Cardio Hodgepodge and a Bowl of Pumpkin Fun

Before going to bed last night I planned on going to my normal Thursday spinning class when I woke up in the morning.

When the alarm went off, I just wasn’t feelin’ it. I love the instructor who teaches spinning at my gym on Thursday, but I was not in the mood to spend 45 minutes on a bike.

What workout do you do when you’re just not in the mood?

A mindset like mine called for a cardio hodgepodge workout! My random cardio workout ended up like this:

  • 10 min. stair master
  • 10 min. run
  • 10 min. incline walking
  • 20 min. elliptical

This workout made me sweat and kept me entertained (as did the Cooking Light I read while on the elliptical).


Breakfast this morning was oh-so-filling. I prepared a bowl of Flax Z Snax butter pecan hot cereal and added 1/4 cup of pumpkin, sweetener and a handful of South Beach Living chocolate-covered soy nuts.


Butter Pecan Hot Cereal and Pumpkin


Lovin' That Chocolate!

My belly is full of warm pumpkiny tastiness.

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Thursday's Breakfast

Mmm, mmm good!

Flax Hot Cereal and a Family Fun Run

Today began with a family fun run! Ryan and I leashed up the pup for a 5 mile run at 5:45 this morning.

ryan and sadie

Ready to Run!

Sadie was awfully chipper and kicked our sleepy lil’ butts. I think she could have easily run double the distance. What a champ.

kisses for sadie

Kisses for Our Star Runner

The run was great and I loved having Ryan along to keep me company (and make sure I was okay when I fell on my butt… stupid bumpy brick streets!). Though it was dark when we set out, the sun was up by the time we were done. I am loving the time change!

julie and sadie

Sweaty Smiles

Running always revs up my appetite for the rest of the day, so I prepared a bowl of hot cereal. I ordered butter pecan Flax Z Snax cereal from and was anxious to try it!

flax hot cereal

Butter Pecan Hot Cereal

To make the cereal, I just added hot water and let it sit for approximately 2 minutes. Of course I added a scoop of peanut butter for some creaminess and a few chocolate chips for sweetness.

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Peanut Butter and Chocolate Chips!

This was a winning combination! I expected it to taste like oatmeal but it didn’t quite have the same consistency or flavor. It was thick and creamy, but smoother than oats. Very tasty!

The Proposal

After our yummy lobster ravioli dinner last night, Ryan and I watched The Proposal. Great movie! We both really like Ryan Reynolds (Ryan has a man-crush on him & I just have a plain old crush) and think Sandra Bullock is hilarious. The movie was very funny and also very sweet. Great recommendation, Mama!