December 22, 2008

I did more yoga today. I love the 20 minutes sessions. And my gosh my Down Dog has improved!! My heels were much closer to the ground today. Amazing! Today I did Gentle Hatha Yoga #2. I think I preferred the poses in Hatha Yoga #1 a bit more, but the variety is nice. And holy Camel Pose! This little tiny creature was mocking me during my session with all kinds of backbends as he wormed his way across the carpet!


I got this email from YogaDownload today offering 50% off of all classes for 3 days!! I might just take this opportunity to purchase 1 or 2 of the longer sessions for when I am in the mood –

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Today’s oatmeal was fruitcake! A mixture of dried fruit and nuts.


  • 1/3 cup oats, 1% milk, 1/2 cup water (for the dried fruit), 1 small ripe banana, pinch salt
  • 2 dried apricots, 1 date, 1 tbsp raisins
  • 2-3  tbsp wheatberries
  • 2-3 walnut halves
  • 1 tsp chopped pecans
  • 1 tbsp sliced almonds
  • Sprinkle coconut + coconut butter
  • Spoonful Barney Butter


This was actually too much – I am stuffed now!! But I’ll be darned if I’m going to throw away oatmeal :mrgreen:





I can’t believe it’s already 10:00 and I’m just now finishing breakfast. I’ve got a few things to do today, and have a trip to the gym planned. I might hit up a group exercise class if there’s one starting close to when I get there.

Happy Monday-before-Xmas!

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1 zestycook December 22, 2008 at 10:12 am

Kath, Happy Monday before Christmas to you too! That oatmeal looks and sounds so festive. I hope you have a great day!



2 Tina December 22, 2008 at 10:14 am

All of your yoga-ing has inspired me to get back on it! I haven’t done yoga in weeks (months?)!


3 Heather McD (heather eats almond butter) December 22, 2008 at 10:17 am

Love the tri-nut oats this morning. Perfect combo with the dried fruit…plus Barney Butter of course :)


4 Erica December 22, 2008 at 10:19 am

Glad you’re enjoying the yoga. I can’t seem to get into it :( Oats look great! Hope you have a nice day!!


5 BethT December 22, 2008 at 10:22 am

I’m jealous of my dog’s perfect down dogs…


6 Caroline December 22, 2008 at 10:24 am

Hey Kath,
So glad to hear how much your enjoying the Yoga! For your downward dog, try a little toe stretch before you start. Believe it or not, it has a lot to do with tight feetsies just as it does tight hamstrings!
On your knees, kneel down with your toes curled under for a few minutes, and BREATHE! :) Give it at least a few deep breaths, and then re-approach your DD! Good luck!


7 Danielle December 22, 2008 at 10:25 am

Hahaha, you eat your oats… and enjoy ’em too! :) yum!


8 Moran December 22, 2008 at 10:28 am

Ewww I hate worms!!
I would never throw away my oatmeal either!! Haha it seems wrong!


9 april December 22, 2008 at 10:42 am

hi kath! I was just wondering if you’ve ever been to cracker barrel? I am going there for breakfast on christmas eve and am wondering what to order? Any suggestions are great! (Other readers’ suggestions are welcome too) :)


10 Beadie @ A Blog of Sorts December 22, 2008 at 10:50 am

I am glad you are enjoying yoga!


11 Allison K December 22, 2008 at 10:51 am

So..I tried Yogadownloads the other day..downloaded a free program ,and was going to do it in next couple of days, well the next morning our computer had come down with a serious virus! Has anyone else had issues with I figured it was super safe since you and lots of other bloggers use it on a semi-regular basis.

really I just want to prove my husband wrong that my yoga wasn’t what sent the computer over the edge!


12 Jen December 22, 2008 at 10:54 am

Aw, when I saw that you had “fruitcake” oatmeal I was totally expecting to see a tbs of rum in there too! Maybe you should save that fun for Xmas morning? 😉


13 Victoria December 22, 2008 at 10:54 am

Allison, that stinks. I’ve downloaded quite a few of the free downloads from that site, and I haven’t had any problems whatsoever. Kath, glad you’re finding the yoga helpful.


14 JENNA December 22, 2008 at 11:00 am

that so cool you are getting into yoga!!! its so good especially for clearing your mind b/c you really have to concentrate on what your doing its great!! :)


15 BethT December 22, 2008 at 11:01 am

Also, I am totally obsessed with putting dried apricots in my oats. YUM!


16 Leticia December 22, 2008 at 11:02 am

Kath – I’ve been adding a spoon of Nutella to my oats (Hazelnut Cocoa Spread)….Holy crap — soooo good! I’m definitely enjoying my oats more since discovering your site.


17 Liz December 22, 2008 at 11:04 am

Kath, I thought of you this morning: National Public Radio did a segment (during Morning Edition) on the surging popularity of oatmeal!!!! Here a link to the archive of the story:

I also love dried fruit on my oatmeal. Dried cherries are awesome.


18 VeggieGirl December 22, 2008 at 11:06 am

Yoga + fruitcake oats = divine!!

Creepy crawlers = EEEWWWWW!!


19 ErinE December 22, 2008 at 11:06 am

i love all your oatmeal concoctions! I need to become more creative with my oatmeal.


20 ashley (sweet & natural) December 22, 2008 at 11:07 am

Yuck – worm!! Did you keep doing yoga even after you saw it?! Eee. I would have kept far far away.


21 Fancy December 22, 2008 at 11:10 am

Now that I’m officially on winter break, I’m catching up on your weekend’s posts. I HAD to comment on Serindipity….oh that is my all time favorite movie. I saw it 10 times in the theater when it came out! Last summer, Jon and I were in New York so of course I made him go the the actual Serendipity Ice Cream Shop and I CRIED just being there. It was so romantic, we took tons of pictures outside of it:) I had to share….I ws so excited to see that you love this movie, too!


