The Fog Has Lifted


Well, the fog has lifted. The sickness fog, that is! :) I woke up this morning feeling semi back to normal, and more importantly, well enough to finally hit the gym! I still wanted to take it easy on cardio (lungs and nose aren’t 100% yet) so I¬†completed a 30 minute Total Body Workout which incorporated the following circuit:

  • 1 arm weight lifting circuit
  • 15 lunges each leg, holding 8lb weights in each hand
  • 15 squats, holding a 12lb weight
  • 30 second wall sit
  • 30 crunches with legs bent at 90 degrees
  • 30 bicycle crunches

Repeat the circuit 3 times. This took me exactly 30 minutes, then I hopped over to the treadmill where I walked at 3.5mph and 3% incline for 15 minutes.

WHEW! It felt so good to get back in the gym, get my heart rate up and generally stop feeling so bleh. I’m a firm believer that not working out regularly makes you feel bleh anyways, so to add bleh to bleh = not good. Know what I mean? ;) Plus this workout, while not cardio intensive, kicked butt! My thighs are like jello¬†right now.

I think I’m going to try and get back down to the gym during lunch for a short walk. I definitely think that overdoing it while you’re sick is an invitation to wear your weary body down even more, but I’m coming out of the “fog” and I think light exercise is o.k. at this point. Can’t wait to get a good run in, though! In time… :)

Well I’m still riding the baked oatmeal train for breakfast – today I made Baked Banana & Almond Butter Oatmeal!


In the mix:

  • 1/2 cup old fashioned oats
  • 1 banana (half mashed, half sliced)
  • 3/4 cup unsweetened vanilla almond breeze
  • cinnamon
  • almond butter


Mix oats, mashed banana, almond breeze and cinnamon. Bake at 375 degrees for 10 minutes. Slice other half of banana on top, drizzle with almond butter and bake for 10 more minutes.


I just literally can’t get enough almond butter and bananas! The combo, like yogurt and bananas, is classic. The best. :D You’ve GOT to try this!


For lunch I packed some Mexican Tofu & Rice Slow Cooker Soup leftovers.


I can’t believe I waited this long to incorporate more tofu into my life. I’ve read articles before about the negative effects of too much soy in one’s diet – but like in most cases, when consumed in moderation, I think I’ll be just fine!


Plus I already have another idea for the leftover tofu cubes in my fridge. :) But, oh right, the soup! Again, really unique and worth a try, I think!


Time to buckle down, start my little space heater (the wind chill is -9!) and get to work. Have a great day everyone!


It’s take yo’ pick of question day!

What’s your favorite nut butter?

Do you take it easy on your workouts when you’re sick?

What’s your favorite soup?

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  1. Glad you are feeling better! My favorite nut butter is peanut butter!! :)

  2. I usually try to hit the gym when I’m sick, but it depends on how sick I am. If I just have a simple cold, workouts usually make me feel better! And if I need to, I’ll tone down the workout based on how my body feels. If I had the flu, obviously, I wouldn’t be trying to work out.

  3. Maura 01.26.2010

    Favorite soup would definitely have to be homemade chicken noodle. Esp, the recipe that you posted! I tried it out and it was a hit!

  4. So glad you’re feeling better! I’m a PB gal all the way :)

  5. My favorite nut butter is a tie between almond and sunflower seed (which I guess isn’t really a “nut” butter!)

    I think workouts can help you get better! That is, if it’s a minor sickness

  6. Almond butter is my FAVE. I take it very easy when sick on workouts….i.e. NONE. And I just made and posted one of my favorite soups this morning! Vegetable Beef. So easy and delicious!

  7. Glad you were feeling well enough to hit up the gym! I definitely take it easy on my workouts when I’m sick. If I have a cold in my chest I don’t work out at all. But if it’s in my head I walk or ride the bike as opposed to running.

  8. Darci 01.26.2010

    i have been sticking w/PB2 lately, i like the lower fat/cal content!

    And i cannot wait to try the baked oatmeal. that combo is my FAV and eat it most days of the week. thanks for the idea!

  9. Sarah 01.26.2010

    I’m excited to try making my next batch of tortilla soup with tofu! And, almond butter + bananas = heaven!

  10. Run Sarah 01.26.2010

    Your baked oats look amazing!! I love the feeling of a good workout when recovering from an illness – so satisfying!

  11. Jessica 01.26.2010

    I am a peanut butter girl!
    Low key workouts when I am sick.
    Tomato soup has always been my fav :)

  12. I love my space heater!! It runs all day long.. Everyone at work makes fun of me haha

  13. My favorite nut butter is def peanut butter-I like to eat it right out of the jar! My favorite soup would be chicken noodle or italian wedding soup-both are yummy!

