Suspense Is Over

June 9, 2008

It is here folks: my all-day summer school starts today.

Here’s my schedule:

  • 7:15-8:00: Commute
  • 8:00-10:00: Sports Nutrition (!!)
  • 10:00-12:00: Food Composition (cooking class!!)
  • 12:00-12:15: Speed lunch
  • 12:15-3:15: Food Comp Cooking Lab
  • 3:15-4:00: Commute from South Carolina to North Carolina
  • 4:00-5:00: Blog???? Make Dinner.
  • 5:00-6:00: Commute to Chemistry, study?????
  • 9:00-9:30: Commute home
  • 9:30-10:00: Catch up, bed.

That’s Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, and hopefully sometimes class/lab won’t go the whole time. Thursdays I don’t have the 12-3 lab, so I can eat lunch at home. And thank GOODNESS I have Fridays off to do all my studying.

Here’s my tentative workout schedule:

  • Monday: Rest after Symphony
  • Tuesday: Quick 3-4 mile run
  • Wednesday: Gym, the express version
  • Thursdays: Something active in the afternoon, walking or workout if there’s time
  • Friday-Sunday: Workouts as usual

I’m sure I’ll be out late and will choose sleep over workouts, but that’s my goal.

As for the blog , Monday-Wed. is going to be very hard for me to keep up with the comments . I’ll probably have to save them to answer> on Fridays, so please help me with your expertise when you can! I’ll do my best to get the posts up on time, but I may have to combine breakfast and lunch or lunch and dinner if time doesn’t allow.

This is all until July 10 , so bear with me until then!

Breakfast

No workout this morning because of staying up too late. I’m hoping to fit in a walk, but who knows! I started the day with reheated whipped banana oatmeal. The verdict? About 90% as good. The flavor is 100% but the texture isn’t up to par. But when necessary, it works great!! It is nice to save the 5 minutes of cooking and 3 minutes of cleaning the pot.

The combo:

  • Leftover 1/3 oats/milk/banana portion
  • 1 tbsp flax
  • 1/4 cup-ish blueberries
  • 1/4 a blueberry vanilla granola plank
  • Spoonful AB

I added a splash of hemp milk to rehydrate before lightly microwaving. One big plus in the summertime: you can eat it chilled and get the banana flavor without the heat!

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1 healthyceliac June 9, 2008 at 6:15 am

Good luck making it through the first day with your new schedule! I’m sure you’ll get into the swing of things soon :)

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2 hk June 9, 2008 at 6:31 am

you can do it, Kath- you’re a rock star! Don’t stress yourself out about comments, we totally understand!! good luck with the first day :)

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3 Lauren June 9, 2008 at 7:08 am

Who is that in the picture with kath at the concert last night?

Kath……of course we will stick with you! Good luck with everything!

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4 Romina June 9, 2008 at 7:21 am

You are going to be one busy woman, best of luck!

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5 Heather June 9, 2008 at 7:26 am

Good luck with the new schedule! You’re going to be a busy lady- but the classes sound really interesting. And yea for Friday’s off!

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6 katie June 9, 2008 at 7:50 am

This is a question for anyone who can remember…especially because Kath won’t have time! haha.
I thought I remembered Kath mentioning a while back a website that helped her stay organized…like todolist.com or something similar to that. Does anyone remember what it was or have any websites like this that they use for calendars, to do lists etc?

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7 mel June 9, 2008 at 7:54 am

hang in there Kath! You will do awesome in your classes~

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8 VeggieGirl June 9, 2008 at 8:15 am

Yikes, quite a schedule you’ve got there – best of luck, and hang in there!!

The oatmeal looks perfect to me – yum! :0)

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9 Julz June 9, 2008 at 8:35 am

I think what’s going to carry you through (with flying colors!!!) is sticking to your sleep schedule! You did an awesome job with prepping for the week! What a wonderful Mom you will be, Kath! I find that when my schedule gets so intense (last sememster: Class 9-12, work 1-5, class 6-9!!! With a 35-45 minute commute to and from work), getting between 7-9 hours of sleep a night kept me healthy and happy! Luckily, that schedule was only on Mondays and Wednesdays, but regardless, as you’ve mentioned so many times before, when you get the right (and consistent!) amount of sleep, you can get up and get your day going with a positive light!

And blogging should come after you do all of the things for Y.O.U. We’ll still read and love Kerf <333 (forev.)

