As soon as I stopped training for a half marathon, I gained 5 pounds…almost instantly. It is not surprising, because I didn’t change my food intake as my energy expenditure dropped dramatically. Instead of getting down on myself or sabotaging myself for letting go, I used it as motivating to get back on track and change up my routine. With the time change, shorter days, and colder temperatures, I find it hard to motivate myself to run or bike outdoors before/after work/school. It doesn’t help that I find it equally as hard to motivate myself to use indoor cardio equipment–regardless of the time of year. Luckily, I knew just the right person to turn to. I worked with Katie from She Rocks Fitness in the month or so leading up to my wedding last year, and I have to say I have never felt so good about myself! Getting at home workouts from Katie gives me the motivation and direction I need to get my butt to the gym and work towards my goals. And after 6 weeks of working with Katie, I am 1.7 pounds closer to where I used to be!
This time around Katie has continued to challenge me with her workouts. My favorite part is that she mixes in 5 minute cardio intervals between strength circuits, and I feel like this is what really leads to results. With three rounds, I end up spending 15 minutes on the treadmill or stepmill before I even have the chance to get bored! I like to mix each interval up by choosing a pace then increasing the incline every 30 seconds, or doing a 4 minute tabata (20 seconds on; 10 seconds off) with a 30 second lead in and cool down. Here is one of the workouts she gave me recently:
Once I got to round three of the incline chest press, tricep dip, and push up combo I was shaking. I knew I was surely going to have a hard time washing my hair in the shower the next day!
I prefer to workout in the morning to make sure it gets done before anything else can get in the way, but sometimes I struggle with not having enough time to make and enjoy a healthy breakfast; something I consider equally important. Plus, I get a little bit of anxiety anytime I think about not having my Mixed Grain Porridge for breakfast. This is where overnight oats comes in handy! This time I gave it a tropical twist and switched it up with oat bran. Perfect breakfast for after a workout and/or on the go. Mix it in a Tupperware, store it in the fridge overnight, and stuff it in your gym bag with a spoon in the morning.
Tropical Overnight Oat Bran
Serves 1 | Recipe by Lauren Larson | Print here!
Prep time: 5 minutes | Cook time: 0 minutes
1/3 cup oat bran (or 1/2 cup rolled oats)
1/2 cup Honey Noosa Yoghurt
1/2 cup almond milk
1/2 cup pineapple tidbits, drained
1 tablespoon chia seeds
1 tablespoon unsweetened coconut flakes
1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
Dash of salt
- The night before, combine all ingredients in a lidded container. Cover and refrigerate overnight.
- In the morning, just stir and consume! Top with banana slices if desired.
To keep this recipe handy, print or pin this recipe card from the awesome folks at Noosa Yoghurt!
What do you eat for breakfast after a workout?