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As I mentioned a few days ago, my life is getting busier and busier and I have less time to dilly-dally in the mornings.  I’m making a real effort to just wake up and get it done instead of lounging around.

 

With bleary eyes and bed head, I popped in the 30 Day Shred.   I must’ve been shredding within 10 minutes of waking up!  Level 3 is such a killer, but there are so many unique moves I (and my knees) love…. like walking push-ups and the up-and-down planks.

 

After shredding, I made myself a nice BIG bowl of oatmeal.

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MMM.  My XL portion of oatmeal contained:

 

  • 3/4 cup oatmeal
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 sliced banana
  • Toppings: brown sugar and chopped almonds.

 

I’ve noticed when you increase the oats from 1/2 to 3/4, you don’t really need any more liquid — strange! 

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It was delicious.  I didn’t eat it all, though! Oh well. :)

 

I *tried* to eat a larger bowl of oatmeal this morning because I’m working the morning shift at the Central Florida Food Bank, known as Second Harvest.  Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida is a private, nonprofit organization that collects and distributes donated food to more than 500 nonprofit partner agencies in six Central Florida counties.

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An episode of The Biggest Loser actually motivated me to do this!  Plus, I’ve been  looking to do some volunteer work (its my version of church) for a while, and although I’ve tried a few organizations, nothing has really meshed with me.

 

Did you know that in 2007….

 

  • 37.3 million people (12.5%) were in poverty.
  • 13.3 million (18%) children under the age of 18 were in poverty.
  • 36.2 million Americans lived in food insecure households, 23.8 million adults and 12.4 million children.
  • 3.4 percent of all U.S. households (3.9 million households) accessed emergency food from a food pantry one or more times.
  • The "working poor" is a real problem in our country: According to the most recent survey on hunger and homelessness conducted by the United States Conference of Mayors, 40% of adults requesting emergency food assistance were employed. In addition, 21 of the 24 cities surveyed cited unemployment as a determining factor of hunger in their communities.

 

Gotta get going! See you for lunch and a volunteer recap!

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  • VeggieGirl March 27, 2009, 5:19 am

    SUCH A GREAT CAUSE!!!! Have fun volunteering, and good luck with the busyness!!

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  • runningwithin March 27, 2009, 5:34 am

    What a fabulous cause! Good for you for volunteering!

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  • Nicole (the other one) March 27, 2009, 5:35 am

    Do you have a “Girls on the Run” chapter in your area? That would be a great volunteer opportunity for you!

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  • Erin March 27, 2009, 5:38 am

    Can’t wait to hear more about it! I love eating that big serving of oats, no need for morning snackies!

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  • Meg March 27, 2009, 5:47 am

    Awesome bowl of oats. KUDOS to you…I have trouble exercising that close to waking up in the morning.

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  • Jen March 27, 2009, 5:51 am

    Wow, you are awesome! Good for you!

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  • ashley (sweetandnatural) March 27, 2009, 6:06 am

    Good for you for volunteering! I hope this one clicks for you!

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  • Dori March 27, 2009, 6:12 am

    When I do the Shred, it is within 2 minutes of waking up!

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  • Sara March 27, 2009, 6:28 am

    I’m notorious for dilly dallying in the morning! Yummy oats. Have fun volunteering.

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  • Amelia (AC/DC: Highways to Health) March 27, 2009, 6:34 am

    Good for you with the volunteering! That’s a great cause too.
    Um walking push ups? Those sound scary. I am starting the Shred April 1, eek!

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  • tfh March 27, 2009, 6:35 am

    Hope this volunteer gig goes well– I know what you mean about “meshing,” b/c when these things mesh it means you get out of it more than you put in– truly fulfilling.

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  • Tina March 27, 2009, 6:40 am

    That’s so nice of you! I can’t wait to hear about your experience!

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  • therunningaddict March 27, 2009, 6:52 am

    Finally the weekend is here and so are my morning shred sessions!

