Tuesday, October 15, 2013

I'm an IDEA Inspired Blogger + Banana Bread Oatmeal Recipe

I am so proud and excited to announce that I was chosen as an IDEA Inspired Blogger.  This means that IDEA loves what I stand for and how committed I am to helping others live a healthy lifestyle.  It is such an honor to be chosen to be a part of this group and to share this title with some amazing bloggers.  I don't take this lightly and I know that it is my job to stay committed to helping others live healthy and take control of their health.  I will make sure to keep posting content that will motivate, help and inspire.  You can check out the IDEA Inspired Bloggers here

Our weekend up north was so much fun and very relaxing.  We got up there Friday night and had a great dinner at the Bearded Dog.  Saturday we had a nice relaxing morning while the Joe and his dad went 4 wheeling.  When they got back we headed to Petoskey to have dinner and to walk around.  The weather was perfect.  Then Sunday we got up, Ariana and I played outside and enjoyed the brisk air and beautiful colors.  Her favorite thing is collecting leaves in her bucket, its so cute!  Once we were all packed we hit the road, on the way we stopped at a great brunch spot called The Willow Tree and then finished our trek home.  It was beautiful up there and it was wonderful for Ariana to spend some time with her Grandpa and Grandma Riggs.  I think she had a great time too, and loved playing with their 3 dogs.  How was your weekend? 

Usually I do a weekly recap, and last week was pretty uneventful.  Monday-Wednesday I did the Ripped in 30 DVD and a Kickboxing DVD.  I also did Chest and Arms on Sunday when we got home because I took Thursday- Saturday off.  I decided that I really love lifting and that is what I am going to stick to.  
Here is my plan for this week:
Sunday- Chest/Arms
Monday- Kickboxing and 30 minute interval treadmill sprints
Tuesday- Back/Shoulder and 20 minute interval treadmill sprints
Wednesday- Kickboxing and 30 minute interval treadmill sprints
Thursday- Rest
Friday- Legs with HIIT intervals mixed in 
Saturday- Total body HIIT workout
Sunday- Rest
 I feel that this is a good plan for the week and I am working in 2 rest days since I will be getting back to the weights regularly.  It is my first love...lifting weights!
What are your plans to stay fit this week?

For breakfast this morning I was inspired by the bananas on my counter what are slowly turning brown.  They are a little sweeter and I decided to mix them with my oatmeal.  I topped it with cinnamon and a few chopped walnuts and the result was something like warm banana bread in a bowl.  Ariana even scarfed hers down.  This is a wonderful filling bowl of oatmeal for these chilly fall mornings.  Give it a try, you are sure to love it!

Banana Bread Oatmeal
1 cup water (or milk substitute of choice)
1/2 cup Old Fashioned Oats
Ripe banana
1 tsp cinnamon
5 walnuts

Bring 1 cup water to boil, add oats and turn heat to low.  Let simmer until all water is absorbed.  While oatmeal is cooking mash the ripe banana in your bowl.  Top with cooked oatmeal, sprinkle with cinnamon and top with walnuts.  Mix well and enjoy! 
Simple, healthy and delicious! 

I hope that you are all having a wonderful week so far.  I have some great posts scheduled for you and I look forward to hearing from you.

If you ever have a heath and fitness question please feel free to contact me, I enjoy hearing from you.


  1. OMG - that banana bread oatmeal looks delish!! May have to give it a try. And congrats on being named an IDEA Inspired Blogger - I'm excited to join fantastic company :)

    1. Mar, it is so good! You have to try it. Congrats to you as well! Quite an honor!

  2. Would love to try the banana oatmeal recipe. Good for the skin!

    1. It is really good and all whole food ingredients!

  3. I made the oatmeal for Sophie this morning, she loved it!!