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WIAW: It’s Cold!!


HEY friends!! This past week I’ve had a TON of exams so studying has kinda taken priority over blogging recently. I’ve missed blogging regularly and I’ve got so much to catch you guys up on! In the meantime…it’s time for a WIAW!


Recently I’ve been having WW English muffins with PB and fruit for breakfast, but it was a chilly morning, so oatmeal it was!


Blackberry and raspberry oatmeal and Morello cherry conserve. And an unpictured banana with almond butter on the side.


It has been SO COLD here recently! I am not a fan of the cold. I am literally counting down the days until my Greece holiday! Less than 150 days to go!


It was snowing, so I busted out my ski coat. I’ve never actually been skiing, but my dislike of the cold made me buy one, and it was seriously the best purchase ever!!


Lunch was Mexican sweet potato chilli. Chilli is definitely one of my favourite warming foods!


Love this chilli! Way too expensive to get normally, but when it’s on sale like it was today, it’s winning!


I then headed to the library for more study time. I cannot study without my caffeine fix Winking smile


I love that they are still using the Christmas cups!


Yesterday’s run was actually awful:


Yup, that was not a good session! I was only running 3.50’s for the few 1000s I did, and that was a real struggle! No bueno. I was also totally FREEZING throughout. Short sleeves are a no-go when it is snowing haha!


But the hospital tests went well which is the main thing, and when I got home in the evening, I was STARVING at ate about four dinners! Plus a LOT of these:


Peanut butter blondies! Reader Andy left me the recipe on my Facebook page, and I knew I HAD to make them! I made a few small changes to the recipe, and made a different frosting, but they are so so good! The original recipe is here.


One of the highlights of my day recently has been the daily Starbucks date with friends or teammates. Yesterday the barista treated me to a free latte! Love him!IMG_0345

Vanilla soy lattes are my current favourite!


What is your go-to warming meal? I love oatmeal, chilli, or mac&cheese if the weather gets cold! Hmmmm maybe I’ll make some macaroni tonight!


What do you have when you go to Starbucks? My best friend loves their Tazo teas, and I love their lattes!


What are you most looking forward to this week? I have something pretty exciting planned for Friday which I can’t wait to share! And Saturday I’ve got a big race which I’m excited and nervous for!


I’m off now on a 6/7 mile easy run, so enjoy the rest of your Wednesday! <3


24 Responses to WIAW: It’s Cold!!

  1. Oatmeal is my favorite thing in the winter for sure! I’m a cross between you and your mate: chai tea patted are my fave at Starbucks!
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  2. Those innocent veg pots were such a lifesaver last year! I used to buy a load whenever they were on offer and freeze them to take to work.

    My go-to warming meal is definitely soup – red lentil or a big hearty vegetable mix always does the trick.

    I don’t usually go to starbucks but whenever I visit coffee shops my new must-try is a chai latte. There’s a tea shop in Nottingham that makes the creamiest, spiciest one I’ve ever tasted and I’m totally hooked now!
    Nada (One Arab Vegan) recently posted..WIAW# 17 – Raw Food Lovin’

  3. I used to only ever have chai tea in starbucks, as it is so good, but now I love a chai latte too- esp with soya milk as it goes so frothy.
    Maria @ runningcupcake recently posted..WIAW- All the tea

  4. Hmmm,these blondies look so good!
    It’s freezing here in Germany,too,so I totally feel you,girl! I hate when it’s cold because I always turn into a human popsicle as soon as I step out of the door. :(
    I love warming soups or meals out of the oven to warm up again… Oh,and lots of tea! ;)
    Can’t wait to hear your exciting news,I’m so curious already! :D
    Have a great day,Emma!
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  5. ITS BEEN FREEZING!!! WORD on that one! SO sorry about the bad workout!!
    Carrie recently posted..My Pre+Post Workout Nutrition

  6. I’m with you on the chilli, perfect cold weather food. I love starbucks, got to be a chai tea soy latte for me!

  7. i love veg pots too! but i also only get them when they are cheaper, even 2 for £6 (which is an offer i’ve seen a lot) is rather pricey!

    I did buy them quite a bit in the autumn when Innocent did their tweet & eat campaign. I got loads of vouchers, in fact so many that some expired before i got to used them!

    Do you ever get a brain freeze when you run in the cold? I did 6 miles today (yay! finally catching up with the marathon training plan!) and even now my head feels weird – like it has been frozen.

