Squash The Squash

September 29, 2010

How did we go from this

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To this

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To this

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So quickly!

I thought today was supposed to be sunny, but not only has it been steadily raining all morning, it’s freezing! I’m wearing my Patagonia vest, long sleeves and jeans.

Mary Poppins must be on her way

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Sadly I could not bike to yoga. I miss the days when we were newlywed to Charlottesville already! The biking, sun, going out to eat every single night. I feel like the newness is gone! Still love it here, but I miss the adventures, which have stopped mostly because they were getting too expensive.

Yoga was good. Not too hard today – just a simple flowy class. I decided I’m definitely going to join the expensive gym here because my yoga pass expires in 5 days and the gym, while super expensive ($85/mo) is still HALF has expensive as yoga. Since since the studio I’ve been going to has "gym yoga" quality (I don’t mean the instructors, but the style of class) I might as well join the gym and get yoga AND a pool AND spin classes AND an endless edge lounge pool AND hours of indoor options. I’m going on Friday for another trial! 

Had to eat a Biscoff cookie and a dried fig before yoga – pancakes did not work well today for hunger control!


Lunch today was a big salad featuring lots of leftover acorn squash. I always roast extra, and if I can keep myself from eating it off the pan as we clean up the kitchen, the purpose is always for salads.

Sadly, the few squash skins that I ate two nights ago (OK, OK, I ate a lot of them!!) blew up my intestines just as I expected they might! So since they are SO good, to keep myself from eating them, I took the squash off the skin with my hands while assembling my salad.

Matt ate them on top of his salad! He does not seem to be affected.

Salad contents:

Spinach * Broc * Cuc * Pepper * Squash * Avocado * Sharp Cheddar * Truffle Salt * Maple Syrup



On the side, a  half cup or so of plain yogurt with Nature’s Path Maple Sunrise sample


And the tiniest apple ya ever did see!



Let’s eat!


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1 Beth @ Beth's Journey to Thin September 29, 2010 at 1:49 pm

I looove acorn squash. I have yet to try kobocha but I’ve heard that is fabulous too. And I completely agree – yoga is so amazing for you, but SO expensive. I do Bikram but only bought a 12 class pass and mix it in with biking and running.


2 Jessica @ How Sweet September 29, 2010 at 1:51 pm

I got some little baby apples too – they are seriously bite size! So cute!


3 Heather (Heather's Dish) September 29, 2010 at 1:51 pm

that apple is TEENY! so cute though…and a perfect little portion :)


4 Bethany @ More Fruit Please September 29, 2010 at 1:51 pm

I’ve never heard of squash skins causing digestion problems. That’s too bad! Just think that with the changing seasons, there are going to be all new things to discover about Charlottesville – the honeymoon period doesn’t have to end!


5 Shannon September 29, 2010 at 1:53 pm

I need yoga in my life asap! Salad looks divine


6 Brittany (A Healthy Slice of Life) September 29, 2010 at 1:55 pm

That’s great that you’ll get to enjoy the variety of a gym! I don’t have yoga near me, but there is a pilates studio I’m interested in… unfortunately it is ridiculously expensive.
How do those places get away with charging SO much??


7 Daniel September 29, 2010 at 1:55 pm

I’m the same way with any squash, I try to make a ton of leftovers to snack on later with some peanut butter or something and I have to struggle not to eat the whole pan.

If you ever have too many squash skins and Matt just isn’t feeling up to it, I’ll be glad to take them off of your hands. 😉


8 Holly @ couchpotatoathlete September 29, 2010 at 1:58 pm

Seeing the apple next to your bowl shows how tiny it is! What is that, 3 bites all the way around :)

We have the opposite weather right now — it was gloomy and dark all last week and this week it is bright and sunny. The cold must have moved from us (MN) to you!


9 Sana September 29, 2010 at 2:00 pm

You are right, it’s all fun and games till it starts raining and gets cold!


10 [email protected] September 29, 2010 at 2:00 pm

Sigh, yes…it seems that summer is officially over. :-(
Bring on the sweaters and slippers!


