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Posted on: June 18, 2010

I am heading off for vacation for a week and have been busy getting things prepared for the trip. I apologize for the lack of posting and will get back to it when I’m home and relaxed from my trip.

But before I leave, I will share a photo of my 2nd try for the Expanding Oatmeal. This time, I made it on the stove with old fashioned oats and the result was much bigger:

This bowl is marked to be a 3-cup measuring cup as well as a bowl. So, with the 1/2 cup of old fashioned oats and 2 cups of liquid, I ended up with nearly 3 cups of oat-y deliciousness. Yum!

I’ll be posting again in a well with an after-vacation fitness and food plan.


Last week, as usual, I got my daily Hungry-Girl email newsletter. And, as usual, I made a mental note of some of her great ideas and then filed the newsletter in my email trash bin. But this morning, I remembered one of HG’s tips from last week and decided to give it a try.

After my delicious oatmeal-y treat from yesterday, I am oatmeal inspired. But, plain oatmeal in the morning doesn’t typically do it for me. Like one of HG’s readers, I find that the ½ cup serving size isn’t big enough for a volume eater like me. So, per Hungry Girl’s suggestion, I tried to expand it with extra liquid.
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This afternoon I was feeling very snacky and wanted something that was both indulgent and satisfying. Unfortunately, all I had available to me was a box of Fiber One cereal, some quick oats, and some Almond Breeze. I was pretty sure I’d end up with a dud of a bowl of cereal. I actually love cereal as a snack or meal, but it didn’t sounds all that delightful for my craving.

Boy, did I surprise myself. With the aid of 3 packets of Splenda (I  love super-sweet) and a heavy sprinkling of cinnamon, this bowl of cereal turned into a bowl of faux oatmeal cookie dough-ish goodness.

I did not cook the oats. Just left them raw. I am pretty sure it was the raw oat-y crunch combined with the somewhat soggy Fiber One that gave it that dough-y consistency. That plus the cinnamon/Splenda gave it the sweetness usually reserved for cookies.

I mixed 1/2 cup oats, 1/2 cup Fiber One, and 1 cup of Almond Breeze. The large concoction came to 4 points and left me totally satisfied.

Hummus Fail

Posted on: June 4, 2010

Hummus Fail

For months I have wanted to try making my own hummus. Some of the best hummus dips I’ve had have been homemade by friends. They all tell me how easy it is:

Drain a can of garbanzo beans, add some olive oil and garlic, blend.

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I am happy to report that I had a great Memorial Day weekend. Both the planning ahead and my accountability to my few blog readers helped me to enjoy a relaxing weekend without damaging my waistline.

Thanks to my online research, I allowed myself a boardwalk indulgence and did so completely guilt free. I snacked on fruits and veggies which turned out to be the perfect, refreshing snack for the hot weather. And I even got in a solo run/walk one morning and another long walk with my sister-in-law the next day.

Want to know the best part? It didn’t feel like work. Just fun. In making up my mind before leaving and doing a little mental rehearsing, I was prepared for any temptations that came my way. Surprisingly, I didn’t even feel much temptation from the beach treats that normally lure me in. This time around I actually preferred apple slices to pizza slices. I craved fresh cherries over fresh popped caramel corn. The crunch of slice of red pepper trumped the crunch of a tortilla chip when dipped in salsa.

Another bonus: I returned from the long weekend away feeling good about myself! I enjoyed my time on the beach and I took care of myself in the process. That’s an all-around win.

I plan to post later this week about my Memorial Day weekend. But I need to get caught up on a few things first.

In the meantime, I am re-posting something from Tara’s blog. Tara Costa was the 3rd place contestant on Season 7 of the Biggest Loser. Her attitude on the show was incredibly motivating. I peek at here blog every now and then to steal some ideas and follow-up on her weight loss journey. Yesterday, she posted a great workout plan for those times when no machine or class sounds appealing.

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Hot Sundae

Fictional girl singing group, Hot Sundae, sang "Put your mind to it, go for it, get down and break a sweat!"