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Stovetop pumpkin oats are the best

Now I know what has been missing from my beloved pumpkin oats. Even though I enjoy a variety of add-ins and toppings, the best way to eat pumpkin oats is after cooking them on the stove top!

I had neglected this for some time but since today was Sunday and I had a few extra minutes, I treated myself to not using the microwave for once.


I combined 1/3 cup of light vanilla soy milk with 2/3 cup water and placed it on the stove until boiling. Then I added 1/3 cup oats, reduced the heat and let it cook for 5-6 minutes while stirring occasionally.

Then, I stirred in 1/4 cup Meijer brand pumpkin and let it cook for another minute or so before removing it from the heat.

After stirring in some wheat germ (1 tbsp), pancake syrup (1 tsp), and pumpkin pie spice (few sprinkles), I topped the oats with pumpkin butter, peanut butter and some raisins.


It was almost heaven in a bowl. Look how much neater it looks being poured from the pot instead of cooked in the bowl. It’s beautiful 🙂

I will have to do this again and perhaps switch out the raisins for some chocolate chips. Yum. Here…have another look, you know you want some…


Happy Sunday!


For me, one of the best things about blogging and sharing your journey is the amazing support that you receive from readers and other bloggers who understand where you are coming from.

Mari replied to my post from earlier about my most recent changes and I am so thankful for her, girl you are awesome!

Anyway, today was just a regular Monday I guess. Actually it was pretty great considering it was Monday. I started today off like I do most days with my oats!


Today’s combo was a bit different…I only used half a banana since I ate half of one the other day with a snack. And I went back up to 1/2 cup oats, 1/2 cup milk and 1/4 cup of water. Still one spoon of PB though. I am currently using Smucker’s all natural creamy. It’s on sale at Kroger for $1.99!

This was so good, it truly never gets old, for me anyway.

I had a workout with my friend at 10 a.m. and today was a cardio day. We started off warming up for 5 minutes on the treadmill, then we “rowed” with an elastic band for 10 minutes, jumped rope for 10 minutes (in 30 seconds jumping, 15 seconds rest intervals), then ran outside for 5 minutes (so fun), and came back in for a sweaty, 5 minute cooldown = 35 minutes.

In case you are wondering, we are using a workout program she found on the internet that goes for 50+ days so you have a new workout each time you go to the gym. It’s been great switching it up so much and we’re in the 30’s on the days so we still have a good few weeks left — just in time for when we start training again in the Fall (for runs).

I got back to work and drank lots of water and did a little bit of work before I decided I was not going to eat a mid-morning snack, I was just going to wait a little bit and eat lunch. I wasn’t that hungry yet (that was some powerful oatmeal) and felt more like eating my lunch next than a snack.

Could be because it was one of the best things ever…leftover pizza! I finally got hungry around 11:45.


I had the other half of my Kashi Roasted Vegetable pizza from last night’s dinner, plus a carrot with the rest of my Sabra hummus.

Don’t you just love how all the flavors of pizza soak in overnight and are so much more powerful the next day? Yum.

After writing that post earlier, I noticed again how incredible I am feeling — no mid afternoon slump. In fact, I got a lot of work done, figured out what to make for dinner and had some peppermint tea, which is pretty much my favorite 🙂

Even though I did have carbs with lunch, it was minimal (very thin pizza crust) and I didn’t feel like I needed something sweet after lunch like I used to. I also notice that now that I don’t eat fruit or other sugary stuff with lunch, I don’t get hungry for my afternoon snack as soon (I’m usually ready at 2, which makes a 6 or 7 o’clock dinner rough).

Around 3:00, I got a little hungry, so I had a hard boiled egg that was supposed to be my mid morning snack.


This held me well as I continued to work away with no yawning or sitting in front of the computer mindlessly trying to remember what I had been doing. No more hitting the vending machine for a diet soda or M&M’s on days like that. No need. I don’t think I’ve mentioned this yet, but I quit chewing gum too. And surprisingly, now that it has been a couple of weeks now, I don’t even miss it! A habit I thought I could never break.

