You’re My Blue Sky

August 29, 2008

Mornin’ folks. Thanks for all the congrats on the Shape article – I still haven’t seen it! Grr!! Hopefully mine will come today.

I can see the blue sky peeking through the trees – yay! I am off to Organic in a few, then home to run, study all day, then out to dinner with friends for pizza!

Today’s Buttermilk Oatmeal:

  • 1/3 cup oats, 1/3 cup low-fat buttermilk, 1/3 cup plus a splash water
  • Salt
  • 1/4 banana (leftover)
  • 1/2 a big white peach
  • Ground flax
  • Jimmi Granola Plank
  • A few walnuts
  • AB

The buttermilk made it runnier than milk :( I think I’m done with buttermilk.


Dig in! Did you all know I eat my oatmeal from side to side? As in I start on one side, work down, and then work over? It’s so I don’t eat all the topping first and have some for the second half of the bowl :)


With the usual, hot tea + vitamin


I’m in my jock outfit ready for class! My hair doesn’t look bad because I washed it 12 hours ago but I did put on a little Bare Minerals 😳


Big morning thanks go to Margaret S. for her donation!!!!!!!!!!!!! We just broke $1,100!!


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1 Heather August 29, 2008 at 7:03 am

I like your oatmeal system! I think I just dig in and end up devouring all of the toppings immediately.

Hope class is fun… and congrats on the Shape article (just got it yesterday) AND the Team KERF fundraising!


2 Melanie August 29, 2008 at 7:22 am

WOW ! I was so excited to see you in Shape magazine. :-) Congrats ! You’re such an inspiration Kath. Reading your blog is what gets me going to the gym 5 times a week. If you can do it, so can I. Thanks !


3 Betsy in Pittsburgh August 29, 2008 at 7:37 am

I’ll probably gross everyone out, but my hair is so thick and coarse that I only wash it once a week. Otherwise it would turn to straw! I guess I’m lucky, it never gets greasy. And I know how to rock a good shower cap.

I’m still waiting on my issue of Shape, too!


4 Brittany August 29, 2008 at 7:49 am

I eat my oats the same way to make sure each bite has some topping. I haven’t seen your article in Shape yet either, but I am excited.. CONGRATS!

The Bare Minerals may not affect others like this but when I start to sweat (from hot weather or from working out) my face starts to sting. If I am going to the gym after work I have to make an effort to wash my face to get rid of the Bare Minerals before getting sweaty


5 Ashleigh August 29, 2008 at 7:50 am

Hi Kath! i LOVE your blog and find myself checking it all the time! i’ve tried so many of your GREAT recipes! This morning i made a WONDERFUL bowl of oats i thought i would share with you. I dont know if you are a fan of strawberry/banana combo, but this was fabulous! Oats, milk, water, 1/2 a banana….then add alittle vanilla, strawberries, other 1/2 of banana, a splash of SF syrup and Fiber One Caramel Delight for a crunch! The cereal is alittle high in sugar but well worth it!


6 Rose August 29, 2008 at 8:03 am

I can’t wait to get the Shape issue with your feature! They only have September issues around here… which is odd for DC. Wonder where Quinn got hers? I think it’s so great you were featured. You are the perfect candidate! Did you submit your photo and bio for it? Or did they find you?

That’s a great way to eat your oatmeal! I usually do the top down because I usually only have 10 minutes and eat the cooler parts first :)

Regarding your post on my blog – I think you should give the PB a try… it makes it pretty sweet, so I’d use sparingly (or maybe cut the PB on the spoon that day). I felt over sweetned this morning :)


7 Kate August 29, 2008 at 8:12 am

I eat my oatmeal the same way, it’s a good system! I tried a spoonful of PB on my oats for the first time this morning and MAN have I been missing out! Sooo good!! MMM.

Also, congrats on Shape! I haven’t seen the actual magazine but here’s an image of the cover I found online, for anyone interested.


8 Andrea August 29, 2008 at 8:22 am

-shape article
-breaking $1,100
-keeping a fabulous blog 😉

Great work Kath!


9 Christie I. August 29, 2008 at 8:37 am

As usual, your oats looks fab.

Good luck in organic today.


10 Lindsey August 29, 2008 at 8:37 am

Rose, I’m in DC and I got the October Shape at Wal Mart several days ago!!


