Saturday, January 16, 2010

Egg Whites in my Oats?

Good morning everyone! I'm back at the Cape and it is a gorgeous day outside! Bright and sunny and actually kind of warm, relatively speaking.

My cough that I had the other day suddenly turned into more of a cold so I am basically glued to the tissue box right now. However yesterday was a gym day off and I really didn't want to skip my workout today. The fact of the matter is, teaching kindergarten means that in the winter I am either sick, fighting sickness or recovering from sickness 90 percent of the time. I hate it, but if I let it interrupt all of my workouts I'd rarely be at the gym. My college roommate used to always exercise when she had a cold and I swear she got better faster, so I figure why not?

I had 20 minutes left on my Elliptical Challenge this week, so I did a quick 20 minute interval work out and then focused on some strength training. It was a bit hard to organize myself because I was at a different gym, and I definitely feel like I am still learning about the equipment. The isolated machines don't confuse me, but anything that involves switching from a pull, to a bar, or something like that- I'm a bit lost! It's only week two though. So basically my work out today was a bit random. I have to remember to talk to my lifting instructor about what muscles I should be focusing on for my 3rd workout of the week. I don't want to do what I did Monday again necessarily, because I'll probably do that again this Monday. Which might be fine, I'm still just learning about all this.

Today I did:
2 Minute Squat against wall, hold
2 sets, 30 second planks
2 sets, 15 reps, Stability Ball Hand-to-Foot Ball Pass
2 sets, 15 reps, Prone Jackknives
2 sets, 15 reps, Push Ups (only could manage 11 on second set, out of push up shape!)
2 sets, 15 reps, bicep curls- 8lbs
2 sets, 15 reps, chest press- 8lbs (1), 10lbs (2)

I was definitely tired by the end, but I am hoping when I am not sick (if ever!) I can incorporate a lot more arm/back exercises on Saturdays. Again, I have to chat with my lifting instructor about this. I haven't 100 percent figured out the method to her madness about what muscles we are working and how often.

When I got home I decided to finally try the egg white oatmeal that has been so popular in the blog world lately. I used:

1/2 cup old fashioned oatmeal
1/4 cup pumpkin
1 cup water
4 tbs. egg whites

On top, I sliced a banana and added a little squirt of real maple syrup. I cooked mine in the microwave so I cooked the oatmeal, water and pumpkin for 1 minute 30 seconds and then added the egg whites for 1 minute.

Sadly I do not have a picture because I managed to leave my camera at work yesterday (very sad!), but I *REALLY* enjoyed this combination. Honestly, I could not taste the egg whites at all, it simply thickened up the oatmeal a bit.
This breakfast is approx. 330 calories (depending on how big of a banana you use + how much maple syrup). It provides 8.5 grams of fiber and 13 grams of protein.

Amber claimed that this mixture kept her full for 5 hours. I truly do not believe anything can keep me full for 5 hours, but I'll let you know tomorrow. She did make hers with some almond butter, so I'd be happy if mine worked for 3 1/2 hours :)

What is everyone up to this weekend? Eric and I are going to do a lot of relaxing. One of his friends gave us a bunch of new movies to watch on Blue Ray, so we brought all of those down. I also just finished another book Sarah's Key by Tatiana De Rosnay and I'm about to start the sequel to Girl With the Dragon Tattoo called The Girl Who Played with Fire. I am on a serious reading roll this month and I'm loving it!


  1. I'm back! I can comment on your blog again! Yay!
    I'm jealous you're at the cape. And I have lots of things to tell you, so you should come back to gchat : )

  2. I just finished reading The Lovely Bones. It was pretty good. I had to finish it because I kept reading it instead of reading my books for class, so I think I need to take a break from pleasure reading and hit the textbooks now...

  3. Enjoy your relaxing weekend. I hope you come home feling all better! I am trying to finish Dan Brown's Lost Symbol before the craziness of school begins next week.

  4. See I actually didn't LOVE the combo that much - thought it tasted kinda funny but I ate it at 10 am and then didn't have lunch until 3 pm!! Mind you, I was sitting at a desk all day but I HAD swam and lifted that morning and usually on days that I workout I'm hungry. So I was SHOCKED it held over so well for me. I'm excited to see how it works for you!

  5. Interesting combination! I probably couldn't handle it...I'm a texture person. I loved Sarah's Key. I read it in November. I've been loaning it to everybody I know, haha. I'm on a reading kick too, and I'm trying to refuse to allow it to be derailed by school and work. I'm currently reading Gone With the Wind!

  6. I would love to try some egg whites in my oats. I've heard that people do that and I want to. But I think I still prefer my peanut butter for protein in my oats. But for a change, I'll have to give it a try sometime.

    Have a great weekend in the Cape! Hope your cold gets better. That darn vitamin D is supposed to prevent those stupid colds!

  7. I hear ya on the sick thing! I work in an ER and I feel like I'm constantly on the verge of something!

  8. I think I may give it a try! I love foods that keep me full forever :)

    I think I'm having the same cold as you... started out as a cough but now it's in my nose!!! I'm so thankful for Puffs tissues!

  9. the egg white oatmeal sounds quite interesting. I don't know if I would like it.

    Glad you got in a good workout, even though you are not feeling 100%... getting your heart pumping is good for those head colds!

    Planning on going out tonight for a friends birthday .... doing bottle service at a nice bar in downtown Minneapolis! Have a great Saturday!

  10. The Girl Who Played With Fire was good, enjoy!

  11. I love the way egg whites contribue to the texture of the oats -- and they also add a buttload of protein! woo woo... gotta love that, right?

  12. Ooh I haven't tried the egg whites yet but am glad to hear you enjoyed them!

  13. I have never heard of that combination for breakfast - sounds interesting! I would be willing to try something that supposedly keeps you full for 5 HOURS! I have yet to find a breakfast that keeps me full that long!

    My day was pretty busy - I had lunch with some girlfriends, then went to my cousin's for a little family get together. Then it was off to church and now I am home for the evening!

  14. My weekend is mostly relaxing. I worked today with one of the clubs on campus, but for the rest of the weekend it's homework and chillin' at my house.

  15. Thanks for posting the egg white recipe- I want to try it but wasn't sure how to! This weekend I am just relaxing and I love it. I hope that you feel better soon!

  16. WOW! I would never think it put egg whites on my oats. Very interesting combination... i will have to try this out.