Travel WOD + Reunited With a Blog Friend

Mastermind Weekend 1/16

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I woke up bright and early yesterday morning to get my sweat on. The hotel where I stayed in Des Moines had a pretty nice gym (I actually worked out there the last time I visited), but I decided to do a CrossFit-inspired workout in my hotel room instead.

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The best thing about creating my own workouts is that I get to pick all of my favorite exercises and make it as hard (or as easy) as I want. This workout incorporates some of my very favorite moves (yay, Burpees!) and gives you a mix of upper and lower body strengthening and core work.

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Have fun with this one! It’s definitely a butt kicker! Maybe I wasn’t totally awake, but I stopped a number of times to catch my breath and rest during it. It’s a total body workout, and it took me almost 15 minutes to complete.


After my workout, I took a quick shower and then met Chandra for breakfast. She lives in Des Moines, so she met me at my hotel and then we walked across the street to Mr. Filet Steakhouse. A friend of Chandra’s told her their breakfast was really good, so we were excited to check it out.

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As soon as we sat down, our server came to our table to offer us coffee. Without thinking, I said yes to a mug of (caffeinated) hot coffee and proceeded to drink it. Chandra and I chatted non-stop, so the caffeine + my colon/colitis didn’t even cross my mind. But, hours later, I’m happy to report: NO ISSUES! Hooray!! I don’t plan to start drinking caffeinated coffee on a regular basis, but I’m glad to know I can enjoy a little bit every now and then without issues.

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For breakfast, I ordered two eggs with homefries and toast, which is clearly my favorite diner breakfast. I ate this same meal the day before!

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One of the signature dishes at Mr. Filet’s is their Greek omelet (Chandra ordered it for breakfast), so our server brought me a side dish with part of one so I could try it. How nice is that?

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The Greek omelet was awesome””definitely order it if you ever visit Mr. Filet’s! Inside was Gyro meat, crumbled feta, and sautéed green bell pepper and onion. Holy yum indeed.

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Chandra and I hadn’t seen each other since March 2011 for the Black Cat 10-miler, so it was great to be reunited. Luckily, we won’t have to go as long before we see each other again. We’ll both be in New Orleans for the Rock ”˜N’ Roll Half Marathon in February with Monica. Woohoo! Can’t wait!

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Question of the Day

When you go out for breakfast, do you typically order a sweet (pancakes, waffles, muffins) or savory (eggs, bacon, sausage) meal?



  1. I love the “leave a trail of genius” on that notepad – so fun! As for breakfast, if I go out to eat, I always order French Toast. On the rare occasion I will order pancakes, but that’s usually just if they have pumpkin or whole grain pancakes that sound tasty.

  2. I love ALL breakfast foods and I love going out for breakfast, so what I order usually depends on how I feel that day. I can’t get myself to do a whole workout on my own, I give up as soon as it gets hard. I wish I could do a hotel room workout like yours but I just can’t!

  3. We go to the same place every Sunday and I always order the same thing:

    eggs over hard, bacon, hashbrowns, and an english muffin.

    I LOVE french toast, belgian waffles, and the carrot cake and pumpkin pancakes that are so abundant this time of year but I have to do so sparingly because all those sugars and carbs aren’t a good idea for me!

  4. I usually get more savory items…I don’t like omelets usually but that Greek omelet looks good!
    When doing hotel room work outs do you ever worry about making too much noise for the people below you? I have always wanted to do a hotel workout but get worried I would be disturbing the people on the floor below. I don’t know if they would even be able to hear it but I just wasn’t sure.

  5. I like a little bit of both when it comes to breakfast! I usually make my sister or best friend order something sweet like french toast while I order something savory, like an egg sandwich, and then we split it. SO GOOD and the best of both worlds 🙂

  6. Love the hotel room workout! Going to have to remember that one! I am a savory breakfast person while I am out! I usually get some sort of omelet! While I do love pancakes and waffles it’s very hard to find gluten free options at restaurants so I usually stick to having those at home! I used to love Chandra’s blog! So glad to see her doing well!

  7. I would prefer a sweet, but I work best with protein. So, I usually ‘share’ with my kiddos. Our favorite diner has the best Italian skillet=over easy eggs on top of italian sausauge, peppers, onions, and hashbrowns. Yum! So the kids get the caramel french toast. It is to die for. I snag a piece of the toast and the caramel sauce. Heavenly!

