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Finding the balance of physical and mental health through adventures and fitness

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Insert winter/holiday season pun/quote here.

I’ve probably consumed more pumpkin foods than I should’ve this fall, and now I’ve been turning to gingerbread and mint. As my adventure through my Pinterest pins continues, I’ve been trying to see how I can utilize my baking pantry in other ways that cookies and muffins.

I had found a few pins for gingerbread oats, but many had barely any oats and they were loaded with sugar. You can make good, sweet oats, without loading them with sugars or carbohydrates that won’t provide satisfaction.

So if you don’t mind stove top and you have about 5 minutes or so, this recipe may put you in a mood that satisfies the desire for gingerbread cookies  while leaving you’re stomach full.

What You’ll Need

  • Milk or milk alternative – I used unsweetened vanilla almond milk
  • Rolled oats
  • Molasses
  • Almond butter – I used crunchy
  • White chocolate chips (optional)

Directions

  1. Using a medium sized pot, you’ll want a little room, warm on low heat about 3/4 cup of milk.
  2. When the milk is slight hot to touch (not boiling), add half a cup of rolled oats. This is a serving for the store brand I used.
  3. Keep the burner on low heat, you don’t want these boil and burn on the bottom.
  4. Mix in 3/4 tablespoon of molasses.
  5. Mix in 1/2 tablespoon of almond butter, I used crunchy because I prefer it. You can use smooth or crunchy – you can even use peanut butter if you don’t like almond butter.
  6. Immediately remove pot from burner and either store in a tupperware for later or bowl for serving. Removing from the burner is important because even if you turn it off the heat will continue to cook the oats.
  7. Top off with a few white chocolate chips. This is completely optional.

As always, brands and portions impact nutritional value. These oats were 280 calories, 8.5F/46C/7P

 

 

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I was going to wait until the first of the year to start competition prep, but I’m impatient and didn’t want to wait. Today was my first day back to stricter macro counting and a regular gym schedule. After I got back home from my Christmas fun, I went grocery shopping and picked up the essentials: chicken, ground turkey, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, you get the gist. I came home and prepped a bit and I figure I’ll more over the weekend. I also stopped by Dick’s Sporting Goods and bought a new pair of cross trainers. These were amazing during my gym session this afternoon.

 

My first official gym day in the prep book was a solid 40 minutes of plyometrics. I felt pretty good and I can’t wait to see what happens during this prep.

 

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Let’s get into the facts of prep this time around:

My first competition was November 1 and I lost 25 pounds and weighed 150 in time for the stage. Since November 1st I have gained between 8-10 pounds, but I’m still a size 6. The first competition this spring is April 18th, which is 113 days away. My goal is to lose another 25 pounds and get to 135 in time for the stage. The second competition is May 23rd and I believe I can get to 130 for that stage.

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113 days away!

 

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148 days away!

 

Last time prep was a breeze in the beginning and it got much harder on me mentally towards the end, but knowing what I know now, I believe I will be able to handle it. As far as the post show weight gain, it could be so much worse, but I do want to see what I can do so I can have more of a maintenance of the weight loss this time around.

Now for some photos!

Last Throwback Thursday photo of 2014. 4 years and 85 pounds difference. I can’t wait for 2015.

 

54 and sunny on Christmas!

 

Post family Christmas dinner snuggling

We have 5 days until the New Year and I’ve almost finished my list of goals for 2015. I’ll post them within the next few days. I can’t wait to dive right in! I hope all of you enjoyed your holiday and are getting ready for the New Year too!

❤ Cristina