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Oats, Oats, Wonderful Oats

During the long winter months, I savor bowls of warm, thick and creamy homemade oats.

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They are filling, stick to your ribs, and warm your body and soul.  I can think of nothing better to have for breakfast on a cold winter morning.

Now that the temperature is rising, and I am sweating by the time I finish blow drying my hair, hot oatmeal just does not sound appealing.

This is why I was so happy to find a recipe for Easy Overnight Vegan Oats on Oh She Glows. 

I’ve tried Overnight Oats in a jar, and rather liked them 🙂

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Now, it may be that I am blonde, or just plain dumb, but I’ve never thought to just make the oats overnight in a bowl! 😉

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It really is easy.  Mix the above listed ingredients in a bowl.  Cover with plastic wrap and place in the fridge overnight.  Peeking is acceptable and strongly encouraged 😉

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In the morning, open fridge, pull out bowl, remove plastic wrap, top with favorite toppings, stir (if you wish), and enjoy!

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These oats were topped with a tablespoon of Organic MarnaNantha Organic Raw Almond Butter and maple syrup. 

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This breakfast was FILLING!  I couldn’t even finish eating it, and it kept me full from about 6:30 AM to around noon time. 

I have a funny feeling that these oats and I will be wonderful companions this summer. 

Now the great debate begins.

I have been following an every other day workout type pattern this week.  Last night, before my Cinco de Mayo celebration with Larry and Brian (here’s your shout out boys! 😉 ), I did about 15 minutes of light cardio followed by an hour long BodyPump class that rocked pretty much every muscle in my body. 

I hate that I’m in a workout rut, but my body is s-o-r-e.  I’m thinking I’ll probably take the dogs for a walk after dinner tonight when it’s a little cooler.  That way I’m not totally missing a workout, but I’m giving my poor musk-les a chance to rest.

We shall see.  I may convince myself to do a thirty minute video on ExerciseTV.  Who knows? 😉

Happy Almost Friday!

What is your favorite hot summer morning breakfast?

~Jen

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Baba Ghanoush and the Ugly Black Boot

Today was a crazy day… and it’s still going!

It started with 8 hours of work, followed by after school tutoring (for which the parents were late picking up their child!), grocery shopping, and dropping Larry’s truck off a the dealer.  It’s hard to complain though, when the hectic part of the day ended with this!

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Two crispy, crunchy homemade pizzas.  One Grilled Mediterranean, and one with pepperoni, ham and cheese.

The Grilled Mediterranean is based on the Clean Eating Magazine Baba Ghanoush style pizza.

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It is dairy free bliss.  Baba Ghanoush is a roasted eggplant puree with tahini, parsley, lemon juice, olive oil, garlic, sea salt and cumin.  Very Middle Eastern 🙂

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And it was incredibly filling!  Usually, when I’m eating cheese covered pizzas, I grab two to three pieces before I feel full and satisfied.  Tonight this pizza feast featured only one slice!  Can you believe it?!?!?!

I didn’t get a chance to workout today.  I have definitely been struggling with skipped workout guilt! I’ve been following a pretty tough, 6 days a week, 60-90 minute a day workout plan for the past three weeks. I felt great the first three weeks, and didn’t want to miss a workout, but week 4 has been a different story.

My workouts have been half (eh, hem) effort-ed ;) , and I’ve even cut a few of them short (yoga Sunday!).  However, I’m honestly starting to think this is my body’s way of telling me that it has had enough, and that it needs a bitty, baby break. My foot has been throbbing sore since Sunday, and my muscles ache even though I haven’t been working out incredibly hard. 

Larry tells me that I just have too high of expectations for myself, which may be true.  Sometimes I just have a hard time figuring out if I’m listening to my body, or if I’m just being plain lazy.  Katie at Health for the Whole Self had an interesting outlook on this skipped workout guilt, which helped me gain a new perspective. 

Even still, I think I’ll take this week to enjoy the sunshine, take long walks, and rest my poor aching body! My foot definitely needs a break, and I don’t want to cause more harm…  I’m so close to being fully healed!

I do not want to go back to wearing this bad boy!

Maybe after a week of light exercise, I’ll be ready to come back at it full force next week! 

Have a great night!!!!  Can you believe it is going to be near 70 degrees tomorrow?!?!?!  What will you do to enjoy this pre-spring season?!?!?!?

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Is it Friday yet???

Happy Humpday everyone!  Only two more days till the glorious weekend!

If you’re wondering whether or not I have accomplished my goal of doing a perfect pull-up last night…  well…  the answer is… not quite.

