Some of the apples are a little sad-looking because we picked them ourselves an apple orchard. They're still tasty! - Pathguy
This is not a food blog by any means, but since many readers are interested in Pathguy’s weight loss, we try to throw in a few recipes here and there that are sort of our staples.
Another reason I put this recipe here is because it’s tough to find recipes that are quick, cheap, low calorie, & high nutrition content. It’s the holy grail, isn’t it? So when I come across one, I try to share.
I got this recipe from an old friend who deserves the credit, hence the title!
Ingredients: apples, maple and brown sugar oatmeal packets (Quaker or generic)
Directions: Slice up the apples and put them in a pot with a little water on medium heat. Basically you area cooking the apples down, as if you were making apple sauce. Add in a little water to help it along. After you feel the apples are soft but not much, mix in some oatmeal packs. They already have all the sugar, so you don’t have to add anything else. A good ratio to shoot for would be like 1/2 apples, 1/2 oatmeal.
After that, I bake the mix in the oven at 350 for 20-22 min or so until I get a good consistency. What you’re trying to do is draw water out of the apples to bake up the oatmeal, and get a nice solidish surface on the top. (Like Baked Ziti.) The result is a great dessert alternative, snack, or even breakfast! Enjoy!
If I could only run, bike, or climb for the rest of my life – it’d be close, but I would choose climbing. Why?
Other than crossing finish lines at races, climbing has one advantage over running and cycling – climbing builds great confidence. After a tough day at work or a day where I feel less than awesome about myself, I try to work in a climb. There is no better feeling than getting to the top of that wall. Finishing the routes after a crappy day reminds me that no matter what I’m bumming about, there are great things I can do that many other people don’t even think about. It gives me something to be proud of and helps me remember I am not defined by my job or my responsibilities in life, but rather by my choices and by what I love.
Climbing is a mental, physical, emotional workout that just fills you up. Of course there is a reason you feel all that pride when you get to the top, which is that for me at least, it took a lot of training and determination to get there. It took at least a month or two before I could even finish a route, and as many of you know, I still cannot do a pull-up. (Working on it though!) But, I am light years ahead of where I was a year ago.
For anyone who is interested in getting started rock climbing, I highly recommend it, especially if you are trying to lose weight. For most people, weight is more of an emotional issue and not just a health issue, and so if your doctor gives you the green light, rock climbing is a great mood booster. (Another thing it would be great for would be for kids who are being bullied. Maybe in the future, rbc can get involved with putting something together to offer kids like that a chance to climb.) Most gyms will offer belay and safety lessons and the staff there will be happy to help you get started. In fact after our first few visits, Pathguy and I commented on how positive everyone seemed to be at the gym. Probably not an accident!
A good running shoe can make a world of difference. I met my current favorite running shoe (New Balance 890) at my local specialty running store (Blue Mile) last spring. Free time is very important to me, so I tend to shop quickly, and this was an accident, however it has turned out to be the best shoe I have ever had. I have never tried running flats or anything like that – as a woman I am concerned about extending the life of my knees, so I like to wear supportive shoes. I have pretty good form and don’t pronate, so this shoe works quite well for me.
As a beginner with any activity, it can be tough to decide to make the investment in equipment designed for what you’re doing – sort of a cost/benefit thing where you’re not sure if it’s worth it yet. For me, the tipping point came a few months into my running career when I finally decided to get some good shoes. Before, I didn’t know what I was missing – after, I couldn’t believe the difference they made. They were super light weight and made it easier to go fast. My knees hurt less. And it made it easier for me to practice good form.
Having gone through this process, if you are considering starting to run, I would recommend going ahead and getting some good shoes right away. It will be more forgiving of your form, prevent more injuries, and allow you to build up your stamina before focusing on smaller details.
And if you quit, you can always use them for working out in the yard or whatever else it is you like to do!
Here is a link to view the best ever women’s running shoe: http://www.shopnewbalance.com/women/shoes/running/training/WR890PB