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. WIAW … round fifteen .

August 17, 2011

EEEEeeeEEEeee! Kaiah’s gonna be just fine!

EeeeEEEeeee! 28 more days ’till I move!

EeeeeeEEEEee! It’s WIAW πŸ˜€

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I woke up this morning with absolutely no appetite and no desire to eat. A rough day + a bad night = one Amanda that’s all out of whack 😯 But after sitting down at the computer with a warm cup of tea, and reading all of your amazingly supportive comments, tweets, and e-mails, I began to feel a bit better and decided it was time forΒ breakfast

Eggy bananafied oats topped with almond butter and chocolate pudding.

I spent the rest of the morning trying to keep myself occupied while I waited to hear from the vet about Kaiah. Now, I’m not the most patient person in the best of times, so this morning was sheer torture. Eventually, I gave up trying to keep myself occupied with menial tasks (like tidying and painting my nails), and turned to exercise as a way to try and relieve some stress.

But not beforeΒ snackingΒ first…

Β 

Rice cake topped with almond butter protein frosting and raisins

Not gonna lie; today’s workout sucked big time – so much so, that I don’t even think I can call it a workout. I did 15 minutes of intervals on the treadmill to warm up before moving on to weights, but I threw in the towel about halfway through my routine because my heart just wasn’t in it.

I would say that I was dragging my feet because I had too much on my mind, but I think I’m going through a bit of an exercise slump because a lot of my workouts have been subpar lately. I can’t even really remember the last time I broke a good sweat, and I have no idea what happened to my motivation.

Maybe it’s just a phase. HopefullyΒ it’s just a phase πŸ˜•

In any case,Β lunchΒ was a much more satisfying experience…

Greek yogurt mess with Puffins, puffed wheat, Kashi Honey Sunshine, trail mix, and extra cinnamon. Mango protein pudding.

Salad beast with simple salad dressing

Mmm Mmm Good. But the best part of all was that I finally got the news that I was waiting for…

… and you can bet your bottom (gah, how old do I sound?!?) that I broke into dance before running out the door to bring my baby home. Ky’s kind of embarrassed about the whole ordeal, and told me not to share anything tooΒ personal on the blog, but basically she has an infection in one of the scent glands around her… errr… butt, which was causing her a lot of discomfort and making her all irritated and antsy. At first they thought that they were gonna have to operate, but it turned out not to be so bad and it should clear right up with antibiotics alone.

HugeΒ sigh of relief.

I worry about her because she’s getting kind of old. She has the energy and attitude of a 6 month old puppy, but in a few short days she’ll be 8 years old, and I start to see her real age during the still moments when she’s not running around and being a goofball…

But enough about that. It’s happy time now. And Β snackΒ time too!

Deep Chocolate Vitamuffin, banana, almond butter, Greek yogurt.

Looks tasty, doesn’t it? I suppose it was, but I have to admit that I’m kinda, sorta getting tired of Vitamuffins. I used to think they were all that and a bag of potato chips, but let’s be honest here – that was back in the early days of my recovery when realΒ desserts were scary, and my own baked “treats” were basically sugar/fat free lumps of flour and water.

What was I thinking?!? 😯

Needless to say, I won’t be buying another box after I get through the one I have, which means that I need to start looking around for a good chocolate muffin recipe (anyone know of any?). Until then, I’ll try to make the most of what I’ve got to work with…

I know. I feel sorry for me too πŸ˜‰

But anotherΒ snackΒ more than made up for what the first one lacked…

Rice cake (obsessed) topped with almond butter and honey.

AndΒ dinner… err… yeah…

Pumpkin Hummus Tortilla Pizza

I hated it, obviously πŸ˜‰ And now if you’ll excuse me, I have a cuddle date with a furry face and aΒ bedtime snackΒ to look forward to…

Oat bran mixed with applesauce; Greek yogurt, flaxmeal, cinnamon, and maple syrup.

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Do you ever experience exercise slumps? How do you get out of them?

Have you ever been really impressed by a certain food/recipe, only to find that it no longer appealed to you after a while, and you find yourself wondering what you saw in it in the first place?

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  1. August 17, 2011 5:11 pm

    Yay! So glad your puppy is okay! I’ve had the exercise slumbs before too – I just tend to take a few days off or switch up my workouts!

  2. August 17, 2011 5:12 pm

    Good to hear Kaiah is fine, you must be super relieved πŸ™‚
    I go through a lot of exercise slumps, usually it means I’m either exhausted or bored with whatever I’m doing…I usually go make a few new playlists/download new songs and do something outdoorsy instead.

