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Eats Lately

It’s been a very long time since I’ve shared my eats lately. Don’t worry, I have been eating! I just haven’t felt like it’s been anything spectacular that needed to be shared. I also got out of the habit of taking pictures of my food. Sometimes you just want to dive right in, ya know?

Anyway, on to the food porn!


Breakfast 10913 - happyfitmama.comClearly I’m a fan of oats, nut/seed butters, blueberries and bananas for breakfast!

  • Blueberry oats with sunflower seed butter
  • Sweet Potato Waffles topped with Apple Pie Chia Jam and almond butter
  • OIAJ – The kids are always in awe when I eat oats out of a jar.
  • Raspberry Banana French Toast
  • Protein Pancakes inspired by Laura’s recipe
  • Homemade waffles with Chia seeds + bananas and berries tossed in coconut oil for bit on the stove.  Can’t get enough of warm fruit right now!
  • Leftover quinoa, unsweetened almond milk, bananas, blueberries, sunflower seed butter all warmed up together.
  • Apple Pie Chia Jam – I could put that stuff on everything!
  • More oats!


90% of the time lunch is leftovers. I never liked leftovers growing up but now I find that it’s super convenient when it comes to packing lunches for work or even on days that I’m home. No thinking required! A lot of times I’ll also throw leftovers on top of spinach or other greens to make a “salad.” Great way to get in extra veggies!

LunchDinner 10913 - happyfitmama.comClearly I like black beans and sweet potatoes as well!

  • Baked Broccoli Slaw Egg Rolls + Almond Sauce Noodle Stir Fry
  • Roasted Corn, Black Bean and Sweet Potato Soup
  • Quinoa with Sweet Potato, Mushroom and Spinach
  • A “Throw Everything in a Pot” soup with guacamole and chips
  • Black Bean Salad
  • Crispy Orange Tofu
  • Fish Tacos minus the taco
  • Barbeque Black Bean Pineapple Flatbread
  • Kitchen sink salad of fruit, veggies and quinoa
  • Fried egg, baked sweet potato, black beans, spinach
  • Grilled Caprese Chicken

Snacks and Sweets

Of course, I’ve been on an apple and pumpkin kick.

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  • Pumpkin Walnut Muffins
  • These apples went into an apple pie made by Ron! No pictures of the pie. Let’s just say it didn’t last long enough…
  • Fro-you – I’m in it for the toppings.
  • Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Doughnuts – rainy days make me want to bake and add chocolate to things.

For more meal inspiration, head on over to Jen’s!

What have you been eating lately?

A Day in the Life

I previously shared a typical Day in the Life in my job as a Clinical Exercise Specialist. Here’s another glimpse into my life with my other job (and most important) as Mama. This is what a somewhat typical (with a few atypical things) Tuesday looks like. Hopefully you won’t be bored out of your mind. Like I said before, I’m super nosy interested in how other people spend their days – the schedules, the activities, and the boring day to day stuff. Even mundane tasks are interesting to me! The link up for everyone is at the bottom of the post (plus a fun giveaway).

Zero Dark Thirty – (FYI I’m not sharing exact times for safety reasons). Wake up 20 minutes before my alarm goes off. Kind of annoying but there’s no way I’m staying in bed till it goes off. Who wants to hear that first thing in the morning? I quietly get dressed for a run, put my contacts in and brush my teeth. Head down to the basement for what was supposed to be three miles on the treadmill. During the first mile I decided to turn it into a speed work session. Seven miles later (3 @ 7:23, with slow 800s in between) I head upstairs. I thought about doing another mile to make it eight so I threw a long sleeve shirt on to finish it up outside. It turned into another two since I got distracted with how enjoyable the run was! It was a “fly by the seat of your pants” kind of running day.

treadmill/outside run - happyfitmama.comGet home from my run, the kids and Ron are awake getting breakfast ready. I do a few stretches, chug some water and take over so Ron can leave for work. While the kids eat, I continue with stretching and making my own breakfast. I’m starving! (I’m linking up with Jenn today for WIAW. Be sure to check out what everyone else is eating to get inspired!).

A Day in the Life Breakfast - happyfitmama.comFYI – I didn’t eat a bag of corn. It’s for icing my foot/ankle. 🙂 It takes at least a half hour for me to finish my breakfast (and ice my ankle/foot) with multiple interruptions of “I have to pee/poop,” finding a lost Lightening McQueen and refereeing two fights. I clean up the breakfast dishes and then finally take a shower.

