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Random Cravings

Good morning! I was up before the sun this morning to make sure I could fit in a blog update before I tackle my busy day. I love the quietness of early morning hours. It’s one of my favorite times to get writing/reading work done. I also love sunrise runs and hope to get back into those once the mornings get a bit warmer.

I woke up starving. The first thing I wanted was a bagel with cream cheese. And then I thought sushi sounded good. I think I need to combine the two later and have a sushi roll that includes cream cheese! Does anyone else ever have random cravings like this? I usually don’t – well at least not for food like sushi at 6 in the morning!

I did the responsible thing and made oatmeal instead of going out to buy bagels or being weird and eating sushi for breakfast. (I don’t even think you can buy sushi at 6 a.m….if you can I don’t think I would want it because it means it’s leftover from the previous day and that’s gross.) I wasn’t really in the mood for oatmeal so I tried to get creative with the mix.

In the pot…

Oat bran
Chia seeds
Dried cranberries
Sliced banana

On top…

Crofter’s Superfruit Spread
Almond butter
A sprinkling of pumpkin banana bread

I think it’s safe to say that this should get me through my morning.

Backing up to Tuesday now. I was nonstop from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. I taught three yoga classes and two yoga privates. By the time I arrived home after my last class, I couldn’t even stand anymore. My feet literally hurt!

I had a short break between my morning classes/clients and my afternoon commitments so I came home to blog, answer emails and eat lunch. I hoped to get a run in too but I was seriously lacking motivation and my inbox was overflowing. I did manage to make a pretty incredible salad with all sorts of random deliciousness from the fridge. Leftover tempeh with Island Soyaki Sauce, avocado, toasted pecans, goat cheese, carrots, apples, dried cranberries, mixed greens and spinach.

Since I blew off my morning run, I rushed home on an hour long break before teaching my last class and fit in a 25 minute run with Sullie. My body felt pretty lethargic yesterday and the run was a struggle but I was happy to get in a little bit of fresh air and exercise. Dinner after my last class of the day was balsamic roasted brussels sprouts with parmesan cheese, roasted sweet potatoes, millet and roasted chickpeas.

And then I ate two of Mama Pea’s no-bake cookies. Perfect end to the day.

Have an amazing day!

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  • Dominique February 8, 2012, 8:04 am

    Great job fitting the run in. I had a similar problem Monday and ended up rushing out for a quick 5k before your hot yoga class. I wanted to thank you for your continued posting about overnight oats. I’ve been making them for my boyfriend every night this week, and every morning I get a sweet thank you. Your recipe is wonderful!

    • Jen February 8, 2012, 4:45 pm

      dominique – that’s awesome that you were able to fit in a run before class! i’m happy to hear that you are enjoying overnight oats. it’s so nice to have breakfast ready and waiting in the morning!

  • Brittany (Healthy Slice of Life) February 8, 2012, 8:09 am

    I could eat sushi for breakfast… or anytime really 🙂
    Have a fabulous day!

  • melissa February 8, 2012, 8:19 am

    How about Nova lox and cream cheese on toast/bagel?

    • Jen February 8, 2012, 4:45 pm

      LOVE that combo! need to pick up some smoked salmon.

  • Matt @ The Athlete's Plate February 8, 2012, 8:29 am

    Those brussel sprouts look so good. I need to try them with parm!

    • Jen February 8, 2012, 4:46 pm

      everything is better with a sprinkle of cheese! 🙂

  • Holly February 8, 2012, 8:38 am

    Ah! Your meals look all so good!

    If you really want a bagel, Panera is offering free bagel with the purchase of a coffee on Thursday for National Bagel Day 🙂

    • Jen February 8, 2012, 4:45 pm

      oh…thanks for the head’s up! i’ll stop by there tomorrow.

  • Winifred February 8, 2012, 8:43 am

    I love to eat microwave popcorn for breakfast on the weekends when I have some time to lounge. My mom does the same thing!!!

    I’d love to be a pre-sunrise running buddy for you when it starts to warm up a bit in the mornings. Have a wonderful Wednesday!

    • Jen February 8, 2012, 4:47 pm

      haha – that’s a random but fun!

      maybe we can set up a weekly early AM running date this spring/summer.

  • Cassie February 8, 2012, 9:05 am

    Just thought you should know…I was listening to the radio a few days and they were talking about an interview they had read with a nutritionist. They were counting down the top 5 most nutritious and best foods for breakfast. And guess what was #1?? SUSHI!! Apparently, sushi has the perfect combination of protein, carbs, and fat. So, I say go for it!!

    • Jen February 8, 2012, 4:47 pm

      that is amazing! and so random!

  • Jeremy February 8, 2012, 9:29 am

    I love following your posts. From the wonderful smile, to the lively spirit, to the…ok…the FOOD:) LOL!! Wishing you an awesome day.

    • Jen February 8, 2012, 4:48 pm

      thanks so much for reading! hope you’re having a good day too!

  • Courtney @ Fitness With A Fork February 8, 2012, 10:24 am

    I was starving last night around midnight and made myself go to sleep, so I was definitely looking forward to breakfast this morning! I made an omelette with 1 egg, 2 egg whites, fresh spinach, fresh tomatoes and some cheese; with fresh strawberries and clementines on the side. So yummy! Question, do you mind if i borrow that quote/picture to share? I just love it! Hope you have a great day and get some time to RELAX! 🙂

    • Jen February 8, 2012, 4:49 pm

      i love that omelet combination. yum!

      i got the quote from pinterest so share away! 🙂

  • natalie February 8, 2012, 10:54 am

    I could eat sushi, any time of the day. In fact, its been on my brain since I read an article about a local spot making an ‘avocado bomb’ – an avocado filled with “chopped rice noodle, scallion and tempura battered shrimp held together with spicy tuna so tender it resembles a paste; drizzled with sweet teriyaki and a spicy orange glaze” – um, DROOL.

