The Dish Ran Away With The Spoon

August 17, 2011

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Guess what I did this morning? Went to a CYCLE CLASS! Back in the day, shortly after my foot surgery, I could not run. Right after I graduated college I joined the YMCA and they offered cycle classes. I used to go 4 times a week and was a total indoor cycle geek. Cycling is one of the few indoor activities that I think is very comparable to running, so anyone who can’t run but can spin should give it a try!

I do have special cycle shoes, which I purchased after my third class. They were $50 (I bought the cheapest ones) and I’ve been really happy with them – 5 years later still going strong!

I really need to get back into cycle classes, as I really enjoyed today’s! I tried a few when I first moved here, but I didn’t love the instructors. Although I do bike outside a lot, I prefer cycle classes that are geared as an indoor cardio session rather than simulating a real ride. I went to Amy’s class today and she was great – so was the music! Since I run on T/TH/Sat most weeks, this will make a great humpday addition to my workouts.

I came home, did some work, showered, laundered some clothes, started packing thought about packing, and then ate lunch.

Goat Cheese Mania!!

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I made a big bowl of mixed greens with coconut oil as dressing (about 1 tsp) plus green pepper, tomatoes, lima beans (loving lima beans on salads!) and gobloads of goat cheese

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On the side, some rich full-fat greek yogurt with a plum and some coconut.

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Karen’s neighbor went out of town and gave her this full-fat greek. It’s QUITE good and also quite rich. I prefer Oikos by Stonyfield, but this was still totally delicious.

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Lime makes water remind me of a Corona. And that is a really good thing!

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I’m headed to the bakery now for two meetings – one with Relay Foods (hoping to get in their distribution!) and the other with our accountant.

Happy Day to you!

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1 Ashley August 17, 2011 at 12:07 pm

I really love 2% Greek the best!! So creamy + smooth…just can’t find any that is organic! mmmm I need goatcheeeese!

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2 Sarah August 17, 2011 at 12:08 pm

Always wanted to be the first to comment! :) Lunch looks great!

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3 Claire @ Live and Love to Eat August 17, 2011 at 12:09 pm

So jealous of your lunch! I’m not allowed to run right now (healing a torn tendon), but spin definitely gets me that same cardio-high!

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4 katie @KatieDid August 17, 2011 at 12:10 pm

I only eat 2% or higher fat for yogurt. Once I got used to it I think the nonfat does not fill me or taste as rich and delicious!

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5 Ash @ Good Taste Healthy Me August 17, 2011 at 12:12 pm

I love cycling class! They are so fun!

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6 Katie @ Nourishing Flourishing August 17, 2011 at 12:12 pm

Mmm…Corona water! :) I can’t get enough lime lately; I even made (coconut milk-based) lime ice cream this weekend. So. Good! Lime makes everything better in the heat of summah — even water :)

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7 Nikki August 17, 2011 at 12:14 pm

I’m a 0% fat greek yogurt consumer… as I was always led to believe that we should pick lower fat dairy foods. What’s your take Kath R.D.?

I love the photo of your lunch… I wish it was sitting in front of me! Although it would probably be gone by the time I am typing this. Good luck with the accountant, and the distribution meeting. I hope it all goes the way you would like :)

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8 KathEats August 17, 2011 at 1:48 pm

I think low-fat is the way to go. I buy low-fat organic yogurt from Whole Foods

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9 Baking N Books August 17, 2011 at 2:07 pm

Totally agree with low-fat. As someone who used to eat the fat-free all the time back in the day.

Have you tried Goat’s yogurt?? – it’s so creamy! By Liberte brand.

I used to spin years ago – it was good but after a while the instructors were so loud and the room was so dark – it just stressed me out too much! ;)

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10 CJ @ http://healthy-happy-whole.com/ August 17, 2011 at 12:14 pm

I’m an oikos girl myself and have never actually tried full fat. Have you ever had 2%? I’ve heard the fage 2% is pretty creamy as well. Usually I use my Greek for fruit or smoothies but it was really awesome on a taco salad as replacement sour cream!

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11 Katie @ Peace Love and Oats August 17, 2011 at 12:14 pm

I’ve been putting Kidney beans on my salads all week, but I hadn’t ever thought of lima beans! I’ll have to try that out!

