5 Minute Meal, 12 Minute Workout, and a Charity Donation Winner

20 Dec

I’m happy to announce that the winner of the Sneezing for Charity contest is:


The answer was the tissue in the glass of water. A sad side affect of sneezing all night, and attempting to throw the tissues in the garbarge in the dark by chucking them from my bed. Fail. Rich- email me at melanie@melruns.com with the charity of your choice, and I’ll donate $20 in your name :) . There were three others who got it right, but I used the random integer generator to pick a number from 1-4.

-Onto today-

This week is going to be a crazy one. I’ve got a lot on the docket at work, a test on Thursday in personal trainer school (on bio-mechanics! ah!), and I have to pack for a weeklong vacation with my fam for which I’m flying back to NYC immediately after Thursday’s test. It’s go-getter time!

My  go-to less than 5 minute breakfast and/or snack this week:

greek yogurt and oatmeal snack

Greek yogurt with oatmeal, goji berries, and coconut butter. For the breakfast version I use 1/2 cup of raw oatmeal, and for the snack version I just eye out maybe a 1/4 of a cup. I also add a splenda packet and some cinamon into Greek yogurt everytime I eat it. If you don’t dig coconut butter (what? are you crazy? it’s amazing!), try peanut butter or sprinkling in almonds or walnuts for some healthy fat. Full credit for the idea of mixing raw oats into yogurt goes to Caitlin. It works people, I promise. It ends up with a consistency similar to muesli, and it adds texture and yumminess (and complex carbs).

My go-to workouts this week are all going to be 12 minute high-intensity-interval-training circuits. No time for more! And I’m down with that. Today instead of doing 6 different exercises in a twice-around circuit like I have described on the 12 Minute Workouts page, I did 12 different exercises once through to change it up and get in more variety. I really liked it.

Here was today’s:

50 seconds of as many reps as possible for each exercise, with 10 seconds of rest in between before going to the next one. I lost my super cool dual-timer, so I’ve been using my ipod set on a 1 minute countdown, and I wait until it hits 50 seconds to begin, and them immediately reset as soon as the buzzer goes off.

Now back to work for me!

How are you changing your routine during the holiday season?

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