Weekend Warriors

February 7, 2010

Finally starting to feel the effects of working full time – in a GOOD way: free weekends!!!! This might be the first time in AGES that I haven’t had work to do on the weekends. I’m caught up on my freelance work, the blog is being written as I type (hee hee) and our house is super clean and organized and ready for sale!

It was nice to watch two episodes of House Hunters and have the only tasks on my agenda include a run, a grocery store trip, a bit of food preparation and a party!

I set my alarm for 6:26 this morning so I’d have plenty of time to digest breakfast before my 11AM run with Emily. Often I sleep late, eat late and then am too sloshy to run before lunch!

Plus 6:26 is a fun time to wake ;)

I opened a new product to review this morning: Bob’s Red Mill’s Apple + Cinnamon + Grains Hot Cereal! This guy came in the massive breakfast package of samples they sent me a while back :)  Bob!

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Ingredients include a variety of grains plus dried apples, flax and cinnamon

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How bout dem apples!?

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For TWO SERVINGS I cooked:

  • 1/2 a cup hot cereal
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 1 banana
  • 1 tbsp chia
  • Pinch salt
  • Splash vanilla

Toppings:

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I did like the subtle apple cinnamony flavor a lot :) This would be even better with big chunks of apples mixed in.

Honestly it wasn’t all that filling because the volume was less than soupy oats. Hoping it’s one of those quality over quantity things and I still have enough energy and satiety…  Next time I might cook oats and mix in 1-2 tbsp of the apple cinnamon hot cereal to fill in the oat gaps.

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I think this is a Monster Mash Monster!

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Remember that awesome game!?

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY to my college roomie Meredith!!

Here she is at her birthday in 2005, our senior year

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And here are some more fun times from college!! [Click to enlarge]

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Speaking of the olden days, I am currently Groovesharkin’ to Enigma’s "Return To Innocence." What a fab song.

Off to run NINE miles. AHHH! Hope my foot holds up!

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1 skinnyrunner February 7, 2010 at 9:25 am

love the flashback pictures! and monster mash.

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2 Jessica @ The Process of Healing February 7, 2010 at 9:34 am

Haha loving those pictures, too cute! Good luck on your run girl!

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3 Betsy February 7, 2010 at 9:35 am

Oh man, I LOVE the retainer picture. So awesome!

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4 Heather February 7, 2010 at 9:36 am

Good luck on your run!

Adding apples to that mix sounds delicious – I always find dry apples are no substitue for the real ones.

Enjoy your day – sounds like you’ve got some time for relaxation!

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5 Christina February 7, 2010 at 9:36 am

Kath,

I got a juicer for Christmas. I’ve been enjoying making fruit juices but I am a little afraid of trying veggie juices. Do you or anyone else have any suggestions for some less flavorful veggies that I can add with the fruit to kind of “ease me in” to making veggie juice? Thanks!!

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6 christie @ honoring health February 7, 2010 at 9:40 am

I think romaine and cucumbers are a good place to start. This morning, my mix was romaine, carrots, beets, lemon and english cucumber. I also really enjoy things like parsley and basil added into the mix.

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7 Kath February 7, 2010 at 9:41 am

Gena did this great post on juices and you might like some of these:

http://www.choosingraw.com/you-ask-i-deliver-my-top-ten-favorite-juice-recipes/

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8 rustique February 7, 2010 at 9:38 am

I always add an egg white to non-pumpkin oats–the extra bit of volume is super filling.

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9 Allie (Live Laugh Eat) February 7, 2010 at 9:41 am

I can never decide which sched I like better….working all week and getting the weekends off OR working alllll the time but having 1-2 hours of class everyday.

Happy Birthday ROOMIE!

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10 Cole February 7, 2010 at 9:41 am

Have a great run!

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11 Anna @ Newlywed, Newly Veg February 7, 2010 at 9:50 am

Good luck on the run!!!! Sounds like you have a fun day planned! And I LOVE Bob’s Red Mill’s hot cereals :-)

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12 K February 7, 2010 at 9:52 am

Happy Birthday to your roomie!! Enjoy your Sunday of freedom – I can’t wait for that day to come when I’m in the same boat :)

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13 Laura @ Backstage Pass February 7, 2010 at 9:54 am

Enigma! I love ‘Return to Innocence,’ what a great song.
Have a good run!

