Workout Wednesday!

Hello friends!

I only have time for a short post, but I thought today should be WORKOUT WEDNESDAY. I had a really awesome workout today and just feel like sharing it! But first, I have to tell you guys something. I’m officially addicted to oatmeal.

First of all, my oatmeal tasted REALLY good yesterday. Idk why. It was the same oatmeal I eat every day. But it was DELICIOUS.

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Normal oatmeal.. So delicious.

Second of all, when I got to the dining hall this morning.. There was no oatmeal. LE GASP. I asked them about it, and they said they had RUN OUT. What? WHAT?! You ran out of my delicious carbs? Rude. ROOD. So.. I walked across campus to the other dining hall.

I know this seems a little extreme, but my oatmeal is the way I get a great carb boost after my morning workout. Because I can’t eat gluten, a lot of options aren’t available for me, so I have to be a gluten-free carb-finding ninja in the dining halls. Without the carbs, I get cranky and fall asleep during my mineralogy class, which no one wants to deal with. Ergo, I trekked to the other dining hall, and got my delicious oaty carbs. Wahoo! I also had a treat of crunchy PB on my oats, because only that other dining hall (which I don’t usually go to in the morning) has crunchy PB. So, it was a double win. 🙂

So, what exactly was this workout that had me ravenously after carbs?

Cardio:

9 min mile warmup
2 miles HIIT (fastest pace at 8.0 mph, which is FLYING for me.. most of the time my fast interval was around 7.0-7.5 though)
20 min elliptical cooldown

STREEEETCHING

Abs:

reverse crunches
side crunches (each side)
min plank
normal crunches with my legs IN DAH AYER (remember that song?)
bicycle crunches
baby pushers

MOAR STREEEETCHING

Quick legs:

50 squats
25 box jumps

ALL OF DAH STRETCHING IN THE WOOOORLD

This workout left me tired and feeling greeeeat!

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Happy runner!

I will likely be sore tomorrow. Afterwards, I had my delicious oats, protein powder, and PB with my coffee and morning fruit. All while working on a paper! Which I must attend to now.. But first, my outfit for the day!

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I look slightly scared.. But I'm not I swear!

Do you ever have those days where you just wanna push yourself? Do you like being sore? Is there any food you can’t live without?

I had one of those days where I felt great and wanted to push myself. And tomorrow I’ll embrace the soreness and know I did something that is helping me get stronger and faster, instead of just wasting my time “getting in the miles”.

See ya friends!

Chelsea

Monday Smarticles

Hello friends!

I do a lot of reading articles on science, because I’m one of those people who enjoys that. You know what that means? I’m introducing a new series on my blog called Monday Smarticles. On Mondays, I’ll post a list of interesting articles I found having to do with running and nutrition (generally), with a little blurb about them.

But first, an update on life!

I’m back at school now, and it’s booooring. But, I only have 18 days until I go home again! I have a lot of work to do, but remember that essay that I didn’t do before break? Apparently, half of my class didn’t do it either, SO we all have a one week extension. Wahoo! It’s mostly done now, but it’s a huge relief to see I’m not the only lazy one. 🙂

I can’t believe the year is almost over! I only have two more weeks of class, and then finals. I only have one final, but I have two papers and a presentation due during finals week. BLAH. Dislike. Before then, I have one paper to finish, one paper to rewrite, a sample quiz in mineralogy, a lab practical, and two other presentations. It’s ridiculous. I’m going to try to post as much as I can, but forgive me if I chose to sleep!!

Today, I had a really great workout. I did HIIT seriously for the first time, and got in about 2 miles of it as a part of my normal workout.It was great! I felt sooo tired afterwards, and much more fulfilled and satisfied with my workout than I do normally. Wahoo!

Here’s a random picture of my outfit for today:

Dunno why this is necessary.. But I'm getting less awkward!!

And.. Smarticles time!

1. Carbs are important. Get them in. I am notorious for not getting enough carbs because I can’t eat gluten and most dairy, which are typical carb sources. It can really hinder your performance mentally and physically! Here’s an article on the importance of carbs. A thing that shocked me in this article? We need 130g of carbs per day for proper brain function, but some low carb diets advocated as little as 20g/day. Wtf? WRONG.

