The First 3 Hours

February 9, 2009

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We were slow getting up this morning, but we both agreed at breakfast we were so glad we went ahead to the gym early – so much done before 8am! We ended up biking there in the dark. It was 44* and I was HOT when we got there. 44 is warm compared to the teens we’d be riding in. I did 30 hard minutes on the Stepmill and we were on our way home. I skipped any lifting because my shoulder muscles are very sore – I think from locust pose from yesterday’s Yoga For Runners?? (Actually, I am getting a shoulder massage as I type from the husband!)

Since we were short on time, I made today a cereal day. But I used yogurt as my base.

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The mix:

  • ~1 cup TJ’s Euro plain
  • ~1/2 cup each Quaker Oatmeal Squares + Kashi GoLean
  • ~2 tbsp wheatberries
  • ~1/2 cup blueberries
  • 1/2 large banana
  • Drizzle maple syrup
  • Spoonful Barney Butter

My only complaint was that it wasn’t warm!

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I had green tea to avoid the double French press rush.

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I’m off to Biochem. We’ve got a quiz on the 20 amino acids, their abbreviations and structures. I was amazed at how fast I learned them last night with flashcards and some word tricks – like the Tyrosine structure looks kind of like a brontosaurus and sounds like Tyrannosaurus Rex!

See ya for lunch.

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1 Amanda February 9, 2009 at 8:47 am

Good luck on your quiz!


2 VeggieGirl February 9, 2009 at 8:47 am

Mmm, such a LUSCIOUS spoonful of Barney Butter!!

Good luck with your quiz!!


3 Jasmine (Sweet and Fit) February 9, 2009 at 8:50 am

I know how you feel about our brekkie not being warm, I am hooked on oats in the morning =)

ahhh, biochem – i never thought of memorizing them as dinosaur shapes, how cute!


4 Beadie @ What I Ate Yesterday February 9, 2009 at 8:53 am

Gorgeous bowl this morning, Kath!!

Have a great day!


5 Betsy in Pittsburgh February 9, 2009 at 8:53 am

I love the lone daffodil in that tall glass. Are you getting daffodils down there already??


6 Courtney (The Hungry Yogini) February 9, 2009 at 9:00 am

Sounds like a great workout. That flower is really pretty in your picture! Good luck on your quiz =)


7 Heather McD (Heather Eats Almond Butter) February 9, 2009 at 9:01 am

I can’t believe biking in the 40’s was “warm”. Best of luck on your quiz today…word tricks were the only way I could ever memorize. :)


8 JENNA February 9, 2009 at 9:01 am

Your cereal concoction looks so good!! I never feel full after I eat that sort of thing for breakfast. But yours looks very filling today.


9 Mara @ What's For Dinner? February 9, 2009 at 9:08 am

Oh that looks fantastic! I love that you have a daffodil :)


10 Kailey (SnackFace) February 9, 2009 at 9:22 am

Best-looking bowl of cold cereal ever! That spoonful of BB looks scrumptious. Good luck on your quiz today! Enjoy the warmer weather too :)


11 FoodsThatFit February 9, 2009 at 9:29 am

Ahh, biochem, I do not miss that class at all! Good luck with it! Love the breakfast!


12 brandi February 9, 2009 at 9:45 am

Cereal looks great – I still can’t get over how great the pictures are with your new-er camera!


13 Sarah February 9, 2009 at 10:00 am

I always love your presentation :)

Good luck on your quiz!


14 Meg February 9, 2009 at 10:05 am

Good luck on your quiz! Lovely KERF breakfast!


15 Bec February 9, 2009 at 10:06 am

Hope your quiz goes well!


16 Heather February 9, 2009 at 10:13 am

Good luck with your quiz today- mnemonic devices like those got me through college :)


17 seelee live (for the love of peanut butter) February 9, 2009 at 10:17 am

kath—good luck on the quiz!! i really admire you for being so determined & dedicated in your studies. #1 role model over heree!!!
i always think i want to try yogurt for breakfast but i love my warm oats/cool soybased breakfast!!!


18 Maureen February 9, 2009 at 10:25 am

I always hated that part of biochem! As if you couldn’t just look it up in the real world. I always used nonsensical acronyms to group them by property, like AGGSST or something.


19 zestycook February 9, 2009 at 10:27 am

Great looking bowl Kath!


20 Michelle February 9, 2009 at 10:31 am

Im glad you had a good workout, I hope your shoulders feel better.


21 Marians eats. The Italian way February 9, 2009 at 10:31 am

yummy looking breakfast! Great way to start the week with an awesome workout!


22 K February 9, 2009 at 10:35 am

I learned that doing those kind of study tricks helps you retain information easier and quicker :)

Good luck today – you’ll kill it, Kath!


23 Sharon February 9, 2009 at 10:36 am

Oh wow, tasty bowl!


24 Danielle February 9, 2009 at 11:05 am

Good luck!


25 rhodeygirl February 9, 2009 at 11:23 am

you have so much SUNSHINE in your pictures these days. Lucky girl!

Good luck on quiz!


26 Mom February 9, 2009 at 11:30 am

This is your mother. How was the quiz?


27 Sarah (lovINmytummy) February 9, 2009 at 11:35 am

This is NOT your mother.

Cold cereal bowl for me too! Hope you rocked the quiz.


28 Jennifer February 9, 2009 at 11:40 am

I just saw your pic of downtown Charlotte during the weekend… scary emptiness! Makes me glad to live in a big city with tons to do! =)


29 Jennifer February 9, 2009 at 11:41 am

Btw I never thought of adding blueberries with oatmeal… looks super yum though, so I’ll do so when I blueberries become cheaper.


30 Kori February 9, 2009 at 11:56 am

Kath- Mnemonic devices work SO well! I still remember my fave one from HS- “My Brother George Has Eaten Nine Cheese Pizzas”. The first letters all correspond to the countries in Middle America in descending order! Sounds silly, but 10+yrs later I can recall them at a moments notice (not that I’d ever NEED to, but it can be fun cocktail party banter!) Good Luck on your quiz!


31 A fan in Quebec! February 9, 2009 at 12:05 pm

Hi Kath! I’ve been reading your blog for a couple of weeks now and i’ve just decided to comment.. eheh.. I thought i was the only one obsessed with oatmeal! ohhh i understand you so much! Keep up the great posts.. they keep me motivated to eat great food and going to the gym!


32 Danielle February 9, 2009 at 12:24 pm

Good luck on your quiz! I have to do the same thing to memorize stuff, I had so many silly ways to remember things that I would sometimes have to stop myself from laughing during a test.


33 Foodie (Fab and Delicious Food) February 9, 2009 at 12:40 pm

Good luck on the quiz!


34 theoddbod February 9, 2009 at 12:42 pm

why does Y stand for Tyrosino rex?


35 Marianne February 9, 2009 at 1:45 pm

Breakfast looks good today!


36 Kath February 9, 2009 at 2:01 pm

Betsy in Pittsburgh ,
Trader Joe’s was handing them out!

seelee live,
Thank you :)

Mom ,
I got my question right!

Jennifer ,
We have tons to do in all the other parts of our city. Just not uptown. You should come down sometime and stock up on all of our “dirt cheap” goods.

A fan in Quebec!,
Thanks for your comment!



37 Jennifer February 9, 2009 at 2:08 pm

I think I will. I have heard good things about Charlotte from others!


38 Shelby February 9, 2009 at 2:14 pm

I absolutely LOVE yogurt breakfasts! Your cereal mix sounds luscious.

Enjoy your Monday!


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