Steel Cut Oats and Monday Mini-Goals

Ever since I had them at the airport a while back I have been craving steel cut oats. For some reason I love oats cooked in a big batch. I think they just get creamier than my usual microwaved bowl. IMG_1282

Last night I put 1 cup steel cut oats, 4 cups water, 1 banana, a lot of cinnamon and a dash of salt in the Crockpot and set it on Low. I turned it off when I woke up about 7 hours later. Went for a run and came back to breakfast!IMG_1273

The only back thing was it probably cooked a little too long. The edges seem burnt and are stuck to the pan. Next time I will use one of those disposable bags or spray the pot before I fill it. IMG_1274I had to pry this piece off to show ya. That’s not going to be fun to clean up. IMG_1276Especially since we’ve already established I’m no Merry Maid :( merry maids

Maybe I can hire this guy to help me…male maid (source)

I topped my bowl with granola and almond butter. That recipe was supposed to give me 4 servings, but I think I eat more than one serving at a time because there’s definitely not 3 left. IMG_1279

  Run: Before I had fantasies of scantily clad males coming to my house to clean my steel cut oat mess I ran 6 miles. It was rough :( My legs still feel tired from Saturday’s 19 miler and my quads were killing me. I think I averaged almost 10 min. miles.

I am loving Monday Mini-Goals! After setting my goals last week I realize they need to be tweaked. That’s the beauty of weekly goals – you can change them every seven days based on your schedule/how your body feels/weather/whatever!

I think Jillian’s 30 Shred is a little too much for my legs on an everyday basis. This week my goal is to do it 2 times.

But, I did realize my abs felt weak and I start to hunch over on long runs. I think I need to work on this more, so I’m adding this into my weekly goals.

Monday Mini-Goals 9/20/10

1. Spend 2 hours each on Monday and Tuesday preparing for exams.

2. Get 8 hours of sleep.

3. Do 8 minute Abs every day after work/school and S-T-R-E-T-C-H!!!

4. Brush teeth after dessert.

***Updated to add: I threw my sombrero in the ring for the Next Food Blog Star. You can vote for me here.

Question: What are your goals for this week?




  1. says

    Good job on the 6 miler! It’s hard to do some of those easy runs when your legs feel like blocks of cement. Hope you can give yourself a couple days worth of rest this week!

    My goals are:

    1. To stay on top of all of my reading for classes this week.
    2. To get 8 hours of sleep a night.
    3. To start the two papers I have been procrastinating on.
    4. To run at least 3 days this week.

  2. says

    I was looking forward to a Monday mini goals post all morning :)

    I love your goal of brushing your teeth after dessert!

    My mini goals are: run 10 miles (total) this week, strength train twice (for real this time!) and even though it’s 5 days away stay on track over the weekend.

  3. says

    I’ve never been a fan of steel cut oats. Maybe I should give them another try………?
    My mini goals are to CLOSE THE KITCHEN after dinner, and no picking when packing breakfast and lunch for the next day. Ugh.

  4. says

    oats in a crock pot? awesomeness. my goals for the week are:

    1. take time to actually RECOVER from my race this past weekend. i normally do not and i want to be really recovered for my race next month

    2. sleeeeeeeeeeeeep. i was up way too late each night last week.for no reason at all!

    3. abssssssssssss. for real. i used to do them religiously!

  5. says

    My goals for this week are to apply to 8 jobs each day (if possible) and get myself motivated to go running outside by myself. I have a fear of running alone outside…

  6. says

    I love the pictures of the guy maid! Too funny.

    My Monday mini-goals are to post 5 times this week, get in 3 sessions of yoga and stay on Twitter more consistently.

  7. Regan says

    I love your mini goals for this week! Mine are about the same, and I love your idea about brushing your teeth after dessert.
    I think the one I’d like to work on is closing the kitchen at 8pm! I too am struggling with intuitive eating and overeating so I am hoping to start out will small tricks like that.
    Speaking of intuitive eating, how has it been for you lately? I hate how I do so well for one week and then completely throw it out on the weekend, its a viscous cycle :(

  8. says

    I love your mini goals! You’re right that they’re so helpful because they allow for more flexibility.

    I really want to try making steel cut oats in the slow cooker like that. Then I would actually make them…they take way too long for me to make them in the morning before work.

  9. says

    I’ve got to try steel cut oats in the crockpot! YUM! I love using my crockpot. It’s so dirty though. Mine is embarrassing.

    I voted for you!

    My mini goals- run a mile without stopping, 3 days of HIIT workouts, walk/run 10 miles by next monday.

    The run a mile thing sounds silly but I haven’t been able to run a full mile without a walking break since I injured my knee. I did 0.75 last night and then alternated walking/running so I’m getting close!

  10. ida says

    My mini goals usually involve drinking more water, and commuting by bike more. This week I added cleaning the house for 15min a day. I think its fun to set goals each week- it’s like a fresh start.
    I voted:)

  11. says

    lol! I love your blog. It’s really, really fun reading.

    This week? Hoo booy…

    1. Get out from under my reading for school.
    2. Get a decent grade on this week’s quiz. (I tanked last week’s in favor of writing papers.)
    3. Get more sleep.
    4. Space out my research so I don’t feel quite so insane all the time.
    5. Work out at least 3 times… Don’t care how, so long as I do.
    6. Bring lunches, instead of eating out so much. (So far, I’m 2 for 2.)
    7. Write a blog post or two. You’re making feel like a slacker. (And I am.)

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