Pumpernickel Celebration

July 28, 2008


I think I’ve mentioned before that husband’s aunt owns a bagel shop in Tennessee, and Karen brought us some bagels after a trip to visit her mother. I have always loved pumpernickel, so of course that’s the one I claimed :mrgreen:

I topped him with smoked turkey, pepperjack (1 slice in half), and some mustard….


And stuck it under the broiler for a few minutes –


I tend to have half of a bagel shop (i.e. extra large) bagel at a time, as we all know how calorie dense they can be and I’d rather have more side items and toppings. But today I decided on the whole thing, open-faced to maximize flavor and chew ability. I also put it on the scale to see how many ounces these bagels are – 5.4 oz! That’s just over 400 calories not including any toppings. But the good news is big bagels are usually filling enough so you don’t need extra sides.

On the side I had carrots


And a mango nectarine. It looks like a mango, but it sure tasted nectarine!


With Women’s Health. It was quite a filling lunch.


I made it to the gym around 11:30 and got in a nice regular workout: stairmaster , ET and weight lifting . When I lift weights I don’t do 3 sets of 10 or 12 and move in. I’m all over the place. Maybe 1 set of 20 on one thing, then 2 sets of 12 on another, 3 sets of 15 for something else. It helps keep me from getting bored if I know I can only do one set and move on if I just make it more weight. I did a combo of pull-ups (2 sets 10, 1 set 8), push-ups (2 sets 15, 1 set 10), chest (2 sets 8), shoulders (2 sets 15). I just move around until I get bored or tired – whichever comes first. It’s probably not the most ideal weight lifting routine, but the best weight routine is one you will DO so it works to keep me toned enough.

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1 Heather July 28, 2008 at 2:10 pm

A sandwich is instantly improved when toasted, broiled or otherwise warmed.



2 VeggieGirl July 28, 2008 at 2:14 pm

Oooh, a mango-nectarine?? I’ll have to scope those out at Whole Foods…


3 tfh July 28, 2008 at 2:16 pm

I’m the same way with weights. I’ve always wondered how much greater strength gains truly are among people who do two or three sets of the same exercises compared to those of us who mix it up or only do one set.


4 Hil July 28, 2008 at 2:18 pm

“…the best weight routine is one you will DO…”

So. Very. True. I think this is true of exercise in general. Yes, the more physically active you are the better. But it doesn’t do any good to go out gangbusters and then give up because you hate what you’re doing or you’ve hurt yourself. I started losing weight when I vowed to walk EVERY SINGLE DAY NO MATTER WHAT and to keep my daily average above 10,000 steps. Sure, I feel a lot better when I make it to the gym at least a few times a week. But in the past, I’d picked overly ambitious exercise routines, and then I would just give up (or at least slack for a few weeks) when I was busy or sick or old injuries acted up. It’s all about improvements. Your exercise routine puts me to shame, but the important thing is that I’m improving, I’m doing what feels good to my body, I’m staying consistent, and I’m doing it NOW. I’m not slacking until the magical day when I have the time and motivation to learn to run 5 miles a day.


5 Katie July 28, 2008 at 2:18 pm

Oh, you are making me so hungry in my 3pm lull here. I LOVE pepper jack!


6 Rahel July 28, 2008 at 2:23 pm

Jill sounds awesome!


7 Kim July 28, 2008 at 2:26 pm

Hi, Kath. This is a little random, but your mention of the BBQ restaurant made me think of it — when I was visiting a friend at Duke recently, she took me to a local BBQ place (Bullock’s) that had an AMAZING Southern dish called Brunswick stew. I swear, I could have eaten the entire pot! Anyway, I was just wondering if you happen to have a meatless recipe for that dish, or know of a good one online? I’d love to be able to make it back in good ol’ NY. Thanks!


8 BethT July 28, 2008 at 2:44 pm

I LOVE BULLOCK’S! (former NC’er here) Such a cool joint. We used to go with giant groups and order stuff family style. Yummy grease fest.


