I had quite the exciting morning in my kitchen. I slept pretty early last night and woke up a wee bit early this morning. Paul was still asleep so what do I do when I get bored? I go to the gym and watch TV! : P I still got a pretty good workout – 500 calorie deficit!
Body rant: I’ve been working out consistently for the past 11 months and I’ve only managed to lose 3-4 pounds. It’s very frustrating but I know it’s my fault because I LOVE TO EAT!
Even though the scale says one thing, every time I head back home to L.A., everyone always remarks how I lost so much weight. It’s dumbfounding, really. Perhaps because they haven’t seen me in awhile? Perhaps it’s the island tan? They’re just being nice? Or… is all that consistent exercise actually paying off? I’m assuming that I’ve lost body fat and have gained definition and muscle mass in its’ place. Even though I know I’m leaner and more toned than I’ve ever been before, the number on the scale infuriates me. I know, I know. I’m still working on body acceptance.
Back to my exciting morning! After I came back from the gym and had 2 apples with cinnamon, I had that rare urge to stir things about, fling shredded coconut into every crevice, have dirty pots and pans in the sink, and just make a good ol’ mess everywhere.
I had decided last night to make my yummy hot oatmeal for lunch but decided to do something else on the whim. I saw this post, Breakfast Cookie Dough Cereal on Fitnessista’s site and decided to make that instead. I used 1/3 cup raw oats and smashed it down with 1 tablespoon of peanut butter and vanilla extract. Poured in 1/2 cup of almond milk and let the oats soak up the liquid for a minute or two. So simple and delicious! I still prefer the warm comfort of cooked oats though. But still a good recipe if you’re short on time.
And since the kitchen was a mess anyway, I decided to make my first batch of granola bars. I found this Vegan No-Bake Protein Bar recipe online and created my own yummy snack. I didn’t put in any protein powder because I assume the oats and the peanut butter would do a good job of filling you up anyway.