  3. Kaydee permalink
    August 17, 2011 5:12 pm

    So glad that your dog is gonna be okay! It’s true that a dog really is a person’s best friend.

    Kaydee at findingkaydee.wordpress.com

  4. August 17, 2011 5:13 pm

    EEEEeeeEEEeee! I’m so glad Kaiah is okay! Don’t worry my first dog lived well into his teens, and he was an unhealthy dog (massively overweight). I’m sure your have lots of more secrets and memories with Kaiah!

  5. August 17, 2011 5:18 pm

    Kaiah. I had a guinea pig named Kaia but pronounced the same way (I think?). Loved my guinea.

    I’m so glad your puppy girl is okay. πŸ™‚

    And to answer your questions… I’m always in an exercise slump. I hate exercise. So if you find the secret, lemme know.

    And… hmmmm… I think I still love all the foods I ever loved… I just find new stuff to love and then I forget about the old stuff and then I rediscover the old stuff and I’m like “WHERE HAVE YOU BEEN ALL MY LIFE?!” Yeah… That’s my story.

  6. August 17, 2011 5:21 pm

    The past little while I’ve been going through a bit of a workout slump… but I think in time’s like this, the reason it happens is because of redundancy. Switching it up helps a lot… it’s a little harder since I don’t have a gym membership so I’m stuck resorting to the equipment I have at home, but also switching up my music on my iPod motivates me. Speaking of which this post has motivated me to get my buns on my bike “to workout or not to workout that is the question” is what’s been ringing in my head for the past half hour “I don’t regret working out while I’m doing it, but I regret not doing it”… something a long those lines.

    Keep your chin up girly you’ll get through it!

    So happy your gorgeous pup is okay!!!

    Samantha
    http://flavorator.blogspot.com/

  7. August 17, 2011 5:27 pm

    SO HAPPY ABOUT KAIAH!! When I saw your tweet I squealed with happiness!! πŸ˜€

    I’ve had exercise slumps, but trying a new thingy helps! Or taking some time off, so you’re ITCHING to get back and sweat it out!! Mmmm now I’m craving a chocolate muffin…at 1am… πŸ˜›

  8. August 17, 2011 5:34 pm

    i’m so happy kaiah is going to be fine! i know how scary it can be when your fur-baby isn’t feeling well.

    when i get in an exercise slump i either take a day or two off and come back with a vengeance or i try something new – a new class, running route, or dvd!

  9. August 17, 2011 5:36 pm

    Thrilled everything is okay with Ky! I know how miserable waiting can be. My dog once got into a room where be doesn’t usually go and ate a bottle of naproxen. Bad news bears. He was rushed to a vet hospfial and spent almost 2 weeks there as they medicated him and tried to promote the recovery of his kidney (he had lost almost 70% of it at one point) it was pure torture having to go and see him looking so I’ll and sad, thankfully he had made a full recovery and is ip to no good as usual!

  10. 2tightlywound permalink
    August 17, 2011 5:37 pm

    So happy to hear that Kaiah is okay (albeit a little embarrassed about her condition ;)).

    And I think I might have stolen your workout mojo; I’ve had great workouts all week. When I’m in a funk I try to switch things up, or take a few days to rest.

  11. August 17, 2011 5:39 pm

    I hate slumps!! happy WIAW though! your eats are great as usual. Loving the pimped out rice cake πŸ™‚

  12. Jessica permalink
    August 17, 2011 5:41 pm

    That’s great news. I’m glad Kaiah’s going to be fine! It’s so horrid when one of your furry-family members is not 110%.

    My whole life is an exercise slump. Just kidding. Well … sorta. πŸ˜‰ If I don’t want to exercise, I don’t. If I get bored, I try and find something else. It might be just a brisk walk or it might be packing myself off to the swimming pool … I think change helps.

  13. August 17, 2011 5:43 pm

    So glad Kaiah is alright! Gosh, I love that name. If I’m even saying it right, in my head{Kai- ya} ? I might name my child that if you don’t mind. Not that im becoming pregnant anytime soon.
    For the workout situation, maybe try something totally new! Like power yoga, or zumba.

  14. August 17, 2011 5:44 pm

    Yay for [soon to be] healthy puppies! * Happy dance ! *

    I just had the worst running slump ever. I stepped back, did some casual walking/random weight lifting, before I found the desire again. Sometimes I just need to cut back to almost nothing to truly MISS working out and how good it makes me feel.

