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What I Ate Wednesday: Day In The Life. Embracing The Good.

What I Ate Wednesday: Day In The Life. Embracing The Good.

5:50/5:58: Phone and clock alarms go off in tandem. Put both on snooze. 

6:15: Get out of bed

6:15 – 7:20: Shower/wash face/floss/brush teeth etc. Put on “My Morning” News to listen to as I get ready. Wash and put away dishes from night before. Wipe and clean up whatever I was too lazy to put away from night before. Prep and put together lunch. Get dressed. Quick stretch. 

7:20: Make coffee. Start drinking said coffee as I put together breakfast. 

7:30: Sit down for a quick breakfast and coffee – earlier and a bit smaller than usual due to early morning cardio class – while reading a few blogs
kabocha breakfast bowl feeling good

Kabocha Yogurt Bowl: 2% Plain Yogurt / Steamed Kabocha / Cinnamon / Peanut Butter / a Few Pieces of Banana / Toasted Buckwheat Groats

8:00: Hop on bike to theatre

8:30-9:15: Cardio/exercise class (even actors need their cardiovascular strength, yo).

9:20-10:00: Write out the weeks’ rehearsal schedule that has just been posted, start planning my week (like a kid in a candy shop  #iloveplanning). Check emails. 


Honey Lemon Echinacea Tea – a little tickle in my throat. No beuno. 

10:00-11:00: Dance rehearsal

11:00-11:10: Was starting to feel tired in dance so knew I was hungry. A colleague is severely allergic to nuts (tragedies) so I have to be a bandit and run outside for my quick snack. 


Banana + PB

11:10-1:10: Movement class (studying the movement of the body/different characters and learning to follow natural physical impulses)

1:20-2:00: Plate and reheat my leftovers in our green room and take my lunch outside to eat. Start writing a paper I need to hand in about where I feel my voice work is at at this point of my training.  Hot packed lunch – so rare! And outside, too!

peanutty salsa chicken feeling good

My Peanutty-Salsa Chicken Thighsrecipe here (prepped the night before) + pancake made from my leftover cheesy vegan waffle batter + broccoli

2:00 – 2:30: Personal warm up in small rehearsal room

2:30-3:30: Rehearsal for, “The Last Days of Judas Iscariot”

3:30: Hop on bike and head home

3:45-5:15: Make a phone call to the bank, work on blog post, gather photographs for a meeting the next day, get side tracked reading blogs

5:15 – 6:00: Put together and eat dinner while continuing with blog and other non productive reading

taco-salad feeling good

Taco Salad: Romaine / Roasted Sweet Potato / Grilled Fajita Spiced Peppers and Onions /Black Beans  Shredded Cheese/ Avocado / Green Onions (anyone else hate when you have ALL the ingredients and are so excited to share them, and then your salad is so packed you can hardly even see what’s in it?! Blogger problems…)

Quick and Creamy Taco Salad Dressing: 1 Tbsp rice vinegar + 2 Tbsp greek or regular yogurt + 1/2 tsp taco seasoning 

6:00: Hop back on bike to theatre

6:15-6:30: Quick personal warm up

6:30-9:30: Rehearsal – Full play read through/table work 

9:45: ….bike has night lights this time. 

10:00: Back home. Drop my things. Throw together dessert/snack, make big mess I will clean up tomorrow (damn cocoa powder), make tea, put on “Funny Girl,” lay down on couch to eat in quite the unclassy manner, reply to comments and finish blog post. Start falling asleep. …. this is way past my bedtime. 

chocolate-mug-cake-2 Good

This Ridiculously Rich Grain Free Chocolate Mug Cake (made with 2 tsp xylitol) + Vanilla Ice Cream 

Don’t worry, when I first made this guy a couple years ago, I also thought the amount of cocoa powder was crazy. But just you make it and see… 

11:45: Bed time.

What I Ate Wednesday. A Day In the Life. Embracing When Things Are Feeling Good. #happy #goodthings Click To Tweet

I’m feeling good, guys. Its’ not all the time, of course, and I know these phases come and go. But I think its important to give it credit when its here. Its like journaling only when something is wrong…. we need to journal when things are right, too. Right now…today… things just feel good. I love my rehearsals. I love my work. My brain is taken up with joy from my acting and not leaving room for the guilt/anxiety/rigidity that is usually crowding up all the space. Its quite fascinating. I am not stressed and although I have a lot of time at rehearsals, I also have a lot/enough time for myself.  I’m relaxing. I get my work done at the theatre so when I’m home I can relax and do my own thing. I even felt like coming home in the afternoon. My backpack is light and more organized than last year. My bike is running smoothly. My apartment is neat and cozy but I am not obsessively cleaning like I was last year. Heck I’m not even making my bed. I have good food in my fridge but I’m not feeling anxious about what I should make or worrying about things going bad.  I’m packing lunches and not fearing if I packed too much or too little.  I’m loving blogging and feel excited to get home and just veg. I have love back in my life, and its fascinating how even – sub consciously – being with someone can affect your entire spirit. 

