I wasn’t really in the mood for anything specific for breakfast this morning, but I knew that I didn’t want oat bran because I’ve made that for the past several days. The decision came down to oatmeal, a bowl of cereal, or frozen waffles. Cereal doesn’t sustain me and frozen waffles just sounded too processed after the way my body has been feeling for the past few days.

So, oatmeal it was! It’s actually been quite awhile since I’ve made oats the normal way rather than baking them. Basically, I just did what I usually do to make stovetop oat bran, but with old-fashioned oats instead. Topped with half a packet of Justin’s Chocolate Almond Butter that I had bought a while back and forgot about, cherries, granola, cinnamon, and flaxseed.

Nothing exciting or new about my campus eats, other than the fact that I got to open a new jar of Sunbutter for it. Gotta love that stir action that comes with the natural stuff. It made the nut butter super drippy, loves it!

Another 80+ degree day and no smoothies had been made in the past few days, so I decided that a Green Monster had to make a reappearance today for dinner to cool me down.

What made this GM super special? Vanilla Butter and Nut flavor extract! I got the idea from Julie at Peanut Butter Fingers and a post that she did recently. It was like eating cake batter!


Since it was requested, here are the modifications of Carrie’s Voluminous Oats tutorial that I made on my (1000 watt) microwave:

1. Measure out your oat bran (doesn’t matter the amount).
2. Add 5x as much water as you did oat bran (e.g. if you put in 1/2 c oat bran, add 5/2 c water).
3. Stir. Microwave for 2 minutes on 60% power.
4. Stir. Microwave for 1 minute on 60% power.
5. Stir. Microwave for 1 minute on 60% power.
6. Stir. Microwave for 1 minute on 60% power.
7. Stir. Microwave for 4 minutes on 30% power. <– DID YOU CATCH THAT CHANGE?!
8. Let sit 2 minutes.
9. Mix in extract(s) and protein powder.
10. Transfer to a bowl.
11. Add spices (cinnamon), chocolate, jams, nut butters, etc.



Really not all that much has happened in my life since yesterday. I’m continuing to read more about gluten and going gluten-free. I found out that just because I wasn’t diagnosed with a gluten sensitivity last year doesn’t mean that I’m not gluten sensitive now, which was surprising (reassuring?).

I responded to the RD that I heard back from and will hopefully be getting a phone interview sometime this week/weekend. As a side note, yay for this weekend being a 3-day weekend! Mondays are so much more tolerable when they’re like Sundays. Although I guess this would bump Tuesday down a bit in popularity.

Not much was learned today in the way of my KIN lecture since we mostly talked about flexibility, although I did get to calculate my target heart rate using the Karvonen equation! (<– *cough* math nerd *cough*) And apparently I’m fairly “fit” cardiorespiratorily because I have a low-ish resting heart rate. I heard once that Lance Armstrong has a RHR around 30-40 (or at least did at his peak). How crazy is that?!



We played soccer and ultimate frisbee in the activity portion of KIN today. I may not be good, I may not know the rules, but I do know how to participate and have fun.

After work, and hopefully once it cools down a bit, I planning on running 4 miles as per my training plan. Why does it feel like I hardly run anymore?! Oh, yeah, I’m trying to do more cross-training, I forgot. Haha!

Mile 1: 8:32
Mile 2: 8:10
Mile 3: 8:02
Mile 4: 7:51
Total: 32:58

Do you see that last mile?! Really proud of my splits.

It’s becoming less and less for me about my total weekly mileage and more about the quality of the runs that I do get in, like the one that I did today. Yes, I could run every day and log 30+ miles a week, but that doesn’t mean that I should or that it would be the best training strategy.


Don’t forget to enter my Clif/LUNA bar giveaway here!


Which is better: quality or quantity?

What is your favorite flavor extract? – Vanilla is a staple, but I also have mint, almond, and my new vanilla butter nut flavor. I wish that I had more to experiment with!

Have you ever taken your resting heart rate (RHR)?


8 thoughts on “Modifications

  1. My RHR is in the low 50’s I believe, at least that’s about where it was when I saw the cardiologist. And the quality/quantity thing is very dependent on what we’re talking about, haha.

    Very nice set up with the little hearts in the smoothie, I thought it was cute.

    • I usually only know my blood pressure, because they write it on your blood donor card whenever you go (or at least I make them for me, haha), but this was the first time I was actually able to take my own pulse since I usually can’t FIND my pulse (I just have no idea what I’m doing). I was proud of myself 🙂

  2. Nice run! I definitely agree with you about quality mileage vs quantity. When I run high mileage for me, I’m way more likely to feel little tweaks or get injured. I definitely respond best to running only 4 days a week and making them quality. That gives me more time to also fit in yoga or other exercise.

  3. how healthy is using a butter extract? Isn’t it chock full of artificial ingredients? Love the look of your smoothie though! It’s so nice and green!

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