Category Archives: Treadmill Workout

Paleo Oatmeal and an Interval Workout

This morning I woke up and ran off to the gym to do my 3 mile run as scheduled. Upon walking through the kitchen, I noticed my bananas had literally peeled themselves. Bananas for breakfast it is!

Haha! How funny is that?! I laughed out loud when I saw that. Before I gave into my bananas, I went off to the gym.

Per the usual, I hate running on treadmills for a long period of time, I came up with another interval workout. This time, with distance and speed as opposed to a timed workout. So here’s what happened this morning:

I’d be lying if I said I didn’t jump off a time or two towards the end for a real quick breather. This run really had me going, and I am still recovering from it.

And then, we were back to the self peeling bananas. I was trying to come up with a unique way to cook up these bananas, because clearly, these were not normal bananas. I found a recipe on several blogs for Paleo Oatmeal, which is really an oatmeal without the oats! Say what? I ended up choosing this recipe from OnaPinkTypewriter.com. The recipe was changed up just a bit from what she originally did, but follows the same guidelines.

Looks just like real oatmeal doesn’t it?!

Ingredients:

2 Eggs 1/2 Cup Almond Milk
2 Tablespoons Ground Flaxseeds 1 Teaspoon Cinnamon
1 Banana, mashed 1/2 Teaspoon Vanilla

Directions:

1. Whisk together the eggs, and almond milk in a small bowl. Then stir in the banana, flaxseed, vanilla and cinnamon. Make sure the banana is smooth in the mixture.

2. In a small saucepan, heat up the mixture for about five minutes until you get the texture that you prefer. Just make sure you don’t leave it too liquid because there are eggs in there!

And Finito! Just put it into a bowl and top it off with anything that you like. I added more banana, because I had two self peeling bananas! and some more cinnamon. I could definitely see sliced almonds working well in this as well.

The texture is a bit different than anything else. It’s very fluffy. Add some granola or anything else crunchy if the texture gets to you a bit.

For lunch, I made some pasta because I was again, starving! SImple, Easy, Delicious.

Ingredients:

1 Serving Whole Wheat Penne 1/4 Cup Tomato
3 Chopped Basil Leaves 1/4 Cup Red Pepper
Tablespoon Fresh Paremsan Cheese 2 Tablespoon Catalina Dressing
2 Tablespoon Fresh Chives

No directions needed, just cook up the pasta and throw the rest on top! So easy! It was really light and filling at the same time. Just to give you an idea of HOW MANY VEGGIES I PUT IN THIS THING…

OH yea, I went nuts.

Brent had asked me to bring him by some lunch as well. But he didn’t want any of this “healthy” stuff. He wanted something SPICY! So I made him a quick, spicy pasta.

Ingredients:

1/4 Cup Garlic and Onion Ragu 2 Tablespoon Hot Sauce
1/4 Cup Jalapenos 1/4 Cup Fontina Cheese

Really, nothing crazy at all, but much healthier than the Mac N Cheese covered in hot sauce that he wanted! Just adding the hot sauce to something that was already fully flavored and could handle a little spice made this pasta just that much better. Don’t be afraid to take those pre-made pasta sauces and turn them into something unique. Think of them as a starting point instead of the main attraction.

What are some other ways that you can dress up pasta quickly and easily?

Fontina Cheese Over Easy Egg and Day 2 of Training

This morning was a slow one. I watched some reality TV and read up on US Weekly, found out Rob Kardashian is dating Rihanna! Shocking! When I finally went over to make some breakfast, I stared at the refrigerator for a while and came up with an over easy egg…this is my go to for breakfast if you couldn’t tell. But, I wanted to turn it into something a little bit different than the typical eggs and toast.

My inspiration, Brie, a phenomenal appetizer that I LOVE to make. I took fontina cheese, leftover from the Margarita Pizza, melted a bit on top and added some raspberry jam to the toast. It was better than I could have imagined. While I was eating it, I was thinking that some ground pepper would also be great on this to spice it up. Spice jam is always unexpected, in a good way.

