Monthly Archives: September 2013

Email Excitement

Happy Friday!

This week has gone by in a flash! And this morning came far too quickly as I wanted to get in a little workout before my day began extra early. This meant being at the gym right at 5 and being home by 6 to make it into work an hour early. But I was a champ and made it into work by 7 so I can get to Katie & Jesse’s wedding rehearsal by 5:15 tonight lookin’ all glam and stuff.


Since my workout needed to be quick, I wanted to keep it super focused and movin’ along. So I started with 15 minutes on the treadmill. I only made it to 1.25 miles…I was dragging my feet for sure, but it got my body warm and I was sweating! I then completed a quick circuit of chest presses, lat pull downs, seated dips, rows, and bicep curls. I need my arms to look good in my bridesmaid dress this weekend! I finished off the workout with 20 minutes on the Elliptical before rushing home.


Breakfast was another batch of Butterscotch Overnight Oats like yesterday, but I actually took time to prepare them last night.

photo(110)They got SUPER thick when I let the mix sit for 8 hours overnight, so I added 1/4 cup more almond milk this morning to soften it all up. I figured this would happen with the pudding mix being involved – so be warned. You’ll need some extra milk fo sho!

I also had a Greek yogurt on the side for extra protein to last me through the morning.

Emails, Emails, Emails!

This morning has been an awesome morning for EMAILS! You know all the annoying emails you get sent to your personal address daily? They usually come from stores you’ve shopped at, websites you’ve visited, etc. I typically spend about 5 minutes each morning clearing all the crap out of my inbox. But this morning my inbox was full of exciting things that I actually wanted to read!

First off, I got this email about the Diva Dash 5K coming to Springfield!

Screen Shot 2013-09-27 at 11.09.41 AMI went a little overboard and immediately forwarded this to all my girlfriends and my entire Jazzercise instructor database. Yes, I’m signing up. Yes, I’m dragging all my gal pals along. And yes, we will be wearing tutus on December 7th!

My second exciting email came in the form of something that is forbidden to me…

Screen Shot 2013-09-27 at 11.09.03 AMAndy’s Frozen Custard.

Pumpkin Pie Concretes are back as of TODAY!! Holy smokes, I am thrilled about this one! Since I’m super lactose intolerant when it comes to ice cream goodies, I never let myself indulge in the sweet stuff. Lactaid pills can’t touch a big bowl of ice cream in my stomach, so I just have to go without. But this is one ice cream item that I absolutely cannot go without each year. As soon as the wedding is over (and my fitted bridesmaid dress is put away in the closet!), Nick and I will be making an Andy’s run asap. Yes, I’ll get a stomach ache and hate myself for a day or 2. But the Pumpkin Pie Concrete is completely worth it.

My third exciting email actually nailed down what I will be doing for my birthday this year: going to see White Christmas the musical!

whitechristmas_02I’m so stinking excited for this! The broadway show is coming Juanita K. Hammons Hall on MSU’s campus November 1-2. My birthday is November 1, and I love this musical! So plans will be easy peasy this year! Tickets go on sale Oct. 4, so I’m hoping to get Nick and my mom and dad to tag along for the evening. Can’t wait!

I thought the email excitement was over until I just receive one more about 1/2 price massages at my normal massage place here in Springfield, which I absolutely love but have been avoiding due to money. PEACE thru Massage is hosting the deal through 417 Magazine – $22 for an hour long massage! So if you’re in Springfield and are looking for a great massage, check it out! I will be purchasing mine asap. 🙂

Whew, I’m worn out and it’s barely noon. I’ll be leaving work early today to get home and fancied up before the wedding rehearsal! My girlfriend Katie has been glowing every time I’ve seen her lately, so I can’t wait to see her and her groom tonight. We are doing a ceremony run through at the park before heading to a different venue for the meal, which is where Nick will be meeting me. Should be a fun night!

Enjoy your Friday and send good thoughts our way…the forecast is looking gloomy for the weekend, and this outdoor wedding needs some good weather!

See you all later!

Almond Butter Attack

Hello! We’re done with the Thursday work day. Hooray! And now for something funny…

photo(109)Haha I saw this pug on Pinterest today and could not resist sharing it with you. I feel bad for the chunky pug but I can’t help but laugh! Aren’t tiny dogs the best??


