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I have made Overnight Oats in the past, but this morning – they were perfect! One of my favorite blogs to read is called Carrots ‘N’ Cake. She has so many GREAT ideas for healthy eating and living, and she (self-proclaimed) loves to eat (as do I)! Here’s a recipe I adore from her blog.

My Overnight Oats
(as adapted from Carrots ‘N’ Cake)

1/2 cup rolled oats
2/3 cup almond milk
1 tbsp milled flaxseed
1 heaping scoop o’ peanut butter
1/2 cup frozen blueberries

I combine the oats, milk, and flaxseed and let them soak over night. In the moring I through in the scoop of peanut butter and blueberries.

The possibilites are ENDLESS with these oats. You can use any kind of oat, any type of milk (soy, almond, cow, coconut), any topping (fresh fruit, dried fruit, nuts, nut butters, honey, granola, cereal, etc.) Every combination is delicious.

I had the above (not  the prettiest picture, but SO tasty) for breakfast this morning at 7:30 am with a Coconut Americano. And I am still full at 10am! I love feeding my body the good fuel – especially because I am hitting the gym later for a cycling workout.

You have not lived until you’ve tried Overnight Oats!

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I have trying to get better at taking pictures – but I am not so good at it sometimes! This weekend has been filled with lots of things to do and lots of activity. My legs are tired, which means I need to do some yoga tomorrow to give them some stretches and a break. Yesterday we went on a 2 hour 20 minute walk around the area, and we had a sinful dinner: veggieburger with the works and fired! MMmmm! Sometimes you just need those greasy, yummy meals. This morning started with 5.25 miles on the elliptical at the gym – it was tough today – but I am glad I did it. Maybe the sodium from last night’s dinner made me sluggish?

I made a batch of my Buttermilk Blueberry Scones this weekend, and they are so tasty! Here is the day after pictures and recipe. I seriously think God wants me to open a bakery/cafe someday.

Buttermilk Blueberry Scones

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour (plus whole wheat flour to “knead” dough)
  • 1/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • dash of salt
  • 4 tablespoons margarine, chilled and cubed
  • 3/4 cup blueberries
  • 3/4 cup buttermilk
  • 1 egg

Directions

  1. Mix all dry ingredients in a bowl (flour, sugar, baking powder, salt) and then “cut” the margarine into the flour mixture (I usually take my hands and work the butter and dry ingredients together – it becomes mealy in a sense – don’t overwork it).
  2. Add milk and eggs into bowl, mix together slightly before mixing into dry ingredients. Dough should forms and then fold in blueberries. Be careful to not overwork the dough.
  3. Dump dough on to whole wheat floured cutting board, shape into a large triangle and cut into wedges and triangles. Place on ungreased baking sheet for 15 to 20 minutes.
  4. Place in preheated 375 degree oven on ungreased baking sheet for 15 to 20 minutes.

These are delicious warm and served next day!! I love them alone, with clotted cream, lots of different things. They are tasty.


 

I hit the gym today and did 5.5 miles on the elliptical, which told me I burnt 750 calories. I was feeling weaker today and did not end up doing my small strength training portion of my workout. So to avoid injury and making myself run down – I called it quits after the 5.5 mile workout. I then stopped at the food store to get some really cheap marinade (special on Lawry’s marinades – only $1.00 a piece at Albertson’s!!). I also picked up some of the Sugar Free Flavor for my coffee – it’s not coconut, but it’s Sugar Free Hazelnut Flavor – and I think it was a great buy! It sweetens my coffee with just a bit, and after a 1/4 cup of Vanilla Almond Milk, it brings my morning cup of joe down from 100 calories to 30-40 calories a cup. Much more manageable!! So obviously, I made a cup after I got back from the gym.

I ate a very unique dinner tonight (for me). I took some extra firm tofu and crumbled it up, marinated it in some Lawry’s Hawaiian dressing with frozen peas and the leftover remains of the asparagus stir fry I had in the freezer. Super healthy and the tofu was actually great! It was filling, and tasty. I polished off a oatmeal chocolate chip soft cookie I made the other night. But I was craving some PEANUT BUTTER!

Oh yum yum! I am ALL about food that is better for you but tastes oh so decadent! I love peanut butter and cookies, especially oatmeal cookies. So here is my recipe for tasty (and better for you peanut butter cookies!)