All this just to say – when I am in a phase that does not feel this way – it is because I am not feeling balanced and satisfied with one or more of these little things. Maybe I can, then, look back at a day like today and remind myself what I need to give myself to get back to a place of… happiness. 

Thanks to the What I Ate Wednesday Crew for hosting the weekly party!

Tell me,

What little aspect of your life / current routine is feeling good?




  1. GiGi Eats | 14th Sep 16

    Yum to your whole day – also…. I am exhausted just reading it!
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    • Cora | 16th Sep 16

      Haha. It was a little back and forth but still somewhat relaxing!

  2. Casey the College Celiac | 14th Sep 16

    I feel like I’m definitely starting to get into the flow of this school year, so it’s nice to feel a little more at home in my classes! Congrats on finding your own flow – wishing you the best from Point Loma, CA πŸ™‚
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    • Cora | 16th Sep 16

      It takes a little while, but once that feeling comes it feels sooooo nice. We just have to accept the time of messiness before the flow can arrive.
      So happy you are starting to feel your feet on the ground at school, and I hope with your big move in general!?
      How far is school from your new home anyways?

  3. chasetheredgrape | 14th Sep 16

    High fives and happy dances for all that I have just read! Let’s smile and be happy when things are good and remember them when we need a little pick me up πŸ™‚ Happy Wednesday!

    • Cora | 16th Sep 16


  4. Sarah @ BucketListTummy | 14th Sep 16

    So happy to read your bottom paragraphs, Cora! How wonderful to hear that things feel good right now. You sound busy, but happy with the free time you have for yourself. Like you, I love organizing my schedule, and writing things down . It is such a mental relief for me. Enjoy the rest of your week!

    • Cora | 16th Sep 16

      Thanks, Sarah. Right now things are at a really nice balance. It won’t always be like this so I’m making note of it while I can. Organizing schedules and making lists are my happy place πŸ™‚

  5. rachel @ athletic avocado | 14th Sep 16

    That kobacha bowl sounds amazing! Never heard of anything like it but I need to try it πŸ™‚
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    • Cora | 16th Sep 16

      Kabocha, yogurt and peanut butter are made to be with each other!

  6. Kat | 14th Sep 16

    Im so glad that things are going well for you right now girlie <3 Just remember, we need the good times to catch our breath and reflect, but its in the bad times that we really grow and spread our wings. πŸ™‚
    Also, that yogurt bowl sounds amazing. Ive got to try that out!
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    • Cora | 16th Sep 16

      Ahhhh…. touche. This is very true. Both times have their meanings, and both deserve equal recognition (though it would be nice if the good times outweighed the bad…)

  7. Emily Swanson | 14th Sep 16

    Love that you’re embracing all the things to be grateful for; that makes me happy too. And I totally agree that learning to look for all the things that are good in life is AMAZING. πŸ™‚

    Kabocha in your yogurt bowl sounds really fascinating; I now want to try it!
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    • Cora | 16th Sep 16

      We just have to look for the good things. Otherwise we will be miserable.
      You would love the kabocha, yogurt and peanut butter combo… knowing you and your yogurt bowls and vast peanut butter knowledge! Yours would be epic!!

  8. Joyce @ The Hungry Caterpillar | 14th Sep 16

    Glad to hear that you’re in a peaceful period. It sounds like it was a pretty stressful summer in a lot of ways, and returning to routine can feel really relaxing, in fact. The only hard part for me when returning to a routine is being sure to eat enough. For some reason, it’s easier for me to slip back into restriction mode when I’m in a comfortable place and I’m not forced to step outside my comfort zone.
    I agree with what everyone is saying here–I never would have thought of kabocha squash for breakfast, but it sounds delicious! I’ve been eating a lot of kabocha squash hummus lately–so good! It’s so fun to start finding it at the farmers’ markets. πŸ˜€
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    • Cora | 16th Sep 16

      Yep… Joyce you very much bring up a point that is probably in the back of my mind, but just choosing to set aside at this very moment. I think I’m doing okay, but definitely being on my own and setting up my routine again has come along with returning to my favorite foods, which can also mean my “safe” foods, and can mean not having others to test my limits or keep me out of falling into a comfort zone. Right now I’m not stressing about it, but I need to keep a watch on this and make sure my “happiness” isn’t also coming from a place of my eating disorder being happy. Ugh. It can be so tricky and make us think it isn’t there.
      Kabocha hummus!? Do you make it yourself? That would be delicious. There’s only a couple weeks left for my farmers market booth to sell it so I’m getting as much as I can stocked up now!

  9. Meghan@CleanEatsFastFeets | 14th Sep 16

    Today is a good one for me too. I just ate lunch, Ave and I hit up the lactation support group this morning, and tonight I have some friends coming over for dinner. It’s all gravy baby.

    Also non-productive reading is my favorite.
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    • Cora | 16th Sep 16

      High fives to us. And to gravy. Keep it going miss.