(Poor kitty)

I cheated a bit!  I put one leg on the chair and pulled up with my arms and back as hard as I could.  My goal is to over time use the chair less and less until I can do one on my own. :) 

After a most grueling workout, I threw together a quick and tasty dinner.

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Garlic greens and sweet corn quinoa from Clean Cooking.  I also broiled a Quorn Chik’in Patty topped with Trader Joe’s All Natural Barbecue Sauce. 

After closely examining my store brand BBQ sauce, I noticed that the very first ingredient was High Fructose Corn Syrup.  Seriously?!?!?!?!  Is nothing safe?!?!?!

While I don’t believe that it is possibly to eliminate all processed foods from our diets in today’s day and age, I do think there are major advantages to reducing the amount of HFCS consumed. 

(Here’s a neat post on the risks of consuming too much HFCS.) 

So, in comes Trader Joe’s to save the day! 

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It has a nice smoky taste with a little bit of sweetness and a bit of spiciness, too!  A perfect combo, if you ask me!

 

 

 

I just finished an intense 60 minute kickboxing sesh, and as I type I am munching on some herb flavored Mary’s Crackers and, of course, Trader Joe’s garlic hummus dip.

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Tonight for dinner we are having breakfast for dinner.  Yum!  🙂

Enjoy the rest of your day and pray for a two hour delay!!!

~Jen

magnolia Remember, Be Happy, Be Healthy, Be You!!!

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Q&A and Eat What You May

Since starting this blog I’ve received a lot of questions.  But one question really struck me today, and I’ve been thinking about it ever since.

One of my BEAUTIFUL co-workers quietly asked me during lunch today, “How do you do it?”

This question struck me, because I don’t feel like I do anything special, or out of the ordinary. 

I am NO angel.Angel

As a matter of fact, yesterday I didn’t work out for the second day in a row, and I gorged myself with a cookie at lunch, two cinnamon squares after work (they  were very small… I swear!), and a piece of Whitman’s chocolate before bed.  Yesterday was a very long, and very indulgent day.

I confess that quite often I have very little self control.  If it is there, I will eat it.  If there are French fries on the menu, I’m ordering them.  And if a student brings me a homemade cupcake for their birthday, 9 times out of 10 I am going to eat it. 

I believe in eating clean 98% of the time, staying active, and living a little!  What is a world without French fries and birthday cupcakes???!!!

If you deprive your body and mind of what it wants, you’ll just want it more and more and more!  You will make yourself miserable!

I have a “happy weight” where my clothes fit their best, where I don’t feel like I have to constantly suck in my gut, and where I feel the most confident.  As soon as my clothes begin to feel snug, or I find myself slouching with a pooch hanging out, I know that I’ve overindulged, and it’s time to readjust my workouts and eating habits. 

However, I find it’s easiest to maintain this happy, healthy weight rather than waiting for it to become a problem so that I then have to drop a few pounds. 

My secret weapon: exercise. 

Not only does exercise make me feel good, but I’ve found that it is the best way to allow myself those indulgences without any negative consequences.  And it almost always makes me feel better. 

Take this evening for example.  I stayed at work until around 5, and I didn’t really feel very well.  My throat has been hurting all week, and I have been feeling super exhausted. 

Sounds like the perfect night to skip a workout and hole up on the couch, right? 

I seriously dreaded working out all the way home, but I knew I had to work out.  The first 5 minutes of any workout are always the hardest for me.  So, I gave myself a five minute punk out card.  If after five minutes, I still didn’t want to work out, I had full “permission” to stop without any guilt.

But guess what?!?!?  I felt great after I got moving and could feel my muscles working and my lungs filling with oxygen.  This is seriously one of the best feelings in the world.  Endorphins are no joke, my friends!

I guess what I am trying to say in this long rambling post is, I know what makes me feel good and I stick to it.  I try not to over think it (although Larry may disagree), and I try to stick to as healthy of a diet as possible so that when I do want to indulge, I can. 

I know I feel best when I eat healthy and exercise.  But this doesn’t mean that I am a saint!  ;) 

So, my advice would be this:

  • Pick what makes you feel good and stick to it!!!  But remember that this is different for everyone.  What makes me happy may make you miserable! 
  • Allow yourself indulgences without guilt.  Life is only as tasty as you make it!

When do you feel your best?  What challenges do you face that prevent you from always feeling your best, and how do you overcome these challenges? 

PS…  I would really love for you to leave comments below!  We can learn so much from one another!  Feel free to share! 

~Jen

magnolia Remember, Be Happy, Be Healthy, Be You!!!

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