Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Oatmeal, and Update

Today is National Oatmeal Day! (Thanks to Kath for the heads up!) If you haven't entered to win a month's supply of Quaker oat products, now's the time. You have until Friday!

I am so excited that Quaker invited me to their Living Proof Weekend (which I mentioned in the previous post). Here's a list of bloggers who will be attending. Many of these are blogs that I have been reading for months, or even a year! Check them out for some inspiration:

Steph of Back in Skinny Jeans
Carla of MizFit Online
Roni of Roni's Weigh
Jennette of PastaQueen
Tanya of I Ate Pie
Lisa of Workout Mommy
Monique of Big Fat Deal
Leslie of Weighting Game
Jason of Twit2Fit
Anne Marie of This Mama Cooks
Amy of Super Healthy Kids
Jenna of Eat Live Run
Kath of Kath Eats
Alanna of A Veggie Venture
Anne of Elastic Waist

When I saw this list I thought, "Oh my gosh, that's a lot of really cool people!" I totally can't wait to meet everyone. And even though I am about 17 pounds heavier than my last update picture, at least I will be able to walk up stairs if there are any, and I won't be hobbling around in agony in my size 26/3x baggy clothes. Life is so much better with this weight off, and I know I will gain REAL inspiration from all these ladies (and gent) to keep me going on my journey :)

Now back to that oatmeal...

One of my cool tricks is using oatmeal for "other" meals, not just breakfast. If I am craving a cookie, I make a bowl of oatmeal. I use a packet of Original Instant (plain) oatmeal, which has 100 calories, and I add in cookie fixins. Cocoa for a chocolate cookie, vanilla and cinnamon for a Snickerdoodle, or cinnamon and raisins for an oatmeal cookie. My favorites are chocolate chip cookie (I add vanilla, a bit of brown sugar, 3 sprays of I Can't Believe It's Not Butter spray, and a tablespoon of dark chocolate chips. YUM) or peanut butter cookies (brown sugar, vanilla, and a tablespoon of peanut butter). GREAT, warm, filling snack and much better for you than the actual cookies. I also have had a big bowl of oatmeal for dinner when I am getting close to my calorie limit for the day. If I had a heavy lunch, and I only have 300 calories left for the day, a nice big bowl of oatmeal with chopped apples and cinnamon makes a fabulous dinner!

I feel really great. I have been spending a lot of time getting my youngest son caught up in school, and doing other things that just needed to be done, and I feel like I am accomplishing a lot each day. I am enjoying the fall weather and have been making nice, warm soups and drinking lots of tea each day. My weight is still hovering around 231, which, sadly, is the weight I started at on the first of this month, but when you consider that I got up to 237 mid-month, I guess I am doing okay.

Be well :)


john - from fat to fit said...

Only one guy?? Come on Quaker!

Ceres said...

You're doing more than ok, Lyn, you're doing fabulous!

new*me said...

Lyn, that is one awesome group!!!!!! You all are going to have a blast. You guys better take lots of pics! And, THEY get to see your face :(.......we are all jealous!

The oatmeal idea is GREAT!!!! Going to try it next time I feel a craving coming on ;)

ryry the adventurous said...

OMG! That is so awesome that you get to see all those excellent bloggers! You're a star, Lyn. :) You totally belong right up there with them!

SO GLAD to hear your weight is down by 6! WOW! I love KERF's Pumpkin Oatmeal... always looking for a way to use pumpkin in everything I make hehe.

E said...

That is a great trick! The peanut butter cookie substitute sounds delicious...

Have fun in Chicago, can't wait to hear what cool stuff you learn!

workout mommy said...

omg, I am logging off right after this to go and make your oatmeal cookie mix. It sounds delicious and is something I never in a million years would have thought up on my own! THANK YOU!!!! :)

I am also looking forward to the trip and meeting you. :)
see you next week!

Stephanie Quilao said...

I look forward to meeting you in person Lyn! It's going to be a great time. And what a fabulous snack idea. I'm gonna go try the Snickerdoodle!

Giddy-Up said...

What a great idea for the cookie fix. You can bet I'll be trying that!! Thanks for the great idea!

Deb said...

You are so creative! I occasionally fix a packet of oatmeal at work for a filling snack. I never thought about jazzing it up the way you do. I will have to try that!

Teale said...

*pssst.... the cow post was chubby chick, not me:)*

Petunia said...

That's so fabulous!
I can't wait to hear more about it.

I just incorporated oatmeal into my breakfast (my winter breakfast vs. summer breakfast) and it's seriously enjoyable and filling.

bbubblyb said...

For the love of oatmeal lol. I'm so excited for you about your trip and getting to meet everyone, too cool. I love oatmeal at night, I'll have one of my oatmeal protein bars with a big cup of hot tea with milk, mmmmm. That's what I'm having right now for breakfast too. They say oatmeal is one of the best fat burning foods you can eat.

Amy Jo said...

You have done something many people wouldn't even think is possible; hitting a rough patch didn't mean that you gave up, you kept going and working at it! You're doing awesome!

Angie said...

If the brunch on Sunday happens, I'll most likely be there. Looking forward to meeting everyone.