About 4:45, I got a hunger pang and decided dinner was still far enough off that another snack would not ruin my appetite and also I didn’t want to be starving when I got home because I was going to need some time to prepare it.

So, I had this mozzarella cheese stick…


I was so excited about the dinner I thought of!

I got a 14 ounce bag of shrimp at Walmart over the weekend (for 5 bucks!) and knew that was going to be an ingredient. I love eating seafood like shrimp, tuna and salmon because I need those Omega-3’s for my low HDL cholesterol. Plus they taste good 😉

I decided to make a stir fry, incorporating a summer squash that I needed to use up and the rest of a red pepper from the fridge, plus an entire container of mushrooms. Oh and I used 2 cups of shrimp. This will serve as two meals for me 🙂


I put 1 tbsp of healthy canola oil (which also contains Omega 3) in the pan before cooking and then tossed in 1/4 cup Texas Pete Buffalo sauce for some flava! It’s almost like what I get at BD’s, only homemade and much cheaper!

I threw the veggies on first to let them brown a bit before putting the shrimp in (they were thawed from frozen and are already fully cooked).

I swear, I thought I took a picture of my bowl, but it’s not here — I must’ve gotten really excited to eat, haha. It tasted really good but much like the pizza, I’m looking forward to the leftovers that have a chance to sit in that buffalo sauce for a while 😉 I just checked and the sauce I use has no sugar (they use xanthan gum)! I didn’t even know…cool.

I’d better go, I gotta go yell at my husband who is playing Guitar Hero laying down…that’s just not cool…or rock ‘n roll. Good night!

Up with the dog

It never fails that when we have a late night out, the dog still decides to get up earlier than I would have even if I hadn’t been out all night! We got home around 2:30 this morning and Suzie thought it was time to go out at 7, even though I took her for a quick walk when we got home, ugh. But I love her…I mean, look how cute she is 🙂


Yeah, she’s taking a nap right now. I’m making coffee!

Updated to add: I feel like such a jerk for writing about how cute my dog is now that I’ve read of Meghann’s loss. Please keep her in your thoughts and prayers during this very difficult time. My heart is breaking for her, I can’t imagine…

I ended up having breakfast for dinner last night because it as the only thing on my mind. I thought long and hard about veggies, hummus and other things I could make but nothing else would do.


Sometimes you just gotta go with what you are feeling! Plus some chocolate chips thrown in for good measure 😉

Last night, we went out to a small bar to see our friend Chad’s band and it was great. It took a medium coffee with skim milk to get me there but once it got going, I didn’t even notice how late it was. I also had a glass of Chardonnay while I was there. I’ve decided wine is the only thing I really like to drink, so when I want something and it is available, it’s great.

I wore more eye make up last night than I have in YEARS (if ever)…


Since I had my normal breakfast for dinner last night, I decided to switch it up for breakfast this morning. I made an omelet with 2 eggs and red pepper, mushrooms and green pepper, topped with 2% cheese and a squirt of organic ketchup. Two slices of whole wheat toast made this meal complete.


The coffee is done percolating…hope you all have a lovely Sunday!

p.s. It was probably totally wrong of me, but while I was grocery shopping yesterday I saw a box of Coffee Mate creamers and on the front of the box it says “0 grams of trans fat” but when you turn the box over, you see “Partially Hydrogenated Oil” high up on the ingredients list — which I knew already but I had never noticed the labeling on the front — I had a pen in my hand since I was checking things off my list and decided to write “lies” right on the front of the box. Crap like that drives me crazy…they are taking advantage of people.

Slowest computer in history

The past couple of days I have been blogging from our “old” computer which is upstairs in the “office” of our apartment. Josh has been hogging the laptop as of late, though I am glad he’s at least getting our money’s worth out of what we pay for internet access 😉

This computer is usually okay for using Windows Live Writer but when it comes to internet, which I had to access this time around, it is slower than anything I can even imagine. It just took me 29 minutes to actually start blogging from the time I sat down. I can’t wait to get rid of this thing.