    I used to be absolutely OBSESSED with granola/granola bars. So much so that I can’t eat them now…I can do a little sprinkle but I totally ate granola SO much that it lost its deliciousness. Same with special k…I used to eat it for like 2 meals a day. So ridiculous. I get into seriousss food slumps!

    Have a great night!!!

  15. August 17, 2011 5:45 pm

    I love your foods!! Come cook for me please!! I’m so glad your puppy dog is all okay that puts a huge smile on my face!
    I’m in an exercise slump now. Running isn’t fun anymore because of my plantar fasciitis grr
    Ha yes! I have been fascinated with certain healthy recipes only recently to try them again and dislike them. The mind tricks πŸ˜‰

  16. August 17, 2011 5:45 pm

    Whee! I’m so happy she’s alright. I totally lol’d at the ‘butt’ thing. I would be embarassed, too. But the most important thing is that she’s alright, eh? πŸ˜‰

    I do love vitatops, but simply because I’ve yet to find a good chocolate muffin recipe! I’ve never really had much of the other flavors because I know I can make my own of something similar that’s just as good! Nomnomnom. Let me know if you find something promising!

    I tend to get exercise boredom. I’ll get super into something and do it a few times, but before long I’m wanting to do something else. Eeep.

    I go through food phases, so I tend to look back on things and think ‘hmm, how did I ever eat that so much?’. Hah.

  17. August 17, 2011 5:50 pm

    So SO happy Ky is okay.
    Phew.

    Exercise slumps happen — let’s be glad we are not exercise slaves and that a minor phase won’t turn us psycho like in days of disorderly conduct, amen?
    We throw in the towel, wonder what is up and eat good food.

    I must ask…since you’ve been such a pimp..have you ever tried these thin rice cakes? You should (if you want). They rock. They don’t replace the thick kind they are just different.

    http://www.amazon.com/s/?ie=UTF8&keywords=suzies+thin+cakes&tag=googhydr-20&index=aps&hvadid=13497838530&ref=pd_sl_1ich4yhlni_b

  18. August 17, 2011 5:50 pm

    So happy to hear your puppy is okay! Sweet relief!
    You made me chuckle with your idea of dessert when you were recovering- lumps of flour and water… I feel ya on that one, same for me in the worst times!
    All of your eats always look so so good, I am ever impressed πŸ™‚
    I’m sure you will get out of the phase soon… I have definitely experienced them too. Perhaps try something different for a few days and see how that makes you feel? Like a class maybe or at-home style stuff. I find that changing my routine gets me a bit more pumped

  19. August 17, 2011 6:00 pm

    I’m so flipping happy Kaiah is gonna be a-okay! What a sigh of relief πŸ˜€
    All of your noms are oober tasty lookin, especially that glorious greek yogurt mess you had for lunch, holy wow! πŸ˜›
    I’ll be keepin my fingers crossed you can get out of your exercise funk, it can be so frustrating hitting plateaus like that. I’m sure you’ll bust through the sub-par workouts in no time and come out even stronger! Sometimes I like to change up my workout with something new, like yoga or bike riding for a day instead of the same ol’ same ol’, it always seems to get me back on track! Best of luck and happy WIAW! πŸ™‚

  20. August 17, 2011 6:08 pm

    So thrilled to hear that Kaiah is going to be fine! What a relief! By the way will she be moving with you next month?
    Im sure that everyone gets in exercise ruts after a while – maybe its because you have has so much on your mind with the move and Kaiah – im sure its only temporary!
    Love all of your yummy meals from today – rice cakes wopped with nut butter and raisins-perfect snack!
    Have a great Thursday!
    πŸ™‚

    • August 17, 2011 9:06 pm

      She won’t be able to come with me, no 😦 The place I bought doesn’t allow pets, but I’ll still probably be coming to see her everyday, and taking her for walks in the river valley.

  21. sarah permalink
    August 17, 2011 6:12 pm

    Ah, I’m so glad the pupster is going to be fine, whew!
    I think everyones exercise motivation ebbs and flows. A new class, activity or routine normally busts me out of a slump. Reading my favourite fitness magazines, books and about inspirational figures in the fitness world normally re awakens my passion for working out. If you have been working particularly hard or are experiencing burn out I think a complete break from formal exercise can help. I like to use this time to try out other hobbies. Say ,like experimenting to find THE PERFECT chocolate muffin recipe, and sharing it with ME;)
    Friggin foodgasmic eats- not that I expected anything less from you<3
    Xxx

  22. August 17, 2011 6:19 pm

    I think everyone goes through exercise slumps! Mine always roll around when I’ve been doing the same routine for too long. If I’m bored, I’m forcing myself to do it, and if I’m forcing myself to do it, then I’m most definitely resenting it. I don’t ever want to resent something I love, so whenever this happens, I change it up a bit! Or take some time off. Don’t expect every workout to be amazing, because that’s like asking a pig to fly. Motivation comes and goes. Switch it up for a little while, and the enjoyment will return! Sometimes I take exercise slumps as a sign that my body is asking for a break. Whenever I take a little bit of time off, I’m super eager to get in a hardcore workout again!

