Last Few Days Of Summer

August 18, 2008

This is my last week of summer, although my first class starts Wednesday night so really last week was!! I hate to say it because I know the grass is greener, but I’m really looking forward to having a structured life again. That said, I hope to get the most out of this week as I can – and with a trip to Boston on Thursday, that shouldn’t be too hard.


Today was blueberry + speltberry oats. We also bought soy milk yesterday (Harris Teeter Vanilla is my favorite) so that was a fun change. I think it changes the taste of the oats just slightly.

The combo:

  • 1/3 cup oats, 1/3 cup soy milk, 1/3 cup water
  • 1/4 cup speltberries
  • Salt + vanilla bean paste
  • Handful blueberries
  • Walnut-Pom Granola Plank
  • Spoonful AB


I just ordered a 3-pack of Blueberry Vanilla Crackle granola planks!! Can’t wait for them to arrive! I checked for them in EarthFare yesterday with no luck. I went to customer service and asked if they would consider carrying them. She said they’d check and get back to me but it’s a matter of shelf space. I also requested the Peanut Butter Cookie LaraBar. I think they will definitely order some of those. I’ve checked at TJ’s, HT, Lowes and EF now for the new flavor and can’t find it anywhere! If anyone wants to coordinate an exchange program – PB LaraBar for a bread product, send me an email!

I also had a small cup of Tiramisu coffee with soymilk (no sweetener). I missed the splenda, but I’m sure I’ll get used to it. I’ve been drinking my tea with just milk and have learned to like that fine. That’s 2 days in a row of coffee, so tomorrow I’m going to skip it to avoid getting addicted again.


Race For The Cure: Team KERF

I have decided to run in Race for the Cure this year – and form a KERF team while I’m at it! Breast cancer has affected many people in my life. My Grandma Younger and mother-in-law Karen are both survivors, and several family friends have recently been diagnosed. The husband and I are hoping to raise $1,026 (my birthday!) as a gift from to the Susan G. Komen Foundation. We would love even the smallest contribution. Or better yet, join us on race day as part of the KERF Team!

The race is on October 4, and that afternoon is the Great Grapes Wine Festival. I’ll be running and wine tasting :mrgreen: I would LOVE for any of you within reasonable traveling distance to join the KERF Team and run with us! So far we have two participants: the husband and me!

To make a donation or join the team please visit: TEAM KERF.


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1 Rose August 18, 2008 at 9:10 am

I’m with you on the structured life bit – I have today off (the last day of my vacation), and I can’t wait to get back into a routine as well. What is your schedule like this semester? You’ve probably answered this question before, but are you going full-time?

I received my box of granola planks from the oatmeal contest… They were so good! I should be posting a review with photos shortly!

What a great idea to form a KERF team for Race for the Cure… I will definitely visit the website!

Oh, and we have PB Cookie Larabars here. I’ll shoot you an email….


2 HangryPants August 18, 2008 at 9:14 am

I can’t believe it’s back to school time already!

Never had or seen the planks. Sad.

It’s great you’re forming a KERF team. I am sure you will be able to raise tons of money with all of your loyal readers.

Enjoy your last week of summer.



3 kath(the teenager) August 18, 2008 at 9:16 am

Kath, I’d love to run on the KERF team, but I’d have to check my cross country schedule! Darn it! I bought a peanut butter cookie larabar from TJ’s when I was in Charlotte, and I would have definitely sent it to you for some of your husband’s bagels or bread!! :/


4 caitlin (see bride run) August 18, 2008 at 9:16 am

great idea to do race for the cure! i would seriously drive up to charolette to participate but my 1/2 marathon is that day… oh well! i will donate some money after the new paycheck and GOOD LUCK on your race!


5 VeggieGirl August 18, 2008 at 9:21 am

Ahh, definitely make the best of your last week of summer – it’ll fly by!!

Hooray for Race For The Cure!! I participate in the one that’s held in my hometown :-)


6 Nicole August 18, 2008 at 9:23 am

It’s great what you are going for Race For The Cure! I wish I could join your team, but I am too far away!


