Pumpkin Spice Oatmeal

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.

2 thoughts on “Pumpkin Spice Oatmeal

  1. Hi Karen,
    I know when I focus on one part of my exercise, like training for a race, the other parts get neglected. I barely did any weight training for months leading up the half-marathon. Now that it’s over, I’m trying to mix it up a little again. This morning I did 30 minutes with the trainer and then rode the bike for 20 minutes. Variety is good and you can’t do it all everyday! Stop beating on yourself, hon, and be proud of what you’re doing. 4 miles in under an hour is great!

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