Job Well Done

June 11, 2009

Cutting the grass is SO much easier when it’s not a mile long! I was able to RUN with the mower today (my way of doing it faster and picking up the cardio workout). The hardest part of mowing is definitely emptying the grass bag into the compost. It’s so heavy and awkward. I was covered in grass when I was finished!

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I showered and was ready to eat lunch at noon, but that’s waaaay to early for me! I used to eat at noon everyday, but now I’m used to 1-2pm lunches and prefer them. My stomach was not the least bit hungry! So I wrote a ton of letters to family and sent some of my Africa photos that way. By 1pm I was still not that hungry, but I was ready enough to eat. I should have had a smaller breakfast!

(And unfortunately I had to come in and blog while I finish eating!)

I made a delish spinach salad with cuc, carrot, peppers, blueberries, goat cheese, walnuts and a drizzle of EVOO and honey.

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It had tons of crunch and was awesome!

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And on the side I had two small slices of Great Harvest Fruit and Nut Bread with AB + Jam

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I’m planning to have an Amazing Grass bar for an afternoon snack while at work.

My lunch procrastination put me on a late scheduling, so I wont’ have time to take the lightrail today. Makes me happy because at least I won’t get too sweaty!

See you for a fun Matt-made dinner!

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1 Rachel (Rachel's Work Bites) June 11, 2009 at 12:21 pm

That salad does look yummy, interesting to put blueberries in with all the veggies! I’ll have to try it out sometime!


2 Kat June 11, 2009 at 12:27 pm

Hi Kath,

Yummy salad!

I have been reading your blog for about a year and a half and am so grateful for all of your yummy recipes and positivity. I am on a weight loss journey and have lost 40 pounds in the last 3 years, I still have quite a way to go, but am plugging away. Thank you for inspiring me!

Kind Regards,



3 Rachel June 11, 2009 at 12:28 pm

I loooooove summery salads like that. Perfect! Have a lovely day – I’m looking forward to seeing what y’all put together for dinner!


4 Courtney (The Hungry Yogini) June 11, 2009 at 12:33 pm

GORGEOUS salad. YUM! When shall I come over for lunch!?

Glad the grass mowing went well. Gotta love non-exercise exercise.

Have a great afternoon!


5 brandi June 11, 2009 at 12:33 pm

great job on the lawn! Looks like you’re having much prettier weather today than we are in VA – it’s gloomy and rainy here :(

Have a good afternoon at work!


6 Marissa June 11, 2009 at 12:43 pm

I can see the fresh mow lines in your yard!


7 Mara @ What's for Dinner? June 11, 2009 at 12:46 pm

WTG with the lawn!! Mine looks remarkably like a jungle right now… it would help if we had a mower!


8 Emily (Healthy Fit Mama) June 11, 2009 at 12:46 pm

Yummy looking bread!!


9 Katherine June 11, 2009 at 12:52 pm

The salad looks wonderful and I love the combination of fresh fruit, nuts and goat cheese. So summery!


10 JENNA June 11, 2009 at 12:54 pm

your salad and yard look beautiful! can’t wait to see what matt whips up!


11 april June 11, 2009 at 1:04 pm

Your yard looks great! What a great way to get exercise in!


12 Allison K June 11, 2009 at 1:09 pm

lawn mowing is on my schedule for the afternoon as well. Although if my husband saw me running with the mower, he would probably have a panic attack. He always gets on me for going “to fast” because it make the grass ‘unven”


13 Melissa @ For the Love of Health June 11, 2009 at 1:13 pm

I love cutting grass. The smell is so summer! Sadly I have no lawn because I am in a condo. one day :-)

great salad- i put blueberries in mine too last night :-)

have a great one!


14 Heather @ Health, Happiness, and Hope June 11, 2009 at 1:30 pm

Love all those salad ingredients. What a neat mixture!

Hope work goes well for you again today! :)


15 Jenn (www. ) June 11, 2009 at 1:35 pm

Pretty salad! My husband doesn’t cook. In fact, he’s banned from kitchen duty after an incident defrosting cheese and the microwave 3 years ago. 😐



16 Lori June 11, 2009 at 1:37 pm


When we cut grass, we don’t use the bag anymore. We used to but then one of our neighbors (with a great yard) told us that it was better to leave it. In South Florida, the sun is so strong that it (what ends up in the bag) actually protects the new grass from getting burned!! It works good with St Augustine grass!


17 Deva June 11, 2009 at 1:37 pm

I love how you chunk up the cucumbers in your salads – I love cucumber in salad topped with red wine or balsamic vineger, I’ve never thought to try out honey and olive oil before. :)


18 Jenn Eats Nutritiously Now June 11, 2009 at 2:08 pm

Lunch looks great! Glad you got your cardio in with the mowing!


19 [email protected] June 11, 2009 at 2:12 pm

Mmm that looks like a good lunch! I love yard work but don’t get to do it in the city!


