Workout motivation of a different nature

I’ve posted on workout motivation before… But this is a whole different kind of motivation. In order to eat these tasty treats, I feel the need to workout first.

Today, I was lazy enough to skip the gym all together and just search delish food blogs, instead.

Please vote in the poll for one of these recipes and I’ll make the winner this month! That especially means my friends that read this blog!


Oreo Cheesecake Cake from Erin’s Food Files

Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cupcakes c/o Food Snots

Strawberry Shortcake Sushi created by Take a Megabite

Pizza Bites from Annie’s Eats


Banana Bread Scones w/ Brown Sugar Glaze via The Kitchn

Hot Corn Dip created by Gina Marie’s Kitchen

Chicken, Bacon, and Cream Cheese Taquitos from Mommy I’m Hungry


kick-butt workout and kick-butt soup

Last night, I laid in bed for hours worrying about the next quarter of school… I’ll be working as close to full-time as I can, starting my internship, and taking 3 classes… Amongst my usual activities. It just scares me. I imagine it’ll end up being just fine, but I like to worry… apparently.

So, 4:30 hit me hard this morning as I got up to go to the gym. I considered sleeping more. I considered just working out in my room. I considered never working out at 5 a.m. ever again. What DIDN’T I consider?

Walking into the gym, still lacking motivation, I thought I’d just do the short workout I had planned the night before and then go home and try to sleep an extra half hour before work…

Instead, I did the workout and was ready to do another since it only took me about 20 minutes. This workout comes from Katy @ Fit in Heels. When I read it, I thought, “oh, simple enough.” When I did it, I thought, “eh that wasn’t terrible.” And now, my butt says “oh, that was worse than I thought while I was still half asleep this morning!!” I’m sore!

The 300 Workout [From Katy @ Fit in Heels]

5 rounds of:

  • 10 wide stance burpees
  • 10 pushups with leg lifts (these make you feel strong and powerful!)
  • 10 jump lunges with twist (holding weight)
  • 20 crunches with oblique twist at top
  • 10 plank jumps w/ side crunch (I love these!)

So, it was very doable, and I’ll definitely do it again – which I wasn’t sure about initially, but with how sore I am now, I know it was good!

After that, I quickly moved on to do Naomi’s 480 workout. I had done this once before, at home, and remember piling the sweat onto the carpet of my bedroom! I thought about halfway through that I should just call it quits, but I pushed through and finished and followed it up with an elliptical tabata!

And then… I was so exhausted the rest of the day!

I did eat some delish soup at lunch! I got the recipe from Runner’s World. It’s incredibly easy:

Tomato Chickpea Soup [Adapted from Runner’s World mag]

  • 1/4 red onion, chopped
  • 1 T olive oil
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 1 28 oz can crushed fire-roasted tomatoes
  • 1 15 oz can chickpeas, drained and rinsed
  • 1 15 oz can water (use the chickpea can is what I’m sayin’!)
  • salt & pepper to taste

Do this: heat oil in a pot and add onion until soft; add garlic. Pour in tomatoes, water, and chickpeas. Boil for about 5 minutes and then let simmer, adding salt and pepper! Eat and enjoy!