22 Fancy December 22, 2008 at 11:12 am

I’m such a fan that I spelled the movie’s title wrong? Like I said, I’m on winter break:)


23 Shelby December 22, 2008 at 11:17 am

I love your fruitcake oats, they look so tasty. I’m the same way with oatmeal, I can get too full but I keep eating it because I don’t want to throw it away. haha


24 Jenny December 22, 2008 at 11:32 am

I love that fruitcake oatmeal idea—so good! And I’m right there with you, I’ll be damned if I don’t finish my bowl of oats in the morning, stuffed or not!


25 Jennifer December 22, 2008 at 11:43 am

Cracker Barrel is awesome!!!!! But to not go on calorie overload for brekkie, I’d recommend the oatmeal with skim milk. Or egg whites and ask them to use Pan (they will look at you as if you’re crazy but whatever). I also got hot chocolate with skim last time and it was yummy. You gotta make room for one of their biscuits though- so yummy, even though I know it’s not good. =)


26 K December 22, 2008 at 11:54 am

Happy Monday-before-xmas to you too!!


27 Missy (Missy Maintains) December 22, 2008 at 11:58 am

I def. need to give Yoga another chance after reading all of your posts! Your oatmeal looks great too! I make too much all the time but refuse to throw it away too!!


28 Ange C. December 22, 2008 at 12:05 pm

Kath- so glad you are getting into yoga! It’s a great compliment to rounding out your exercise routine. I swear it’s what keeps my arms toned!

Mmmm…CRACKER BARRELL! If you’re doing breakfast, you must try their biscuits! They come with the meal. Ask for their apple butter to have with them….yummmmmm. Everything is good there; it’s really true home cooking. I would say order something you don’t have the chance to cook often and that you enjoy…like pancakes! If you’re going for healthy, you could order egg whites and wheat toast or something similar. But try those biscuits!!!


29 jenner December 22, 2008 at 12:30 pm

Kath, thanks for sharing that yogadownloads code with us! Brekkie looks great, as usual. :)


30 fitforfree December 22, 2008 at 12:34 pm

Hi kath! Interesting take on meat as a “multivitamin” . . . do you think you get all the nutrients you need from a multivitamin? I’m vegan and always worry that I’m missing out on some essential nutrients in food … but I do take a multivitamin!


31 KatieTX December 22, 2008 at 12:34 pm

Oh I loved going to cracker barrell as a kid. Not the place to eat healthy even your egg whites would be fried in butter. I sa get something yummy and just control your portions. Enjoy the southern home cooking.


32 jenner December 22, 2008 at 12:35 pm

April, check out the menu online so you can go in there with a game plan.
I like grits, plain, but I’m weird.


33 Cassidy December 22, 2008 at 12:55 pm

I have the same problem with yoga, my attention span. I have done an hour class but I get bored. I too did the free downlowds (bc Jenna was talking about them). The are a better fit. I may do one today my legs are stiff from running.

Since I am on winter break, I made oats the way you do:stove top, equal parts water, milk, and oats, and 1/2 a small banana, whipped. OH MY GOD! It was so good!!! I am converted. I also think they get bigger if you cook them stove top.


34 megan December 22, 2008 at 1:00 pm

Kath! I LOVE yogadownload. I meant to comment a few posts ago about it. I do it almost every morning :) It has saved my life, pretty much! I am so glad you enjoy it, too. And, I agree about the Hatha Yoga #2- I like the #1 practices much more. You need to try the Sun Salutations practices and the Hip Opening flows. Wonderful! And don’t you love the instructors? I am a member and I love it. I pay like 6.95 a month (I caught a good promotion) and I get to choose from up to 6 different classes a month!
Have a wonderful day, love!


35 sarah December 22, 2008 at 1:12 pm

i am going to try yogadownloads today! i’m excited!


36 Megan December 22, 2008 at 1:16 pm

Yum! Fruitcake oatmeal!


37 Mom December 22, 2008 at 1:31 pm

Matt and I want to know if you saved that nice bug from demise? We hope so, in the spirit of the season.


38 HangryPants December 22, 2008 at 1:44 pm

I am in love with the yoga downloads right now, too! 20 minutes is the perfect after run stretch.

Happy Monday before Christmas to you as well!


39 Jennifer December 22, 2008 at 1:46 pm

I kinda hoped you killed the bug right away 😉


40 Oh She Glows December 22, 2008 at 3:39 pm

Congrats on improving the yoga moves 😀



41 Kath December 22, 2008 at 5:04 pm

Caroline ,
Thanks for the tip! I have very still toes from my foot surgery and the tendons connected. I think that’s why I hate lunge poses – they hurt my toes the most!

april ,
I have been to Cracker Barrel, but it was ages ago and not for breakfast. But sounds like the other readers gave good advice.

ashley (sweet & natural),
I did keep doing yoga – but I inched my way to the other side of the room :mrgreen:

Liz ,
Hooray for oatmeal!!

fitforfree ,
I am always in favor of getting nutrients from whole foods. I only take a vitamin every few days in hopes that i get most of my nutrients from the foods I eat. Iron and calcium are concerns for women and meat + dairy are easy ways to get them, so as a vegan, you probably want to be extra vigilant about making sure you’re getting enough. Vitamin B12 as well. Maybe consider keeping a food journal for a few days where you can see a report of your nutrients and see how you’re doing. I’ve done this before with my nutrition software and it was very eye-opening (I was getting TONS of Vit. A but not enough Calcium even with milk in oats and yogurt almost daily).

Mom ,
I did not kill him, but I think he is dying, as he’s all curled up now.



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