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14 Jessie February 7, 2010 at 10:03 am

The Bob’s mix reminds me of the Apple Cinnamon Instant Quaker packs I used to inhale by the twosome when I was little. These nutritionals look much nicer. :)

Have a nice run!

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15 Meghan @ Spreading the Health February 7, 2010 at 10:14 am

There are definitely pros and cons to both sides regarding work/school. My philosophy is to enjoy whichever one you’re in, which I am doing despite the fact that I’m facing a Sunday full of schoolwork. :)

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16 Freya @ foodfitnessandfreya.wordpress.com February 7, 2010 at 10:18 am

Yaayy good luck with the nine, you’ll be great!! I just completed my first half marathon this morning :D (sorry, I just had to tell someone!!!!) Don’t you love the glowy, basking-in-my-own-glory feeling after a long run!?
I’ve got some oats that have loads of other stuff mixed in, and I actually found them more filling than regular ones – mine had pumpkin and poppy seeds, so I can imagine the extra fats helped. Either way, I hope yours hold you over OK :)

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17 Kath February 7, 2010 at 2:43 pm

Congrats!!

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18 Eileen February 7, 2010 at 10:19 am

NINE miles- awesome, Kath!!! Loving your wake up time and the pix of you all are hilarious!!!

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19 Jessica @ How Sweet It Is February 7, 2010 at 10:19 am

I love that Bobs Red Mill cereal – I eat it with some additional apples and really enjoy it.

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20 Mara @ What's for Dinner? February 7, 2010 at 10:19 am

Weekends are definitely a great perk of working!!

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21 Ally (Exercise and Pies) February 7, 2010 at 10:36 am

Weekends are the best… even though mine starts on friday since class is from mon-thurs

that breakfast mix actually sounds like a quick alternative for a tasty warm breakfast. I might look around for something like that because I used to love Quaker oats Cinnamon Apple packets

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22 Gloria February 7, 2010 at 10:37 am

wow, sleeping late and eating late… that’s a normal w/e for the average person Kath, FYI

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23 JessicaE February 7, 2010 at 12:03 pm

I must not be normal then because i rarely do that on my weekends. In my opinion, there is no normal, or average for that matter. Everyone is different ;)

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24 Kath February 7, 2010 at 2:43 pm

Well I’m sorry I’m not as “normal” as you are!

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25 Danielle (Coffee Run) February 7, 2010 at 10:40 am

I’ve seen those Bob’s Red Mill mixes in stores and always wanted to try them but was worried they wouldn’t be as filling. Thanks for answering that question :)

Good luck on the 9-miler!

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26 Gloria February 7, 2010 at 10:43 am

and what’s the point of a weekend if you set an alarm??? seriously?! it’s like getting up to work all over again

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27 Kath February 7, 2010 at 2:44 pm

The point of a weekend is to have fun. I had LOTS of fun eating oatmeal and playing with matt no matter what time of day.

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28 Lee February 7, 2010 at 10:56 am

OMG, I loved Return to Innocence. I totally forgot about that song. It was on all my mix tapes from college. Remember mix tapes?

I’m sure you’ve said it, but what half marathon are you running?

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29 Kath February 7, 2010 at 2:44 pm

Racefest in Charlotte. I haven’t registered yet though!

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30 Julie @SavvyEats February 7, 2010 at 11:11 am

Good luck on the 9 miles!! Just think of it as 3 5K’s… :)

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31 Nutritious Foodie February 7, 2010 at 11:22 am

I love a early start to my weekend.. even though most people think you should sleep in… I have already baked 6 dozen cookies for my bake sale.

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32 Jenna February 7, 2010 at 11:37 am

Good luck on the run!!

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33 Stacey February 7, 2010 at 11:50 am

Good luck with your run! Yesterday was FUN, sad that you are moving :( Oh and college days are THE BEST…yay for free weekends!

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34 Erin (Travel, Eat, Repeat) February 7, 2010 at 11:55 am

That looks and sounds great — love Bob’s products! A big bowl of oats was the perfect way to fuel before facing 26 inches of snow this morning.

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35 JessicaE February 7, 2010 at 12:04 pm

I set my alarm some days off too! Morning is my facorite time of day and i don’t want to miss it!

