Great trip to the gym this morning. I had male company and the rain held off just long enough for us to bike there and back. While indoors I did 30 minutes on the ET followed by 2×15-rep sets of upper body + squats + abs. The outdoor bikeride combined with the workout is just so refreshing. I hope to bike there through December and will probably take Jan-March off when it’s too cold to even think about (yes, even for North Carolina!)
Great bowl of oats!!
- 1/3 cup oats, milk, water combo
- Pinch salt + vanilla
- 1/2 large banana
- Tbsp ground flax
- Sprinkle brown sugar
- 1/4 cup low-fat cottage cheese (stirred in at end)
- Sprinkle dry roasted almonds
- Spoonful AB
With English breakfast tea + vitamin –
A classmate and I are trying our go at carpooling to school twice a week. It a 45-min to an hour drive for her and 30 for me, and since we have the same classes on T/TH she’s going to come here and we’ll each drive one day. Not a huge savings in gas (I figured only about a gallon/or $4 a week) but good for the environment to have one less car on the roads.
Off for a day of nutrition!
madison (follow my weigh) says
must feel so good to get your workout done in the morning! i’m really trying to do that…its so hard though sometimes!
Bowl of oats look great – as usual. Glad you got your workout in and with a good friend 🙂
Car pooling is the way to go – if you can do it. Even if it only saves you $4, it’s totally worth it, I think. You never know when gas prices are just going to go totally crazy.. I just saw a 30 cent raise over the weekend. Ridiculous.
Ok, I’m off my soap box now… Have a good day!
Morning workouts are definitely refreshing – as is a great bowl of oats 🙂
Love your oats. Looks delicious! Working out in the morning is always the best, since there’s still a chill in the air and then once I’m done, I have the whole day ahead of me. Such a great feeling!! Have a good day!
Round trip you only think it will save a gallon? You might be surprised. I was, when I carpooled!
Even if it doesn’t save you a ton it still is more fun to drive with someone else, I hate to drive long distances by myself!
Kudos on being green!
Simply Nutrition says
Your breakfast looks great! Hope your day goes well!!!
caitlin (seebriderun) says
i envy your AM workouts! must be nice to get it over with!
and YAY for saving on gas $$–every bit helps!
I just finished reading my shape magazine. Is that you in the before and after article (Brooke Shields is on the cover)?
I wish I could bike to work (or anywhere) for that matter. I’d be run over – the main road to my office is 55 miles an hour and no sidewalks. :O(
I keep forgetting to try cottage cheese in oatmeal – I have to remember to do it!
Nancy, that is Kath in Shape!
Thanks for your wonderful blog! I am writing with a question that I am wondering if you have dealt with in any of your classes or if anyone else has dealt with in their journeys. I have been battling anorexia on and off for about ten years (since I was a child). Most recently, I had one of the worst bouts, and got myself help- since March, I have been seeing a nutritionist, a therapist, and a psychiatrist and taking anti-depressants. I have increased my food intake and am eating around 1500 calories a day (and have been eating around that since March) and eat a diet based on whole foods with lots of fresh organic produce and an appropriate balance of whole grains, protein, healthy fats, and low-fat dairy. My nutritionist says my diet is very well-balanced, but more appropriate of someone who is trying to LOSE weight.
Since March, I decreased my exercise. I now exercise by getting around an hour of cardio each day (at least- a combination of walks, running, and elliptical machine) and do strength training several times a week. So for the past 5 months I have been eating ~1500 calories a day and working out a lot (for a normal person), but eating more than I had been and working out less than I had been.
I successfully gained the couple of pounds I needed to get back into a healthy weight range for my height, but the problem is, I continue to gain. I am now in the middle of the weight range for someone my height, as opposed to the bottom. Even worse, I feel horrible and do not know when this is going to end! My nutritionist said it could take up to a year, but I am having trouble believing I can put up with “ballooning” up despite an impeccable, relatively lo-cal diet and tons of exercise. I know that my metabolism is basically shot from so much restriction, but I am very discouraged and am hoping there is something I can do to stop gaining.
Do you or anyone else have any advice?
Thanks again Kath, for your great contributions to this community!
hello, recently i’ve been reading your blog and it’s an inspiration to me. I just stop by to tell you i love your blog and keep up the excellent work.
I love the cottage cheese idea. Mmmmm.
I’m great about running in all kinds of weather, but I really hate biking in the cold. Must be the added wind and not getting my heartrate up quite as high.
