinking about adding in some sugar-free coconut syrup at some point!

For lunch I packed:


I squeezed some leftover Corona limes over the fruit salad so the apples and bananas wouldn’t turn brown – worked like a charm!


Here’s a random fact about me: I love cutting corn off the cob to eat it. I love it even more when the corn stays in whole strips! I don’t know why…I just do! I like to eat the strips whole too, instead of breaking them all up…random!





It’s supposed to stay beautiful for the whole day, so I’m hoping I can get out at lunch time to take a walk! Crossing my fingers!

On Exercise:

I’ve been thinking lately that I need to get on some sort of work out schedule instead of just randomly running 3-4 times a week. In general I do better and am more consistent when I have a something that tells me exactly what I should be doing each day in the exercise department. Something that I can mentally “check off” for the day.

Last week, my friend asked me for the half-marathon training schedule I used last year and I thought, BINGO! While I may not have my sights set on running another half-marathon at the moment, the schedule seems like a perfect way to keep myself on track. The one I used last year, and what I’ll be using again, is the Hal Higdon half marathon schedule. This is incredible easy to alter in order to accommodate your schedule, your fitness level, etc – and is 12 weeks long. PERFECT!!! 

Speaking of altering to accommodate schedules – I will be running Saturday and Sunday’s distances, today and Friday, because I have some prior engagements that won’t be allowing me to run this weekend. So today, according to the training schedule/level that I chose – I’ll be completing Sunday’s 5 mile run! I think the program is more about total distance run per week and maintaining a consistent level of activity, than following the schedule exactly to a T. Last summer I was super busy and out of town a lot, so I had to modify the schedule a lot – and my half marathon turned out fine! Here’s what’s on tap for the rest of the week:

  • Monday: 5 mile run
  • Tuesday: 3 mile run (may bump that up to 4)
  • Wednesday: 5×400 5K pace (may bump this up to 10×400)
  • Thursday: 3 mile run + strength
  • Friday: 3 mile run
  • Saturday: rest
  • Sunday: strength

I’m planning on doing my Jillian Michaels Shred DVD for strength. Here’s to a great 12 weeks!

Do you guys like being on a training program/schedule to be held accountable for your fitness and workouts? Or, do you prefer to go at it alone and at your own pace?