Trying to Leave for a Run + I’m In a Breakfast Rut

Mastermind Weekend 1/16

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I’m the owner of Carrots ‘N’ Cake as well as a Certified Nutrition Coach and Functional Diagnostic Nutrition Practitioner (FDN-P). I use macros and functional nutrition to help women find balance within their diets while achieving their body composition goals.


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Good morning!

How was your weekend? I hope it was a great one! Mine was low-key and laid-back. I actually took a little social media/blogging break, which was wonderful and much-needed, so I only snapped one photo””actually Mal took it””yesterday afternoon right before my long run of the week.

I ran for 80-minutes and felt okay. My legs were tired from the previous day’s workout, so I just trucked along at an easy pace. Even still, I made it all 80 minutes, and I am happy about that!

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FYI: The app I use to track my runs is RunKeeper.

I’m actually kind of surprised I even made it out of the house for this run. Mal and I had plans yesterday afternoon, so we coordinated our workouts in the morning to make sure he could go to CrossFit and I could run for 80-minutes. We even planned a “go time” for me to keep us on track, so we wouldn’t be late. Well, 30 minutes after I planned to start running, I finally made it out the door. Here’s how things played out”¦

Put on workout capris

Quinn gets fussy, so I feed him

Walk around the house and give Quinn some time to digest and burp

Gather various pieces of equipment for my run (SPIbelt, headphones, headband, sunglasses) with one hand

Chug water since I haven’t had any for a good 12 hours

My stomach starts to growl so I eat half of a banana

Quinn seems content, so I put him in his bouncer to play

Put on the rest of my workout clothes + headband + sunblock

Lace up my sneakers

Wait for Mal to get out of the shower so he can watch Quinn

Wash the pureed carrots out of my wedding and engagement ring <— no idea how this happened or how long it had been there

Load up the Balanced Bites podcast on my iPhone

Ask Mal to snap a pic for me

FINALLY start running!

Oh, life with a baby! Haha! Honestly, I’m just glad I got my run in. It was such a beautiful day yesterday (upper 50s and sunny) and totally not typical of November weather in Massachusetts, so I knew I needed to take advantage of it. And, of course, I loved every second of it. (HOW am I going to train in the freezing cold, ice, and snow all winter! AHHH!)

This morning, I woke up hungry, but not in the mood for anything specific. Usually, I’m in the mood for an egg sandwich, but I didn’t feel like making the effort to cook, so I went with my old standby: peanut butter + banana on an English muffin. Boring. I’m definitely in a breakfast rut and desperately need some new ideas for breakfast.

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(Quinn was really interested in Murphy licking the almost-empty peanut butter jar this morning!)

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Questions of the Day

What did you eat for breakfast this morning? Have any new and exciting breakfast ideas to share?

How long does it typically take you to get ready to run?

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  1. From the time I motivate to the time I head out the door to run, it’s a good 30 minutes. In fear of having to pee when I’m out, I hit the bathroom at least 3 times before I make it out the door.

  2. I have been making a batch of roasted sweet potato wedges with a roasted veggie (asparagus, broccoli..) on Sunday. Then I will heat some in the sautee pan while I fry an egg. I am loving this breakfast!!

    Ha, my husband will be ready to run in 3 mins. I take about 15-get my gear on, get my watch on, pack my spy belt/fuel belt, get it on, get my ipod attached/ready. And THEN stand in the driveway for another 3-5 mins until my watch satellite picks up! He gets so annoyed if we go running together. All he has to do is get his iphone in his pocket!

  3. I have been on a kick for a long time of one fried egg on a whole grain wrap with laughing cow chs on it. Then some sriracha! You could make that with your buffalo sauce haha.

  4. I’ve been eating Paleo since Oct. 1st. My go to breakfasts right now:
    »3 slices of baked ham rolled up, with 1/2 an avocado on the side. I pour green salsa over the avocado. Sometimes I’ll have two eggs instead of the ham.
    »Banana with either Almonds (or Almond butter)or Cashews (or Cashew butter)
    »Diced apples cooked in coconut oil with raisins, cinnamon and/or pumpkin pie spice, sprinkle with sliced almonds or walnut pieces.