  8. Yay for being able to enjoy coffee! It’s just something zen-like about taking that sip of caffeinated coffee when you’re tired from time to time. lol.
    I normally end up having to get oatmeal and fruit but that’s okay it’s what I prefer. Though I do love restaurant scrambled eggs… so much more fluffier than when you make them at home.

  9. When I go out for bfest its always savory! I always get the same thing…. an omelet (usually veggies and cheese), hashbrowns and toast.

  10. I should try that WOD just to see what at-home CrossFit is like. I’d go in Omaha, but I don’t have the funds. It’s almost three times what I’m paying for the regular gym (family discount).

    I usually get pancakes or waffles, with a side of sausage for a little savory into the mix, otherwise, it’s too much sweet.

    There’s a restaurant called Jimmy’s Egg (we have 3 in Omaha), and their banana pecan pancakes are to die for! I still need my side of breakfast meat, but their pancakes are so good!

  11. Congrats on the coffee!!! Breakfast for me depends on the restaurant. If they’re known for having out-of-this-world pancakes/french toast, I’ll probably order that but normally I stick to savory.

  12. oh gosh, I haven’t gone out to breakfast in yearsssssss… but I guess I’d go with poached eggs or something– even though I don’t eat eggs it seems like it’d be better on my stomach than pancakes lol

  13. I run into the sweet/savory breakfast quandary all the time: if it’s too sweet, I end up with a sugar pit in my stomach, and savory stuff can be too heavy for me first thing in the morning. But I’ve recently started to make oatmeal with cashew butter, cocoa powder, and a little bit of agave nectar – problem solved! 🙂

  14. This is always such a hard decision – sweet or savory. Ideally i try to get both – eggs or omelet with one pancake on the side. Savory usually wins for me though if i have to decide between the two!

  15. Savory, I am always ordering Eggs Benedict or one of its many variations. However, if my husband orders something sweet, I always steal a few bites.

  16. Savory- I will almost always order an omelet of some sort. But that doesn’t mean I don’t drool over all of the sweet options- pancakes, waffles, french toast, oh my!

  17. I always get a veggie omlet when I go out for breakfast. I don’t care for regular pancakes or waffles. but for some reason I love your 2 ingrident pancake with nut butter oh and oatmeal minus the oats. I would rather eat at home and have oatmeal minus oats with sunflower seed butter

  18. Woohoo for the return of caffeinated coffee! When I go out for breakfast, I always order a savory dish–usually two scrambled eggs or an egg-white omelet (with a ton of veggies), plus homefries and whole-wheat toast. Diner pancakes and waffles taste great, but I know I’ll be hungry an hour later.

  19. Those homefries look so good! This is not totally related to your post…but your mention of the Black Cat 10 miler reminded me to ask you about it. I live in Boston area and was interested in running the Black Cat 10 miler this year. I’m a newbie runner(about 1.5 years) and the farthest I’ve run in a race is a 10k. What is this race like? Good course? Thanks!

  20. Oh my goodness, those homefries look unreal and absolutely perfect. I feel like that is the epitome of what I want when I order homefries, but they never come like that (the crispiness looks amazing). I always order savory, mostly because sweet makes me feel like I did something wrong so early in the day- and I love omelets. I actually ate the best omelet I’ve ever had last weekend- it had caramelized onions, tomatoes, and guacamole.

  21. I always order a sweet breakfast but then look longingly at my husband’s plate full of savory food and wish I had ordered differently! 🙂

    I am going to try that workout. I love workouts that can be done anywhere and in about 15 minutes. No excuse not to do it, right?! Ha! I can always find an excuse!

  22. I have always been a fan of chocolate chip pancakes and the extra sweet syrup to slather all over the top. As an adult I have leaned towards sticking to the multigrain or whole wheat pancake option with sugar free syrup and save the calories for when I OWN my pancakes full of peanut butter. Now it’s a nonguilty, wonderful 20 minutes of eating. Love.

  23. Pancakes and waffles and French toast! I figure going out for breakfast is special so I treat myself.

    What happened to Chandra’s blog?

  24. I’m a pancake girl through and through though it’s hard to ANYTHING vegan friendly in Ireland when eating out! Love the workout, definitely one to try. It’s like some of the zwow workouts, definitely trying this week!

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