Happy Saturday! How do you do on weekends? Do you eat healthy and exercise or totally slack off until Monday? I’m a slacker usually. This week was definitely not what it could have been over here. Determined not to slack off after only a couple days back on track, I will be doing this quick weekend tabata workout!
I love HIIT and Tabata workouts. Quick, but you still get your heart pumping. If you want to try this workout just do each round 4 times through. That’s only 16 minutes of exercise so make sure you really give it your all!
I don’t know if you’re like me…but long weekends are my kryptonite. Big time. I feel like I fall off the fitness wagon every time the kids have a 4 day weekend. Or longer! That’s completely no bueno. It’s crazy how quickly I can snap into ‘vacation mode’ and decide I need to eat ALL THE THINGS. And then of course we don’t go to the gym. Or workout at home. And suddenly we plan to gym again now that life is normal and I realize it’s been a week since I’ve done anything healthy for myself. And I feel gross.
But you know what? Every day is a new day and a new chance to get back on track. Even if it has been 2, 3, or 6 days…or weeks…or even months since you’ve been at it. Just start again. Sounds easy enough, right? Then why does it feel so hard?
There are a few things I do when I’m trying to psych myself up to get back into the game.
New water bottle. I said this in another post. Any time I get off track a new water bottle always makes me want to do better again. Drink my water, finish my workouts… I love it. And I always have way too many.
New clothes! How can you not want to work out when you have cute new gym clothes. They don’t have to be expensive either. Walmart and TJ Maxx have great, budget friendly, options.
Plan ahead. Having my workouts planned for the week is a big help. Write them down! Seeing it helps make it happen. I feel a lot worse canceling on a gym date when I know what I’m going to do.
Start a program or challenge. Find a clean eating challenge like this one starting next week. Try a free weight training program like Jamie Eason’s Live Fit or maybe something to do at home like one of the many Beach Body programs. Or maybe join a diet bet! These sound so fun and maybe I’ll host one in a couple months before summer gets here.
So, is there anything special you do to get yourself back on track after slipping a bit? Let me know what you do to find your motivation again. I can definitely always use the help!
So, we all know breakfast is the most important meal of the day. Do you eat a decent breakfast every day? Even weekdays when you’re trying to get kids dressed and fed and out the door to school because suddenly it’s time to leave even though you haven’t finished your coffee?
I don’t. Not even close. Usually my son’s leftover poptart crust along with the coffee is my breakfast. So healthy, right? Not so much.
And then I found fridge oats. SO easy you guys! I get everything ready and make 3 or 4 at a time (more if I’m not the only one that’s going to eat them) so they are just in the fridge and ready to go in the mornings.
It’s so easy. At night set up a little fridge oats assembly line. Dump everything you need into containers, stir, and pop in the fridge. Pull one out in the morning and eat! I’m sure you could probably heat it up if you want but I eat them cold.
You will need:
Containers. I use mason jars but you could easily use little plastic tubs as well.
Old Fashioned Oats. Don’t be afraid of store brands. SO much cheaper!
Some kind of milk. I use the Almond Coconut because it’s delicious.
Greek yogurt. I get the honey or honey vanilla flavor. Again, because it’s delicious.
Frozen berries, cherries, fruit. You’ll want to chop it if it’s not already small.
Optional: Chia seeds, PB2 peanut butter powder, cinnamon, honey if you get plain yogurt…
Now, line up your containers and just go down the line adding your ingredients.
~First up, 1/3 cup oats and 1/3 cup milk:
~Next, add in 1/2 cup Greek yogurt and 1/2 cup fruit. I used blueberries. Cherries are good too.
~Now add in your extras. I put in 1tbs Chia seeds into each jar.
~Using a butter knife or long spoon (this part is easier with a wider plastic tub) stir it all up!
And voila! You’re done. Put lids on the containers and stick them in the fridge. Now you have a yummy breakfast waiting for you in the morning! I know I definitely don’t have the time or desire to make a breakfast with all that in it for myself every morning. It’s so handy to have it all mixed and waiting.
There are about a million ways you can do this too. I made pumpkin spice oats once. In place of fruit put 1/4 can pumpkin puree and a few shakes pumpkin pie spice. Maybe a drizzle of honey (or maple syrup if you’re gettin crazy!) to sweeten it. You could do apple cinnamon as well! Peal some apples, dice them up and add cinnamon. VERY good! Make sure you don’t leave the skin on though. It makes it pretty hard to chew. Trust me. I’m sure you could search Pinterest for other ideas. It’s pretty easy to experiment with different combos. Just keep the oats/milk/yogurt base and fancy it up with whatever you think sounds good!