PB&J Oatmeal & Garmin Talk

Hello, friends! After a weekend of, for whatever reason, feeling like my eating was all out of whack, I have been putting a lot of thought into my meals yesterday and today. One of my favorite things in life is when I feel like I consistently eat food that is great for my body and great for my soul-healthy, satisfying, and delicious. Yesterday, and today so far have been just that! In fact, my oatmeal this morning may have been the best oatmeal I’ve ever made. I usually don’t take pictures of meals unless I’m making a full on recipe (somehow I feel like simple things like oatmeal would bore people?), and Steve is here to take amazing pictures with his fancy camera. But today was so yummy, that I made an exception. You know, no matter how delicious oatmeal is, it never looks appetizing to me in photos.

See what I mean? Somehow Kath’s oatmeal always looks like it was painted to be that pretty. Oh well, this oatmeal tasted fantastic.

PB & J Oatmeal

yield one hungry person!

  • 1/3 cup slow cooking oats
  • 2/3 cup almond milk
  • 1 ripe banana, sliced
  • 1 tsp chia seeds
  • cinnamon to taste
  • drizzle sugar free maple syrup
  • 1/2 tsp coconut extract–the winning ingredient!
  • 1/2 scoop vanilla protein powder
  • 3/4 tbs any nut butter (I used PB & Co White Chocolate Wonderful–YUM!)
  • 1/2 tbs fig butter
  • 1/2 tbs 100% fruit blackberry spread (or spread of your choice)


1) Heat all ingredients, except nut butter and fruit spreads, on stove top until oatmeal is cooked. **IMO, cooking the banana in with the oatmeal the entire time makes the oatmeal taste like banana bread–YUM!**

2) Put fruit spreads at the bottom of the bowl.

3)  Top with oatmeal.

4) Top with nut butter.

The fruit on the bottom gives you a treat waiting for you as you get towards the bottom!

This was the perfect post spin breakfast! Speaking of spin, guess who totally rocked it out in class today?!

That’d be ME! I love the feeling after I give my all to a great work out! Which leads me to my next topic…

Yesterday morning, I went for a run, but my usual run tracker on my phone couldn’t find a gps signal so I had to use a different one. I had been using the Run Keeper ap, but this time used the Sports Tracker. Well the numbers were totally off. I mean I know about how fast I run on a treadmill and have NEVER considered anything below 5 mph even a light job. It’s a hard sweaty power walk, but I can’t run at that pace, and if you recall from last weekend, my device told me I ran 3.1 in 29:59, although who knows how accurate that one was at this point :( Anyway, today after 37 minutes, it told me I went 2.7 miles. Ugghhhh. I don’t feel like it’s right, but the inaccuracy is really frustrating. So I have a decision to make. Do I spend a good chunk of change (remember, this girl works in theatre where the money is scarce) on this baby?

Right now it’s on sale on amazon.com for about $140. The Garmin 305 was my spin teacher’s recommendation that will keep track of my heart rate in classes, during any work out and will track my mileage on runs. I really want to improve my running, so I feel like it would be a good investment, not to mention I’ve wanted a HR monitor for a long time. Just hard to spend the money. I as also thinking of buying the ease into 10k ap on my phone by the same guy as C25K. I would really love for my next race after this 5K to be a half marathon, but I know before that happens I need to get comfortable with the 10k distance.

I would love any thoughts/recommendations/opinions on the Garmin, and/or improving running distance in general. It is NOT my forte, but it’s something I enjoy that I want to improve on.

Alright, off to job #2 for the day, then my house becomes the Disney Channel as I work on Aladdin choreography! Have a great day everyone!


  1. says

    The Garmin I just bought has a heart rate monitor…but is smaller than the 305 (that’s why i bought it!) I’ll keep you updated on how I like it! From the reviews I read, it’s perfect for the new-ish runner that isn’t like, ya know, hard core (aka, ME!) :)

    PS. Love the new blog layout!! looks great!

  2. says

    I have the Forerunner 305 and it has been the greatest motivational too for me! Last year I decided to run a marathon, so my husband got the Garmin for me as a birthday gift. Being able to track my progress in speed, distance, and heart rate on my computer is really what kept me going when I hit that midway point in my training program and was fighting off boredom and feelings of plateau. It also displays calories burnt which certainly doesn’t hurt when it comes to motivation. If you’re wanting to achieve specific goals in time and/or distance, I would highly recommend having this watch or something similar. If you just really enjoying getting outside and running because of how it makes you feel and aren’t particularly concerned with times, then I would use that moolah on something else that you’re interested in. If you have any questions about the watch let me know!

    • says

      Thanks Lindsey!! I ended up buying it. I have my first race ever (just a 5K) coming up, and I really want to work up to a half marathon soon, so i think it’s money well spent–plus it was on sale! :)


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