Life in Pictures Link Up #1

Happy Friday! I was asked by Linda at Fit Fed and Happy to participate in her Life in Picture Link Up. I was happy to join in because I can definitely be wordy at times and this particular day’s pictures say it all!
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What is “Life In Pictures”?

Take as many pictures as you want throughout the week or day to recount the things you did avoiding as much text as possible. Your job is to guess what happened! For more info, click here. 
Fit Fed and Happy
Tuesday, 1/27:
Blizzard morning
Blizzard Juno
Blizzard Juno
Blizzard Juno
Squash and black bean chili
Where the Sidewalk Ends
Bookplate signature
Chocolate peanut butter dessert
Snow at door
Blizzard snow drifts at windows
Blizzard snow covering stairs
Blizzard Juno at night
Questions: Do you like telling stories differently? Were you in the blizzard’s path? Are you hoping a particular team wins the Superbowl? (Go Pats!)

Friday Favorite: Yogurt Parfaits

Hi all! How was your Christmas (for those who celebrate)?

Christmas tree 2013

Our holiday was hectic, but fun. It was wonderful to spend time with my brother, who was visiting from DC. He was entertaining, as usual.

Nick bag head

Today’s favorite is what I have for breakfast nearly every single day. What can I say? I’m a creature of habit and this breakfast can keep me full for over four hours! I usually switch to a hearty oatmeal mixture in the winter, but it hasn’t been staying with me as long as the yogurt.

Pumpkin parfait container

I make them ahead of time on “school nights” so all I have to do is grab one in the morning and go. I’ll usually make them ahead two or three times at a time, but no more than that because then the mixture can get kind of slimy.

Parfait top

What’s in the mix? I combine:

  • A handful of almonds (I have a small hand, so about 1/8 cup?)
  • A handful of uncooked oats
  • Approximately 1 tsp chia seeds
  • Approximately 1 tsp flax seeds
  • Approximately ½ cup plain Greek yogurt
  • A little less than ¼ cup Siggi’s or other flavored yogurt (if I don’t have any flavored, I’ll increase the amount of plain and add some agave or maple syrup)

The almonds add extra protein, the oats, chia seeds, and flax seeds add fiber, and the chia seeds and flax also add healthy sources of fat. Protein + fiber + fat = full for hours!

Parfait ingredients

As you can see from the picture above, I had some leftover canned pumpkin, so I added that and a little bit of cinnamon to make a pumpkin pie-inspired parfait.

Yum!

Yum!

Aw, all gone! :-(

Aw, all gone! 😦

Does anyone else have the same breakfast every day? What’s your favorite go-to breakfast to keep you full through the morning?

In Return to Running news, I have successfully completed Stage 3 after one attempt! I used the track again, KT tape, custom orthotics, and Sauconys. I warmed up with medicine ball rolling. I could tell my app was malfunctioning again because I actually exercised for over twenty minutes:

Run 12-22-13

I’m going to attempt Stage 4 today (which is actually the same as Stage 3). What will be different today is that I don’t have KT tape on my foot, so we’ll see how that impacts the plantar fasciitis. Everything else will remain the same. Oh, and I’ll be trying out a different app. I’ll let you know which one and how it worked.

I have to admit that I haven’t been as good as usual about icing and rolling my foot the past week, so I’m lucky my foot is feeling so good. I do keep an extra tennis ball/Foot Rubz set under my desk at work, so I’ve been trying to do that whenever I remember.

PF under desk

And of course, the dorky spreadsheet update (with mileage and date adjusted due to minor setback a couple of weeks ago):

Returntorunning 12-22

If you click in on them, the full size images of these look better. I’m still tweaking with the settings to get them to look better. 

Returntorunning stage 3

Does anyone have any exciting New Year’s plans for next week? Whole Health Husband and I will probably go low-key. After so much celebrating since Thanksgiving, something mellow sounds good to us.