Holly Jolly

December 3, 2010

I’m having one of those cozy winter days here.


You know how they can either be depressing and gray or warm and cozy? Maybe it’s the fact that it’s Friday, but even though I have to spend my afternoon working, I’m enjoying it

Hot tea is helping!



BodyPump with Faith was fun. She’s joining my gym for the month of January – I can’t wait to play together everyday. Exercise is so much more fun with a partner.

I biked over to Faith’s, and then we walked (0.8 miles) to the gym for the class. I piled on the weights today! I do think I haven’t been using enough. Usually I use one medium and one small weight on each end of the bar (2.5 kg + 1 kg?) but today I used two mediums and took one off for a few of the upper body parts. I think I could probably use even more weight (esp. for legs) but I’m working up slowly.

Both Faith and I agree that Body Pump is a bit blah. We feel like we could do it more effectively on our own. But we all know that I have a horrible time motivating myself to lift to fatigue on my own, so for now, for me, it’s working. My muscles are definitely more tired right now than if I had lifted on my own (but not as tired as one of Tanner’s SuperFlow yoga classes!)

When I got home, I showered, and then put together lunch


The LAST of the white meat turkey – I promise! With mustard, spinach and a thin layer of mayo on one of Matt’s buns from last night.



Big ole grapes that Karen bought

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And a giant pile of kale chips. I made these sprinkled in Old Bay and drizzled in ketchup.



Blogger confession: I bought this suppppper chocolaty, peanut butter chip, chocolate chunk trail mix at Whole Foods and have been eating out the chocolate for dessert! Highly recommended!


Holly jolly good!

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1 Amanda (Eating Up) December 3, 2010 at 2:25 pm

I love the Monster Trail Mix from Target. TOO MUCH if you know what I mean. I have had many stomachaches after one too many handfuls…


2 Amy December 3, 2010 at 2:26 pm

If your buddy is joining your gym, why not make workouts for each other?

My friend Lisa and I meet each week, and every week we take turns creating a workout that we do together. Its so much fun!


3 Estela @ Weekly Bite December 3, 2010 at 2:27 pm

I love trail mixes like that! We recently bought some grapes that were the size of small plums!


4 Michele @ Healthy Cultivations December 3, 2010 at 2:33 pm

Ha ha ha. I eat the chocolate out of trail mix too. My family came to visit for Thanksgiving, and my brother brought homemade trail mix with these amazing pieces of white chocolate and glazed almonds in it. I picked those items out exclusively all week long!!


5 Kjirsten- Balanced Healthy Life December 3, 2010 at 2:34 pm

I love trail mix but my husband can’t stand it and can’t be around it, a weird phobia (and he has a phobia about ceral as well ), so I never get to eat it. I used to make my own a lot when we didnt’ live together!


6 Heather December 3, 2010 at 2:38 pm

If Body Pump is “blah”, you and your workout partner could design a cardio + strength routine and do it together at the gym. Likely, there is a trainer on staff that cold help you as well!


7 Valerie @ City|Life|Eats December 3, 2010 at 2:40 pm

Yum. Your lunch looks awesome :) I love love love kale chips.


8 Beth @ Beth's Journey to Thin December 3, 2010 at 2:41 pm

mmmmm those grapes look AWESOME. So plump and juicy!


9 Natalia - a side of simple December 3, 2010 at 2:41 pm

I can’t get over how those placemats make all of your pictures just pop! And now I want some grapes…and chocolate…


10 Sabina December 3, 2010 at 2:42 pm

Hi Kath!

i used to feel like you about weights – boring, blah! But, that’s changed. Here’s what worked for me:

– do weights with a partner and alternate sets/equipment: makes the time go by faster
– get a personal trainer: she’ll set up a program for you, you have a worksheet for each time you lift, you’ll see progress, and the exercises will become more challenging the stronger you get

i’m also a Y member and found their personal training prices incredibly reasonable. check and see if your y has a holiday pricing package (mine did last year, which pushed me to purchase a block of sessions, which led to amazing results!).


11 Kath December 3, 2010 at 3:28 pm

I’m working on finding a partner!