7 Tina August 18, 2008 at 9:26 am

This is one of my favorite races! And wine to follow? Kath, not gonna lie, I might come down to Charlotte to join ya for it! :)


8 DaisyMay August 18, 2008 at 9:42 am

Question. I am looking at a bike from Craigslist. Its only 75 dollars. But its 21 inches. And I am 5’10. The lady selling it said that the seat could be raised. Is that too small for my lengthy behind? HELP ME


9 JLynn August 18, 2008 at 9:42 am

I’m really excited about your Race for the Cure team. In college, my sorority did a lot to support the Susan G. Komen Foundation and breast cancer research. If I can work it out with my schedule, I’ll be there!


10 haya August 18, 2008 at 9:49 am

daisy may – 21 inches shouldn’t be too small! i’m 5’4 and have been sized for a 15″ bike (the measurement is taken from the point where the cranks are to the base of the seat post).
most people ride bikes that are not exactly the right size for them so depending on what you are planning to do with it and how much you will ride it, the size will probably be ok.

question for all – has anyone ever gotten wheat berries straight from the field (not processed/packaged)? how did you deal with it?


11 Julie August 18, 2008 at 10:08 am

Hey Kath, that race sounds like a wonderful idea! I might join you. I’m in Greensboro and was thinking of starting the C25K program SOON! Guess I better get to it :) I work out regularly but have never ran…hopefully I’ll get into it quickly.

That’s a wonderful cause. My grandmother died of breast cancer and my mother died of ovarian cancer when I was in high school. So I’m a strong supporter of all causes related to female cancers.


12 molly August 18, 2008 at 10:25 am

Do they sell the planks at Whole Foods??


13 Katie August 18, 2008 at 10:26 am

I forgot my oatmeal this morning so this looks especially good today. Love the idea of team KERF! 😉 You go girl! :)


14 Kate August 18, 2008 at 10:36 am

That is too funny–I am also looking forward to having a structured life (poor me with so much free time!!) again with school starting, but keep reminding myself to savor these last few days because I know I’ll miss them.

That’s awesome that you’re raising money for breast cancer research. Such a good thing to do!!

Have an awesome day!


15 Tara August 18, 2008 at 10:40 am

Check out – they have a messageboard dedicated to women sharing their breast cancer stories. I think it is so important to share our experiences and unite to find a cure:


16 mags August 18, 2008 at 10:46 am

good morning!
i have a question for all you runners/heart rate monitor users out there. i am a big runner (most days of the week from 45 min – hr) and recently purchased a polar f4 which i love, but i was very disappointed when i actually tracked my heart rate and calories burned! i had always estimated my calorie burn at a little less than 100 per mile because i thought that was standard and assumed my heart rate would be 150s, however, on a recent 50 min., 6.5 mile run (averaging a fairly fast pace) i burned only 425 calories and my avg heart rate was 138! i am tall and in good shape (5’10, 130 lbs), but this seemed LOW! any tips on increasing heart rate before/during/after a run?! thanks!


17 Sidi August 18, 2008 at 11:06 am

The Montreal walk will be this week-end. 60 km.
Good luck!


18 sarah August 18, 2008 at 11:09 am

how about if i give you some of my structure? your days sound so heavenly to me!

team KERF — hmm, i will consider it! i AM off that day but i don’t know if i can convince myself to get up early to get to charlotte knowing that i will be in sleep-deprived mode.

also, i’m late on this but LOVE the vacay video. so cute!


19 Ozlem August 18, 2008 at 11:13 am

Hi I know I asked a similar question before but your use of wheat, rye and spelt berries intrigue me.

So you buy these in bulk (where??) and then you soak and boil them and store them in thre freezer for future use?? I dont suppose you soak and boil per use since that would be too much work for me but I know everyone is different.

Thanks for your response in advance!


