That’s One Huge Salad

August 10, 2008

How is it already 5:00!?!? It feels more like 3. I guess it’s because I didn’t eat lunch until 2!

We spent the whole middle of the day on the move – biking for about an hour and a quarter and then mowing the lawn. We biked to the greenway, biked the 4 miles of it, then came out the other side and biked home. I’m guessing it was about 10-12 miles? Then I ended up mowing the whole yard! The back yard is fun because it’s big and makes those nice lines. I wore my HRM the whole time and here were my stats:

Time: 2:08

In Zone: 4:30

Avg. HR: 99

Kcal: 397

As you can see, I was moving for 2 hours but my heart rate wasn’t that high despite biking fast and some hills. I should have thrown in some cardio sprint drills to spike it up! But the whole point was just to keep moving through fun activities, so it’s fine as is :) And who knows how accurate the HRM really is when you’re not that much in the cardio zone.


I came inside to make a huggggeeee delicious salad!

But I started with a piece of watermelon


I toasted a slice of the husband’s sourdough to make homemade croutons.

And I grilled carrots, peppers, and a peach!

I also tossed in a cup or so of leftover blue cornmeal okra.

The rest of the toppings: 1 slice cooked bacon, goat cheese crumbles, and leftover lemon-olive oil dressing that Karen made.





The husband made a huge salad as well. His was a BLT with jalapeno and croutons. Check out the size of his bowl – he used our giant salad bowl!


I’m trying to work on my to-do list so I can start tomorrow fresh. Ahhhhh! There’s too much to do.

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1 Tina August 10, 2008 at 4:19 pm

This IS a big salad that the husband made! Are your croutons homemade?


2 Rachel August 10, 2008 at 4:20 pm

Hi Kath! Both salads look great, and I love homemade croutons. I would probably leave off the grilled peach, though. Everyone raves about grilled stone fruits, but I just don’t like them.


3 C August 10, 2008 at 4:23 pm

Both of those salads look awesome! I love homemade croutons but I have never made them myself. I should give that a try sometime.


4 Nicole August 10, 2008 at 4:24 pm

I love homemade croutons! Both of your salads look delicious! I’d like to dig into both of them!!


5 caitlinbo (see bride run) August 10, 2008 at 4:38 pm

your salad looks amazing and youve got me craving watermelon- again! i must go buy some!


6 Kelly L. August 10, 2008 at 4:51 pm

Are you saying that 400 calories isn’t that much to burn? I think that’s a lot.


7 Ali August 10, 2008 at 5:03 pm

The huge salads look awesome! I love to eat them out of serving bowls when they are a meal!


8 Gliding Calm August 10, 2008 at 5:13 pm

haha i love eating salads out of serving bowls!! that’s always the size of a salad i’m craving anyways!
have a great evening Kath!


9 Rose August 10, 2008 at 5:37 pm

Mowing the grass sounds like a great little workout! I can’t wait until I have a yard someday… Sigh… :)

Your watermelon always looks SO good. Wow.


10 caitlinbo (see bride run) August 10, 2008 at 5:44 pm


yes! you should adopt a wiener! they are the BEST LITTLE DOGS ever!

and since you asked for photos, i edited my lunch post to include some fun ones:


11 Abby August 10, 2008 at 5:51 pm


I know this has probably been asked, and you’ve probably answered it a million times…but what does your husband do for a living?

that salad looks delicious by the way!


12 Quinn August 10, 2008 at 6:39 pm

Mmm…goat cheese and bacon? Amazing combo!


13 Justy2003 August 10, 2008 at 6:57 pm

Yum, now that’s my kind of salad! Lots of different flavors…and HUGE! :)


14 sarah August 10, 2008 at 7:17 pm


and, a question: how do you make the croutons? it had never occurred to me, but it sounds great.


15 Gaby August 10, 2008 at 7:20 pm

Fantastic looking salad!

Just wondering what kind of heart monitor you use since I’m looking to purchase a new one myself?!



16 SH August 10, 2008 at 8:14 pm

Those are great looking salads! Making a yummy salad makes for a great meal, but I find I am most of the time too lazy to put together all the components. But then when I do, I enjoy it so much. Note to self: don’t be so lazy!!


17 Kath August 10, 2008 at 8:29 pm

Kelly L.,
I just meant I would have thought it would be a lot higher for 2 hours of activity. But I guess it was just low intensity.

caitlinbo ,

Abby ,
He works in marketing.

sarah ,
We just cut them in cubes and put them in the oven at 250* for 20-30 minutes. They were delicious!



18 HangryPants August 10, 2008 at 8:38 pm

Kath, I don’t have a Heart Rate Monitor – what does “In Zone: 4:30” mean?



19 Kath August 10, 2008 at 9:35 pm

HangryPants ,
The HRM’s come with a pre-set zone (that you can change if you want) that represents a cardio zone. I believe mine is set to 120 bpm. So “in the zone” means that of my 2 hours, I was only above 120 bpm (getting heart pumping cardio benefits) for 4:30 minutes. You can set it so it beeps at you when you dip below that number too. I reminder to pick up the pace!



20 HangryPants August 13, 2008 at 12:06 pm

Oh, thanks!


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