Baked Strawberry Oatmeal

I started off this morning with an hour of kickboxing blasts followed by leg work. I was a puddle of sweat by the end, but it was well worth it.

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Also worth noting, I got to sleep in this morning and did this workout while everyone was awake – I think this could become a regular thing. No more getting up at 4am or giving up blogging / mom time while Emma is napping and everyone else is at school.

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And then I made this breakfast that has been on repeat all week.

Baked Strawberry Oatmeal

So good, and it’s quick and easy to make too! All you need is 1/2 cup of oats and 1 cup of pureed fresh strawberries.

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Mix together and bake at 350 for 30 minutes and then top with whatever you desire. I kept mine simple and added a couple of teaspoons of coconut butter. It doesn’t need any sugar or sweetener because of the strawberries.

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Totally filling too- it was hours before I was hungry again.

How to Start on a Health Journey

For the last several years, I have been a habitual starter. All gung ho on day 1 and then within two weeks, everything fizzled, my motivation was gone and it would be weeks or even months before the cycle started again. But, in early December at my latest Endocrinologist appt, everything changed and I have been making small, but permanent changes to my every day routines and I am finally starting to see a difference.

As a Diabetic, and an insulin resistant one at that, I inject insulin two times a day, for those that do not know, insulin is a fat storing hormone, which makes it incredibly difficult to lose weight. My scale may not budge much, but the internal changes are happening! Two months ago, my fasting blood sugar numbers were between 130-150 and as of the last week or so, I’m waking up with fasting numbers ranging from 90-100.

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1. Find your tribe. Last year, I joined a fit squad on Facebook (contact Becky from Olives ‘n Wine for more information). Posting my workouts there keeps me motivated and I also post daily on Instagram. Are we IG friends? You can follow me HERE

2. Find workouts you WANT to do! This is huge, if you are dreading your workouts, you won’t want to do them!

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I use cathe.com and there are currently over 300 different workouts to do and if you also buy Cathe Live (it’s $19.99 a month for everything), you have access to a live workout every Thursday morning, which is then recorded and you can view it at any time. This is the best $20 I spend on myself every month. 100% worth it!

3. Get moving! I used to be a Fitbit girl, but after many,many technical issues, I switched to the Garmin Forerunner last June. I love that it tracks my all day activity, is a step tracker, and also a GPS for when we do venture out for walks. This also gives me a daily step goal to hit every day and I don’t go to bed until I hit that number.

4. Drink enough water to drown a fish. Even when my food choices aren’t the best and I’m otherwise feeling blah, I make sure that I get enough water in every day. It really does make a huge difference!

5. Let go of perfection. The one thing that used to bring me down was “messing up” and splurging and then thinking that I would have to wait to get back on track. I now know that food is not good or bad, it’s just food. I don’t restrict foods, but as a Diabetic, I definitely have to moderate carb-heavy foods. That being said, if I know we’re going out for pizza or mexican (my favorite!), I will make sure to have less carby foods through out the day so I don’t completely kill my blood sugar levels for the day.

That’s it. Five simple steps to get you started on your own health journey!!