Anyway, sorry I didn’t post yesterday but I got home late and Josh was on the fast computer (ugh).

When I woke up yesterday morning, I had a strong urge (and a few extra minutes) to do some yoga, so I chose Yoga Download’s 20 minute hip opening flow class. It was awesome!

The day’s eats started off the same as the previous one with banana oatmeal with PB. I think I am finally getting burned out on bananas so I might have to come up with a new fruit to put in my oats for next week 🙂

We did a 60 minute cardio workout, warming up for 5 minutes on the treadmill, doing intervals on the bike for 40 and then another 5 on the tread to cool down. It was intense!

I also had my friend, who is a trainer, do some measurements on me so I can see where I stand…more on that later (don’t worry I’m optimistic as usual)!

Mid-morning I had my very last mini Larabar…I would be sad but I’ve had them for so long that I’m kind of glad to have used them all up!

Lunch was another salad…


Romaine, green pepper, red pepper, cucumber, and honey mustard dressing 🙂

This was just a side for the main entree…


What is this?


I had a coupon for $2 off a Kashi meal so I took advantage and got this bad boy for just a little over $1. Pretty soon I’m going to write about how to be healthy and try new stuff on a budget because I keep figuring these little things out.

The meal was good but I was glad I paired it with the salad because I don’t think it would’ve been filling enough on its own. The only one I’ve had that was is the Black Bean Mango and I’m pretty sure that is due to the beans.

Mid-afternoon, I had a carrot with PB as a snack which held me over very well!

When I got to Courtney’s that evening, she offered me the last glass of Yellow Tail Shiraz and I could not pass it up, I hadn’t had good red wine in a while…I know it’s cheap but Yellow Tail is one of my favorite brands!

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Dinner was Margie’s bean loaf (a faux meatloaf made with beans and veggies), green peas, corn, and mashed potatoes that I brought. They are out of a bag, Ore Ida brand I believe, red potatoes that you steam in the micro and then mash once they are done. They are not the most cost effective things in the world, but they were way healthier than most instant or already made mashed potatoes!

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Forgot to mention the bean loaf and potatoes got a drizzle of veggie gravy on them 😉

For dessert, Beth brought confetti cookies and a homemade lemon icing “dip” which was too runny to ice the cookies with. She said it was made with lemon zest and powdered sugar, which is something I would usually avoid (trying to steer clear of the added sugar) but I tried it and it was great 🙂 I like to make exceptions once in a while!

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I also had some decaf vanilla chai tea while we watched the most recent 2 episodes of True Blood. I really enjoy my regular night with the girls, I think it’s one of the things that keeps me sane!

Hope you all had a great Wednesday…be back soon with today and a special post about cooking with canola!

Best picture ever

This has to be one of the better pictures I’ve taken if not the best…

This breakfast bowl contained 1/2 cup oats (made with 1/2 cup skim milk), 1 small chopped apple, sprinkle of cinnamon, 1 tsp sugar free syrup, 1 tbsp walnut pieces, 1 tbsp Mighty Maple PB, and one crumbled up no bake cookie. Oh my 😉

Happy Tuesday!

We lucked out with the weather, we were supposed to get some nasty snow/ice storm last night but it was mostly just freezing rain and not enough to cause any traffic problems today. We aren’t out of the woods for today yet though, more is on the way. Hope wherever you are that you are safe and warm!


I doubt this breakfast did anything for my sugar detox 😉

It’s a repeat of yesterday’s oatmeal + apple crisp, topped with peanut butter and walnuts. So good and very filling too! I was going to make something else but when I got to the kitchen, it was the only thing that sounded good and I used up the rest of the crisp, so it’s GONE!