20 ModelBehavior August 18, 2008 at 11:29 am

Welcome back to the student life Kath :)

I asked you this when you were on vacation which was bad timing on my part, but I was just curious, what is your class lineup for fall?

Thanks, and as always, your such an inspiration!


21 Jill - GlossyVeneer August 18, 2008 at 11:36 am

Good job on committing to fundraising for the Komen Foundation. I’ve done the Race for the Cure event here in Vegas on multiple occasions and it is a lot of fun. Fun for a good cause! I just made a donation. Good luck!


22 runjess August 18, 2008 at 11:40 am

Race for the Cure is great! My ex-coach is a celeb spokesperson for it. It’s such an inspirational event.


23 C August 18, 2008 at 11:42 am

That is awesome you are doing race for the cure. If I werent so far away, I would surely join.


24 angelcubbie August 18, 2008 at 11:45 am

Hey everyone! I was wondering how many days a week you all typically take off from cardio? I typically don’t take any off as I always feel guilty if I skip a day but I’m wondering if it would improve my cardio sessions it I took a day or two off. I’m having problems getting my heart rate to the same elevation I typically do. Thanks ahead of the time for the input!


25 magpie August 18, 2008 at 11:50 am

I forget if I commented about this before, but have you ever tried oatmeal + buttermilk? It’s incredibly creamy and works really well with blueberries.


26 Anne August 18, 2008 at 11:52 am

The Peanut Butter Boy has a recipe for PB Cookie LaraBars on his site, except he calls them NickBars.

I made then yesterday, and they’re delicious – taste pretty close to LaraBars too!

We don’t have the PB Cookie flavour in Canada either (yet?)

Good luck on the run! I’ve done it before and it’s a great event for a great cause


27 Justy2003 August 18, 2008 at 12:26 pm

I tried my first LaraBar last week and it was pretty tasty…and I LOVE the short list of ingredients! I’ll hafta try and track down the PB cookie one…sounds delish! :)

ModelBehavior: I saw that Kath had replied to your question when you asked it earlier…don’t remember which post it was but I remember seeing it!


28 tfh August 18, 2008 at 12:28 pm

Kath- I don’t know if it has too much sugar for you, but I use vanilla almond milk in my coffee. It’s sweeter than milk or soymilk, and about the same calories as skim milk.

Mags- that’s SUPER! It sounds like you’re in great shape if you can run that far at that speed and stay in your aerobic zone. At your height & weight, I’m not sure why your main concern is burning cals, but adding some form of interval or hill training 1-2 days a week to your program will both burn more calories and make you a better runner. You’re so fit, though, be proud!


29 kellyinthecity717 August 18, 2008 at 12:35 pm

Hi guys! Just a quick question Kath and anyone else who might be able to relate. I’m in the midst of trying to drop about 15 lbs for a wedding on October 31st. I’ve decided to cut out unnecessary sugar (chocolate, cakes, cookies) and artificial sweetners. Am I setting my self up for failure here? Is my goal completely unrealistic? I’m a vegetarian and I do exercise almost daily…but baked treats are my DEMISE and I feel the only way to drop some weight is to lose them completely. What do you think?


30 Amanda August 18, 2008 at 12:53 pm

I’m interested in the answer to angelcubbie’s question, too, since i’m in the same situation…


31 hk August 18, 2008 at 12:56 pm

What a great idea to create a team- I’m excited to run in our Boston area Race for the Cure event! Can’t wait for the Boston trip– definitely enjoying the last few bits of summer and a little free time :)


32 Kath August 18, 2008 at 2:18 pm

Rose ,
Glad you liked the planks!! I saw on your blog you had one this morning :)

This semester (And ModelBehav!) here’s my schedule:
MWF 9am: Organic Chem
M 2pm: Organic Lab
TTH 9am: Nutrition Through The Lifespan
TTH 2pm: Foodservice Systems
Online: Microbiology
W 6pm: Micro lab

Kate (Kath!?) the teenager,
At Trader Joe’s!! I’ve looked there before, maybe they just got them. Hope you can join us for the race!!

caitlin (see bride run),
Maybe you could just RUN here for your half and then run with us :)

Tina ,
That would be SO COOL!!!!!!!