FROYO NOTE: Sorry about that other recipe! Here’s one I found on recipezaar that looks easy enough and the color is so beautiful!!! I wish you and Matt had an ice cream machine, though! They are so much fun and you can get SO creative with them :-\

http://www.recipezaar.com/74761

(The color of her yogurt (see picture on recipezaar) is reason enough to make this one day! So refreshing!)

Fabulous Fat-Free Frozen Yogurt
(Posted by Jenny Sanders)

Ingredients
1 1/2 cups plain nonfat yogurt
2 cups frozen strawberry or blueberry or fruit, pieces of your choice
1/2 lemon, juice of
3 tablespoons strawberry jam or blueberry jam or other complementary jam
1-4 tablespoon sugar

Directions
(1) Freeze the yogurt, and the fruit, if you are starting with fresh.
(2) It is best to put the yogurt into an ice-cube tray.
(3) Puree the frozen yogurt and fruit in a food processor with the remaining ingredients, except the sugar.
(4) They should be thoroughly blended.
(5) Taste, and process in as much sugar as seems good to you.
(6) Spoon into serving dishes and return to the freezer until dessert time.
(7) If you wish to keep the yogurt in the freezer for up to a week, you may do so, in a covered container.
(8) It will need to sit out at cool room temperature for 30 minutes to an hour before serving, or it will be too hard.

I haven’t tried it yet, but hopefully it will spark some experimenting! (Of course when you have the time!!! Definitely not now though!)

Best of luck this week Kath! Hang in there and just know that we all support you, endlessly!

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10 the husband June 9, 2008 at 8:42 am

Katie,

The organizing website Kath uses is http://todoist.com/ (i think).

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11 Julz June 9, 2008 at 8:47 am

About your Oatmeal: Though I don’t care much for Oatmeal (I think it’s the weight/consistency, as I tried yours for flavor and it was great — Especially and pleasantly surprising, as I, myself, don’t care much for bananas or peanut butter), I wonder if the texture/consistency would be more to your liking if you added in some beaten egg whites in the mornings. I A.D.O.R.E. souffles, personally, (I make them — Real — All the time! You can get so creative and once you get the hang of them they’re SO easy!) and for quick mornings or lunches or even dinners, sometimes I’ll take 3-4 egg whites with just about a tablespoon (or less even) of water, add in some chopped spinach, some herbs de provence, some diced tomatoes, throw it in the micro and voila! A souffle is born :) The water allows the egg to steam and not stick to the mug (oh… I use a higher-rimmed mug, not a ramekin, because it rises too high) and it’s wonderful and looks so fancy (microwaved for 3, 1 minute intervals, or until your egg is no longer runny and is puffed up! — Depends on your microwave’s power).

Anyways, I wonder if you added some whipped or even just beaten (until a little frothy) egg whites into your oatmeal before you threw it into the microwave to reheat, do you think it would make it more volumous? I thought about that as I was writing my last comment and it’s worth the shot, right?! And with some extra protein, why not!

Hope it’s not disasterous :) If so, I didn’t tell you to do it ;)

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12 haya June 9, 2008 at 9:01 am

julz – that sounds super neat! i will have to try out your souffles sometime soon, since there always seems to be an excess of egg whites in my fridge (from all my ice cream making :-P ) and sometimes i get tired of omelettes.

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13 Ashley June 9, 2008 at 9:09 am

I know Kath is pretty busy right now but maybe someone ealse can give me some advice.

I am a busy college student and tried making oatmeal premade before they turned out so thick and gummy with a thick layer on top. Any tips?

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14 Katie June 9, 2008 at 9:21 am

Oh my gosh, you crazy, crazy gril. That is quite the schedule. :) But either way that breakfast looks AMAZINGLY delicious. YUMMMM!

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15 Kelsey June 9, 2008 at 10:24 am

Ashley,

I’m a busy college student too and I always made my oatmeal the night before. The texture does change and I’m not sure that there is any way around that. But I found if I added more water than I normally do and made a more liquidy oatmeal, it was a better consistency when reheated. Like Kath, I also added milk or water when I reheated it.

You could also try making some museli which gets even better when you let it sit overnight!

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16 Sidi June 9, 2008 at 11:05 am

Be proud of yourself, not many people can manage a schedule like the one above… Great!

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17 liz June 9, 2008 at 11:24 am

So I am writing a paper for a food culture course and am having a really hard time trying to figure out what to write about (so many ideas!!!). I am interested in the whole food blog culture-why they exist (for readers or bloggers, both?), when they started getting popular, why do we read them?!

