Breakfast/ Exercise/ Fitness

A Two Day Roll

Good morning!

I’m on a roll. This morning I got up at 6:30 and headed to the gym…it feels so good to have a gym again, it’s kind of like a home base or something! Before I left, I ate this mini larabar:


Once there, a little elliptical action, some walking lunges, stability ball lunges and a few other lower body strengthening exercises. It was fabulous.

Came home to this, which was even more fabulous.



Love those big almond butter jars from Costco. I used 1/2 cup oats, 1/2 cup milk, 1/2 cup water, 1 banana, 1 tbsp secret Hotel Healdsburg granola (shhh) and, obviously, almond butter.

It’s a pretty gross day here. Misty rain, fog and cold. Wonderful. I’m off to the winery all day and then tonight is laundry night at the casa of Rocky and Adam. They miss me dearly. Obviously.

Happy Thursday!

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  • Chrysta
    November 5, 2009 at 9:38 am

    Wow! I didnt even know they made mini larabars. That would be perfect for me. I get up really early to work out so I’m usually not too hungry yet. But sometimes in the middle of my workout I get a bit hungry. So a mini bar would be fabulous. Thanks! Oh and the oatmeal with almond butter. Total comfort food.=) Looks great!! Have a super day!

  • Kat (Kat's Daily Plate)
    November 5, 2009 at 9:45 am

    The gym is a total savor for me- it keeps me sane! So I totally understand how you feel. I’m glad your ankle is feeling good enough for you to workout again!

  • Sarah (Oc2Seattle)
    November 5, 2009 at 9:47 am

    You’re making me feel good for waking up early and working out – thanks for the inspiration!

  • Matt
    November 5, 2009 at 9:49 am

    I love the feeling of a good workout. Doesn’t it feel great to be back on track?

  • Lindsay
    November 5, 2009 at 9:50 am

    So nice that the boys let you use their laundry machine! Have a great day at work…

  • Evan Thomas
    November 5, 2009 at 9:52 am

    I don’t like eating oats out of a big jar because your oats always look so tiny in comparison to the jar 🙁 8oz ones from Naturally Nutty are perfect

  • Mama Pea
    November 5, 2009 at 9:56 am

    Oats in a jar with my favorite nut butter? I miss it. Obviously.

  • Hallie
    November 5, 2009 at 9:57 am

    Ehh…I’m not a fan of the jar oats. I think I lack the proper utensils to really scrape the sides clean 😛 But I’m happy you got to the gym! I didn’t go for 3 months while I was doing my bootcamp, and I just started back up. I missed it SO much! The weights, the equipment, the cardio options…I’m a total gym rat at heart

  • Shannon (The Daily Balance)
    November 5, 2009 at 9:57 am

    we might as well call you buttah! (cuz you’re on a roll…. ba dum bum…)

    wow, cheesy!

    well have a good day 😉

  • Diana
    November 5, 2009 at 10:03 am

    Hmmm, oats on a jar. 🙂
    Glad you had a good session at the gym.

    Have a great day!

  • Susan
    November 5, 2009 at 10:03 am

    I just stocked up on some giant jars of almond butter from Costco – can’t wait to put some oats in them! 😉

  • christie @ honoring health
    November 5, 2009 at 10:13 am

    my costco doesn’t have those big jars of AB 🙁

  • Abby (Abbys Vegan Eats)
    November 5, 2009 at 10:19 am

    Nothing better than a giant jar of AB oats to start off your morning!! 🙂

  • Jenna
    November 5, 2009 at 10:26 am

    glad you had a nice start to your morning at the gym! loveee oats in a jar 🙂

  • Kristin @ Iowa Girl Eats
    November 5, 2009 at 10:37 am

    I need to try that MaraNatha brand – I see it all the time at my grocery store, but have never picked up a jar.

    Hooray for new gyms! Have a great afternoon – stay dry!

  • Jenny @JennyLikesToRun, on a mission to run a marathon for charity!
    November 5, 2009 at 10:39 am

    I love the gym! I feel so motivated when I’m there. I especially love the classes.

    I ALSO love Larabars! That’s one product they actually DO sell here in New Zealand that I constantly read about on these amazing blogs. My fav is Pecan Pie 🙂

  • Joelle (The Pancake Girl))
    November 5, 2009 at 10:39 am

    Would you say Maranatha is better than Trader Joe’s brand almond butter??

  • Estela @ Weekly Bite
    November 5, 2009 at 10:48 am

    I need to try oats in the jar!

  • Whitney @ Lettuce Love
    November 5, 2009 at 10:55 am

    I feel like I am in such a funk when I can’t get to the gym for a few days. It is definitely a necessity.

  • Stacie
    November 5, 2009 at 10:55 am

    Silly question but how do you actually stir that big jar? Is there a special tool for that or are you just super-strong?!!

  • Eve
    November 5, 2009 at 10:55 am

    It’s amazing how much better getting back into a gym routine makes you feel! Glad the ankle is healing!