9 Fitnessista July 28, 2008 at 3:06 pm

that bagel looks like HEAVEN :)


10 Justy2003 July 28, 2008 at 3:14 pm

That’s the same deli meat I buy! I try to stay away from too much deli meat, even though it does say all natural. I dunno, I guess it still seems a little too processed? Any thoughts on this?


11 Chelsea July 28, 2008 at 3:25 pm

I was watching “The Next Food Network Star” yesterday and thought to myself-“Kath would be perfect for this” 😉 You know, with all your free time.


12 Jill - GlossyVeneer July 28, 2008 at 3:26 pm

Kath, thanks so much for mentioning my fundraising and marathon efforts. This is a huge and exciting endeavor and I’m grateful for the support of people in the Blogosphere!


13 Alli W. July 28, 2008 at 3:27 pm

Kim– My dad and brother are OBSESSED with brunswick stew. You can buy it online…or just google it and you’ll find recipes!


14 april July 28, 2008 at 4:05 pm

kath, or anyone else, do you ever have days where you seem to be constantly hungry? or does anyone know the cause of this?


15 JenP July 28, 2008 at 4:12 pm

I know that either on days when I have a longer run than usual or on days that I lift, I’m much hungrier. Usually I feel the same way the day *after* long runs, too. I try to drink more water, but if I’m still hungry, I definitely listen to my body.


16 sirenjess July 28, 2008 at 4:28 pm

Hey, I’m running the marathon as well. And I would love to make a donation.


17 smilesara July 28, 2008 at 4:53 pm

speaking of weight training routines — do any of you have antedotal evidence that this has helped you break through a weight-loss plateau? i hear this advice all the time (and i know there are lots of other good reasons to lift weights for strong bones etc.) but does it *really* help you lose weight?
thanks –


18 BethT July 28, 2008 at 5:10 pm

smilesara, my only anecdotal evidence is my own experience. Strength training will not necessarily help you lose pounds, but by adding muscle you will lower your body fat percentage, speed your metabolism and look more toned and muscular. In terms of breaking a plateau, it really helps me to do interval training – high intensity weightlifting with bursts of cardio mixed in to keep your heartrate elevated.


19 Kelly L. July 28, 2008 at 5:22 pm

April- I have those days and I just listen to my body. it’s obviously telling you that it needs more fuel. Some days I’m not hungry at all so I don’t force feed myself. You body is very smart and balances out so don’t worry if you eat more some days. :)


20 JJ125 July 28, 2008 at 5:37 pm

smilesara think of how strong you will feel, think of how pushing yourself to fatigue makes you feel sweaty, tired and invigorated! While you are training, think of the visual aspect, how your calves and thighs flex when walking up the stairs, how your biceps pop when you pick up something heavy. Think of having that and you will definitely be motivated to keep weight training.


21 Laurel July 28, 2008 at 6:39 pm

Hi everyone,
When you guys talk about high intensity intervals for weight lifting–do you mean lifting the heaviest weight you can until you fatigue, or do you mean lifting a manageable weight rapidly so that you sweat?

Also, is there a simple way to get to this blog’s very first entry? I clicked around a little but haven’t found anything yet.

Thanks for any help.


22 Laurel July 28, 2008 at 6:42 pm

Oops, please disregard my last comment, I just saw the archives section. Duh!


23 goalie30 July 28, 2008 at 6:50 pm

i love love love bagels but don’t eat them very often for that very reason, they are quite calorically dense; but a fresh tasty one is SO worth it every once in awhile…just like how a fresh hot pretzel is SO worth it once in awhile…i love carbs too much! lol


24 Kath July 28, 2008 at 7:07 pm

I love Brunswick stew too!!! I haven’t ever made it, but I have come across recipes that look good. I bet Cooking Light has a great one (I think that’s where I’ve seen it).

Justy2003 ,
Yeah, we started getting Hormel because it was cheaper than Applegate Farms, but I like Applegate a lot more. What to do!?

Chelsea ,
You’re too kind 😳 But I’d probably freak when they told me I have to cook with onions!

