Falling off and getting back on (after a period of laying on the ground moping)
Oh hello there. You may have noticed by our complete lack of posts that Elyse and I haven’t been as good to ourselves as we should be lately. I was crashing with her and her boyfriend (what a gent!), then I got moved into my own apartment, and it all sort of stopped. Elyse wasn’t in the other room making homemade granola, or encouraging me to put my shoes on and stop procrastinating. Our free week at the gym ran out, and neither of us renewed. I can’t speak for her, but I can say that I fell completely off the health horse.
And instead of shaking it off, and climbing back on, I laid there … for about three months. It isn’t that I started eating whole pizzas by myself. I didn’t even stop going to yoga. But when I went on vacation in Mexico, where I drank a lot of beer and spent whole days laying on the beach with my nose in a book, and came back only to realize that biking up the hill in front of my apartment was a lot more difficult than it should be, I realized that if I wouldn’t have stopped working out, I would be a lot closer to my fitness goals. Probably noticeably so.
So six days ago, I dusted myself off, and started over. I started slow with a really great ab workout (http://kayciesantics.blogspot.com/2012/03/300-ultimate-ab-and-core-challenge_22.html) every night for four nights straight. I took a day off on the fifth day, and today I added an interval running plan to get myself to be able to run more than five minutes without panting and wanting to lay down and pull the grass over myself.
I’ve been eating cleaner, working harder, and instead of locking myself into a gym membership right off am doing what I’m referring to as “courting” my fitness routine. We’re taking it slow, but things are good. It feels like it’s going to be a lasting relationship.
BAKED OATMEAL WITH STRAWBERRIES, BANANA AND CHOCOLATEIngredients
- 2 cups old fashioned rolled oats
- 1/3 cup light brown sugar
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1 tablespoon grated orange zest
- 1 teaspoon Chinese five spice
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 cup walnut pieces, chopped
- 1 cup sliced strawberries
- 1/3 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
- 2 cups milk
- 1 large egg
- 3 tablespoons butter, melted
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- 1 ripe banana, peeled, 1/2-inch slicesMethod
- Preheat oven to 375°F and generously spray the inside of a 10-1/2 by 7 inch baking dish with cooking spray and place on a baking sheet.
- In a large bowl, mix together the oats, sugar, baking powder, orange zest, Chinese five spice, salt, half the walnuts, half the strawberries and half the chocolate. (Save the other half of strawberries, walnuts and chocolate for the top of the oatmeal). In another large bowl, whisk together the milk, egg, butter and vanilla extract.
- Add the oat mixture to prepared baking dish. Arrange the remaining strawberries, walnuts and chocolate on top. Add the banana slices to the top then pour the milk mixture over everything. Gently shimmy/shake the baking dish to help the milk mixture go throughout the oats.
- Bake 35 to 40 minutes or until the top is nicely golden brown and the milk mixture has set. For an extra tasty top, sprinkle a tablespoon or so of extra brown sugar on top then place back in the oven under the broiler and broil for 20-30 seconds. Serve warm with an extra sprinkle of sugar or drizzle of maple syrup. (source)
box jumps = hell