Ingredients:


1 and 1/4 cup rolled oats
Less that 1/4 cup of white sugar
1/4 cup of peanut butter
2 tablespoons of all natural apple sauce
5 teaspoons of whole wheat flour
1 egg
3/4 teaspoon baking powder
a few chocolate chips

For this recipes I combine all the ingredients (EXCEPT the chocolate chips) and mixed them until they form a dough. I then measure a tablespoon scoop of the dough and place on a cookie sheet. Put one chocolate chips on each piece of dough. Place in preheated 350 degree oven for 10 – 12 minutes. Enjoy!

How could you not eat this!??! Make some right now 🙂 And averaging about 80 calories a cookie – that’s a pretty sweet cookie.

This afternoon’s snack, which I did not snap a picture of, was one larger banana and small braeburn apple. Both were tasty, and I feel pretty good right now but I know I will need to eat something before I hit the gym today. If I don’t, I might rip someone’s head off from lack of food.

I also finished off a few bites of carrots, my stomach seems to be burning through the fruit and veggies I am putting in my stomach today. I always like to fuel up before the gym too, or then I am just hungry and sluggish. I am going to eat a Quaker Oatmeal Chocolate Chip chewy bar about 15 minutes before I leave for the gym.

Today’s gym workout will be elliptical, my hip is feeling a little wonky. So I will aim for 5 miles or more. I will also being doing a little bit of strength training to wrap up my workout. Here’s the plan:

Friday Workout:
+ Ellipticial Trainer for 5 miles (burn about 700 calories)
+ 3 sets of 15 reps: chest pull downs @ 20-25 lbs
+ 3 sets of 15 reps: back extensions
+ 2 sets of 20 reps: oblique crunches with 12 lbs
+ 3 sets of 20 reps: chest glides with 7-8 lbs

I am going to take is easy on my legs today. I usually do adductor and abductor, but my right hip isn’t super happy right now. So I will stick to a few easy things and work some leg work in this weekend.

Time to finish the day strong!

Last night was full of delicious food and lots of little noshes. I finished off work with a giant pear and an Oatmeal Raisin Quaker Chewy Bar. I then met my sweetie at the food store for the 12 hour produce sale! We got lots of goodies – bananas, onions, potatoes, apples, cantaloupe, peppers, butter, tofu, yogurts, frozen tater tots, frozen peppers, plus other munchies for under $20!! It was fabulous and now my fridge and counter are stocked with fresh veggies and fruits, and lots of healthy ingredients here and there. Love that feeling! Money Saving Tip: go online once a week and read the circulars from your local food stores, you can get some STELLAR deals for healthy items that normal might be a little pricey!

Last night I made Mac and Cheese, which I had with a huge side salad drizzled with balsamic! Mmm! I forgot to snap pictures, which I really need to be more diligent about, it’s good to see what I am putting into my body. We then went on a short, but speedy walk. I then made some homemade Salt & Vinegar Chick Peas – holy yummy! I think I will top my salad with these tonight. I felt rushed last night because we had to make it to a concert last night, so my exercise wasn’t as good as it could’ve been. And then I found myself noshing when I got home, with a big cup of camomille tea. I am heading to the gym today for a nice, long workout! And boy, am I looking forward to it. Tonight’s dinner will be a big salad, with some cheese, basalmic, chick peas, grated carrot, and who knows what other goodies I will throw in there! 🙂

This morning started out with Overnight Oats (HUGE scoop of PB, I LOVE that stuff)  like yesterday, except I got a picture before I dug in! I am so happy it’s Friday and I am enjoying my coconut coffee as well. My goal is trying to drink 2 nalgenes of water before 3:30 today (That would be 64 oz of water). I need to get more water in my system! I am working on incorporating more healthy habits into my life. I’ve read that it takes 30 days to form a habit. Here are some habits I would love to form:
1) Drink more water.
2) Eat more whole grains, less refined products.
3) Keep active (do something active every day).
4) Continue to cook more homemade.
5) Keep workouts fun!

Slowly but surely, my body has felt so much better eating the way I have and exercise. I think it’s been worth it so far! 😉

Coffee creamer is my vice! I am addicted to it. I look forward to my cup of joe with a splash of creamy, processed deliciousness. I am in love with coconut flavored anything. There is a limited edition Almond Joy flavor hanging out on the shelves now; and my trusty standby, coconut cream, is always available. Taking a look at the side of the bottle though is slightly cringeworthy. Because for me, a little does not go a long way. A one tablespoon service can have as much at 3 grams of fat (60% being saturated) and 30 to 35 calories. One tablespoon on top of the other can really add up. I usually add almond milk and then a tablespoon or two of the creamer to make my coffee “watered” (or “milked”) down to not put as many calories in my coffee. I just am trying to decide if my morning “treat” is really worth it, or if there is another alternative to my delicious coconut coffee cravings. I love it. But maybe it needs to be a “treat”, only a few times a week with other options in between. Sugar Free flavoring? Black? Plain old vanilla soy/almond milk? Maybe these coffee should be reserved for weekends and on Wednesdays. This habit will be hard to kick, so I need to muse on this one a little longer.