I feel good about the rest of the food I brought today so this should be my only questionable choice for the day. I am going to a Christmas party with my mom after work today but I’m going to stick to fruit, veggies, cheese, and low on the carbs and probably skip the sweets tonight. I think I’ve met my weekly quota!

Have a great day!

Taking a page

…from Tina‘s book. She uses leftover desserts and baked goods in her oatmeal all the time, so I decided to make mine with some leftover apple marshmallow crisp (Courtney actually calls her dish baked apples, but there’s so much more to it)!

What a great idea! Not only did it taste good, but it’s also a great way to not let these things go to waste 🙂

This bowl contains:

– 1/2 cup oats made with 1/4 cup skim milk + 1/2 cup water

– Scoop of apple marshmallow crisp (about 1/2 cup-3/4 cup)

– 1 tbsp walnut halves & pieces

– 1 tbsp Mighty Maple peanut butter

As VeggieGirl would say, HOLY YUM!

Happy Wednesday 🙂

Pretty oatmeal

I got up early and took Suzie for a quick 15-minute walk in 20 degree weather! So needless to say when I got back, I needed something to warm me up…oats!

This combo was just okay, it’s definitely better to look at than eat. I think next time I will use less water because it wasn’t the right consistency for me. But it was nutritious 🙂

This bowl contained:

1/2 cup old fashioned oats
1/4 cup plain soymilk
1/2 cup water
1/4 cup leftover cranberry sauce
1 tbsp pumpkin seeds
1 tbsp almond butter

Hope everyone enjoys their day, thank God it’s finally the weekend 🙂

Starting fresh

Since I’m still trying to use up some stuff I already have, I decided on Pumpkin Pie Almond Butter oatmeal this morning:

I think by this weekend, when we’ve used up some more things and go to the store again, that I will be able to get my diet back in check for a couple of weeks until Christmas 🙂 Not that it’s that bad, it just needs a little tweaking.

My goal this holiday season is to MAINTAIN, I am well aware of how hard it is to do this and especially to lose weight over the holidays. Last year I managed to hang on at 147.5 for the entire time between Thanksgiving and New Year’s, so I know I can do it again.

It’s all about moderation and balancing out overeating with adequate exercise — not deprivation and not sitting on the couch all winter either! I’m actually excited to see how it all plays out for me this year, I still have confidence 😉

Have a great Wednesday everyone!

It’s Turkey Day!

Happy Thanksgiving Everyone! Hope you all have an amazing day with your loved ones. Remember, enjoy yourselves 🙂

Since I’m a believer in treating Thanksgiving like any other day, I started things off with a good breakfast…oats (made with 1/4 cup soymilk and 1/2 cup water) topped with cinnamon, a big green apple, walnuts and almond butter. What did you say? Yes, ALMOND BUTTER!

I have been meaning to try almond butter for some time and yesterday at the store, I found this jar of MaraNatha no stir Crunchy Almond Butter for $3.49, which is a little more than I pay for PB but less than I’ve seen other almond butters sell for, so I grabbed it.

When I opened the jar, I immediately got a whiff of fresh almonds, a smell I absolutely love. Then I stirred it up a bit (even though it’s no stir) just to check out it’s consistency. I haven’t even purchased crunchy PB in a while, so it was a nice switch. Then I measured out a tbsp and tossed in on top of the oatmeal.

Now, I love peanut butter, this we know. But! I love that it was the same consistency as peanut butter (only crunchy) but it tasted totally different! Very much like almonds, very gritty and thick, stick to your ribs type nut butter. Amazing! I think it puts my smooth Skippy Natural to shame, for real.

I will definitely use it again and may be on the almond butter bandwagon for a while now. I also really enjoyed Sun Butter when I tried it and I have been meaning to pick up another jar of that as well.

As usual, I had a cup of Pumpkin Pie Spice coffee this morning with a packet of Equal and 1/4 cup soy milk. Only one cup today though since I got all jittery yesterday, haha.

Have a great day everybody! I’m hoping to get a walk or run in before we leave for my aunt’s house 🙂