Need A Bigger Plate

August 27, 2008

Gosh, guys, this had not been a good day! Two nights of less-than-adequate sleep and I can feel my body failing. I am hungry all the time, which for me is always a sign of bad sleep, and I can feel the stress in my shoulders. I do NOT do well under stress, which is why I spend every semester 1 week ahead of schedule so I always have that time buffer if I need it. But this semester has started with the biggest bang of my life and I have so much on my plate right now I need a bigger one! This huge test worth 20% of my grade tomorrow based on prerequisite classes, and Micro lab tonight that requires so much busy work it’s driving me nuts. So hopefully when I can get ahead this weekend things will settle in. But I have to get through these 2 tests and lab first!

Organic went great this morning. I really like the professor a lot. He’s so NORMAL!! Very nice and very organized. I am crossing my fingers that class goes smoothly even if it’s killer hard.

I got hungry for lunch at 11 and decided to eat at 11:40 rather than wait for my usual 12pm green light. I was lucky to find leftover Refried Bean Soup in the fridge. I reheated it with some Chobani and hot sauce.


Plus crackers


Plus some peach


Still managed to light a candle!


We are having some flooding here in Charlotte, but luckily I haven’t seen anything damaging. BUT there is a stream on our street that is normally about 15 feet below a bridge and it’s UP TO the bridge!!! It was really scary to drive over it this morning. I immediately knew something was really different when I saw brown muddy water next to me. We did see sunshine this morning, but it’s gone now. I think this weather is making my stress much worseeeee!

See you late tonight after Micro and a packed dinner. Sorry to be neglecting my blog duties but I’ll be normal again after Thursday!

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1 tfh August 27, 2008 at 12:37 pm

Good luck getting through the day (and week). I was the opposite of a procrastinator too, so I know how stomach-clenching it can be until you feel “caught up” (or ahead).

On the bright side, your fruit photos are gorgeous of late. That peach could be framed.


2 magpie August 27, 2008 at 12:45 pm

Oh no – hope your day gets a bit calmer and more relaxing. Sometimes I just sip some nice tea to calm down and get my bearings.


3 Shalane August 27, 2008 at 12:51 pm

I love your blog! The peach is gorgeous!

Hope your day goes better!


4 Christie I. August 27, 2008 at 12:53 pm

I’m sorry to hear you are having a bad day PLUS bad weather. Good luck with getting through it and take a bubble bath!


5 Sharon August 27, 2008 at 12:55 pm

Thanks Kath for still managing to find the time to blog despite your extremely busy schedule. We really appreciate it! I hope your day improves. Don’t worry-things WILL get better. Just give yourself some time to adjust to your new schedule.


6 Kati August 27, 2008 at 12:56 pm

Kath, I was just wondering how you make your tea with milk…do you boil the milk and then add the tea bag for a few min? How much milk? I’ve never tried it that way before but it sounds good!


7 Melissa August 27, 2008 at 12:58 pm

Hang in there Kath. I always feel like I am more productive when I am busy, but your life is ridiculous. Glad Organic Chemistry went well. My friend bought a cat while taking that class and named him Orgco, pronouced Oar-co.


8 Jenn (eating bender) August 27, 2008 at 1:09 pm

Ugh, nothing worse than feeling like there is too much on your plate! I hope things get better for you soon!

On the plus side…I found out from another blogger that you’re in this month’s SHAPE! I literally ran into my kitchen to grab my issue and flip through it – you look great! Congratulations :)

Best of luck with your crazy day!!


9 Kate August 27, 2008 at 1:10 pm

Eep! Sorry your day is off to a rough start. Things WILL get better soon once you get a couple of nights of good sleep and get your bearings (and get past this test–what is up with that?!).

Hope you can relax a little tonight.


10 VeggieGirl August 27, 2008 at 1:19 pm

Eek, I’m praying that the day gets better for you a.s.a.p.!! Stay strong!!


11 polly August 27, 2008 at 1:23 pm

Kath, I understand wanting to be week ahead, but soon you’ll be caught up, no worries! you are a super smart, savvy girl and you’ll totally ACE that test, I bet! Hugs!

Also, where is Kath in SHAPE magazine? I have the September issue and can’t find her!


12 Foodie (Fab and Delicious Food) August 27, 2008 at 1:26 pm

Aw, sorry your day is not going great. But I’m sure things will get better soon!


