Work It Out!

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I’ve been trying to get back into a work out routine; it’s only been 3 or so years… Music is a huge motivation for me when I am working out. Whether it be hand picked by an exercise class instructor or a play list that I create for my individual workouts, it’s a huge bonus to have something up beat and motivating.

Songza is my new favorite app, that has introduced me to new music that I would have other wised missed out on. Being a mom of a young two, the music selection in the house ranges from Mickey Mouse Club House to Raffi; Lord Help Me!

Below is my current play list for my treadmill work outs. I hope that you find some motivation in the following jams! Get off that couch and enjoy! I’ve included links to the songs on YouTube as well as to iTunes :)

Burn Ellie Goulding iTunes YouTube

Can’t Hold Us Macklemore and Ryan Lewis iTunes YouTube

Wake Me Up Avicii iTunes YouTube

White Walls Maclemore and Ryan Lewis feat. Schoolboy Q Hollis iTunes YouTube

I Need Your Love Calvin Harris feat. Ellie Goulding iTunes YouTube

Best Day of My Life American Authors iTunes YouTube

Wings Little Mix iTunes (couldn’t link??) YouTube

Work Bitch Britney Spears iTunes YouTube

A Little Party Never Killed Anybody Fergie iTunes YouTube

Happy Pharrell iTunes YouTube

Gone, Gone, Gone Phillip Phillips iTunes YouTube

Peanut Butter Energy Bites

Life as a stay-at-home mom to a three year old and four month old is…busy!! Add to that training for a marathon and some may call me crazy. There truly are not enough hours in the day for a mom to fit in everything that needs to be done. Trying to squeeze workouts in means sometimes training in the wee hours of the morning or late at night after the kids are in bed. I’m typing this post now at 10:30 p.m. after just finishing a ten mile tempo run…ouch. Like many moms to little ones, my meals sometimes consist of whatever my son doesn’t finish. Peanut butter and jelly sandwich crusts, half a banana or partially eaten yogurt. Not exactly the stuff to provide the energy I need to keep up with nursing a baby or chasing after a toddler. These energy bites are the perfect pick-me-up! I love them as a snack throughout the day or even pre or post workout.

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Ingredients

2 cups rolled oats
1 cup Peanut Butter
1/3 cup Agave nectar
1 tbs. Chia seeds
2 tbs. ground Flax seed
1 scoop Protein powder
1/2 cup (or more!) chocolate chips

These ingredients are extremely flexible. If you don’t have agave nectar, use honey. If you are sharing with the little ones you probably want to skip the protein powder. I will find any way to sneak flax seed into my family’s diet and usually try to include it in most of our baked goods. It adds a powerful punch of Omega-3s and dietary fiber. You could even add coconut flakes, raisins or nuts.

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Place all ingredients in a bowl and stir. The batter will be very thick. Roll into tablespoon size balls and place in the fridge to chill. Store balls in an air tight container in the fridge. I promise they won’t last long!