11 Ella September 29, 2010 at 2:03 pm

I had to chuckle about the ‘expensive’ gym price… In NYC $100 per month barely gets you to a decent gym and believe me it will be a tiny one with no pool, limited machines and a very small room for classes. I think I need to move!


12 MelanieF September 29, 2010 at 4:27 pm

I am glad to live in a smaller city. Here my gym is not even 40 $ a month and it’s pretty big too, with a pool and everything.


13 Ella September 30, 2010 at 2:54 pm

Melanie, where do you live? Maybe I should move there! :)


14 J3nn (Jenn's Menu and Lifestyle Blog) September 29, 2010 at 2:04 pm

That salad looks AWESOME!

It would be ncie if more gyms offered primo yoga classes in the membership; would definitely attract more members and have better retention! $85 is pricey for a gym, especially in your area! I’d expect it here in NY, but not where you are. :( Seems worth it, though. :)


15 Melissa @ HerGreenLife September 29, 2010 at 2:04 pm

The seasons did seem to shift pretty quickly! I’ll have to try the roasted squash on salad idea — never thought of that one. Despite our other successes, we haven’t gotten much spinach from our garden, and I’m craving some after seeing your picture. I’ll add it to the farmers’ market list :)


16 Stacey (The Habit of Healthy) September 29, 2010 at 2:06 pm

The salad looks lovely. Cold squash and sweet potato is just great, I love the stuff! I miss summer already. :)


17 Sarena (The Non-Dairy Queen) September 29, 2010 at 2:10 pm

Sorry about the rain and yeah, the newlywed feeling definitely wears off. We have a huge problem with always needing change, but with our two boys in school, we have to stay put for a while…kind of suffocating!


18 Rachael September 29, 2010 at 2:11 pm

nature’s path maple sunrise is my FAVORITE cereal! it’s so darn good!


19 Cathy B. @ Bright Bakes September 29, 2010 at 2:18 pm

your comment about sneaking squash bits from the cookie sheet while cleaning up the kitchen, made me smile….sounds so familiar…i love to do that! :)
cathy b. @ brightbakes


20 Megan September 29, 2010 at 2:21 pm

Why do gym memberships have to be so expensive? All the really good ones are ridiculously price too. It’s such a rip-off.


21 Tina September 29, 2010 at 2:21 pm

I would go for the gym too if yoga is twice that much. I would much rather pay half the price for twice as many options. :)


22 Laura September 29, 2010 at 2:26 pm

There are always new adventures to be found:)…you are very creative and i’m sure you’ll always be discovering enjoyable things to do!:)


23 Katie September 29, 2010 at 2:30 pm

I absolutely LOVE squash on salads! And I can’t eat the skins either…so sad, becuase I love that you can eat them. It makes them so much easier to prepare. Sadly, that extra step is worth it in the end.


24 Jil September 29, 2010 at 2:32 pm

hahaha that picture of Matt made me laugh out loud.


25 Freya (Brit Chick Runs) September 29, 2010 at 2:35 pm

I love how sophisticated you and Matt are, always eating at the table togther – it’s sweet :)


26 Lauren at KeepItSweet September 29, 2010 at 2:41 pm

i have been eating the squash skins with no problems surprisingly since my stomach can be really sensitive at time


27 lynn (The Actors Diet) September 29, 2010 at 2:42 pm

that apple is so cute! teeny teeny tiny!


28 Natalia - a side of simple September 29, 2010 at 2:43 pm

Such a cute apple! I bet when things move along with GH the “newness” will pick up. 😉


29 Sarah September 29, 2010 at 2:44 pm

I think sweet potatoes tend to do that to my intestines, too. Dare I say it just might be worth it?!