13 ModelBehavior August 27, 2008 at 1:30 pm

I have to tell you Kath, I am juggling the idea of taking organic chem next semester or waiting untill summer and seeing how you do with it will be part of my decision making. I think a LOT of the success of a class depends on the teacher and the UNL prof that teaches it is notoriously painful (he’s foreign, you can’t understand him, and if you ask him a question he can’t really understand you) so I think you will do just fine if the teacher seems ok!!


14 hk August 27, 2008 at 1:30 pm

Wow-sounds like a whirlwind- youre doing great!! Hang in there :)


15 Jen August 27, 2008 at 1:31 pm

Sorry about the stress . . . but funny that we had the EXACT same lunch today: bean soup, kashis, and a peach, (except i topped my soup with some SALSA instead of yogurt). 😉


16 DaisyMay August 27, 2008 at 1:46 pm

they should post kaths website on shapes magazine. she could be the new cristin.


17 emmy August 27, 2008 at 1:46 pm

Good luck with it all Kath – don’t get too bogged (or blogged, hehe) down! I have less than a week before my job starts up again and I’m sure I’ll be a chicken with my head cut off in no time.


18 Jenn August 27, 2008 at 1:59 pm

anyone have a good chili recipe?


19 Nicole August 27, 2008 at 2:01 pm

Oh no! I hope the stress lays off soon. It looked like a very comforting meal, though!


20 yadi August 27, 2008 at 2:13 pm

Heard and felt your stress. Hope you get better sleep tonight! I’m sure that’s not helping…


21 erica August 27, 2008 at 2:28 pm

Hang in there Kath! Hopefully, things will get better soon!

And I just wanted to thank both you and Matt so much for the bagel!! It put a smile to my face. :)


22 val August 27, 2008 at 2:44 pm

Beautiful pictures!

A note on the tea with milk…coming from the wife of a purebred British husband, brew the tea first as normal then add a splash of milk! Yum!


23 Laurie August 27, 2008 at 2:44 pm

Kath (or anyone really),
I have a friend who is determined that she needs to lose weight. She is 5’7″ and weighs 135lbs. She says, she wants to get down to 125lbs! Is it me or does that seemed waaay too low for someone who is 5’7″? I’m 5’8″ and weigh 140, and people are always commenting that I’m thin, and would think I’m crazy if I said I wanted to lose weight. I’m trying to tell her that 125lbs is too skinny, but she has it in her head that she is still within normal range according to her BMI calculations…at 125lbs it’s 19.6. What do you/you guys think?


24 Emily August 27, 2008 at 3:03 pm

Kath, do you ever eat nutella? Just curious if you have any negative thoughts about it. I bought some last night and ate some on an english muffin for a dessert and wondered why I’ve never seen it on your blog – seems like something you would love.


25 Amy13 August 27, 2008 at 3:26 pm

Kati, I think Kath brews her tea as normal (aka with water) and then adds milk in after (as Val suggested)…I don’t think it’s totally brewed with milk. Correct me if I’m wrong, Kath! Hope that helps. :)


26 Hil August 27, 2008 at 3:33 pm

Take care of yourself, Kath! Consider treating yourself to something fun and relaxing when life settles down (massage anyone?) And thanks for sharing your stress with all of us…even when life’s crazy, you still have to eat, and it’s encouraging to see someone eating well in the midst of it.

Laurie–Everyone has a different comfortable weight, so we can’t really judge without knowing your friend whether her weight is healthy for her. My sister’s natural, comfortable weight is actually below the normal BMI range. She never diets, that’s just the way her body is. The flip side of that is that being way at the low end of the recommended BMI range isn’t necessarily healthy or sustainable for everyone. It’s a range for a reason: some people are smaller boned, some people have more muscle, some people are curvier, etc. But ultimately, this is your friend’s decision. Unless she starts doing something harmful to her body in an effort to lose weight, you should probably let her sort this out herself. About all you can do is tell her that you think she looks great as she is and be her friend no matter what.


27 nicole r. August 27, 2008 at 3:51 pm

hey kath–

do not get stressed about orgo!! orgo was (apart fro my neuro classes) my favorite class in college, to the point where i almost considered double majoring in chem. its so fun (if you like puzzles), so LOGICAL, and so applicable. i found it way easier & far more enjoyable than gen chem, so good luck & enjoy!


