Birthday Bran Breakfast

January 14, 2008

The husband is 25!!!! I gave him a book on Bread Baking this morning, of course he loved it. We got up at 5:30 instead of 4:50, which was nice, and it’s SO strange that I’m not going to work!!!

Oatmeal Pancake

My frozen mini oatmeal pancakes turned out GREAT!!! This was about 55 kcal, plus the PB. I nuked it for about 20 seconds than toasted it. And I wasn’t hungry at the gym at all (sometimes I get really hungry toward the end of my workouts). I have a new thing!



30 minutes stairs, 13 on the stat bike, 12 upper body lifting. I was really struggling on my last set of chest presses and making horrible lifting faces and this cute elderly man came over and said “Are you mad at that machine or something!?” Cute :)


Today we decided to make oat bran instead of regular oats for a change. I used to eat it all the time last winter but it’s been in the back of the cabinet all this year so far. It turned out delicious!!! Kind of a cross between rolled and steel cut oats – smaller grains like SC but the creaminess of rolled.

Cooked with banana, stirred in cinnamon, flax and vanilla, and topped with walnuts and PB:


Should hold me well until my packed lunch after physiology at 12:


Plus birthday butterscotch toffee coffee (his favorite!)


All together for 467 kcal (plus another 100 for pancake):


Off to Class!

I got these cute little bags at Old Navy to organize stuff in my backpack. One has my cosmetic stuff (basically just chapstick, hand lotion, anti bacterial and lip gloss) and the other has my snacks…


Here’s my portable snack selection in the bigger bag


 Today I have:

10-11 – Principles of Chem I

11-12 – Physiology

12-2 – Lunch, walk, study?

2-5 – Physio Lab

Off to be a nerd!!

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1 Brooke January 14, 2008 at 4:08 am

Hope you have a great first day of school. I look forward to how it goes.


2 arimcg January 14, 2008 at 4:17 am

Good luck! That's great that you have such a long lunch/study break.


3 Katie January 14, 2008 at 4:21 am

Happy first day of school! Oh man, you're going to love it! I can't wait to hear all about it… and tell the husband happy birthday!


4 Fig January 14, 2008 at 4:38 am

have a happy day one. Knock em dead!


5 Natalie January 14, 2008 at 4:39 am

Good luck on your first day!

Isn't it strange how sometimes you're not feeling it at the gym, and then someone makes a comment or you hear something, and BOOM, much better?


6 Elena January 14, 2008 at 4:56 am

Good luck at school! What ratios of the ingredients did you use for the mini pancakes….that's a great idea! Did you like the pumpkin flavor ones you made once?

This is for anyone on the board. Does anyone have any good recipes for mashed cauliflower and ideas of what to serve it with? Hope everyone stays warm today :)


7 Karen L. January 14, 2008 at 5:09 am

Hi Kath – I'd love the recipe/proportions for the mini pancake too–I can never quite solve the preworkout snack issue. This looks ideal. Have fun today!

Hi "The Husband" – All the very best for a happy, happy birthday and a terrific second quarter. Thanks too for your many contributions to this blog!


8 Elle January 14, 2008 at 5:17 am

Good luck on your first day of school! I start today too :(. OMG I checked out the drama on Eat Like Me and it's…um…so crazy. My favorite (literally LOL moment) was when someone said you talk about your husband in a "disrespectful manner." Um, we're not in Victorian England and that doesn't even happen! So, so crazy what people get into on the internet.


9 Patricia January 14, 2008 at 5:23 am

Hi Kath!

I hope you have a great first day of class!

It's my first full week of class… and I'm sick. :( Any good cold remedies, anyone??

Happy Monday!


10 Sarah January 14, 2008 at 5:30 am

Patricia—lots of tea, yogurt, oranges, and chicken soup. I was sick with a cold a couple weeks back too, so I sympathize…its never fun! Hope you're feeling better soon!

Kath—good luck with classes! I start up myself in a couple of weeks, and can hardly wait (except for the chemistry..that can wait..ha.)


11 Justy2003 January 14, 2008 at 5:30 am

Good luck for your first day back to school! Can't wait to see what fun/interesting stories you'll have for us!

Happy Birthday to the husband!


12 Kate January 14, 2008 at 5:44 am

Kath….you've inspired me to try oatmeal pancakes. I have the plain flavor instant packets, which I usually add stuff to…would those work? Is there a difference b/w those oats and what you use?


13 Elizabeth January 14, 2008 at 5:47 am

What is the school program you are starting? Is it a masters in nutrition, or something else? Did you major in science in undergrad, or were you able to study nutrition with a non-science background? I have been considering a career as a nutritionist for a while, and would be curious to know about the path you are taking.


14 Anonymous January 14, 2008 at 6:08 am

has anyone taken a carb blocker before? i know i shouldn't even think about using them, but the thing is, i've been trying to get over my binge eating for a long time now. i eat very clean and healthy throughout the day, but when night kicks in i get the munchies. very bad munchies. i can easily empty my pantry in one sitting. I've tried not buying in ready processed snacks in the house but the problem is, i can even binge on plain bread. and it doesnt help that when the binging mentality kicks in, i will think nothing of driving down to the nearest grocery store to pick up anything just to munch on. it hasnt done anything good to my waistline, naturally. so i was wondering while i'm trying to get over this binging habit, are carb blockers any good to help stall the weight gain?