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12 Estela @ Weekly Bite August 17, 2011 at 12:15 pm

Your photos make me wish I had your lunch! Looks AMAZING :)

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13 Lisa August 17, 2011 at 12:16 pm

Do olives work like limes do for you? ;)

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14 KathEats August 17, 2011 at 1:49 pm

Haha, I’ve never been a martini girl so no :)

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15 J3nn (Jenn's Menu and Lifestyle Blog) August 17, 2011 at 12:18 pm

Look at all of that glorious goat cheese!!! So yummy. Although, goat cheese is deceiving as far as volume goes as it tends to become more fluffy when crumbled. :)

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16 Amy August 17, 2011 at 12:19 pm

How is cycle class different than spin?

Now I want some full-fat greek yogurt … mmmmm. :)

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17 KathEats August 17, 2011 at 1:53 pm

I’m not quite sure…

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18 Amy August 17, 2011 at 1:54 pm

LOL. The way you phrased it made me think it was something different. Glad you had fun!

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19 Sara @my less serious life August 17, 2011 at 2:47 pm

Hey Amy! I think the only difference is ‘spin’ requires that you be officially certified as a ‘spin’ instructor and their are certain workouts, bikes, and rules that go with that. Cycle is the same thing (I think) without the special certification.

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20 Cait's Plate August 17, 2011 at 12:26 pm

I’m loving your lime water lately. I went through a huge phase where I added lemon and/or lime to my water ALL the time and I’ve since gotten out of it. I need to go back to it!

I tried ONE spin class and was not such a huge fan (it’s HARD!!) but have always wanted to go back and give it another go myself.

Have a wonderful afternoon :)

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21 Brittany @ Itty Bits of Balance August 17, 2011 at 12:28 pm

Yey for getting back into cycling! I used to be a huge fan of it my first year at my University and have been wanting to get back into it lately. It just kills my booty every time! (literally..)

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22 Mary Frances August 17, 2011 at 10:31 pm

Get a gel covered bike seat. Oooohhh!

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23 twobrokenarms August 19, 2011 at 10:25 am

I’ve done the Ride to Conquer Cancer (it’s a bike ride from Toronto to Niagara Falls) and did spin classes all winter, so I know what it’s like to have a sore bum. Try buying riding shorts that are for long rides (they have padding in them).

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24 Ellie@fitforthesoul August 17, 2011 at 12:30 pm

Cycling sounds really tough! Never tried it, but hopefully someday? ;) And I’ve been loving goatcheese lately too! particularly the brand called “chevrai”. Have a glorious day Kath!

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25 Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat August 17, 2011 at 12:33 pm

Yay I’m so happy you went to a cycling class! That’s what I teach and I too prefer to teach classes that are not trying to simulate an outdoor ride. As far as I’m concerned, there’s no need to get into super aerodynamic positions when you’re not actually going anywhere!! I’m glad you enjoyed it. :)

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26 Amanda August 17, 2011 at 12:35 pm

Love spin class, I took one at 5:30am today!! The only reason I’ll get up so early is because the instructor rocks and the class is packed and full of energy! Also got some cycle shoes about 6 months ago and think it makes a hugeee difference.

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27 Maria August 17, 2011 at 12:39 pm

Spinning is my all time favorite cardio workout!! BUT you have to have a good instructor and great music. That salad looks delish!

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28 Gina @ Running to the Kitchen August 17, 2011 at 12:40 pm

I had a greek yogurt from my parents fridge the other day without looking at it and was half way through thinking to myself “Geez this is creamy, delicious yogurt!” then I looked at the package and realized it was full fat. Yum! Sometimes it’s worth it :)

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29 Ashley @ Coffee Cake and Cardio August 17, 2011 at 12:44 pm

That lunch looks amazing!! I just love goat cheese and spin. I go to spin every Tuesday and Thursday morning and I hate it when I miss a class!

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30 Kyra Clarke August 17, 2011 at 12:47 pm

That salad looks so yummy! I am now hungry!

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31 Kiran @ KiranTarun.com August 17, 2011 at 12:48 pm

Tasting lunch! I wish I love goat cheese as much. Not a huge fan :(

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32 Sarah @ Sarah's Modern Bites August 17, 2011 at 12:51 pm

There is NOTHING like full fat yogurt!

When I lived in Maine I used to buy raw yogurt all the time (and raw milk and raw BUTTER!) It was divine…. cream top and all.

