Full Day Ahead

February 21, 2008

Got up at 5:30 this morning to get started on the day! I’m very productive between 5am and about 3pm and then productivity rapidly declines as dinner nears. So I know my best time to work is the morning!

I had a cup of tea with a splash of skim milk around 5:45 to warm and wake me up –


After an hour and a half of work I started to get pretty hungry and made Classic Kath Oatmeal: rolled oats with banana, flax, cinnamon, vanilla, walnuts and almond butter. I also used 1/2 water, 1/4 hemp milk, and 1/4 skim. I don’t think I can really taste the hemp milk so I’m going to try it 1/2 and 1/2 tomorrow. I used part skim because I was worried the hemp milk would separate, but I think it’s OK over medium heat (it always clumps when I add it to hot tea/coffee so I don’t think it really likes heating!)


And more tea!


Breakfast today was ~460 kcal, 9 grams fiber, and 17 grams protein.

I’m off to the gym in a bit, then on to classes, then tonight we have a dietetics meeting to attend for one of our classes so I’ll be studying on campus until 5:30 for that. There’s supposed to be food at the meeting, but I’m not sure how much or what types of foods they will have, so Christy and I have tentatively planned to go to dinner afterwards if we need to. I would hope a dietetics association would have healthy food on hand!

And check out this hilarious HFCS cartoon the husband found :mrgreen:

Have a wonderful day!

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1 VeggieGirl February 21, 2008 at 9:13 am

you certainly DO have a full day ahead of you – at least you got off to a productive start, with a bowl of Classic Kath oatmeal :0)

good luck with all of your classes and other activities today!!


2 Ala February 21, 2008 at 9:18 am

I love that comic too :)

I find I am most productive in the morning too…once afternoon hits, I hit a wall block.


3 Katie February 21, 2008 at 9:33 am

Seriously, I’m the SAME way. Only productive in the mornings. Hope you get everything done today! :)


4 ms February 21, 2008 at 9:43 am

I just read last night’s entry and a huge congratulations to your husband on the job offer!!! I’ve been thinking of him since Monday when you expected to hear something. I know that waiting period is torture.

I’m much better in the morning, also. Evenings are my slow time. I stay home with my two kids and if we’re not outside playing, my pajamas are on by 4:00!!!


5 Paige February 21, 2008 at 9:45 am

The comic is simply too true. When my husband started to read the labels on things he was buying, he couldn’t believe how many things had this stuff in it! He was mostly taken back by the wheat bread having HFCS. I’m very glad he’s becoming more health conscious.

And congrats to the husband’s job!!!! I know you are so proud!


6 Stacey February 21, 2008 at 9:45 am

Hi Kath and Husband,

First of all congratulations! I went to the store yesterday and decided it was cold and I wanted something I eat quite often and when I picked up the can of pumpkin I couldn’t believe I hadn’t said something before. I make this awesome (at least my family and I think so) quick Pumpkin Bread. It is really dense, but delicious. Let me know if you want the recipe.


7 Nancy February 21, 2008 at 10:18 am


Growing up, I’ve always drank regular lipton black tea. I really enjoy FLAVORS when it comes to coffee and tea, but can never find tea that i can really TASTE and smell and enjoy a strong flavor. I recently bought one from Roots that was a vanilla hazelnut flavor, but I just couldn’t really get a strong taste of those flavors in it. Do you have any recommendations?



8 Tina O. February 21, 2008 at 10:22 am

Congrats to the husband!

I have a question for anyone. I took a ‘body blast’ class on Tuesday and yesterday I was so sore, walking was a challenge. I think it was all the squats. I guess I am a little more out of shape than I thought! Anyway, I am still pretty sore this morning. The class is every Tuesday, so I have some recovery time before the next one. I really didn’t anticipate this level of soreness, I had planned on going back to the gym today, but I am not sure I can make it! Does anyone have any suggestions of how to make the pain not so intense. And should I force myself to go back to the gym today or should I wait till tomorrow? Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated!


9 Cara February 21, 2008 at 10:34 am

no gym?


10 Liz February 21, 2008 at 10:43 am

Hi Tina – I would say to do a light day at the gym and a different type of workout. Mentally, I enjoy my workout time and get frustrated to skip too many days. I find it breaks my momentum. On days I am too tired or sore, I just ease up and walk either outside or on the treadmill…or do an easy bike workout with a fun magazine! Then most important, be sure to stretch! Good luck!


