Workout: Ran 6.03 miles; average pace, 9:13.
1. I got out there. I got out there and ran. Even though I was afraid the lazy Kimberly who has taken over my body this week would find an excuse not to go. I did. And I feel better for it. So much so that my grandma even noticed a change in my voice when I called her for a morning chat. I believe she said that I sounded chipper. That dern lady knows everything!
2. I made the most unbelievable oats this morning, or at least the best oats I've made in a long while. Eggnog oats, obviously made with eggnog - my new favorite flavor. (Please don't ask me about the eggnog shake at Steak 'n' Shake. Just don't.)
For a small pre-workout batch, dump into a small saucepan:
1/4 cup old-fashioned oats
1/3 cup low-fat eggnog or Silk Nog
2/3 cup water
1/2 ripe banana
A shake-shake-shake of cinnamon
A shake-shake of nutmeg
Cook the concoction over medium to medium-high heat until it begins to bubble. Reduce heat and cook until the oats reach desired consistency. Add sweetener to taste and enjoy.
3. The McDonald's cheeseburger. Oh, how I've loved thee. Even as a wee tot, I had quite the affinity for the sliver of meat-pickles-onion-ketchup-mustard combo. I remember (clearly, even in my old age) throwing a tantrum in the kitchen of our apartment, begging my mom for a McDonald's cheeseburger. She, of course, being a doting mom, said no and offered to make me one. It wouldn't be the same, I told her. It would just be meat, pickles, onion, ketchup and mustard - not the sliver of meat-pickles-onion-ketchup-mustard combo. I wouldn't like it, I told her. And I didn't. Not even after I accidentally took a sip of her rum and Coke.
I'm sure you are asking yourself: Why are you telling me this? Well, because I told everyone this story this week after hearing about a new lawsuit filed against McDonald's. A mother is suing the chain, arguing that the company's advertising aimed at children is unacceptable. Such ads have made it impossible for the mother to refuse her children McDonald's. She just can't tell them no. Once there, she finds there are no healthy options for her brood.
While I am no expert on the marketing tactic, I have to say that it's a bit ridiculous that a parent can't tell a child no. My mom was obviously able to tell me no. In fact, I heard it a lot. And, dare I be on the side of the fast food chain, a tot could get a 4-piece nugget, apples (no dipping sauce) and a 1% milk for 320 calories. The meal might not be grilled chicken, broccoli and skim milk but it's a decent option - protein, fruit and dairy.
What are your thoughts?
Bonus: Anyone catch Martha Stewart on "Today," ummm, yesterday. She looked