My New Favorite Breakfast

I love oatmeal, but it’s not something I normally want to eat in the summer months.  Inspired by Angela at Oh She Glows, I made Vegan Overnight Oats!  And no, I’m not a vegan in practice, I’m just lactose intolerant.  The texture is really nice, a little bit chewy, but not at all sticky the way cooked oats are.  I use a little bit of light coconut milk, and it makes me think I’m eating ice kachang.  It feels like a light breakfast but it’s very satisfying and I like how quick it is.

It was easy, delish, and calorically-speaking, not that bad.

Vegan Overnight Oats

In a bowl, throw together–

1/2 cup dry oatmeal (120 cals)

1/2 cup light coconut milk (70 cals)

1/2 cup unsweetened milk (35 cals)

1 tsp of chia seeds (the new superfood!)

Let sit overnight in the fridge.

The next morning, I added some fresh strawberries. And because I don’t eat “normal” sugar, yes I did add a little bit of artificial sweetener.

Learning to Push Myself

I wasn’t particularly athletic in middle school and high school, so I’ve always associated any kind of exercise-related exertion as being evidence that I’m not fit, not athletic, not cut out for [insert athletic activity here].  Feeling like I need to breathe harder?  Bit of sweat trickling down my back?  Soreness in my abs?  My immediate reaction was “I can’t do this.”  I always assumed that people who run on weekends, play in tennis weeknight tennis leagues, or workout regularly do it all with relative ease. I always thought it was easy for everyone else but me.

That’s all changed now.  One of the most important things I’ve learned from my trainer and from running is that it’s never going to be easy (hence the “work” in “working out”), and that it’s ok to push myself physically.  I think it was our 7th session–we were talking about my progress, and I said that I was bummed that the workouts weren’t getting easier.  My trainer laughed in a good-natured way, “Um, it’s not supposed to get easier. Your workouts are actually getting harder. Stop thinking of yourself as someone who can’t do this.”

It’s been hard.  Sometimes on a long run,  I want to stop because I’m not supposed to be a runner! Or when I’m in the middle of a plank/push up series, Huh, my arms feel tingly. I should just take a break now. But when I do push through, it feels pretty awesome.

First Race of the Year

After a five year hiatus*, I ran in a road race on Saturday.   I figured the Four Courts Four would be a good start–4 miles, in an area that I’m pretty familiar with. The course was downhill going out and uphill coming back, which was HARD. I was also nervous because I ran this race alone, and that freaked me out just a tad.

I tried my best to run the whole thing, but ended up taking some walk breaks. I did run up that last hill though.

I learned that 1) I need to run outside, hillwork on the treadmill doesn’t cut it; 2) uh, it really sucks to run when everything you are wearing is soaked from the rain; and 3) it’s ok to run by yourself.

But it was a good time spent on the road.


*I sound all official-like using the word “hiatus.” It’s not like I was a pro runner or anything in 2005–that year I did run the Cherry Blossom 10 mile and other longer-than-5K races. Since then, my running habits can best be summed up in one word–none.

Motivated

When it comes to diet and exercise, I’m just super flighty. I always have grand plans and am super motivated in the beginning, but always peter out a few weeks in. There have been a few instances where I stuck with it–and money and humiliation have always been involved. I trained for and ran the Cherry Blossom 10 Mile after I told everyone I knew I was running it, and I completed the Avon Breast Cancer 3-Day (60 miles!) 8 years ago mainly because I had to raise money and couldn’t NOT do it after people gave to the cause, right?

So this year I decided that the best way to finally get my fat ass in shape is to throw money and humiliation prevention at it. To that end, I’ve hired a personal trainer (authority figures also scare motivate me, btw) who has so kindly given me “homework” for the week. I’ve also signed up for the FAYE contest over at Loser Moms. Instead of talking about races, I’ve gone ahead and registered for a few spring races. Now I can’t back out, right?

This is my week’s workout plan:

Cardio: 20 mins of walking/jogging

  • Monday: Cardio, plank hold (3 X’s- 30 seconds), stretch for 5 minutes
  • Tuesday: Cardio, stretc
  • Wednesday: Cardio, 1/2 plank hold 3 X’s-30secs, abdominal work for 5 mins- on back: basic crunch; shins parallel to floor crunch; feet to the sky crunch; scissor kick legs w/ arms down at sides
  • Thursday: Trainer session
  • Friday: Cardio, stretch
  • Saturday: Cardio, 20 pushups 20 tricep dips 20 squat jumps 20 forward lunges (step forward into a lunge and return to start)
  • Sunday: Cardio, stretch

First Post

This is the year I try blogging. Well, I’ve tried it before–started and abandoned, oh, 3 or 4 blogs in the past couple of years. I love to read blogs though, and I tweet and am on FB. Seems odd not to be active in the original social media domain. So here we go. I am not sure what I will blog about. I am a mom but that’s not all that I am, so I doubt this will solely be a “mommyblog.” I like to eat and cook, but am no way in the same realm as the good foodie blogs out there. I also plan to take my running more seriously this year, but I won’t be able to talk about that every day without getting a blister. So expect a bit of everything.