Cram Packed

August 25, 2008

I’m trying to cram too much into my days and am starting to feel anxious about all there is to do!! Yikes!!! That coffee this morning didn’t help – it made me SICK! I felt like I had a bad hangover . My stomach was fine, but I was shaking all over and felt dehydrated. Basically just like a hangover! I think I need to stick to smaller mugs from now on. It was NOT a good feeling.

But it did help me out in my workout – I felt like I had to just move as fast as I could to get the shakes out and so I felt like a worked out harder today. I have read research that says caffeine before a workout can improve performance, so I wonder if what I experienced is what they were talking about? I biked to the gym, did the ET , some pull-ups (I easily did 12 in a row with 70 lbs resistance when I normally do 10!), then biked home before the rain hit.

Once home and showered, I whipped up a mystery pasta salad. You might be able to guess some of the ingredients. I loved this pasta shape!



I also had a great bowl of Chobani with ryeberries and a peach.


I made the ryeberries this morning in the dirty oatmeal pot (so I would have to clean it one less time) and I store them like this in a tupperware for the week:


Lunch was really satisfying today. Not sure why! I think it was the salty-sweet combo of the pasta salad with the yogurt and fruit. It hit all my tongue’s senses –


Brothers-All-Natural Contest Winners!!!!!!

I guess you guys don’t like sandwiches as much as you like oatmeal because we didn’t have too many entries, but the ones we did get were awesome ! WINNERS send me your addresses to [email protected] !

Here’s the husband’s full report:

Hi Guys!

The sandwiches looked really good – I can definitely see us making a few of these.  Too bad there weren’t more entries!  What’s up with that people?! The winners:

Chelsea’s Big Sandwich


It’s a tradition in Chelsea’s family to make and share one of these, and oh man I want all of it.  Besides what you can see here, there’s Italian dressing, pickles, avocado, tomatoes, and pepperocinis.  It reminds me of a gag from The Simpsons when Homer acquires a huge sandwich from a company picnic:


 We hardly made a dent in that ten-foot hoagie!

 I'll give it a good home. (pats sandwich)

	[flash to Homer in front of the TV, eating the sandwich.


 You've been eating that sandwich for over a week. I think
       the mayonnaise is starting to turn.

 Two more feet, and I can fit it in the fridge.

	[flash to Marge walking up to Homer with a blackened-

       looking sandwich.


 Homer, I found this behind the radiator. I really think you
       should throw it away.

 Suggestion noted!
	[when Marge leaves, Homer chows down


        [flash to reality



 Marge, I'd like to be alone with the sandwich for a moment.

 Are you going to eat it?

 [long pause

] Yes.

Ashley’s Brain Food

Ashley H

This is a great, classic meatless sandwich: grilled portabello, grilled tomatoes, cilantro, and cream cheese on whole wheat.  Grilled ingredients make every sandwich amazing.

Maggie’s Italian Farmer

Maggie S.

In case you can’t tell, I love any italian-style sandwich.  Maggie’s ingredients all come from the local farmer’s market (except for some tofurkey).  Herby ciabatta, heirloom maters, jarlsberg cheese and cilantro chutney.  That bread looks so crunchy, I want it.

Katherine’s Superb Zucchini


Once again, sticking some warm ingredients in between bread makes a good sandwich great.  Hummus, toasted pumpkin seeds, and you can see the rest.  This looks really comforting.

Debbie’s Nuttiest Sandwich Ever

Debbie Debbie II

This is really creative stuff here.  Deb takes part of a banana and mashes it up with almond butter to make a paste.  Then she combines egg whites, minced dried cranberries, and a dash of sweetener and cooks them into a round omelet.  As the omelet gets close to finishing, she plops the banana paste in the middle, sprinkles some chopped almonds over it,  folds into a square shape, and then finishes cooking.  Stick between two pieces of bread (and grill if desired) and eat!  I will definitely be making something like this soon.  Delicious!


And here are the rest of the entries!

Cati M.

A sandwich of prosciutto and fresh mozzarella on multigrain baguette, melted under the broiler and topped with fresh peach slices and blueberries, which I warmed on the stovetop with fresh basil.


Shaylyn W.

A whole wheat English muffin, with a mixture of dark chocolate pb and natural crunchy pb as the base. Then it is doused with a hearty helping of applesauce, and sprinkled with fresh blueberries!



Farmers Market Sammie on Rye: Turkey, Jarlsberg cheese, Cucumber, Roasted Chickpeas, Organic herb baby romaine, organic tomatoes, Red Sweet Pepper relish, and Dijon Mustard.

Anne P.

The Anne wich. ‘Nuff said :)

Anne P.

Talia L.

Vegetarian Sandwich with fig and peach jam, vegan cheese and baco bits and lettuce


Polly G.

Smooshed fresh-picked black and red raspberries, natural almond butter, Ezekeil sprouted bread. Total summer yummy-ness!



And thank you to Brothers-All-Natural for the prizes :)

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1 Anne P August 25, 2008 at 3:37 pm

yum those all look awesome!!!

and mine is supposed to be: it’s not a manwich, it’s an ANNEwich :)


2 magpie August 25, 2008 at 3:49 pm

Yayy! These all look so good! I’m so excited for the Brothers-All-Natural samples :)


3 Allison August 25, 2008 at 3:55 pm


Was it ever on the blog that you were going to be in Shape? If so, I missed it. For those of you that get Shape magazine, look at page 132 of the October issue.


4 Kath August 25, 2008 at 4:01 pm

Allison ,
OMG it’s out!?!? I haven’t gotten my Shape yet! But no, I never told anyone – it’s a surprise! What’s the page like?? I don’t even know what photo they used!



5 HangryPants August 25, 2008 at 4:02 pm

Woah with the pull ups. You’re getting stronger!