20 Hallie June 11, 2009 at 2:45 pm

Haha I don’t think I would ever say, “yay I get to mow the lawn!” but I never really had a lawn, so who knows. Glad you had fun :-)


21 Sarah June 11, 2009 at 2:54 pm

I just started mowing a few months ago, had never done it before. I love it too! And I agree, the worst part is emptying the grass! That looks like a great salad!


22 linda June 11, 2009 at 2:59 pm

Oh my, it looks like a great day in Charlotte! I’m sitting in my cube at work eating lunch and am counting the hours until i can go home and enjoy the day too. I’m saving lawn mowing for the weekend though.


23 Nicole (dishin') June 11, 2009 at 3:04 pm

Lunch looks amazing as always. I’m so jealous it’s sunny there. It’s been raining on and off in Boston for days…


24 Danielle June 11, 2009 at 3:13 pm

Oh my gosh that salad looks so great Kath! I’m loving all the different flavors your threw in there!


25 capedaisy June 11, 2009 at 3:21 pm

are you feeling any different/anything stand out to you since you’ve starting consuming “green” drinks/shakes? Just curious. Wonder if you could switch the lawn cuttings into your own green products. The brewer could do green beer.


26 Michele June 11, 2009 at 4:02 pm

My, what beautiful grass you have! LOL 😉

I think it’s great that you compost! I do, too.

I agree with the others. That salad just looks amazing! Yum-O!



27 Adi ( June 11, 2009 at 4:12 pm

I’m jealous that you get to cut a lawn! I used to love doing that… now I’m in a condo, so lawn cutting for this gal. Let me know if you ever need a hand :) … on second thought, it might be a bit far to travel…


28 Tammy June 11, 2009 at 4:41 pm

Kath, I love that dressing combo — any specific amounts/ratios of honey and olive oil that you recommend? I’m really picky about salad dressings and that sounds like a good one. By the way, my husband and I are VERY excited to try the kale chips you recommended! Thank you!


29 K June 11, 2009 at 4:59 pm

EVOO + honey? I need to try that one, this is the first time I’ve heard of that combination!

Way to go with the run/mowing! Kill two birds with one stone :)


30 Marisa (trim the fat) June 11, 2009 at 5:45 pm

I love the addition of blueberries on the salad! I’ll have to try that!


31 Rhonda Olsen June 11, 2009 at 5:53 pm

Great post !

Can I add something about cardio workout and Aerobic exercise?

Aerobic exercise refers to exercise that involves or improves oxygen consumption by the body.

Aerobic means “with oxygen”, and refers to the use of oxygen in the body’s metabolic or energy-generating process.

Many types of exercise are aerobic, and by definition are performed at moderate levels of intensity for extended periods of time.

To obtain the best results, an aerobic exercise session involves a warming up period, followed by at least 20 minutes of moderate to intense exercise involving large muscle groups, and a cooling down period at the end.

Hope this helps :-)


32 emmy June 11, 2009 at 6:12 pm

I know you do not usually do chains but there is one floating around that you’ve basically done most of (posting pics of where you blog from,etc) so I tagged you.


33 Danielle June 11, 2009 at 6:45 pm

I lurve your colorful salads! Can’t get enough!


34 Layne June 11, 2009 at 7:53 pm

The salad looks great – can’t wait to see what’s for dinner!


35 Meg June 11, 2009 at 8:20 pm

What a fun and yummy salad!


36 Kath June 11, 2009 at 8:34 pm

Kat ,
Thanks – and congrats on your awesome weight loss!

Lori ,
Thanks for the tip! I might have to try that. I hate the way it looks when the grass is on top, but if it leads to better grass down the road, it might be worth it.

capedaisy ,
Grass smoothies….I can taste them now…

I don’t really feel any different, but I definitely think there is a placebo effect going on in my head. I just feel giddier when I feel that I’m eating something healthier. Not sure if that will lead to me doing this long term though..

Tammy ,
Many of my culinary habits are out of laziness, and this dressing is no exception. I don’t even shake it in a jar – I literally drizzle about half a tsp each of olive oil and honey. That’s it. They are both thick enough substances that they stick well to the lettuce. I often drizzle before I add the veggies so they stick to the lettuce instead of the more flavorful toppings.

emmy ,
Aw thanks, but I’m always a chain stopper! You can see my work space in my house tour video though :) And in the video.



37 Nicole June 11, 2009 at 8:57 pm

aaah I am so making that salad this summer:):) love it!!


38 Tammy June 11, 2009 at 10:27 pm

Thank you so much for the clarification Kath! I like laziness when it comes to food prep, so I’m really excited to try this one. It’ll probably be on my blog soon, and I’ll be sure to give you a shout-out. Thanks a million — you’re great!


39 qiufn June 12, 2009 at 2:01 am

Nice salad, do you know there is a Italia brand salad sause?it is damm nice.


40 Jelli June 12, 2009 at 3:07 pm

All the blueberries in your photos are making me blue with envy! Where I live, they only come in expensive freezer bags. Sad. I miss my blueberries!


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