WIAW: Life Lately {Workouts, Bad Marks and Staying in Touch}

Hi guys! Happy WIAW!

I wasn’t really feeling pulled in a certain direction today and there are a bunch of little thoughts running through my head so today I thought I’d just do some chatting.

Apple Pie Oatmeal

Slow-Cooker Steel-Cut Apple Pie Oatmeal // Raisins //Coconut // Peanut Butter 

Firstly, I had never tried making oatmeal in the slow-cooker before but waking up to a hot breakfast yesterday was pretty amazing! The above recipe was delicious and has me itching to experiment a little bit.

Apple Pie Oatmeal

Breakfast for dayssss

On the exercise front, I’ve been digging a new-to-me method of working out and basically the plan is to have absolutely no plan. I just start a stopwatch and perform a move for 40 seconds, and then rest for 20 while I think about what I’ll exercise I’ll do next. It keeps me on my toes and goes by SO quickly.

If you don’t have much of a mental repertoire of exercises to draw upon, you could jot down a list before starting and then just pick from it randomly as you go. I go for things like mountain climbers, push-ups, squat jumps, thrusters, bicep curls in a squat, kettlebell swings, jump rope, etc. Often I do some intervals on the treadmill for 15 or 20 minutes (sprints and incline walking), then do this “no-plan” for 15 or 20 minutes and finish sweaty and happy.

Lunch Plate

Lunch Plate: Vegepate on toast (so addicted) // avocado // veggies // hummus

On another note, I wanted to mention my “conversation lists” just in case it’s helpful for anyone else living away from their family and/or significant other. I can’t remember when I started doing this but I have a running note on my computer and phone of things that I don’t want to forget to tell Josh and/or my parents during our next FaceTime call. They’re just silly little anecdotes and thoughts I have throughout the day that would probably otherwise escape me. But talking about those little details instead of just the big bulky items – like how my exam went yesterday and what I did today – keeps me feeling so in touch and connected.

Bark Thins

Savouring the last bits of my Bark Thins!

Speaking of school, I feel like the last few weeks were a good little lesson for me that I want to hold onto. I got some midterm marks back that had me pretty discouraged. I had studied hard for them and the less-than-stellar results left me doubting my academic capabilities and – to be blunt – feeling sort of stupid. But what became clear to me is just how much of my identity I put into my school performance and more importantly, just how much I don’t want that to be the case. My marks don’t define my intelligence, and if it takes getting a few bad marks to realize it, maybe they’re a blessing in disguise.

Green Spinach Smoothie

Post Workout Smoothie: Almond milk // spinach // frozen banana

I used my roommate’s blender (which he so kindly lets me use!) for the first time yesterday and I discovered that it has a “smoothie setting”. It pulsed the ingredients a few times, and then ran as usual and the end result was super smooth without having to stir it once. I was a bit too excited about this feature and was tempted to make 3 more smoothies just to experience it again.

Rice Cake with Hummus

Brown Rice Cake // Hummus // Hot Sauce

I saw a huge flock of geese flying south today and I got all teary since I am incapable of seeing anything happy without crying. I don’t think I will ever stop being fascinated by the fact that they just KNOW to migrate. Animals, eh?

Lentil Spaghetti

Lentil Spaghetti (recipe coming Friday!) // vegan parmesan 

And lastly, at the risk of sounding like a used car salesman (my fave), I have never explicitly mentioned my Facebook page on here but I wanted to in case you’d like to have my posts appear on your news feed!

Hope you have an amazing day and eat lots of delicious things. 

And do you have anything random to tell me?! 

P.s. A whole bunch of other bloggers’ WIAW posts are linked-up here!

39 thoughts on “WIAW: Life Lately {Workouts, Bad Marks and Staying in Touch}

  1. So much to say here.
    I love the conversation list idea! I find that I think about all the things I want to talk about with a person throughout the week, but when I’m finally with the person, I forget them.
    Your exercise tip may be just what I needed to get back into a regular workout schedule with enthusiasm. I love that idea!
    Totally totally understand the feelings around academia. I used to be SO tangled up in my grades. It really took a toll on me -especially when I was in organic chem. Just remember that people love you for you ,not how you perform. Your intelligence is evident and a few random tests can’t change that!


  2. I feel like we’re living the same life in two different cities! We both have oats every morning, do random workouts, and borrow our roommates’s blenders! I couldn’t believe reading that you make a list on your computer about things to tell your parents. I do the EXACT same thing – I write little parts of my day on my Notes app on my computer and open it when Facetiming my parents and sister! Otherwise, we would have nothing to talk about. I thought I was the only person who did that! :)

    Also, you read my mind with the lentil recipe coming on Friday. I put “lentils” on my shopping list and want to get into them, but have no idea what exactly I want to make. Your recipe will be the bomb!

    PS: Are bark thins good? I used to see them all the time in BC but never bought a bag. Kind of wishing I did, though!


    • Aw Cindy I wish we lived closer!!! It really does seem like we have a crazy amount in common :) And I loooooove Bark Thins! My Costco only caries one or two kinds though… wish I could try more. But I can vouch for the dark chocolate almond with sea salt and dark chocolate pumpkin seed with sea salt being amazing. Hope you can get your hands on a bag at some point!

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      • Oh my goodness – those are the SAME two flavours that are sold in the Costco near my house in BC!
        … I didn’t even know other flavours existed :O I thought those were the only two!
        Yes so do I! I’m sure I could go through bag after bag.

