September Workout Challenge & PB Oatmeal Cookie Balls

September 2014 Workout ChallengeIt’s September already – oh, man this snuck on me what with the new job and move and apartment hunting and all that jazz. For the Workout Challenge I had to think about what I could do in a small one bedroom apartment that wouldn’t be on the first floor – a first for me. I like the first floor apartment so that I can workout and do jumping jacks and things – sounds dumb but after having been able to do random home-workouts at any time of day, it’s a thing you contemplate. And I of course had to do a little pre-workout snack – and these are extra special cause they will be making the move to DC – plane snacks! Here is my September 2014 Workout Challenge and PB Oatmeal Cookie Balls.

So September is a big month of change for me. Quitting a job, starting a new job, moving halfway across the country with just suitcases, a new (small) apartment, and learning a new city. So for all that I had to make an easy and easily doable workout challenge. I needed to think about how I could easily do these little workouts in a smaller space without bothering my downstairs neighbors – create a workout challenge that you can do day or night. These are hard and / or difficult, meaning they either look super-easy or don’t look like they will be challenging. But believe me – I have been doing PiYo for two months now and these are all workouts that are done to a certain degree during those workouts and, man, I need to build up that strength and endurance!

Rock & Roll Stand & Squat Side Lunge & Squat Kneeling Side Circles






I chose a really hard one and two easy looking ones but the longer you do them the more tired you get. So for the hard one, it is a Plow & Stand – which pretty much means bend to crouching from a standing position and carefully roll onto your back and hold your knees to your chest, roll back then forward into a standing position. Repeat. Uh – super. Hard. And probably one you will need to do during normal hours depending on how far or hard your roll back is. The easier ones that you need more endurance for are the Side Lunge and Squat and the Kneeling Side Circles. The Side Lunge and Squat are simple, but the more you do the more sore you will be. Spread legs wide like doing a sumo squat and lunge to the side and stick your booty out then stand back up and squat. Repeat other side. For the Kneeling Side Circles you will be testing that endurance by being in a kneeling side plank position and lifting the top leg and doing front circles then back circles. Repeat other side. Your legs will be screaming after this one!

Vegan and Gluten-Free Peanut Butter Oatmeal Cookie Balls Vegan and Gluten-Free Peanut Butter Oatmeal Cookie Balls

For the little peanut butter oatmeal cookie balls I was trying to think up a way to use up some leftover foods that I won’t be able to mail myself (yes, I mailed food to myself). What better way to use only a few ingredients and make some classically homey and comforting snacks? Turn oven to 350 degrees and spray a baking sheet with non-stick spray. Dump everything into a mixing bowl and mix it up. Roll dough into balls and bake 10 minutes. Enjoy!

Vegan and Gluten-Free Peanut Butter Oatmeal Cookie BallsPB Oatmeal Cookie Balls, 24 servings

1/2 C Smart Balance Chunky Peanut Butter
1 1/2 C Oats
1/2 C Raisins
1/3 C Maple Grove Farms 100% Pure Maple Syrup
1 Tbsp Cinnamon

1. Heat oven to 350 degrees and spray baking sheet with non-stick spray.
2. Dump all ingredients in mixing bowl.
3. Mix until combined.
4. Roll into balls and place on baking sheet.
5. Bake 10 minutes.
6. Let cool completely.
7. Enjoy!

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