Saturday, May 10, 2014

Getting Fit #3, Plus 3 Recipes for Mother's Day!

This is the third segment of my Getting Fit series. This series features my friend Crystal, a rockstar figure skater and fellow oatmeal lover. You can her blog, Confessions of Crystal, and check out her Instagram,@crystalchilcott.

TOAHey Crystal! How was your week?

CrystalHi Lauren! It is the week before finals, so my week has been stressful! Luckily, exercising helps me relieve stress and I find cooking relaxing...except for when I melted a plastic spoon yesterday! How was your week?

TOAYikes! My week was pretty eventful. I only exercised twice...which is actually fantastic when you consider that I was out of commission for three days with a kidney stone!! Yes, you read that correctly. A kidney stone.

CrystalA kidney stone!? That sounds awful. Are you feeling better?

TOAYes. I passed it in record time and recovered pretty quickly. On Tuesday, I was finally able to enjoy a run. And when I say "enjoy," I mean I actually enjoyed it! I jogged two miles, and I felt so strong and invigorated the entire time, until the last tenth of a mile or so. The strength exercises afterwards went beautifully, too. However, the next day, I worked out again and it didn't go as well. I had a side ache immediately, and my strength exercises felt like torture. Why does this happen? How come some days I feel so much more energetic than others?

CrystalI'm glad you're feeling better! It's frustrating to follow a great day with one that feels like a struggle. Do you have different sleeping or eating habits on the days when you feel less energetic?

TOANot that I can think of. Is it not a great idea to do my routine two days in a row?

CrystalIt depends on your body and how fast you can recover, but it wouldn't be a bad idea to have a rest day between each run, especially as you adjust to your new routine. Would you like to try that this week and see how it goes?

TOAYes. Maybe this time the weather AND my kidneys will cooperate! How about the routine itself?

CrystalLet's keep it the same for one more week. If it goes well this week, we'll tweak it for the following one.

TOAGreat! I'm really going to shoot for three days this time. Talk to you next week!


Do you have your Mother's Day plans ready? @neverenoughcinnamon on Instagram requested some recipe ideas for Mother's Day, so here it goes! I wasn't really sure what qualifies as a "Mother's Day" recipe, so I just picked some fancier recipes that I would feel proud serving to my own mother.

I love you, mom!

This is a classic. Everyone loves blueberry muffins! (Well, everyone except
for my brother...)

I don't know about YOUR mom, but my mom loves lemon poppy seed
muffins. I think she'd appreciate this one, and I'm guessing she's not the
only mom out there that would like it!

Don't want to heat up your oven? Try this recipe instead. I think my mom would get a kick
out of this one and how fun it is. What mother wouldn't want a banana split for breakfast?!
**You can also find hundreds of other oatmeal recipes (as well as tons of other meatless recipes) on my Pinterest account!  You can also like The Oatmeal Artist on Facebook. Thanks!

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