Hump Day Breakfast

December 12, 2007

Breakfast #1

Toast with a little PB and Jam!

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Workout

We were planning to go to the Y and run on the track and finish our workout indoors, but the husband misunderstood the plan and thought we were running around our neighborhood. We spent the whole summer going on 4-5 mile runs early in the morning but once winter hit we were too wimpy to brave the dark and the cold. But it’s late summer here this week, so we decided at the last minute to run in our neighborhood. It’s always fun to do because it takes less time so we’re always home earlier than gym days.

It was a great run! Around 5.2 miles. 440 calories burned.

Banana Nut Oatmeal

The key to making the banana oatmeal is to stir a lot so the banana breaks down and melts into the oats. Or you could mash the banana before adding it (we just slice it thin because it’s easier and doesn’t dirty up a bowl). It was SOOOO GOOD today!!! I added a little maple syrup.

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Blueberry coffee (half decaf - we’re trying to switch to 100% decaf but have some caf to use up first!)

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Breakfast calories: 580 (including toast)

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Husband Advice

We were stretching on the floor after our run and I commented that although my stomach is pretty flat when I’m standing, it’s got a nice layer of fat on it when I’m seated. The husband replied with:

“Meh. Everyone has that. You know all the models are airbrushed anyways.”

Funny that he knew that. Smart guy!

Thanks for bringing me back to reality, husband :)

On the Agenda Today

-Lightrail

-work, work, work (I’m researching editorial calendars for a client this morning)

-Excellent tuna salad lunch

-Walk

-Study for nutrition final exam

-Make spaghetti squash spaghetti

-Epsom salt bath?!?!? (STILL haven’t gotten one!)

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1 Kath December 12, 2007 at 4:24 am

Yeah, I'm FAST getting ready. Although I'm obsessive about showering and being clean, I hate the whole process of showering, putting on lotion, deodorant, make-up, drying my hair. Mostly because I do it ALL THE TIME and it gets so old!! But I can do it super fast so I have more time to eat and blog!

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2 JBlue December 12, 2007 at 4:38 am

I also just found your blog through the Eat Like ME blog and I love it! I am also 5'2" and am currently in the process of losing ~20 lbs to get back to my most comfortable weight 120. I am 4 lbs away! All of your cooking tips and seeing how you fit exercise into a busy life are inspiring. I'll be a regular reader now. Thanks for your hard work!

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3 TC December 12, 2007 at 4:48 am

Yes! I love your husband's comment! So refreshing–thanks for sharing it.

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4 Kath December 12, 2007 at 4:50 am

Thanks JBlue!! Good luck on the weight loss :)

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5 Brianne December 12, 2007 at 4:56 am

Hey Kath- so I know you LOVE PB as do I so I was wondering if you have tried any other nut butters? Almond butter is fantasitc (some brands are better than others) and I find it goes great with pumpkin! Cashew butter is also fabulous- although I find it harder to mix. Have a wonderful morning!

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6 mel December 12, 2007 at 6:08 am

hey Kath! I just got that same labtop last week for an early christmas present form my parents!! I love it except for the mouse being super sensitive! haha! I love your blog and how you answer questions daily!! You are doing awesome…is there anyway you can continue to post your total calories at the end of the day? I like that!! thanks kath

-mel

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7 ashley December 12, 2007 at 6:26 am

i get very scared of those edy's ice cream cartons. when it comes to that–i stick with bars and prepackaged portions like that. but the bigger tubs come in soo many flavors it's hard to resist–how do you measure 1/2 a cup portion? whenever i tried to stick it in a measuring cup it gets out of control and drippy and messy–can it be measured by weight?

btw i am officially obsessed with banana-walnut oatmeal!! haha

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8 stephanie December 12, 2007 at 7:36 am

omg, last night's dinner looks formidable! i'm going to go buy me some acorn squashes. :)

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9 Rachel December 12, 2007 at 8:12 am

I LOVE YOUR BLOG!!! It's fantastic. And you had some gluten-free crackers on there the other day so I was quite pleased. :)

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10 Maran December 12, 2007 at 8:40 am

hey Kath! I am new to your blog but LOVE it! I am sitting here looking at all you have already accomplished this morning and I am wondering what time you get up to get this all started before you have to be at work? I am always so rushed in the morning and I usually throw some oatmeal in a container to take to work. I live in Charlotte too and am imagining that you must get up at midnight to work out, shower, make such an amazing breakfast and take the lightrail uptown. Are you secretly super woman =)

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11 Kath December 12, 2007 at 9:03 am

Maran,
Did you get my email response to yours? We need to do lunch!!

Here’s my morning schedule:

4:50 – Alarm goes off
4:52 – Alarm 2 goes off
5:00 – Out of bed after 2-3 snoozes
5:30 – Leave for gym after getting dressed, eating toast and checking email
5:40-6:45 – Gym.
6:55-7:15 – Shower, make-up, get dressed.
7:15-7:45 – Make breakfast, eat breakfast in the dining room with husband <3
7:45-8:00 – Blog, scramble around, get lunch that was packed the night before, brush teeth.
8:00-8:30 – Drive to lightrail, ride lightrail.
8:30 – Arrive at work.

