Somehow I managed to drag myself out of bed before 8 today (a Saturday morning! crazy). Pre-workout fuel was a leftover chocolate oatmeal breakfast bar from yesterday. Usually I can’t eat anything before a run, but I didn’t even regret that breakfast bar during my 6.2 mile run followed by 50 sit-ups. However, I did regret skimping on pre-run hydration–even at 8:30 this morning, it was a scorcher! Definitely my thirstiest run in a long time.
Last night I attempted this recipe for overnight oats. It was one of the only recipes I could find for overnight oats that didn’t require plain Greek yogurt (I could only find flavored Chobani in the fridge). I didn’t have chia seeds, so I had to alter the recipe a bit. This is what I ended up using:
1/2 cup Quaker Oats oatmeal
1 cup almond milk
2 tablespoons cocoa
a dash of vanilla extract
1 tablespoon almond butter
1 bananaI combined everything besides the banana and almond butter in a container and let it sit in the fridge overnight. However, I didn’t realize that without Greek yogurt or chia seeds, there wasn’t anything to make the mixture expand. It makes sense, then, that this morning I opened the container to find a soupy brown substance.I was pretty disappointed that my overnight oats seemed to be a complete flop. In an attempt to salvage them, I stuck the container in the microwave for what ended up being about 2 minutes. The mixture solidified significantly. It was much thicker and chewier, but the taste wasn’t great. I think I may have used too much cocoa? Still, I stirred in some almond butter. I also sliced up a banana, put the pieces in the freezer for a couple minutes to chill, and then stirred them into the mixture.
Fitness-wise, I’ve been thinking about my goals for August. I want to finish Jillian Michaels’ 30 Day Shred series (only 5 more days left on Level 3!) and get started on her 6 Week Six Pack video. Hopefully my abdominal muscles have improved since my last 6 Week Six Pack attempt, when I only lasted for about 10 or 15 minutes of the workout (granted I tried the video in a fit of post-workout spontaneity).
Other goals: improve my flexibility (I’ve been meaning to start doing yoga), and maybe run a 10K. I’m also thinking about how I will continue my vegetarianism during the school year–I’m determined to make friends with the salad bar!
What are your August plans?