The Nook

February 12, 2012

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Matt and I started our day with some outdoor activity. He’s very much into fast running, and I am very much into brisk walking. I can definitely still run now – there’s no uterus or fatigue reason why I couldn’t have ran. But I’m just SO much more into walking. I don’t know if I’d use to word lazy because walking for an hour isn’t like sitting on the couch, but I definitely think I’m sort of using pregnancy as an excuse not to run in this freezing cold weather. But I guess there is also a part of me that doesn’t really want to push myself very hard, and running is definitely hard. Especially since I’ve gotten out of the habit. And it’s so cold (AND HILLY) here. I’d much rather bundle up in my down coat and listen to a podcast on my phone! So walking is my workout of choice (mixed with Body Pump, spinning and hopefully pre-natal yoga coming in the second tri).

After our workout, which took us to the scenic Riverview Park, we showered up and then headed to brunch to meet Brain, Jeb and Steve, the fraternity bros from  yesterday.

Two mugs of [decaf] coffee for me! I’ve had caffeine on and off from tea, chocolate and a cappuccino or two when I forgot to request decaf, but am mostly sticking to decaf coffee.

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The Nook is a diner downtown that is super famous in Cville. It’s been on our list to visit since we moved here, but the food isn’t exactly of the fru-fru style that we love most (Blue Grass Grill & Bakery is my top favorite brunch spot – for the wheat biscuits!) But the menu at The Nook was extensive and breakfasty.

I ended up ordering scrambled eggs, which came with bacon and rye toast

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And instead of home fries, I added on a blueberry pancake.

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I polished off most of this meal – and was surprisingly just satisfied and not full. I swear my appetite is strong as ever. And I think I’m doing great with first tri weight gain (actually lost a pound between appointments), so I must be doing a good job of eating mindfully.

Despite my mac and cheese obsession, Matt was the one who ordered it – the Crabby Mac. I’m glad I didn’t order it because it was very garlicky thanks to the breadcrumbs on top, and garlic is currently off my pregnant menu.

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Fun lunch! Fun day so far! I have no idea what’s in store for the rest of the afternoon.

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1 Christie February 12, 2012 at 3:06 pm

Looks like a perfect Sunday :)

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2 Greta @ Staying Lost February 12, 2012 at 3:07 pm

Oo, that mac and cheese looks great. I’m glad to hear you’re staying active and mindful- you sound like you’re happy with your choices.

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3 Sarena (The Non-Dairy Queen) February 12, 2012 at 3:07 pm

Sounds like an incredible lunch and what a great way to start the day with a comfortable beautiful walk. Enjoy the rest of your day Kath now that you’re fueled up for it!

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4 Anjali @ The Picky Eater February 12, 2012 at 3:15 pm

That’s so great that you’ve been so mindful in your first-tri! Congrats on that – I know that’s been hard for many of my friends. That breakfast looked just like the one I had today!

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5 Cm @ Lazy Healthy February 12, 2012 at 3:16 pm

Why is garlic off the menu? Just grossout reasons, or is it medical?

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6 KathEats February 12, 2012 at 3:18 pm

Gross out reasons

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7 Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat February 12, 2012 at 3:21 pm

I have the same question as CM above- is garlic not supposed to be consumed when you’re pregnant? Or is it just one of those things that you can’t bear the thought of right now? Either way, your choices look great! This is going to sound weird but of all of them (pancake included) I’m most excited by the rye toast! I haven’t had rye bread in ages and absolutely love it!

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8 Hillary February 12, 2012 at 3:23 pm

I told my boyfriend that I want to get brunch to celebrate V-day—specifically so I can order blueberry pancakes. I’ve had a craving for weeks now, and seeing yours just made it that much stronger!

