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Happy Best Month of the Year!

October 1, 2011

If you didn’t get this from the post title, October is my FAVORITE month of the year! As much as I complain about how cold it gets here, I love the chilly fall air, and everything that comes with it! Including my birthday at the end of the month… start planning celebrations now.

Also, I must give a shout-out to my friend, Caroline for her birthday!

Happy Birthday Caroline!!!

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Haha, we’ve known each other for a while…

To kick off the October fun, I came up with some new oats this morning: Apple Cinnamon Raisin Oats! With the added egg, it tasted almost bread-like! Soooo good! Try them out!

Apple Cinnamon Raisin Oats


1/3 cup oats

1/2 cup water

1/2 cup almond milk

1 egg

1/2 T ground flax

1/4 tsp vanilla

lots of cinnamon

1 tsp raisins

1/2 apple (any variety)

I started off by cutting up the apple into small pieces, microwaving them, adding some cinnamon, mashing them up more, and microwaving them one last time.

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Next, I combined the oats, milk, water, flax, cinnamon and egg into the pot…

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… and whisked like crazy to mix in the egg! photo (68)

Once the egg was mixed in, I let the oats cook for a bit, and then I added in the apples I had prepared earlier.

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Once they got to the consistency I liked, I poured them in a bowl! Perfection!

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Not my best oats picture ever, but they were so good! It really did taste like some kind of apple cinnamon raisin bread!

I’ve also started a new kind of easy-lunch salad, inspired by Clare at Fitting-it-All-In. She mentions several times that she pre-prepares veggies and then just throws them in a bowl with some dressing. I thought I’d give it a whirl and I’m sure glad I did! It was delicious and perfect when I need something quick but delicious!

In the mix: previously baked butternut squash, sliced beets, avocado, chickpeas, spinach and Annie’s Ginger Lite dressing.

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Some of you may remember that at the beginning of September I set some monthly goals for myself! Let’s recap:

1. Always be prepared for class. I actually did a good job with this one! I had my reading done for every class and felt generally prepared! Haha, okay if I got called on in Constitutional Law it may have gotten questionable… but I tried!

2. Run at least 12 miles a week. I hit this goal! Although this week I won’t… My knees hurt after my run Thursday and when I woke up yesterday they were much worse. I’ve decided to push back my 7 mile run to maybe Tuesday. Sad smile I guess it’s better to wait a couple days than injure myself and be out for the season!

3. Resist Calorie Counting. Okay. I’ll be honest. Failed a bit at this one. Although I didn’t add up whole days, I definitely would find myself adding up breakfast and lunch. It’s a hard thing to get rid of! One way, however, that I’m working on it is by not measuring things and just throwing them together – like the salad above! Not measuring makes it a lot harder to figure out calories, and usually it makes me realize what I’m doing so I give up! Other tips are welcome!

So now it’s time to set some new goals for October!

1. Try at least one new recipe a week. I’ve been pretty good about making up new recipes, but I want to challenge myself a little more and try some recipes that look intimidating!

2. Go Apple picking! I’ve been DYING to go apple picking and October is the perfect month to do it! Now I just have to convince some other people that they want to go as well…

3. Don’t push too hard on training. A problem that I have is sometimes I tend to push myself too hard. I can be really hard on myself and when it comes to exercising, I always think I can do more or do better. Clearly, my knees are telling me to slow down! I am so excited for my 10 mile run in November that I don’t want to mess it up by going over board! So my goal is to listen to my body and take a break when I need it, even if my mind doesn’t want to!

Does anyone else have some goals in mind for themselves?

What is your favorite month of the year?

4 Comments leave one →
  1. October 2, 2011 1:18 pm

    WANNA GO APPLE PICKING TOGETHER?!?! I just posted about this today, I’ve been dying to go apple picking so I can hoard all the honey crisps 😛
    and good job on trying to give up calories! I’m also in the process of trying to do this (boy…sounds like we’re twins). It is really hard but keep it up!
    A goal for myself would probably be to get out of my routine and try something new!

    Have a great rest of your Sunday!

    • October 3, 2011 10:36 am

      Hey! I checked out your blog and we are pretty similar, haha! Giving up the calorie counting is rough when you know how many calories are in tons of foods, but I’ve found that not measuring helps, as well as your goal to get out of your routine! That’s definitely something I’ve struggled with, even isolating myself socially so I can stay in control. The best thing to do is say yes to invitations because the world won’t end if you do! And reach out to people as well. Like Jillian Michaels says: “get comfortable with being uncomfortable.”

  2. October 4, 2011 7:29 pm

    I’ll totally go apple picking with you! I have always wanted to do that! 🙂

    • October 5, 2011 10:59 am

      awesome! I’m currently trying to find a good location that’s not to far away, I need to start asking around to get ideas from locals! My cousin (the younger one that just moved here, haha) and sister-in-law are wanting to go too!

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