As it always is toward the end of the week, getting up this morning was no problem. I woke up pretty quickly and hit the gym solo by automobile. Once out of the garage, waiting through 3 lights, almost scared to death by a stationary police car, and parked (grrr I now hate driving there 😥 ), I was happily inside climbing the Stairmaster. I did that for 30 minutes (dripping with sweat!) and moved over to the ET for some lower intensity cool-down exercise and then moved from there and did 1 set of 15-20 of a hard weight on each of my usual machines: tricep pull-down, bicep bar, pull-ups, chest, shoulder press, push-ups and 1 set of abs, which I cut short because I am still sore from Mondays sets on the ab roller wheel!
No need for a pre-workout snack this morning – I wasn’t hungry (although I can always eat!).
Once home, showered, and having blown a fuse with my hairdryer 👿 (a new trend in this house), I sat down with a creamy bowl of oats.
- 1/3 cup oats, milk water
- 1/2 large banana
- Pinch salt
- 1/4 cup kamut berries
- Tsp vanilla bean paste
- 2 tbsp cottage cheese (the last of a container), stirred in at end
- Some trail mix
- Some TJ’s toasted almonds
This bowl was SUPER creamy. I am not a huge cottage cheese fan in general, although my mom said I used to LOVE it when I was little. I mean, I like it a lot, but I know there are people who just live on the stuff. If I have a choice, I prefer yogurt. And I never think it sounds that appealing in oatmeal. But since trying it a few days ago, and since I’ve been seeming to have more cravings for it in general, I really, really like it! It definitely adds to the cream factor.
The husband made me an iced coffee! He has been making them all summer and says he uses just a small amount of coffee (for my caffeine problem), about a quarter cup of milk and mostly ice. I’m not a big fan of iced coffee in general (too cold on my teeth and usually too bitter!), but it sounded good this morning and i have to admit it was quite good the way he makes it. It’s almost kind of watered down, and I like that the coffee isn’t bitter.
I am looking forward to today. I have my workout under my belt, I like my outfit, I took the time to do my hair, I have my 2 nutrition classes today (which is always fun 🙂 ) and NO TESTS!, and we have a fun event tonight, although it’s going to wear me out because we’re lightrailing it uptown and will be out kind of late.
Kath, your oats look AMAZING! If you (or any of the other comment-ers) know of a main grocery list for oats when you go to the store, could you post them by any chance? Your oats always look so yummy, but I often don’t have all the ingredients to make them.
Your night out tonight sounds fun, too! You deserve a fun night after your hard week! YAY! Have fun!
Also, (sorry for the ramble), but I just wanted to say thanks for all of the motivation you give, Kath. You’re amazing!
woweeee iced coffee! i am actually surprised since it is so super cold and fall here!
have a fab day!
I know you’re busy but I would love to see your outfit! Your outfits are always cute!
Hooray for having a great day ahead of you!! Enjoy 🙂
Ahh- the frustration of the blown fuse!! We used to blow the fuse in college all the time- too many girls with too many hair dryers going at the same time 🙂 At least you (or your hubby) could probably fix it instead of having to call the maintenance guy!
Foodie (Fab and Delicious Food) says
Yay for no tests!
Have you ever tried Friendship Dairies Whipped Cottage Cheese? I wasn’t a fan until I tried that stuff. It is so good! To me it doesn’t have as strong of a taste as the regular cottage cheese.
Christie i. says
Sorry about the fuses 🙁
The oats look great!
off to a great start!! love cottage cheese oats 🙂 yum and perfect for the colder weather up here in Boston!
how does your husband make iced coffee? is it brewed and then chilled or in a french press overnight with cold water or some other way?
caitlin (see bride run) says
stairmasters are the best workout! have a nice day!
I am wearing a new shirt today, so I am excited as well.
Fall is here in New England, but I am still enjoying my iced coffee anyway.