  5. I rarely eat anything before my morning workouts , but if I’m famished, it’s either a couple bites of a KIND bar, or half a banana with some almond butter/ peanut butter. Once I’m at work, my ‘breakfast’ is a LARGE coffee and either an apple with PB or hummus, this smoothie,>> {amazing for breakfast or a healthy ‘sweet tooth’ snack.} or a Greek yogurt or my latest obsession; 1/2 cup cottage cheese with dried cranberries and honey. 🙂

  6. SO in a foodie rut lately, getting later in my pregnancy and cooking sounds like BLAH! But I tried to mix it up this morning with an egg and salsa scramble on a whole wheat tortilla. I was feeling the Mexican fiesta flair! I try to get out for a workout every morning, so I set my clothes/snack out and try to be up and out in 15 minutes. It is HARD for me because I am a morning lounger…I love to slowly saunter around sipping coffee, but I’ve felt better getting more steps in the morning when it is cooler, so I’m going for it!

  7. Sounds like life with a baby changes everything! I know for me, I can’t have a lot of time between deciding to work out and working out. Too much time to think and I get distracted and lazy so I’m lucky that I can pretty much just get up and go!

  8. I also listen to balanced bites during my long runs, makes the time fly I think! I’m good about getting out for my runs but only because I have to be home in time to get the kids ready for school and before my husband has to leave in the morning. Waiting around gets me too anxious anyway!

  9. It may be boring, but I have the same thing almost every day for breakfast. It’s so good and keeps me full for hours and hours so I’m okay with it. First a mug of warm water with a squeezed lemon. Then porridge made with rolled oats, banana and chia seeds, topped with crunchy PB and milled flaxseed. Mmmm I’m looking forward to breakfast already:)

  10. I can empathize with the difficulty of actually getting OUT for the run! lol! With 3 kids under the age of 4…the only way I can make it is setting that alarm for 4am! I get home, they get up! I nap when they nap :)…IF they nap…never at the same time…still working on that…

  11. Since I take my breakfast to work I try to find easy and portable breakfasts. My 2 go-tos? Plain non-fat Greek yogurt mixed with vanilla protein powder, berries and a scoop of dry rolled oats (adds a nice texture!). Or I’ll heat up a couple of “egg muffins” that I make on the weekend and pop in the freezer. A mix of eggs and egg whites with spinach, cheddar cheese, and turkey bacon poured into muffin tins and baked at 375 for 15-20 minutes!

  12. This morning I had “no salt” rice cakes with apple butter. I’ve ran a few races recently and each goodie bag had corn cake thins in them…AMAZING!!! I need to scour the stores and internet for them. They are the perfect thickness for things like apple butter or peanut butter. But, regular size cakes work, too! 😉

    1. @Jennifer S: I love thin cakes! Not sure where you’re from but I actually find them at Market Basket. I enjoy eating a few more thin ones for the same calories as one big one.

  13. I have to be at work super early so I tend to eat meals that I can make ahead. Egg casseroles are an easy staple (add any veggies, meat, and/or cheese to change it up), yogurt bowls (add peanut butter, pumpkin and granola, or fruit and nuts), protein panakes (I make them ahead of time and keep them in the fridge and they are just as good). Last weekend I made strawberry paleo oatmeal (similar to your sweet breakfast scramble) and that was delish! Good luck!

  14. Pumpkin muffin in a mug! 1 Tbsp flax seed, 1 scoop of vanilla protein powder, 1/8 tsp baking powder, 1/2 tsp pumpkin pie spice, 1/2 tsp cinnamon, 1 egg white, 1/4 cup pumpkin puree. Mix all together. Pour in a pre-sprayed microwavable mug. Microwave on high for 90 seconds, let mug cake sit in the microwave for and additional 60 seconds. I top mine with a little syrup.

  15. We love quinoa made with coconut milk (the canned variety). We make a big batch at the beginning of the week and portion it out as it keeps well in the fridge and reheats in the microwave. I add unsweetened shredded coconut, chopped Pecans and sweeten with maple syrup. Really yummy and keeps me full.

  16. Overnight oats are my favorite! I make them at least 3 times a week, just through it together the night before and it’s all ready in the morning. There are so many options to change it up too! I also make protein pancakes lot as well. My favorite smoothie these days is kale, frozen banana, almond butter, flax seeds, 1 medjool date, and almond milk. So good!