Devoured.

The rest of the day was fairly relaxing. Nothing notable, but the best kind of saturday. After an afternoon of America’s Next Top Model, I decided to finally head to the gym. This process of getting dressed and out the door took me almost two episodes to accomplish. I was really only pushed when I looked at what time it closed, and it was an hour and a half away…TIME TO GO!

I went to the gym with one goal in mind. RUN 4 MILES. Now, I haven’t run that far without stopping in a while. I normally go to the gym and stop at 3 miles because I really do find the treadmill to be boring. After 3 miles, I’ll go find something a bit more captivating to finish it out with.

If I’m running outside, the FL heat starts to get me before I can really push past the 3 mile mark.

So I got on the treadmill with a plan…intervals. Lots and lots of intervals. I find making your goal 2 minutes away, or 1 minute away makes the entire run fly by a bit faster. This was my workout:

I was dying by the end of it, but man does it feel good! I loved this workout and will definitely be coming back to it again. It made the time fly by and the little rests in there at 6.0 were seriously necessary.

Give it a try!

For dinner, I went with a simple pasta and vodka sauce. I sprinkled it with some fresh parmesan cheese and basil leaves. Delicious. Just what I needed after a workout like that. Some carbs! 🙂

For tonight, I’m thinking a glass of wine. I deserved it!

Have a great Saturday night!

Walking Treadmill Workout and Killer Arm Circuit

This morning I really wanted to give my legs a little break and just stretch them out a bit from yesterdays squats. I had never done a walking workout and you always see people walking as fast as they can on the treadmill grabbing at the bar in front of them. I admit, I laughed a bit at them because it just looks a little funny and it never made sense to me. I am here and now apologizing to ever single person that I giggled to myself at. This was HARD! SO much for a stretch your legs out workout!

 

No lie, I was grasping for any sort of bar throughout this whole workout. I checked my heart rate a few times throughout and it was around 180-185 every time. The recovery in the middle allows your heart rate to settle back down and recover, just in time to do it all over again!

After catching my breath, I finished up with my favorite arm circuit. This is another one that I have been doing since I step foot in a gym. It targets every muscle in your arm and really makes it burn!

 

I used 5 lbs for the Raises and tens or fifteens for the last three. Do whatever is comfortable for you.

 

Sure to be sore tomorrow…from walking!

Peach Mango Smoothie and Sun Dried Tomato Egg Sandwich

This morning was a slow one. After being out late with a few friends for labor day, I woke up and grabbed for the coffee. As soon as I sat down at the computer to start going over some work emails, the phone calls and emails just never seemed to stop. Before I knew it, it was 9:30 and I hadn’t had breakfast or gotten ready to walk out the door. So breakfast was a quick and easy smoothie that Maggie had whipped up. Yummo.

Ingredients:

1 Mango 1 Peach
8 Medium Ice Cubes 1 1/2 Cups Fat Free Greek Yogurt
1 Teaspoon Cinnamon 1 1/2 Tablespoons Sugar

Directions:

1. Puree the mango and peach. Add in the remaining ingredients and blend. Top with granola.

BOOM! Delicious Mango, Peach Smoothie! Perfect way to start off the work day…well mid morning snack I guess.

When lunch finally rolled around, I was craving eggs. I was so surprised at how well it came out. I felt like it could have gone either way, but man did it satisfy! I wanted a second one after this was polished off!

On this sandwich there is:

1 Over Easy Egg 2 Table Spoons Sun Dried Tomato Hummus
1/4 Cup Sprouts 2 Tablespoons Fresh Chives
1 Honey Wheat English Muffin

Surprisingly, overwhelmingly good. I topped my meal off with 2 Whatever You Got Oatmeal Cookies from last night and went back to work.

Tonight I wen to the gym for a quick workout on the treadmill. I am not so much into long distances on the treadmill because I find them really boring and if I attempt to, chances are I’ll just quit half way through. So, tonight I did a 25 Minute Interval Workout.

 

Now for some tea, and TV!