  10. Heather @ Polyglot Jot | 14th Sep 16

    Yum!!! That dessert!! πŸ˜€ I’m glad youre feeling good and getting in to your new routine again!
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    • Cora | 16th Sep 16

      Thanks, Heather. Me too.

  11. Patricia @Sweet and Strong | 14th Sep 16

    All delicious eats! And I love feeling in a routine and having little things to look forward to on the weekends.

    • Cora | 16th Sep 16

      Yeah!! And it can be just those little things…. a morning off, a favorite breakfast or coffee shop time…

  12. Dottie @crazyfitmommy | 14th Sep 16

    I love focusing on what feels good right now! Sometimes life with toddlers makes it easy to focus on all the things that didn’t happen the way I hoped, but that’s just unproductive and frustrating.
    Right now I feel like my morning routine (wake up around 4, blog, workout, clean a little before the kids wake up) is really going well. What’s also nice is that I feel like I’m more flexible about shifting pieces of my routine if the kids get up early now, instead of letting it stress me out. I get a lot more done and still get lots of quality time!
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    • Cora | 16th Sep 16

      Well you sure get up early, but I’m not one to judge – I love my mornings – and there’s nothing that I love more than a morning routine. So I’m so glad you feel in a groove with yours right now. It sounds both productive and relaxing (must be extra special to have that quiet time to yourself). However, the fact that you also flexible with this routine and okay with letting it be shifted once and a while is AWESOME. I’m not always good with this, but when I do feel like sense of flexibility and ease, my whole spirit feels more at peace. Thank you for sharing this!!

  13. Susie @ Suzlyfe | 14th Sep 16

    The best part of this post was not the food or the chocolate or even the awesome things that you get to do (movement class) but the fact that you used #happy in your click to tweet. That makes me #happy.
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    • Cora | 16th Sep 16

      … thank you πŸ™‚

  14. Ellie Pell | 14th Sep 16

    Don’t you just love that feeling? It’s almost like an AHHH CONTENT! You can breathe in and out and things are still there and ok. I think you feel this way because the pressure is off. Being home must have been great, but also a bit stressful because your parents are always watching. The perfectionist in you doesn’t want to screw up because of what they’ll think, but ED is also right there too telling you what to do. When you’re on your own, it just feels more freeing. You can choose to fight against your ED and it feels GREAT!
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    • Cora | 17th Sep 16

      Its so weird. The ED tells me that when I’m alone, “oh good I can do whatever I want,” but in actuality, you are so right… I feel less pressure from those around me “watching,” and therefore less conflicted from the two sides, that when it is JUST me making the decision, its a lot less scary. I don’t know if that made sense. But basically, you are very, very wise. And yes, I think this is part of why I’m feeling pretty at peace right now. And yes, it is the best feeling. I hope you are feeling similar! Either now or in the near future. You deserve good things and all the contentment.

  15. Kristy from Southern In Law | 15th Sep 16

    Yay!! I am so happy that you’re happy and things are going well right now! I’ve been feeling very much the same lately too!
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    • Cora | 17th Sep 16

      GOOD!!! You deserve to <3

  16. Kate | 15th Sep 16

    I’m going to get a library card this weekend so I can dive in on unproductive reading.
    I wish I could shadow you for a day. All your classes sound so fun! One day I’ll find my way back in to community theatre.
    I am so happy you’re happy. Life is full of ups and downs, so we really have to ride the ups!
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    • Cora | 17th Sep 16

      With all the intense brain work and new learning you are doing right now, I think some frivolous unproductive reading could be just the thing you need.
      Thanks, Kate. I’m so happy you are feeling happy with your move and all your new changes. Much to be thankful for.

  17. Lyss | 15th Sep 16

    those little pb packs are a lifesaver for when you’re on the go! One aspect of my life that I’ve been loving is going with the flow more than i typically do. I love having a plan, but learning to deviate from that plan is so important for my mental health!

    • Cora | 17th Sep 16

      Being able to go with the flow is a beautiful feeling, and I think something we are all striving for. Do you find your yoga practice helps you with this? Have you been noticing any increase in being able to go with the flow in your life with your increased yoga practice?

  18. Kaylee | 19th Sep 16

    Ahhhh! I totally needed to hear that last part Cora. Thank you so much ? All we can do is accept the good and the bad in life as they come our way. Sadly, I can’t pinpoint something in my routine that’s going well; it’s as if I’m too busy to pay attention. πŸ™

    Kudos to you for getting up so early in the day & for making it through til almost midnight!
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    • Cora | 1st Oct 16

      I think its time to take out some of that “busy” so you can take some time for yourself. And I think that should include going to get yourself a soy creamer latte.

  19. cookiesnchem | 25th Sep 16

    DAMN those meals look good (as usual!). Your kabocha idea is incredible. And now I’m off to check out that chocolate mug cake thingy!
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  20. masala girl | 4th Oct 16

    being happy, or even just content, with where you are in life now is a god feeling <3
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    • Cora | 4th Oct 16

      It REALLY really is. It is to be cherished.

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