First Attempt at VOO

Hi Readers!

Last night I decided it would be the perfect time to try out Angela’s Oatmeal Raisin Cookie Vegan Overnight Oats. I had to make a few changes, I omitted the raisins (didn’t have any) and I used chia meal instead of chia seeds (didn’t have any seeds!). I was hopeful that the recipe would still work.

Last night:

 I whipped them up, just like Angela suggested.

This morning:

 I thought they would solidify more (?)

In the glass with some maple syrup on top:

It seemed pretty thin:

 (those were all the chunks from the bottom)

It was ok. I think the chia seeds would give it a better texture than the chia meal. I am picking up more seeds today and will give this another shot. It smelled absolutely divine. And I ate it anyway! I will try again later this week.

I updated my blog roll last night – if I missed you, please let me know! I’d be happy to add you to the list. I love finding new blogs to read and learn from.

J and I recently signed up for the Medtronic TC 10 Mile Race in October. Our last race was a Half Marathon in July (before that it was our marathon!) and I’m excited for a shorter race. I am working on a training schedule that can incorporate running, TurboFire and strength training. I recently read this book (FBB for short) and will use the workouts in here as well:

I’ll do a more thorough review of this book later on today. I need to reread a few parts and get my schedule all figured out. I’d love to get some feedback on it as well. FBB is all about lifting weights (and not the pink “Barbie doll” weights). The author writes about how strength training is key in getting the body you want.

I’m ready for my TurboFire workout, then I am off to our beloved Target store, which recently added fresh groceries. I can’t wait to see what the store looks like! For now I shop at 3 different grocery stores and it would be great to only have 1 or 2. Cross your fingers that Target has everything I need!

Question of the day: Where do you shop for groceries? Do you have to go to a few different stores to get everything you need?

Enjoy your Sunday!

Holly

The Beauty of Blogs

Hi Readers! 🙂
 
Today I finished the TurboFire HIIT 15 minute workout. I know, 15 minutes sounds short, but this is pretty intense. I followed it up with a 30 minute sculpting routine and I am feeling good now!
 
My afternoon snack was a MIM. (Muffin in a Minute!) I saw the idea today on The Art of Kaztronomy 

I used the original recipe, except I used ground chia meal instead of flax meal.

Fresh out of the microwave:

Out of the mug and onto a plate:

 It tasted very much like a bran muffin — would be good with some PB spread on top!
 
After TurboFire I made dinner.  
 
Dinner: Chicken/pasta/veg with a side of green beans (Thank you Trader Joes!)
 
 Lots of beautiful veggies!
 
Tomorrow night J is taking me to Inception – have you seen it? I’ve heard it is really good but kind of confusing? I need to make sure I pay attention!
 
I was thinking today about what I want my blog to become, and I realized I need to just go with the flow. Every day I think of something new to write about, or a new tab I want to add to my menu of options. I need to just take it day by day and enjoy the ride! I am already overwhelmed with the amount of comments and emails I have already received and I cannot wait to see where this goes.
 
I first started reading food/healthy living blogs about 4-5 months ago. I stumbled upon a few healthy living blogs. These women were all strong, fit and healthy. I found it motivating to read about their lives, their exercise and food habits and I started implementing changes in my own life.
 
I had recently lost some weight with Weight Watchers, but I never really knew much about food. What is healthy? What is unhealthy? How much is too much? How much is too little? Seeing photographs of food and reading why certain foods are good for you truly helped me gain a better understanding of what I should be eating throughout the day. I was training for my marathon at the time and I was clueless about what to eat and how to fuel my body. I learned a lot from the blogs and I hope readers learn from my blog as well!
 
So do we really need another food/healthy living blog? Of course! The more ideas and motivation we get from blogs, the better off we will all be. Another reason I loved reading blogs is because they detailed accounts of actual people. Look at the beauty you can find in food and in feeling healthy. Today I read Live Laugh Eat  which had beautiful pictures of a dragonfruit – who knew they were so beautiful?!

I’m working on my workout dvd reviews, they should be up later tonight!
 
Question of the Day: What makes a good blog? Would you like to be included in my blog roll?