Amazingly, the kids don’t interrupt my shower and are quietly reading books. Once I’m dressed, it’s time for everyone else to get ready for the day. Miss A likes to pick out her own clothes. Mr. L could care less. While A hems and haws about what stylish outfit she’ll wear, I strip all the sheets off the beds and empty all the hampers. It’s laundry day. Oh wait, that’s almost everyday!

I finally wrestle the kids down long enough to get them dressed and teeth brushed. While they have a bounce party on their beds, I start a load of laundry, clean one bathroom and do a few things on Facebook.

I try to finish getting ready for us to run a few errands but L requests I read The Three Little Pigs. One story turns into three. I text Ron to tell him I’m contemplating turning on the heat to take the chill out from the low temperature of 37 degrees last night. It’s 65 degrees inside the house. I hate being cold but it’s even more painful to turn on the heat this early!

I start another load of laundry and finally finish getting ready.We are out the door! First stop is Starbucks. Mama needs a PSL to warm her up! Second stop, Target, where I buy way more than what’s on my list (as usual). A picks out her Halloween costume.

A Day in the Life Halloween Costume - happyfitmama.comI think it’s way too early to think about Halloween but there’s only one left in her size so we get it. Plus, how can I resist Super Girl? I let the kids look and touch every single toy in the store so we are there longer than planned.

We head home and the kids want to play outside for a bit before lunch. They run around the yard, tell Cooper to chase squirrels and then load up their dump trucks with acorns. I sit in the sun and try to warm up. Dang it’s cold!

026After playing outside for a half hour, we go inside to clean up and make our lunch. But first I switch on the heat. I can’t take it any longer. My fingers are numb! I tell myself it’s only to take the chill out then I’ll turn it off. 🙂 The kids request the usual – peanut butter sandwiches. They help make their sandwiches and I cut up a peach for them to share. We talk about their friends at school and of course race cars aka The Cars movie (their favorite topic).

Nap time is here! We read a book together and then it’s lights out. I lay on the floor between their beds till they start to settle down. That happens very quickly today (some days I’ll have at least one, usually A, fight the nap but they are pretty good nappers still) so I sneak out of their room as they fall asleep. I’m starving and am ready for lunch. Today it’s leftover roasted red pepper tomato soup with zucchini and half of a turkey and hummus grilled sandwich. The house is finally warm but I’m still craving belly warming foods.

A Day in the Life Lunch - happyfitmama.comOnce the lunch dishes are cleaned up, I fold one load of laundry and start another (#3!). Now it’s time to sit down in front of my computer to start to type this post, edit pictures, answer emails and browse blogs. I plug away for about an 1.5 hours before I hear little feet coming down the stairs.

We read a couple of books as they start to wake up and get energized again. I ask what they want to do and “ride our bikes!” is enthusiastically answered. We head back outside for some bike riding. It’s an absolutely gorgeous Fall day.

A Day in the Life Super Twins - happyfitmama.comAfter riding, walking and me carrying L’s bike for a portion, we start back home. Tonight we are eating dinner out which is unusual for us. I get the kids and myself cleaned up and we wait for Ron to get home from work so we can leave for Sarah’s fundraiser for CHaD (Children’s Hospital at Dartmouth) at Flatbread Pizza Company.

Ron’s home so we’re off to Flatbread! Pizza, pizza, pizza! Their pizza is our favorite, hands down. I’ve never had anything bad. Ron gets his pepperoni and sausage, the kids cheese and I try the veggie special – veggie chili. OMG – so good!

A Day in the Life Dinner - happyfitmama.comIt was so great seeing Sarah! I hope she beats her new fundraising goal of $7000 (she already surpassed the original $5000!) and gets her PR in the Chad Half.

A night to be a hero fundraiser - happyfitmama.comWe leave the restaurant and go home. From the time we get home till just now, as I am sitting down to right this, has been a flurry of feeding Cooper, doing another load of laundry (#4 or 5, I lost track), brushing teeth, getting PJ’s on and reading Good Night stories. As soon as I am done writing this post, I am getting lunch and work clothes ready for tomorrow (it’s a go-to work kind of day) and also my running clothes. When that’s all done, it is bed time for me.

And before you know it, it’s time to wake up and do it all over again!

DayinthelifeButton_WEBI’m not sure if this was interesting or not. But it’s my life and you know what? I kind of love it!