Julie ,
I hope you will join us!! Tons of people walk it if you don’t feel like you have enough time to prepare for a full run. I’ll cheer you across the finish line!

mags ,
I find that the fitter I get the lower my HR gets too. It’s the bittersweet result of getting stronger. I’d say add some hills. When I ran in the mountains my HR was in the 170’s easy and stayed there even when I walked up the hills. Do you have any near your house? You could also try more interval running – sprints followed with jog rest periods.

sarah ,
Could you stay the night before? I’d have to get permission from my roommate to have a sleepover, but it’s not out of possibility.

Ozlem ,
I buy the wheatberries in bulk and the spelt and rye berries (and I have kamut to try too) are from Bob’s Red Mill. I usually make a batch on the weekend and keep them in a tupperware in the fridge all week.

angelcubbie ,
My opinion is only take a rest if you need one. If you’re really sore and are going to have a sluggish workout, you’d probably get more out of it taking a day off and giving it 100% the next day. But if you’re not sore or tired, I don’t think a rest day would really improve your fitness. Weight training is different – muscles do need time to repair. But I’m not trained on the physiology of the body, so that’s just my opinion based on what I have read and experience.

magpie ,
Awesome suggestion!! I’ve only had buttermilk a few times, but after seeing your dad’s pancakes and thinking “I never have buttermilk” I should try it in both!

kellyinthecity717 ,
I am just like you – I was most successful at weight loss when I got rid of all sweet things from my house. “If it’s not there you can’t eat it.” I also think that I am better not having any than just having a little because I always want MORE. I personally don’t think the whole “if you deprive yourself you’ll just want it more” mentality is all that true. But to each her own for sure, so do what your gut tells you is best for you.



33 KATE(the teenager August 18, 2008 at 2:21 pm

I can’t believe I accidentally wrote KATH!! I’m a little red in the face!


34 Foodie (Fab and Delicious Food) August 18, 2008 at 2:22 pm

I think it’s great you are going to run in this race and formed your own team!


35 Julie August 18, 2008 at 2:44 pm

Hi Kath,
I’m definitely thinking about it. Good to know I could walk part of it if I needed to :)
Sarah’s post got me thinking. Since there are several of us 1 – 2 hours away, maybe we could arrange some car pools or something?


36 Reka August 18, 2008 at 4:31 pm

Hi! I just started reading recently (though at a particularly boring day at work, I backtracked through your blog and read ALL the posts. Just wondering if you’ve ever had the pleasure of trying Galaxy Granola. It absolutely rocks! This morning on the way to work, I ate a small snack packet of their metorbites–Maple Pecan Quinoa, I think. So yummy!

Go Kale!


37 Kath August 18, 2008 at 4:45 pm

No, I’ve never heard of or seen Galazy Granola. Going to Google it now…

Welcome to KERF!



38 sarah August 18, 2008 at 5:44 pm

aww, you are too nice! in actuality though i probably would be safer (ie less tired) driving early morning that at night. i would DEFINITELY take you up on the offer of some pre-race oatmeal though! i will talk to my husband and see if he’d be up for the day trip! maybe i could even convince him to join the team . . .


39 Lindsay August 18, 2008 at 6:42 pm

I looove PB Larabars too. I usually get them online from – every other month or so they have a sale where you save $10 on two boxes, which works out to almost $1/bar, so I stock up! They’re also on sale for $20.99 at these days.


40 Leigh August 18, 2008 at 8:29 pm

i can’t offer you a pb larabar, as said item is still missing from my whole foods as well. i can offer you this though: my homemade version-

it tastes just the same i swear!


41 Kath August 18, 2008 at 9:21 pm

Lindsay ,
Thanks for the sale info!!

Brilliant!! I’ll put it on my to-cook list.



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