Red Mango, Homemade Pizza And A Snow Day From Running


If I wasn’t already completely confused as to what day of the week yesterday was, deciding to have Red Mango on a random Thursday afternoon for lunch only added to my confusion.


Coconut Greek Yogurt loaded with blueberries, strawberries, Nature’s Path Pumpkin Flax Granola, a few sprinkles for good measure and a cherry on top.

It really doesn’t matter to me that it was below freezing, snowing and about to blizzard around me.

Red Mango makes me happy and I am all about ensuring my own daily happiness. Word to the wise– You cannot rely on others to make you happy but you can rely on Red Mango.


I crack myself up with ecards…Really, I do. Uncontrollable laughter.

It turned out that the blizzard didn’t hit until last night which meant school was opened yesterday (closed today) and I had to get the boy out of his bed against his will and out the door for the day.

It was not easy. Words cannot express how NOT EASY it was to battle him though the motions and to school.

In order to make up for being the evil person who not only informed him school was opened but robbed him of his blanket and comfort of the bed, I allowed him to make his own pizza for dinner last night.

He really doesn’t need to know that I am done with cooking; let’s let him think I was all about making him happy.


The chicken meatballs you see in the picture are from the batch we recently taste-tested from Kidfresh. We are super hopeful these meatballs make it to store shelves soon because the little boy LOVES them and I love how easy they are to heat up. Not to mention the minimal ingredients and terrific nutritional content.


I have a regular chef on my hands, don’t you think?

So. This blizzard.

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The view from my front window since I cannot open the front door without getting snow in the house.

This blizzard has granted me an involuntary break from an early morning workout.

I am not going to lie – I have really been struggling to get myself out the door according to my usual early morning run schedule.

As much as I am a morning person, the cold of winter keeps me from looking forward to changing into my bazillion layers of exercise apparel and heading on out there.

But I have been doing it. You just have to. You just have to stick to your routine and move through the motions, knowing that once you are out there, you are happy.

How often do you override your thoughts? How often does your mind tell you no and you tell your mind yes?

Sometimes, I don’t even speak to myself, I just move it. I start with my pants, then my socks then layer myself in my tops.

I don’t think, I just do.

Make no mistake – I am a thinker, a planner, a person who does not act on impulse.

But when it comes to my daily workout, my morning run, my 30 minutes of sanity a day, you just, well, you do it.

Unless you are trapped in your house due to wind blown snow up against your front door.

Then you take it as a sign that you are meant to publish your blog post as usual and go back to bed.

I am sure that I will walk myself on over to the gym later in the day but my mind is focused and already preparing for tomorrow’s long run on the treadmill.

Have I mentioned I hate the treadmill?


Did it snow by you? How many inches? We can’t tell because of the snow drifts.

Are you struggling lately in the morning because it is so cold and dark?

Favorite pizza toppings?

Will you be running outdoors or on the treadmill this weekend?



Author: The Cookie ChRUNicles

Hi! I'm Meredith. Join me while I run and cook my way through single motherhood. It is always an adventure trying to teach my 12 year old son the benefits of an active lifestyle combined with healthy eating while of course, still leaving room for dessert.

10 thoughts on “Red Mango, Homemade Pizza And A Snow Day From Running”

  1. Holy snow! We got about 2 inches. Braiden doesn’t go back to school until the 6th and I don’t want him to go! Okay maybe I just don’t want to get out at 7am in the morning. I used to love the treadmill but now I can only to interval training on them and that’s rare of me. I admire your dedication! I am too much of a wimp to run in the cold.

  2. So you ate the two things I’ve wanted for days. Froyo and homemade pizza. Nothing else would make me as happy. I just haven’t asked my mom to make pizza for me yet… Maybe tonight. It’s too snowy for me to run outside yesterday/today. The roads are dangerous and I hate the treadmill so much that I refuse to get on it aka today will most likely be my first real rest day in a few months. I hate snow. But not as much as I hate the treadmill.

  3. 9 inches of snow over here and because it’s so cold the roads are messy. I’m indoors and snuggling on the couch! Your froyo look delicious and my favorite pizza toppings are usually based on my mood. I usually enjoy a nice white pizza with broccoli or some turkey pepperoni. YUM! What do you use for your pizza crust?

  4. Winter mornings have become the bane of my existence. Actually, winter in general has. I’m tired of the dark and the cold, and it’s hard to get going in the morning considering the sun doesn’t come up until like 9 AM, which is about 4 hours after I wake up. Gah.

    But let’s talk pizza instead… My favourite topping is cheese — that’s it. I’ll eat other things on pizza, but if I have my way, all I want is dough, sauce, and cheese.

  5. Ou, snow… Earlier I lived in that place where snow was 9 months in a year… Well, now I moved, and I didn’t see snow even for New year! That actually not coolly, it was a little more difficult because to find New Year’s mood 😉
    I like to run but if it seems to me that on the street too cold or hot, I will choose house training. And I would like to have houses a racetrack – it seems to me, so life would be much simpler!

  6. I’m one of those people who swears by froyo or ice cream in any weather. This is my first snow and I’ve been avoiding the treadmill but may have to test it out this season. Oh boy

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