Let the Holidays Begin!

December 21, 2007

Rain rain go away! Uggg what a gross day. I’m taking a half day at work (!!!) to go down to Winthrop and get my books, student ID and email set up. I wanted to walk all around the campus and get to know it before my first day, but the weather is always horrible when I go down there and I just want to get back home!

Breakfast # 1

Toast with jam and Smart Balance:


Hour-long spinning class. 440 burned. It went by fast and I felt really strong and energetic. Super!

Breakfast #2

Oatmeal pancake with banana and walnuts, clementine and soy milk latte:




And a small piece of bacon the husband made for me!


All on my leaf plate for 390 kcal:


Total breakfast calories:500


I LOVE eating lunch at home, since I rarely get to, so I’m headed home around 11:30 and am planning on having smoked salmon pasta (we need to use it up before our trip!)

And I’m headed to Winthrop after that. I hope to do some walking if the weather clears up!

Husband and I are out of food and will walk to the grocery store this afternoon for some dinner ingredients. We’re thinking turkey burgers?

I LOVE having an afternoon off for once!

Xmas Travel

We’re headed home to my parents’ house in Hillsborough (near Chapel Hill/Durham) tomorrow and will be there thru Wednesday. I should be able to blog from there, assuming I don’t come across any computer/Internet issues. They still have dial-up on some computers and high speed on one of them, so I think I can make it work.

Here’s our tentative Christmas schedule:

Sat. – Workout at our gym before we leave tomorrow morning. Christmas with husband’s dad, grandparents, and cousins in the afternoon; Dinner with 14 people at a nice local restaurant with great seafood.

Sun. – Go running. Healthy lunch (sandwiches); Mom’s homemade fondue (NOT healthy but delicious!) plus a big salad that I’m making. Plan: Have a little fondue and a lot of salad!

Mon. – Workout at mom’s gym. Lunch out at a restaurant. Dinner is ham sandwiches (fresh ham) and a big salad and a Christmas Eve Party later in the night with lots of snacks. The snacks won’t be healthy but I’ll have some to celebrate! I’d LOVE just one cup of egg nog!

Tues. – Christmas! Brunch at husband’s grandparents’ plus a HUGE dinner that night. Gotta be sure to get a nice run in and perhaps a walk too and will try to keep the dessert portions small.

Wed. – Head home! Perhaps workout at mom’s gym, or just do walking.


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1 Dena December 21, 2007 at 4:38 am

Thought you might be interested in this article:


2 Kath December 21, 2007 at 4:42 am


I actually read that article yesterday! It is one of my biggest pet peeves when people think they burned 700-1,000 calories in a spinning class. I usually average 400-450 in an hour, which like the article said, is comparable to me running a 9-10 minute mile in the same amount of time. I think using ~100 kcal per mile is a great estimate for other forms of cardio, although I believe I'm closer to 80 kcal per mile based on my heart rate monitor's output.

Thanks for sharing!



3 Ashley December 21, 2007 at 5:05 am

Kath, you may have already answered this, but cute plate!! Where did you get it?


4 Kath December 21, 2007 at 5:06 am


Pottery Barn!! It was seasonal though, so I bet they're all out. Look for it again next fall I suppose.



5 Paula December 21, 2007 at 6:12 am

Hi Kath!

I've been reading for a couple weeks now and I just wanted to let you know that I absolutely heart your blog! Everything about it rocks! Keep up the amazing job with your healthy life and great blog!!!

Happy holidays!



6 Kath December 21, 2007 at 6:13 am


Thanks so much – I really appreciate the kind words :)



7 Karen Downing December 21, 2007 at 6:53 am

Love how you have your exercise all planned out during Christmas. Such a good idea! I need to do that too.


8 Jill December 21, 2007 at 11:27 am

Just a quick question, do you plan "days off" for exercise (I've heard you are supposed to, but I have not done it as of yet… for some reason I have no desire to. ) What do you think on the subject? Btw, I loooove your site, and the recipes I've gotten are great!


9 Rachel December 21, 2007 at 12:57 pm

Hey Kath,

Just wanted to say that I've been reading your blog for a while and I love it! Thanks for sharing with us all of your creative and delicious healthy food combinations.

I'm so excited that you're from North Carolina! I was born and raised in Durham and now I'm going to college in the Philly area. But I've been to Hillsboro many times… the seafood restaurant you mentioned, is it the Flying Fish? i hope so, because that place is fantastic!

Enjoy your trip :)


10 Kath December 21, 2007 at 4:02 pm


Here's what I wrote yesterday regarding day's off:

As for rest days, I find that days when I can’t exercise come up just about every 10 days, so it works out quite well in my schedule to take a rest day then.

My workouts during the week are sweaty, but they’re not super tough on my body – especially because I alternate between hard runs and spinning classes and “lighter” days of the elliptical. Although I burn just as many calories on the elliptical it’s easier on my muscles.

If my muscles do start to feel worn out, I’ll just do some walking or take a full day off (usually Sundays when the gym is closed till 12). If I’m taking a day off from the gym because I feel worn out, I still like to do some form of movement like a brisk walk, yoga (although I like to skip the gym all together if I’m taking a day off!) or just lots of walking while shopping or cleaning the house. Sometimes I don’t get enough sleep (husband comes home late and wakes me up or we have a power outage or I get home really late for some reason) and I’ll sleep in and take a day off. Sleep is more important than exercise if it means getting less than 7 hours. I do try to get a good walk in at lunch that day though!

I admit I should probably take rest days more often, but the truth is I just love exercising and the way it makes me feel!


Cool!! What a small world. There are people reading this blog from all over the world – that's neat we lived so close! The restaurant is the Saratoga Grill, but I love the Flying Fish too!



11 Jill December 22, 2007 at 7:12 pm

Haha, ok, this is how I feel about exercise. The only problem I encounter is that I get such in the habit of continual exercise and go along time without a break (but this is because I love it as well!) that I will miss a day and feel guilt about it, which is really silly as I don't need to. But, I do.


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