Brighter + Bagels

I woke up with high hopes that today would turn out to be a much brighter day than yesterday. Yesterday was a complete bitch, and I hope I don’t have to repeat a day like that for a long time. It’s just part of being bipolar, I know, but it absolutely STINKS when I’m in a depressed mood. I hate to say it, but I’d much rather be manic than depressed. Both are hellish in their own right, but for me, mania tends to be much more tolerable.

I had Oats-in-a-Jar this morning … hooray for almost-empty peanut butter jars! My mix was a banana, 1/3 C of Quaker oats, about 3/4 C of almond-coconut milk, cinnamon, nutmeg, salt, and vanilla with pumpkin stirred in at the end. Cascadian Farm Organic Oats and Honey Granola and organic peanut butter as a topper, and coffee with Coffee-Mate Chocolate Espresso to drink!

I did my usual hour on the elliptical soon after breakfast, and I walked on the treadmill at an incline for a bit too, all while listening to the Miss Saigon Manila Cast. I just adore that show, y’all. It has some peppy music which makes working out fun – I basically zone out for an hour when I do cardio, and it’s blissful.

My Mom wanted to take me and Luke out to lunch after a doctor’s appointment, so we headed to The Bagel Place on Bell Street around noon. It was such a treat to see my mom and to eat lunch out, I have to say!

I ordered the half sandwich-half salad combo, and it was a TON of food. I ordered the Badger Sandwich, and they gave me the entire Parmesan bagel instead of half; for the salad, I ordered the Monica with chicken. Talk about delicious! The spicy turkey sandwich and the salad with the glazed pecans, strawberries, red onion, and chicken along with the raspberry vinaigrette made for a tasty lunch!

I polished off my sandwich and most of the salad … this girl was hungry after her workout, but I managed to sneak some salad and some of Luke’s Baked Harvest Sun Chips home. I was sufficiently STUFFED after lunch (Luke even gave me a bite of his Salted Carmel Brownie). The Bagel Place is comfortable, quick, delicious, and clean – I highly recommend this joint if you’re ever in my neck of the woods!

At home, I cleaned the apartment up (I especially took care with vacuuming and scrubbing the floors, damn that makes a difference!) while Luke talked on the phone with Geico about his bike … we’re still *praying* that it’s been totaled, and Luke’s phone call today made that sound promising, so fingers crossed.

Drogo was stirred up by the vacuum and came out to say “hi” – he’s so sweet! He’s still very full after his last meal. πŸ™‚

Luke “fur-minated” Calliope today (I admonished him not to get cat fur all over the clean apartment, but he kept the fuzz in a nice clean pile). The look of complete and utter betrayal on Calliope’s face says it all.

Next it was Persephone’s turn … no like-y!

My big-ass lunch held me over until 5:30, which is a rarity for me – I’m usually reaching for a snick-snack before then! My stomach started to grumble, so I fixed an Ambrosia apple with cinnamon and peanut butter which filled me right up!

Dinner was simply a Silk Vanilla Yogurt with a banana + honey and some roasted broccoli and carrot drizzled with ranch. My tummy wasn’t too thrilled with me at this point, I have to admit … I was feeling a bit yucky and tired for some reason, not sure why exactly, but there it is.

I had a pretty damn good day today, y’all. Despite ending the day on a tired and icky note with my tummy and headache, I’m feeling pretty great. Here’s hoping that the weather change is going to help my mood out (it’s supposed to be in the 80’s and 90’s this week with no rain). The weather definitely affects my moods, and yesterday was a cool and rainy day here, so I’m going to blame the weather on my depressed mood yesterday.

Alrighty, I’m off to watch me some Expedition Unknown! πŸ™‚

~ Mandy


3 thoughts on “Brighter + Bagels

  1. Hey girl! I so admire your vulnerability in sharing just the real, raw day-to-day. I love all your foodie posts, but I also thank you for the insight into what you are truly going through. I admire you tons. Hope you have a great rest of the week!


    1. Wow, your kind words mean a TON to me, Mackenzie! I admire you too (I’m now following your blog and I just love it)! I’m hoping I can help someone else out there who’s struggling like I used to (and sometimes still do). Have a wonderful day, pretty lady! πŸ™‚

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