By Foot, By Wheels

August 2, 2008

I always feel bad driving to the gym to exercise once I get there, especially when the weather is nice and sunny. We live 2.2 miles from our gym, so it’s just a little too far to travel to on foot regularly (although we do run there and back sometimes). I wanted to workout outside today, but we’re planning a run tomorrow and my surgery foot can only take so much pounding in one week. So as a compromise, I walked to the gym with a magazine (which took about 40 minutes), did about 20 minutes of cardio on the Stairmaster, met the husband at the gym entrance, who was exercising by foldable + adjustable bike, took over his bike and biked home while he ran. That way we both got some on-foot and some wheeled exercise. And it was so nice to be outside for most of it.

My sunny-side up breakfast held me over nicely. One of my pet peeves is when magazines say “This breakfast will keep you feeling full until lunch!” about something like oats with berries and a few nuts. Most of my breakfasts keep a growling stomach at bay until lunch, but very few keep me FULL. But the oat+egg combo did – the extra protein sat in my stomach all morning (which could also be a bad thing if I’m planning a mid-morning workout). But I didn’t really get hungry for lunch until 1:30 or so – 5 hours later. Nice!

I opened up my leftover salmon salad to have. I can’t believe this salad was packed so tightly that I got 2 filling meals out of it! Since I had less goodies and more lettuce, I used most of the pear dressing I saved from yesterday, and ate the other piece of salmon, which was about a 3 oz portion.


All mixed up –


Plus some watermelon –



Although I was full, I did have a few of those sun chip wannabes for a little carb crunch.


We may go to a wine tasting or rent a movie this afternoon. Not sure yet! I’m doing something new for dinner, so that should be fun :)

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1 Kate(the teenager) August 2, 2008 at 2:41 pm

YAY Kath! You got 2 complete meals for the price of one!!


2 Kathryn August 2, 2008 at 3:01 pm

Hey Kath, I read your blog all the time but this is my first time commenting!
I can totally relate to you feeling bad driving to the gym…I’m in the same situation! (A little under 2 miles though…) I’ve been walking there all summer!
This is a silly question, but as a Kathryn myself, I was just wondering if basically everyone calls you Kath, or if it’s just an occasional nickname. Ha random question, I know. Have a great day!


3 Laura August 2, 2008 at 3:10 pm

This is for anyone and not on subject of Kath’s post but, I’ve hear a lot about green smoothies–adding a hanful of spinach to your regular ingredients. I was wondering if you really can’t tell a difference in taste at all because I’m a little scared to try it!


4 yadi August 2, 2008 at 3:54 pm

Good idea Laura…. I’m going to sneak some spinach a little at a time and see if it makes a difference. I have tons of fruit at home. Need to smoothie. I’ll comment tomorrow after breakfast and let you know.


5 Dina August 2, 2008 at 3:56 pm

Hi ladies,

I have a strange/gross question for you all! Do any of you have hairy feet?! What do you do about it? I’m so self-conscious about it but I’m afraid that shaving or waxing is going to make it worse. Any ideas? Sorry if this is extremely odd!


6 BethT August 2, 2008 at 4:16 pm

I hate when meals promise “fullness” as well. Fullness is so relative depending on your metabolism, etc. – so it’s much easier to go by personal hunger cues.


7 Kate August 2, 2008 at 6:43 pm

Hi Laura–green smoothies are great! I often will put a big handful of spinach, chard, or kale into my smoothie and can’t taste it at all. I recommend starting slow, though. Start with a small handful and you’ll eventually work your way up to filling the blender with greens. Green smoothies are soooo filling, too. They always keep me going and energized ’till lunch.

Re: biking to the gym–that’s awesome that you guys got to and from the gym without the car! I took up bicycle commuting a few years ago and love it. Now I ride to work and school, and find that it’s an easy and time-saving way to get in 20-40 minutes of extra cardio per day. What’s been interesting for me is realizing that riding my bike rarely takes more than 1-2 minutes extra over driving for short distances. Way more fun than sitting in a car!


8 Jenny August 2, 2008 at 7:03 pm

I know what you mean about feeling bad driving to the gym, except I’m so much worse! I live probably less than a mile from mine, and my only excuse for not running/walking is that I am usually taking my spin shoes, etc. over there in a bag with me…haha NOT an excuse, I plan on traveling on foot soon…have a great weekend! :)


9 Laura August 2, 2008 at 8:12 pm

Thanks Yadi and Kate! I’ll have to try it for sure.


10 Kath August 2, 2008 at 8:32 pm

My family called me Kath when I was young. I went by Koops or Koopa all through my mid life and went back to Kath when I started this blog because “Katherine Eats” was just too long! Lots of people still call me Koops, so I answer to any “K” name :)

Dina ,
My feet aren’t hairy (and they would probably be blonde) but if they were, I would consider having them waxed?



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