Breakfast with mom and my carbs

John and I met my mother for breakfast this morning.  No workout today.  I am taking it easy for my back.  We met at Cafe on The Park:


Tiny place with a maximum occupancy of 27, but I don’t know where that many people would fit!  The prices are so low here, it’s crazy.  I would have loved french toast or a big omelet, but I saw that oatmeal was on the menu, so I went with that.  I also ordered a side of peanut butter and put a jam packet on it 😀


It was just missing the banana!  Not sure why toast is served with oatmeal, but I managed just to eat 1 slice (I do love toast).  The 3 of us ate breakfast here for less than $12 – can you believe it?

This shirt was on the wall, and I got the biggest kick out of it.


Lunchtime included a mango that I got this weekend.  They were on sale, so I had to get one.  Plus some kiwi.  Boca burger with laughing cow.  Num.


It’s funny when you write a post, you never know what is going to stick out with the readers.  Yesterday I was focused on my strength workout, and it seemed everyone noticed all the carbs I ate!  I normally do not have that many carbs every day, but once in a while is not a problem.  Most regular readers know that I don’t eat a lot of actual bread or pasta (except for my bagels).  My carbs usually come in the form of grains (oats) or wraps.  Because I usually work out in the morning, I do the majority of my daily carbs for breakfast and only have fruit and veggies with my dinner protein.  And yes, I do eat bagels twice a week.  I love them and I don’t find food to be scary any more.  I think a lot of people are scared of breads.  Again, everything in moderation!  (I do have to say that phrase annoys me a little 😉  )

The main reason I don’t eat a lot of bread is because I am a volume eater and 1 slice of good whole grain bread can easily be 140 calories.  Sure, I could get the reduced calorie bread, but it either has splenda in it, or is too soft for me.  I loves me some hearty bread.  That is where the waffles come in.  Nutrigrain waffles are 140 calories for 2, so it makes for a perfect sandwich option!

My new buddy hung out by the window today.  Look how brazen he is!


He says, “You want a piece of me??”

John made lattes today.  He almost always does them with a little something extra.  This has his homemade dulce de leche drizzled on top:


I’m spoiled 😳

He also cooked dinner tonight as I made a dessert.  He did a stir fry of chicken and pineapple with teriyaki sauce.  Of course, you know what I had to add to that bowl!


I really wish I could get John to eat broccoli.  He will sometimes try a piece, but he doesn’t like it that much.  He is eating more veggies in general, though – so that makes me happy.  He is almost at his goal weight, too (stinker….).

I will show a picture of what I made for dessert, but the recipe is being submitted for a contest so I can’t share just yet.  Be known that it is very good and a bit decadent:


Gonna need to do some running tomorrow LOL!

It’s officially my weekend!  I have decided to goof around tonight and relax.  Watch Project Runway and have some couch time.

Question:  Project Runway viewer?

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20 thoughts on “Breakfast with mom and my carbs

  1. debby

    “I don’t find food to be scary any more” That is what stood out to me in this post. I think I am getting there too.

    No Project Runway for me–I don’t have TV now. I am finding it very peaceful. Every once in a while I think I miss it. but then when I am around it, I find it to be too noisy.
    .-= debby´s last blog ..Lazygirl Soup =-.

  2. Anne K.

    Wow, that is a good deal for breakfast! And that shirt is hilarious 😉

    Haha, I totally didn’t even notice the amount of carbs. I went back and I guess I can kinda see it, but you had fruit and veggies, too. It’s not like you ate 7 bagels and a 2 pounds of pasta 😉

    I love your squirrel! He’s so cute. And that fancied-up latte looks perfect. Enjoy your night!
    .-= Anne K.´s last blog ..Stop and Give Me a Thousand Jumping Jacks! =-.