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9 Joss February 12, 2012 at 3:23 pm

Sounds like a good day so far! Can’t beat scrambled eggs, bacon, toast, and a pancake :D You had the perfect bfast. Also, I think walking is the perfect work out :)

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10 Maria@Sinfully Nutritious February 12, 2012 at 3:26 pm

I love rye toast. It is so sour and delicious, especially paired against salty eggs ans sweet pancakes. That restaurant seems like a perfect breafast spot.

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11 Emily @ The Swallow Flies February 12, 2012 at 3:26 pm

That mac & cheese looks heavenly. I need to get back to Charlottesville – soon!

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12 Moira February 12, 2012 at 3:29 pm

Was just at The Nook today as well! Love that amazing diner food.

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13 KathEats February 12, 2012 at 9:07 pm

Oh fun!!

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14 Kristen @ Change of Pace February 12, 2012 at 3:30 pm

You are growing a baby! You need all the food for extra energy :) Lunch looks yummy!

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15 Lauren B February 12, 2012 at 3:30 pm

I cannot stand the smell or taste of garlic right now either! And since becoming pregnant, I have abstained from running. Not that I did it much anyway, but my sore boobs can’t handle the bouncing! I’m sticking with walking and the elliptical for my cardio.

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16 Jana @ Newly Wife Healthy Life February 12, 2012 at 3:31 pm

I am not pregnant, but honestly enjoy brisk walking more than running too! Is that wrong? Ha ha

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17 KathEats February 12, 2012 at 9:08 pm

Not at all! Running is more efficient for folks who don’t have time to walk :)

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18 Averie @ Love Veggies and Yoga February 12, 2012 at 3:55 pm

Running in the cold or any physical fitness outside is hard! Dreary, windy, rainy, cold…that does not scream hop out the door and get all cracked up about a workout, at all. So I wouldn’t be too hard on yourself :) No one I know “loves” cold weather workouts. Tolerates, but not loves.

And walking is awesome. I walked most of my pregnancy (couldn’t run) and some times “walking” meant simply going around the block. Do what feels right and you’re up to!

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19 Kristen February 12, 2012 at 4:18 pm

I ate at The Nook last time I visited Charlottesville! It was awesomely unhealthy and delicious (the bf and I ordered the country fried steak bfast). The dining options in Charlottesville really make me wish I lived closer. And I haven’t had a chance to say congratulations on the pregnancy! I know it’s an exciting time in your life and it seems as if you’re enjoying it thus far!

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20 KathEats February 12, 2012 at 9:08 pm

Thanks Kristen!

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21 Stephanie @ Legally Blinde February 12, 2012 at 4:37 pm

Oh my gosh, a whole wheat biscuit sounds amazing! I’m going to have to find a recipe and try that out ASAP.

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22 Annette @ EnjoyYourHealthyLife February 12, 2012 at 4:41 pm

I love a good lazy day with yummy meals. Have a good one!

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23 Jim Purdy February 12, 2012 at 4:48 pm

If you’ve discussed this, I must have missed it, but are you trying to limit added sugars, syrups, and honey?

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24 KathEats February 12, 2012 at 9:09 pm

Not avoiding them per se, but I always try to use them in moderation just for being calorie dense and sugary

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25 Lisa (bakebikeblog) February 12, 2012 at 4:53 pm

walking has certainly been my exercise of choice during pregnancy too!

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26 Liz @ Tip Top Shape February 12, 2012 at 5:08 pm

Those scrambled eggs look fantastic!! I love breakfasty places like that. There’s one right across the street from my apartment that my friends and I go to all the time for late nights. It’s open 24 hours a day, and I swear there are more people there at 2 in the morning than at brunch time. It’s so strange!

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27 Ashley @ Coffee Cake and Cardio February 12, 2012 at 5:14 pm

I’ve actually heard a number of times women losing weight during pregnancy. You look and are doing great!

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28 Sarah February 12, 2012 at 5:14 pm

I love the look of The Nook, very diner-chic!

