Banana Oatmeal Cranberry Cookies

So as some of you know, giving up sugar sucks…like big time sucks!
Things have been particularly stressful with my ankle injury preventing me (still) from running, and I find myself craving things like sweets more often.
I have made these cookies a few times now, and really enjoy the subtle flavours and health benefits they have to offer.

Banana Oatmeal Cranberry Cookies

2 ripe bananas, mashed
1 cup quick rolled oats
1/3 cup dried cranberries
1 tsp vanilla
3/4 tsp cinnamon
1tsp flour

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Bake at 350 for 12-15 minutes

I must say they make excellent filling snacks! Or breakfast on the run:)

What is your favourite healthy cookie recipe?

  

Canmore March 2014

Hi All! Last weekend Ivan and I went on a mini vaca to Canmore. We desperately needed to get some mountain air and break our cabin fever that we have been enduring with the frigid temps in Edmonton.

Here are some random pics from the Trip.

Lake Minnewanka

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Lake Louise

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Basin Cave

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Vermillion Lake

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Tunnel Mountain

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Question: Have you experienced Cabin Fever?

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Well at least it’s not broken…I think

So last week I was running down a set of arena bleachers frantically trying to get the attention of a dude on a Zamboni. In my panic, I lost my balance and caught myself. Then it happened again, milliseconds after the first near miss. In a instant my brain processed it was either go limp and smoke the boards at the bottom of the bleachers risking a concussion or fling myself back into a steady position.  Well, since I am scared of being hauled out of work by an ambulance, I naturally went with wrecking my ankle.

The first few minutes did not seem to bother me, I was still running towards the guy on the Zamboni. See I was in the middle of searching for a lost child….One of many in the series of parents worst nightmares. I still was able to run over to him to explain the situation, mid conversation I heard over the radio that the child had been found.

Once I heard those words and I knew he was okay, that’s when my body shut down. I was no longer was running on adrenaline, the injury set in. I was able to hobble my way to get some ice and finish off my shift bearing all my weight onto my right leg.

By the end of the night I was in searing pain, I hopped to my car and barely made it into my house. Adam was surprised when I fell on the ground trying to get off my right shoe, naturally my left shoe was off because it was too painful to put it on. My foot started to swell when I put it up at home.

I knew that the morning was not going to be any easier, so I called up a friend that has some crutches and with Adam’s help, muddled my way over to borrow them for the day.

Anyways, fast forward a week and I am able to walk without a limp (hurray!) However, I still can not see my ankle and there is bruising on the left side of my foot.

It is finally warming up here in Edmonton, the snow is melting and the sun is shining! It feels like summer even though it is only 9 degrees! I am antsy to get running again, Our half marathon is in August, and I need to train for the upcoming 5 and 10 km runs that we have planned! I plan on giving it a go on Wednesday evening (Tina and I are taking part in a 10 week hardcore runners training course), however if my ankle starts to bother me I will have to bail and make my way back to the car.

If the swelling does not go down soon, I may just go see a doc. However, the way I see it is that every day I can do a little more! Sprains can take a while to heel, and I don’t feel like sitting in the emerge for 6-8 hours!

My first real injury in a while! But I would do it again in a heartbeat!

Q: What was your first injury that kept you from doing the things you love?
Q: Have you ever momentarily lost tabs on your child?

  

10 Ways to Stay Motivated when it’s -30 Outside

Alberta winters are so long and cold, the last thing I want to do when it;s -30 is leave the house let alone workout. I try one or more of the following to get my arse to the gym when my will power is snuggled under the covers.

  1. Try a New Class. Your local gym or Community fitness center offers tons of new classes during the winter season. Trying a new classes its a great opportunity to shake things up. ( Check out some of the new classes we have tired: Cross fit and Orange Theory)

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3. Make Fitness dates with Friends. Having someone to workout with and keep you accountable is my biggest motivator. Knowing if I cancel on them they wouldn’t get there workout in makes me feel awful.

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4. Sign up for a Challenge. I’m extremely competitive and must win at everything I’m challenged to ( its a problem). Challenges are a great way to meet a goal and stay focused. My favorite places to sign up for challenges are: Challenge Loop, Under Armour and Pinterest.

5. Sign up for a race. If your a frequent visitor of the blog, then you know Jenny and I are race fanatics! We usually sign up for 10 or more races a year. It the only way I keep my training up.

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6. Dress the part. When I buy new fitness gear I want to try it out immediately.

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7. Use apps or online programs that help you track your fitness. Check out some of these apps and online fitness programs: My Fitness Pal,  Fitocracy, NikeRunning and Daily Mile.

8. Make a new playlist. Nothing gets me into a gym faster then when I finished creating a brand new playlist. Need some suggestions check out songza, 8 track and pinterest.

running playlist - FINALLY! Some of these I really love, not the NASTY pop that most other playlists have

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9. Watch an inspiration movie or utube videos. These are some of my favorites: Rocky, Warrior and Spirit of the Marathon.

10. Plan a Beach Vacation. Knowing I have to wear a bikini in a few months is mega motivation.

Get your beach look sorted here - http://dropdeadgorgeousdaily.com/2014/01/flattering-rash-vest/

Question: How do you stay motivated when its cold outside?

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