Happy almost weekend! (or in my case, weekend. Woot Fridays off!)
I got my day started with a massive bowl of pumpkin oats.
In the mix:
- 1/3 cup oats
- 2/3 cup water
- pinch salt
- 1/3 cup pumpkin
- 1/3 cup egg whites
Tossed in the microwave for about 4 minutes. While I prefer the texture of stovetop oats, I’m lazy, And hate doing dishes.
I topped it with a bit of almond butter, shredded coconut and raisins.
I definitely recommend adding egg whites to oats. Not only does it add protein and fluffiness,to the oats but it makes for massive volume. That’s like a mixing bowl full of oats up there – it kept me full for so long!
Eric and I are big on anniversaries. On the 27th of each month, we try to have some sort of date (usually dinner) – yes, we are nauseatingly cute.
We decided instead of going out for dinner, we would go pick up some Chinese – something we haven’t actually done together in 15 months of dating.
There’s a place about a ten minute walk from the apartment called Jumbo Dragon. I called, and we left 5 minutes later. By the time we got there, the food was ready to go – I love it when restaurant are that quick !
I ordered the Sauteed Double Happiness. Umm, with a name like that, how could you not want to order it?!? I probably would have ordered it regardless of what was in it
Chinese food, you are massive. This also came with white rice on the side. This was tasty, but a little too heavy on the celery for me.
Eric decided on a combo platter. Beef and broccoli, sweet and sour chicken, chicken fried rice and an egg roll. Aka – quintessential Chinese food.
We also ordered a steamed dumpling appetizer (which we started eating before I snapped a picture – I had 3, he had 5).
This is where I would normally show you a picture of my dinner plate.
But no – we just broke out the chopsticks and ate out of the containers over the kitchen counter.
In case you ever wondered what I look like with a mouthful of dumpling.
Yup, we are classy.
Apparently, this was not enough for dessert because the ice cream cake was calling my name from the freezer.
Somebody needs to figure out how to make the fudgy-crumbly stuff in the middle. And then mail me a bucketful. So good!
Taking the Stairs
So although I’m not hitting the gym as often, I still feel like I’m getting a good amount of exercise in day-to-day. A lot of it is because of these babies:
My apartment has an interesting setup: You go in the front door (you have to go up a flight of stairs to get to my apartment, by the way) and you’re in the living room with the kitchen directly to the left. On the right side is the stairs that lead to the bedroom and the bathroom.
So basically, if you’re watching TV or something in the living room and have to use the bathroom, you have to walk up the stairs. Considering that I have a water bottle pretty much permanently attached to my face, that happens quite often.
Last week I decided to turn it into an experiment: I counted how many flights of stairs I climbed on a daily basis (all stairs, not just the ones in my apartment). This is what I ended up with:
- Day 1: 10
- Day 2: 11
- Day 3: 17 (grocery day)
- Day 4: 13
- Day 5: 13
- Day 6: 16
- Day 7: 10
I was definitely surprised by these numbers – that’s a lot of stairs in a day!
A lot of reports that have come out in recent months point to prolonged periods of sitting as a health concern. According to a study in the European Heart Journal, spending too much time being sedentary leads to an increase in C-reactive protein, which is linked to inflammation. Clearly, that’s not a good thing. Even people that meet the daily recommended levels of exercise can still be affected if they’re sedentary the rest of the day.
So – clearly climbing a flight of stairs every time I go to the bathroom is definitely combating my sedentary habits! I tend to spend all day on my laptop, so these stairs are actually a bit of a blessing for me (plus they look cool, how often have you seen a flight of stairs in a one-bedroom apartment)?
And, I guess standing at the counter eating dinner kinda counts too :-p
Something else I would like to do – get a laptop perch, kinda like the one Anne describes! Extra time on your feet is never a bad thing for your health.
<— Do you microwave your oats or do them stovetop?
<— Do you do anything to combat being too sedentary?