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A Day in the Life of a Clinical Exercise Specialist

I get asked a lot about what exactly does a clinical exercise specialist do. I thought it would be fun to do a “day in the life” (and a What I Ate Wednesday) for me when I go to my second job (first job is Mama). I work at a hospital Monday, Wednesday and Friday in Cardiac Rehabilitation. This is a typical Monday for us.

I wake up naturally at a very early hour. Actually it’s 10 minutes earlier than usual. I quietly get dressed for a run, put my contacts in and brush my teeth. While I check my email, Facebook and blog, I do a dynamic warmup. Multitasking at it’s best.

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I do an easy 4 miler, stretch a little afterwards and then hop in the shower. Thankfully the kids are still sleeping so Ron and I can both get ready for work with a little less chaos.

Kids are up! Ron gets them dressed while I continue to get myself dressed, make their breakfast and mine all at the same time. They come downstairs and I’ll eat breakfast with the kids. Today it’s Overnight Quinoa Oatmeal. Just need to heat it up and add toppings.

quinoa oatmeal breakfast - happyfitmama.comHugs and kisses around as Ron leaves for work and we finish breakfast.

Once breakfast is done it’s a mad dash to get out the door before 7. I linger a little longer at drop off today since its the kids first full day in a new room – the BIG KIDS room. Settled and happily playing, I dish out hugs and kisses and I’m out the door to work.

dayinthelife - happyfitmama.com7:30 -9:00 I’m at work. Catch up with my coworkers, find out if there are any new patients starting today and get the telemetry monitors ready for the first monitored class. From 8-9 I supervise an exercise class of patients who have not had a recent event like CABG (coronary artery bypass grafting), MI (myocardial infarction) or stenting. I lead a strength training session for a small group of patients while others workout on various pieces of cardio equipment (treadmill, bikes, elliptical, Nu-step, Rowers) partway through the class. At the end of class, I lead a cool down stretching session for all.

9:00-10:00 Phase II Outpatient class comes in. These are the patients who have had a recent event and are at various stages of recovery. There is a new patient starting today who is 5 weeks post CABG surgery. I hook him up to the telemetry monitor and get him started on the new patient paperwork. While he works on that, I help take the other patients initial blood pressures. In the meantime, the new patient completed his paperwork so I take his vital signs (blood pressure, HR, Oxygen Saturation) and explain the Six Minute Walk Test. When the walk test is completed, I do an orientation to the exercise equipment and the gym and discuss his exercise prescription. When the hour is up, I lead the class in a cool down stretch.

10:00-10:30 Short break between classes so I grab a snack (homemade dill pickles from a patient – yum! and unpictured Larabar) and stretch/browse Instagram.


10:30-11:30 Another Phase II Outpatient class. During this class I am at the telemetry desk inputting patient data and watching everyone’s EKG for abnormalities. Class went by fast with no problems! Always a good thing.

11:30-12:30 I head to my desk to catch up on paperwork, charts and planning education for the patients.

12:30-1:00 LUNCH!!  My coworkers and I head outside to enjoy some sunshine and fresh air.

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1:00-2:00 Another supervised exercise class arrives. I help take everyone’s resting blood pressures before sitting at my desk again for more paperwork.

2:00-3:00 Last Phase II Outpatient class of the day. More blood pressures, inputting patients workloads into handheld PDA as they change equipment. I start two patients on a strength training routine now that they are 8 weeks post surgery.

3:00-4:00 Last class of the day! More resting blood pressures at the beginning of class. I then enter patient charges for the day and catch up on more paperwork while supervising the class. Near the end of class, we do a round of resistance band exercises for the whole body followed by a cool down/stretch.

After the last class of the day leaves, I put equipment away for the night and am ready to leave to pick up the kids from school.

The kids had a great first day in their new classroom. We chat about the day on the ride home and discuss what to have for dinner.

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5:15-7:30 is a blur of dinner prep, eating, clean up, bath time and then finally up to bed for a story or two.

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Ron usually comes home at some point during that whole blur. Once the kids are in bed, I respond to blog comments, emails and scroll through Facebook. By 8:30, I join Ron in the living room and talk about our day as I do core work and my physical therapy exercises. And because I’ve been up since zero dark thirty, I’m in bed at 9:30, zonked out.

There you have it – exciting stuff, huh? I should follow up with a typical “day in the life” of my other job – home with the kids. Which would be more thrilling? 🙂