The Oat Monster
Thank you to everyone for your sweet comments about our wedding rings! We definitely love them and I especially love trying it on as much as possible, just to make sure it still fits ;) haha.
TGIF eh? This weekend could not come soon enough for me. I know it was a short work week here but wow it feels like it was a long week!
It’s so sunny outside too today which makes it an even nicer Friday!
This morning I was craving a green monster smoothie. I love these, obviously – and I love them even more when they keep my hunger at bay and give me energy for a while. They are low in calories – let’s face it, spinach, banana and soy milk isn’t much! So to give me more staying power this morning I used some oats in it. I’ve used oats in smoothies tons of times, although not sure if I’ve used it with this combination yet. I also threw in a bit of peanut butter for a bit of healthy fat.
- 2 generous handfuls spinach
- 1 cup soy milk
- 1/4 cup rolled oats
- 1 tbsp peanut butter
- 3 mint leaves
- 1 banana
This smoothie today was 384 calories, which I think is quite substantial for breakfast!
(plus, i’ll be having a snack mid morning).
Do you ever count calories?
I haven’t in ages. I just added up the smoothie for readers, just incase you wanted to know!
I do think that initially counting calories helped me lose weight, but I don’t think it would be necessary for me to do it now unless I wanted to lose more weight, which I don’t.
With snacks for later!
Keeping Consistency with Exercise:
I have been suffering from an exercise funk. Meaning, other than doing the 30 Day Shred I haven’t been doing much in terms of other exercise (cardio etc). Last night I finally got out for my first run/walk in over a week. It is so not like me. Sometimes I find that if I am under stress I get very tired and cannot get the motivation to exercise. This leaves me feeling even more sluggish and makes me frustrated with myself because I know how good exercise makes me feel! Last night I felt awesome after burning so many calories doing something that I love. I got out in the fresh air, worked on my strength and felt fabulous for doing it.
I asked myself afterwards why don’t you just do this everyday like you used to!?
Exercise funks are normal, in my opinion. I don’t think it’s necessarily a bad thing to go without exercise every now and then. It gives your body a break and helps it repair itself.
I think we all have to take moments to evaluate our exercise routine and figure out what’s working and what’s not working for us.
I was on Spark people this morning and came across an article on keeping the consistency with your exercise. Here is one of the tips the article gave:
- Never tell yourself “I’m not motivated.”
That’s not the real problem, unless you really don’t want to lose weight or live a healthy lifestyle. As long as you do want these things, you have all the motivation you need.
It may be true that sometimes you don’t want to exercise, or that you really want to stop and get fast food rather than cooking dinner. That’s understandable, but it doesn’t mean you’re not motivated. It just means that you want two different and opposing things, and you have to make a decision. Telling yourself that you lack motivation is just a way of denying that you really do have a choice. In the long run you’ll do better if you acknowledge that the choice is yours to make. Then, once you’ve made the choice: pay attention to how you feel about the choice you made, and decide whether that is how you want to feel most of the time.
Being consistent does not mean being perfect.
How do you stay consistent with exercise??
I’ll post the other two tips later on!
Off to work I go!
Enjoy your FRIDAY!!