    On another note, I’m so glad that Kaiah (and her butt) is okay! And your rice cakes = snack porn.

  23. buttonss - Cherie permalink
    August 17, 2011 6:26 pm

    Excellent news about your little pup!! Poor little thing 😦

    Perhaps you were a little stressed so your stomach wasn’t really wanting any food. Thats what happens to me, I loose all hunger when I’m stressed and have to make myself eat even though I’m not hungry.

    I’m definitely thinking your just in a slump with the exercise. In a week or two you will probably be working your little butt off at the gym and loving it!!

  24. Sarina permalink
    August 17, 2011 6:39 pm

    Yay Kaiah! I really believe that with a loooot of love, dogs can live for a very long time. My previous dog was pushing on his 18th birthday before he passed away. Don’t worry, they can hold on for quite a while πŸ™‚
    Exercise slumps motivate me to find something new to discover… one led me to join up for body combat classes at the gym and then I was having a great time, and then when that phase fizzled out I discovered Zumba, which is still going strong. Sometimes it leads around in a good cycle, where you are dying to return back to a workout you used to do… almost like your muscles are just asking for a bit of variety!
    Different flavoured yogurts are usually what I originally love – ‘omg, where have you been all my life!’ – only to realise a few tubs (and slight addiction) later that I’m actually wanting just plain natural again. Happens every time πŸ™‚

  25. August 17, 2011 6:40 pm

    So glad your doggy is okay! And your WIAW eats are rockin! Every post I’ve read with all your eats of the day always look sooo good. πŸ™‚

  26. Yaara permalink
    August 17, 2011 6:46 pm

    Hey Amanda!
    I first want to tell you how much I appreciate your blog. You are so honest and sincere and say things that are real. You don’t sugar coat which I love!! I am so happy that Kaia is going to be ok. I totally know what it’s like to feel a lack of motivation. I have severe issues with indecision and that mixed with my lack of motivation was just insane. This morning was a prime example–I went from–I think I’ll do intervals on the treadmill…no wait I’ll do a workout dvd.. oh no wait I’d rather do a yoga class. Then finally it was around noon, i felt hungry and I was like..screw this I’m having lunch. Then I just felt guilty and self loathing the rest of the day.
    These things happen. I think it’s best to not be to hard on yourself and just remember tomorrow is a new day. Try adding some new poppy songs to your ipod–that always motivates me. I hope you get out of your slump!!

    Yaara

  27. August 17, 2011 7:10 pm

    YESSSSS!!!! I am SO glad to read that Kaiah’s going to be just fine!! Is she able to come with you when you move, or is she staying with your parents?

    And don’t worry about your workout slump πŸ˜‰ take some time off and see how you feel! i wouldn’t say i was starting to dislike running, but when I took a bit of a “forced week off,” i was SO excited when I could get back into it, and really looking forward to it πŸ™‚ or maybe you just need to switch it up a bit?

    I used to love Vita Muffins, too πŸ˜‰ Now I don’t buy stuff like that, and just make it myself when I catch some time. I don’t have anything against it, I just never realized how over-priced they are :X

    • August 17, 2011 9:19 pm

      No, Ky has to stay home with my parents 😦 New place doesn’t allow pets. But I’ll still probably be seeing her every day anyways. And some time off sounds like a good thing. I’m pretty sure that’s what I’ll end up doing.

  28. August 17, 2011 7:12 pm

    So glad to hear about Kaiah!!

    I love rice cakes topped with anything delicious! Such a great snack! I especially love the flavored rice cakes πŸ™‚

  29. August 17, 2011 7:35 pm

    I have been thinking of you and your Kiah all day! Glad your baby is okay!!

    My puppy is almost 8 too but he doesn’t act like it all! He has little grey hairs around his face , but I refuse to believe he’s old because he’s got the spirit and energy of a puppy. πŸ™‚

    I’ve never even had a rice cake before, but methinks I should try one though. You pimp them out so well I want to give it a shot!
    I myself am in an exercise slump too. I guess I need to come up with new routines or something.