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  3. I’ve made oats in the crock pot before and I loved it. Thank you for reminding me about it!
    I think the conversation list idea is a great idea! I always think of things I want to tell John during the day, but end up forgetting in the madness that is our evenings (toddler life and what not)!
    I’m glad that you’re not feeling discouraged anymore. While grades are a useful marker in academia, they certainly do not tell the whole story.


  4. Wowza. First off – that oatmeal picture. Way to capture some amazing steam action! I lovvve overnight oats (this website is my jam http://www.theyummylife.com/Slow_Cooker_Pumpkin_Pie_Oatmeal). I just don’t find I make them too often as you come out with a huge batch and, living alone, I don’t always want the same thing day after day.
    Great idea with the conversation note on your phone – I do this for my “to dos” but totally get not wanting to forget the “little things” when talking to family. And school marks – ugh. It can be so tough as they “technically” are very important, but as I’m now older and have been a mature student, I realize more and more how much the actual grade is not worth as much as we think.


    • Mmm thanks for sharing that link – looks so good! But I totally know what you mean because I know I’m going to struggle to finish the batch too. I’m thinking next time I’ll wait until there are a few more people around. And that is super encouraging to hear from someone further along than me. I’ll try to learn from your hindsight :)


  5. Wow, what an amazing day of eats! Jacklyn, I just want you to know that you aren’t alone with the marks, I think my friends and myself have been feeling the same way this semester and alot like you said, I feel like I really am learning from it. This is actually the first semester ever where I don’t feel the need to get an A in everything, and it feels good. Although I strive for it, if I don’t get it I don’t think I’ll beat myself up. Im realizing more and more that some exams aren’t an indication of what I know, if that makes sense, and you always need to remind yourself of that :).


  6. Im not in school any longer [ woo! ] but I do remember how stressful it was! Hang in there and remember – perfection is boring. Plus, how do we learn? By messing up, failing, and figuring it out :)
    Your food looks delicious! Im excited about the lentil pasta dish. I always forget about those little buggers!


  7. Hi Jacks! Thought it was about time to let you know how obsessed I am with your blog hehe I really look forward to reading your posts throughout the week and definitely connect to what you have to say. Also have tried an embarrassing amount of the recipes you post and have loved them all :) Hope all is well. xx


    • ALY! Thank you so much for your comment – it made my day. I find myself thinking of you often as I walk around Ste-Anne and see Abbott and Twigs and places that I associate with you :) Wish we lived closer and could do some workouts together. How amazing would that be?! And so glad you’re liking the recipes – that is so encouraging! Hope you’re doing so so well also xo


  8. Hi Jacklyn, just wanted to say not to get discouraged after getting your midterm grades back. Sometimes it takes people a little bit more time to get into the groove and know what works for them for studying. And I struggled with test anxiety at first so just the idea of taking the exam hindered me at times! The dietetics major is also not a walk in the park and is known to be a bit challenging. But like you pointed out beautifully, each individual midterm grade does not define your intelligence. Also it made me smile that you make conversation lists! I have been making lists like that on my phone too because I don’t want to forget those little things and want to share them with my family too! Have a great rest of the week!


  9. Your food pics make me hungry! Oh well, I will hold out until it is time for lunch.

    Please don’t be hard on yourself, you know you are very intelligent (I can tell you are too) and everyone gets a grade or a few grades that they felt were not commensurate with the studying that you had done.

    It is very hard being away from your loved ones. When we were doing the long distance thing, we were most grateful for our land line telephone that had unlimited long distance included. We would even go to sleep together with our phones connected and leave it that way all night so we could wake up together. We got the best of that phone deal for sure, never a charge for communication which we valued so much.

    You are such a wonderful spirit Jacklyn….please stay just the way you are because I think you are pretty amazing. :)


  10. Bark Thins…my favorite!!! Do you like the pumpkin flavor? Love the exercise “non plan”. Sometimes having a plan is what steers us away in the first place – pressure to perform and not stray from it. Mixing it up on the go is a great way to counteract this! Nutrition is NOT an easy major by any means, so try not to get too discouraged. Through grad school, things I’ve realized that are far more important than grades: developing relationships with professors, understanding the material in a way that you can teach it to others, finding out what part of nutrition/dietetics grabs you, forming relationships with others, having a life outside of school! Hope that helps :)


    • Yes, I love love love the pumpkin seed one! Mind you, I’ve only tried that one and the almond one so I don’t have much to compare them to… but those are two of my favourite foods ever haha :) And that is so so encouraging and making me reflect on a few things. THANK YOU for the insight.


  11. How random is this, Jacklyn… we ate the exact same breakfast yesterday- apple cinnamon oatmeal with raisins, coconut & peanut butter! I have to tell you I relate to your angst over your marks which were less than what you expected after putting in the time. But I can also tell you that 23 years after graduation… it truly doesn’t matter!! You will get the knowledge you need whether you get an A or a C, believe me, ha! What matters more is your ability to relate to people, your heart & spirit, your passion for what you do, and your compassion for those around you. And girl, you definitely have what it takes!!!


  12. On your Thanksgiving Day post, you asked what we felt grateful for. I’m grateful for having to keep conversation lists. They prove that we’re lucky enough to have someone in our life who actually wants to hear about all the little things that were important to us that day.
    I love your beautiful outlook on life… and geese.


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