Jelly + Cheese is the Way to Be

A three day rest from the gym definitely rejuvenated my workout mojo.

I was more than ready to get back in the gym this morning after a weekend filled with wedding cake, champagne, wine and cheesecake. While those are all wonderful things, they are things that leave me feeling a bit sluggish when enjoyed in large amounts back-to-back.

BodyPump got my heart rate up and my muscles burning and made me feel like my old self again. It’s amazing what a good workout can do for your mind.

I really do think I workout just as much for my mind and personal sanity as I do for my body. After a few days away from the gym or lots of physical activity, I start to feel antsy and almost cranky. My body likes to move and sweat.

It feels good to be back!

Breakfast

After my workout, I took Sadie on a walk around the lake near our apartment. She was acting a bit sluggish this morning.

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I think she’s still recovering from a fun weekend at home with my family. She loves staying at my parents’ house with my mom, dad and sister because she gets lots of attention. Such a spoiled little girl.

After our walk, I came home and made myself breakfast.

The return of my favorite bagelwich!

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Jelly + Cheese is the Way to Be

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A small bowl of salted mixed nuts was also enjoyed on the side.

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Comments

  1. says

    Wow I never would have thought to pair cheese and jelly but it actually looks really good! I did eggs and jam for the first time this year and I couldn’t believe I’d waited so long to do it!

    Loved your Shape article by the way! I read it earlier and thought it was so clever (and yummy!)

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  2. says

    Thank so much for that article on what to eat before you work out. During my last workout, I felt absolutely drained and had a clue that it might be from my diet, but didn’t know how to fix it! Thanks again!

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  3. Holly @ The Runny Egg says

    I love getting a good workout in after a weekend with a few too many drinks — it really helps clear my head! I agree with you about working out for mental clarity and sanity as much as health and fitness.

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  4. says

    I can’t wait until my workout today! (whoa, never thought I’d hear those words come out of my mouth!) But really, I tend to indulge more on the weekends and love starting the week out right with a workout!

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  5. Alex @ The Plum Foodie says

    Just a few days ago I tried raspberry jam on a whole wheat English muffin toasted with a sprinkle of goat cheese – it was SO good. I had never thought of putting jam and cheese together but you inspired me to do so. I could eat it for dessert, it’s that good! Danka :)

    And I know EXACTLY how you feel about getting in a good workout after missing it a few days. It really does wear on your mind just as much, if not more than, your body. I certainly workout for my mind as much as my body. Healthy minds are just as important!

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  6. Kristin says

    You looks so beautiful in your bridesmaid dress! I am glad you had a good time :) Also, I miss following your exercise log. Is there any chance that it is coming back?

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  7. says

    Sometimes I feel so guilty when I don’t get to the gym for 3 days, or the like, but once I’m back all the energy and motivation I have to workout makes the break worth it. When I go to the gym every single day, I forgot what it feels like to actually enjoy and look foreword to my workout. So, I’ve become a big supporter of little breaks here and there to try and keep from burning out!

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  8. Yolie @ Practising Wellness says

    Welcome home, Julie! I totally agree with you – working out is not just beneficial for your body but also for mind aswell, to a huge degree. I love those happy hormones and feel-good feelings you get from a great workout, getting your heart pumping and your muscles working. Unmatchable :-) Congratulations on your new article for Shape magazine, that’s absolutely awesome! I’m gonna head over there to check it out….love me some oatmeal ideas! :-) Man…salted nuts…so good…we got a massive container of roasted salted almonds from Costco and they are soso moreish! :-P xyx

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  9. says

    I’m the same way, Julie. Take me away from working out for more than a few days, and I start to climb the walls! I need my sweat session ; )

    PS. Have you ever been on Pinterest? I was on there last night, and Ryan’s and your wedding pic (the one you took before the ceremony—around the door frame) was on there! I was like “WOAH! That’s Julie!”

    Haha so random, but thought you’d appreciate it!

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  10. says

    Oh I loved your freelance post! The salmon burgers area really creative use for granola! And aw Sadie is so cute, even when she’s tired! I love the idea of these cheese and jam sandwiches- do you use a toaster oven to get the cheese to melt?

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  11. Jv says

    Just read this quote and thought you might enjoy it too : When the body is strong, the mind thinks strong thoughts. – Henry Rollins

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  12. says

    I hear you on the exercise and sanity/feeling healthy. When my friend and I ran a half marathon last year her bf made us t-shirts that said “Running keeps me sane” – it was pretty fun and kina true!

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