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Butterscotch Overnight Oats

Good Thursday morning! We’re having a sunshiney morning here in SGF, so I hope you’re having the same wonderful weather wherever you may be!

Morning Run

This morning was supposed to be a sleep-in morning for me since I ran last night and have a Jazzercise class this evening…but that didn’t happen. I woke up at 4:52 with a tiny dog on top of my belly. He was just needing some attention I guess because once Mac had me out of bed around 5:15, he settled back down into his own tiny bed. What a turd.

Since I was up, I decided I’d go on an easy run to get some more miles on my new shoes I received yesterday. I started out slow and steady, but my mind was not into the running mode this morning at all. I was fighting with myself the whole run to keep myself going and not turn around. I took 3 short 30-second walk breaks to keep my body going since my motivation was at an all time low. I NEVER incorporate walking breaks into my runs, so I wasn’t too happy with myself. But I finished my run strong and made it to a little over 5 miles in 45ish minutes. I’m hoping after this busy wedding weekend (where my workouts will be put on the back burner), I’ll be able to have a good, strong run on Sunday sometime.

Breakfast

I got home from my run with a few minutes to spare before I needed to get into the shower. So while I cooled off, I threw some not-so-overnight oats together in hopes that the hour in the fridge would be long enough for the oats to soften up a bit. And I must say, it turned out pretty well!

Butterscotch Overnight Oats

photo(103)Into this mix, I added:

  • 1/2 cup old-fashioned oats
  • 3/4 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 1/2 tbsp chia seeds
  • 1 tbsp Sugar-Free Butterscotch Pudding Mix
  • 1 tsp vanilla

Mix the ingredients well, cover, and let sit in the refrigerator overnight for best results! Although my oats softened up nicely after only one hour in the fridge.

photo(104)The star of this recipe is obviously the pudding mix. I love this flavor, but you could use basically any pudding flavor you like! The butterscotch kick really livened up my breakfast. I can’t wait to experiment with other pudding flavors soon!

photo(103)These oats filled up my belly nicely, and I finished off my breakfast with some hot coffee and pineapple Greek yogurt at my desk.

photo(101)On the agenda for the rest of my day is work, Jazzercise, and paint my nails for Katie’s wedding!

photo(100)I’m loving this color! It’s ‘rebel rose’ from Avon. I’ve already got one coat on, so I’ll do the other tonight and be set for the weekend!

Have a great Thursday! And feel free to comment with your favorite overnight oat ‘add-ins’! I’m always looking for something new for my breakfast menu. 🙂

Pumpkin Pie Overnight Oats

Yesterday’s breakfast was a great one that completely has me in the holiday spirit now!

photo(83)Let me preface this by saying my posts are about a day delayed right now. Have you ever had one of those weeks where you are so stinkin busy you can barely find time to sleep, let alone get anything extra done? Well this week has been that way for me. I still feel like I’m slightly drowning. But the weekend is near, and I know if I can make it til then, I will finally have time to recup!

Tuesday night, I took about 2 spare minutes to prepare my Wednesday morning breakfast to make the next morning easy peasy.

Pumpkin Pie Overnight Oats

Into the mix, I added:

  • 1/2 cup old fashioned oats
  • 1.5 tbsp chia seeds
  • 1/3 cup pure pumpkin (canned)
  • 3/4 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 1 tsp pumpkin pie spice
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • a drizzle of honey
  • a little extra cinnamon
  • Raisins (as topping, optional)

I stirred this all up (minus the raisins) until well blended, and then covered it and let it sit in the fridge overnight. The next morning I added a splash more almond milk to soften the mixture up, along with a couple spoonfuls of raisins to add a little sweetness and texture.

photo(84)I loved every bite! I like mine to be extra spicy, so you may not need to add extra cinnamon, etc. I’ve also seen where people will add in 1 tbsp of pure maple syrup to add a nice sweet kick. But that’s the beauty of overnight oats. You can make them match your taste with just a few minutes of playing around in the kitchen.

I also found that this recipe was almost too much for my stomach to handle, so I may try only 1/3 cup of oats next time. The raisins really plumped up the volume here!

Another perk of this recipe? A full can of pure pumpkin is way more than what this recipe calls for, so you’ll have extra pumpkin leftover to make more batches of this yummy stuff throughout the week or to make other Fall recipes!

Long Run + Breakfast

Yesterday started out with a nice 5 mile run – the farthest I’ve ever gone! It’s been rainy each morning, so when I woke up at 5 AM without the sound of rain hitting my window, I slipped on my running shoes and went at it.

The run was a major stepping stone for me since I’m running my first 10K in October. It kept my spirits high knowing that I will probably be able to power through the 10K without walking/dying. I made it to 5.14 miles in 47 minutes. I’m definitely not a power runner, so this was a great time for me. I’m excited to attempt the extra mile this weekend hopefully!