My favorite was Ewegurt! Raw sheep’s milk yogurt. I dream about it to this day. Just heavenly.

Gorgeous salad pics! The feta particularly looks as though it is just popping out of the screen.

Real silver spoon? So pretty!

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33 Lizzie @TheMonthOfVegust August 17, 2011 at 12:52 pm

VERY BIG YAY for GH possibly joining Relay! They have the best grocery offerings (and best service!) in town. I sound like I work for them, but really I am just a loyal customer! Yippeee!

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34 Khushboo August 17, 2011 at 1:00 pm

I find 0% do thick, I can only imagine what full fat is like!!

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35 Krissy @ Shiawase Life August 17, 2011 at 1:08 pm

I love Relay! Just tried them for the first time – I know, it only took me FOREVER to do so, but it’s pretty darn awesome :)

Also, thanks for the words on Spin! I really want to try it sometime and glad to hear you are an advocate of it for non-running cardio.

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36 Annette @ EnjoyYourHealthyLife August 17, 2011 at 1:10 pm

I loVE goat cheese!!

Cycle class can be so fun :)

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37 Kristina August 17, 2011 at 1:17 pm

I started spinning this past winter, and I’ve loved the experience. It’s a fantastic workout – I always feel that the instructors have kicked my ass (although it’s usually that I’m kicking my own!). I will say that I prefer the classes that are more like biking – I hate it when they have us jumping around all the time because I rarely spend time out of the saddle when I’m actually riding my bike.

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38 Sweet and Savvy August 17, 2011 at 1:20 pm

I love that spoon! I still cannot get over the taste of full fat Greek Yogurt.. no matter how much I try!

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39 Katherine August 17, 2011 at 1:21 pm

Kath, I’m trying to learn from others how to create rounded meals. My coworker brings this work quite often: A large salad with various veggies, 1/2 large avocado, 1 tsp coconut oil. On the side a large serving of yogurt and 2 slices of bread. Is this too fat and carbohydrate heavy?

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40 Baking N Books August 17, 2011 at 2:09 pm

Well…if you took out the fats and bread – then your only left with veggies…? :( So, I’d say no it’s fine!

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41 Thelittlewife August 17, 2011 at 3:02 pm

Katherine:
Comparing what others eat will never help you create well rounded meals for yourself because everybody (and every body :) ) is soo different!

Some bodies do very well with a lot of carbs. Perhaps they do a lot of cardio. Some folks do better with a more “Mediterranean diet”: High fat, low carb and lots of vegetables. Other people just eat a bunch of everything. Some can’t tolerate dairy. I would advise you to do your own thing! Experiment and find out what makes your body the happiest and don’t worry what your co-worker is eating. A healthy diet is different for everyone. Think of how people all over the world eat so differently, yet can all be healthy. Good luck!

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42 Cath August 17, 2011 at 4:16 pm

So true!! I just found this blog and it seems Kath eats mostly oatmeal and salads. At dinner she mixes it up.

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43 KathEats August 17, 2011 at 7:28 pm

Katherine, I think that meal sounds pretty well-rounded to me

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44 Hillary August 17, 2011 at 1:24 pm

Spin classes are pretty much my favorite workout ever. I get so competitive with myself, and I sweat like a beast—I really feel like I’ve accomplished something when I’m done! (Even if I’ve just stayed in place the whole time!)

I just switched to 2% Greek yogurt from fat free. The taste and texture difference is incredible!

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45 Lindsay @ Lindsay's List August 17, 2011 at 1:30 pm

I enjoy seeing what kinds of dishes and glasses you use! Always so colorful and crisp.

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46 Katelyn @ Chef Katelyn August 17, 2011 at 1:30 pm

GOAT CHEEEESE <3 I love Oikos as well, but the full-fat biznazz is good stuff!

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47 Ashley@FoodNFitnessDiaries August 17, 2011 at 1:39 pm

Cycling classes are awesome, sweaty, and kick your butt (if they’re quality). Good for you!

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48 Averie @ Love Veggies and Yoga August 17, 2011 at 1:43 pm

That plum looks awesome. Perfectly cubed, too. It’s the little things I notice :)

And I also noticed a mug of tea of yours on FG when I was submitting some cookies of mine. Congrats!