  30. August 17, 2011 7:43 pm

    Yay! Yay! Yay! Yay! EEeeeeeEEEeee! Eeee!!! Ky is okay!!!!! I am so relieved and happy! I actually was thinking about her when I was praying last night. At first I was like ” really, pray for a dog?” but then I thought ” eh, dogs are God’s creation too! Why not pray for Ky?” so I did. You think it helped? πŸ™‚

    I feel you on the Vitamuffins. Everyone one made them out to be like the cat’s pajamas, but when I bought a few and tried them…I was less than impressed. I like to stick to my Chocolaty PB oats. πŸ™‚

  31. August 17, 2011 8:19 pm

    I realize now that while I was running, it was actually an exercise slump. I’ve learned there are multiple ways to workout besides cardio (strictly running)… including pilates, cycling, lifting, swimming. I look back now and even though I was in “running” shape… Was I really in shape?

    I tend to go through random food phases a lot… I always think things are REALLY good but then I branch out and find there is more to the world. My last one was probably dried mango slices. I mean, I still love ’em but there’s more to eat out there.

  32. August 17, 2011 8:21 pm

    ahhhh 28 will go so fast! and i’m so glad your gorgeous pupper is okay! ❀ phew! crisis adverted eh? Speaking of crisis, i need to go check on roxy =/ I haven't seen her all. day. and usually she sits at my feet and begs for flax seed oil. eep! tty soon love!!!!!!!

  33. August 17, 2011 8:29 pm

    I’m glad that Kaila is going to be fine! What a relief! πŸ™‚ Your oatmeal is making me so hungry right now and it’s like 9:30 at night!

  34. August 17, 2011 8:34 pm

    YAYYY so glad the puppy is gonna be ok!! πŸ™‚

    sometimes I get in workout slumps and its usually for one of two reasons: 1) I need to rest 2) I need to do a different workout! maybe either take a rest day or instead of your normal routine, take a spin or yoga class, go for a bike ride, go for a lil run outside….shake it up!

  35. August 17, 2011 8:47 pm

    A big hug to Kaiah from me! And do you know what? She is still pretty young. I got my little prince when I was 7th grade and I am not even completely sure how old he is now but he is still running around the flat and barking like crazy. I want him to live at least 20 years πŸ™‚ .

    Vitamuffins have always looked so appealing to me. Maybe because I have never had the chance to try them. Who knows? But I suppose everything gets old if you eat it for too long and at the end it is time for a change. I wish I could offer you a recipe from my collection of tasty treasures bookmarked through the years but… I have been without internet at home since I moved more than 3 weeks ago (crazy Japanese system!) and right now I can’t 😦

    • August 18, 2011 7:10 am

      They look appealing for sure, but they taste… different. Not bad, but you can tell they’re pretty much a diet food.

      • sarah k b permalink
        August 18, 2011 10:56 am

        You’re right about the taste. They look and smelll like chocolate cake, but the taste is, I don’t know, vitaminy? I still eat them as a snack but they are mixed in with flavoured greek yogurt to mask the after taste!

  36. August 17, 2011 9:14 pm

    Yay, I’m so glad your dog is okay!! That had to have been a huge relief :). I do get in exercise slumps sometimes. When that happens I usually take it as a sign to take a couple days off and get rejuvenated. I definitely go through phases with food where I’ll be really obsessed with something and then down the line I’ll be sick of it. A few years ago I was really into the whole “low-calorie” is healthy thing and I ate of bunch of foods that were labeled low calorie. I thought they were great at the time, but now I understand that they aren’t usually good for you at all and I prefer to eat the real stuff!

  37. August 17, 2011 9:22 pm

    I get out of exercise slumps by trying something new!!! I got a lil bit sick of running after track season so I bumped up my cycling and started swimming laps. πŸ™‚ I thought plain cottage cheese was amazing for a while, but now… no. I still like it on salads though!

  38. Kaila @healthyhelperblog! permalink
    August 17, 2011 9:26 pm

    YAY! So happy the pupsters okayy! I hate hearing about sick animals! I love them just as much as people!

