My alarm went off at 5:30 this morning, and by 5:35 I was brushing my teeth and getting ready for MORNING SPIN CLASS! I have never done a morning spin class before, but I know this semester is going to be hectic, so I wanted to try to get my exercise in first thing. With running, that's great... 7:00 or 7:30 depending on my/M's schedules isn't so bad. But spin class starts at 6:15. Crazy. Luckily, I had a date with my new friend J, so I was motivated to actually show up.
It was the first time I had been to spinning in probably 3 months - and it felt sooo good to be back on the bike! I can definitely tell that the running has help my cardiovascular system - I wasn't gasping for air nearly as much as I used to. But, spinning works different muscles and I'm feeling it already. Hurts so good!
I came home this morning pumped up, and decided it was time to try something I have been fearful of for approximately 20 years: oatmeal. Many of the blogs I read regularly feature oatmeal for breakfast, and it always looks so nice: you can add nut butter, fruit, pretty much anything! I can imagine how nutritious and delicious it would be to have bowls of oatmeal for breakfast. But, to be honest: oatmeal grosses me out. It looks gross. The texture is gross. I haven't had oatmeal since I was approximately 4 years old, when I put it on the "gross things I refuse to eat" list. But after 20 years and watching ya'll eat oatmeal every day, I decided it was time to try it.
I borrowed and then adapted a recipe from Kath, and made myself S'More flavored oatmeal. I figured I should start with flavors/toppings I love. And if graham crackers, peanut butter, chocolate chips, and marshmallows can't do the trick, nothing can. I followed the instructions on the oatmeal box, and microwaved my oats for 2 minutes. They still seemed pretty watery, so I put them back in for another 30 seconds. At first, the texture seemed just right. Kind of creamy, but the graham crackers added a nice crunch. But soon I felt like I was eating mud. I added some more milk to make it soupier, but I never really found the right consistency.