30 Alyssa September 29, 2010 at 2:44 pm

I was in the same boat with the yoga studio :-( I was going to Corepower paying $88 a month, but when Hubby moved here, we decided to join a gym that has yoga, spinning, aerobics and a pool. I miss my yoga, but I’m trying to make yoga what it is…yoga. I think that yoga studios make it a bit too romantic at times. Yoga isn’t about the romance, it’s about your body getting the stretch and strength it needs :-)


31 Christie {Honoring Health} September 29, 2010 at 5:04 pm

Yoga isn’t about your body just getting a stretch to everyone, in fact, yoga is actually intended to be a precursor to meditation. For many, myself included, it is an opportunity to touch base with mind, body and spirit. Studio yoga isn’t for everyone, I agree, but speak for yourself not for an entire culture.


32 Nicole - yuppie yogini September 29, 2010 at 2:46 pm

Boys seem to have indestructible guts…no fair!


33 Valerie @ City|Life|Eats September 29, 2010 at 2:51 pm

Love the combination of squash and avocado together :)


34 RhodeyGirl September 29, 2010 at 2:52 pm

I love tiny apples.

Also, bring on the sweaters. I am ready.


35 Jo September 29, 2010 at 3:04 pm

The photo of your roof draped with vines is beautiful. However, I do hope those vines aren’t clogging up your eavestrough!!


36 Mary @ Bites and Bliss September 29, 2010 at 3:04 pm

Holy cow!! Over 170/mo for yoga at a studio?! Geez!! Good thing I got my teaching training down. 😉 haha just kidding..I’d much rather be at a gym anyday. I’d say that memberships a pretty good deal if you get yoga-studio trainers..even though it’d be way way way out of my budget haha 😛


37 coco September 29, 2010 at 3:10 pm

I opted for the gym over yoga because the gym has more options! Although I love yoga, sometimes I need something with more adrenaline like spinning! :)
Love how big is your salad bowl!!!


38 Lindsey September 29, 2010 at 3:15 pm

You comments about the weather remind me of my many years on the east coast! It’s sounds crazy but I actually miss the unpredictable weather in the mid Atlantic compared to the constant sunny weather in California. Maybe like the saying goes, the sweet isn’t as sweet without the sour?


39 Jamie @ Food in Real Life September 29, 2010 at 3:21 pm

Aww you look so sad in the umbrella picture! :(

Today was beautiful here (PA) but tomorrow is getting “heavy shower” according to Mr. Weatherman. I guess we’re about a day behind you. I’m not looking forward to more rain. My hair cannot take it.


40 Andrea (@ Puppy Dog Tales) September 29, 2010 at 3:29 pm

Aye. I think we’re getting those rain storms this evening and tomorrow here in Maryland.


41 Dana September 29, 2010 at 3:29 pm

That acorn squash salad looked amazing! I’ll have to try that soon.


42 Jen September 29, 2010 at 3:39 pm

I am so with you on the yoga price. I, too, LOVE yoga (specifically hot flow baptiste affiliate studios) and I recently moved ot New Orleans and can’t find a studio that is the right “fit” either.

I always wonder how studios manage to charge SO much when the overhead cost for yoga is less than any other kind of athletic activity. It baffles me. Anyways I hope you love your new gym..I am going to continue my search for the best and cheapest studio in my new city.


43 Kelsey @ CleanTeenKelsey September 29, 2010 at 3:41 pm

I had salad for lunch, too. :) Love the cute apple! I had a super small one a few months ago that was just adorable.


44 Caitlin (EatFeats) September 29, 2010 at 4:05 pm

I feel your squash issue. My tummy is sensitive so my food options are very limited, but my boyfriend can eat ANYTHING he wants without issue. Must be a guy thing.


45 Sarah R September 29, 2010 at 4:08 pm

That apple is tiny and it makes the salad bowl seem huge! Love Matt’s expression in the last photo. You guys are just too cute :)


46 LK (runliftchantbreathe.com) September 29, 2010 at 4:19 pm

You can always supplement your yoga practice with some podcasts at home. Dave Farmer has some super tough ones that I love. And they are free! Check it out!


47 Kath September 29, 2010 at 4:40 pm

I’ve done Dave and love him already. But I do like to leave my house for a more focused practice.


