“Falling Back” into a Normal Day

 

Today was a good day. I thought about writing a new smoothie recipe tonight, but as I looked back on the pictures I took today they just made me smile so, I’m going to share about our day. Okay? Okay.

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Thanks to daylight savings time I was up at 5:45 wide awake and excited to get on the treadmill. Yes, I was excited for the treadmill. Partly due to the fact that I had the second half of this movie to watch.

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Using movies as motivation to get on the treadmill is fabulous. That’s the only way I can get myself out of bed and on the darn treadmill in the morning sometimes.

And, I don’t know what happened, but my precious boys slept until 7:30 (the NEW time). That was a huge gift! By the time I went into their room I had already run 8 miles and taken a shower. Things were off to a good start.

They even got better when I was craving some serious chocolate at breakfast and made a baked s’mores version of mean green French toast for the boys and I.

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Look what’s in the middle of this masterpiece.

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Um, yeah. It’s okay to be jealous.

Here the recipe just in case you feel the need to make it. It doesn’t have to be made green of course, but what’s the fun in that, right?

 

Give Me S’more of That Baked Green French Toast

1/2 cup egg substitute

2 tablespoons nondairy milk (I used vanilla soy milk)

handful of fresh spinach

sweetener of choice (I used 1 Splenda for myself and a little regular sugar for the boys)

cinnamon to taste

splash of vanilla

2-3 slices whole grain bread (my favorite bread makes AMAZING French toast)

1 large marshmallow, cut into small pieces

1-2 tablespoons chocolate chips (I used a 100 calorie dark chocolate bar from Trader Joe’s)

 

Directions:

Blend all ingredients (except bread) together.

Dip one slice of bread into mixture and place on the bottom of a ramekin or other small baking dish (coated with nonstick cooking spray).

Put marshmallow pieces and chocolate chips on top of bread.

Dip other bread slice in mixture and place on top.

Bake at 375 for 25 minutes.

 

Look at my breakfast.

 

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I topped it with some sugar free syrup and a homemade version of my new favorite drink.

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I was pretty impressed with my wantabe version of that drink at home.

All I did was add a scoop of match green tea powder to brewed espresso and then added warmed soy milk (prepared the same as my favorite morning mocha). I used a Splenda packet and a couple of liquid Stevia vanilla drops for sweetener.

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It was a good idea to recreate that drink at home.

It was also a good idea to have chocolate and spinach for breakfast.

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Well, it was a good idea for me anyway.

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It was NOT the best idea for the boys to eat this breakfast right before we had to leave for church. Oops.

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Even though it was pretty wet outside, we braved the weather to go to church.

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Then we made a stop on the way home to check our STUFT Mama mailbox to see if any new donations came in for our Race for Amelia and/or the amazing “Peas” raffle for Amelia.

By the way- there’s still time to donate and/or enter the raffle!!!!!

We stopped at Major Market for some sandwiches for lunch too (since it was right next door and all).

When we got home we had to work up an appetite. I decided to try to let the boys help me with my fall decorating again even though we had a few issues the last time I tried to let them help (and with the decorations surviving in general).

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We’ll see how long the table stays like that. Ha!

After our decorating we sat down for our sandwiches.

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Mine was a turkey with all the veggies on whole wheat. I had it with some broccoli and jalapeño yogurt dip

Later today I delivered some of that low fat cake to a family friend. Yes, it’s that good, you can still impress people.

I also attempted to play a soccer game tonight (my first one in over 3 years). It was not pretty. I’m not too sure I’m cut out to play soccer anymore. I seriously felt like I was running in circles out there.

I blame motherhood.

And although the boys didn’t eat this for dinner tonight, they DID eat it for dinner last night and it was a huge success.

One of these vegetable bowls from Costco with some steamed broccoli added in.

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See. They loved it.

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That’s them cheering for broccoli.

Ha ha!

I made myself a little spaghetti squash bake for dinner tonight after the boys (all three) we in bed.

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In the bowl- 1/2 of a cooked spaghetti squash, 1 cup of this red pepper and tomato soup, garlic powder, pepper, garlic salt and crushed red pepper. I combined everything and cooked it in a pie plate at 400 for about 15 minutes.

It was so much better than I thought it would be. I’m already planning on having it again tomorrow (because that’s what happens with all my new creations).

I finished the night off with one of these Skinny Cow cups and a Vitatop.

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It was my first time trying one of these cups. I was rather impressed.

Okay, time to get some shut eye.

This week is all about getting rest and taking care of myself before our big race next Sunday.

Don’t forget:

There’s still time to enter the Spicing Things Up Giveaway!!!!!!

A winner will be chosen Monday night!

