Patriotic Oatmeal

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Good morning!  πŸ™‚ It is quite the rainy day here in Central Florida.  It was hard to drag myself out of bed, but I knew I had this waiting for me:


Yoga Sculpt with Maura Barclay is by far the best yoga program on Exercise TV.  All the other yoga programs are very relaxing and do not work up a good sweat.  Yoga Sculpt is WORKOUT yoga, and I was positively dripping by the end!


So many Chaturanga sequences!  I thought my arms were going to give out on me. 


Also, Maura Barclay is an awesome exercise role model.  SheÒ€ℒs fit and strong.  I admired her arm muscles throughout the entire workout (probably all of those Chaturangas!) and she runs a self-defense website.  Awesome!

DonÒ€ℒt mess with Maura!  Boo-yah!


After my lovely 30-minute sweat session, I showered and made breakfast:


Happy VeteransÒ€ℒ Day!  πŸ™‚  I am so grateful for all our of servicemen (and women!) and the families and friends that support them.  THANK YOU for doing what very few people are brave enough to do!


My Patriotic Oatmeal contained:


  • 1/2 cup oatmeal
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/2 banana
  • Toppings:  blackberries, raspberries, and unsweet coconut flag (with flax underneath)


There was actually oatmeal under the flag.  πŸ˜‰


Have a FABULOUS day!


PS Γ’β‚¬β€œ My calf feels GOOD!  Half Marathon and 10K, IÒ€ℒm coming to getcha this weekend!


PPS Γ’β‚¬β€œ New Puppy Pictures!



  • Jessica @ How Sweet It Is November 11, 2009, 8:35 am

    I do that same yoga clip on TV, too. It is a biotch. Hope your calf keeps feeling better!!

  • Michelle November 11, 2009, 8:38 am

    Good on you. In Oz they call it ‘Remembrance Day’ and they handed out poppies. It was cool to know that service men and woman and they’re families are remembered throughout the world.

  • Stephanie November 11, 2009, 8:40 am

    I love that YogaSculpt routine, Maura is great! Just wanted to let you know that I’m an exerciseTV junkie haha, and have found one that is even harder & works up a bigger sweat (I did Maura so much I needed a switch!) — Elise Gulan Yoga.Fitness.Plus. It’s really one of the best I have ever done, and you will FEEL IT in the morning πŸ™‚

  • Rachel November 11, 2009, 8:47 am

    I would love to have some of that for my breakfast! Looks yummy πŸ™‚
    Have a great Veteran’s Day!

  • Lu November 11, 2009, 8:50 am

    I love your patriotic oatmeal. It’s great. I’m glad you had a good yoga workout. It is awesome to be able to work up a sweat and get your day started right.

  • Julie November 11, 2009, 8:51 am

    Cute oats! Very nice tribute to the vets.

  • megan November 11, 2009, 8:59 am

    I really want to try yoga. Unfortunately no exercise tv and I’m nervous to go to a class for my first time. haha this probably relates to yesterday’s post. don’t worry about having no idea what I’m doing and just get out there and try it! what do I have to lose, really?

    • caitlin November 11, 2009, 9:11 am

      mastering the yoga poses is not hard at all. you might not be as flexible as other people in the class, but that’s ok. there are always varying levels of fitness in any group exercise class, and the point of yoga is do practice is a way that is comfortable for YOU, so everyone looks different when they do the poses. try out a class – its really fun!

    • Jess November 11, 2009, 9:45 am

      Go to and download the free 20-minute sessions (don’t forget to download the pose guides with them) and practice on your own for a few times. Then, go to a beginner class and you will be more than fine! Good luck!

  • Anne November 11, 2009, 9:02 am

    I love your spooons! Where can I find them?

    • caitlin November 11, 2009, 9:10 am

      crate and barrel! they are 99 cents each πŸ™‚

  • Laura@FindingAHealthyBalance...after a 100+ POUND weight loss! November 11, 2009, 9:02 am

    Your oatmeal was “adorable” and looked really good!