Boredom eating. Serious stuff. At work is when it hits me the worst. I eat because I am bored. And when I am not even hungry. When I am not enjoying something, I like to eat. Because I love eating. I love good food, I love tasting things. I just love it! The key I noticed to this is actually recording, and watching what I eat. If I am hungry, I should eat something. If I am eating and not hungry, I am wasting those calories in my “calorie bank”. Which means I won’t be able to enjoy that cookie later after dinner. This comes back to emotional eating. Boredom eating is actually a form of emotional eating. For me, the challenge has been how to tell if I am actually hungry or if I think I am hungry. I don’t like to get to the point where I am famished and my stomach is growling with hunger pains. This is just helping me get in touch with my body a little better and I am beginning to understand more of it’s little quirks.

For more information on emotiomal eating, visit WebMD here: http://www.webmd.com/diet/emotional-eating

These are things I have been doing in order to eat better and enjoy my food more. I present, Healthier Me Tips:
1) Keep lots of produce in the house. Whether it’s fruit or veggies. I’m morel ikely to make a smoothie, or grab a piece of fruit on the go instead of a high calorie granola bar or cookie from the counter. Packing my lunches for work are also a lot healthier.
2) Eat slower.  I actually take time to chew my food, and enjoy the taste. Before I would scraf some down and then some more. Now, by taking my time – I enjoy the taste and then I am more likely to stop when my  body has had enough. Before I would just eat until I felt full, but when I listen to my body, I was TOO full.
3) Portion Size. Portion out food. You don’t need to eat out of the bag or container. You can always go back for more, but it eliminated mindless eating.

Lunch and snacks for today have been spread out, but delicious none the less. I had another cup of coffee with my vice, more Almond Joy creamer. A meeting at work today provided a spread of CostCo Muffins (diet buster supreme!), rugelah, OJ, and fruit. I decided to eat my lunch before hand, and sip my coffee throughout. Instant waist saver. 🙂

Midmorning with my coffee, I had a few bites of apple sauce. I realized I wasn’t super hungry so I didn’t finish off the apple sauce. Soon it was time for the meeting and my tummy was grumbly. I ate my PB&J on SmartWheat bread. And then finished off the apple sauce. Off to the meeting I went, full and drinking my TASTY coffee. Right now I am snacking on some delicious carrots, and I am going to satisfy my sweet tooth with 3 honey sesame crunches. MMM! Overall todays been a good day. Tonight on the menu for dinner is homemade mac and cheese, and exercise will be a simpler off day. A walk with the soon-to-be-hubby as we have a concert he is conducting tonight. Time to finish the day strong!! Gym tomorrow, picking up produce at the store tonight, meeting at bank, and switching my overpriced cable package over. Busy afternoon!

So I know I took a break from blogging. But I am back, and living my life a whole different way. For lent I had to decided workout every day, or be active in some way. And I have started to incorporate more veggies, and fruit in my life. I realized that I am a HUGE emotional eater. I use it for comfort, celebration, and about every other mood I might be feeling.

Growing up, I had sweets around all the time. We, as a family, overate. And it’s a nasty habit I have taken with my into the beginning part of adulthood. I have realized this and am taking the steps to make sure I do not continue this bothersome habit. I have never “struggled” with weight, I just carry around a few extra pounds that I know my body doesn’t need to survive.

So something I was giving to Jesus for lent has helped me start the life change that I always wanted. I am eating healthier foods, counting most of my calories to see where I am at, and exercising (and pushing myself! Instead of just going through the motions). I’ve realized how unhealthy our lifestyles can be here in America. We eat, and don’t move – everyday. I want to break the mold and be healthy. I want to feel energized and strong. Feed my body with good stuff, but allow myself to indulge as well.

After much research, I’ve discovered it’s a pretty simple equation. Exercise and portion control to maintain a healthy lifestyle. My upcoming nuptials are less than 4 months away and I want to be toned and feeling good about how much clothes fit and how I look.

I found I am constantly surrounded by women who are on “diets”, complaining that they are fat, and yet they don’t do anything about it. I am trying to change that frame of mind where if you are unhappy about something – change it! And we all have the tools to be healthy…and happy.

Enough of my rambling! Started my day off right with some Overnight Oats with PB (my daily addiction). No day is complete for me without peanut butter.

