Monday, August 23, 2010

Smiling in the Morning

Are you a morning person? 

I am.  I'm actually a very bad night person, but the mornings are when I do my best work.  I wake up with little trouble most days, I feel like I have my best workouts and runs when they are done before the sun comes up, and I'm usually very happy and upbeat as I prepare my breakfast. 

Maybe it's because breakfast just makes me so happy, but either way, how could you not smile over a bowl like this?

Chocolate Covered Raspberry Overnight Oats

  • 1/4 Cup Scottish Oats
  • 1 Raspberry Chobani
  • 1 tsp Flax
  • 1 tsp Chia
  • 1/2 Ripe Banana
AM Add-ins-
  • Raspberries, Blueberries, 1/2 Banana
  • Vanilla Almond Granola
  • 1 tsp Chocolate Almond Butter, melted
I believe overnight oats are my new favorite breakfast. Well, not sure how long this statement will last, because pumpkin season is right around the corner, and you know how I feel about pumpkin oatmeal!! 

But for now, I will enjoy the refreshing feel of cold oats, iced coffee, and juicy grapefruit.  Yes, this is my favorite in the present day. 

My chipperness lasted well into the morning.  I was doing some filming today for a webinar that I am creating so I needed to look visually appealing to a younger audience.  

Flirty skirts always make me feel young at heart. 

I didn't have much time in between tasks for lunch, so it's a very good thing leftover Gazpacho is quick and easy to consume in a reasonably short amount of time. 

By the way, someone asked me what that pink stuff is in my cup with lunch.  The answer to this is Sparkling Mineral Water with a splash of POM juice.  Lunch is always more fun with bubbles. 

This Monday flew right by and before I knew it, work was over and I was starting the week off with some strength work. 


  • 2 miles on treadmill (1/2 mile intervals of sprints/hill speed walking)
  • 12 x 3 overhead press, 40 lbs
  • 25 jumping jacks
  • 12 x 3 bench press, 40 lbs
  • 25 jumping jacks
  • 12 x 3 seated lat pull down, 50lbs
  • 25 jumping jacks
  • 12 x 3 bicep curls, 30 lbs
  • 25 jumping jacks
  • 5 min stationary bike
A whole 40 min workout and quite involved.  Apparently, I had a thing for the jumping jacks tonight. 

I was so hungry when I got done.  Lunch was eaten earlier than normal and I realized it had been way to long since I had last consumed food. 

I didn't waste a moment to start on dinner and tonight, it was on of my favorites. 

Baked Feta Shrimp 

My mom used to make Shrimp Creole when I was little and I LOVED it.  This dish sort of reminds me of that, only, I've added a few of my own touches with eggplant and zucchini, feta cheese, and white wine in the sauce. 

I served my shrimp stew over a bed of steamed broccoli as seen above. 

There was just about 2 sips of wine left in the bottle.  Obviously, this could not be wasted and made a great little addition to the meal. 

As did the huge hunk of Cibatta with pesto.  Bread, Wine, Vegetables in a Spicy, Salty Tomato sauce.  And this could quite possibly be my favorite meal. 

See why I have so many reasons to be happy, not only in the morning, but all day?  Yes, food and cooking make me very happy, but I have countless other reasons in my life to feel joyful.  I think the key is just remembering these things on a daily basis and learning to appreciate them so much more than I already do.  Try it sometime.  I bet you will be smiling tomorrow morning too! 

Goodnight loves! 



  1. I am totally a morning person. I like AM workouts and I am most productive work wise in the morning too! Great bowl of oats. I am SO sad summer is coming to a close. The only thing keeping my head up is pumpkin and squash :) CUTE outfit. And beautiful dinner. I just had dinner with a friend and was discussing how since becoming a total veg the only thing I miss is shrimp and crab!

  2. I love mornings too, especially for a nice relaxing run to start my day off right!

  3. Heck yeah I am a morning person! I am in bed by 10:00 every night ;)

  4. I'm neither a morning person nor a night person. I'm at my best somewhere around noon. I dont know when it changed because I was a morning person when I was younger...

    I love the skirt btw :) HUGS!

  5. i'm a morning person as well! probably has something to do with COFFEE, and the fact that breakfast is my favorite meal of the day.

    youre rockin that skirt, lady!

  6. I'm definitely a morning person too...from what I see on the blog world, it seems like most of us are!! A delicious breakfast is always the best reason to get out of bed, too :) Hope you've had a great start to your week!

  7. wow baked feta shrimp sounds OUT of this world! and i am totally a morning person too...unless i've stayed up too late the night before :)

  8. I am trying to become a morning person...I am nannying at 8am and I need to get some pep into my morning routine. Goodness sure looked cute today. I loved your outfit! A good outfit and a good breakfast can be a great start to the day!

  9. I am totally a morning person. My idea of sleeping in is 7am :) I don't know what it is but once the sun is up, I like to be up a starting my day (usually with a workout). LOVE the skirt!

  10. just caught up on a bunch of posts - you just are too dang cute! i love your optimistic outlook. this post put me in a good mood this morning as i am eating breakfast and drinking coffee myself. i would say i am an inbetween person - i don't do late nights but i don't do super early mornings. an ideal night would be bed by 10pm and up at 8am...10 hours of sleep will do ya good :)

  11. When I used to work full time, I was up by 4:30 every day, at the gym until 6 and I was SO much more productive at work, I loved it! I'm still a morning person, as I tell my husband it's the only time of day the 3 kiddies are still sleeping and the house is calm and quiet. I'm no longer an AM workout person though, working out at night helps relax me and I sleep a lot better.

    I have yet to try overnight oats, but yours look so good, I may have to!!


  12. Hey Girlie,
    I have been reading your blog for so long and honestly don't think I have ever commented (how RUDE!). I absolutely adore you and your blog - I promise to be a good commenter from now on!!

    I want to be more of a morning person - but for some reason I have troubles falling asleep at night - I think it's because I normally do my work outs at night! I think I should switch it up and start working out in the mornings!!

  13. I didn't used to be a morning person, but now when I wake up I just want to get up and start the day!

    LOVE that skirt. Flirty skirts make me happy, too! As does that baked shrimp. Shrimp, feta + tomatoes is always a winning combo.

    Hope you're having a great day!

  14. I'm totally a morning person. Most days I practically jump out of bed in the morning!

    That overnight oat combo sounds delicious! :)

  15. I'm definitely a morning person! I'd rather wake up before the sun to get things done than stay up late to do work. I'm so much more productive in the morning!