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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:

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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.

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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

  1. The night before, combine all ingredients in a lidded container. Cover and refrigerate overnight.
  2. In the morning, just stir and consume! Top with banana slices if desired.

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To keep this recipe handy, print or pin this recipe card from the awesome folks at Noosa Yoghurt!

Tropical Overnight Oats - Recipe Card

What do you eat for breakfast after a workout?