Birthday Boy, Breakfast Skipping, and Bag Hunting for Africa

I need to start this post with my birthday boy, of course.

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This weekend was all about him. We did dinner on Friday.

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And he had a party with school friends on Saturday.

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He was practically glowing all weekend.

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I, on the other hand, was dragging. I double booked us Saturday morning and had organized a Fit Club outing while my mom was in to visit. So I had to help host kids from the school at my CrossFit gym.

I enlisted the 11-Year-Old to come with me so at least we got to spend some one-on-one time together. Since starting my full-time position I miss our chats on the drive home from school.

Speaking of the new job, I’m still loving it! It’s been an adjustment for sure but I’m finding my groove. I’m still hitting the gym every morning so that hasn’t changed, but my eating habits have definitely shifted. No more eating out now that I’m away from The Husband’s influence and I tend to skip breakfast now.  Mostly out of time constraints. The morning is just too busy. I’m also usually not that hungry so I decided… why force it?  Instead, I pack lunch the night before (usually leftovers) and bring a couple snacks like fruit, carrots and hummus, nuts or beef jerky. When my stomach starts to rumble I’ll grab a snack or if it’s close enough to lunch I’ll just wait it out.

I struggled with this at first because I was always told that breakfast is “the most important meal of the day” and articles like this still claim it. But, as usual, you can find something else online to tout the complete opposite like this piece in the New York Times.

I don’t know what the right answer is or if there really is one and I’m tired of worrying about it —  #wycwyc amiright?

Besides our jam-packed birthday weekend and my work schedule adjustments I have something else on the horizon I’m starting to plan er, I mean, freak out about.

Remember a few months ago when I said I took a big leap outside of my comfort zone and decided to hop on an opportunity to travel to Uganda with some gym friends. Well, that is right around the corner!

We fly out April 7 — 19 days away!

I’m in the planning stage. My visa was approved. I’m all vaccinated up and now I’m in the holy-crap-what-do-I-take-with-me mode.

Yesterday I rented a lens for my camera. I have a great DSLR but I still only use a basic lens that came with. I’m thinking a trip to Africa is definitely a reason to experiment in the photography department. I also ordered a few things on Amazon like backup power for my phone and bug spray to treat my clothes. But what I’m really on the hunt for is a good cross-body bag.

The first thing you need to know about me is how light I pack. I’m a backpack girl all the way. My plan is a backpack for clothes — most of which I plan on re-wearing and hopefully washing there — and a nice cross-body bag for some incidentals and toiletries.

I’m considering this one but I haven’t pulled the trigger. Every store I go in I check out their bags but I none of them feels like “the one.”

I swear I’ve been on the hunt for the perfect bag since high school. Shoes, clothes, makeup, hair products… I couldn’t care less about them.  Finding a well designed, comfy bag that can help me carry what I want in the smallest, most convenient way possible on the other hand, is my life’s purpose.

I am all ears if you have any recommendations.

Anyway, that’s all I got from my neck of the woods — kids, work and trip planning are all dominating my world. We’re still using Hello Fresh to help in the dinner department and loving it. We get two meals a week from them that The Husband cooks. I do two-three meals from scratch and then we usually do leftovers or go out the other nights. It’s working for us now and that’s all that matters.

22 comments On Birthday Boy, Breakfast Skipping, and Bag Hunting for Africa

  • I’ve been doing Intermittent Fasting more and more these days, which means skipping breakfast and not eating anything until lunch. I feel like it makes me less obsessed with food and easier for me to eat better overall! I think whatever works for the individual – that’s the “right” thing. 🙂

    • Totally. Today I even skipped lunch and only ate my snacks as I just want’ hungry. After all these years I’m still learning to listen to my body.

  • I use my Roots bag a ton! They have a bunch of different sizes and colours and mine has really stood the test of daily use. I love it for travel! I have this one ( but you can check out the others too.

  • Just a thought that when we went to Kenya I brought clothes I liked but didn’t love and left them all there. Donated them. We were doing volunteer work but I wonder if you could find the same sort of opportunity?

  • Did you stop sending out email updates? For some reason I’m no longer receiving updates.

    • No, did you get this one. I’m only down to about 1 post a week so it’s much less frequent.

      • I didn’t receive this one nor did I receive the one you posted on Wed. the 23rd. I tried to enter my e-mail in the subscribe place and it said I was already subscribed. I’ve been reading your blogs for years and this is the first time I’ve had any problems.

      • I had been a subscriber for years and years, but stopped getting email updates. So I searched for you again and when I try to subscribe now on this site it tells me :
        It seems that you have previously unsubscribed, so we can not automatically resubscribe you.
        But I had never unsubscribed to your site……. I think that when you dropped your old website Roni’s Weigh that I just got dropped. Is there a way you can add my email to your subscribers?

  • Depending on how often you plan to travel with this bag, I’d consider one that is slash-proof. Here is a good brand for travelers:

  • Would love advise on re-wearing jeans on a trip. How do you keep them “fresh”?

  • PacSafe is definitely the best, but if you’re not worried about getting slashed (and in Uganda you don’t need to be) I recommend Baggolini! Great deals at TJMaxx and Marshalls. Otherwise they’re quite expensive.

  • I agree that Baggolini’s are the best for travel and at home. They can be expensive, but they are worth the investment and since you love travel, I think you will get your money’s worth. They are light weight and have a shoulder strap that hooks on and off. This is great to be able to hook the purse on a chair or table for security reasons while out in the world. Kiplings are also good, but don’t have the removable strap. Good for you for making travel a priority. You are going to have a blast.

  • I once did a Christian based diet that trained you to only eat when your body tells you it is hungry (the terms breakfast, lunch & dinner are man-made items and not how we are designed to eat). I’m never hungry in the mornings, so I often skipped breakfast. My co-workers were horrified that a diet would even suggest I not eat breakfast (it didn’t say to skip breakfast but rather only eat when I’m hungry). I was told that breakfast was the most important meal there was! So at my next doctor’s appointment I explained the situation. He agreed that I shouldn’t eat if I’m not hungry and then advised that it isn’t that breakfast is the most important meal of the day but rather the first meal you eat in the day is the most important. That made more sense, after all people who work different shifts aren’t eating at 6 in the morning!!

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