October 3, 2008

Mornin’ folks! My plans for a pre-sunrise run changed this morning when it was

1) Cold

2) Dark

I reasoned: “Why am I running in the cold and dark when I could go at 11:00 and run in Fall sunshine!? So I got up and made breakfast and am saving my run for after class.



Today’s bowl was 100% chew:

  • 1/3 cup oats/milk/water
  • 1/2 small ripe banana
  • The rest of our wheatberries = closer to 1/3 cup each = yum!
  • About 1/4 cup leftover pumpkin
  • Mexican vanilla (given to us by the husband’s Gran Bet in a jar – not sure where she got it)
  • Sliced almonds
  • Trail mix sprinkle
  • GoLean Crunch sprinkle
  • Small Toffee Butter PB spoon



A chandelier. Interesting experiment today. This coffee (Fresh Market Tiramisu) is more acidic than others and tasted really bitter to me this morning, so I decided to add some Splenda (which I have successfully weaned myself from on a regular basis). But it turned out to be TOO SWEET!!! I really missed my regular milky blend. Lesson: sweetened weaning works.


I am happily full and off to class!


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1 Charlie Hills October 3, 2008 at 7:11 am

So with the weather turning, what do you do in the dark months? I mean when it really does get to twenty six below?


2 shawna October 3, 2008 at 7:14 am

I’m also interested to know what you’ll do when it gets too cold to run/bike outside. Will you just focus all of your workouts to treadmill or elliptical?


3 Charlie Hills October 3, 2008 at 7:27 am

I think what I’ll probably do is continue to send the gym money and continue to not go.



4 VeggieGirl October 3, 2008 at 7:42 am

100% chew breakfast = holy yum.



5 Foodie (Fab and Delicious Food) October 3, 2008 at 7:54 am

Have fun at class!


6 Megan October 3, 2008 at 7:57 am

Mexican vanilla..YUM! I wouldn’t want to run/bike in the dark or cold either. The sun energizes me!


7 rhodeygirl October 3, 2008 at 8:03 am

I am so not hardcore. I stopped running at 6 am a few weeks ago.. it was just too cold and dark and scary. guess I’m a scaredy cat. finally made it to the gym for the 6 am today. so cold.

have a happy weekend!


8 Justy2003 October 3, 2008 at 8:04 am

I’m hoping we’re still a while away from the cold here in Houston (which I think we are…still in the 80s and 90s here!). It’ll make it harder to get up and get outside for a run in the dark when it gets cold. But I guess knowing that my running partner will be waiting on me will be motivation! And at least the cold doesn’t last too long here!
I forgot that your race was tomorrow–good luck! Can’t wait to see the recap of the race and all the blog-readers that are joining you!


9 bobbi October 3, 2008 at 8:22 am

yummy looking oats as always!


10 Betsy in Pittsburgh October 3, 2008 at 8:31 am

I’ve switched from night running to pre-dinner running… when it gets dark and cold I’m done.


11 Teddy October 3, 2008 at 8:35 am

ek splenda scares me. I’m glad you don’t use it on a regular basis :)


12 zestycook October 3, 2008 at 8:50 am

One thing about Oatmeal and all your fixings is you do not have to worry about not being full.. thats what i love about your breakfast combinations.


13 Erin October 3, 2008 at 8:54 am

I’d like to come over for breakfast one of these days.


14 caitlin (seebriderun) October 3, 2008 at 9:10 am

enjoy your post breakfast workout 😀 sometimes its just better to mix it up!!


15 SmA033 October 3, 2008 at 9:12 am

i recently tried your pear-date oatmeal variety, and it was pretty good! i’ve never had a pear in oatmeal before. But, i think i prefer the banana oatmeals combo better.
i was wondering, do you know how you say you’ve been feeling more hungry lately? Do you think it’s b/c your metabolism is increasing and thus, you need more calories?? When that happened to me, my trainer suggested eating more calories. Not a substantial amount more, but just a few more that still fit into “good healthy food choices.” i don’t know, just a thought…


16 Rae October 3, 2008 at 9:20 am

Just a tip…I’ve found that if you add a sprinkle of salt to your coffee grounds before brewing, it cuts out the bitterness. If I’m making regular coffee, I also add some cinnamon or pumpkin pie spice for a cheap, flavored coffee….YUM!!!


17 Ryane October 3, 2008 at 9:54 am

Kath – As you know it’s October. Will be you making your way to Boston again anytime soon??

OH and I don’t know if you ever do this – mixing oats in your yogurt and letting them sit overnight or a couple hours… anyways, I was trying to use up my steel cut oats since I don’t like their texture when they’re cooked, but soaked in yogurt they get SO CHEWY! My fave is mixed with vanilla chobani, but plain works too with some honey and berries mixed in!


18 Allison K October 3, 2008 at 10:10 am

Every time you mention Toffee Butter Peanut Butter I want to eat breakfast again, so I can try some!


19 lisa October 3, 2008 at 10:26 am

thats the thing I don’t like about winter coming is the darkness! You wake up and its dark then go to work come out and its dark. It’s like you don’t get to see the light of day. I’m from Florida though maybe I just need a little more sunshine in my life than most haha.


20 hk October 3, 2008 at 10:29 am

Yum- this bowl looks great! I’m with ya, I was up and running in the dark this morning, and I came back with icy-cold hands- gloves already!!??


