Gray Sun

July 13, 2009

The sun is out, but the sky on the other side of the yard is gray!

After some computer work and a break in the clouds (!!), Matt and I headed out to the gym. We biked there, chatting along the way, separated for 30 minutes of cardio (elliptical for me) and then reunited for some pull-ups and push-ups.

Once home and showered, we raided the freezer for veggies in the form of leftover soup.

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I heated up some frozen butternut squash and lentil soup on top of some leftover kale, all sprinkled with goat cheese and crushed pumpkin seeds. Butternut squash is gooooood!

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Jalapeno roll on the side

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+ H2Omelon – almost mushy.

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I snuck a bite of Hershey’s chocolate bar for dessert :)


Got an email from Gather this AM where I write weekly posts at Boca’s Balanced Living site that you can actually earn money by participating on Gather in the form of Gather points. Just from my weekly posts I’ve racked up over 2,000 points! Although the point-to-dollar conversion is about 62:1. But if you’ve got the time to Gather up you time and write + comment there, might be an easy way to help pay the bills.


See y’all for dinner!

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1 Cait (Cait's Plate) July 13, 2009 at 2:07 pm

That’s awesome! I’m definitely going to “gather” my points :)

Those jalapeno rolls look so good – I’m drooling!


2 Christie @ Quit Your Diet July 13, 2009 at 2:34 pm

Wow, thanks for sharing the Gather info!!


3 Courtney (The Hungry Yogini) July 13, 2009 at 2:35 pm

Glad you got at least a little bit of sunshine! I’m enjoying it today…supposed to be rainy the rest of the week here!

Have a great afternoon!


4 Shannon (The Daily Balance) July 13, 2009 at 2:35 pm

That’s awesome re: Gather! Nice! 😉

Everytime you post a photo of a Jalapeno roll – i want one!! And I don’t even like spicy thing! They just look so biscuty and delicious 😉


5 Daria (Summer of the CSAs) July 13, 2009 at 2:36 pm

Thanks for the tip about gather! Also I’m jealous of your soup – looks great!


6 Megan (The Runner's Kitchen) July 13, 2009 at 2:41 pm

eventhough it’s only july – your butternut squash soup has got me thinking about fall! i love root veggies :-)


7 Joanne July 13, 2009 at 2:42 pm

Love goat cheese and your addition to the soup was a super choice.
I just can’t help thinking of Meg Ryan in one of her movies where she is on the train in search of her ex-fiance (in France or Italy?) and she eats the goat cheese but is lactose intolerant. She is just too funny.


8 Heather @ Health, Happiness, and Hope July 13, 2009 at 3:00 pm

What an awesome soup! Love how you’re using up the leftovers… YUM!

Good luck on the article! Definitely a neat way to make a little extra $$$! :)


9 brandi July 13, 2009 at 3:01 pm

i agree about butternut – I can’t wait until it’s in season again and cheap!


10 leslie July 13, 2009 at 3:13 pm

butternut squash is my favorite thing about winter. it’s always fun to have some stored away in the freezer for summertime. :)

thanks for the gather tip! i’m going to look into it!


11 stacy July 13, 2009 at 3:21 pm

Hey Kath! And all! I am going on a family vacation to San Diego in a couple of weeks. and I need some help!


Thanks so much!


12 Belinda July 13, 2009 at 3:23 pm

Looks yummy! I read your story again last night. I really needed to be reminded that it takes time and attention to achieve my weight loss goals. Thanks again!


13 Natalie July 13, 2009 at 3:45 pm

What a healthy lunch! :) Looks good!


14 lynn (The Actors Diet) July 13, 2009 at 4:11 pm

thanks for the tip re: gather – can always use another way to make $$$


15 Erica July 13, 2009 at 4:41 pm

Glad you two got in a great workout today. It rained during my run today, but not too too bad. Your lunch looks totally delicious- love the addition of the kale. Josh and I tried one of Matt’s beers last night- very delicious (yet again). I’m starting to agree with everyone else…maybe ya’ll should just open your OWN place down here! I’d be there at least every other day :)


16 Marisa (trim the fat) July 13, 2009 at 4:52 pm

Thanks for the Gather info.

That jalapeno roll sounds really good! A perfect side for your soup :)


17 Catherine Deist July 13, 2009 at 5:00 pm

Okay, Kath –

Just to clarify – you combined butternut squash with the lentil soup?? I love both of them alone, but together? Were the tastes really that complimentary?

On another note, I just started reading your blog (addicted now, actually) and I love that you go by “Kath” instead of “Kat,” as my friends, family and husband have always called me “Cath”!

-Cath (with a “C”) :-)


18 K July 13, 2009 at 5:13 pm

I am very jealous of those jalapeno rolls – they look fantastic!


19 Lyn July 13, 2009 at 6:01 pm

You know what’s so cool… you obviously WANT to eat healthy. It’s a habit and you just go and look for frozen stuff to throw together into a healthy, yummy meal. Me, if there is nothing obvious in the fridge, I take it as an excuse to eat a frozen pizza!! I need to take a cue and scout out the frozen VEGGIES and get creative with my meals!


20 Caitlin July 13, 2009 at 6:09 pm

those jalapeno rolls look really good!

btw, I know you are located in NC, and I am going to be going on vacation to SC this week. I will be staying in the Myrtle Beach area but we go out to eat pretty much anywhere within an hour radius! I was curious as to if you had any suggestions of restaurants in the area? Of course, this is a long shot considering that NC and SC are 2 diff. states, but just a question! Thanks!


21 Maria July 13, 2009 at 6:54 pm

Love the rolls and I am obsessed with watermelon. I have to eat it every day. I love summer!


22 Sheila July 13, 2009 at 7:33 pm

Believe it or not, I was wondering lately, after having read your blog for quite a while now, whether you ever just grabbed a candy bar. Or anything similarly “unhealthy” that most people have at least once in a while. I feel better now that you had that bite of Hershey’s chocolate. You don’t need to sneak it though; you exercise your brains out and I think there’s room for a treat in a healthy person’s diet periodically. I understand the tenacity, though. I ate very little of that sort of thing when I was on my single-minded loss of 123 lbs. A glimpse into your thought process would be appreciated as I have fallen off the wagon and gained some of those pounds back (thankfully not all of them) and I’m looking for some inspiration to get back in the diet mode… your will power is like mine was back when I was doing so well. Can’t seem to get that mojo back…


23 Kath July 13, 2009 at 7:39 pm

Cath :),
Actually it was a soup I’d made a while ago that was already combined and frozen:

It was good though!

Lyn ,
Frozen pizza sounds good to me!

Caitlin ,
Sorry, I’ve only been to Myrtle Beach once when I was little!

Sheila ,
‘Snuck’ more referred to the fact that I didn’t bother to photograph or anything – not that I was feeling guilty for eating some chocolate. My thought process was just “I would love a bite of chocolate to cleanse my palate.” Checks the chocolate drawer and locates a Halloween mini Hersey bar. Takes bite. Asks Matt if he wants the rest. He accepts I wasn’t hungry but I wanted the taste so I didn’t really need the whole thing.



24 Jenn (www. ) July 13, 2009 at 9:29 pm

I want one of those jalapeno rolls!!



25 Sheila July 14, 2009 at 12:23 am

If only candy or any other fun food (crackers, bread, any carb or sweet) could hang around my house in a drawer for months on end, all my problems would be solved! And it would really help if I only ate when I was hungry. That’s the place I need to get to…


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