Beautiful Breakfast and Couch to 5K

Check out my awesome looking breakfast from today:

 

My coworker told me it looked disgusting and he wasn’t surprised I kept getting sick (for the record I only got sick once and not because of this breakfast thank you).   While this may not be the prettiest breakfast, it tasted delicious and kept me full for a long time.

I combined: 1 egg, 3/4 cup coconut milk, 1 mashed banana and a dash of vanilla and a small handful of oats (probably 1/4 cup or a little less).  Cooked on low until the mixture thickened into an oatmeal like consistency and added frozen raspberries at the end.   Then I added chia seeds, sunflower seeds and a spoonful of almond butter.

Sometimes I use 1/2 cup egg whites in place of one egg.  This combo might seem kind of gross, but the egg cooks right in, and it is a great way to get some extra protein if you don’t want to use protein powder or don’t have any on hand.  Eggs are one of the cheapest sources of protein and also considered one of the best sources of natural protein.

Version 2:  Just add cocoa powder!

The only tough part about this breakfast is because there is egg, you have to stir it quite a bit more than you would oatmeal.  This has become a problem for me most days this week because I have walked away and totally forgotten about it until it was finished cooking and completely stuck to the pan.  Maybe it would help to spray the pan first?  Or maybe just don’t forget for a half hour every. single. time. like my smart self.

This same coworker of mine also told me maybe I have so many health problems because I’m ‘always exercising’.  He said that can’t be good for me, and I need to build up a layer of fat to protect me (I think I must complain of random aches and pains a lot).  But then what do you know, I must have rubbed off on him because decided he wanted to join a gym.  He started out walking each time he went, at a fast speed and an incline but told me he wasn’t sure that this was enough.  I asked him what speed he was going at and told him it was much too slow (I’m so polite).  So, after a few days he said he was thinking about trying to start running and wanted some advice on how to get started.  It made me so happy he asked me and I got him started right away on the Couch to 5K plan.  I have heard of a lot of people who have had success on this plan, and I figured I should mention it here in case any of you readers are aspiring runners too.  I kind of got thrown into running when I was coerced into joining cross country by my evil mom joined cross country of my own accord in high school but I can imagine it would be a little bit daunting for someone brand new to it.  I just talked to my dad about starting the plan too because he is looking to add more cardio to his plan, so if he tries it maybe he could do a guest post on what he likes and doesn’t like about it if you guys would be interested.

To start you basically alternate 60 seconds of running with 90 seconds of walking for 20 minutes.   Each week, the amount of running increases (slowly) so that before you know it you are a full blown runner!   If you have ever wanted to give running a try but haven’t…maybe this would be a good plan to try!  I feel like anyone can succeed on this plan.  Obviously all of our bodies have limitations, but your body is stronger than you realize and usually it is actually your mind trying to get you to quit.  When your mind starts thinking ‘I can’t do this’, ‘I’m too tired’, ‘I’m bored’, ‘I want to quit’, that is when the trouble sets in.  Try to remind yourself that your body is capable of a lot more than you think.  I try to think of that when I am trying to run further or faster or hold a certain pose, etc.   It doesn’t always work…but it is worth a shot!

If you want to join in with my dad and try the plan, it’s going to be a whole lot of fun around here.  Dad, I can’t wait until we can run 3 miles together!   Now you have to do it!  :)

Have a great night!

Katie

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  1. Judy Soutar

    LOL….you cook and eat just like I do. My mouth is watering at work right now. I think this sounds delicious. I’m definitely trying this one….and the flank steak too….yummy!!!! Thanks

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