2. Some support for barefoot running. I know some people are against it, but I personally am an advocate of barefoot running. While I do many of my miles in my “minimalist” Kinvara 2’s, I do like to run in my Vibrams. I ran in them exclusively over the summer and most of the fall, and they really strengthened my feet. In laboratory tests, it was shown that there was a 4% save in energy expenditure while running barefoot, meaning it’s more efficient. Also, generally barefoot runners seem to get injured less. Who knows? It works for me. Here’s the article.

3. Why coffee is good for you. Well. Maybe not. BUT, apparently it isn’t as horrible as my grandma would like me to think it is. YES, I am in love with coffee. NO, I will not stop drinking it. Why? Because according to this article, it increases alertness and may put me at less risk for depression, suicide, and liver disease. BOOYA.

Okay! So those are my first smarticles. It’s not a long list.. But I wouldn’t want to run out of smarticles, would I? Nope! So, I’ll see you guys soonish! I hope you had a great Monday! Also, thanks so much for the support on my last post! You guys are great. 🙂

How’s your Monday? Do you like to nerd out and read scientific related articles?

Chelsea

 

 

Hodgepodge o’ Life

Hello friends!

I had a mediocre Turkey Day. Unfortunately, my grandmother is in the hospital for an extended stay and yesterday, we visited her instead of having dinner with the family. She is in a hospital an hour away, so we drove over, saw some family, visited her for several hours, then drove home. Since we didn’t prepare adequately, my mom and I didn’t have Thanksgiving Dinner until like 8 o’clock. Sad. But, I am thankful that my grandmother is still alive (she has a slew of things wrong with her), that I got to see my family even briefly, cand that my mom and I could have food on the table.

My mom and I had a lot of fun making dinner and spending time together. We made marinated tofu, sweet potato walnut loaf, baked butternut squash and sweet potatoes, and wild rice casserole. Oh, and CAULIFLOWER. My favourite. It wasn’t a lot of dishes, but it was manageable for two people and all of the dishes ended up turning out really well! My favourite was the cauliflower honestly (NOTHING BEATS CAULIFLOWER), but I also really enjoyed the tofu dish and the loaf. All the food was really good though! I wasn’t a huge fan of the wild rice casserole though, mostly cause I dislike casseroles and the rice was crunchyish. Blech.

Today, I didn’t really do much.. I woke up, ran a quick 2 miles, and then went to the gym to elliptical and lift. I refueled with this delicious oatmeal:

Have you ever had dark chocolate pomegranate seeds? These oats are like them.. But better.

Dark chocolate with pomegranate arils. Nomnomnom. I don’t have a specific recipe, but a serving of oats cooked in almond milk with one and a half tbsp of cocoa powder, a serving of cottage cheese/greek yogurt/protein powder, and half of a pomegranate will give you this delish treat. I sweetened it with honey and stevia and put a little salt on it. It was honestly a gift from the Gods.

This afternoon, I got to go riding! Wahoo! I miss riding when I don’t get to do it for a while. I rode one of my favourite horses, Calvin, but didn’t have a real lesson. We just messed around for fourty minutes until he refused to move anymore. Whoops! Tomorrow, I’m going to join a lesson, so that should be fun.

We did a lot of this.. And he did not like it. BUT, I love this picture. 🙂

When I got back, I had my dinner, and ate copious amounts of these:

Pillowly.. Gingerbready.. Too good to be true.

Ginger Molasses (basically gingerbread) Cookies

These are gluten free, and the recipe makes A LOT. A LOT.

2 1/2 cups gluten free baking mix

3/4 cup butter (Smart Balance works too)

1 cup packed dark brown sugar

1/3 cup molasses

1 egg

1-2 tbsp chopped fresh ginger

2 tsp cinnamon

1 tsp ginger powder

1/2 tsp nutmeg

1/4 tsp cloves

Dough dough dough.. Delish. I ate a lot of this.