Congrats on the Shape magazine thing. I’ll be sure to check it out. How exciting for you. :)


6 Christie I. August 25, 2008 at 4:11 pm

I can see the pics again :)

All of those sandwiches look awesome, making me hungry!


7 ModelBehavior August 25, 2008 at 4:12 pm

Ok, I’m sorry but I think the Annewich should have won, thats so cute!

All great entries, great work everyone!

And now I have to stop and get a Self on the way home :)


8 Brittany August 25, 2008 at 4:14 pm

I can’t wait to see the article in Shape! All the sandwich entries looked awesome and so did your mystery pasta!


9 VeggieGirl August 25, 2008 at 4:24 pm

Hang in there, Kath – please don’t get overwhelmed!!

Ahh, love all the sandwich winning entries!!

But I ESPECIALLY love Polly G.’s entry – yum!!! She should have won!! :-)


10 Melissa P. August 25, 2008 at 4:34 pm

Kath- I tried to find the archive for your San Fran trip, but cannot remember when you went. I am traveling there next month for a conference and need some restaurant recomendations. I am staying at the Marriott Fisherman’s Wharf and would like to be able to walk to dinner. Any recomendations? Or can you tell me the dates that you were there so that I can look over the posts again?


11 Anne P August 25, 2008 at 4:38 pm

You are in Shape?? That’s awesome, I’ll have to pick up a copy!


12 Chelsea August 25, 2008 at 4:42 pm

YAY Shaun is going to be so excited that his Big Sandwich won! I make it for Shaun for lunch about once a month because that’s all I we can afford! Those things are expensive!


13 Twinks August 25, 2008 at 4:54 pm

Congrats on SHAPE!


14 Shaun August 25, 2008 at 4:58 pm

Just so everyone knows, I ate that whole thing!!!

It’s not the most photogenic food, but it tastes awesome!!!

The only problem with this sandwich right now is that sometimes I have dreams of Chelsea giving birth to it!! Just like on The Cosby Show.


15 Allison August 25, 2008 at 5:48 pm

You look great. You look strong and healthy!!


16 Allison August 25, 2008 at 5:49 pm

Oh, and you are the “Lose 30 Lbs. without dieting” on the cover!! “The surprising way one reader took control of her weight”


17 Justy2003 August 25, 2008 at 6:07 pm

I don’t get Shape! Kath, can you post pictures and the article when you get it?! Otherwise I guess I’ll just track down your article while browsing at the grocery store 😉


18 Jen August 25, 2008 at 6:31 pm

Those sandwiches all look amazing! Now I’m craving one for dinner.


19 alex August 25, 2008 at 6:40 pm

Hi Kath!

I have a “food” dilemma……..

I am a college student and my schedule on Tuesdays and Thursdays consists of seven straight hours of class.

Besides making sure I eat a filling and good sized breakfast, do you have any other tips? Like what kind of snacks (that are easy, and portable) I should bring?

Thanks so much!

If any readers have any ideas that would be awesome!
Thanks guys!


20 jess August 25, 2008 at 7:11 pm

I wanted to share my favorite sandwich. I can’t get pics from my camera to my computer so I couldn’t enter it in the contest, but it is the tastiest!
I get some good nutty whole grain bread and spread it with basil pesto and then pile it with turkey, roasted red peppers, brie and red onion(which you could omit Kath). I then brush the bread with a little olive oil and put it in the foreman grill till the brie is all melty and gooey! Delicious!!!!
I hope some of you try this! I definately have a couple of new sandwich ideas!


21 caitlin (see bride run) August 25, 2008 at 7:14 pm

i want to see the shape article!! post a PDF if possible!



22 jess August 25, 2008 at 7:14 pm

I also really like grilled sandwiches with good sharp cheddar cheese and sliced apple. Another favorite. I actually really should have entered the contest- I am kind of a sandwich queen lol. I love them, especially grilled…


23 mh August 25, 2008 at 7:39 pm

alex I had the same schedule last year and I always packed my lunch (a pb and J, a turkey or hummus wrap, yogurt, fruit, string cheese and crackers, almonds and granola bars) to get me through the long day!! I didn’t have a micro or a refridgerator do I had to pack foods that would make it!


24 mh August 25, 2008 at 8:08 pm

kath, I know how you feel about being overwhelmed. I started law school last week and I am already so so busy and overworked! haha! its a never ending cycle!! sorry about the contest participant’s..I’m just not creative with sandwiches and didn’t think people wanted to see pb and banana or turkey and hummus! haha! but the winners and everyone looked great! Does anyone else NOT like the pb larabars? I think I may be alone in this one but I dont like them! I tried but my heart belongs to choc chip z bars…my love! haha


25 Kath August 25, 2008 at 8:36 pm

Melissa P.,
I was there July 16-20. Hope that helps!

Shaun ,
Hilarious!!! You and the husband would be great sandwich eating friends :)

Allison ,
Wow! Thanks for the info. That cover is much better than my Women’s World cover that said “Lose 30 pounds in 2 months!” I can’t wait to see it- hopefully my copy will come tomorrow.

alex ,
All the good portable ones: baggies of your normal snacks, LaraBars, Nectar Bars, fruit, trail mix, kashi crackers, veggies and hummus in a container. Hopefully you can see some of the stuff I pack in my lunches to get some ideas.



26 Deb August 26, 2008 at 1:00 pm

hmmm I did a cursory check at Von’s today and couldn’t see any mention or photo of Kath in Shape?!?!?! Perhaps I need to look again. My sub should be arriving soon too.


27 one food guy September 29, 2008 at 12:46 pm

I vote for the Anne wich, with Chelsea’s big sandwich a close second!


28 Zashkaser August 5, 2009 at 12:01 pm

I love these stories! Keep making them!


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