And I love that you are making use of extra food of the neighbor’s b/c they went away on a trip. Not wasting, not throwing away, passing things along to others…that’s how I grew up in a rural small town. I am glad to know this spirit isn’t gone from everywhere!

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49 Jackie @ That Deep Breath August 17, 2011 at 1:45 pm

The plum looks so yummy. I’m way too intimidated to go to a cycle or spin class. I feel like I’d fall over from exhaustion!

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50 Meg August 17, 2011 at 1:50 pm

I made some delicious hummus this week that would go perfect with your salad – sweet potato hummus(http://megsfoodreality.com/2011/08/sweet-potato-hummus/)

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51 Erika @ The Teenage Taste August 17, 2011 at 1:54 pm

I love spinning classes! I recently joined a gym so the spinning and Body Pump classes were the first two I wanted to try out. Now I’m addicted to both of them! Like you said, spinning is great cross-training for running! :-)

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52 Ashley O. @ The Vegetable Life August 17, 2011 at 1:54 pm

I tried goat cheese this weekend for the first time and it was soo creamy and delicious!!!

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53 Aine @ Something to Chew Over August 17, 2011 at 2:02 pm

Yum I love goats cheese! Your salad looks so delicious :)

I love spinning – it’s one of my favourite ways to get in my cardio.

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54 M.R. August 17, 2011 at 2:11 pm

I LOVE GOAT CHEESE TOO! I CAN’T GET ENOUGH- -LOOKS DELISH!

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55 lynn @ the actor's diet August 17, 2011 at 2:17 pm

i think b/c i’m so used to nonfat greek now, full fat tastes crazy heavy to me. just like whole milk, after an entire lifetime of drinking skim. tastes like cream!

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56 Sara @ RealFunFood August 17, 2011 at 2:32 pm

Hey Kath, I just wanted to say that I tried your coconut black bean dip and it was SO good. I never would have thought of putting those flavors together but it was perfect! Thanks!

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57 KathEats August 17, 2011 at 7:28 pm

So glad!

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58 Cait @ Beyond Bananas August 17, 2011 at 2:37 pm

Spinning is something I never could get into. I gave it a shot – but after 3 or 4 classes, I was dreading each class.. I’d look up at the clock 10 minutes in and try to will it forward. Maybe it was the instructors I had – not sure.

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59 Emma (Namaste Everyday) August 17, 2011 at 2:40 pm

is spinning the same as cycling? Because I am OBSESSED with spinning! I often suffer from knee pain when I run, but cycling is really gentle on my joints. Big thumbs up :)

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60 Sara @my less serious life August 17, 2011 at 2:46 pm

They used to call me beanie when I was little because I loved lima beans so much. But, I’m afraid I haven’t eaten them in years. As a salad on sounds great! How do you buy them? Canned? How does that work?

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61 Cath August 17, 2011 at 4:11 pm

I was wondering the same thing. Frozen? Just let them thaw and put in covered container to use in salad? Cant wait to try the coconut oil.

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62 KathEats August 17, 2011 at 7:29 pm

Mine were frozen and I thawed them out and then kept them in a container in the fridge

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63 Cathy August 18, 2011 at 7:36 am

I do the same thing with peas. They are in individual packets – sweet and fresh. Divine!!

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64 Sandi August 17, 2011 at 2:50 pm

Just when I think your food can’t appear any better, it does! Seems your food’s aesthetic appeal has improved since you updated your site!?

LOVE cycle classes, especially when they play great music!

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65 Angel7 August 17, 2011 at 2:53 pm

Goat cheese galore :)

Plum + Coconut = Yummy!

http://faithfulsolutions.blogspot.com/

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66 Lexi @ A Spoonful of Sunshine August 17, 2011 at 3:12 pm

I’ve always tried to describe the feeling of spin to others, and I found that your description is one of the best yet!

It’s the closest you get to running (without running) :)

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67 Lauren @ What Lauren Likes August 17, 2011 at 3:29 pm

Full fat is where its AT haha yum! so creamy and delish :)

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68 Anna @ Newlywed, Newly Veg August 17, 2011 at 3:56 pm

I love cycle classes, but you definitely need the right instructor– glad you found one you liked!!

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69 Alexa @ Simple Eats August 17, 2011 at 4:30 pm

I’ve never taken a cycle class, I’d love to try one!