Jill – GlossyVeneer ,
Thank YOU for the great idea!

april ,
yes, I have those. I haven’t quite linked a cause but it either has something to do with time of month or if I’ve been low on carbs lately. Often a big sit-down meal is what cures it (verses lots of little snacks, which just leave me wanting more).

smilesara ,
I think weight loss plateaus are when your body just gets too used to your routine – whether that’s a certain amount of calories (try lowering them by 100), a certain cardio routine (try something new) or perhaps not enough weight training (add some or switch to free weights). The advice I have always heard it to switch “IT” up – whatever you think might be the cause. Or all of the above.



25 Gliding Calm July 28, 2008 at 7:10 pm

Yum! Turkey melts!! Delish!


26 Tara July 28, 2008 at 7:20 pm

Hi Kath.
I have a question about ET.
I usually run on the treadmill for about an hour, but lately I’ve been slightly out of shape and gained a few.
I was wondering….do you get just as of a good workout on a ET compared to a treadmill? I always feel like I am working harder on a treadmill, but the sheer hardness of it keeps un-motivates me to go to the gym. ET is much more bearable. Whatya think?


27 Jessica July 28, 2008 at 7:26 pm

Kim, I too was in love with Brunswick Stew after having it at Bullock’s BBQ. Here’s a recipe that I made last fall and really enjoyed, I’m sure you can leave the chicken out or replace it with something else (maybe chickpeas?)


28 Kath July 28, 2008 at 7:43 pm

Tara ,
I think running feels a lot harder too. But my heart rate monitor indicates they are comparable at a high resistance on the ET. It’s usually around 160 while running and in the 150’s on the ET. So it’s slightly easier, but still a good workout. Same with stairmaster. I hit the 160’s in spinning class. Often when I run outside I’m anywhere from 155-180, depending on the temp., hill and speed.



29 ModelBehavior July 28, 2008 at 7:54 pm

Holy crap, MANGO NECTARINE!!!!!

Those are 2 amazing things to be putting together, I want to find one!


30 Chelsea July 28, 2008 at 9:01 pm

HA! I thought about the onion thing! :)


31 Little Black Dress July 28, 2008 at 9:15 pm

Um, bagels are basically my favorite thing in my life. How awesome that you have a bagel shop in the family- I am completely jeal.

I am from Northern New Jersey, where I kid you not, there is an amazing bagel shop around every corner. The best I can find in Washington DC is Peppridge Farm. BOOOOO.

Your bagel makes me homesick, but I do hope you enjoyed!


32 Amy July 29, 2008 at 12:12 am

I totally feel you on the weight lifting thing. I always skipped it because I’d get so bored.

I have switched it up recently by trying this online training site called Podfitness (www.podfitness.com). It connects to your itunes music and you get to choose a trainer (or multiple) for different types of routines. I’ve been doing this combined one (some jumping jacks along with fun strength stuff) and I love it. The routines are like an hour and fly by! I highly recommend it if people are looking for something new and fun.


33 Kath July 29, 2008 at 6:46 am

Amy ,
Sounds cool! I wish it were free, though. I have trouble justifying paying for things that I can do for free by just doing some research. Maybe I’ll do the trial though.



34 Jo July 29, 2008 at 8:45 am

that’s funny about the mango nectarine – a new variety of melon has literally today just come on sale in the UK – lemon melons. Apparently they are like honeydew melons which taste lemony?!? They are from Spain but do you get them in the US? Has anyone tried one? I really want to try one – they sound a bit strange though.

Kath – in regard to the portion control stuff, I first started calorie counting about 4 years ago and it was really good for helping me understand what size portions of food I should be eating (my previous ideas had been waaaayyy off). I completely readjusted my approach to portion size. Since then I have stopped calorie counting (although I can’t help but do rough tot ups in my head!) but this video just shows how easy it is to make portions bigger and bigger and slowly without realising it you are consuming much more than you really need. Its good to have a reminder about these things (and how the food producers con us all!).

There was also an interesting program on UK tv last night about the UK sandwich industry and what really goes into sandwiches and what you don’t realise you’re eating. Moral of the story – make your own (which you do anyway and its something that I do too).


35 Lyn July 29, 2008 at 9:59 pm

I am absolutely certain there is a secret code or message in the cheese on your bagel. 8:16? Or Bib? Hmmm….


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