Random Thoughts & Banana Baked Oatmeal Split

Posted byLori Posted onSeptember 20, 2010 Comments15

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. πŸ˜‰

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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  1. […] OIAJ + Chocolate Better’n Peanut Butter + Pumpkin+ Cinnamon + Oat Bran + Trader Joes Organic Vanilla Hemp Protein powder with a Baked Banana on top…thanks to WhatRunsLori! […]

  2. Oh, I said awesome twice.


    .-= Christine´s last blog ..Squat Booty- A Well-Rounded Outlook =-.

  3. Awesome stuff! πŸ˜€ Thanks for the shout-out. Crossfit is the awesome.

    That banana baked oatmeal looks pretty interesting. I may just have to try that!
    .-= Christine´s last blog ..Squat Booty- A Well-Rounded Outlook =-.

  4. Air squats: go into a squat and then up- no weight, hands can go out in front of you as you go down for balance- just a squat. πŸ™‚
    in CrossFit we call them air squats since we’re using body weight…. but yeah, could have clarified, huh?

  5. The song it my head is this ridiculous song from the Barbie Mermaid Tale that my daughter listened to over and over on our road trip this weekend. It’s torture … “she’s the queen of the wa-a-a-ves.” They seriously should play it for prisoners and they’d spill their secrets immediately just to avoid hearing it again.

    I can’t seem to use bananas for much more than banana soft serve these days, but if it ever turns into Fall, this looks fantastic.
    .-= Michelle@ Housewife in the Raw´s last blog ..Turning Granola into a Skirt =-.

  6. Lori I LOVE this post! Me and you need to workout together..holy! That first workout with 21 pull-ups WOW! that’s super intense. I would be tired just from that. I love sprints and tabata workouts too. I love to sprint outdoors and my new thing is to try them on the beach:)
    As for that oatmeal split…genious!!
    As for the song…good timing as this past weekend I just found the song that Shakira sang at the World Cup called Waka Waka. I love it and was dancing around my living room to it lol
    .-= melissa´s last blog ..Where I feel I belong and my long to-do list! =-.

  7. Oh yum, I think the last time I tried a baked banana was as a kid!

    Wouldn’t it be great if everyone felt that way about exercise?
    .-= Alisa´s last blog ..Cinnamon Raisin Breakfast Risotto =-.

  8. i love the baked banana split!! taio cruz’s dynamite is my song right now. when it comes on my ipod i just want to RUN RUN RUN!..or dance dance dance.
    .-= christina´s last blog ..A Very American Weekend of Football &amp Feasts =-.

  9. I feel the same way about working out! It doesn’t mean I’m “always” in the mood for it, but I always feel so much better about life and myself when I do some exercise and move my body.
    .-= Natalia – a side of simple´s last blog ..Corn- It’s a Beautiful Food =-.

  10. I may have to make that for my husband one of these days! Great idea adding the protein powder to the oats – he finds oats don’t last him ten minutes, so that should help.

    Love your analogy of working out and the right song. That’s inspiring.

    .-= Ela´s last blog ..Heading to the Farm – The View From Here-Up For This Week – Communication and Preconceptions – Reflections on Self-Love- One Life =-.

  11. thanks for sharing your workouts! i need something to shake up routine a bit. what is an air squat? don’t think i know that term.

    baked bananas and oatmeal? yes please!
    .-= kate´s last blog ..A Kate Klassic and a Winner =-.

  12. I am not a banana fan, and those even look good to me.

    Your workout sounds BADASS. Seriously. I think I would die. I’m about to go lift, and this post has given me something to aspire to! I do air squats to warm up…I love them. Form is key, like everything. I used to do the wrong and was all “why do these not seem to be doing anything”….um, hi dummy, that’s because you aren’t doing them right!
    .-= Katie´s last blog ..Change of plans =-.

  13. Never had baked bananas, but have had them sauteed on a skillet! So good!!

    And your workout sounds amazing! I love it…although I feel silly asking, what is air squats?? I feel like I should know what that is…maybe I do..who knows with me, I do not always call an exercise by the right name. haha

  14. Holy Moly! That sounds absolutely amazing!!! I’ll definitely be trying that tomorrow morning!!!! Thanks for the great idea!
    .-= Salah@myhealthiestlifestyle´s last blog ..Avocado can fix anything =-.

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