12 Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat December 3, 2010 at 2:44 pm

Sounds delicious! I agree with you that BP can get a little monotonous sometimes. I think it’s good for people that have trouble motivating themselves to do strength training on their own, but I do still enjoy it from time to time. I wouldn’t normally stand in front of the mirror on my own and pound out 80ish squats the way BP makes you!! :)


13 laurie December 3, 2010 at 2:46 pm

If you guys want some holiday cheer, this is a must see!


14 Kath December 3, 2010 at 3:28 pm

I’ve seen that!


15 Gabriela @ Une Vie Saine December 3, 2010 at 2:49 pm

Oh, trail mix is my kryptonite, and I always pick out my favorite nuts and the chocolate pieces first. It’s so darn addicting!!


16 [email protected] Grains of Paradise December 3, 2010 at 2:49 pm

Your Kale chips always look so good! I have a hard time keeping them crispy over here with the humidity. Guess I’ll just always have to eat them right away :)


17 RhodeyGirl December 3, 2010 at 2:51 pm

My gym has a class called total body conditioning- it is body pump meets boot camp. In between sets of things we do jumping jacks, high knees, burpees, etc and my heart races the whole time! Maybe your gym has a similar class? My body is sore the next day, but I also get a good cardio workout in!


18 Kath December 3, 2010 at 3:28 pm

It’s hard for me to do boot camps because of all the jumping – my foot didn’t like it :(


19 Lily @ Lily's Health Pad December 3, 2010 at 2:51 pm

I think if you upped your weight you’d feel like Body Pump was more of a challenge 😉 You should be shaking by the end of each set!!


20 Jen G. December 3, 2010 at 2:52 pm

I recently discovered your site, and I already loved it. Finding out you’re a Duke fan makes it that much better 😉 Go Blue Devils!


21 jen December 3, 2010 at 2:55 pm

I’m always starving when I read your blog!!!



22 Kelly December 3, 2010 at 2:55 pm

Gosh, I have never thought about putting Old Bay on kale chips. Genius! :) And Go Heels!!! :)~


23 Camille December 3, 2010 at 3:02 pm

Chocolate should be eaten before and after every meal. I think of it as a palate cleanser :)


24 Tina December 3, 2010 at 3:04 pm

You can definitely do more weight!!!!!


25 Amy K. @ onehealthypeanut December 3, 2010 at 3:10 pm

Christmas candles always get me in the holiday spirit! Those grape are ginormous!!


26 Alaina December 3, 2010 at 3:17 pm

Love your placemats!! Where did you get them??


27 Kath December 3, 2010 at 3:29 pm

PIer 1, I think


28 Amy December 3, 2010 at 3:19 pm

I bet someone has already suggested this, but have you tried other instructors for Body Pump? I remember you saying a few posts ago that you end up standing around for 2-3 minutes between songs, which sounds really weird to me. The instructor I take Body Pump from is yelling for us to change weights faster, and she leaves no pause at all between songs. Change your weights in 20 seconds or you’re behind! She’s actually kinda drill sergeant mean, to be honest. But effective! 😛


29 Kath December 3, 2010 at 3:29 pm

Yeah, I’m on instructor #3 :) I liked today’s a lot better. I thought the class was pretty good overall. Faith and I are just picky, we decided.


30 Katy (The Singing Runner) December 3, 2010 at 3:28 pm

Your lunch looks great and so healthy! :)


31 Christy December 3, 2010 at 3:34 pm

I read your blog all the time- first time posting. I used to feel the same way about lifting, but I just started P90X, which has a ton of strength training involved. It is very fun, the “instructor” is super motivating, and you can do it at home…maybe with Matt! This is the only workout I have ever gotten my fiance to do with me!


32 Lolly December 3, 2010 at 3:54 pm

but…but…but… it is still only Fall, not yet Winter!!!


33 [email protected] December 3, 2010 at 3:55 pm

Nice buns! :)


34 Joy December 3, 2010 at 3:57 pm

I love that all of your meals always look so elegant. Even a sandwich and some soup looks 5-star when you’re making it. Yum!


35 Joy December 3, 2010 at 3:58 pm

Oh, and I heart kale chips; super yum!


36 Lauren at KeepItSweet December 3, 2010 at 3:59 pm

oh i haven’t had kale chips in a while now, i think i need to bring them back into my life asap!


37 Katie December 3, 2010 at 4:40 pm

Just curious…aren’t you a little nervous about eating turkey that’s 8 days old? I always use the sniff rule but don’t keep poultry in the fridge for more then 3-4 days.