48 barefootgirl September 29, 2010 at 4:29 pm

I came across the tiniest little apple with it’s momma still on the tree apple picking last week. It made my day :) I can’t bearer to eat it.. I wonder if I can bronze it?


(all the way at the end of the post)


49 Kath September 29, 2010 at 4:41 pm



50 chelsey @ clean eating chelsey September 29, 2010 at 4:42 pm

I think it’s cute you and Matt always eat together. I ate breakfast with the husband today – his chewing bothered me. You’re quite a woman Kath! :)


51 Marisa @ Loser for Life September 29, 2010 at 4:58 pm

Pancakes don’t usually hold me over very long either! Bummer cuz they are so good :)

Okay, you’re scaring me a little with the squash skin, but I just might have to try that one day!


52 Stephanie @ Laugh and Cook September 29, 2010 at 6:41 pm

I love how there’s pictures of you and Matt eating together. That’s precious love!


53 Sarah (Running to Slow Things Down) September 29, 2010 at 6:50 pm

How did you like the maple syrup on your greens? Totally love the idea, and I came close to adding it to my salad the other day. But I have a feeling that the squash in your salad is what may have really complimented it. 😀


54 Kath September 29, 2010 at 8:39 pm

Maple is good on everything!


55 Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin September 29, 2010 at 6:59 pm

I love having leftover squash on my salads too. I’ve never tried eating the skin before, but you’re making me scared to try it! 😛


56 Laura (Starloz) September 29, 2010 at 7:05 pm

our weather is completely the opposite.
we have 16 C then 27 C, summer is comin & i couldn’t be happier


57 Ashley September 29, 2010 at 7:10 pm

The skin would totally do a number on my insides! I’ve never even tried eating it :)


58 Heather September 29, 2010 at 7:10 pm

yuck that weather sounds miserable, no fun! Hope tomorrow is pretty!


59 Lisa @ bakebikeblog September 29, 2010 at 7:48 pm

I love (as always!!) your serving bowls!!!


60 Camille September 29, 2010 at 7:50 pm

What a beautiful salad!
I’m eating squash as we speak :)


61 Jessica @ The Process of Healing September 29, 2010 at 8:13 pm

The combinations in that salad sound amazing!


62 Hannah September 29, 2010 at 9:03 pm

Truffle salt and maple syrup? That salad is worth its weight in gold! :) (And I bet tastes as good as gold would, if we could eat gold…)


63 notyet100 September 29, 2010 at 10:32 pm

salad looks too good,..good use of leftover


64 stacey-healthylife September 29, 2010 at 11:26 pm

That is a VERY tiny apple, but so cute.


65 Erin Jones September 30, 2010 at 12:03 pm

Cute shorts in the first pic!!


66 amanda September 30, 2010 at 1:07 pm

o gosh i only pay 14 a month for my gym (24 hr fitness) i have a special rate from where i work but its normally only 30 a month


67 DOMA1 September 30, 2010 at 1:11 pm

Since you eat everything squash,how about the seeds? Have any tips on eating and using them?
I was thinking about drying and using in salads or on top of bread that I bake. Sort of like pumpkin seeds. Same? Thanks.


68 Kath September 30, 2010 at 2:02 pm

I actually haven’t ever played with seeds


69 Amber K September 30, 2010 at 2:07 pm

I hate that some of my favorite foods do that to my intestines! I hate this time of year because I LOVE apples and I can’t eat them. :(


70 Erica A. September 30, 2010 at 6:21 pm

hi! I just wanted to say i love your blog!! I found it about 2 years ago when I was in the midst of recovering from anorexia. While I am back at my healthy weight, every day is still an effort towards eating “normally” without feeling a sense of guilt. I just wanted to let you know that I follow your blog almost everyday and it has definitely served as a constant reminder that you can eat healthy and exercise without becoming too obsessed AND that it is okay and NORMAL to eat not so healthy food every now and then! You are so balanced and have a great relationship with food and I think that it very admirable! Keep it up!


71 Kath September 30, 2010 at 7:24 pm

Thanks Erica!


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