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Posted on Oct 19, 2010 in Food | 5 comments

Self-Made(ish) Dishware Delights

So just a quick update on yesterday and today. Work has been CRAZY. I work in an external building from where most of our employees are located, and most of my immediate coworkers split their time between here and there. It makes things kind of difficult though, because when you’re trying to get things signed and sent over it all takes a really long time. So I’ve been dealing with a lot of that, and so I’ve been running around like a crazy person all morning. Oh well, at least stressing out burns calories! Hahaha.

I went to the gym yesterday after work (see? Proof of my whole “not letting .4 lbs knock me down” thing) and ran & speed-walked on the treadmill. I did about 10 minutes of each, which ended up being a little over a mile and a half, and 20 minutes all together. Trying to do that whole “keep an elevated heartrate for at least 20 minutes” thing, y’know. I really wasn’t feeling it, but I dragged myself down there anyway. I don’t know, my body just felt sluggish and heavy. I think it’s because I’m about to start my you-know-what (Overshare? Mmmmmaybe… but I’m okay with it.) and I’m just feeling very bloated and physically blah. And today when I woke up I am pretty sore, even though I definitely didn’t do more than I did last week… weird.

I also think I did something weird to my knee because it was bothering me last night and now it’s still feeling kind of funky. Like I need to crack it or something. Hopefully it won’t be like this for long.

Anyway, the title of this post comes from the delightful dinner I enjoyed last night. Well, Second Dinner, at any rate. For my first dinner, I made myself a little stir-fried chicken on a small wheat wrap. But… I ate it at like 5:00. So by the time 7:30 rolled around and all the roomies were starting to poke around in the kitchen, I was hungry again. So I whipped up a little bowl of — you guessed it — oats!

This is 1/2 a cup of oats, 3/4 a cup of unsweeted almond milk, 1/4 cup of water, a dollop of honey, a scoop of milled flaxseed, and some frozen peaches and blueberries added to the mix. 1/2 a cup of oats goes a LONG way! I poured them into my beautiful Cupcake Mug that I made painted at Clay Cafe Studio in Falls Church the summer my sister got married (2008).

And when I was done enjoying this warm, comforting bowl of natural goodness, I uncovered the magic at the bottom of my mug, and the reason it is called the Cupcake Mug:

How cute is that? It’s got a little cupcake at the bottom of the mug. I am simply a dishware genius. 🙂

Anyway, that’s all I have for right now. Must get back to the grind… sigh. ‘Til next time!

5 Comments

  1. Hey Gretchen,

    So I have been reading your blog and am completely hooked! I feel like I know exactly what you are going through with all the weight loss and exercising, and especially balancing what to eat and what not to eat. As everyone told you, .4 lbs is nothing, most likely muscle, which burns calories faster anyway! I don’t know if you have ever heard of interval training, but it is one of the best ways to lose weight, and you can do it with any type of cardio! For example, on the treadmill, run at a fast pace for a minute, then walk for a minute at a fast pace, then repeat for 20 min or so (and as you get in better shape its easy to alter this around to make it harder) the idea is to keep your heart rate up, as you know….also it helps when you start to get bored of just running. Sorry this is like an essay! keep up the good work!!

    Meredith (middle school! lol)

  2. If your knee is hurting you should take it easy- maybe instead of the treadmill which is harder on your joints you can use the elliptical? I tend to like it better. you can do interval training on that too!

  3. Haha, I love that dish, what a cute surprise cupcake!
    You know, the fact that you’re about to get your you-know-what may just be why you showed a gain on the scale this week.

  4. good job for getting to the gym and you oats look delicious!

  5. oh also i wanted to say that your knee could be hurting because of your shoes? when i first started running often my knee hurt as well…often shoes could be the problem

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