Breakfast. And whatever else this coffee makes me write.

I love food. I LOVE it. I love that something so simple can so quickly provide me with energy and happiness and joy. But BREAKFAST FOOD?!?! It sends me over the edge, just thinking about it.

I get to go in late to work Monday mornings (this semester only), and for the most part–I haven’t felt the extra time. I always schedule a workout at the gym, so basically I’m waking up early–drinking a protein shake & headed out the door for the day. But today, thank you Trainer for being out of town–I will do that workout you texted me eventually–, I actually slept in (and thank you sleep). I contemplated going on a bike ride in this morning, but then I thought about the idea of a real breakfast. Turkey sausage, eggs, toast & jam, and an iced coffee=BRILLIANT idea. It’s completely different when you’re eating a slow breakfast, too. You can savor everything and not be worried about blow-drying your hair at the same time.

My breakfast memoir looks like this: cinnamon toast, sausage McMuffin/hash-brown/orange juice, glazed donuts covered in sugar (I was a real health nut when I was a kid). Fast forward to adult life: various cereals (Kashi especially), oatmeal (for years!) w/ brown sugar & pecans, breakfast tacos, a veggie-packed (+avocado) omelette, waffles w/pecans (anything with pecans), scrambled eggs and toast, apples (of course). While I don’t do things like french toast or pancakes very often, I’m not opposed to other people enjoying them alongside of my breakfast. I like the looks of all breakfast food. I really like the looks of biscuits drowning in gravy (though the taste is underwhelming to me). I like when the coffee keeps on coming. I like the promise of the day ahead. In New York, I tried drinking mimosas and such for breakfast–but this just led to dangerous shopping expeditions in the city (did my friend just buy light up shoes? she did! hilarious!). Now I prefer my breakfasts completely sober. Unless it’s breakfast in bed, then I can always sleep the buzz off with a nap.

So, my moodiness from earlier in the weekend has been replaced with a stabilized happy vibe that will most likely last through the holidays (I love the holidays like I love my breakfast–and luckily, I have loads of slow, lingering breakfasts over the holidays). I am so eager for Texas this week. Wow, I’m looking down at my iced coffee…really in need of a refill.

I can’t write without briefly commenting on my workout week: I went for a 28 mile bike ride yesterday (prepping for some long rides I’m doing over the holidays). Cooler weather, but I was happy to wear all my winter biking gear that rarely makes an appearance in L.A. I was not happy for the extreme winds hitting me from all sides. I got an amazing ab workout just trying to stabilize myself & keep from falling off my lightweight bike. My shoulders were all tensed up from the stress of the ride, so I came home all exhausted (but happy). I went to my massage guy again this week. My knee is better, but it’s not totally well. I know I need to take some real rest, but it is so hard for me when I can do the sport itself without pain. I am running a 5k on Thursday–which I have not been training for at all, but oh well, I should burn as many calories as possible in order to truly enjoy my T-day meal. Otherwise, I’ll stick to swimming (ugh, let me tell you how NOT fun it is to be in the pool when it’s cold out…brrrrr) as much as possible for the next couple of weeks.

I’ve got a new mentor when it comes to being an athlete. Her name is Jessi Stensland & she’s a pro-triathlete & amazing. She’s all about looking at the complete package (strength, power, endurance, flexibility, nutrition, rest, recovery) instead of just mindlessly plodding away trying to get miles in (mostly how I’ve approached everything until this past year or two). Like all aspects of my life, I want to maximize my potential. And by following a traditional triathlon plan, it’s all about getting the hours in. She is about maximizing the hours you can realistically put in–and spending just as much time strengthening your muscles & working on technique–so again, you’re not wasting your time. I’m going to attend her Movement U series in Lake Forest in a few weeks. It’s a day long program for triathletes, and I know it will offer me guidance for the upcoming year. She’s very much about knowing why you are doing every workout you do–being an active part of creating your training schedule– and I’m the same way. I can’t wait for this!

I should really take a shower and put my clothes on. It’s 10am! I’m almost ready for another round of breakfast…