When the Music Moves You

I slept like a rock last night! I guess that 4-hour night’s sleep from this weekend finally caught up to me.

As Ryan and I walked to the gym again, I began to wake up a bit and attempted to pump myself up for a good workout. Since I didn’t feel like going all-out right away, I warmed up with 20 minutes of light cardio on the elliptical beside Ryan while we chatted about the week ahead and our Easter plans. (Our Easter 2010 recap may be seen here.)

Once Ryan was done with his time on the treadmill, he hopped off and headed into the weight room while I hopped on his abandoned treadmill to complete a sweaty 25-minute interval workout.

I alternated running at an incline with speedier running at virtually no incline and in the end my workout looked like this:


Minutes Incline Pace
0-3 1.0 4.0
3-5 1.0 6.0
5-6 1.0 6.5
6-8 2.0 6.0
8-9 1.0 7.0
9-11 3.0 6.0
11-12 1.0 7.5
12-14 4.0 6.0
14-15 1.0 8.0
15-17 5.0 6.0
17-18 1.0 7.5
18-20 4.0 6.0
20-21 1.0 7.0
21-23 3.0 6.0
23-25 8.0 4.0

And a stat recap for those of you who are number-hungry…


During the one minute spent running at an 8.0 pace, the chorus to Glee’s version of Journey’s “Don’t Stop Believing” came on my iPod and totally reinvigorated my workout. Sometimes the music just moves you! I felt like I was flyin’ and powered through the remainder of my workout like a champ.

Victory! Flirt male


After our time at the gym was complete, Ryan and I headed home and I took Sadie on a 20-minute walk before getting ready for the day and makin’ breakfast.

Breakfast required basically no effort this morning thanks to a little prep work last night.

Uber chocolaty overnight oats, baby!


In the mix:

  • 1/2 c. old fashioned oatmeal
  • 1 heaping tbsp. chia seeds
  • 1 c. almond milk
  • 1 tbsp. cocoa powder

I topped my overnight oats with banana puffs cereal and ate ‘em alongside a cup of strawberry banana Chobani Greek yogurt for some protein.




This breakfast was so good. I was honestly a little sad when it was over.

Gotta get to work! Stay tuned for a giveaway this afternoon!


    • Caitlin says

      I see them all the time on your blog and have yet to have them:( But I would LOVE to enjoy them in overnight oats, muffins and yogurt:):)


  1. Ally (oatsandspice) says

    I love adding cocoa powder to my oatmeal – Usually I do 1/4 cup oat bran 1/4 cup oatmeal 2 tablespoons cocoa powder (I like a lot) a dash of cinnamon and stevia – YUM 🙂


  2. Karina says

    I love my Glee playlist for workouts!! Don’t Stop Believin’ is one of my favorites.. The only thing is that I tend to start singing along while working out… 🙂


  3. says

    I too get that deep sadness when a fine meal has come to an end. It’s like watching a ship sail into the sunset carrying all the things you ever loved…

    Oh and I’m happy to see that Journey carried you through. I actually cued that song up when I read this.


  4. Stephanie says

    I love when the right music comes on at the EXACT right moment!

    Funny enough, when I ran my first half last fall, as soon as I hit 11 miles, a new personal distance record, that same song (Glee – “Don’t Stop Believing”) came on and SERIOUSLY pumped me up! Love it 🙂


  5. says

    Don’t Stop Believing by the Glee Cast always pumps me up and puts me in a good mood! I also had a nice sweaty run this morning, and a pretty killer weights workout after which I’m sure I’ll be feeling tonight/tomorrow morning! Glad you had a great workout too! Can’t wait for the giveaway!


  6. carlee says

    I’m having chia seeds in my buckwheat bake this morning! Yumm! I need to try them in my overnight oats for sure!!

    I’m so excited for Easter! I’m gonna make some type of cute treat! idk what!

    Think your gonna go treat crazy on Easter when lent is over? ahaha, I would!


  7. Courtney says

    Don’t Stop Believing by Glee is one of my favorite songs to work out too! I ran my first 10k this past Saturday and that song came on during the last mile. It was the perfect song to push through and finish the run strong! 🙂


  8. Holly @ The Runny Egg says

    Woohoo for a giveaway!

    I love when a great song comes on and you just seem to fly!!! Awesome workout.


  9. Sherry says

    I love overnight oats!! I have not tried chia seeds yet but I will be picking some up soon. I love that bunny cake you made, so cute!! Hope you have some fun and tasty plans for this Easter, can’t wait for you to share!!


  10. says

    I think it’s so cute that you and Ryan work out together 🙂 I would think that provide a lil’ extra motivation in the morning. I like to run to Glee as well. Don’t Stop Believin is one of my faves, both the original and Glee version!


  11. says

    How amazing is the strawberry banana flavored CHOBANI?!

    It is mine & my boyfriend’s favorite, but it literally flies off the shelves here in Chicago. I picked up 12 of them yesterday because the grocery store actually had them stacked up.

    Hopefully it’s easier to come by down in FL!


  12. says

    Delicious looking oats! I really need to make overnight oats. I miss them! Perhaps tomorrow? Yum!

    I can’t wait to hear about your giveaway!! 🙂


  13. Lauren says

    Chia seeds & cocoa powder is my favorite overnight oats combo, and it’s perfect with banana slices mixed in too for more volume!
    Great workout today! One of my favorite songs popped up while running up a hard hill this morning, and it definitely motivated me to power up it.


  14. says

    Hum, your breakfast looks so tasty! I like to have a good breakfast after my morning jogging, you start your day feeling really good! You’re lucky to have enough time to go to the gym before going to work!


  15. Heather says

    I was just wondering – does Ryan eat the same breakfast food that you do, like chia seeds and baby puffs? I dont think that I could get my husband to eat a chia seed even if I paid him!!


    • says

      haha no. well, we generally eat the same breakfast on the weekends, but on weekdays we do our own thing. he eats a gigantic bowl of oatmeal with a big scoop of peanut butter and drinks a protein shake most mornings.


  16. Intern_Michelle says

    I make a “breakfast quesadilla” whenever I have to pack breakfast at school. It consists of a whole wheat tortilla w/ sliced banana, pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, and raisins. Chia seeds are an excellent addition to it! 🙂

    Give me a glass of milk and I’m a happy girl at 8am. 😛


    • Intern_Michelle says

      Forgot to say natural PB in there as well! That’s the only way the quesadilla sticks together, plus PB is just straight delicious.


  17. Catherine Mustoe says

    I envision chia seeds as having a nutty taste & texture. Would probably go great in stir fry or on a pineapple pizza? I would definitely try it on a number of different items 😀


  18. says

    Girl, I gotta ask – I’m sure you’ve told your readers this before but I’m a relatively new reader – your little puffy cereal things that you put in yogurt, etc – are those baby food? It looks JUST like what my sister feeds her two year old – and let me tell you – they are DEE-VINE. 🙂 I love them! If so, I completely don’t judge. 🙂 If not, what are they!


  19. Julie says

    Gotta let you know, I “stole” your treadmill workout for my lunch break cardio session today and it rocked! Thanks for sharing!


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