Good morning!

Thought I’d take a break from re-capping to catch up with you all! :)

I’m feeling a wee bit zipped up this morning, as I drank my a.m. coffee on an empty stomach, while getting ready, instead of with breakfast. Muwahaha!


It’s no Italian cappuccino with thick, frothy milk, but it’ll do. Btw, the coffee bars in Italy only serve one size of drink (unless you get an espresso shot.) I think it was a 12oz’er. No tall, grande or venti options – one size fits all!


In other news, I left for 10 days and all of the sudden the sun doesn’t come up until 7:30am, or something ridiculous like that. I can’t believe it’s time to usher in breakfast pictures under the oven light – Fall is definitely here!

I broke out my Autumn colored placemat to mark the occasion, using it as a backdrop for my delectable bowl of Kashi Honey Almond Flax Cereal.


That’s a serving of insanely crunchy (seriously I thought I chipped a molar when I was snacking on it last night!) Kashi Honey Almond Flax cereal, a sliced banana and Unsweetened Vanilla Almond Breeze.


Perhaps my most favorite fruit/milk/cereal combo?!


Eating a banana with milk always reminds me of my Grandpa. He had it for breakfast every morning for as long as I can remember. :)


I have a very picnic-esque lunch today.


That’s a turkey, cheddar & spicy dijon mustard sammy, 

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a juicy nectarine (so often overlooked in favor of peaches, no?)


and a Tropical Fruit Tart Larabar!


Autumn, Autumn, Autumn!


In other news, I’m feeling doughy. My arms are squishy and my cheeks are puffy.

My vacation motto has always been, fittingly, when in Rome. When I’m in a new place with local cuisine I can’t get anywhere else, I dig in. Calories can be burned off, but the memory of buttery seafood is forever.

As I’ve tried to get my life back in order over the past two days, I’ve realized even more how important meal planning is. I didn’t get a chance to go grocery shopping until just last night, which meant dinners of a cupcake and salt & vinegar chips on Monday, and cereal and pretzels last night. No healthy meal options on hand = hard to get back into a healthy eating routine.

Well, the rest of the week’s meals have been planned, groceries have been bought and operation Back on the Bandwagon begins today. Starting with my protein & fruit filled breakfast, light yet filling lunch and a dinner revolving around some roasty, golden veggies – mmmm, I can smell them now!

If the rain holds out, I’m hoping to go for a run this afternoon too. It shouldn’t be too hard to get back in the game, as we walked, hiked and climbed our way through Italy for 10 whole days. I think my thighs might be more toned then before I left! ;)

Wish me luck and happy hump day!


Are you like me with a when in Rome” philosophy towards food while on vacation? Or do you prefer to stick to your normal eating habits as much as possible?