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36 Katie@ Two Lives, One Lifestyle February 7, 2010 at 12:04 pm

The weekends are so much better when you have a hectic week! Enjoy the short to-do list and your run!

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37 Mama Pea February 7, 2010 at 12:29 pm

“Ahughuhguh guahuhughguhgugh hgughguhahuh” (sexy monotone whisper) “It’s a Return to Innocence”

Is that the song you are talking about? ;)

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38 Kath February 7, 2010 at 2:46 pm

Hahahha. When I saw those words and then the word “sex” coming up I didn’t know WHAT you were going to say!

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39 Mom February 7, 2010 at 12:54 pm

Sure was fun playing Monster Mash in the olden days. It’s a great game!

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40 Sara February 7, 2010 at 1:00 pm

Definitely want to try that cereal- apple cinnamon anything gets an A in my book…oh and I also have a tendency to set my alarm at random numbers- on weekdays I always get up at 6:47. It’s to the point that I actually open my eyes at 6:46…crazy what routine does.

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41 Stef February 7, 2010 at 1:01 pm

sorry the oats weren’t that filling. have a great run and happy bday to your friend!

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42 lynn (The Actors Diet) February 7, 2010 at 1:03 pm

i just bought some bob’s mix too – serving size is so small! i wonder if increasing it will keep more satiated.

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43 Nora February 7, 2010 at 1:20 pm

I just bought some of Bob Red Mill’s Muesli and can’t wait to try it for breakfast tomorrow!!

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44 Hannah February 7, 2010 at 1:24 pm

Enjoy your fun weekend! Looking forward to hearing about the party :D

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45 Hillary [Nutrition Nut on the Run] February 7, 2010 at 1:38 pm

I wish I had someone to run 9 miles with. Enjoy your low-key day =)

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46 Jill February 7, 2010 at 2:07 pm

You have the most photogenic coffee eva! I need coffee….!! x 10

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47 kelli February 7, 2010 at 2:20 pm

Reading your blog has given me a brilliant idea..to open an oatmeal bar… you go there and there would be several types of oatmeal. and an array of toppings: fruits, nuts, yogurt, nut butters, granola
and there would be specials of the day. brilliant plan and incredibly healthy. it would be so cute.

hope your 9 miles went well!

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48 Kath February 7, 2010 at 2:46 pm

If you open it, I will fly to you to attend the opening :)

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49 Heather February 7, 2010 at 2:30 pm

GL on the 9 miles! I did 8, are you trying to one up me? lol!

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50 Kath February 7, 2010 at 2:46 pm

You know it!

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51 Sam (Merit to the Carrot) February 7, 2010 at 2:35 pm

College Kath pictures makes my Sunday!

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52 Lauren @ eater not a runner February 7, 2010 at 2:35 pm

Good luck on the nine miles!! Woo hoo!

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53 Heather @ Side of Sneakers February 7, 2010 at 2:47 pm

Hope the 9 goes well!

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54 Foy Update - Cook. Garden. Write. Repeat. February 7, 2010 at 2:50 pm

I’ve been using the Bob’s 10 Grain High Fiber Cereal for making bread. There’s 30 grams of fiber in a cup! Amazing.

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55 Heather February 7, 2010 at 2:53 pm

i also have several Bob’s products to dig into and try hiding in my pantry – their nutrition facts are always so appealing!

and i TOTALLY agree that weekends with v. little to do and lots of time to enjoy what DOES need to be done is such a perk of full time work. I like to take my time fully appreciating the activities I am doing during the weekend and its so much more difficult to do when I have work to complete!

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56 Karla February 7, 2010 at 3:10 pm

I love Bob’s Red Mill products! I’d love to try more! I’m only tried the 7 grain hot cereal which was delicious and really satisfying!

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57 Sarena (The Non-Dairy Queen) February 7, 2010 at 4:10 pm

Oh, yummy looking breakfast! I need to try that out. That song is an all time favorite of mine…reminds me of college and when I met my husband! Definitely good times!

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58 Kristilyn (My 29th Year) February 8, 2010 at 4:25 pm

Yum! I love anything by Bob’s Red Mill – they definitely make the best products! The oats look delicious. :-)

K

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