Hello friends!

So this happens at least once a year. Every news program is overrun by reports of an extreme storm that is headed in our direction. Oftentimes, at some point in the winter, Western New York is threatened by some major “NorEaster” storm that promises to dump 5,000 inches of snow in less than an hour. Usually, they end up downgrading the storm and nothing significant ever happens. I don’t usually get caught up in this sort of stormy hype, but I must say, this FrankenStorm feels different. Everyone who knows anything seems to be in total disaster-preparedness mode! Even at work, people who are normally very leery of overzealous weather reports were preparing for the very worst.  Earlier today, I made my way to the grocery store and not only were the managers in complete panic mode, but nearly every “staple shelf” was empty! The bottled water was sold out, the bread was gone, the stock of canned goods was nearly annihilated! I don’t know what is going to come of this, but let’s hope it doesn’t turn out to be anything too monstrous. Stay safe everyone!

This morning was definitely a sleep-in sort of morning, but Katie and I had made rough plans to hit the gym this morning and I remembered that my favorite Total Body Conditioning class is on Mondays. Since I’ve missed the gym for the last two days, I figured I might as well go. Also, staying in and hibernating all day today was out of the question anyway as I had a dentist appointment at noon!

Prior to TBC, I hit the elliptical for an interval workout that ended up totaling around 2.3 miles (and according to the calculator on the screen, scorched nearly 300 calories in just 25 minutes!). Even though my legs felt a little like Jello afterwards, TBC was a lot of fun and was filled with new moves that the instructor hasn’t really used before. It was also great to have Katie there as I usually attend those classes all by my lonesome.

Next I made my way to the dentist (is it just me, or does it seem that every Monday post I am talking about a dentist appointment?!) Today we were discussing a plan to fix a tooth that has been uneven for as long as I can remember and is a rather prominent spot. He did a composite “mock up” of what it will look like when he is all done and I am thrilled. So fortunately, no drilling today, unlike last time. 😉

Today’s lunch consisted of a bowl of my new favorite soup: Progresso’s Reduced Sodium Tomato Parmesan.

Tomato Parmesan Soup Progresso

It wasn’t until VERY recently that I decided that I am a soup-lover. I have always hated any and all soups (aside from maybe one or two of my mom’s homemade varieties), but other than that, I just couldn’t get behind it. Apparently I have chand my mind 100% and jumped right on board because now I can’t get enough of it. It’s the perfect lunch and if you choose wisely, it can be a pretty healthy option as well! Today I broke up half of a small dinner roll into the bowl and it was as tasty as could be. It is also nice that this particular variety is reduced sodium. I’m generally not too worried about sodium (unless we’re talking Chinese take-out or Ramen Noodles), but I do try to make myself aware of my intake. I once did a 10-day, VERY low-sodium “diet” around New Year’s. I lost about quite a bit of weight in less than two weeks. It was certainly a good New Year’s resolution jumpstart, but overall, that turned out to be not-so-helpful. I gained the weight back immediately after I started eating normally again (it was almost all water weight from the salt), but it definitely served to show me that sodium may be a good thing to at least be conscious of! Since then, I’ve read several articles suggesting that it is unnecessary to be too much of a sodium-stickler at my age if you are in good health and maintain a healthy lifestyle/ eat well otherwise, so I have definitely loosened the reins on that rule.

As it turns out, today has been the perfect combination of activity and hibernation. I really don’t like staying in all day anyway, but now it’s time to hunker down with a dog, a blanket, and a book and wait out this storm!

Stay safe, my friends! I will see you again tomorrow.

Day Off = Pancakes, Turkey Vultures & Novacaine

That’s right guys, pancakes, turkey vultures AND Novacaine. All in one day. Let’s get down to business. (For those of you who only read this for the workout updates, I’ve made it nice and easy for you to scroll down to that section 😉 )


I LOVE pancakes. Any kind of pancakes, any time of day. Today, since I had some time free time this morning, I decided to make some oatmeal pancakes and they were quite delicious, if I do say so myself. (MUCH better than the lemon-blueberry-quinoa-pancake-mishap of LAST week.)

Oatmeal Pancakes This is the recipe I followed. It was a combination of about four different recipes I found… here’s what I ended up with:

Oatmeal Pancake Recipe

They were delicious AND filling! A double win.

Turkey Vultures 

Alright, I’ll be the first to admit that I’m no ornithologist, but today on my way home from the dentist, a GIGANTIC, RED-HEADED, ENORMOUS-WING-SPAN TURKEY VULTURE skulked in front of my car. That’s right, a turkey vulture. It was TERRIFYING and the size of a small dinosaur. I have photographic proof so when people like my own mother doubt the validity of my bird sightings/ question whether or not I know what the heck I’m talking about, I can whip this baby out:

After he crossed in front of the car. Doesn’t look gigantic, but you’ll just have to trust me on this one.


I know that all of you dear readers who pursue each post carefully have been DYING to find out how my dentist appointment went today. Well, in true Brittany style, evidently the cavity was much deeper than they originally thought it was. The dentist left me with this little gem, ” I think you should be all set now! It was very deep, so if it continues to hurt after this week, a root canal may be necessary. But let’s hope not!”

Gee thanks, doc. This seems to be a trend with my teeth! They’ll be perfectly fine at one visit and then BAM. There’s a cavity the size of a crater. Also, I didn’t have a single cavity until I was twenty years old and that one DID end up needing a root canal! Sheesh. So much dental drama!

The filling was pretty uneventful, aside from the part where the Novacaine hadn’t taken full effect when he first started drilling (gaaah $%@^#!@ ouch.) annnnd it took about 2 million years to wear off. I was quite cranky and tired by the time I got home.

And now for the good stuff that you’ve all been waiting for!


There was a brief window this afternoon after the dentist where I considered totally skipping the workout again today, BUT my better judgment took over and by about 9 I was totally in the zone again so I headed to the gym where I completed the SINGLE most intense treadmill workout that I have ever, ever attempted. It actually maxes out the incline on the treadmill by the end and burns more than 300 calories in less than half an hour! After that, I powered through an ab workout that I found in an old issue of shape and left the gym happy as a lark at 9:59. Exactly one minute before they would have kicked me out 😉 All day long, I had big plans for a pumpkin smoothie at some point today, but by the time I got home, I didn’t feel like making it and it would have been too many calories for my liking anyway (dinner was a little on the naughty side!). So instead, I finally had a serving of the Beachbody p90x  Results and Recovery drink that a friend gave me in a protein-powder-for-recovery-drink-swap-out. It was actually quite tasty.

For some reason, today as I was huffing and puffing on the treadmill and trying *desperately* to convince myself that I could make it through, my thoughts shifted to the fact that workouts like tonight’s would really help me out if I were ever caught in the wild and had to run away from a crocodile, or a python or insert name of some other terrifying creature here. True? Sure. Normal thought? Not at all.

Also, HERE is the incline workout. The inclines go up as the mph goes down. The nice part is that every minute, you’re switching things up so as soon as you think you couldn’t possibly go on, you get to change!  I found this online a while back on another fitness blog (or possibly Pinterest?). PLEASE REMEMBER: I did NOT create this workout. I am NOT a certified personal trainer/ dietitian/ exercise physiologist/ cardiologist/ psychologist/ornithologist. I do NOT ENCOURAGE THE USE OF THIS WORKOUT, rather I am just *sharing* with *you* what *I* did tonight. User discretion is advised. (If you DO decide to try it at some point in your life, you can always tweak the incline level/ mph to make it just right for you!)

You’re pretty cool people. Let’s talk again tomorrow.