Orange Ya Glad It’s Friday!?

May 30, 2008


Since I was out of lab early last night, I was able to get in bed early and got up at 5:00 for spinning this morning! I always leave the gym feeling satisfied after a hard spinning workout. Before I left – a frozen banana walnut scone with PB – (note the plate not even planned to be part of the orange theme!)


Breakfast was pumpkin oats with granola and a big water enjoyed in our neon living room :mrgreen:



  • 1/3 cup oats
  • 1/3 cup milk
  • 1/3 cup water
  • 1/2 a banana
  • Vanilla
  • Pinch salt
  • 1/2 a cup pumpkin, heated and stirred into bowl
  • 1/4 cup granola
  • Spoonful PB


I have to admit, I liked the first batch of granola more. The honey made it stickier, the brown sugar a bit buttery and I think the higher temp actually made the oats crunchier than this batch. But kudos to Sarah inventing the recipe – it’s delicious either way!

And for the record, I had a small bowl of granola with milk last night before bed. I was feeling kind of empty inside –


Happy Friday!

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1 DaisyMay May 30, 2008 at 8:06 am

love the theme! I know you spin at least once a week. do you have the spin shoes? or rock it out without them?


2 Kath May 30, 2008 at 8:10 am

DaisyMay ,
Yes I have spin shoes and love them. I bought them after my third class when I knew I was hooked and that tennis shoes weren’t cooperating on the bike. My pair were pretty inexpensive (compared to the fancy ones) – about $55? They’ve served me well for the past 3 years :)



3 working May 30, 2008 at 8:26 am

I have basic spin shoes too and they make such a difference!


4 DaisyMay May 30, 2008 at 8:54 am

Yeah I used to be all about spinning but seriously it kills my feet. Sometimes they go numb by the end. i guess i was more worried about the cost of them. but 55 dollars is pretty managable


5 working May 30, 2008 at 8:57 am

Try it with the shoes. When you don’t have your feet in the cages, there are less pressure points so your feet might feel better. Also, with the shoes you can pull up as well as push down so that can help too. Good luck!


6 Rachie May 30, 2008 at 8:59 am

I agree, my spinning experience changed for the good when I got shoes!


7 Kate May 30, 2008 at 9:22 am

Boy, I’m behind the times, I didn’t even know there was such a thing as spin shoes!

Hey Kath, when/why did you cut down to 1/3c oats instead of you former usual 1/2c oats? Sorry if I missed that one.


8 Sonia May 30, 2008 at 9:33 am

Kath, I noticed that your dinner yesterday night had no carbs. Maybe that is why the empty feeling. By the way, I eat my food with yogurt too and I love dal with pita.


9 DaisyMay May 30, 2008 at 9:35 am

have you guys ever tried boot camp classes? those are killer! I like to work out in classes more then doing my own thing.


10 LisaR May 30, 2008 at 9:47 am

We have a class at my gym called 300 and You. CRAZYNESS!! I leave each workout sore and exhuasted and dripping in sweat…I LOVE IT!
It’s taken from the movie 300 (I’ve never seen it but apparently they workout at these different stations and it’s super instense) Has anyone seen that movie? Well that’s what we do…it’s a mixture of strength and cardio. It’s similar to a boot camp class but I think this one is more enjoyable and exciting b/c everyone is cheering everyone on to not give up. It’s great!

I’ve been spinning for a bit now and I’m thinking about getting a pair of shoes for it soon. I can’t stand those feet strap things!


11 Becca May 30, 2008 at 9:52 am

I want to try spinning but my gym doesn’t offer classes :(
It sounds like such a good workout!


12 Patty M. May 30, 2008 at 9:57 am

I do an outdoor “boot camp” 4X/week and LOVE it! It is a high intensity mix of cardio, strength training, resistance, ab and core work. It’s always different and challenging, and our trainer is very encouraging. The small group setting provides accountability and makes it fun!


13 VeggieGirl May 30, 2008 at 10:09 am

Love the orange theme!! Ironically, I had some of my orange-almond-butter with my breakfast this morning :0)


14 CourtneyS May 30, 2008 at 10:14 am

I always see those outdoor boot camp classes during my morning run. They look fun! I wish I was more of a class person but I like working out on my own.

Kath, I’m inspired to try make some granola now!


15 Becky in MD May 30, 2008 at 10:26 am

Orange is my favorite color! I love this theme!


16 Kath May 30, 2008 at 10:27 am

Kate ,
I cut back on oats if I’m going to add back 1/4 cup wheatberries or 1/4 cup granola to replace the missing oats. Otherwise I still eat 1/2 a cup. But I also haven’t needed to get through 5 hours of class, so I like having a smaller portion some days if I’m going to exercise in 1-2 hours.

Sonia ,
That was my guess too – and probably why I was craving them.



17 Sarah May 30, 2008 at 10:47 am

I love orange :-)

I think I’m going to try my next batch of granola with honey instead of maple syrup; I’m needing to make more sooner because my Other Half is adding it to his morning yogurt!

I have some maple extract, I might try some of that to see if it enhances the maple flavor.


18 Lauren May 30, 2008 at 11:12 am

Just curious, is the Moran who posted on Kelly’s blog your friend you meet through the blog. Names are so similar!


19 Jes May 30, 2008 at 11:16 am

any tips for teaching interviews in here guys?


20 Kelly T May 30, 2008 at 11:24 am

aw, Kath

“I was feeling kind of empty inside.”

Dont go all emo on us.


21 Carrie H May 30, 2008 at 11:45 am

Ha, ha, Kelly T, I thought the same thing! But it would take much more than a little granola to fill the black hole from which emo kids suffer …


22 Brittany May 30, 2008 at 12:43 pm

I really need to try these pumpkin oats you keep having. They look so good.


23 yaz May 30, 2008 at 3:02 pm

I find spinning painfull. After I go to class, my bottom is numb and sore and it stays like that for a couple of days. My legs are fine though.


24 Kath May 30, 2008 at 3:18 pm

Lauren ,
My friend is Maran – but yes, similar names!



25 Jess May 30, 2008 at 3:29 pm

KellyT, you always make me lol.


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