  3. Carrie

    That t-shirt is hilarious. Reminds me of when I was in college and I asked someone in the kitchen about where to find napkins or something and that person told me to look, “over where the condominiums are.” Too bad he was just confused and not trying to make a joke!
    .-= Carrie´s last blog ..Hike to Eat =-.

  4. Fitcetera

    Your caption for the squirrel pic is hilarious. 😀
    That’s some control you have ordering the oatmeal when you wanted french toast or an omelet.
    French toast would’ve sent me over the edge. Must. Stay. Away.

    I agree with Debby … “I don’t find food to be scary anymore.” … stood out for me too.
    Was it hiding around corners and sneaking up on you? 😀

    Have a fantastic weekend!
    .-= Fitcetera´s last blog ..Herring Problem =-.

  5. Lynn Haraldson-Bering

    I found the t-shirt online! (love it have to have it :)) THAT’S what struck me in this entry. Sad, but true. I’m a condiment FREAK. Love them.

    Also, if you can eat bagels twice a week and oatmeal and other whole grains, go for it! I admit bagels do scare me. I love them but the older I get, the bigger the number those carbs play on my body. That’s why I love reading your blog and looking at your photos. They don’t look as good as it tastes, I know, but I have a great imagination and awesome memory.

  6. Lara (Thinspired)

    Stir fries just make me so happy! I think chicken + broccoli is the perfect combination 🙂 Pineapple just makes it more perfect. I’ll have to try that sometime.

    Hehe…that shirt is just hilarious. My favorite condiment is undoubtedly ketchup!

    Yay for mommy time 😉
    .-= Lara (Thinspired)´s last blog ..Typical, Atypical… =-.

  7. Susan

    Droool over that dessert!

    Funny that people noticed the carbs. I was focused on the lifting too! I’m the same way, I’ll eat carbs earlier in the day, but I usually skip the grains at dinner. Not on purpose for weight reasons, it’s just how I like to eat. Some bagels can have up to 10g of protein, add a little cream cheese to that and it’s not so bad! 😉 And yes, toast with oatmeal is silly 😛
    .-= Susan´s last blog ..Counting it Out =-.

  8. Josie

    haha, I just went back and read my comment and what stood out to me was the picture of your path! I’m in Florida where there’s no fall, no hills, and barely any landscape other than palm trees…so I love seeing all the fally pics.

    Good luck with the contest, that does look delish!

  9. insideiamdancing

    I love that diner t-shirt! I don’t get the oats + toast thing either, but I live in the UK where a standard breakfast is ‘cornflakes + milk with 2 x toast w/ butter and jam’. Totally on the same page with the light bread…airy fairy and does nothing for me!
    .-= insideiamdancing´s last blog ..Oh, It’s Friday Already? =-.

  10. Jody - Fit at almost 52

    OK, Lori, I am thoroughly hungry now!!!!! AND I JUST ATE! Your pics are so cool!

    I love to hear about your workouts cause you work out hard & are not afraid of the weights like a lot of women. Good for you!

    Like you, I like my carbs BUT certain ones. I am not a fan of pasta or rice or things like that. I like my bread too!!! I eat bagels about once a week now. At your age, I was able to eat them every day.. DANG AGE! I have found a bunch of different healthy but hearty breads that are lower in carbs, good protein & fiber & taste great so I enjoy those thru the day. I may eat FOUR pieces a day!!! YES, I said that BUT they are really good make up & probably are like one piece of someone else’s bread.

    I agree with you & like you, I eat more of the “heavier” stuff early in the day & more veggies & protein later. I have really had to work with my food since I turned 50 so it is constantly changing based on what the bod is doing. BUT, I will say, I will never give up my bread!!! I will give in to a bit of “squishiness” or a couple pounds before I do that!!!! I work out too hard to give it up!!! 🙂

    Love your blog!

  11. MB

    I love the condiments shirt.

    I admit I’m a Project Runway Fan. I felt so bad for the sick girl (?carol hanah?).

    Have a great weekend! Make it work 😉

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