Dreary Lunch

December 2, 2007

I wish it weren’t so dreary out there!!


After pittering around the house all morning, the husband and I set out on our run around 11:30. We did a really nice 5.2 miles – my legs felt strong and my body was in a running mood. Actually, I think it was the socks I was wearing that are extra cushy, unlike my normal athletic socks. They gave me an extra spring or something!! 426 calories burned 😎


After showers and dressing, it was 1:30 and we were starving!

I had leftover salmon casserole. You can see the recipe here! It was good, but it’s not the most filling dish for 325 calories. Perhaps I need to serve it over a spinach salad? I didn’t use whole wheat egg noodles because the only ones my store had weren’t the right shape, but I’m all out and will get them regardless next time.

(Sorry, the photo malfunctioned and I don’t have a copy!)
Also had a half serving of Kashis

And kiwi with 4 oz plain yogurt and 10 grams Fiber One for some more fiber


All together for 525 calories:


Off to two grocery stores!! But it’s a shame – I’m headed to Syracuse, NY on Monday and Tuesday for work, then I have my class on Thursday, then I’m flying to Philly for the day on Friday so I only have ONE dinner I get to plan this week :(

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1 Megan December 2, 2007 at 10:21 am

Like the new blog! It's so much easier to find your recipes, and the search feature works so well! I think we're making turkey chili tonight(and loosely following a recipe you posted a while ago) :)


2 Danielle December 2, 2007 at 10:33 am

Love the new blog! So…, what exactly brings you to Syracuse? I'm a sophomore at Syracuse University so I was just curious to why your flying up to this winter wonderland :). Nothing like snow to get me in the spirit!


3 Alex December 2, 2007 at 10:51 am

Hey! I'm from Syracuse!

I know you're going for work, but have a good time anyway! And if you get a chance to go to the Wegman's in Dewitt, GO. I think it might be the biggest or second-biggest Wegman's there is, and they just expanded. I swear, the produce section is the size of any other normal grocery store. Sigh. I love Wegman's. I miss Wegman's (I don't live in Syracuse anymore.).

On a different note, I bought spaghetti squash and am going to give it a try tonight! I bought some cranberries, too, so I'll probably try to make that sauce either today or tomorrow. Thank for the motivation to follow-through! :)


4 Maggie December 2, 2007 at 12:27 pm

Hi –
I (like so many others right now) found your blog recently. Just wanted to say – love the new site with all the extra info, and love the site in general. Your explanations coupled with such great photos make it such a pleasure to read – and so inspirational! Thank you!

Also, just curious what your gym is like – I know that is odd, but I'm curious because I currently work out at my university gym because it's so cheap as a grad student – but I hate it! You have to sign up for half hour periods on the machines which drives me nuts, and the classes are not free and you enroll in them for a semester. I do take a yoga class outside of that, which I love. Anyway – are you working out at a national chain gym or something smaller? And, do you drive yourself there? I'm impressed how quickly and early you get yourself there. Thanks!


5 Elle December 2, 2007 at 3:09 pm

Wow, lots of traveling this week! Does that mean no blog posts :(. Also, I don't think the required name was a bad idea…I agree that the 500 Anon's thing was a little annoying! You can easily make up a name if you want to, email addresses are a little more invasive.

Also, I searched high and low for the slow churned Egg Nog Ice Cream but could only find the regular, higher calorie one so I resisted. That's the problem with tiny city grocery stores…the selection is horrible.


6 Tiffany December 2, 2007 at 3:56 pm

I just wanted to say that I also bought a spaghetti squash today and made the cranberry sauce! I love the cranberry -tart and delicious! I was wondering how you usually prepare the squash. Thanks for all the hard work. The new site is great!


7 Stephanie December 2, 2007 at 4:17 pm

Hello! Just wanted to say thank you for being such an inspiration to me!! The past few weeks have been amazing- since i've found your blog i've pushed myself at the gym and have made both the pumpkin cake, peanut butter oatmeal and the pumpkin yogurt- all so good and things I can make in my dorm room!

I use thedailyplate and I really really like it but when i put in that i ran 5 miles at 6.0 it says that i burned 690 calories… but you posted that you burn a lot less. I weigh more than you and i'm taller so could that be a reason why? I haven't bought a heart rate monitor yet so i have to depend on this web site and I really don't want to be short changing myself.

but again.. THANK YOU! =]
you've helped me more than you'll ever know!


8 katheats December 2, 2007 at 4:20 pm

Hi Guys,

Danielle and Alex,
I won't have time to go to Wegman's in Syracuse but I sure would LOVE to go to one. I hear about it all the time. You're lucky to have it! We don't even have Whole Foods in Charlotte yet :(

I go to the YMCA, which is pretty popular here in Charlotte (there are lots of them and they are nice). It's kind an old school Y, but all the equipment is newish and it has everything I need. We do have lots of group exercise classes, but I mostly just go to spinning on Fridays. I'm not a fan of instructors yelling at me to do more pushups! I'll do them on my own, thanks! I feel for you and the crowded school gym. You might be able to get a discount at one of the other gyms in your area. I was on the financial aid program for young professionals at the Y for the first year out of college. But you know, I bet your college gym isn't crowded at 5:30 a.m. :) (if it's open…)

I'll try to post on the squash instructions in detail when I've got some time, but you just need to cut it in half, scoop out the seeds, place it face down on a cookie sheet with a little water underneath and baked for 40-50 minutes, depending on size. Then you just scrap out the insides with a spoon. Do a search for "spaghetti squash" in the search box and see if you can catch some of my old posts.


9 katheats December 2, 2007 at 4:28 pm

The machines overestimate a lot, sorry to bring bad news! Most people burn between 80-110 calories per mile, with 100 being about average. At 5'2" and 120 lbs, I burn 80 calories per mile on the dot no matter how hard I'm working (a fast run takes 8 minutes a slow walk 30 but it's 80 calories at the end of both). If you're a little taller/weigh a little more, I'd guess 100 calories per mile as a great estimate.

You can also use this on the machines – just think about how hard you're working in terms of how fast you can run a mile. If you do the elliptical for 30 minutes and think you did the equivalent of 10-minute-mile running, then assume it was 300 calories.

Hope that helps!


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