|Completed my first “real” run in my pretty pink and silver Sauconys last night!|
1. My officemate and I have been competing to see who can make the best oatmeal in the mornings. This morning she was super jealous of my cinnamon. And I stole the idea of cutting up an apple and cooking it with the oatmeal from her.
½ cup of quick oats
1 cup of water
½-3/4 of an apple, diced (skin on)
1 Tablespoon of brown sugar
1 Tablespoon chopped pecans or 1 Tablespoon of slivered or sliced almonds
1/8 teaspoon of cinnamon
Put the diced apple, oats and water in microwave safe bowl. Microwave for 2 minutes and 30 seconds. Stir in the other ingredients. (I put the brown sugar, cinnamon and nuts in a little take-along container, and bring them from home. I bought a container of oatmeal to leave at the office.) Approx. 200 calories, VERY filling and feels like you are eating a lot of food!
Variations: Sometimes, at home, I also put a half of banana in (after the oats and apples have been cooked). I give the other half to T Junior. Craisins are good, too, if you don’t have an apple.
Do you eat oatmeal for breakfast? What are your favorite oatmeal ingredients?
2. I weighed in this morning: 157.2! I’m down about two pounds since I figured out I was eating too many calories every day. The adjustment wasn’t hard at all and I’ve only been getting hungry when it’s time for my next meal. And I’ve been pretty good at drinking all my water throughout the day, plus I’ve also been throwing back 1-2 glasses of H2O before dinner to fill myself up before I eat. This has helped me cut down on my dinner portions (that’s when I tend to overdo it).
I’m changing my weigh-in days to Thursdays instead of Fridays because Thursdays are my Fridays, and sometimes I want to celebrate with a big bowl of popcorn or an adult beverage. I don’t want to throw off my weigh-in with my little splurge the night before.
3. My long runs are getting more serious. I have nine miles in store for Sunday. I’m pretty excited about it, actually. I just wish I had someone to run with. Anyone want to meet half way or anything? This actually leads into tomorrow’s post: I’m thinking about starting a running club locally. I’m talking about a very relaxed club – just a group of women that meet weekly to run. Has anyone ever started one of these and wants to offer advice?
|I put the laundry basket between the ‘mill and the bed so Bennie (pictured)
couldn’t go behind the belt and lick it. Instead he tried to drop his bone on the
moving belt and kept pushing his Kong underneath the treadmill as I ran
at a nice 9:30 pace!
I’m also excited for my long run this week because I haven’t been on a run outdoors in about two weeks! I’ve been sweatin’ it out on the ‘mill, baby.
Last night was, by far, my sweatiest run ever. Well, ever in 2011 anyway. And the dogs were being so annoying! I had to stop and retrieve dog toys from underneath the treadmill, yell at Bennie to stop humping Lucy, and cover my nose because Annie was stinkin’ up the room again. I felt more stressed after my run than before it, which usually isn’t the case. The good part of the run, though, was American Idol (favorite quote last night was the one about hippies said by a guy in a Confederate soldier uniform) and running in my shiny new pink shoes!
I make steel cut oats overnight in the crockpot, toss in a few raisins & a little squidge of honey. I could eat oatmeal for pretty much every meal of the day. YUM.I'm down for miles this weekend, but I run slow & don't want to slow you down.
Yay on the weight loss! Good job!
I imagine it can get pretty crazy with those dogs puttering around during your treadmill run!Congrats on the weight loss!!!!MMM oatmeal. Thanks for the ideas. I've been lazy and eating instant lately, but I want to get back to actual oats with add-ins. Yum!
I love oatmeal too and eat it 3-4 mornings a week. That mix w/ apple sounds yummy! A local natural store I shop at has a bulk mix called “European Cereal.” It's oatmeal, dates and slivered almonds. Pretty yummy. I also like adding apple butter or pumpkin butter to oatmeal. I would LOVE to have a group of ladies to run with…but I haven't turned my friends into runners yet. ONe day 🙂
great job on the weight loss! I am feeling the need to run with a buddy too, so if I wasn't hundreds of miles away I'd go with ya 🙂
Maple and Brown Sugar oatmeal is my fav!!!Congrats on the two pound loss!!! Hooray!!And I have never started a group but when I got here to this stupid place that I now live I found a site called MeetUp (pretty sure you can google it) and it pretty much will help you start the group!! i think it is so exciting! I was actually thinking of starting something here in this H-E-double hockey sticks Hole…. I'm having a great day, why do you ask??? =)
I love oatmeal for breakfast. My favorite combo is oatmeal (cooked in water) topped with brown sugar, cinnamon, diced strawberry, milk & chopped walnuts. YUM. Other ingredients I sometimes sub in are apple sauce, jam (in a pinch), maple syrup or honey.I am part of a running group here, which is recent for me. The group sets a common goal / race, agrees (roughly) on a training plan & meets once a week to run together. Apart from the set day, emails get thrown out… going running from here at 9:00 tomorrow, anyone want to join? The other thing we are doing is we've written up a big list of topics every one is interested in and are splitting the topics up to research & then present findings at a fairly informal coffee time.
Yay on the weight loss!!And I do steel cut oats most mornings. I always put in raisins, milk, and cinnamon. Sometimes I switch out the raisins for bananas. Maybe I should try the apples though – it sounds good!
Great job on the weightloss! I could eat oatmeal everyday. I'm totally into steelcut oats. My add ins aren't every weightless friendly. Mixed dried fruit is good. My son loves it with peanut butter. Add a little jelly and it's a fun treat. Chocolate chips and pecans. I could go on forever:)
Congrats on the weight loss!I love oatmeal but I always add so much brown sugar that I am sure it loses it's health benefits!
I like to use maple-flavored syrup because its a strong flavor so I dont have to use too much. I use the 'Log Cabin' brand without HFCS. Or Darigold French vanilla half n half is nice too.ALWAYS remember to salt your oatmeal! Without it, no matter how much sugar you put in, it'll still taste flat. Your tongue needs that dash of salt to bring it all together. You'll be amazed at what 1/4 tsp. can do!
High protein oatmeal:1/3 cup rolled oats (not instant), 2/3 cup water, 1/4 cup egg whites (from carton), cinnamon, a few dried cherries (sweeten with a little Splenda if desired). Mix this up in a rather large bowl and microwave on high for 3-4 minutes. Stir in chopped banana (1/2 to one small banana) and 1/2 cup cottage cheese. Drizzle with a teaspoon of maple syrup. Top with 1/4 cup Fiber One cereal (I love the twigs) and a sprinkle of sliced almonds. 350-400 calories (gotta be careful with the cherries and almonds).
Yay for the weight loss and those SHINY new shoes! Winks & Smiles,WifeyOh, and great idea on the running group. If I wasn't across the country I would be there – and I'd bring you a tutu! 😉