  39. August 17, 2011 9:28 pm

    The news about Kaiah made me so happy πŸ˜€ She is so cute, and Im she is back home with you!!
    I havent had Vitamuffins before. But I do remember back when I used to be all about calorie counting, and I “fryed” my veggies in water and ate fat-free anything. I really did like it. I think.. Then i started the whole Atkins/high fat thing, and while I still was disordered and I hate Atkins, at least that diet made me enjoy my fats again. And I havent gone back on that. Now I love fats, and I never choose anything fat-free. The greek yoghurt I ate yesterday, was with 10 % fat πŸ˜€ Loved how creamy and yummy it tasted!

    Great eats πŸ˜€ Everything makes my tymmy hungry and my head happy πŸ™‚ Happy WIAW baby:**

  40. August 17, 2011 9:42 pm

    YAAAAAAAAaaaAAAaAAaAAaaaaaAAAYYYY!!! SOOOOOO pleased that your sweet (not so) little doggy is going to be all right!

    Oh yes, in the early days of refeeding I would try new things like “real” cookies and spread low fat spread onto a piece of raisin toast and think that I was in heaven. Now, it’s just normal to my taste buds. I also made many a batch of applesauce brownies (the low-fat, low-sugar kind of brownie O_o) and they were simply amazing. Now that I’ve been making “real” brownies, I can’t handle the applesauce kind. They’re so not as good as I remember them to be.

    xxx

  41. Brittany @ Itty Bits of Balance permalink
    August 17, 2011 9:44 pm

    I just discovered the wonderful world of hummus tortilla pizzas and THIS delight looks like the next invention I will succumb to πŸ˜‰

    I’m so glad your pooch is doing well– I really did pray for her today so it looks like God was listening.

  42. Healthy Hot and Happy permalink
    August 17, 2011 9:49 pm

    So happy to hear Kaiah is doing better! Your eats look great today.
    I hear what your saying about the vita-tops. I haven’t had them in over 8 months since i’ve been vegan, but prior to that I was addicted to those things. Not because they tasted amazing or anything, but because I was amazed by the fact that they only contained 100 calories and still gave me my chocolate fix. πŸ˜›

  43. August 17, 2011 10:46 pm

    So happy to hear about the pup! I love your eats! and despite the fact that they are often very similar (nothin wrong with that, I love food phases =D), you manage to change it up with the photography. So good! enjoy your chocolate.

    • August 18, 2011 8:36 am

      Haha yeah. Truth be told, I just can’t be bothered to think about new things to make. I used to spend hours trying to think up with new and creative meal ideas, but now I’d rather spend those hours thinking about something else.

  44. August 17, 2011 10:56 pm

    YAY puppy is going to be fine πŸ™‚ I had two slump days in a row so I’m taking it as my body needing a break – best to listen to it when it talks to you.

  45. Lenna (veganlenna) permalink
    August 17, 2011 11:37 pm

    I am so happy for Kaiah!!! Such a great news for you both, I am glad you are happy and smiling again πŸ™‚ Your meals look tasty, I am sure it helps to get through a day too πŸ™‚
    Sometimes I also donΒ΄t feel like working out and when I push myself and start working out, I just donΒ΄t “feel it”. I think that it is my bodyΒ΄s way of telling me it needs a) more rest, b) a change in my workout routine. So I usually give myself a little break or try a new workout (or change my running playlist :).

  46. August 18, 2011 12:07 am

    Glad to hear the pup is ok! When I really had no clue about nutrition and only cared about calories, I used to inhale sugar free jello like it were my job. The thought of them now makes me gag- all those chemicals, tastes awful and ridiculously overpriced!

  47. August 18, 2011 1:45 am

    So glad your dog is ok! I bet your so relieved! I bet your exercise slump is down to all the other stuff going on in your life – your probably so focused on moving that all your mental and physical energy is in that. I found that when I’ve moved house or had a lot on my plate – bad or good, my work outs have suffered because my minds been somewhere else. I’m sure once your settled your mojo will return!

    • August 18, 2011 8:41 am

      I’m thinking that might be the case, as well. It’s just weird because I always thought that feeling stressed would make me wanna exercise more as a way to relieve that stress, but I guess not?

  48. August 18, 2011 1:52 am

    so glad to read your doggie is a okay!! Your eats look delish as usual, especially those oats πŸ™‚ Sugar free jello used to be my jam, it was really the only dessert I ate. Now I think it taste like….well it has no taste, its just gross 😦

  49. August 18, 2011 2:33 am

    For me the best way to get out of exercie slumps is to totally switch up my workout, trying a new sport or a new machine. I usually am pretty stuck on one kind of exercise, say running and one machine, currently the stationary bike. But when I feel I get bored by it I switch to the incline elliptical for a few months or throw in a few trips to the pool. With running it usually helps me to run a new route, since I always run outside the possibilities are almost endless. Sure, I like running in the woods the most but sometimes running through different neighborhoods and see different parts of the area you live in can make your run much more exciting again.