  • Megan (The Runner's Kitchen)
    November 5, 2009 at 10:59 am

    Yay, for getting back into a routine! I love oats in a jar almost as much as I love yogurt messes in large yogurt containers. I like to take the pint size oikos container when I have about 1/2 of the yogurt left and mix in chopped apple, almond butter, jam, and granola. I even like eating this for a quick dinner!

  • jenna
    November 5, 2009 at 11:00 am

    I need to go to costco so badly to get those gianormous jars of MNAB!!!

  • Jessica @ How Sweet It Is
    November 5, 2009 at 11:12 am

    Great job going to the gym so early! 🙂

  • Jil
    November 5, 2009 at 11:35 am

    Aw that Larabar is so cute.

  • Marisa (Trim The Fat)
    November 5, 2009 at 11:37 am

    Peanut Butter Cookie Larabar is my fave!

  • Cait (Cait's Plate)
    November 5, 2009 at 11:39 am

    Why is everything so cute when it’s mini? Haha – I love mini Laras and Lunas! And that jar of oats looks so yummy! Such a Peanut Buttery day (which are the best kind obviously 🙂 )

  • rebecca lustig
    November 5, 2009 at 11:48 am

    OMG! Mini larabars–adorable & genious! Where can I find them?

    Way to go with the early gym sess, I know it can be hard to feel motivated that early in the morning.

    I hope you havea fabulous afternoon, pretty girl!

  • Megan (BitesoftheApple)
    November 5, 2009 at 11:57 am

    I haven’t seen those mini larabars anywhere yet, but I’m dying to get my hands on some. Eating half a bar always kind of werided me out! 🙂

  • happyshoes
    November 5, 2009 at 12:10 pm

    Yay, that is one of my absolute favorite LaraBars!!

  • Andee (LAEasyMeals)
    November 5, 2009 at 1:29 pm

    Glad you can workout again! It always feels so good to come home after a nice workout, love the oats in a jar 🙂 By the way, just read all your Top Chef posts! So jealous, I love those guys! Hopefully they went far in the competition. There’s a lot of Top Chef appearances in California it seems like, I have been to a bunch of Top Chef events here in L.A.

  • candice
    November 5, 2009 at 2:49 pm

    Man, I really wish I could find those giant jars of MaraNatha at my Costco. 🙁 But I do pick up a LaraBar sample each time I go to Whole Foods 😉

  • Kasey @ Fit For Wellness
    November 5, 2009 at 3:29 pm

    I had no idea they made mini Larabars!

  • Cynthia (It All Changes)
    November 5, 2009 at 3:50 pm

    Getting in a habit at the gym makes me so happy too. Glad you got a membership at a place you enjoy 🙂

  • Cyndi
    November 5, 2009 at 4:09 pm

    Your life is on a roll – enjoy!

  • ellen eats beets
    November 5, 2009 at 4:11 pm

    Being back at the gym is always a great feeling. love the oats in a jar!

  • Michelle
    November 5, 2009 at 4:11 pm

    oh the fall/winters of the NW. Misty, grey…but the spring..AMAZING.

  • Sarah @ The Foodie Diaries
    November 5, 2009 at 4:18 pm

    Agreed on the gym front! I hadn’t had one in 4 months, and I just recently joined… I don’t think I’ve ever enjoyed the gym so much haha

  • julie
    November 5, 2009 at 4:24 pm

    WHERE did you find MINI larabars?!

    I think the peanut butter cookie is my favorite flavor…although I’m also partial to the peanut butter and jelly ones!

  • Jolene (
    November 5, 2009 at 4:33 pm

    I went and bought a tiny jar of that same almond butter, and then saw the one at costco (that was 3 times the size) for 1/3 of the price that I paid for my small one! Costco next time for sure!!

  • Katie
    November 5, 2009 at 4:45 pm

    Good job on fitting in the gym! I love the mini Larabars!

  • BethT
    November 5, 2009 at 5:46 pm

    I’m going to start a facebook group for food bloggers who dislike almond butter. DISLIKE!

  • Chelsea (Chelsea's Chew and Run Fun)
    November 5, 2009 at 6:13 pm

    Mini Larabars? And I was bowled over when I found Mini Luna Bars. Fantasmo.

    Glad to hear you’re happy at the new gym. I had an attitude about the gym for so long (I think it was just rationalized laziness), but now I love it. I doesn’t hurt that I see David Duchovny there all the time, either. Ha.

    Have fun with the clothe’s suds and the boys!

  • Jenn
    November 5, 2009 at 6:33 pm

    I tried to go to Costco in Indy and see if they would let me in on a one-day guest pass…no go:( We don’t have none here in Fort Wayne. Lucky you with the big jars of AB!! Sounds like you have quite the fun life and great friends. I’m so glad you found a church and Christian girl friends, too! I couldn’t live without my BFF Polly! You know what a gem she is:)
    Have a great weekend!

  • eatmovelove
    November 5, 2009 at 6:37 pm

    I can’t believe an Oatmeal company hasn’t hired you yet!! You have such great photos and combos every morning – when did your ‘passion’ for oatmeal start? 🙂 Glad to hear you can go to the gym- hope the ankle is healing well. Have fun with the laundry haha!