Smile for the Camera + Fakeology Shake

Well look here, we made it through Monday! I don’t know about you guys, but I wasn’t quite so sure there for a minute, as packed as mine was. But surprisingly, it sped by!

Today started out relatively calm, though, despite not getting hardly any sleep (I’ll get to that in a minute.) My early morning client had to cancel (in advance) so I took my time getting ready for my run this morning. That means…

Coffee first! Shane and I are GJ Butter Toffee coffee fiends. Usually when I wake up and workout first thing in the morning, I wait until after my workout for coffee and only take BCAA’s beforehand.

Another nice thing about this morning is that getting ready for my run didn’t take much prep work thanks to the mild temps! At 6:30 this morning, it was already in the mid 40’s. That made for not as many layers:

Capris + 1 l/s (run swiftly) tee was all I needed.

I did my 5 mile loop, which worked out quite nicely with the workout on Tina’s boot camp plan today – 50 minute cardio blocks. It’s hard for me to do timed/interval runs outside, but I roughly followed this format:

  • Jog 5 minutes
  • Run hard for 10 minutes

Until I completed a little over 5 miles. The weather was gorgeous, too, which made it all the better Smile

I noticed today that surprisingly, I’m having little to no trouble adjusting to the time change. In fact, there’s not a thing I dislike about  springing ahead. Now if it happened on Monday morning instead of Sunday, we might have a problem Winking smile

After reading the news this morning, I learned that my acclimation to the time switch is probably due to my being a morning person. According to this article on msnbc, night owls really struggle during DLS in the spring –some even have trouble the entire following week. Studies show that there are even more workplace and traffic accidents the days following DLS!

Now, I wouldn’t call Niko a night owl per say, but she sure loves to sleep in.


Where’s Niko?

I don’t think she’s quite adjusted to the time change yet. I had to kick her off the bed as I changed the sheets this morning, but she found her way back to slumber anyway.

I told her to smile for the camera, and this is what I got! Can you believe that?? Good, you shouldn’t. I really just caught her mid-yawn 😉


You guys, this morning’s breakfast knocked my socks off. I haven’t been able to shake the deliciousness of the shakeolgy drink I had the other day, and it happened to inspire today’s breakfast:

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German Chocolate Shake – inspired by the shakeology shake I drank on Sunday.

Since I can’t bring myself to spend $120 on a bag of protein powder, I’ll do my best to replicate it. At first, I was just going to make a mocha frappuccinno, but then I said what the heck, and put a coconut twist on it. I’m so glad I did because this puppy tasted like dessert!

German Chocolate Shake

1 scoop vanilla protein powder
1 tbsp. cocoa powder
1/8 tsp of guar and xantham gums (optional)
1 tbsp. chia seeds
1 tbsp. instant coffee
2-3 tbsp. unsweetened shredded coconut
Dash of sea salt
½ tbsp. coconut oil
½ tsp. coconut extract (optional)
Stevia to taste (one packet)
1 c. almond milk
Handful of spinach
½ frozen banana
1 c. ice

Add all ingredients except the spinach, banana, and ice and blend to combine. Add the rest and blend until smooth. Sprinkle with coconut, if desired.

I’ll bet this keeps me full for a while.

Hopefully it keeps me awake for a while too. As I mentioned earlier, I got very little sleep last night – and not because of the time change. I was presented with a life-changing opportunity last night, and I basically accepted it. But of course as soon as one makes a big huge decision like that, panic naturally follows, right…right?! Right…I haven’t 100% made the decision, but when I do I’ll make sure to give more details. Until then, I’ll be here…shaking in my gym shoes. Smile with tongue out GAH!

OK, OK, gotta get to it (and hold my composure while doing it…compartmentalize what?) Have a good day, everyone!

How are you adjusting to the Daylight Savings switch?

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  1. Michelle @ Our Dream, Made Out of Real Things says:

    One of the best things about living in AZ is that we don’t do daylight savings here, but I remember when I lived in WA how brutal it would be on my sleep schedule. I’m not a morning person, so I’m most likely one of those people that suffered for weeks on end until I got into a new routine!