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70 Joyce @ Jranola Joyce August 17, 2011 at 4:48 pm

Good music totally makes cycling classes awesome.
Sometimes a good beat with push me to keep pedaling for those last few minutes!

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71 Lisa (bakebikeblog) August 17, 2011 at 4:52 pm

wow – these photos are popping off the page today! LOve them!

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72 Sara August 17, 2011 at 5:35 pm

I used to be a Spinning fanatic but haven’t done it in years. I should give it another whirl. ;)

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73 Julie H. of Spinach and Sprinkles August 17, 2011 at 5:38 pm

Lime water rocks! …. I am the pain that asks if they have lime to put in my water, they usually do! SCORE!!! ….Full fat greek, I should try it once for sure!

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74 Hannah August 17, 2011 at 5:42 pm

I cannot cannot cannot wait for plum season to return to Australia! Also, I may or may not have eaten a 4oz plank of goat’s cheese straight-up on Sunday…

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75 Kate (What Kate is Cooking) August 17, 2011 at 5:55 pm

I went to cycling this morning too! The only good thing about waking up at 5 to go is getting it out of the way :)

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76 Rosa - Fitness, Food, Fulfilled August 17, 2011 at 5:57 pm

“Lime makes water remind me of Corona.” Hilarious! That is a good thing!

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77 Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin August 17, 2011 at 7:24 pm

I’m really back and forth about my feelings on spin class. It really depends on the instructor and the music! One time the instructor played only Britney Spears songs… that may have been my favourite workout ever. :P

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78 Jamie C. August 17, 2011 at 7:57 pm

Oh my goodness! Thank you for opening my eyes (and mouth) to the deliciousness of coconut oil on salads! I had this for lunch and dinner today (both in different ways) and was just soooo pleased with the way it tasted. For lunch, just the coconut oil with a splash of red wine vinaigrette, salt, and pepper BUT for dinner, the coconut oil mixed with a little roasted red pepper hummus, red wine vin, and a touch of honey… so yummy! I love all of your ideas on here but this one really takes the cake!

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79 Meredith (Pursuing Balance) August 17, 2011 at 7:58 pm

pretty bowls! your lunch looks really yummy. i love all the coconut and lime — so summery!

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80 Hilary August 17, 2011 at 8:08 pm

Mmmm…goat cheese totally makes any salad!

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81 Olena (The Fit Gourmet) August 17, 2011 at 9:09 pm

Spinning is a-m-a-z-i-n-g. The most intense energy burn ever, and there’s virtually no limit to how much you can challenge yourself. Totally fulfilling and exhausting at once.

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82 Kathleen @ KatsHealthCorner August 17, 2011 at 9:16 pm

Absolutely GORGEOUS!!!!

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83 Kelsey August 17, 2011 at 10:33 pm

mmmmmmmm. I would like that plum please!

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84 Namaste Gurl August 18, 2011 at 12:33 am

Goat cheese is the BEST addition to salads and really, anything :) I miss goat cheese when it’s not on my salad beasts!

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85 Nikki August 18, 2011 at 8:27 am

Your goat cheese look great. I tried a random one from the store once, and it was epic failure. What brand do you use again?

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86 KathEats August 18, 2011 at 8:40 am

I’m not sure what it’s called (I threw away the package) but it has a french flag on it

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87 Lauren August 18, 2011 at 8:31 am

This is so funny- I was JUST going to post a question to you asking if you ever did indoor cycling- and then you write this post! It seems like something you would love and I’m glad that you enjoyed it! I became a cycling junkie about 6 years ago and then went on to get my certification as a Spinning instructor 2 1/2 years ago (which was just one day of training!). I’ve been teaching spinning classes at my gym ever since, and I do it early in the morning before I go to my full-time job. I LOVE teaching, and a free gym membership and getting paid to work out- that’s not so bad either. I keep thinking about getting certified for Body Pump but I’m not sure.
Have you ever thought about teaching exercise classes? Bet you’d be great!

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88 KathEats August 18, 2011 at 8:41 am

I actually wanted to be a cycle instructor back in the day, but then I got tired of it and gave up. I think i could teach Body Pump too!

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89 Shayla @ The Good Life August 18, 2011 at 7:22 pm

I loved spinning so much that I became an instructor as well as Group Power one (same as Body Pump). You should think about getting certified Kath, you totally should with those guns!! :)

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