Lunch today was pretty normal but did not come together supa fast because I was lazy last night. So I put together a green salad with lotsa veggies as soon as I got home and topped it with the last little bit of Catalina dressing that I could scrape out of the bottle.

photo(108)I then was craving some weird/random combo of savory and tangy. So I threw together a mix of red onions, some tuna, and some cottage cheese.

photo(105)Looks kinda unappealing right? Well I added some sweet & spicy mustard and mixed it all up, which made it even more appetizing.

photo(107)Mmmmm mmmm tasty. It looks even yummier close up.

photo(106)Haha, ok, I’m obvously being sarcastic, but it did taste great and had lots of protein to cure a grumbly tummy.

My lunch was relatively light until I remembered the jar of almond butter I received yesterday, and I had an almond butter attack!

IMG_1969I proceeded to eat about 5-6 spoonfuls of the stuff leaving my stomach overly stuffed and satisfied. Ughhh, I don’t think I’ll be ready to eat again until after Jazzercise tonight.

I tend to have to hide the nut butters from myself in my kitchen (Nick puts them up out of my reach), and this almond butter will be no different. Yes, I know nut butters are healthy, especially for someone that is active like myself. But it becomes a problem when you accidentally polish off half the jar in one setting! Keep it away! Far far away!

Well I’m off to Jazzercise. I wanted to get this post published before I got home later and began my race to get everything together for this weekend. On tonight’s agenda: pick out my rehearsal dinner outfit. I was supposed to do it last night but that obviously didn’t happen!

If I’m scarce this weekend, you can blame it on Katie and her wedding. I’ll for sure be back soon with lots of wedding pics and excitement to share! Have a great Thursday night!

Butterscotch Overnight Oats

Good Thursday morning! We’re having a sunshiney morning here in SGF, so I hope you’re having the same wonderful weather wherever you may be!

Morning Run

This morning was supposed to be a sleep-in morning for me since I ran last night and have a Jazzercise class this evening…but that didn’t happen. I woke up at 4:52 with a tiny dog on top of my belly. He was just needing some attention I guess because once Mac had me out of bed around 5:15, he settled back down into his own tiny bed. What a turd.

Since I was up, I decided I’d go on an easy run to get some more miles on my new shoes I received yesterday. I started out slow and steady, but my mind was not into the running mode this morning at all. I was fighting with myself the whole run to keep myself going and not turn around. I took 3 short 30-second walk breaks to keep my body going since my motivation was at an all time low. I NEVER incorporate walking breaks into my runs, so I wasn’t too happy with myself. But I finished my run strong and made it to a little over 5 miles in 45ish minutes. I’m hoping after this busy wedding weekend (where my workouts will be put on the back burner), I’ll be able to have a good, strong run on Sunday sometime.


I got home from my run with a few minutes to spare before I needed to get into the shower. So while I cooled off, I threw some not-so-overnight oats together in hopes that the hour in the fridge would be long enough for the oats to soften up a bit. And I must say, it turned out pretty well!

Butterscotch Overnight Oats

photo(103)Into this mix, I added:

  • 1/2 cup old-fashioned oats
  • 3/4 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 1/2 tbsp chia seeds
  • 1 tbsp Sugar-Free Butterscotch Pudding Mix
  • 1 tsp vanilla

Mix the ingredients well, cover, and let sit in the refrigerator overnight for best results! Although my oats softened up nicely after only one hour in the fridge.

photo(104)The star of this recipe is obviously the pudding mix. I love this flavor, but you could use basically any pudding flavor you like! The butterscotch kick really livened up my breakfast. I can’t wait to experiment with other pudding flavors soon!

photo(103)These oats filled up my belly nicely, and I finished off my breakfast with some hot coffee and pineapple Greek yogurt at my desk.

photo(101)On the agenda for the rest of my day is work, Jazzercise, and paint my nails for Katie’s wedding!

photo(100)I’m loving this color! It’s ‘rebel rose’ from Avon. I’ve already got one coat on, so I’ll do the other tonight and be set for the weekend!

Have a great Thursday! And feel free to comment with your favorite overnight oat ‘add-ins’! I’m always looking for something new for my breakfast menu. 🙂