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  • Aimee March 27, 2009, 7:13 am

    I can’t wait to read about your morning!! Way to go!

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  • Erica March 27, 2009, 7:19 am

    Good for you for volunteering! Hope it goes well!

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  • lauren March 27, 2009, 7:35 am

    so great of you to volunteer at your local food bank. I have plans in the works to do that same…

    cant wait to see how it goes!

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  • runsarah March 27, 2009, 7:44 am

    Awesome for volunteering! I volunteer with the homeless and it really rewarding.

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  • Meredith (Pursuing Balance) March 27, 2009, 7:58 am

    I’m volunteering at a food bank today too! :)

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  • Mara @ What's For Dinner? March 27, 2009, 8:19 am

    great cause!!! Love it!!
    Just the term “walking push up” freaks me out.

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  • Amanda (Two Boos Who Eat) March 27, 2009, 8:22 am

    I’m definitely in the same boat. I need to stop dilly dallying in the morning! I’ve been trying to shred in the morning right after waking up and it totally energizes me and prepares me for my day. Mostly because I yell at Jillian! She makes me so grumpy in the morning.

    Do you yell at Jillian ever? ha

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  • BOBBI McCORMICK March 27, 2009, 8:31 am

    what a great oppertunity, I saw that episode of TBL and I want to do one too in my neighborhood, I think I can even go to the one that was on the SHOW! YOU ROCK!

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  • Haleigh March 27, 2009, 8:36 am

    What a fantastic cause! I hope it works out well for you! :) Lovin’ the humongous bowl of oats!

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  • Sarah (lovINmytummy) March 27, 2009, 8:37 am

    Don’t you mean, “Git R Dun!”?

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  • Julie March 27, 2009, 8:48 am

    Such a great cause, especially in these hard economic times.

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  • Hallie March 27, 2009, 9:09 am

    I’ve been thinking about volunteering at a food bank too. Can’t wait to hear your recap!

    I totally should have shredded first thing in the morning, but I was starving so I ate breakfast first. Now I have to fit it in, and the whole schedule is off! Hate that lol.

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  • Sheri March 27, 2009, 9:24 am

    SUCH A GOOD CAUSE!! I have also did volunteering at our local Food Bank with people from working…it really is rewarding and it feels good to help out with something that is so important! Hope you have fun today! :)

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  • Holly March 27, 2009, 9:24 am

    I work at a similar pantry as an AmeriCorps volunteer in Colorado. Thanks for the work you are doing!

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  • alli March 27, 2009, 9:34 am

    i work for a non-profit in the anti-hunger field in the philadelphia area… the people who need help are from all walks of life and it’s been really challenging to meet the increasing needs during these tougher economic times. i hope you enjoy the experience!

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  • Anonymous March 27, 2009, 9:51 am

    Caitlin–or anyone–I’ve noticed on a lot of food blogs that people make their oats with milk and water.
    Is this to save calories?

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  • ksgoodeats March 27, 2009, 10:18 am

    Have fun volunteering! That’s fabulous :)

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  • redheadedjournal March 27, 2009, 10:33 am

    That’s so great that you volunteer!

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  • Caitlin at Healthy Tipping Point March 27, 2009, 11:00 am

    nicole – we do have girls on the run, but the hours are during business hours when i have to work. :(

    anon – i made my oatmeal this way because that’s how i learned to make it from kath. i don’t know if it would or wouldnt work with all milk. i should try it sometime! i doubt it would affect the taste much so it probably wouldnt be ‘worth’ the calories (or milk) to me… i rather add extra toppings!!! :)

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  • Katy March 30, 2009, 1:03 pm

    Caitlin,

    I’m behind on blogs, so I just saw this … but I wanted to congratulate you on your work at Second Harvest! Lucas and I volunteer there quite a bit, and I actually did a story on the volunteer coordinator, Mr. Bill:

    http://growingbolder.com/media/living/volunteering/man-on-a-mission-127386.html

    Hope you like it!

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