Not Ready To Let Go

It blows my mind, every year without fail on Nov 1st out goes fall and in comes Christmas. Don’t get me wrong, I love Christmas as much as the next person but please stop trying to rush my life away! I still want to savour fall and all it’s wonderfulness, the weather seems to agree with me, today it hit almost close to 10 degrees out and not a cloud in the sky. Absolutely perfect fall running weather, of course I had a treadmill/elliptical workout on the schedule (thank you IT band) and I was tempted to ditch it for sunshine but I stuck to the plan. I am hopeful that tomorrow’s weather will be just as good as I have an outside run planned.


I worked out today over lunch for the first time ever in hopes that I would discover the answer to my problem. When the days are so short how do you find time to workout in the sunshine? I work 9-6 most days, so it’s pretty much impossible. I think I have tried every option and found no answer I am happy with. Today I tried out the lunchtime thing and though I showered I was running 5 minutes late, rushed, felt gross, and did not have my post run relaxed feeling. I felt like I was in a race against the clock so that option has been killed. So after much thought I have determined that running in the dark as close to sunrise as possible is going to have to do. I’m a morning runner but getting up to pitch black darkness is brutal on me and I have no idea why. I guess because my body feels like it should be still asleep, I will have to teach it otherwise. The long days of summer are behind us, we have just a few more weeks to enjoy fall, before the cold winter is upon us. Perhaps as I hang on to fall for dear life a bowl of pumpkin oats will be the right amount of encouragement to get me up in the dark to see the beautiful sun rise.


Pumpkin Oats (serves 1)

  • 1/2 cup oatmeal
  • 1/2 cup vanilla soy milk
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/2 cup pumpkin
  • 1 tbsp chia seeds
  • 1 tbsp sliced almonds
  • 1 tsp brown sugar
  • 1/2 tsp pumpkin spice
  • 1/2 tsp carob powder
  • 1 tbsp nut butter


Bring water and milk to a boil. Add in oats, pumpkin, and chia seeds and cook until desired consistency. Top oats with nut butter, almonds, brown sugar, pumpkin spice, and carob powder. Just as a side note carob powder can be found in Canada at Bulk Barn, it is a replacement for cocoa in any recipe and has lots of fibre, iron, and calcium (source).



What time of day do you usually workout? How do you fit your life around it?

What’s your favourite season?

Pumpkin Bread

Early this week I teased you with a shot of the pumpkin bread I made Saturday. I am very proud of this bread because it is the first thing I have ever baked that comes entirely from my own recipe, all mine! Prior to this all my baking has come from other people’s recipes so this is a big deal from me! Expect lots more. I, like every other blogger out there, am on a pumpkin binge -pumpkin smoothies, oatmeal, and this bread! Expect lots more pumpkin where this came from. This bread is super moist and dense, I can’t get enough of it!


Pumpkin Bread (1 loaf)

  • 1 cup old fashioned oats
  • 1.5 cups flour
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar
  • 2 egg whites
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 3/4 cup canned pumpkin
  • 1/2 cup vanilla greek yogurt (or plain)
  • 1 tbsp pumpkin spice
  • 1/2 cup vanilla soy milk


Preheat oven to 350 degrees and grease loaf pan. Mix all dry ingredients then fold in wet ingredients and mix well. Pour mixture into pan and bake 55 – 60 minutes until you can test loaf with a toothpick and it comes out clean! Slice and serve hot. Smile




Share your favourite pumpkin recipes in the comments!

Weekend Lovin’

Things I love about weekends:


Sleeping in and late leisurely breakfasts over coffee and good conversation : )



Long runs (long for me and my IT band these days) – 3.2 in 34 minutes (first split was 8:14 wowzas)

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Wine … and pop chips haha



Time to bake and cook big extravagant things – like pumpkin bread (recipe coming this week)!



Mostly time to breath, recharge, catch up, and get ready for the week ahead!

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What have you been up to this weekend?