    Glad to hear your Calf is feeling better, I know how much you want to run both races this weekend. I will be at the 10K on Sunday. I am so excited, it is my 1st one. =)

  • katherine November 11, 2009, 9:03 am

    Glad your calf is feeling so much better – must be all the stretching, yoga and TLC. I appreciate your honesty about your injury and you provide great inspiration to others who might not want to take the time to heal.

  • Mica November 11, 2009, 9:04 am

    That’s great that your calf is feeling better!

    Love the new puppy photos!

  • Lindsey @ November 11, 2009, 9:08 am

    Love the red, white and blue – too cute. And yay to your calf feeling better. Isn’t it one of the best feelings in the world when you know you’re healing?!

  • Lee November 11, 2009, 9:11 am

    I’ll have to try that Yoga program. I am trying to get into yoga. How long have you been doing it? Do you find that you’ve gotten more flexible? I am the world’s most inflexible person, I think.

    • caitlin November 11, 2009, 9:14 am

      i think i probably do it 2 times a week and have been for about 6 months so it – it has definitely helped with flexibility but STRENGTH as well!

  • Matt November 11, 2009, 9:21 am

    Glad your calf is feeling better! Is the 10k first of is the half first? Are you going for any PR’s or are they training runs?

    • caitlin November 11, 2009, 9:22 am

      the Half is first, and I wish it wasn’t. The Half is a PR race and the 10K i’m running for fun with my brother in law. It’s his first race and I’m running it with him. I wish the 10K was first because above all else, i want to run that with him. so if i am even doubtful about the half, i wont do it.

      • Matt November 11, 2009, 1:31 pm

        Hmm that is good and bad. It is better to have your goal race first so you are well rested, but you also “have” to run the 10k. Tough situation, but I am sure it will be fine. I don’t really have any advice but to just do the best you can.

        Good luck!

  • Jenna November 11, 2009, 9:22 am

    such a cute breaky! glad your calf is feeling better and you are ready to rock those races this weekend!!

  • Amelia November 11, 2009, 9:27 am

    Yay! So glad to hear your calf is feeling better. Your breakfast looks great too! πŸ™‚

  • Erica November 11, 2009, 9:31 am

    That yoga workout sounds awesome. Glad you got a nice sweat in this morning. And of course a very beautiful bowl of oatmeal. Hooray for feeling better (phew!). Can’t wait to hear about your races this weekend. I’m running a 10 miler!

  • Joelle (The Pancake Girl) November 11, 2009, 9:36 am

    Yay for your calf!! Go get ’em girl!

    That picture of Maura Barclay is freakin’ intense, geez!

  • Lex November 11, 2009, 9:43 am

    Ok for real, your patriotic oatmeal is awesome! so creative and a great way to recognize Veteran’s day!

  • skinnyrunner November 11, 2009, 9:46 am

    cute oatmeal! yeah for races this weekend!

  • Evan Thomas November 11, 2009, 9:50 am

    That oatmeal is too cute.
    I remember you saying once you like to use sweetened coconut soemtimes. Have you found a good brand that’s natural and preservative free for sweetened flakes?

    • caitlin November 11, 2009, 9:52 am

      no πŸ™ if you do, let me know! im trying to work thru my unsweet stash right now.

  • Sara November 11, 2009, 9:53 am

    I am glad that you are starting to feel better! I tried yoga for the first time last night and I loved it! I can tell where I am weak from a lot of the poses! Hopefully I will start getting better! I think the class I took was a bit more low key but I had run 4 miles before it so it was really nice to relax, focus on my muscles, and just enjoy it!

  • Carolyn November 11, 2009, 9:56 am

    Love the patriotic oatmeal! Happy Veteran’s Day!

  • Julie @savvyeats November 11, 2009, 10:05 am

    Love the flag oatmeal!

    I’ve been looking for a yoga routing that’s a more intense workout, though I do also love relaxing routines. Maura looks intense, maybe I’ll look her up!

  • Leah @ L4L November 11, 2009, 10:10 am

    Your darlings are adorable! Makes me want pups so bad! (un)Fortunately, our lease doesn’t allow it.

