Hello KatieEPT.com! I’ve finally bit the bullet
$17 and bought my blog domain! I’m not sure why it took me so long to make a final decision, but I’m so glad I did; hopefully this will encourage me to keep blogging and sharing my passions :).
After a night out in downtown Raleigh with goods friends and sugary drinks, my body was craving something a little more substantialprotien-y oats were on the menu! In the mix: oats, milk, vanilla bean protein powder, banana, and a sprinkle of almonds. I haven’t eaten oatmeal in a while but when I do, I like to toast the almonds. It gives them a smokey-not burnt-taste similar to a graham cracker(?). YUM.
After bummin’ around for a majority of the morning and finishing The Hunger Games, the gym was next on my to-do list. My workout was strictly strength-my knee has been bothering me so I’m keeping things low impact
until tomorrow. The Canadian version of Les Mills, Jari Love’s Ripped and Chiseled workout is some serious strength training! The workout hits ALL major muscle groups two times over using a technique called Time Under Tension; tension meaning the force being applied to move the weight and time meaning the period when a muscle is under tension (eccentric and concentric contractions). Every exercise followed a similar pattern of 4(down)-4(up), 3-1, 2-2, singles, and pulses:
- Bulgarian Split Squats
- Dead Lifts
- Chest Press
- Chest Flies
- Bent-over Rows
- Triceps Dips
- Shoulder Press/Front-Side Raise
- Biceps Curls
- Hammer Curls
Lots of exercises but a complete total body workout! I will be sore tomorrow..
A fail-boat trip to the mall in the afternoon was not on my to-do list; after driving around the parking lot for 15 minutes trying to find a parking spot, I was to fed-up to shop! Sushi at Domo’s Sushi made me forget about the trip!
Seeing The Woman in Black tonight! Ah.
Happy Martin Luther King Jr. day!
A big bowl of vanilla-bean protein oatmeal started the day. Today was a very productive homework day (these don’t come by often); all morning was spent getting ahead on homework assignments. Since I take 2 online classes, time management and discipline are crucial! After writing a paper on Beowulf, starting a strength and conditioning assignment and googling bugs (mhm), my brain was-legit-fried. Lunch coudn’t come soon enough! Running errands and Lake Johnson for some fresh air and a much-needed brain relaxer was the only
homework enjoyable assignment left to complete :D.
Add a spoonful of protein powder into your oatmeal. It dissolves without clumping, adds a creamy texture and the increase in protein will keep you full for hours!
GNC‘s Total Lean brand is one of my go-to brands for protein powder. The serving size on the container is for 2 scoops: 180 calories, 2g. fat, 8g. fiber, 9g. protein; I use ~1 tablespoon in my oatmeal.
The definition of fall is in this bowl of comfortableness! This oatmeal recipe is nothing out-of-the-ordinary, but it’s just too scrumptious to keep to myself :).
Usually I prefer my oatmeal made with milk, but this is my only exception; water seems to contribute to the oatmeal’s gooey consistency and texture.
- 1/2 cup old-fashioned oats
- 1 cup water
- 1/2 cup pumpkin
- 1/4 cup Greek yogurt
- sweetener (optional)
- banana (frozen)
- 1 tablespoon (or more) pumpkin butter (Trader Joe’s)
- sprinkles of cinnamon, pumpkin pie spice, nutmeg, or all!
- combine oats and water in a bowl. nuke for ~3 minutes.
- add pumpkin, yogurt, and a little more water (I like my oatmeal very voluminousness). nuke ~2-3 minutes.
skip the added water if you’re normal add a little more water, sweetener, and frozen banana. nuke ~2-3 minutes.
- finally, dollop with pumpkin butter and sprinkle the spices of your choice!
Comfortableness in a bowl