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Back in the Saddle

by Courtney on October 30, 2012

After taking just about three days off from any sort of working out, it felt great to jump back in the saddle today. Gosh, it really is crazy how things can change, isn’t it? I love the fact that I wasn’t going nuts over not getting any workouts in. In fact, I actually enjoyed those few days…thoroughly! Not only is it good for the body, but it does wonders for the mind, too.

I started things off with some walking intervals – nothing crazy. I just switched up my speeds and/or inclines about every 5 minutes or so to make for a great, 40 minute workout. After that, I followed things up with 20 minutes of yoga and called it a day. Like I said, nothing crazy, but it felt gooooood.

By the time I had finished everything, I was feeling pretty hungry so I put together a quick snack.


Cottage cheese + fresh pineapple + strawberries. Seriously, fresh fruit with cottage cheese is just so good. So light and refreshing!

A couple of hours later, I ended up reheating some more leftovers for lunch.


I finished up the last of our easy crockpot chicken leftovers and had that along with some baby carrots that I steamed in the microwave with some garlic oil, salt, and pepper.


Not the most exciting or colorful of meals, but it really did hit the spot.

After lunch, I spent some time working on a few client training plans while I let a little something cook up in the oven.


I always get so excited when my breads actually cook up with the crack down the center, rather than just sink through the middle. Now let’s just hope it stayed that way, since I haven’t been out to check on it in about a half hour…which also means it’s about time for me to go grab a slice.

Or two.

And if it turns out well enough to share, you most definitely know that I will, ASAP.

But for now, I have to go make an emergency trip out for Halloween candy. I had told myself I wasn’t going to buy any, since we haven’t had trick-or-treaters in about 3 years, but wouldn’t it be just my luck if I decide not to have any and kiddos do show up. I’d feel terrible!

I mean, it can’t hurt to have a little chocolate in the house…plus, I really don’t want to be known as the house that gives out granola bars or raisins. They were always the worst, right?

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1 Julianna @ Julianna Bananna October 30, 2012 at 2:53 pm

MMM those strawberries look so yummy!! can’t wait to hear if the bread is any good :)
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2 Natalie @ Free Range Human October 30, 2012 at 2:57 pm

That looks yummy! You must get Halloween candy. Apparently, it is sacrilege (according to my husband) to be the house that gives bad Halloween treats!


3 Hannah @ CleanEatingVeggieGirl October 30, 2012 at 3:00 pm

We have great Halloween treats at my house this year: Jolly Rancher Chews, Gummy Life Savers, and Black Forest Gummy bears….all candy that I used to chow down on in the past..aka, hello stomachache! This year, however, I do not have to worry about that because all of these candies contain gelatin, something that as a vegetarian, I do not eat. Yes, I strategically planned this so that way I would keep my paws out of the candy bowl!
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4 Jennifer @ Peanut Butter and Peppers October 30, 2012 at 3:05 pm

I have to get Halloween Candy too!! The bread looks amazing!!
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5 Blog is the New Black October 30, 2012 at 3:11 pm

Anxious for that recipe from the bread queen! ;)
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6 char eats greens October 30, 2012 at 3:37 pm

We don’t have any halloween candy yet either and I’m still wondering if I should get some or not because of the weather and because we live on a new street, where it’s mud city! We have no grass on our lawns yet OR paved driveways. It’s not nice when it’s rainy aka…this week! haha
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7 Lisa October 30, 2012 at 3:44 pm

We’re the same at my house. We never get trick or treaters. It makes me super sad since I love seeing all the little kids get dressed up and get so excited. I’m hoping your bread turns out, looks good!
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8 michelle kim October 30, 2012 at 3:47 pm

Yummy leftovers!
And it really is a win-win to grab some candy (the trick-or-treaters will get candy or you will be set with Halloween-themed candy for a few months).
Also, it’s great that you feel good with resting for three days. The first workout back from a nice period of rest and recovery feels awesome!
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9 Shannon R October 30, 2012 at 3:58 pm

I know it’s your job, but it’s hard for me to relate to “back in the saddle” especially only after 3 days. Since I generally only work out 3 days a week maximum (and newbies here for inspiration are probably not working out at all anymore) I find it hard to relate to how this is really something to bring up. I love your blog and have been reading for a long time, I’m just saying that I hope it doesn’t fall into the FT blogger universe where it is totally unrelatable.
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10 Courtney October 30, 2012 at 5:33 pm

Hey Shannon,
Thanks so much for the feedback and for reading the blog, but I’m not quite sure I fully understand what you’re saying? I tend to discuss my workouts pretty frequently on the blog, so saying that I took a few days off and got back into it today would be fairly normal. I totally understand that everyone has various workout regimens, and I think that’s great; mine have changed drastically in the past few months, so I’m very much aware of the differences that everyone has and what works best for them. If someone, such as yourself, were to find my workouts hard to relate to, then that’s totally fair…I find myself unable to relate to many others too.


11 Shannon R October 30, 2012 at 5:47 pm

I appreciate your response. I just really love your blog and I know it isn’t really normal for you to go that many days yourself so I shouldn’t have read into it. I know you are not one to sensationalize and have a level head (or post junk just because you need a topic). I know you’ll keep it real, I’ve just seen too many bloggers I used to like transition into this weird “on what planet are you living on now?” phase that I took it out of context.

