Random Thoughts & Banana Baked Oatmeal Split

You know how you’re listening to the radio and all of a sudden that song comes on. You know, that song. The one that has/could/just-did change your life? The one you have constantly running in your mind, the one you hum without even knowing you are, the one that you relate to so well, you could swear it was written for you…

That’s how I feel when I work out. It was written for me.

I mean, I love working out. I love the privacy I can have with my thoughts when I’m out for a run. I love the whole body push when I’m literally squating myself in plates on my shoulders, and thensome. I love the fact that no matter what happens, I have exercise to bring me back to centered. Exercise will always be there for me, no matter what. Kind of like that song that was written for you.

Workout #1:
  • 21 barbell thrusters (65-95 lbs for women)
  • 21 pull-ups (assisted or not)
  • 15 barbell thrusters
  • 15 pull-ups
  • 9 barbell thrusters
  • 9 pull-ups

Try that one timed and see how you feel. GLORIOUSLY EXHAUSTED. I promise.

Workout #2:
  • 5 pull-ups
  • 10 push-ups
  • 15 air squats

Perform as many rounds (of the above) as possible in 20 minutes.

Workout #3:

(Any format you’d like but giving all out effort. This means push yourself until you want to puke… literally. Want results? That’s how.)

Workout #4:
4 minutes total:
  • push hard for 20 seconds
  • rest for 10 seconds
  • repeat this eight times
This one can be used for pretty much any exercise. My favorites are:
*air squats
*sit-ups holding 25 lbs plate
*push press with dumbbells

The key, get as many reps in as possible in that first 20 seconds and try to do that same rep each time.

All of these workouts are in the zone of CrossFit’s WODs or HIIT workouts. Before moving on to actually doing a HIIT workout, I highly suggest reading this blog post on HIITs. Christine from Munchies, Muscles, and Mischief, although makes pretty great desserts, does not sugar coat anything in the lifting department… you want honesty, along with some great ideas and info, read her post.


Moving on… to food… because what is better than food? (well, besides working out…?)

Banana Baked Oatmeal Split

Banana split action in an oatmeal kind of way. Recipe for baked bananas lovingly borrowed from here.


  • 1 banana
  • 2 tsp honey, agave, or maple syrup
  • cinnamon
  • your favorite oatmeal recipe

The Method:

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Slice your banana in half, lengthwise, and place on tin foil lined baking sheet.
Bake for 15 minutes or until goldeny brown.

Meanwhile, prepare your oats as desired. (I used oats, almond milk, chocolate hemp protein powder, liquid Vanilla Creme Stevia, and cinnamon)

When bananas are done, place them on a plate, top with oats, drizzle with sweetener of choice (agave, honey, maple syrup), and sprinkle with cinnamon. Throw on some fresh fruit too, it’s good. 😉

Not the most beautiful piece of art but it tastes great...

Shriveled with love, but pretty tasty. And really, how has it taken me this long to try baked bananas?

Have a wonderful Monday.

Today is no exception. I usually have a song is stuck in my head…

Which one are you humming?

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