Do any of you have input, comments, rants?(seeing as many of you have blogs)

Any other things you would be inspired to write about besides food blogs? I am also thinking of comparing how women in younger generations eat differently than their mothers or grandmothers and why this may be??

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18 Kelly L. June 9, 2008 at 11:51 am

WOrkout question for everyone…

How important do you think it is to take a day off? Do any of you not take a day off?

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19 Amy S. June 9, 2008 at 12:00 pm

At least you can work out, perhaps longer Friday, Sat and Sun…this is what you want to do and it’s not going to last forever (that’s the way I look at nursing when I have class and clinicals five days a week and am sometimes at school all day!)

You take such good pics. I have to work at that. I’m doing a nursing student blog and need to lose weight and stay SANE so I’m including food and exercise along with discussions about the program.

best of luck to you

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20 DaisyMay June 9, 2008 at 12:07 pm

i am actually interested to hear from the people that write food blogs why they write them? and how they got started on it. and how many hours in a day does that consume for you.

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21 Amy S. June 9, 2008 at 12:11 pm

Kath, one other thing. I’ll be curious to see about your eating situation. As nursing students we barely had time to eat and it’s ironic because we’re in a health profession yet it’s difficult to be healthy. I’d bring carrots or nuts to snack on but it was hard to pack a lunch and lug it around at school.

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22 SarahH June 9, 2008 at 12:19 pm

Kelly L,
It is pretty important to take a day of with weights. Your body needs to repair the work you did the day before. If you dont take a day off you risk overtraining and can actually lose strength.

As for cardio I only take a rest day if I have sore muscles and even then I will at least go for walk or swim if my legs are achy. Im training for a triathlon so there is not a lot of time for rest days.

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23 JennC June 9, 2008 at 12:42 pm

does anyone have any good “hot weather” chicken recipes?

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24 Ashley June 9, 2008 at 12:51 pm

Kelly- I usually take a day off whenever I feel like I need it or when I want to relax with my parents when I am visiting. for me exercise is important but I would never exercise in place of enjoying time with my family or if I felt extra tried or run down. Just listen to your body! It will tell you what it needs.

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25 haya June 9, 2008 at 1:33 pm

Liz: i eat differently than my other or grandmother mostly because different food are much more easily accessible/available

Kelly: rest days are almost as important as workout days. if you don’t give your muscles a chance to recover, they won’t be able to get as strong. at least one rest day per week.

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26 Chelsea June 9, 2008 at 1:41 pm

KellyL and SarahH- If you’re training hard everyday and for longer than an hour-rest days are imperative! I trained for and completed an Ironman (2.4 mile swim, 112 mile bike, 26.2 run) last year and my coach was adamant that we take our rest days. I trained 20 hours + a week but always, always, always took 1 day a week to recover. If you don’t you won’t progress as quickly as if you do. The rest allows your muscles to repair all the little rips that happen when you’re working out and allows you to re-hydrate your muscles. You risk really hurting yourself if you don’t take rest days and having to recover from an injury means not working out for a week (or much more) whereas if you take one day off a week, you’ll greatly reduce the risk of injury.

Seriously-REST-it’s good for your body!

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27 Stacey June 9, 2008 at 1:53 pm

Amy S.

Care to share your nursing student blog? I’d be curious to read it!

Thanks,

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28 Natalie June 9, 2008 at 3:48 pm

Wow! Good luck Kath! We’ll be rooting for you!!!

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29 Cat June 9, 2008 at 6:43 pm

Good luck Kath! BTW….are you doing summer classes at USC in Columbia? That’s quite a packed schedule but perhaps you could fit in a lunch/late after schoold snack one day if you are in my town?

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30 MLT June 9, 2008 at 7:55 pm

Rest:

I used to not rest much if ever and I also didn’t cross-train- another thing they recommend you do. I just ran, 7 days a week and ended up getting plantar fascia (sp?)- itis. It sucks, and ended up meaning I had a 5 month “rest”. Now I always rest, and if I’m not sure whether I’m pushing too hard, I rest. (and I bike, walk, swim and eliptical).

I just want to throw that out there because I used to think resting was for wusses and now I am a BIG believer in it!

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31 SarahH June 10, 2008 at 11:33 am

I do believe in rest days. I just meant I like to at least take a walk because it makes me feel better and gets me ready for the day. But if you have a hardwork out the day before you def need a rest the muscles you used.

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