A New Workout & A New Oatmeal

by HEAB on November 3, 2009

My exercise has been a bit all over the place since I got back from California. My body was so tired from the trip, and I just haven’t had a lot of time for 90 minute yoga classes or long walks with the dogs. I’m trying to fit in at least 2 studio classes a week these days. Otherwise, I do short sequences on my own at home, and I try and walk the pups at least 30 minutes everyday. One of my new favorite interval workouts on the stationary bike is Mona Fartleks.

You can do the following on a bike, on the roads, a treadmill, the elliptical, etc.

  • 5 minute easy warm-up
  • 90 seconds fast, 90 seconds easy (x 2)
  • 60 seconds fast, 60 seconds easy (x 4)
  • 30 seconds fast, 30 seconds easy (x 4)
  • 15 seconds fast, 15 seconds easy (x 4)
  • 5 minute easy cool-down

The entire workout takes 30 minutes, so very quick and efficient and a nice alternative to my beloved Tabata Intervals. I did this yesterday on our stationary bike followed by about 10 minutes of yoga stretching and a headstand.

Now onto breakfast. Polly has been telling me of her love for McCann’s Quick Cooking Irish Oatmeal for a while now, and since Kroger was out of oat bran, I decided to try some for myself.

I love steel cut oats, but the quick cooking variety is so different. The steel cut oats are more dense with a big chew factor while the quick version cooked up much creamier. In fact, the texture reminded me of oat bran.

Quick Cooking Irish Oats with vanilla Jay Robb rice protein powder.
Delicious and much quicker than steel cut oats. However, nothing fills me up quite like oat bran, which leads to today’s breakfast. However, a quick story before we move on…
A few years ago, I stumbled across an article in Runner’s World. One month, the magazine featured a chef who loved to run and eat goat cheese and Nutella sandwiches. I was intrigued by this delicious combo and used to eat it on sprouted grain tortillas. I think you know where I’m going with this…or perhaps you have no idea. :)

Oat bran with raw goat cheese and crumbled 100% dark chocolate.

All stirred together. Mmm, ooey gooey melted cheese and chocolate.
Yep, still a good combo. However, I think it probably would have tasted better with Nutella instead of my super dark chocolate, but whatever, I’d eat it again. 😉
How about you? Tried any new oat combos lately that I need to know about? Do share.
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