Thursday, December 8, 2011

my less serious day: under the weather



Left - first 1/2 of my day @work. Sweater: LOFT; Jeans: Gap (Always Skinny); scarf: Lucky Brand via TJ Maxx; boots: Steve Madden. Right - second 1/2 of my day @home. Sweatshirt and t-shirt: unknown; PJ bottoms: Gap; purple slippers: unknown.


Despite not feeling 100%, my morning began with an ambitious 35-minute stationary bike ride (ramp interval) followed by a short walk with L around the neighborhood. Late morning I realized just how lousy I was feeling, went home early, and didn't move off the couch for the remainder of the day (except to fix food, of course).


Breakfast was a bowl of stove-top oatmeal (1/2 cup rolled oats + 1 cup almond milk + 1/2 cup water + 1/2 T chia seeds + 1/2 sliced banana + cinnamon) topped with 'baked apples' (1/2  sliced apple sprinkled with cinnamon and microwaved for 2 minutes).

Lunch was a Lean Cuisine. I only ate 1/2 this apple (see below) and many less almonds because my appetite was low.

Once I was at home, I chopped up half of my Pink Lady apple, sprinkled it with cinnamon, and microwaved it for 2 minutes. I needed warmth. I also had a few almonds and a mug of warmed almond milk.

For dinner, I needed soup. I didn't have any and I didn't have the energy to go to the store. So, I whipped up something on my own, which turned out great - a big bowl of spinach soup and a piece of whole wheat toast topped with hummus, cucumber, and salt.

Pantry Spinach Soup (serves 1)

2 cups chicken stock
2 garlic cloves, minced
1/2 tsp olive oil
1/2 onion, diced
1 carrot, thinly sliced
1/2 cup black eyed peas (or whatever canned beans you have around)
2 large handfuls of spinach
salt, pepper, oregano, basil, and fresh parsley (if you have it) to taste

Heat 1/2 tsp olive oil and 2 cloves of garlic for 30 seconds on medium high heat. Add onion and carrot and saute for about 5 minutes. Add the chicken stock, black eyed peas, seasonings, and spinach. Once the spinach wilts down, bring soup just to a boil. Turn to low and simmer about 10 minutes or until carrots are tender.

For dessert I had a FiberPlus Chocolate Chip Antioxidant Bar and another mug of warm almond milk. And, with a warm and happy tummy I proceeded to get in bed at 8:00, slept for 11 hours, and woke up feeling much, much better.

Note: this post represents what happened in my world on Wednesday, December 7. 


  1. Sorry to hear that you were feeling down. :( I don't have much of an appetite when I'm feeling lousy either...

  2. I hope you are feeling better! :(

  3. Comfort food and comfy clothes heal all ailments! You made me want to try my hand at making my own soup. With enough seasonings and some chicken broth, anything tastes good!

  4. Aw, I'm sorry to hear that you're not feeling well. It sounds like you're doing all the right things to nip it in the butt though. Rest and lots of fluids. :)
    I hope you wake up feeling better tomorrow!

  5. your work outfit is so darn cute and I am sorry that your second outfit is cause you were sick! it looks super comfy and cute.

  6. Awww I am sorry you are feeling sick! But you are doing everything you need to to get better :) I like to have warm milk when I am sick too... feel better soon lady!

  7. Sorry you were feeling under the weather, glad to hear that your feeling better though! :)
    When I'm sick, I go to be early too and sleep for soo long!

  8. awesome that you worked out even though you weren't feeling your best. get better soon!

  9. Hope you feel better soon friend! Warm milk makes me feel good when I'm sick too :)

  10. I just found your blog and I'm glad I did!

    Yummmo looking oats! And kuddos for working out even when you weren't feeling too good!

  11. Your work outfit is super cute! Glad to hear that you're feeling better. Sleeping cures everything. :)