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29 Katie @ Peace Love & Oats February 12, 2012 at 5:32 pm

Oooo that mac n cheese looks so good! When I lived in Charleston, walking was by far my favorite form of exercise! I’d walk all over the city and just take in how gorgeous it was!

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30 Andrea @ The Skinny Chronicles February 12, 2012 at 6:00 pm

Sounds fabulous to me, Kath. What are your favorite podcasts to listen to?

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31 KathEats February 12, 2012 at 9:09 pm

Really into Pregtastic!! There are hundreds and they will keep me busy for the next 6 months at least

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32 Angel7 February 12, 2012 at 6:02 pm

That bacon looks perfectly crispy!

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33 Deva @ Deva by Definition February 12, 2012 at 6:07 pm

That looks like an amazing breakfast. We are mid-way through our second week without a working range (should be fixed by next weekend!) and I have been craving a good pancakes and eggs breakfast all week!

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34 J3nn (Jenn's Menu and Lifestyle Blog) February 12, 2012 at 6:30 pm

I’ve been hearing that slow, long walks (and slow movement in general) is better for you than running, not that running is unhealthy. I am a walker, not a runner. Happily. :)

I like what you and Matt ordered, both good choices!! Diners <3

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35 eliza February 12, 2012 at 6:45 pm

I cant imagine eating mac & cheese for brunch. The breakfast options always seem too delicious to pass up:)

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36 JessicaE February 12, 2012 at 6:56 pm

I LOVE pancakes. However, they never fill me up. I need to ask my husband to make some again because his are amazing.

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37 KathEats February 12, 2012 at 9:10 pm

I totally agree — except — did you know when I eat Kodiak cakes (or any WW pancakes at home) it’s one of my most long-lasting breakfasts? I’m never full, but I’m not hungry for hours. I don’t get it!

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38 TeenyLittleSuperChef February 12, 2012 at 7:16 pm

Oh man, as much as I love blueberry pancakes and eggs, I would not have been able to resist that mac and cheese. And the more garlic, the better, in my humble opinion. Good to hear your appetite is still going strong. Gotta keep up with that growing bundle of joy in your belly :)

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39 Lauren @ What Lauren Likes February 12, 2012 at 7:27 pm

I’ll take brisk walking over running any day :D

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40 Jenny@vegetarianhatesvegetables February 12, 2012 at 7:36 pm

You must really like coffee to want to drink decaf!

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41 KathEats February 12, 2012 at 9:10 pm

Indeed. This one wasn’t that great

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42 Christine (The Raw Project) February 12, 2012 at 8:14 pm

What a great Sunday. I’m somewhere between with a medium paced run. :-)

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43 Wendy February 12, 2012 at 8:50 pm

Aaah the nook is one of my favorites in cville!

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44 Meg @ Spandex in the City February 12, 2012 at 10:16 pm

Looks like a cute Retro Diner !
but the coffee at those places usually aren’t the best. I always sneak in a Starbucks Bold hehe.

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45 Khushboo February 13, 2012 at 1:45 am

Pancakes over homefries any day!!

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46 Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin February 13, 2012 at 7:28 am

Sometimes there’s just nothing better than good old standard diner breakfast food! Especially after a night out with one too many drinks haha. ;)

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47 Thealogian February 13, 2012 at 7:54 am

Walking is such a pleasure! Instead of thinking about how much more you should be doing (running), allow yourself the pleasure of walking as a positive thing. When I’m doing everything right, I sometimes think “I can do more”…its a mental trap. I’ve heard many women get out of that thinking when they’re pregnant/nursing because sharing their body in that vital way teaches them that “oh, my goodness, my body can do amazing things, why should I beat up on myself/my body?” Peace!

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48 Fran@ Broken Cookies Don't Count February 13, 2012 at 8:10 am

I Love rye toast…it’s the best for breakfast and anytime!

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49 Lexi @ Cura Personalis Foodie February 14, 2012 at 12:39 am

Hahhahaha “pregnant menu”– love it! That’ll be the next trend after gluten free :)

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