Guess what I did last night again? That’s right, dunked my lower half in an ice bath with TWO bags of ice this time. Well technically it had four, but the first two melted instantly and I had to run out to get more ice.
The tip I read about getting in the ice bath before dumping the ice in is probably the only reason I’ve been able to do this every night. Don’t get me wrong it’s MIGHTY COLD, but it isn’t as painful as one might think. I’ve kind of got the whole rhythm down now:
1. Power Tower (click here to see my—> power tower workouts) work out OR walk/chiro/foam roll
2. Stretch and make hot tea while the tub fills up
3. Get in the tub with spandex shorts, sweatshirt, and tea
4. Paul dumps ice in and proceeds to talk to me about stocks for the next 10 minutes (aka my distraction)
5. Timer goes off and I’m up and out of that tub, dried off with sweat pants on, and under the covers in 30 seconds flat
6. Warm up for 5 minutes while Paul attempts to stick his feet in the tub to ice them
Last night Paul actually said the water was too cold and it physically hurt. I told him he would do it if he had been out for 6 weeks like me. He just looked at me like I was crazy and said very seriously, “no I would just wait, that’s too damn cold.” Ha ha okay well fine then, I’m dedicated to getting better! I can tell this weeks ice baths are already paying off. I’m cramping less, my soreness has gone down a lot, and I just feel better. I am telling you all I am a HUGE WUSS when it comes to the cold, if your scared but thinking about trying an ice bath for injury prevention or recovery then get in FIRST then put the ice in, it makes all the difference. Okay on to my newest breakfast obsession….
Pancake Overnight Oats
Can’t decide if you want oatmeal or pancakes for breakfast? Or more likely, do you want oatmeal or pancakes for breakfast but don’t have time for either? No problem, pancake overnight oats give you a healthy quick meal that satisfies both cravings at once. This recipe was inspired by the Walden Farms pancake syrup I had in the fridge. I usually use the blueberry syrup flavor to sweeten plain greek yogurt, then it dawned on me how amazing the pancake syrup would be to make overnight oats with. The weather in Phoenix is contemplating raining at the end of this week and so it has been borderline cold all week. The type of weather threatens to be cold but isn’t really. While other parts of the country have named their winter the polar vortex and complaining about blizzards, Arizona has been squeaking by with one of the warmest winters on history. Don’t get me wrong, I love it… but I think we are all wondering how much we will be paying for it this summer. Oh well, anyways while the weather threatens to be cold I want steaming bowl of pancake overnight oats as many mornings as possible.
- ½ cup rolled oats
- ½ scoop vanilla designer whey protein powder
- 1 tsp chia seeds (do not omit)
- ½ cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk
- ½ tsp cinnamon
- 1T almond butter
- Combine all ingredients in a medium size bowl and refrigerate overnight.
- In the morning microwave for 1-2 minutes until hot.
- Top with pancake toppings like strawberries, bananas, nuts, nut butter and whip cream!
- *These pictures were all taken at night before so I could take it to work and microwave it there. The ratio of milk to chia will help determine how creamy or soupy your oatmeal will be. I like a one to one ratio of liquid to oatmeal, plus 1T of chia (acts as a binder.) If you like yours a little more “soupy” add more milk and half the chia seeds (but don’t omit). I ended up microwaving mine with the fruit on it and everything for one and a half minutes and it was amazing! The only thing I would recommend is using a somewhat oversized bowl so oatmeal can bowl a bit while heating up in the microwave.
I use www.caloriecount.about.com to do all my nutrition facts. The program assigns the food a grade and points out good/bad aspects of a food. While I don’t always buy into the grades, it is still kind of fun to see this one got an A and was so high in so many vitamins and nutrients naturally. It also meets my general breakfast requirement of being over 15g of Protein, which helps keep me full throughout the whole morning. Can’t wait to eat today’s bowl as soon as I get to work!