Yea for carpooling! Even if you don’t save a ton on gas, it’s nice to have someone to talk to on the ride.
I love it when you show your vitamin with breakfast- it reminds me to take mine!
YAY for carpooling! 🙂
I figure it’s a way to make a new friend too
am i the only one that HATES the idea of cottage cheese? i won’t even try it, or let it touch my food haha.
kath i am always so jealous of your amazing morning workouts, i need to get back into that and stop staying up late to do nothing important. thanks for the inspiration.
p.s. i know you read “in defense of food” but if you haven’t yet read “the omnivore’s dilemma” you seriously need to. it’s amazing
I have question that I’m very interesting in knowing the answer to: How far do you bike in the morning to get to the gym?
Also, what happens to the other half of the banana you eat in your oatmeal every morning??
This is in response to the anorexia comment.
I too suffered form disordered eating: anorexia to over exercize to anorexia to bulimia. My mom confronted me and I confessed in Febuary. I was only about 4 pounds under the healthy range. I started eating more and exercising less. For the first 3 months I only gained 7 pounds. Then I went home (im in college) and gained 11 lbs in a month. Well then I weighed my self. I was 115 and my goal weight to gain was 110. I freaked out and started a viscious cycleof starvation and binging. I ended the summer at 124 (from the binging) and was disgusted with my self. After going back to school it has settled between 116 and 119. Looking back at the summer I realize it might be because I added weight training and then pilates and not just cardio.
If your extra weight is muscle it is good. I know it is hard to convince yourself its ok, trust me. If Im feeling disgusting I will increase from 45 minutes to 1 hr of cardio and go an extra day. But I would say if you feel disgusted then that is not good (too skinny, normal or overweight you need to be happy):
1) put away the scale. Dont focus on the #. I know thats hard.
2) Add a little (like 10 minutes, or a short walk in the morning) of exercize.
3) Take away a little calories (like a 50-100)
* Dont start a cycle. I know if I cut calories and increase exercize I am at risk to binge.
Kath, I saw you commenting about wanting a panini press on Tina’s site. My sister feels the same way as Matt about one task appliances. She makes paninis in a skillet by putting another heavy skillet on top to get the same “pressed” feeling.
i am new to the food blogging network, but i love your blog – your food philosophy, your balanced outlook. i really enjoy reading and i thought i’d let you know!
Kath, about the panini press– i recently bought one this past summer, and honestly, it’s one of the best investments i’ve ever made!! i LOVE it– i came up with a TON of new ideas for sandwiches.
PB + banana is one of my favorites! Definitely WORTH buying!!
I use my George Forman grill for paninis – it works great and even puts lines on the bread like a “grilled” sandwich gets! I love it! My husband also does not like one task appliances either, but I made an exception for my magic bullet for smoothies! 🙂
It’s only about 20 miles and I get 30 to the gallon, but hopefully it’ll save mental energy at the least, more $$ at the most.
I don’t think there’s anything I could tell you that your nutritionist and therapist couldn’t answer better. Best of luck to you 🙂
I can see why you wouldn’t like cottage cheese. Kinda like I don’t like ricotta. I have read Omnivore’s D. – it was good too!! I have Marion Nestle’s “What To Eat” on my bedstand, but too bad textbooks are taking priority 🙁
It’s 2.2 miles one way, so about 4.5 total. Takes about 10-15 minutes each way.
That’s what I do, but it doesn’t make those nice lines or heat from both sides 🙁
Xmas maybe!? Maybe I can sneak it in. I also want a crockpot, but I also question if we will use it enough to be storage worthy.
Allison K. says
A crockpot it TOTALLY worth it. It so easy and wonderful and you can make SO MANY THINGS in it.
Also, regarding carpooling, I carpool to work probably 4 times a week on average, 16 miles round trip, and I get about 25 mpg and I’ve seen a difference in the fuel line item of our budget, but one of the best parts, is not having to drive home after a looonnng day!
I use my George Foreman grill (it’s small, only big enough for 3 burgers and perfect for two sandwiches) for a panini. This way it’s not just a one purpose appliance, it does two things, indoor grilling AND panini’s! It grills a piece of fish beautifully as well as burgers and such and toasts a great sammie!
Hey, did you see what Nick (the pb guy) did with your EF pb? He put it on toast with a tomato! Gasp! JK
I’m glad you did the cc oats. I think it’s amazing. 🙂 Cool spoon handle picture, you’ve really got that shot down!