  50. August 18, 2011 3:38 am

    i’m so happy that your gorgeous dog is ok. She really is beautiful. What breed is she? I think the best wy to get out of an exercise slump is to just do a little and not to push yourself until you get your mojo back. You are probaly too stressed with all the goings on in your life at the moment. I’m sure you will get bacjk to it soon enough and it’s not the end of the world either.

    • August 18, 2011 8:43 am

      We actually have no idea what breed she is because we got her from the shelter and she was part of a litter of stray puppies. The shelter said German Shep cross, but I think she probably has some border collie in her (a few of her littermates were black and white) and maybe some husky or elkhound.

  51. kabochafashionista permalink
    August 18, 2011 4:10 am

    Awww girly, you have no idea how happy I am for you!! I so felt for you..I’ve had way too many times when I’ve been all wound up over my pets being at the vets. Give Kaiah a big hug from me!! But eep..no wonder she was a little embarassed haha!
    I’ve had some exercise slumps but I’ve found that if I change it up even just for a week and then go back to it, I’m raring to go again. I also found that changing my workout playlist helped! πŸ™‚
    As for the chocolate muffins, I’m sure I can work on a recipe for you πŸ™‚

  52. August 18, 2011 4:33 am

    So glad to hear that your Kaiah is going to be ok! πŸ™‚ And I love chocolate muffins too. I’ve never tried the Vitamuffin.. does it have special vitamins etc. in it?
    Here’s my fav chocolate muffin/quick bread recipe. It’s actually chocolate and tahini (which I’m obsessed with right now!), but I’m sure it would be delicious with almond butter instead! I substituted greek yogurt for the apple sauce (essentially de-veganizing it) because i didn’t have any. Hope you try it when you can!\

    http://havecakewilltravel.com/2010/10/18/viva-la-vida-vegan/

  53. August 18, 2011 5:42 am

    I’m glad I’m not the only rice-cake lover. They need some good PR. I love ’em plain, with pb, or smeared with a Laughing Cow wedge. Cheap n’ easy.

  54. August 18, 2011 6:24 am

    Yay that’s such a relief that your pup is going to be okay!

    Ugh I know what you mean about bad workouts – I just got back from a run this morning and I’m actually embarrassed to admit how many walking breaks I took. It sucked!!! Sometimes I find that switching up my workouts for a while can get me out of a slump. πŸ™‚

    I used to be obsessed with flavoured fat-free yogurts like Silhouette and Source… but now they just taste way too much of chemicals and artificial sweeteners. I like my yogurt au natural thankyouverymuch!

  55. August 18, 2011 6:56 am

    i think i want a tortilla pizza for dinner. workout slumps are always hard. try making a new playlist, getting a new tank to wear to the gym, or take a few days off! good news about your puppy!!! πŸ™‚

  56. August 18, 2011 8:00 am

    I’m glad your dog is ok!!!

    Yes I get in exercise slumps all the time — I usually end up throwing my training plan out the window for a few days and I just do what I want — run, lift, exercise dvd, bike, etc — doesn’t matter, I just try to focus on moving each day. Then I usually get sick of not following my plan and hop back on the wagon.

  57. August 18, 2011 8:00 am

    Well as you know, Im in a bit of an exercise slump myself!! But its really only because I havent been getting ANY sleep, so Im really unmotivated to move let alone workout!! Great to hear the puppers is ok! My heart breaks whenever my little bear is not feeling well.
    P.s. I seriously need to get some rice cakes!! Your always looks so dang delicious πŸ™‚

    • August 18, 2011 10:59 am

      At the rate I’m going, I’m gonna need to get some more myself! I didn’t think I’d even be able to get through the pack when I first bought them, but I just can’t seem to get enough!

  58. August 18, 2011 8:39 am

    Oh your doggy. Awww. I’m glad that your dog is okay. So cute.

  59. August 18, 2011 9:44 am

    Yay! I’m so happy Kaiah’s okay! :] I haven’t had any exercise slumps lately. I think it’s because my workouts are never the same. When I do the same workout more than three times though, I’m not feeling it anymore. So I think if you try switching up your routine that should help :] I’ve been looking for a good chocolate muffins recipe too! I hope someone gives a good suggestion because I haven’t found anything so far.