28 mh August 27, 2008 at 4:10 pm

Kath, I know exactly how you feel. I’m in over my head already with school and I’m never going to get out! haha! hang in there


29 emmy August 27, 2008 at 4:45 pm

*Jenn – Racheal Ray has some good chili recipes, you could check her website or the foodnetwork site. I also think chilli is hard to screw up. I usually brown some (turkey) meat with rinsed and drained canned beans, add whatever green veggie I have, a can of tomato paste, most of a bottle of beer and simmer for about 15minutes. Be careful not to burn it though – burnt beer = yeetch!


30 Amy August 27, 2008 at 5:01 pm

Life does sound pretty crazy, but I am sure you will pull through with flying colors!

Take Care


31 HangryPants August 27, 2008 at 5:06 pm

You’re doing great. Good luck with the class stress.
In a couple weeks the beginning of the semester rush will settle down.



32 JenP August 27, 2008 at 5:09 pm

Out of curiosity, how long is your commute to school? I’m starting grad school next week with a 45-50ish commute……kinda dreading it! :)

I can’t wait to get my Shape in the mail. That’s so impressive. Did you submit your story or did they contact you?

And although this is belated, I”m glad you guys had a blast at the Boston dinner. So sorry I had to bow out at the last minute. I would have loved to meet you all!


33 Twinks August 27, 2008 at 5:21 pm

Somethin is goin on in blogland…I had a super crappy night of sleep too…and many bloggers are sayin this today!


34 Rose August 27, 2008 at 5:31 pm

What a peach! That picture looks amazing….

Shoot, girl… you need to sleep as much as possible tonight! I totally know how you feel.. I’m running on empty and class didn’t start yet (!!)

Got your package in the mail today and will be thanking you over and over again both here and on my blog later tonight :)


35 Katy G. August 27, 2008 at 5:33 pm


This is my go-to chili recipe. It was in Shape last winter (2007) I think. Here is the link:

I usually add Rotel tomatoes to make it more spicy. My fiance said that this is the only chili he has ever eaten that he didn’t have to add anything to make it suit his tastes.


36 emmy August 27, 2008 at 6:04 pm

(sorry to hijack your space Kath!)

*Rose – I can’t comment on your blog directly, but I wanted to let you know how Gooood your breakfast today looks.


37 UVAJess August 27, 2008 at 6:22 pm

Congrats on a normal orgo professor! Mine was, get this, a bigfoot researcher too!! Good luck with all your work!


38 ModelBehavior August 27, 2008 at 6:27 pm

How old is Kath? Anyone know? I think I read she graduated in 05, im assuming she did it in 4 years so that makes her…like…25? I don’t know why but I always assumed her and I were the same age…that’s a compliment Kath, I thought you were 21! Then realized if you already had 1 degree you were either older then me…or you were superwoman.

so….25 then?

Is it rude to ask her age? You don’t have to answer if you don’t want to Kath!


39 Kinder August 27, 2008 at 6:43 pm

You do have a full plate!! Good luck with the balancing act!

I am back to school next week, too, and know that the stress will be piled on.

I need to get back on track with my eating, I know that will help. Thanks for the inspiration! I am going to hijack a few recipes for back to school week!


40 goalie30 August 27, 2008 at 7:03 pm

I hear ya on the “feel tired so more hungry” than usual pains. I get the SAME way; it’s like my body is craving extra energy in the form of food to keep it alert and going since I missed out on sleep! I often find that if I get a little more sleep, even if it means cutting out a workout or two for the week, overall makes a bigger difference weight and diet wise than getting less sleep and working out more. On less sleep, I end up sabatoging the extra workouts by eating too much junk food and indulging when I go out. Someone above mentioned a massage, I think you’ve earned it!

You could just take pics for the whole day and post before bed each night instead of 3 per day posts after each meal; that might cut down on time. Just a thought…

Good luck, 3 day weekend coming up so don’t stress too much! :)


41 emmy August 27, 2008 at 7:06 pm

*Modelbehavior – I know what you mean. I’m a bit older than you (just turned 23) but I felt like Kath was my age, even though I realized, through similar logic, that that made no sense.