    Glad you were able to get that run in!!!!

    • Jen February 8, 2012, 4:50 pm

      uhhhhh….that sounds ridiculously amazing.

  • Marge February 8, 2012, 10:54 am

    I just wanted to take a moment to thank you for what you do! I’ve been following both your blogs for awhile now and continue to be amazed at your energy level and encouragment.

    May I ask: How do you maintain your energy level? Was there ever a time when you struggled with it?

    Thanks again! Your posts make me smile every single day!

    • Jen February 8, 2012, 4:51 pm

      marge – thank you so much for your comment and for the kind words about my blogs! it’s so nice to hear that they are enjoyed.

      regarding my energy level…i think it helps that i focus most of my energy on doing things that i love. also, i’ve just always been a really “go, go, go” person. i could actually learn to slow down a bit more! 😉

      • Marge February 9, 2012, 11:29 am

        Hey! Thanks so much for replying. I have been really working on my energy level lately as I have a complete lack of it, so am always looking for inspiration from others so find more energy.

        Thanks again for all you do! Take care…

  • Julia February 8, 2012, 10:57 am

    That’s why I love the Philadelphia roll- salmon, cream cheese and avacado!

    • Jen February 8, 2012, 4:56 pm

      it’s one of my all-time faves too!

  • Diana February 8, 2012, 1:29 pm

    I wake up with sushi cravings all. the. time! And occasionally on the weekends…I indulge in sushi for breakfast. Weird? Maybe. Delicious/worth it? Definitely!

    • Jen February 8, 2012, 4:56 pm

      haha…glad i’m not alone and i love that you give into it on the weekends sometimes. sounds like the perfect weekend treat to me!

  • Sherri (@ThisLittleLambe) February 8, 2012, 1:59 pm

    Hey Jen, wondering how you get private clients? Are they just students that attend your classes?

    • Jen February 8, 2012, 4:58 pm

      the private clients that i have are through the club where i personal train. most of them are busy professionals whose doctors have recommended yoga for health benefits but they don’t have time to attend the normal classes and want more one-on-one work.

  • Sierra @ Posh Meets Pavement February 8, 2012, 2:26 pm

    I love all the toppings in the breakfast and lunch. RIght now I have sliced almonds and amazing peanut butter in my cupboard and I am always looking for meals and snacks to use them as toppings. I have had a sushi craving for weeks, but my husband doesn’t share the sentiment. I may have to do whole foods for lunch and get something there.

    • Jen February 8, 2012, 4:59 pm

      i’m all about finding random toppings for everything…quinoa bowls, oatmeal, greek yogurt…you name it!

      i love whole foods sushi! you should definitely give into that craving! 🙂

  • Kim February 8, 2012, 3:16 pm

    Thanks for your inspiring quotes. They brighten my day!

    • Jen February 8, 2012, 4:59 pm

      you are so welcome! 😀

  • Tiff February 8, 2012, 4:11 pm

    Sushi is one food I rarely crave, but when I do, it’s a strong and awkwardly timed craving.

    • Jen February 8, 2012, 5:02 pm

      i think it’s because you can’t easily make it at home…it’s a “special occasion” food.

  • Allison February 8, 2012, 6:07 pm

    That is an amazing quote at the end of your post! I want to print it out and hang it in my office! Have a great night Jen!

    • Jen February 9, 2012, 9:07 am

      yes! i love hanging stuff like this in my workspace. so motivational!

  • Emily February 8, 2012, 6:55 pm

    Early mornings are the best for blogging! Love your blog and your never-ending ideas for spicing up oatmeal 🙂

    • Jen February 9, 2012, 9:07 am

      thank you for reading and for your comment!

  • Sophie February 8, 2012, 7:11 pm

    Jen – Love the quote at the end. I just printed it and am going to put it on my bulletin board at work! Thanks for the inspiration, as usual!

    • Jen February 9, 2012, 9:07 am

      you’re welcome! so happy to share it!

  • Michelle D February 8, 2012, 9:26 pm

    Last night my dinner was….wait for it…wait for it…roasted brussel sprouts, sweet potatoes and garlic in evoo, sea salt and pepper mixed with a hearty portion of quinoa. 🙂 Finished with a scrumptious chunk of dark chocolate. 🙂

    • Jen February 9, 2012, 9:06 am

      yes! right up my alley. and the dark chocolate sounds like the perfect finish to the meal!

  • pamela February 8, 2012, 9:34 pm

    Kudos to you for craving bagels and going with oatmeal. I don’t get bagel cravings that often, but when I do … watch out cream cheese!!

    Thank you so much for all the positive energy. You are so amazing. Sending so much back your way!! I have become a believer in the Law of Attraction. Whatever you send out comes right back at you so I know so much good is on its way into your life as you have brought so much joy to all who read your blog.

    Thanks for the inspiration – we are traveling in Florida now (hello legoland) and our only dining option was Outback. I am a vegetarian and was tempted to just eat crap instead of steak, but I went with broccoli and a sweet potato thanks to you. (Oh and a glass of wine:)

    • Jen February 9, 2012, 9:05 am

      i know. i think i was craving the cream cheese more than the bagel!

      thank you for your comment. i really appreciate the kind words. and yes, the law of attraction is powerful. what you give your energy and attention to is what flourishes in your life. i am happy to share my energy and passion with you all every day.

      it can be difficult at restaurants like outback to make nutritious choices when there is so much else to tempt you but it sounds like you had the perfect balance with your dinner + wine!

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