  2. My only real complaint is that it’s dark again in the morning. It makes it really hard to get up and get moving. Plus, I really don’t relish the idea of walking 3 blocks in the dark alone at 6:50am.

  3. Adjusting just like you – lots and LOTS of coffee! 😀 Have a great day!

  4. Surprisingly I have adjusted pretty well. To echo Heather’s comment – I’m not fond of the darkness in the mornings but I would rather have the extended daylight in the evening when I get home from work and can use it. I’m looking forward to some evening runs in this gorgeous weather we are having!

  5. I’m intrigued by this news… :)

    My old roommate used to talk about how she worked for Gloria Jean’s in high school. I often nodded and didn’t really understand what her job was bc I had no idea if it was a store or restaurant or whatever. Sad. Because their coffee is sooooo good.

  6. The daylight saving’s time is throwing off my sleep schedule for sure! I love the lighter days though :-) that shake looks great! I love German Chocolate cake, so it looks right up my alley!

  7. I am a huge morning person and actually love daylight savings time! I am sure I am one of the few though. I like the extra daylight after work since it is when we workout, means more outdoor runs! Oh and better light for supper photos :)
    Can’t wait to hear your news! I am a believer in going with your instinct and gut :)

  8. what a cute running shirt! that color looks fab on you lady! hope you have a fabulous morning :) it’s so dreary outside so i think i’m going to find my way to more coffeeeee

  9. Love German chocolate flavors. That looks and sounds so good!

  10. Im one of the oddballs who LOVES daylight savings and it doesnt affect me…mainly because no matter what time it is I get up at dark o clock so its dark no matter what time we’re in…I’m both a night owl and morning person..go to bed midnight-1 a.m. and up and going by 430 a.m.
    now I get to enjoy extra evening day light which is most awesome!!!!

  11. I love having the extra sunlight after work, but heading off to work in the morning in the dark makes me a little less peppy than normal. I’ve been yawning since DLS began!

  12. can’t wait to hear about your decision!

    I have also been struggling with the daylight savings time – I could not sleep last night and struggled to get out of bed this morning!

  13. Mmm I love the chocolate coconut shake idea! Poor Niko. 😉

  14. I actually lucked out with the switch, I flew to CO on Sunday, so that hour I lost I gained right back! Of course I’ll eventually lose it again when I head back to Chicago…

  15. I guess that “shakeology” stuff is more of a “meal replacement” vs. “protein powder” since it is equal carb/protein and has higher sugar/fructose for sure. But other than that the ingredient list is impressive I think. Looks like you made a balanced meal. Have you tried “Love Grown” granola…you need to add that on top!

  16. oh man, i had no idea shakeology protein powder cost that much! i only tried the samples. bummer. i love the stuff. i’ll have to use this recipe though – sounds great!
    spring forward affected me more last year than this year. this past weekend we were on vacation so i was able to sleep in and the loss of an hour didn’t really phase me. it worked out well!

  17. Definitely adjusting with coffee. That may be because my 5-month old is still adjusting :) That shake looks delicious!

  18. HAHA 😀 I cannot stop laughing at Niko’s smile!!!!!!!!!!!!! (or yawn! too funny!)

  19. Wow. Just wow. This looks SOO GOOD, and I have most of these ingredients already. I’ve bookmarked this to try at the weekend – thanks a bunch for the recipe! I had no idea Shakeology shakes were so expensive, either. I’ll definitely be giving those a miss.

    Our cats curl up in everything too. They’re so cute, and so is Niko. We used to get our horses to ‘smile’ by holding up something stinky (like a cut onion) and they’d roll back their lips and look at you like you were crazy. Hahaha. It worked most of the time!

    • It’s SO good. And so good for you :) Let me know how you like!

      • I just blended this up – or rather, attempted to. I opened the cupboard to find I had NO COCONUT (gasp). Not a nice surprise. I was going to follow your recipe, leaving out the banana (I don’t like them), but then since I didn’t have the coconut, I threw in almond butter instead, for a chocolate almond smoothie :) It was my first time using chia seeds as well, they’re a funny little texture aren’t they? I think I like them though. I will try your recipe again, this time with coconut, since chocolate and coconut are two of my favourite things!

        Have a lovely weekend!


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