42 Julz August 27, 2008 at 7:39 pm

Aww hang in there girlfriend! I know just how you feel, too! Full-time school + Full-time work = Crazy me. It’s important, however, to step back during school’s hectic moments and think about why you go to school… To acquire knowledge, to get a job, to have power (I believe education = power), etc. NOT to “get grades.” Though, like you, I’m INTENSE about my grades, it’s important to realize that FOR YOUR SANITY, you will pull through and be FINE! Your life is not lived to “get grades.” KEEP AT IT KATH! YOU’LL BE OKAY CHAMP!


43 Erin August 27, 2008 at 7:53 pm

You can do it!


44 Fleur August 27, 2008 at 8:16 pm

Kath, you’re amazing. You can get through anything!

Good luck on your test tomorrow!


45 SH August 27, 2008 at 8:25 pm

Peach!! That is all I’ve been eating lately.

Good luck with everything, Kath. With every task you complete, you are one closer to the weekend.


46 jenner August 27, 2008 at 8:28 pm

check out the komen website, you’ve surpassed your goal!!!!


47 Amy13 August 27, 2008 at 8:50 pm

ModelBehavior and Emmy…She’s 25, she lists her birthday in the “Kath” section! :)


48 Kath August 27, 2008 at 8:51 pm

Thanks for all of your support!!!

Kati ,
I microwave some H2O for about 2-2.5 minutes, put the tea bag in for another minute or so until the water’s dark, and add an oz or 2 of milk. I am not a professional tea drinker – I’m sure I do it all wrong! (Amy, you were right!)

If you can get your hands on Eat, Drink & Be Vegan, the Cocoa Coconut Chili is fantastic. (Oh wait, it might be in Vive le Vegan??)

Glad you got it!!

Laurie ,
It’s really hard to give opinions with just numbers and not knowing body fat and build and all, and I’m not sure I’d feel comfortable calling someone “too” anything either since I’m not medically trained.

Emily ,
The last time I looked at a jar of Nutella it had trans-fat in it, which made it pretty clear it wasn’t for me. I think VeggieGirl said there’s an organic/all-natural one, but I haven’t looked for it. I bet it’s good as a dessert, but I don’t know if I’d eat it on that regular of a basis.

JenP ,
Commute is about 30 minutes for me – to each school so I have double on Wednesdays. Audiobooks make all the difference!! See if your library has some. Even boring ones make the ride fly by.

Rose ,
Yay!! Glad you liked it :)

ModelBehavior ,
Wow, 21 – that’s old!! I’ve been called 16, 18 and 20 recently. But with a last name like Younger, I can hardly escape it 😉 But yes, I’ll be TWENTY-SIX on the TWENTY-SIXTH of October!! Love that #.



49 KatieTX August 27, 2008 at 10:31 pm

Laurie–I am 5’7 and 125 lbs! But I am also naturally this size. I workout hard but I have weighed this much for 5 years(I am only 21) and never weighed anymore. If your friend has a small frame and naturally not much muscle mass this may be normal for her. but I am guessing since she weighs 135 right now it will be really hard for her body to drop 10 lbs. I have never gone through weight loss but maybe just be really encouraging and tell her how great she looks at the size she is at!


50 Kelsey August 27, 2008 at 10:57 pm

The nutella comment got me thinking…

I studied in Italy this summer where nutella is like peanut butter (I actually could not find peanut butter in the store), trans fat and all. They eat white pasta, white bread, lots of olive oil, pastries, gelato, etc. almost daily, yet they are a very healthy country. I can’t help but wonder what we are doing wrong!


51 Cait August 28, 2008 at 10:21 am

Kelsey – out of control portions and lack of physical activity is what we’re doing wrong. There’s nothing wrong with a little Nutella now and then. Trans fats (gasp! horror!) and all!


52 Emily August 29, 2008 at 8:10 pm

I just looked at my jar of nutella. It says it has 0 g of trans fat. Is it possible they’ve improved since you last looked?


53 Kath August 29, 2008 at 9:32 pm

Does it say partially hydrogenated in the ingredients list??



54 Emily August 29, 2008 at 10:34 pm

Ingredients: sugar, modified palm oil, hazelnuts, cocoa, skim milk, reduced minerals whey (from milk), soy lecithin: an emulsifier, vanillin: an artificial flavor

Do you think the verdict on Nutella might change now??

I loooooove nutella… 😉


55 Kath August 30, 2008 at 10:12 am

Emily ,
Good news!!! I’ll look for it at the grocery store :)



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