11 ModelBehavior August 29, 2008 at 8:48 am

Betsy in P~
That’s not gross at all, I have thick naturally curly hair and my hairdresser told me to wash it no more then every 3 days! I usually can’t stand that and aim for ever other day, but your right, when you have thick hair it turns dry and crappy with to much washing!


12 Julie August 29, 2008 at 8:52 am

Yeah, don’t feel gross about not washing your hair daily. It’s MUCH better for your hair to only wash it once or twice a week. I try to wash my hair as little as possible, but I live in FL and if I’ve gone for a long run outdoors and my scalp and hair is all sweaty, I can’t help myself and I wash it.


13 jen August 29, 2008 at 8:53 am

Hi Kath and Community,

I hope I’m not over stepping the line here, but I thought since everyone is pretty community oriented…here goes:

Like Kath and the Husband, I’m running this fall too! I’m an admitting suck-tastic runner, but I made a promise to run the Children’s Hospital of PA’s Parkway 5k. It’s an annual competition that raises money for the pediatric cancer unit and research. I stated doing the Fun Walk in 2004, and it took 4 crazy long years to work up the courage to sign up for the run. I know for most of you, a 5k is a piece of (delicious) cake (mmm…caaaaake), but for this slow, plodding runner, it’s a long way. I can’t wait to do it, and if anyone would like to donate a dollar or two to a wonder cause, I’d appreciate it so much!

This is the link to my fundraising page:

“And miles to go before I sleep.”


14 Ange C. August 29, 2008 at 9:17 am

Kath– happy Friday to you! Enjoy your off time and being done with those way-too-soon exams!

Thanks for the hard work you put into your blog even when you are so busy….we all really appreciate it. I look forward to reading this every day!


15 caitlin (see bride run) August 29, 2008 at 9:21 am

i NEED to find this shape issue!!


16 Foodie (Fab and Delicious Food) August 29, 2008 at 9:23 am

Hope you have a great day!


17 Justy2003 August 29, 2008 at 9:35 am

I eat my oatmeal that way, too! Get all the goodness in each bite :)
It’s almost the (long!) weekend!


18 Caroline August 29, 2008 at 9:50 am

That’s funny, I eat my cereal under the same strict enjoyment guidelines! :) Also, i wanted to let you know that yesterday afternoon I was getting my nails done and i picked up a (THEE) Shape that was in the salon, and i came across your article, AWESOME! Hope you get yours soon! I felt like I wanted to show your picture like “HEY! I KNOW HER!!” well, sort of… 😉 Anyways, Congrats!


19 Shannon August 29, 2008 at 10:16 am

What issue of Shape are you featured in? Congrats. You are such an inspiration and totally adorable.


20 lisa August 29, 2008 at 10:19 am


How do you get in these great magazines like shape and the women’s day one? Do they find your blog and contact you? That is so exciting, good for you!


21 Miss White Skirt August 29, 2008 at 10:21 am

omg Betsy in Pittsburg you’re not alone! I only wash my hair once a week too 😀 so many people are like “eww how can you stand that”, but my hair is so thick too and it just doesn’t need frequent washing. long live the shower cap 😉

Kath, have a good run and study day and then PIZZA! sounds yum and fun!


22 VeggieGirl August 29, 2008 at 10:23 am

I still don’t have the new Shape issue either!! Our mailmen need to get to it and deliver!! 😉

Hooray for Team KERF!!!! Makes me smile that you’re doing so well with donations :-)


23 Christie August 29, 2008 at 10:39 am

I eat my oatmeal the same way… I always have a strategy for eating food and I save the best part for last… my sister said she remembers me being like that even when I was younger!


24 magpie August 29, 2008 at 10:47 am

Sorry about the buttermilk suggestion – I really do love it, but I guess it’s an acquired taste? Have a good day!


25 runjess August 29, 2008 at 11:08 am

I might have to pick up a copy of Shape. So many magazines already though! I’m so behind on reading them.

Wonderful job on Race for the Cure. I’ll hopefully be running it in Houston.


26 Erin August 29, 2008 at 11:20 am

I eat my oatmeal that way too – I even go underneath! :)


27 yadi August 29, 2008 at 11:23 am

I don’t know how you manage to continue to gives the “new scoop” on oatmeal, but the side to side eating strategy is so funny to me – the details is what makes your blog so awesome! Anyway, I’ve converted and I was craving today’s bowl of oatmeal since yesterday. Unfortunately, I was not able to really enjoy it as I was rushing out to an appt. Take care.