  14. Sara 01.26.2010

    Glad you’re feeling better! Peanut butter is my all time favorite nut-butter. I could eat it every day…multiple times a day. :)

  15. Evan Thomas 01.26.2010

    Mighty Maple by PB&Co. Is AMAZING. Def a favorite

  16. Julie S. 01.26.2010

    I always try to get a workout in unless I’m REALLY REALLY sick ‘cuz I agree that 99% of the time it’s going to make you feel better, not worse.

  17. *Andrea* 01.26.2010

    yum those oats looks AMAZING!!!! i haven’t tried the baking method yet but now i will for sure!

  18. I must say, you can’t go wrong with peanut butter. I only other butter I have tried is almond butter. I need to venture out more.
    The baked oatmeal looks so great!

  19. Glad your feeling better!

  20. Tay 01.26.2010

    Fave is definitely sunflower seed butter! Yummm. Glad you’re feelin better lady!! And got a workout in at that :-)

  21. Julie 01.26.2010

    My favorite nut butter is good old fashioned peanut butter!

  22. I love all soups, I think I could eat soup every day and not get sick of it! As of late, my favorite soup is this butternut squash one:

    So healthy and easy!

  23. I want your breakfast so badly! As soon as I get home this weekend, I’m cooking me up some of that, it looks DIVINE!!
    Can’t wait to hear more tofu recipes from you, I’ve just got into the stuff :)
    Have a great day!

  24. Susan 01.26.2010

    I am SO baking oatmeal this weekend!

    To answer your questions:
    1. Almond butter has my heart.
    2. I take it easy on my workouts even when I’m not sick!
    3. And right now I’m digging lentil soup!

  25. Ashley 01.26.2010

    My Mom’s homemade chicken noodle soup wins hands down. Also, there is an amazing carrot soup down the street from me, it’s like a thicky carrot soup, but only lightly tasting of cream, it’s delicious.

  26. I feel blah when I feel sick and when I don’t workout so combining the two really sucks like right now. But I do believe that once I stop the hacking cough I’ll be back to the gym just to walk a little and do some PT exercises. I think light exercise gets my body back into the feel good rhythm.

    Glad you are feeling better.

  27. Holly 01.26.2010

    gah, i need to buy a space heater for under my desk. it would make my day so much more pleasant :)

    fave nut butter…of the moment: east wind peanut butter (smooth, no salt, roasted)

    fave soup…of the moment: black bean or lentil!

  28. So fun that we made the same breakfast this morning! I am so addicted to baked oatmeal!! Yum!!

    1. I am so in love with Naturally More PB right now! I really also love Barney Butter (almond) but it’s hard for me to find around here :(
    2. I am BAD about still running when I’m sick!! But, I usually don’t get really sick (like throwing up or anything) so I usually tough it out and keep on trucking with my runs!!
    3. Tomato is my favorite soup of all time!!

  29. Daniela 01.26.2010

    Used to be a huge peanut butter girl til I discovered I was allergic to it! (at 18? who knew..) Favorite soup would have to be minestrone, esp. w/ a little parmesan sprinkled on top! YUMM!

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  31. Susie 01.26.2010

    Love almond butter, (natural) peanut butter, and also cashew butter … mmm … cashews. Iowa Girl, have you tried steel cut oats? I *LIVE* on them. Once you go steel cut, you never go back. They are perfect for your slow cooker, but I don’t have one, so I use my oven. Here’s my recipe:
    Heat oven to 350. Mix 1 1/4 c. steel cut oats and 1/4 c. dried cranberries in a baking pyrex. Add 5 c. boiling water, then stick it in the oven. Bake about 35 minutes. When it cools (it’ll thicken), spoon into 6 containers w/ lids and refrigerate. Every morning, take one out, dump it into a bowl, and add 1 tblsp. chopped walnuts or pecans, 3 tblsp. skim (or soy or almond) milk, 1 tsp. maple syrup, and a dash of cinnamon. Microwave for 1 minute, then stir. Add 1/2 c. blueberries (fresh, or thawed frozen ones). Microwave for another minute. It is the best breakfast ever.

  32. Jenna 01.26.2010

    Holy yum! Baked oatmeal looks fab! I must try it :)

  33. Grace 01.27.2010

    That Bourdain article made me laugh out loud. My parents gave me his book, Kitchen Confidential, for christmas. Haven’t opened it yet, but now I’m going to start it tonight.

  34. BroccoliHut 01.27.2010

    Favorite nut butter? That’s like choosing a favorite child! It’s a three-way tie among Sunbutter, PB, and almond butter.

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  36. Brieanne 07.18.2010

    Trader joes has a new flaxseed crunchy almondbutter that I CANNOT have in my fridge 24/7 otherwise I’d eat the entire jar in one sitting! What’s better than sea salt & chunky almonds?? It’s nutty bliss if you ask me…

  37. Kristi Bussell 01.23.2014

    I did this workout yesterday and am SO sore today! Thanks for such a great routine!

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