  60. Lilly permalink
    August 18, 2011 9:44 am

    Awwww, yay for you pup being okay, great news! As for the slump, maybe try changing it up, maybe yoga to help relax during your move/ packing/ stuff, or just take a break all together. Usually when I take a break my body starts to crave exercise again, it is s awesome πŸ™‚ and it is all repaired, refreshed, and raring to go. I used to think I loved vita muffins, also when I didn’t do my own grocery shopping, but now they just don’t taste as good and I know just how darn expensive they are. Personally I do not think they are worth the money, I’d only pay that much for something super tasty and vitas just don’t cut it anymore.

  61. Odie permalink
    August 18, 2011 10:11 am

    I cant tell you HOW many exercise slumps I run into as a runner. I get sluggish, annoyed, and lose motivation for something that I usually love to do. Then i realize I’m forcing my exercising to exercise, not because i enjoy it. Then i switch my routine a bit, take a swim, run a different route, or just take a good lazy week and I miss running again!

    And Hun, 8 years old for your little pup is NOTHING! She still has plenty of years ahead of her :). My baby is at 13 and she still has the life of a newborn puppy at times πŸ™‚

  62. August 18, 2011 10:50 am

    So glad Kaiah is okay πŸ™‚ Yuck, I hate the exercise slump. I try to change up what I’m doing. If I’m hating running, I switch to yoga or just take a break altogether and just try to get out and have fun (that counts as exercise too :)). I used to love all kinds of diet food, like microwave meals and now when I see people eating them it just looks like such a small amount of food and my heart breaks a little bit.

  63. sarah k b permalink
    August 18, 2011 11:05 am

    I am so happy that Kaia is ok! When my dog was just 6 months old, she hope the board blocking the stairs and ate all of my sisters easter chocolate (she is a shitzu and the runt of the litter). I came home to find her surrounded by chocolate wrappers and I flipped out. I literally ran with her to the vet and got her stomach pumped. She was fine, the vet said milk chocolate is not as bad as dark chocolate, but it was still scary.

    The one fad recipe that I used to love was overnight oats. I ate it everyday last summer and now the thought of it makes me feel sick to my stomach.

    Also I just want to say that this is my first time commenting and that I love your blog! I used to read your old blog and I was so happy that you started writing again! Have a great day!

  64. August 18, 2011 2:24 pm

    I’m so so soooooo happy for you!!! Yay!!!

  65. August 18, 2011 4:18 pm

    I just opened like a million of your recipes in new tabs. And I am SO impatient, no worries πŸ˜‰

    Slashhh instead of eating VitaTops and VitaMuffins, make one of my SkinnyTops! πŸ˜‰

  66. August 18, 2011 4:58 pm

    Yay! I’m so happy your pup is okay! She is so beautiful :]

    I’m in an exercise slump right now and I am just using it as rest time. Maybe my body is just telling me it needs to take a break and then it’ll be ready to get movin’ again soon! Rest time is really important and you’ll be in the exercise mood in no time.

  67. August 18, 2011 6:47 pm

    It’s my first time seeing Kaiah and awwww she’s adorable! I’m so relieved for you AND her. Praise God she’s okay. πŸ˜€

  68. August 18, 2011 7:28 pm

    YAY! So happy you’re puppy is okay. It’s amazing the relationships hat we form with our pets, I don’t know where I’d be without my doggy.

    As for the exercise slump, I’m sort of in one too. I’ve been so busy lately that I by the time I’m all done with work and (summer) school, I’m ready for bed. I don’t have a car right now though, so at least I’m getting some exercise in with biking. Maybe try switching it up? I used to hate biking; now that its a necessity I actually don’t mind it.

  69. August 18, 2011 8:42 pm

    Aw I’m glad the pup is going to be ok! Shes such a beauty =) I made that oatbran concoction today for my bedtime snackage and it’s DUHlicious

  70. August 18, 2011 10:57 pm

    So glad your pup is ok!!! Makes me so happy!!!!

    I miss you so much! Hope your week is going great girl!!!

    xoxo ❀

  71. August 20, 2011 1:55 am

    Whew! So glad to read that Kaiah is okay!! πŸ™‚
    Every once in a while I feel really out of it when it comes to working out and I take it as a sign to take a couple extra rest days or to mix it up and do some more low impact exercises or just easy bikes/walks. After I take some time off, I’m usually more than ready to get back into my more hard core workouts.
    I’m still on the lookout for a knock my socks off chocolate muffin. I’m sure its out there somewhere! πŸ˜‰

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