Mix it all together. Refrigerate dough, covered, for at least 4 hours, preferably overnight. Preheat oven to 375. Drop 1.5 tbsp dough balls onto greased cookie sheet. Bake for 8-10 minutes until cookies look “done” (cracked on top, usually). Allow to cool before devouring. Enjoy!

Anyways, I’m tired because I’m sick, so I’m going to go. But, how was your Thanksgiving (if you had one)? How was your Friday? What’s your favourite type of cookie?

See you tomorrow friends!

Chelsea

Kitchen Adventures!

Hello friends!

Break has been AWESOME. I’ve gotten loads of needed rest, caught up on a lot of things (not school work, though.. whoops), and participated in a lot of baking therapy. I’ve also had some REALLY great runs while at home, including one today where I took a minute off of one of my splits. HOLYCRAP. It felt so good, and I felt soooo fast. And soooo tired after that.

While at home, my life looks like: run, eat, bake, sleep, repeat. I looooove it. I’ve also been able to get really creative with my oatmeal (if you haven’t been able to tell).. Today, after my supah great 4 mile run, I had this chocolate banana almond oatmeal:

Twas naked.. And looked small. So, I added banana!

Muuuch better with the banana. 🙂

I cooked this oatmeal in 3/4 cup greek yogurt mixed with 1/2 cup water, then added 1 tbsp cocoa powder, 1/2 tsp almond extract, and a banana on top. I also drizzled some honey on for sweetener. It was so good! Creamy, proteiny, and deeeelicious.

It was so good in fact, my cat Socrates tried to steal it. RUDE.

Excuse the kitchen mess. I get a little crazy when I'm home and cover everything with my junk.

Socrates is actually a girl cat, who I found at my college. I fell in love with her freshman year (she was wandering around campus right before a snowstorm) and my roommate and I illegally kept her in our dorm for a week. We got caught, but the local animal shelter and my mom arranged to have her brought home right before Thanksgiving break. That was two years ago!

Who could say no to this face?

She isn’t my first cat – in fact, we actually have 6 cats. This is NOT ON PURPOSE. Cats like my family. They find us. We had a respectable 3 cats. Then Socs became number four. Then number fivemoved into our basement before Christmas and then gave birth to a litter of kittens, introducing the sixth cat. Craziness. It’s okay though, because we live on a farm, so we’re allowed to have an obscene amount of pets.. Right?

Anyways, contrary to popular belief, I’m able to make more than oatmeal. Over the past three days, I’ve experimented a lot, and I have three recipes to share over the next 3 posts. Today’s will be gingerbread nutbutter, followed by gingerbread cookies and high protein pumpkin chocolate chip muffins. By then, I may have even more to share! I’d share them all at once, but that may be boring, and I’m too lazy to write them up all at one time.

Anyways, I’d been pondering the idea of Gingerbread Nutbutter, and Tara (XC Foodie) commenting that I should try it on my last post about my gingerbread madness solidified it. So, I give you..

Gingerbread Nutbutter

Makes about 1/2 cup

Mine lives in a recycled container. And is DELICIOUS. Sorry for no in use pictures.. Mine has only been eaten with a spoon so far.

1/2 cup peanuts

1/2 cup walnuts

2 tsp molasses

1 tsp cinnamon

1/2 tsp ginger

1/2 tsp nutmeg

scant 1/4 tsp cloves

Process peanuts and walnuts in a food processor until butterized (5 mintutes in my food processor). Add in molasses and spices. Allow to combine until completely re-butterized. The mix may appear gritty and sugary and ball together, but keep processing because it WILL get smooth. Transfer to a container and store in the fridge.

This stuff is SO GOOD. My mom thinks it tastes kinda like chocolate.. I think it’d be good on toast, as part of a fancy nb&j, with crackers.. Or in a spoon. Which is how I’ve been devouring it. Idk how long it will last, but it should be at least a week. I think mine will be gone too fast to really test it.

Do you ever try “weird” flavours of nut butters? What’s your favourite? Have you ever made your own nut butter?

Have a nice Thanksgiving (if you live in the states)!! I’ll be back tomorrow probably. 🙂

Chelsea