Hello friends! I apologize for leaving you postless for yet another week, but in case you didn’t know, college is kinda crazy. I had the worst week last week and just couldn’t find the time to post for you. I promise I am committed to posting Wednesdays and Thursdays again for a while, at least until finals week. I have too much to say to miss posts!
As you may have guessed, this post is about oatmeal. I know what you’re thinking, “What a mundane thing to write about Kate!” Well let me tell you, oatmeal is anything but mundane to me. That is the precise reason that I am writing this post in the first place. I am just trying to understand how a chill relationship with oatmeal has become what it is today.
After I decided to eat healthier I started scheduling out my meals. Every Sunday I use my fitness app to map out the next week’s meals. I love the organization of it all seeing as I am obsessed with scheduling and lists. There is not guesswork about meals and no temptations to cook up something quick and unhealthy. My meals have a bit of variety, but breakfast stays pretty steady. I have three bowls of oatmeal on a work week and two bowls of dry cereal (and no, I’m not torturing myself, I honestly like dry cereal, but that is a discussion for another time). The thing that confuses me is how excited I get about the oatmeal.
Oatmeal days are like the most exciting thing ever to me. I can’t wait to cook up a bowl, add some brown sugar and cinnamon, and chow down. I think part of the excitement comes from the huge amount of oatmeal one can eat for very few calories. I am in a feast mentality. The idea of eating a ton and not overdoing things is so exciting. I love oatmeal so much that I eat it for most weekend lunches or breakfasts as a sort of treat.
This phenomenon has been happening a lot since I went on the healthy path. I find myself lecturing my friends on how darn awesome sweet potatoes are because they are giant and low calorie. I get excited any time I can eat pancakes because they are so satisfying. It seems that my appreciation for food has gone up quite a bit since I became more choosy about what I put in my stomach.
I like the oatmeal phenomenon. It makes me excited for oatmeal days. I don’t get hungry as early and obtain a ton of fiber as well. Most importantly, I think it’s great to get excited about the little things in life. If we don’t, we are only enthusiastic when really unusual things happen around us. I say get excited about bowls of oatmeal, jump up and down when your favorite song comes on, and high five your friends when your hair looks supah fly. Keep appreciating the little things if they are making your day. I will keep loving oatmeal as long as it makes me pumped. Which hopefully will be forever.