28 HangryPants August 29, 2008 at 11:28 am

Kath, I hate wearing makeup, so I hardly do it, but when i do i also use bare minerals! It is so light on the skin.


29 Melissa P. August 29, 2008 at 12:01 pm

I just got my issue of Shape yesterday! I was really starting to stress about them loosing mine this month or something (like I could not just go buy it in the store). You biceps look awesome! I feel like you are kind of a celebrity now.


30 Rachel August 29, 2008 at 12:53 pm

I eat my oats that way too! Congrats on all of your publicity and reaching your goal- how exciting!


31 Leigh August 29, 2008 at 1:04 pm

Just wanted to tell you that I LOVE your blog. I’ve been reading Self’s “Eat Like Me” blog for some time, but I enjoy yours so much more. I love how upfront you are about how you lost weight and how you eat such a well-balanced diet that anyone can follow. I also am a huge fan of all your recipes — thanks for posting them!


32 R. Leigh August 29, 2008 at 1:17 pm

I always try to eat the oatmeal out from the bottom, digging it out from underneath the toppings and saving the best for last :)


33 R. Leigh August 29, 2008 at 1:19 pm

Oh yeah, I have thick curly hair too. I rinse it out every night (to wash out the product) but I use shampoo/conditioner MAX once a week or else it gets really dry! Also the natural oils kind of help to keep the frizz under control.


34 jenny August 29, 2008 at 1:37 pm

i thought i would share the way i eat oatmeal.

i make my oatmeal with all milk and no water because it makes it much more creamier. hehe.
i use TWO spoons for eating the oatmeal. one spoon is for pb and the other one is to eat the oatmeal. i also use the other spoon to scrape pb each time i take a bite so i haeve pb in every bite =]


35 Justy2003 August 29, 2008 at 1:38 pm

I wanna see this biceps picture that everyone is talking about!


36 rhodeygirl August 29, 2008 at 2:18 pm

I have you on my blogroll list. If that is not ok please let me know at rhodeygirltests at gmail dot com!

thanks, and happy friday!!!!


37 Julie August 29, 2008 at 2:26 pm

Does anyone have the Nike+ Sport Band?,home,_pdp,cid-1/gid-181290/pid-181290&re=US&co=US&la=EN

It’s like the Nike+system with the shoes – except you don’t have to use it with an ipod Nano and you don’t have to buy the special Nike shoes. You can buy a pouch (not from Nike) and put the sensor in it and attach it to your shoe laces and then wear the watch on your wrist. It has all the online abilities of the other Nike device but it’s only $59 plus a few bucks for the shoe pouch. I’ve been reading about this online today and it sounds great. Just curious if anyone has any personal experience.


38 Nancy August 29, 2008 at 3:04 pm

I was in Chapters today and I flipped through the Shape magazine. I didn’t see you. Which month is it in? Maybe I missed it or the store didn’t have the latest issue. Let me know so I can track it down. Love your blog. I read it daily


39 Ellen August 29, 2008 at 3:05 pm

I also eat my breakfast that way! I know you’re always looking for new oatmeal inspiration so I thought I would share with you my current favorite of the season. I take a ripe peach and cut it up, put it in a bowl with a bit of vanilla, a bunch of cinnamon, a touch of cardamom and about a half tablespoon of maple syrup. Microwave for a minute or so until soft and syrupy. Pour over oats and top with a dollop of plain yogurt. It’s amazing!

I love your blog, keep up the good work :]


40 Ange C. August 29, 2008 at 3:20 pm

Ellen– Yummmm….that peach concoction sounds soooo delicios. Thx for sharing! 😉


41 Kath August 29, 2008 at 3:27 pm

Re. Shape,
It’s the October issue, which is only out by subscription and not on the newsstands yet.

I emailed my success story in to both Shape and Women’s World (plus some more – I was almost in Redbook but they had to withdraw because I had been in WW). If you want to be in a magazine you have to promote yourself!!

Ashleigh + Ellen,
Yum and yum!

jen ,
Good luck with your race. I just gave a donation :)

“The woods are lovely, dark and deep….”

magpie ,
I’m sorry I didn’t like it!! I’m really glad I tried it though :)

Leigh ,



42 jen August 29, 2008 at 9:03 pm

Thanks, Kath! You rock. :)


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