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November 28, 2008

I woke up today with “the urge” – the urge to exercise that is. Luckily the gym was open and everyone else was still asleep. So I took the opportunity to get in a sweat session before the day started. I took my parents’ huge Buick (which was blocking in my car) and got in 30 minutes on the Stepmill (I think I’m going to start calling it that instead of Stairmaster since Stepmill is the actual real name) followed by a 10 minute cool down on the ET.

Once home and showered, we made a family sized pot of whipped banana oatmeal!



Each portion was about 1/3 cup oats, milk, water, pinch salt plus maybe 2 tbsp wheatberries each?

‘Twas an excellent bowl!!


I added Blueberry Vanilla Granola Plank, shaved coconut butter (which I’m liking more each day!), homemade pumpkin butter, and Barney Butter. I’m also wearing my Barney Butter t-shirt on the hike today!!


Plus coffee + a vitamin –


Everyone is in the process of showering (Andrew slept here too) and then we’re headed to a nature preserve for some light hiking.

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1 VeggieGirl November 28, 2008 at 10:31 am

Hooray for “the urge”! 😀

Loooooooove those whipped banana oats!! Food porn-worthy.

Have fun hiking!!


2 amanda November 28, 2008 at 10:33 am

That granola plank looks delicious. too bad I can never find it anywhere!


3 Sharon November 28, 2008 at 10:33 am

Like always, delicious bowl of oats!


4 zestycook November 28, 2008 at 10:33 am

Those oats look fabulous!! Have a good time hiking today!



5 Justy2003 November 28, 2008 at 10:37 am

Sounds like you’ve got a fun day planned for today! I’ll be stuck trying to get caught up on schoolwork. Boo.


6 Shelby November 28, 2008 at 10:43 am

Oh man those whipped banana oats are calling my name!!!

Have a fun day hiking =)


7 Madison November 28, 2008 at 10:52 am

yay a morning of family oats :D!


8 Madison November 28, 2008 at 10:52 am

yay a morning of family oats :D!


9 Moran November 28, 2008 at 10:58 am

Have fun hiking!


10 Bridget November 28, 2008 at 11:10 am

Looks like your Thanksgiving was fabulous! Enjoy the rest of the weekend with your family!


11 Marisa November 28, 2008 at 11:11 am

Nice to treat your family to such a healthy breakfast!


12 Mara November 28, 2008 at 11:23 am



13 carolinebee November 28, 2008 at 11:25 am

I never know what the stair things are called either!? So the stepmill is the one that actually looks like stairs? haha either way, hope your hike goes well!


14 Oh She Glows November 28, 2008 at 11:49 am

Don’t you just love when you get the urge or craving to have a great workout? 😀 I know I do!

Have a great hike and time with family!



15 Trojan November 28, 2008 at 11:56 am


What level do your work at on the mill? just curious…

have a great time with family!!!!



16 Mel November 28, 2008 at 12:24 pm

Sounds like you had a good workout! Have fun with the family!


17 kari November 28, 2008 at 12:28 pm

The thanksgiving celebration looked marvelous!!

The more I read your blog the more I start to feel like the nicer the presentation of food…the more I “enjoy” it. For the past 4 years since me and the husband have lived together….we rarely ate at the table. Since reading your blog you inspired me to clear the table, place a simple but lovely candle centerpiece, and really take the time to sit and enjoy our meal together over conversation. It’s not just about mowing down on the food anymore. Okay well I’m starting to realize that but the husband isn’t quite there yet. lol. One meal at a time. right?

I’m hoping that one of these days I’ll look at my own bowl of oatmeal and think it looks as yummy as yours!!!

I’m thankful that you take the time for this blog…very inspiring!!


18 Erin November 28, 2008 at 2:11 pm

A hike sounds great right about now. I feel like I ate the equivalent of 5 Thansgivings yesterday….

Just wanted to tell you how thankful I am to have found your blog! It’s so inspiring to read and I love the pictures so much. You’ve given me so many ideas over the year! So thanks Kath~!!!!


19 Fancy November 28, 2008 at 2:16 pm

It sounds like you had a lovely dinner last night! Your house looked beautiful…and you did, too! I loved reading the note from your mom.

I am very thankful for you and thankful that you take the time each day to inspire us. Happy Thanksgiving, Kath!


20 Nellie November 28, 2008 at 2:31 pm

I definitely woke up with the “urge” too! HAD to exercise this morning. :)


21 bobbi November 28, 2008 at 2:47 pm

way to work out girl!!! Love the oats, and I love the centerpiece! Have a great HIKE!


22 Megan November 28, 2008 at 3:46 pm

Enjoy the hike! Glad you had a good workout!


23 kwaze November 28, 2008 at 6:13 pm

Oh..ok, the stepmill. I LOVE that machineIis one killer workout! I would be curious to hear what level you do it on too!


24 kwaze November 28, 2008 at 6:16 pm

Has anyone heard of this? It’s a program they offer at my gym. Just wondering if anyone has ever tried it. The way that Kath eats is much for fun and interesting, for sure. I still can’t beleive I can eat like that and be thin…….I clearly have not gotten the hang of intuitive eating! Sorry for the messy post above! Thanks.


25 kwaze November 28, 2008 at 6:18 pm

Ugh…sorry again. Anyone heard of Venice Nutrition? I typed it in but for some reason it didn’t show up.


26 K November 28, 2008 at 6:40 pm

Hope the hike went well!!

LOVE the Barney Butter 😉


27 mere November 28, 2008 at 7:16 pm

Hi Kath!

I’ve been reading your blog for a few weeks now and I love it! Thanks for all the great recipe ideas! I especially like the ones that involve pumpkin, and I just bought an ENORMOUS can for cheap (yay for after Thanksgiving sales). I was wondering – how do you keep your pumpkin after you open the can? Freezer? Fridge? And how long will it be good for?



28 AshleyH November 28, 2008 at 8:08 pm

Hi Kath I was just looking at your food diary from Nov last year and I was amazed at how much you have changed. I can tell not counting calories as exactly lets you enjoy food a little more. I was wondering if you were still losing then?


29 Amanda November 28, 2008 at 8:09 pm

thanks for sharing your wonderful family and wonderful menu. i’m thankful to learn about your culinary and otherwise adventures. ~amanda


30 Kath November 28, 2008 at 9:56 pm

Thanks for the sweet thankful comments!!

carolinebee ,
Yes, Stepmill is moving staircase.

Trojan ,
Level 12.

mere ,
In tupperware, in the fridge, 7-10 days.

AshleyH ,
I was maintaining then. I kept a food journal and counted calories a year into maintenance and have gradually weaned myself. While I do often keep a general count of my daily of calories in my head, it’s just a rough estimate and often gets shrugged off on the weekends and special occasions.



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