38 Kath December 3, 2010 at 4:42 pm

Ehhh…just a little.


39 Katie December 3, 2010 at 4:44 pm

If you’re fine now though I’m sure it’s all good!


40 Hannah December 3, 2010 at 5:56 pm

I’d almost be happy enough to trade in my summer here for that lunch… but not quite 😉


41 barefootgirl December 3, 2010 at 5:59 pm

our turkey is long gone…… but I think it’s time to get another one brining….

those buns look wonderful!

( I hesitated to say that matt’s buns looked wonderful)



42 Sarah (Running to Slow Things Down) December 3, 2010 at 6:22 pm

I am obsessed with that chocolate trail mix!! So yummy! And the chocolate is by far the best part. 😉


43 Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin December 3, 2010 at 6:42 pm

I have such a hard time motivating myself to do weights too. In fact, I haven’t done them at all this week. Oops!


44 Cara Craves... December 3, 2010 at 6:47 pm

It’s actually sort of sad that you won’t have any more turkey sandwiches…
they are so yummy!


45 chelsey @ clean eating chelsey December 3, 2010 at 7:03 pm

I just stocked up on some vegan chocolate chips from WF – it might have to be broken into tonight!!!


46 hungryforbalance.wordpress.com December 3, 2010 at 7:36 pm

Yum- Kale chips! I recently tried making vegan cheesy kale chips and the rocked my world! So good! I bet you’d like ’em 😉 Here’s the recipe http://hungryforbalance.wordpress.com/2010/11/20/soles-4-souls/


47 Kate (What Kate is Cooking) December 3, 2010 at 7:39 pm

I do like workout classes because I feel like I work harder, but I have a hard time being motivated to go to them!


48 Laura (Starloz) December 3, 2010 at 8:43 pm

what awesome buns matt made, they are perfectly thin & look tasty


49 Kelsey December 3, 2010 at 8:44 pm

chocolaty trail mix, oh my. scandalous! : )


50 Cathy B. @ Bright Bakes December 3, 2010 at 8:46 pm

your lunch made me realize i miss kale chips! it’s been far too long!
cathy b. @ brightbakes


51 Jen December 3, 2010 at 9:07 pm

Body Pump can be great– stick with it!
You mentioned that you normally do one small and one medium plate on each side. You should NOT be doing the same weights for each song. Your instructor can give you weight recommendations based on the muscle group you are working for that song, and you should be getting an amazing workout if you vary your weights. You are definitely stronger than you think you are–try changing your weights around with each song. Before you know it, you’ll be an expert and snapping your weights on and off between each song. Stick with it and good luck! Love your blog!


52 stacey-healthylife December 3, 2010 at 9:12 pm

I love chocolaty trail mixes.


53 Melissa @ I Never Imagined December 3, 2010 at 9:43 pm

Holy massive grapes, Batman!!!


54 Kiran December 3, 2010 at 10:00 pm

Mmm… Yummy meal! I love the placemat, very festive :)


55 Karly December 3, 2010 at 10:28 pm

I just read about Matt being admitted to Fuqua on Laura’s blog, and then I came here to find a photo of your Duke mug. How fortuitous! 😉


56 Kath December 3, 2010 at 10:34 pm

ALL PLANNED on my part!!! :) :) GO MATT!


57 Nat December 3, 2010 at 10:44 pm

Body Pump can be a fantastic class if you challenge yourself. I do agree though, that the instructor does play a major role in liking or disliking the class. I definitely think you can increase your weights. You should be struggling to complete the last few reps of the track. I took my first class 4 years ago, and I can’t imagine life without it. It has definitely changed my body. Stick with it!


58 Julie December 3, 2010 at 11:03 pm

If it’s from Wisconsin it’s called a Kringle. As far as I know they are all made in Racine, WI. FYI :) I’d know one anywhere being from WI.


59 Kath December 3, 2010 at 11:05 pm

Yes, that’s it!


60 Victoria December 4, 2010 at 5:28 am

I am sorry to hear you are not enjoying pump- it can be great. The teacher makes a HUGE difference though (I have had some rubbish ones) so maybe see if there is another class? My best one makes the whole class fun and keeps us motivated and active between tracks- she does the change overs really fast. And definitely up the weights, it should be HARD. If you are exhausted you can’t be bored!


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