I love summer. I love to travel, visit friends, go to the beach, and lay by the pool.
Only problem is, having a jam packed schedule of summer fun makes it a little difficult to squeeze in those daily workouts. Makes it even more difficult to eat healthy. Isn’t that strange? You’d think winter would be the most difficult time to stay healthy with all the baked goods and comfort food flowing. But summer food (a huge ice cream cone and big juicy burger) is just as comforting if you ask me, and even harder to resist.
Needless to say, I haven’t been eating that healthy lately. I really need to get back on track. My body performs better when I eat healthy. Lately, my runs have been more challenging than they should be, and I think the unhealthy eats is a contributing factor.
Get your shit together Meghan! (how many times do I need to tell myself that before I just DO it? Ugh.)
Work it Out
I had a productive day at work yesterday, and checked a few nagging items off my to-do list which felt good. After work, I had an appointment to get a manicure/pedicure with a Groupon I purchased. The appointment took longer than I anticipated, and I wasn’t finished until 6:30 last night. I really wanted to use that as an excuse to skip the gym, but I had taken the past two days off so I sucked it up and went.
When I arrived I noticed that my secret spot was free and clear, so I decided to get my Ab workouts of the day out of the way first (30 Day Ab Challenge). Day 4 was a planned day off for the program, but there was a workout for Day 5 that I had missed. So I decided to do the workouts for Day 5 and Day 6 yesterday. Day 5 was killer, I did a total of 80 burpees! Phew. It took me a good 25 minutes to complete. Day 6 was much more manageable, I finished in a little under 20 minutes. The twisted scorpions were really challenging though, way harder than they look! I’m loving this Ab Challenge, anyone want to join me??
After finishing up in my secret spot, I was ready to just do a short run on the treadmill. When I walked out though, I heard the janitors vacuuming and cleaning. I started to wonder whether I was overstaying my welcome? I decided to call it a day, grabbed my stuff and left. As I walked out, I realized I had stayed a full half hour past closing time. Woops! At planet fitness I would’ve been kicked out, but since I was in my secret spot I went unnoticed! At least I got my ab circuits in.
Oatmeal Raisin Carrot Cake Bites (no bake!)
Adapted from Averie Cooks. Serves 12.
1/2 cup old-fashioned oats + 2 tbsp reserved
1/4 cup carrots
1/2 cup raisins + 1/4 cup reserved
3 tbsp brown sugar
1 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp vanilla extract
1. Blend the 1/2 cup of oats and carrots in a blender or food processor for about 10 seconds.
2. Add the 1/2 cup of raisins, brown sugar, cinnamon, and vanilla extract and blend for another 20 seconds or until incorporated. Don’t overblend.
3. Remove the dough and by hand, stir in the reserved ingredients (2 tbsp oats and 1/4 cup of raisins).
4. Form into bite-sized balls or cookie shapes. Store in the refrigerator or freezer (I’m keeping mine in the freezer).
These bad boys are addictive! Seriously….. dangerous. I made them last night and polished off three while I was wrapping them up for the freezer. Then I woke up this morning and threw back four of them like it was nothing. I’ve really been loving the cinnamon/oats/raisin combination lately. So good! I think next time I would decrease the sugar, or even try eliminating it entirely. These are pretty sweet, and I think the raisins alone would add enough sweetness for my taste.
P.S. Check out my manicure! Pretty color right?