 

Do you have any tricks that motivate you to workout (like watching movies on the treadmill)?

Do you ever go through phases where you eat the same thing every day? I’m in a serious phase with that soup. I wonder how long it’s going to last. Hmmm…..

Have a great day!

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Comments

  1. 1
    lindsay says:

    that is a PERFECT day. I love the green french toast, makes it fun. Wish I could be a kid again and eat everything with my hands. hehe.

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    I love watching movies on the treadmill too, but I have to watch higher paced movies to keep myself from getting bored. Plus if a bunch of people are running around on screen, it tends to make you go a little faster too!

    • 2.1
      STUFT Mama says:

      Good idea about a higher pace movie. I usually just need something to keep my attention and make me stay on there a long amount of time. Steph- What’s your favorite running movie?

      • I’m not a runner (just a fast walker), but my favorite movies to watch on the treadmill are: all the Harry Potter movies, all the Lord of the Rings and Sherlock Holmes. I also like watching TV shows, the time usually works out just right, my favorite is Fringe because it’s so unexpected it keeps me distracted from the treadmill.

  3. 3
    Becca says:

    That green french toast is an AMAZING ideas!

  4. 4

    You just won the prize for the MOST creative french toast ever. Don’t be surprised if I start showing up at your door for breakfast. ;)

  5. 5

    I defininetly go through food streaks. I’ll have something every day for weeks and then all of a sudden it’s the grossest thing in the world to me for a few weeks and then it’s back in my top 10! Guess maybe if I was better at moderation, I could enjoy things all the time – lol!! Looks like you had a fun little weekend! And glad you got to enjoy the “extra hour”… I was up at 5am Sunday, wide awake, so pretty much didn’t get to appreciate it at all ;)

    • 5.1
      STUFT Mama says:

      Kinley- so sorry you didn’t get to appreciate it. I got my hour of freedom, but it was short-lived since the boys were up early today. Bleh. Maybe you got to sleep in a little today?

  6. 6

    Apparently spelling is also not my forte… let’s try “definitely”

  7. 7

    I love that french toast! I think that would’ve been my motivation while on the treadmill. Also, how did I not know about the vanilla pumpkin Yankee candle scent? That’s like bothe of my favorites in one!

    • 7.1
      STUFT Mama says:

      Ha ha! Gina- food usually is my motivation while running. I just happen to buy that candle awhile back during some sale. I LOVE it though. Do you have it?

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    Mmmm what a FAB breakfast!!! I’m totally trying these green french toasts!!! YUM!!!!

    Ok, something borrowed was great! What a great way to motivate you more on the treadmill! I wish I had a dang tv in our condo complex gym…..

    xxoo

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      STUFT Mama says:

      Kris- yes, it was the perfect treadmill movie. I try to stick to romantic comedies so I WANT to run to watch them. Next up is that new one with Reese Witherspoon. Can’t remember the name off hand.

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    I read the book but haven’t seen the movie yet. I always hesitate seeing the movie version because they are never as good. I am glad you are realistic about your table decorations, so funny. I of course can relate, my decorations for a few years were so sad because the kids would just destroy everything.

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      STUFT Mama says:

      Marie- I read the book a really long time ago. I can’t remember it that well, so I couldn’t compare too much. It was cute though. You should see it!
      And yes, I won’t be buying any more decorations for AWHILE!!!! 24 hours and that table decor is going strong though.

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    Annette Bailey says:

    Had the green tea latte with the espresso. I loved it– great tasting. My stomach was a little upset after I ate it, though. I need to remember to ask for no syrup. I forgot and it was too sweet. It really filled me up.
    I always eat the same things over and over again. I have to watch it though, because the kids get sick of it much sooner than me. For lunch everyday, I have your favorite bread toasted with warm Boar’s Head peppered turkey, pepperjack cheese, pickles, purple onions, lettuce, tomato, and buffalo sauce. Yummy.

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      STUFT Mama says:

      Oh yes, get it unsweetened with just ONE pump of sugar free vanilla syrup. :) Glad you liked it! Did they give you a weird look when you ordered it?
      Um, your sandwich sounds amazing! Buffalo sauce on top? I bet that is so good!!!!! I’m going to copy you!

  11. 11

    Nice run, mama!!! Wishing I had a treadmill!
    Using a movie to motivate sounds just like something I’d do…anything to help pass the time!

  12. 12

    Woot woot for 8 miles!! That was such a cute movie:)

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    JennCGMommy says:

    I finally happened to have all the ingredients for your baked smores french toast, so I tried it this morning; DELICIOUS! Kinda like a french toast/bread pudding! LOVED IT!

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