Overnight Oats with Flaxseed
1/2 cup rolled oats
1/3 cup vanilla Almond milk
1/8 cup coconut milk
1 tbsp milled flaxseed
1.5 tbsp peanut butter

Put first 4 ingredients in tuperware overnight. In the morning, scoop a big scoop o’ peanut butter right on top and enjoy! I dug into mine because I was craving it so bad this morning! I had it with an Almond Joy Almond Milk french roast coffee. Usually the Overnight Oats look like this (this one complete with chocolate chips – optional):

I do not know how some people can work 4 ten-hour work days every week. Godspeed to ya if you do! I am so happy this week is coming to a close. I need to great organized. I am still nursing my coffee from earlier and am about half way done with my Nalgene.

I am trying to track my food differently now – with the times. I will try to take pictures when I can, I just haven’t been as focused on that as I should be. For the rest of the day I will be snapping pictures.

My sweetheart stopped by my work today to say hello. He then ran some errands for me because he is the best! We are going to play one of the best games for the Wii. I asked for it for Christmas and my honey never disappoints. This game is FUN and makes you sweat a little. For those days when you don’t feel like exercising…this is perfect! It’s called Just Dance 2 and I adore it. You can have fun and burn a few calories. It’s fun, gets you moving, and is an easy “exercise” to do on your off days. There is also a “Just Sweat” setting, where you have a goal of a certain number of songs per day to reach a certain number of “sweat” points a week. Check it out! It’s worth it!

11:20am: Ate my PB&J for lunch

I seem to suck at tracking my food intake so far. My days are so busy and full of meetings, and work, and after work meetings and life in general gets in my way. But this who getting into shape thing is really really important to me. Lately I have been busy and tired. So I feel like I just keep making excuses for myself. It’s easy to not exercise when I am tired. It’s easy not to eat 100% right when I am feeling burnt out and grab what is easiest. But is this helping me reach my goal? No. Is it good for my health in general? No.

Today after work, I am heading the store. To pick up some needed items as well as to get a bunch of fresh vegetables and fruits. If I have that stuff in the house. I eat it. But when I don’t. I reach for the chips or pretzels or carb loaded snack item. Tonight when I go the store, I am picking up the vegetables and fruits – I want to get carrots, celery, apples, bananas, sweet potatoes, etc. etc. etc. I am doing myself a disservice – and I don’t feel as good as I did when I was exercise 4 to 5 times a week, eating veggies and fruit everyday. I am just in a rut. Time to get that fixed.

I have also be super dyhrdated too. I drank over 2 Nalgenes and I wake up with a horrible feel in my stomach. I have NOT been taking care of myself . IT’s been work and go, go, go, for 2 weeks now. Time to get back on track. Not a good formula for the content life.

7:00AM: Cup of coffee with coconut creamer and overnight oats with chocolate peanutella.
9:30AM: Second cup of coffee with three vanilla creamer cups.
10:34AM: Hunger strikes. Eating a banana. Drinking more water.

Yesterday. I kinda failed at most things. Ha! I worked so hard yesterday and I had a killer headache. So I failed at tracking my meals, at being super productive, and at exercise. I mostly just went through coupons and crashed on the couch. My head was pounding when I got to bed around 9ish.

I woke up this morning, and my head is still a little poundy and I felt SO dehydrated. Why can I not get enough water in me??

This morning I drank water while I got ready for the day, and then had my usual cup o’ coffee. I am not drinking my water and a cup of green tea. I had my lunch. Which consisted of leftover pizza with pesto sauce, and a chocolate mint square. It was an early lunch, but my body needed the food. Lately, I feel like I can’t get enough to eat, I’ve felt weaker, and just plain RUN down. I am thinking I need to recoup from travel and then non-stop work weeks. This weekend is my time to recoup – it is my birthday and then we are going to the Bridal Expo here in town. Then I am taking Sunday to just SIT, and probably hit the gym. I need to get back into that habit…and I also want to incorporate more FRESH fruit and vegetables in my diet. When I am at the store, I want to spend at least 50% of the time I do in the produce section.

This got me thinking? How does tiredness and exhaustion play a part in the content life? To some, probably not at all. BUT, if I wasn’t so tired I wouldn’t take the time to just sit. Which I have been doing. Also, I don’t worry as much as I usually would…because I am frankly too tired to worry. Some times things come into my mind, but they just kind of come and go. I think it helps unwind people when things are go, go, GO! I am getting through today, have a meeting from 5:30 to 7pm tonight. And then I am going to sit. Recoup. And exercise tomorrow.

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