    Loving the patriotic oatmeal! I’m a military brat, my mother served 22 years, and my Grandfather served 16. This is a special day in our family. I love hearing everyone’s support!


  • Dayna November 11, 2009, 10:16 am

    Thank you so much for sharing the pictures of your furbabies. Those pictures really made me smile and brightened my day. πŸ™‚

  • Katie November 11, 2009, 10:30 am

    i LOVE that yoga session! ive done it before-i agree .. its the best!

  • Deb November 11, 2009, 10:31 am

    Glad you feel better. I’m lovin all the pup pictures!

  • brandi November 11, 2009, 10:37 am

    great looking oatmeal! I’m missing berries already πŸ™

  • Anne Marie@ New Weigh of Life November 11, 2009, 10:45 am

    Cute oatmeal!

  • Cynthia (It All Changes) November 11, 2009, 10:46 am

    Great oatmeal decoration!

    I love Workout Yoga. I have the Biggest Loser Yoga and I’m always shaking by the end. I might just have to pull that out today.

  • Caitlin November 11, 2009, 10:49 am

    that picture of James yawning is priceless! so cute!

  • Katie November 11, 2009, 10:51 am

    Yoga is a practice! I love power yoga but like the flexible yoga too. Glad things are looking up for the legs! I love the oatmeal so creative.

  • Angharad (Eating for England) November 11, 2009, 11:06 am

    So happy for you that your calf feels better. Stretch that baby out!

  • Estela @ Weekly Bite November 11, 2009, 11:23 am

    very cute oatmeal πŸ™‚

  • Jolene ( November 11, 2009, 11:27 am

    I love the patriotic oats – in Canada it is a holiday today too, but we call it remembrance day … same type of thing though.

  • Ellen November 11, 2009, 11:29 am

    Ohh, good to know! I’m usually half asleep when I do yoga workouts on TV! Question: Are chatarunga push ups just as beneficial to strengthening your upper body as regular push ups?

    • caitlin November 11, 2009, 11:34 am

      hm. i have no idea. i would lean towards push ups being harder.

      • Ashley November 11, 2009, 12:20 pm

        Regular push-ups are more beneficial because it utilizes the whole muscle, whereas while chatarungas do build strength they do not exercise the whole muscle.

  • Erin November 11, 2009, 12:33 pm

    That oatmeal looks gorgeous! It’s great to remind everyone to say “thank you” to our service men and women today. I’m off to put flowers on my WWII veteran grandfather’s grave.

  • Janessa ( November 11, 2009, 1:02 pm

    I love your Veteran’s Day Oatmeal! So cute!

  • jessica November 11, 2009, 1:21 pm

    Hi Caitlin!!

    Just wanted to say thanks for posting the yoga clip! I have been browsing the Exercise TV website for about an hour now (I’m home sick in bad πŸ˜‰ and I have to say it’s just lovely!! Especially since I can order and download the videos even though I live in Canada! We don’t have any sort of exercise videos on our On Demand TV function that I know of so I have been pretty jealous of all the Americans who watch things like 30 day shred for ‘free’ on TV.
    This is awesome! Makes me wonder if I really need a conventional gym anymore…..


    • caitlin November 11, 2009, 1:24 pm

      YAY! I’m glad!

  • maria November 11, 2009, 6:32 pm

    Glad to hear the calf is feeling better. And good idea for the Patriotic oatmeal. πŸ™‚ I agree that a lot of the Exercise TV yoga workouts are easy shmeazy.

  • Niki (Running In Pink) November 11, 2009, 8:19 pm

    SO glad your calf is feeling better!! I’m excited to hear how the races go this weekend. πŸ™‚

  • Heather November 12, 2009, 9:10 am

    I love that yoga sculpt. If you like that one, I would try Yoga Fitness Plus with Elise Gulan. She also has a crazy 8min core video that is killer!

  • Hillary @ Nutrition Nut on the Run November 13, 2009, 2:54 am

    Way to get creative with your oatmeal!

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