  17. How about a breakfast parfait? Also love the acai bowls that Gina @ Fitnessista makes. Or different variations of omelets, breakfast burritos, or huevos rancheros.

  18. I’m in between jobs right now and it seriously took me 10 hours to go on a run. My original alarm went off to run at 6:30 AM and I didn’t end up running until 5 PM. I ended up just putting it off all day, but it got done!!

    I’m also in a breakfast rut. I had a smoothie this morning ’cause it was easy and what I’ve been doing for so long, but I really didn’t want it.

    How adorable are Quinn’s frog feet??

  19. I’ve been eating the same breakfast for months using a revised recipe from your site. I made your baked banana oatmeal but instead of banana I add in half a chopped apple and some pumpkin and cinnamon. If I make a huge batch, I have it for the week.

  20. I am totally with you on trying to get a workout in with a baby. You just never know what is going to come up, and all you can do is your best 🙂 I can’t tell you how many times I have been about to walk out the door to head to the gym or even get on the treadmill at my own home, and my baby girl start crying because she is hungry/needs to be entertained/is tired ha!

  21. no exciting breakfast ideas to share… i eat a banana with almond/peanut/cashew butter everyday. i can’t eat too much when i wake up, so a fruit is just enough. 🙂
    baby is so cute! I see pics on instagram!

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  23. I have made this Egg Casserole for years. Everyone loves it. Once of my bosses wants this instead of a cake on his bday. You can make it on the weekend and it’s ready to go for breakfast ~ cut a slice and heat in microwave.

    Egg Casserole:
    1 dozen eggs (beaten)
    2 cans whole green chillies
    1 pkg of sausage (whatever you like)
    2 cups shredded cheese (whatever you like)

    In 9×13 pan:
    Lay green chillies out flat
    Spread cooked sausage over chillies
    Spread the shredded cheese over the sausage
    Pour beaten eggs over the top
    Add salt & pepper

    Bake at 350 for about 45 minutes or until eggs are done.

    Ohhhh so good. 🙂

  24. I get in PB/toast ruts, too. It’s so good but it tastes better when you’re not having it ALL the time. I hear ya. I’ve been sticking to the usual stuff lately – oatmeal, smoothies, eggs, Greek yogurt, but I try to spice it up with new toppings and mix-ins. Actually, last week I tried a “deep dish pancake” from and it was so good and easy to make! I put the batter in a ramekin and when I took it out of the microwave, I turned it upside down on a plate and it was the perfect portion. I topped it with PB (of course), chia seeds, banana and strawberry slices. It was delish – go check it out on her blog!

  25. My favorite warm breakfast is two slices of turkey bacon, egg whites, and a thin slice (40 cal) of cheese on a bagel thin…with ketchup.

    If I’m naughty though, I LOVE a crispy (golden brown) waffle with cool whip, sugar free syrup and berries. That’s not very often though. If you haven’t tried it, you’re missing out! 🙂

    xo, Jess

  26. wheat bran pancakes and egg whites most mornings for me! not very exciting though. if i wanna go run, i get up and go…takes a few min. but if i’m dragging my butt then i stop and do everything that can wait (clean up my room, check email, watch food network….) 🙂

  27. My seasonal favorite:
    Microwavable Pumpkin Breakfast Soufflé/Cake
    1 scoop whey protein powder (vanilla or cinnamon work well)
    1 Tbsp ground flax seed
    1 tsp cinnamon
    1/4 tsp pumpkin pie spice
    ~1/3 cup pumpkin purée (from can)
    1 tsp vanilla extract
    2-3 egg whites (or equivalent amount of egg substitute)
    Mix dry ingredients (protein powder, flax, and spices). Add in wet ingredients (pumpkin & vanilla) and mix well. Add in egg whites/substitute until enough batter is made. Microwave on high for about 2 minutes. Top with peanut butter.

  28. A tried and true staple in our house is avocado toast with a dippy egg on it. I also am loving Gina’s (Fitnessista) recent recipe for eggs in a basket with sautéed brussel sprouts and shredded sweet potato. holy. yum.

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