21 Lyn October 3, 2008 at 10:43 am

Okay, I always LOVE your oatmeal pics. I have tried a few (pumpkin one and carrot cake one) and they were fantastic. But I am scared to try the ones with all the chewy extras and peanut butter in them. They look amazing and I know I would like them but I can’t help but wonder how many calories is in that bowl of oatmeal? My usual breakfast is about 350 calories. Would you mind telling me approximately how many calories is in THIS particular chewy oat combo with all the add-ins?

Thanks so much, you always inspire me!!


22 Marie October 3, 2008 at 11:17 am


In the past two months since I’ve upped my workouts (running 1-2 miles two or three times a week, with 30 min on the elliptical on the days in between, PLUS 1-2 yoga classes), I have NOT lost any weight! I’ve gained, especially in the butt/hip/thigh area! Now, because I am exerting more energy I know that I’m eating more (even healthy calories add up), but I truly have been trying to watch it.

I realize muscle weighs more than fat – and being fit is more important than a number on a scale…but any ideas to work on reducing inches in that area or losing the weight (only about 8-12 pounds)??



23 CourtneyS October 3, 2008 at 11:29 am

Ladies, not to sound like someone’s mother (ok, MY mother!) but it’s not safe to run in the dark! I am ok with dealing with the cold (after surviving winters in Montreal) so I used to do 5:15am runs until the snow made the paths too icy. I did this for years despite everyone telling me it’s just not safe to run in the dark with no one around. Then I read a stat that said the most violent crimes happen between 4:00am and 7:00am, which makes sense because most people are sleeping. Don’t get me wrong – I miss those early runs but I finally conceded that’s probably not the safest way to start the day. Sorry for the rant…

Kath, your oatmeal looks great as always. I hope everyone enjoys the weekend!


24 Katelyn October 3, 2008 at 11:29 am

salt weaning works too! Isn’t scary how our bodies build tolerance to so much of our enviroment…even the bad stuff?!


25 madison (follow my weigh) October 3, 2008 at 11:29 am

hehe i like your reasoning ;D


26 Biz October 3, 2008 at 11:45 am

I don’t mind the dark when I get up, its leaving the office at 5:00 and its dark!

(love the fall temps though!)

Yea, its Friday! I am going to a happy hour at a friends house with the hubby tonight. We have decided to have our daughter drop us off (yeah for teenage drivers) and pick us up so we both can have some cocktails. Can’t wait!


27 Layla October 3, 2008 at 12:04 pm

CourtneyS- I’m so glad you brought up that point: the safety (un-safety!) of early morning runs.

I cringe reading all the girls on here happily forcing themselves out of bed to get in those 5am, 6am, 7am runs. Presumably you do it b/c you want to be healthy and live a long life.

But it is 100% true about that stat- violent crimes spiking between 4am and 7am. I also read somewhere that male testoterone levels are at their peak around dawn, too, so that combined w/the lack of people out must be a bad combo for people inclined to bad acts. I can’t tell you how many articles I’ve read about women and girls being raped, attacked, etc while out running before work or school. Something like that happened to a high schooler in my town a few years ago.

Don’t risk your safety for the pursuit of health.


28 CourtneyS October 3, 2008 at 12:29 pm

I hate to lecture, but it’s scary out there! I run along the Charles in Boston and we’ve had several attacks in the past year, so it’s important to be aware of your surroundings and not put yourself at risk. AND while we’re on the safety topic – running with earphones isn’t the safest thing, either!


29 Kath October 3, 2008 at 12:56 pm

Charlie Hills + shawna ,
I bundle up and go in the dark! I would have done that today except 1) I knew I could go later and would enjoy it more and 2) The husband wasn’t going to work out and I didn’t realize it would still be dark at 6. If you go back to the Jan/Feb. archives you’ll definitely see mornings when we went in the frigid weather.

Erin ,
I’d be a long flight, but you’re welcome to come!

SmA033 ,
Bananas will always be the best fruit :)

I don’t recall saying I am more hungry lately. Actually, if anything, I think I have been LESS hungry lately because I have been spoiling my appetite with afternoon snacks. But overall, I think my appetite is the same as ever.

Rae ,
Oh my – I don’t know if I’d be brave enough to try salt in the grounds! Are you sure it doesn’t give a salty flavor!?

Ryane ,
I wish we were coming up to Boston, but financially we talked ourselves out of it :( Maybe in the springtime? Or maaaybe over Xmas.

Good to know that steel cut works well overnight :)

Lyn ,
My bowls are usually between 350-450 calories. This one was probably closer to 450 (including the coffee). Don’t be afraid to add a little more fun toppings. You might forget that they will also buy you longer satiety.

Marie ,
My best guess is you’ve just been eating enough to maintain. Try cutting back portions and/or snacks and see if weight loss starts again. Perhaps you could visit an R.D. for an evaluation to see if you are eating the correct amounts and types of foods for your lifestyle?

CourtneyS + Layla,
Very good points – thanks for the reminder to us all. But I very rarely – if at all – go running by myself in the dark. I agree it’s not only risky with creeps out there, but if you fall and are hurt no one would see you until the sun came up! I thought this morning that it would be light out at 6, but since it was still dark, that’s part of the reason I decided to postpone.



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