15 Karen L. January 14, 2008 at 6:18 am

Hi Annonymous –

I wouldn't go down that road. It will likely lead to nowhere. I would get on a good, balanced, not overly restrictive food plan. There are no healthful, sensible shortcuts to losing weight. I know you feel desperate, but…

That said, binging of the type you describe is likely an emotional not physical issue. A good writer on the subject of emotional eating is Karen Koenig. Her books are "rules of normal eating," and "the food and feelings workbook." Her blog is:

Best of luck to you!


16 Cathy January 14, 2008 at 6:22 am

I am so excited for you right now! I hope you are enjoying school! Have a wonderful first day! Remember it might seem a bit overwhelming, but it will all fall into place perfectly!

Question: the BBQ chicken you made, do you think I could make it with skinless chicken breasts or would that kill the flavor b/c there is no skin? Also, would I still bake for 40 minutes then? I think my husband would love this recipe along with the string beans…..he LOVES spicy foods! Take care and thanks!


17 Maran January 14, 2008 at 6:29 am

Have a great first day! Oh and I am checking out google calendar tonight! My work does block it =(

PS: Happy Birthday Husband. I am excited that we can have a dual celebration when we go to M5 on Saturday!


18 koootz January 14, 2008 at 6:41 am

good luck at classes today! I start the semester on the 28th… my last one :(

I admire that you get up super early…. what time do you go to bed?


19 Kath January 14, 2008 at 8:24 am

Thanks to you all!!!!!!!!

Mini Pancakes were just 1/8 cup oats, 1/8 cup egg whites, 1/4 tsp baking powder, cinnamon to taste. Same instructions. It was a small amount of batter but the perfect size pancake!


I think the instant packets would work find. I believe they have 1/4 a cup of oats per packet?? I just use the plain quick oats in the big tubs. I think they are the same as plain instant, just not pre-packaged.


I was a history major at Davidson and took no science classes. I'm at grad. student at Winthrop on track for a Masters in Nutrition but I have quite a number of undergrad courses to take as well.


I do not believe in using any kind of diet pills for weight loss, so I would never recommend a carb blocker. Perhaps you could see an R.D. in your area about the binging? That would be a much healthier and safer approach.


You could definitely do this with skinless and we plan to do that in the future. I do think the cooking time would reduce to 25-30 minutes. Or you could use a thermometer to make sure you get the right temp. for doneness. You could also just sear the breasts and then smother them with the sauce, which I made on the stove top and then baked on the chicken, but I also saved some sauce to smother on and it was even better than the baked one!


Your work can't block ORGANIZATIONAL tools!!! That would help you be more productive. I'd fight it!!


I'm usually in bed by 9 and asleep by 9:30. It sounds early but if you just make an effort to shift your cycles it's just the same as going to bed at 12 and getting up at 7.

Off to lab!!



20 Aimee* January 14, 2008 at 8:30 am

Hello Kath!

I'm a big fan of your blog (and all of the other blogs out there too, even if all of them aren't informational they are entertaining at least!).

You inspired me to purchase the F4 HR monitor (it's beautiful and baby blue). Well, I was just wondering if you knew how accurate these are?! I plugged my weight and everything in correctly, but it says I am burning as many as 700 calories in one of my workouts (hour and a half spinning, then weightlifting). Is that possible?!?

If so, no wonder I'm stuck at 125… :( I'm not eating enough!!!


21 Kath January 14, 2008 at 8:33 am


An hour and a half of spinning is a LOT! I usually burn about 400-450 in one hour, so 700 seems to be accurate. If you're weight lifting, make sure your HR is over 100. I think the directions say it is less accurate when HR is below 110 or so. It's more for cardio than lifting but I use it for short bursts of lifting when my HR is up.



22 Aimee* January 14, 2008 at 8:33 am

p.s. congrats on starting school!! I am so jealous!

I'm a nerd, but I cannot wait for my classes to start back up in May.

Happy birthday to the husband!! I'll have a little piece of celebratory cake in his honor!


23 Amy January 14, 2008 at 9:18 am

the oat pumpkin pancakes look yummy, i was thinking about what I was going to do with my last can of pumpkin!

I usually do Hip Hop Abs for my workouts and am waiting for the day when my basement is finished so i can get up earlier and do it before work!

I get my workouts in by dancing mostly- you and your hubby should take dance classes together, it is a great way to "bond" and workout!


24 Mom January 14, 2008 at 10:17 am

This is your mother. Ask your prof (nicely) to slow down next class.




25 Karen L. January 14, 2008 at 10:35 am

The mom sounds exactly like my mine…don't you just love Moms?!


26 christy January 14, 2008 at 12:51 pm

i was just wondering, when you workout do you take breaks and how often?


27 bev January 14, 2008 at 12:56 pm

Do you make the oat bran just like the oatmeal ? It looks good . Nice change from the oatmeal.


28 Kath January 14, 2008 at 3:17 pm


I don't really take breaks during my workouts, except maybe to move from one machine to another. But if you need one, take one – you're lungs and cardiovascular system will get better over time!


Yup – but it's 1/4 a cup per 1 cup of liquid so the portion is a little different. And I think it's 140 kcal vs. 150. But otherwise made it the same!



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