I LOVE having done all that before I really start my day’s work. It means I can relax in the evenings and enjoy a leisurely dinner!

At night I go up to bed between 8:30 and 9 and try to be asleep by 9:30.

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12 Alex December 12, 2007 at 9:21 am

I love that your “shower, make-up, get dressed” time is pretty much the shortest of your morning schedule. Reminds me of me (um, hello, if I can save 20 minutes by NOT doing my hair, that’s 10 minutes longer on my run and 10 minutes more to do the crossword with my breakfast). :)

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13 Kath December 12, 2007 at 9:58 am

Brianne,
Yes, I’ve had almond butter and loved it, but not as much as PB. There’s just something creamier about PB? I haven’t tried cashew, but since it’s expensive and we are watching our grocery budget that might have to wait a while to try :(

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14 Elle December 12, 2007 at 10:26 am

Busy day ahead for you! The stuffed turkey dinner looked divine. I’ve got to get my hands on some acorn squash!

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15 Brianne December 12, 2007 at 10:48 am

Kath,

I hear you on the trying to get the grocery budget down, I’m a big believer in organic and if I stick to the basics the bill isn’t bad but the fun stuff sure can add up! You mentioned you wanted to try vitasoy peppermint/chocolate- I have an idea for you! I just bought some peppermint extract and add it to either regular chocolate milk/soy/or hot chocolate- I know you enjoy hot chocolate so I thought maybe you would like this too? A little variation and the extract last forever too!

PS I love pomogranate seeds in salads- thank you for the idea!

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16 Kath December 12, 2007 at 11:20 am

Thanks for the tip Brianne.

Mel, I LOVE the new computer! I haven’t gotten a chance to get it all set-up but I’m so excited to have it. I just ordered my free skin!

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17 Kath December 12, 2007 at 11:32 am

Ashely,
I know what you mean about the cartons being dangerous. I have managed to stay away for the past few days, so I think I’ll have some of the peppermint tonight!

Weight is SOOOO easy if you have a digital food scale. I rarely use measuring cups because you can use a scale and not have to clean them.

Example:
-Put ice cream carton on scale
-zero scale
-remove icecream with your spoon until it says -60 grams (or whatever your serving size is).

That’s it!! You’re accurate and only need to clean your bowl afterwards.

Some people think food scales are for the calorie obsessed, but they are really great kitchen tools for portions and baking too. Perhaps I should do a video post on all the ways you can use it!

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18 Anonymous December 12, 2007 at 11:59 am

This is not food/blog-related, but I can’t get over how quickly you get ready!! You shower, dress, and dry hair in that amount of time? Do you wash your hair everyday? Sorry to be nosey. Just curious!

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19 Kath December 12, 2007 at 12:05 pm

Anon,
Yes, I have to wash my hair everyday!!

I keep my routine to what’s necessary and do it all in the same order almost everyday:

Quick Shower: 5-7 minutes
Shampoo
Condition
Facial wash
Soap (Olay bar)
Shave, occasionally :)

Face: 5-7 minutes
Toner
Lotion
Sunscreen
Sheer foundation
Concealer
Eye shadow
Liner
Mascara
Blush
(Lips after breakfast)

Hair: 6-7 minutes:
Blow dry with the most amazing ConAir dryer (it only takes me like 3-4 minutes)
Curl hair with hot curlers that were heating during shower (takes 2-3 minutes to put in)

Body: 1 minute:
Deodorant
Perfume

Dress: 2 minutes:
I plan my outfit in the shower

Jewelry: 1 minute:
Wedding rings
Earrings
Necklace
Watch

Take Our Curlers: 1 minute

GO!!!

But really I don’t feel that rushed. I just do it all by habit. Sometimes I might be slower, but normally that’s the 20-25 minute routine.

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20 Amy December 12, 2007 at 12:31 pm

Would it be possible to have a link on the side to all the questions people ask? I wish I had time to review them everyday but it would be great to have them in one place. Thanks!

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21 Kath December 12, 2007 at 12:33 pm

Amy,
I’m not sure how to do that. Are you familiar with Wordpress blogs? If you know how, I’d be happy to do it.

Kath

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22 Katie December 12, 2007 at 12:57 pm

Hey Kath – What brand of plain yogurt do you buy? How many calories and how sugar is there usually per serving? I want to try it but have never bought plain / no sweetener / no fruit before! Thanks!

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23 Kath December 12, 2007 at 1:20 pm

Katie,
I eat the Stonyfield Farms Low-Fat Plain Yogurt. You can see the nutritional information here:

http://www.stonyfield.com/OurProducts/LowfatYogurt.cfm#javascript:void(0)

120 kcal per cup
15 g sugar (those are natural milk sugars)

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24 Kath December 12, 2007 at 1:21 pm

Thanks Rachel! There are so many new gluten-free products coming out these days I’m happy to try them. I’ve liked most that I have tried.

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25 Maran December 12, 2007 at 4:32 pm

No I haven’t gotten onto my email yet! I was wondering if you had responded to it yet. Yes we should definitely do lunch. I promise to check it tonight.
PS Lunch looked fab!

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