    Warming meal is probably porridge although normally i can’t be bother to wait even then 3 minutes it takes in the microwave so just make and Options Hot choc instead. And i don’t like coffee so never go to starbucks & because i have no money i generally wait until i get home for a drink anyway.
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    • Yes they are SO expensive normally!! These were reduced though to £1.99 so it was a total win :) Bummed I missed that tweet and eat campaign, sounds awesome!!

      Do you wear a hat on cold runs? My head used to get painfully cold, but now I wear a hat or warm headband thing and it helps :)

  8. Your oatmeal looks sooo pretty! :D
    I definitely crave warm oatmeal and hot coffee when it’s cold out. I like starbucks tazo teas but only iced. For hot, I like the lattes or just regular coffee.

  9. Brr – it’s so cold, but I’m lucky that it hasn’t been snowing in Yorkshire (yet). That jacket looks very cosy though :-)
    The bowl of oatmeal looks delicious. I like oats to warm me up, but I actually had a smoothie this morning … I ended up really cold!
    Sarah (everydaysapicnic) recently posted..What I Ate Wednesday–Chilly Business

  10. Glad you enjoyed the frosted blondies! I’d love to hear your changes – always love hearing the inspirational tweaking people do to our recipes. :)
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    • They were SO yummy, thanks for the recipe!! I only made a few tiny changes, like using half WW pastry flour, subbing half the sugar for stevia, adding some almond extract, some chocolate chips…just little things like that :)

      Have a great weekend!

  11. Delicious eats! I love the purple oatmeal. Sorry about your workout :(
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  12. We need bad workouts to appreciate the good workouts! And that chile looks great :)
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  13. I totally feel ya on the studying > blogging. That was me last week!! I hope you do well… I ended up doing well enough that I don’t have to take finals!! So the blog break was worth it, as much as it pained me to miss out on so much!!
    I’m sorry about that workout :( We all have ‘em. When workouts go bad, I remind myself that having bad workouts make the good ones seem that much better!!
    Tara recently posted..WIAW in Miami!

    • CONGRATS on your amazing exam results!! Wow that is so exciting!! So no more exams for the rest of the year? I’m jealous :)

      I think the same thing about bad workouts! Some of my best workouts have been following bad ones! :)

  14. Those peanut butter blondes look delicious!
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  15. I agree-sorry to hear your workout wasn’t too good but you’ll rock your next race which is all that matters yo! So weird-we have actually had a mild winter here in Upstate. Hope it warms up!
    Hollie@lolzthatswim recently posted..Let’s Get On To the Next Month

  16. well….at least your hospital tests went well so it was worth it!! and eating four dinners is never a bad thing haha :-) I too can’t study without coffee…or without eating/drinking at the same time… – I actually have to go out to a coffee shop with wifi and study there – I just get so distracted at home and/or want to take a nap when I study on my bed lol. I hope all your exams went well!!!! aaaah and that chilli looks phenomenal. It was actually warm here today but I always crave chilli when its cold in the winter!

  17. I can’t stand the cold! I literally despise it. Thankfully it never gets tooo cold in Southern California. Oatmeal is definitely my favorite “warm-up” meal- yours is so pretty! The color is perfect for Valentines Day. haha
    I’m sorry that you had a less-than-stellar run. But, at least that means your next one can only get better! (:
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  18. Ugh, I hate the cold at the moment. It’s playing havoc with all my previous joint injuries.

    I’m not surprised you had a difficult run! Who the heck wouldn’t with that much of a gap between meals and the hideous freezing weather – you’re lucky you didn’t faint! I’m going to be like your mother and nag you not to do that again :P

    Porridge = the ultimate warming food.

    And Starbucks = Venti Soy Mocha with SF Vanilla or Caramel Syrup. New addiction.

    ~Jessica~ recently posted..(Another) Wordless WIAW

  19. Ooh I’m so jealous of your cold weather! Its almost 80 here. Uggh, it’s only February! I love love love Morello cherry preserves. Sorry about your bad workout! That really stinks. I love any chai latte, so at Starbucks that’d probably be what I’d get! :)
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  20. I just started reading your blog, and I’m pretty sure we are like twins, ferrr real. I am absolutely loving that sweet potato chili, and those peanut butter blondies look SO DELICIOUS!

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