I just realized that all my posts lately are about food. Hmmm. Must think about that after I post this oatmeal recipe!
I cooked a 4 serving batch of steel-cut oats as per directions. While it was cooking I mixed up:4 servings of Nectar Sweets Vanilla Bean Torte protein powder 1 can Libby’s pumpkin – no sugar added 1 teaspoon cinnamon 1 tablespoon ground ginger (I buy the tubes for the fridge) Fresh nutmeg to grate over the top
You may want to experiment with the spices – I like it strong but half that amount may be fine for you.
After letting the oatmeal rest for 20 minutes, I mixed in the pumpkin mixture. This makes about 8 weight loss friendly 3/4 cup servings.
I think a little brown sugar splenda would top this off beautifully, if you are not concerned about the extra carbs. But since I am, I’ll skip that, because this is pretty fabulous without it!
After breakfast I’m starting a new movie for my treadmill walk since I finished Julie & Julia. I really enjoyed it – I just had to suppress the stuff I read about Powell’s affair and focus on the movie as a movie, not two semi-true stories.
This morning I’m making 4 miles my new standard and plan to finish it in under 60 minutes. To do that with a 5 minute warm up at 3.6 miles per hour, that’s 1/3 of a mile at the slow pace and the remaining 3.7 at 4.1 miles per hour. (I had to pull out Excel to figure that out. How sad is that?)
I think that sounds like a good plan for this week. One hour a day, 4 miles a day, then Friday off and the big walk on Saturday. This Saturday I’ll be shooting for 7 miles uninterrupted. This weekend I did 6.5 (maybe a bit more) but I stopped halfway through to do some shopping. I won’t really be taking a half hour break during the marathon for shopping. I don’t think I will, anyway. Nah! It’s at night – no shops will be open except newstands!
The observant will notice that I’m STILL not doing any weight training. I don’t know what is going on with my head there. I know I need to do it, I enjoy it when I do it, but I am just not making it out to the gym. Today I’m going to take a weight with me onto the treadmill and do some tricep dips and curls while I walk. Then some planks and situps afterward.
If Karen won’t go to the gym, the gym must come to Karen.