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What “Should” You Do?

Posted Mar 30 2011 9:53pm

Overnight oats are definitely not a new thing in the blogosphere, but considering I’m not one to eat oatmeal each and every day, it’s still relatively new to me.  This morning I made a fall-themed bowl of pumpkin oats and it was delicious!

I can’t say it photographed well in my tupperware at work.

Pumpkin Overnight Oats

1/2 C. Oats
1/2 C. Water
1/2 C. Almond Milk (I used Original Almond Breeze)
1/3 C. Pure Pumpkin (I used Libby’s)
Quite a few shakes of Pumpkin Pie Spice to your liking
Packet of Stevia NuNaturals (or other brand)

  • Stir until well combined.
  • Place in refrigerator, covered, overnight.
  • Enjoy in the morning!

My day was pretty good today — I went to work, did some dancing and yoga, then went out to dinner with The Bodybuilder and his parents.  We went to the same Mexican restaurant that The BB and I went to last week, but I didn’t take any new pictures.  I’m sure you guys are sick of seeing chips, salsa, and veggie fajitas! :)

I came across an article today called “ How to Stop Hating Exercise ” on Health.com .  It gives the basic premise of hating exercise despite its great benefits, and basically saying that if you hate it, you just haven’t found the right kind for you.  In recent months, I feel like I’ve mostly found out what kind of exercise makes me happy and not dreading my workout all day.

This also resonated with me because sometimes I have moments where I feel like I “should” be running marathons, or I “should” be kickboxing, spinning, etc, etc.  This isn’t a great feeling to have because what makes me love exercise is doing the things that I love, and that’s unique to me.  It’s not to say that goals aren’t important or fun, but running just because someone else is and not for personal enjoyment isn’t productive either.

On the other end of the spectrum, I still have those moments, even though I strive to eat intuitively , where I feel that I “should” be eating something else.

I believe that as I learn more and more about myself and my food/exercise personalities, I lessen up on the “should” talk.  When I stopped dieting and eating to lose weight all the time, I became more in touch with what my body wanted, not what it should have.  There isn’t anything wrong with doing the “should” thing from time to time — there’s a place for it, because we really ought to eat healthy and exercise whenever possible.  But I think it gets sticky when it’s constantly something we don’t feel like doing.  I don’t always feel like a salad.  And I don’t always feel like doing a dance workout. Maybe I should, but I just don’t do it.

How do you handle the “should” mentality? I think using intuition in diet and exercise have helped me eliminate this most of the time.  I go with how I feel, not what “should” be.

*Reminder: Don’t forget to enter my giveaway to win a copy of the Happy Herbivore cookbook! I’ll choose the winner on April 4*

Have a great night, all!

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