So I apologize in case it sounded harsh, I just think that you are on the right track and should keep at it! I’m just used to seeing the next post “and since I was in such a “rut” [link here] [link here] here’s my new sponsor” crap ;)
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12 Tara October 30, 2012 at 4:10 pm

I have to run out to buy Halloween candy tonight too!! EEK! I really hope the kiddies come, but if not…I guess it means some extra special treats in the house :) Also, I LOVE cottage cheese and fruit. What a winning combo!


13 Michelle@Peachy Palate October 30, 2012 at 4:12 pm

I love granola bars and raisins! I would have been delighted! The less then juicy mandarin oranges, bruised apples and candy without wrappers were always the worst!
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14 Sam @ Better With Sprinkles October 30, 2012 at 4:16 pm

Hated those houses when I was a kid! I’m not expecting any kids either, but I picked up some Reese’s peanut butter cups just in case. If I don’t get any little ones…more for me. :-D
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15 Chelsea @ Cardio and Cocktails October 30, 2012 at 4:17 pm

We get tons of trick-or-treaters at our house but I am waiting until tonight to get candy. We held off this long because having that much candy around the house would have led to us eating all the candy and then having to go tonight anyway!
I’m working on making a version of your tomato meatball soup tonight, the kitchen smells amazing!
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16 Marielle October 30, 2012 at 4:19 pm

Ha- I feel the same way about the Halloween candy thing….I bought way too much, so I really hope we get a lot of kids or I’ll be in trouble!
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17 Chelsea@Ahintofhealthy October 30, 2012 at 4:21 pm

Haha last year we bought a ton of Halloween candy and didn’t get a single trick-or-treater, but I am still going to get some candy again this year…just in case! :)
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18 Amanda @ .running with spoons. October 30, 2012 at 5:25 pm

I have no idea what it is, but we haven’t really had any trick-or-treaters around my place for a few years either… I still buy candy just in case, though, because it really does suck to have to pretend like no one is home when the doorbell rings :lol: Besides, candy is never really something that goes to waste ;)
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19 Shannon October 30, 2012 at 5:37 pm

I HATED those houses who gave out healthy food while trick-or-treating. I have a neighbor who gave out homemade brownies, and other goodies. Now that was my favorite house to stop at. ;)

Last year, we gave out fruit snacks so I’m assuming the few kids we have on our street are going to be avoiding our house this year. We told Mom not to get them, but she listened to us this year and bought Reese’s PB Cups. Good choice, Mom.


20 dee October 30, 2012 at 6:30 pm

I love when my breads crack down the center, too!! I was told growing up that it was the “smile.” So I took it as a sign of good bread! The first time my bread baked up with that crack, I got SO EXCITED that took pictures like it was my first child, and made it everyone’s business!


21 Erica @ For the Sake of Cake October 30, 2012 at 6:39 pm

Ohhh, Halloween candy… today was my second day under house arrest thanks to Hurricane Sandy and I totally broke into my stash!
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22 Chelsea @ GlitterAndSweat October 30, 2012 at 7:12 pm

fruit looks delish!! as does the chicken!! ugh i want to live at your house so i can eat your food lol
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23 Karla October 30, 2012 at 7:29 pm

We never get trick or treaters but we always buy plenty of candy! Milkyways and Reese’s cups… Yes please! What’s ur fav candy?
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24 Courtney October 30, 2012 at 7:35 pm

I ended up buying Twix and 100 Grand :)
(aka, 2 of my favorites)


25 Sarah October 30, 2012 at 7:58 pm

Love getting back into workouts… though it is nice to take off a few days once in awhile. even if it is pretty terrifying at first!
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26 Lydia October 30, 2012 at 8:06 pm

That breakfast looks amazing!!
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27 Danica @ It's Progression October 30, 2012 at 8:26 pm

I didn’t want to participate in handing out candy this year either but my husband said we just couldn’t be “those people” so he bought a few bags of candy. At least he bought chocolate? haha
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28 Katie @ Talk Less, Say More October 30, 2012 at 8:39 pm

That bread looks OUTSTANDING! I sure hope it’s good enough for you to share the recipe… ;)
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29 Emilie @ Hungry Delights October 31, 2012 at 12:30 am

That bread looks amazing – hopefully it turned out as you hoped it would :)
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30 Sue October 31, 2012 at 7:51 am

I get over 300 trick or treaters so I started stocking up in September. LOL. I got some chocolate, some lollipops, and some Dots. Since the weather isn’t cooperating, I’m wondering how many kids will come this year. I’ll just bring the left over candy into work with me. I work for law students and they will eat just about anything. Have a happy Halloween!!



31 Shana October 31, 2012 at 8:02 am

Its pretty much my goal in life to get bread with the crack down the center.
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32 Meghan @ After the Ivy League October 31, 2012 at 11:27 am

Haha, I am with you on that Halloween candy dilemma! I’m always afraid that the one time I don’t buy it will be the one year we get trick-or-treaters! I’m expecting some this year though, should be fun :)

And I went a whole 3 weeks without “real” exercise this month. Definitely the longest I’d gone in quite some time. I’m happy to say I didn’t feel the least bit guilty, I had to take care of myself!
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33 Bek @ Crave November 1, 2012 at 1:56 am

You could make home made cupcakes to give out? I’d be happy with that ;) I’m glad it didn’t bother you about not working out for a change- rest is GREAT!
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