I would think that the cottage cheese would add a nice salty flavor to the oatmeal – I’ll definitely try this (I am one who could live off cottage cheese!)
the husband says
To make the iced coffee, I just :
-brew some coffee
-get a pint-glass, fill it to the top with ice
-put a spoonful of splenda on top of the ice
-pour the hot coffee in, which melts the splenda
-pour until there’s about a centimeter left
-fill with milk (prob about 1-2oz)
Ta-da! If you don’t like how watered-down it gets, you could make ice cubes with coffee, which I’ve done before. I like it both ways. The interesting thing is that this method uses almost half as much coffee as a regular mug of coffee, so it’s a nice way to cut down on caffeine, if that’s your style. Or if you’re like me, you can just drink two!
hey everyone, i need some advice. i am going to start working out (yay!) what is the best way to get started on the gym machines. I am thin but out of shape so I want to know the best ways to start on both cardio and weights. any input please 😀
Hey guys what kind of sneakers do you buy for working out? what is the best ones for cross training? anyone have any idea. my shoes are killing me!
new oat combo today: I stirred in some silken tofu for extra protein! so creamy and so good!
yummy oats 🙂 have a great day!
Here is a twist to the endless oatmeal combinations- Strawberry Cheesecake oats:
To basic oats, add a tablespoon of cream cheese and a tablespoon of strawberry preserves (or fresh strawberries) while cooking. It’s wonderful!
Christin S says
I really hate it when police cars sneak up on me like that! Even if I am doing absolutely nothing wrong it still makes me completely unnerved and caught off guard…I totally empathize, Kath!
Daisy May, on cross training shoes, everyone will be a little different I think because different brands and styles tend to fit better on different feet widths, but I really like my new Nike’s…I had been using New Balance for awhile and switched, and my Nike’s are way more comfy for me…
Betsy in Pittsburgh says
Cream cheese in oatmeal? I’m intrigued.
Oh man, I NEED my hairdryer in the mornings- so I know where you’re coming from with the blown fuse thing. Annoying!
Have a great day! Can’t wait to see what you have going on tonight 🙂
i absolutely love love love iced coffee. i’m not a huge fan of hot coffee. yum i want to try vanilla bean paste in my oatmeal someday!
I swear by Asics running shoes. I actually use arc trainers more than treadmiles, so the shoes are perfect for cross training, not just running. I’ve tried so many different kinds of running shoes, and these are definitely my favorites.
the husband says
I’ve never had a shoe fit so well until I tried New Balances. Any running shoe will be fine for you – just pick on comfort and support.
DaisyMay, I have used Asics GT 2130 used to be 2120, 2110, etc for 4 years now after my podiatrist recommended them for my overpronation. If you overpronate(your feet fall toward the midline of your body) these are amazing shoes. But also great for those with flat feet. Also they have an open toe box if you are prone to ingrown toenails, keeps your toes free to move. Definitely a shoe to try on. Usually retails for 95 but after you get fit just go online you can find them for 80 bucks.
Riding your bike has spoiled you! Too bad more people don’t feel that way about driving, eh? We need more folks lobbying for pedestrian-friendly, well-lit, safe paths.
b.t.w. Have you tried the key lime pie Larabar? I don’t remember seeing it on your blog. I tried that, the coconut cream, and the pb and was surpised that key lime was my favorite by far.
All you need for the perfect bowl of oats is:
-Milk (% of choice – I use 1%)
-Nut butter of choice on a spoon!
Optional delicious mix-ins include:
-Any kind of whole grain berries (i.e. hard winter wheat).
-Canned pumpkin (Libby’s 100% pure)
-Any dried fruit
-Granola planks (www.honest-foods.com)
-Trail mix (my fav. is TJ’s Nuts Over Raspberries)
….pretty much anything you can imagine!
As you’ll note on the Kath’s Tribute to Oats page, the combos are endless. I think the only key things are making the oats on the stovetop and milk.
I don’t have anyone to take my photo!! It’s kind of boring. Just a safari-colored buttondown and black khakis and dress camel-colored shoes. Round earrings, and my red jacket that I love. Pretty simple, just a little dressier than I usually am (in jeans).
I love that whipped cottage cheese but they only set it at Fresh Market near me and I don’t go there often to shop 🙁
I’ve always preferred Adidas. Perhaps you should go to a running store and get fitted? Our feet are all so different…
SC + Anna,
I REALLY want to try the coconut one!!! No luck finding it so far. I saw the key lime, but I tend to like chocolate/cream/pie flavors more than fruity ones, so I don’t think I’d prefer it. But perhaps some day I’ll come across one to try.
Cinnamon Roll Larabars are amazing! I just tried one today. 🙂
Yep, cottage cheese in oats is a brilliant idea. I ate that for breakfast daily for about three years. Usually tossed in some toasted almonds, half banana or blueberries. But the high sodium started to make me nervous so now I’ve gone back to runny yogurt in the oats.