I know I should have taken pictures but I did not.
When I started this Challenge Wednesday, October 13, 2010 it was not so bad because my husband and I went out of town that weekend (for our 5 year Anniversary). Vacations are nice because everything is so relaxed and not rushed. So making oatmeal every morning was not a "challenge."
This week I had to work and it was a little difficult but I still managed. Actually, it was not that bad. I would boil my water, add my oats, wait 3 minutes, add my toppings and it was ready. It does take more time than grabbing a bowl, filing it with cereal, topping it with milk and having it ready. But I do enjoy making oats and finding different ways to create it. Plus, it gave me time to make our lunches.
This week I only ate my oatmeal in the car once (I know, I know... not safe. But I had no time to actually sit down and eat and I MUST eat breakfast. I dont know how people go all morning with out eating. I simply cannot. Eating is the FIRST thing I do after waking up. Well bathroom, then breakfast!)
My week started out with mixed berries and brown sugar on Monday.
Tuesday was the same. Repeat mixed berries. But I added dried (unsweetened) coconut.
Wednesday I had plain oats with a bit of brown sugar and a large spoonful of peanut butter.
Thursday I had strawberries and bananas.
Friday I had oats with blueberries and unsweetened coconut.
And this morning I had oatmeal with sliced bananas, 100% pure maple syrup, and some dried (unsweetened) coconut.
I noticed that the first two days my oatmeal did not hold me very long. Normally I will have a large bowl of cereal and it will keep me full for about 3.5 - 4 hours. But I noticed that my oatmeal would only keep me full for 2.5-3 hours. I was really confused because I thought oatmeal was supposed to keep you full for longer and have a "slow release" into the body. Weird but it did not work for me.
However, on Wednesday I had a different experience. I had a slightly different, unexpected, change in my work schedule and I forgot to pack my morning snack. I was a little worried because I thought I was going to be starving. But surprisingly I was good ALL morning. Of course about a half hour before lunch I was really, really hungry.
Normally, I eat smaller meals (often throughout the day) but Wednesday I did eat a significant amount more. But, that makes sense because I did not have my morning snack.
Well, hopefully this week I will snap some photos. It does make it much more interesting to read ;)
Hope you have a delicious week!