I had to quickly shower and rush off to work after my run, so by the time I sat down at my desk, my stomach was upset with me. Starving! Thankfully my pumpkiny oats were amazing and left me super stuffed.

photo(85)I also grabbed my coffee, vitamins and fruit to tide me over til lunch time. It was a healthy morning! And my post-run tummy was more than happy to enjoy it all. 🙂

Today has, once again, been a hectic one. I swapped with another instructor and taught the 5:40 AM class in place of my usual 6:45 PM since I have a meeting after work I want to attend. But more on that later.

Have a great Thursday! It’s already noon, which means we are only a day and a half from the weekend. Hooray!

 

Glow Run 5K

Happy Monday! I hope you had a great weekend. The weather was amazing here in SGF, so I definitely took advantage! Most of my time was spent walking Mac, teaching Jazzercise, and running the typical weekend errands. But, the highlight of my weekend was the Glow Run 5K on Saturday night!

Glow Run 5K

2013-09-14 22.31.44Saturday was a bit of a whirlwind! I began bright and early with a chilly walk with Mac and then was onto teaching Jazzercise by 8 AM. So by the time I was getting ready for the Glow Run around 6:30 PM, I was not feeling super energetic! But I put on my best smile, pulled on some stretchy pants, and was out the door by 7 PM.

2013-09-14 18.56.00The race started at 8 PM, and I wanted to get there early to meet up with my girlfriend Carley to get all our glow gear on and do a bit of a warm up. We were provided the bright t-shirts and several neon glow bracelets and necklaces with our race registration. So when we met up, we quickly got our glow gear on and headed up to the warm-up area!

2013-09-14 22.25.26Carley was extra glowy with her awesome shorts and shoes! Some local Zumba instructors were leading a warm up with a fun DJ, so I kinda danced around while Carley chatted with some other friends that were running as well.

2013-09-14 19.41.33-1Yay for lots of glow runners! We couldn’t have asked for better weather either. It was right around 68 degrees, and the sun was setting as we were lining up in the chutes.

2013-09-14 20.05.11As we lined up, the energy was awesome! Loud music was pumping and glowing neon lights and shirts lined the street for blocks on end. We were so excited! It was Carley’s first race ever, so these last moments were filled with words of advice and positive reinforcement. The nerves were setting in!

We took off fairly slowly because of the crowds (obviously), and I thought we would pull away from them and have a little breathing room. But that didn’t really happen. We were dodging slower runners the entire time! But it was still a great time, and Carley and I kept each other pumped up the whole way.

The only major downside of the race? The 8 AM start time. Eating dinner was an issue! We both decided to eat an early dinner (between 4:30-5), and the food was fighting us the entire time! I had Mexican with Nick (stupid of me, I know!) and Carley had some light sushi with her boyfriend. We thought 3 hours would be sufficient digestion time. But we were VERY wrong! I didn’t feel nauseous, but every once in a while I could feel my dinner coming back up. We made it without having to pull over to puke, but it was a struggle.

Despite the angry tummies, we ran the entire way (she was determined to not walk!) and finished in around 30 minutes. And with all the crowds, families, and strollers, I feel like this was pretty good!

2013-09-14 20.45.54Right as we crossed the finish line, they were handing out water and some hefty medals! I was so excited to get a medal. It was my first one! My other races didn’t provide any type of award. Sad day. But now I have an awesome lime green/neon medal to display! I can’t wait to add to my new medal collection in the future.

Me with my medal!
Me with my medal!
And Carley with hers!
And Carley with hers!

We were slightly proud! The Glow Run was sooo much fun. It’s something I definitely recommend if they ever have a run near your town. It was well organized and very accommodating to all types of athletes and age groups.

After the race, we parted ways, and I headed home to shower and recup. I didn’t realize how rough running could be on your body when you’ve had too much to eat. By the time I showered and settled on the couch to relax before bed, my stomach was completely bloated and I was nauseous bigtime. I stayed up and dipped water and snacked on half an apple before heading to bed. I woke up several times through the night thinking I needed to puke, but thankfully it never happened!

Lesson learned: Do NOT, under ANY circumstances, eat a full Mexican dinner within a few hours of a race!

I spent Sunday recuperating since my stomach was still not back to 100%. I felt ok, and even taught my normal Jazzercise class, but had a bloated and tender belly the whole day. My whole day basically looked like this…

2013-09-15 07.39.49Carbs. And butter. And more carbs. I was in full running recup mode! 🙂 And it was delicious.

Hope your Monday is off to a great start! I’m feeling back to my normal self thankfully. I’ll catch you all later! (I have a super quick and simple meatloaf recipe coming for ya!)