11 Betsy February 21, 2008 at 10:47 am

I really like Yogi teas. When I first stopped drinking coffee and started drinking tea about 3 years ago I had the same problem. Teas just didn’t taste strong enough for me! Eventually, I found lots I like, and now i drink about 3 delicious cups a day! Here are my favs:
Raspberry Ginger
Egyptian Licorice Mint
Tahitian Vanilla Hazelnut
I also like Celestial Seasonings Blueberry tea. I tried it on a whim, and its soo good and tastes soo much like Blueberrys!


12 Patricia February 21, 2008 at 10:53 am

Congratulations to the husband on his new job! When does he start???

I love the cartoon… it’s so true!!

You do have a long day ahead of you…. 3 out of my 4 classes got canceled today! :) :)

Have a great Thursday!


13 rhodeygirl February 21, 2008 at 10:59 am


I really like Early Grey Lavender Tea… It is hard to get used to new flavors when you are just used to plain black tea… this one has a nice flavor of lavender that is a really nice change from Lipton!!!


14 Ala February 21, 2008 at 11:22 am

I have the same problem with flavoured teas…they smell amazing but are often disappointing in the taste department…


15 JennS February 21, 2008 at 11:29 am

try the Celestial seasons Peppermint tea, a GREAT night time tea.


16 Anne February 21, 2008 at 11:31 am

congrats to the husband!!!


17 Kiala February 21, 2008 at 11:38 am


I LOVE Bigelow French Vanilla black tea. Love it.


18 evangeline February 21, 2008 at 11:42 am

does anyone have a good kale recipe? im making swordfish tonight and want to try kale as a side dish. i’ve had some great bok choy at whole foods (w/olive oil, garlic, and some other seasonings). i wonder if i could make kale the same way??


19 ashley February 21, 2008 at 12:02 pm

Hey Kath,

I know you base your intake off of a net amount of calories, I can’t find the imformation under your faqs where you talk about the net and how many calories you intake daily and how you found your net, can you repost that information or direct me to where I can find it?


20 Anne February 21, 2008 at 12:05 pm


I made oatmeal last night with Hemp milk and it did completely fine on the heat! It was really tasty… didn’t even need to add any brown sugar :)


21 Lauren T. February 21, 2008 at 12:15 pm

Lately I make my own tea just using ginger! Slice up about 1/2 inch of fresh ginger root and steep it in boiling water 3-5 mins…it’s sooo soothing, delicious, and I’ve heard it’s good for digestion! Oh and it’s SO much cheaper than buying a bunch of tea bags!


22 Steph February 21, 2008 at 1:22 pm

Tina O- I have done those body blast classes before and they really do a number on your muscles when you first start doing the classes. The result is LOTS of muscle tearing for the first little while. I would suggest a very light activity such as a walk, followed by light stretching once you are warm.


23 grace February 21, 2008 at 2:36 pm

Tina–Make sure you stretch a lot after the class. Also, maybe have a protein filled snack afterwards, just make sure it’s not too many calories to underdo all your hard work. I have a yogurt or smoothie. The protein will help repair the muscles faster. As for going to the gym, light activity can help ease the soreness by loosening up the muscles. Personally, I love being sore after a good workout. It makes me feel like I worked hard!

Evangeline–I make kale the same way as the bok choy and sometimes I add some lemon juice/zest or rice wine vinegar.

Congratulations to the Husband! I hope you still have time to bake delicious bread.


24 Nancy February 21, 2008 at 2:59 pm

Hey guys! Thanks for all the great advice about yummy teas to try… I’m excited and want to try them all!

do you guys mind telling me where I can find these teas? Are they available at Roots specifically or any food store?

Thanks! :)


25 rhodeygirl February 21, 2008 at 3:20 pm

The kinds I love are by Revolution… I got mine from my local Stop&Shop- so I am pretty sure your local supermarket would have that brand? If not try stores like Whole Foods or Trader Joe’s.

Here is the link:


26 Tina O. February 21, 2008 at 6:21 pm

Thanks for all the great advice about ‘soreness’. Unfortunately now I think I may have the flu-UGH! My whole household is sick! What a horribly long sickly weekend!


27 bev February 21, 2008 at 6:39 pm

Nancy, I also love yogi tea. I drink green tea ( so good for you ) . They also have many flavors to choose . If you buy a sampler box your not stuck with something that you don’t like. i get my at whole foods or at my local grocery store


28 bev February 21, 2008 at 6:43 pm

Nancy here is yogi


29 Kath February 22, 2008 at 2:29 pm

In a nutshell:

NET calories = Calories to maintain – 300-500, depending on how much you have to lose. NET should never be lower than 1200. Calories to maintain should take into account daily activity like a job that demands you to be on your feet, but not formal exercise.

Gross Calories per day = NET + Exercise calories burned

Caloriesperhour.com has some good calculators to help figure out calories to maintain.



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