The Very Long Morning

November 1, 2008

Whew! I’ve been attacking my to-do list all morning – the physical components. I still have tons left to do in the mental section, including a 30-day school lunch menu that’s going to take me a long time today.


We got up with the sunrise, but that doesn’t mean it was early – the sun was still not up at 7:30! It was rush, rush, rush to get to the gym so we could be back in time for the husband to leave for EF at 9:30. We biked there and back despite the cold because the sun was up and that made it seem warmer. I think one of my ears fell off though….   At the gym I did 30 minutes on the Stairs and then turned around and biked straight home (the husband had left 5 minutes before me) so I could see him off to work.

Once he was gone I did my pilates-yoga DVD (Ellen Barret’s) since I missed lifting at the gym. It was quick (about 20 minutes) and pretty easy, yet I still feel like I got in a pretty good strength training session.

Then I tackled the household chores = cleaned all the floors and the upstairs bathrooms top to bottom.

After showering and dressing, it was 11:00! Surpringly I wasn’t that hungry. Hungry, yes, but starving, not too much. So I set out to have a simple box of “mess,” which I was craving. But my simple bowl turned into a HUGE bowl when I just kept adding things!


  • A container of Chobani vanilla
  • 1/2 cup pumpkin
  • Pumpkin pie spice
  • A tiny little apple, chopped and microwaved
  • About 3/4 a cup of Kashi Vive
  • Spoonful pumpkin butter
  • BIG spoonful peanut butter
  • Tbsp ground flax



I also had a big beautiful cup of coffee –



Not sure what time I’ll eat lunch, but it’s going to be a late one.

I’m off to work on my list – it needs me ASAP!

HAPPY BIRTHDAY DAD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Larbs, Dad and I all have birthdays exactly a week apart :mrgreen: My parents are celebrating Dad’s up in Boston with Larbs this weekend. I wish I were with them!

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{ 23 comments… read them below or add one }

1 maggie November 1, 2008 at 10:53 am

Happy birthday to your dad :)

Your morning sounds crazy busy! But you got a lot done! And your “mess” looks great.

Have a nice Saturday :)


2 Sarah November 1, 2008 at 10:57 am

Hello All!
I am doing one big cumulative comment, which I will post on everyone’s blogs that I regularly frequent. I have been lurking on your blogs or quite some time now. I don’t know why I never posted before, nothing to say I guess! :0 Anyways- I’m Sarah and I am from a suburb of Chicago. I really enjoy reading all of your blogs and I feel I know you guys! (Please don’t take that as a creepy sort of thing! JK) I am recovering from an ED and you all have been such an inspiration to me, helping me understand what ‘normal’ eating actually consists of. So I want to give everyone a big THANK YOU! This is such a wonderful ‘community’ that you have here. I hope to be a part of it! Feel free to email me if you ever want to chat!


3 Angie November 1, 2008 at 11:03 am

Hey Kath! What website did you say that you got the to-do list from again? Its great :)
Have a great Saturday!


4 Kath November 1, 2008 at 11:07 am

Thanks for the comment!!

Angie , Couldn’t live without it!



5 Julia November 1, 2008 at 11:16 am

happy birthday to your dad too! Its my bday as well 😉

You always seem to get so much done! It’s an inspiration. for serious.


6 smilesara November 1, 2008 at 11:16 am

hey kath,
i’m sure you’ve answered this before — but what does flax taste like and/or how do you use it? i know it is high in omega 3s…

i haven’t been able to follow it as regularly, but i am enjoying reading your blog from overseas (israel). the food is great here — very fresh and local — but it’s fun to read about halloween, thanksgiving and all kinds of other traditions they don’t have here!

one funny thing: israelis are totally obsessed with why americans are so fat (i get asked this question all the time here, and on my last several trips here). i feel like i should send them to your blog to show them a good example of someone who is very health/nutrition/exercise conscious — but you can really see how geography/lifestyle/culture in the U.S. do make it harder than in other places. it’s really not just the mediterranean diet, but a whole way of life that goes along with it…i wonder whether you will explore some of these issues later on in your courses?

given the time difference, got to think about making dinner now!


7 Madison (FollowMyWeigh) November 1, 2008 at 11:17 am

what a productive morning! the 30 day lunch thing sounds interesting, AND a lot of work!!


8 mags November 1, 2008 at 11:23 am

hi sarah!
i’m from a suburb of chicago also! what is your email?


9 Cassidy November 1, 2008 at 11:34 am

I LOVE that online todo list thing. I need to try it! I make mine on my whitboard everymorning!


10 runjess November 1, 2008 at 11:46 am

The sun will be up nice and early tomorrow! Yay for morning workouts!


11 Moran November 1, 2008 at 11:52 am

Hi Kath!

You may wanna take a look at – I find it even better than!


12 Sharon November 1, 2008 at 11:56 am

It’s my dad’s birthday too! :-) Happy birthday to yours! I’ve been following your blog for a while (I love it & your recipes!) and have never posted, but I couldn’t resist today when you had “call dad” on your to-do list (mine was the same) and considering I made him bison burgers last night to celebrate after getting the idea to do so on here!

Have a WONDERFUL fall day!!!


13 sarah November 1, 2008 at 11:59 am

i am intrigued by the list item ‘blog thanksgiving’!

for some reason, i think it’s so cool to see other people’s organizational tools. good luck charging through the list!


14 thepinkpeppercorn November 1, 2008 at 12:15 pm

Wow – that IS quite the to-do list!!! I love lists too, they feel empowering when each thing gets checked finito. Hope all goes smoothly, gail


15 jess November 1, 2008 at 12:40 pm

Morning! And happy birthday to your dad!!

Your recipes and commitment to maintaining health while still enjoying life have been instrumental to my recovering and urge to live fully- thank you so much. It’s part of the reason I created a blog of my own (but only Just started!). I wanted to make sure it was alright that I added you to my ‘blogroll’ (but Please don’t feel like you have to do the same- this is all still Super new to me and I def. wouldn’t mind getting a bit established)

good luck on your mammoth list!!


16 Biz319 November 1, 2008 at 1:06 pm

Wow, your to-do list is twice as long as mine!

But I am all done, and its only 1:15 – nice!



17 Lisa November 1, 2008 at 1:22 pm

Wow, that’s an interesting bowful!

Sarah – I’m in a similar situation. It’s so refreshing to find blogs like this one, isnt it?


18 VeggieGirl November 1, 2008 at 1:54 pm

Hooray for to-do lists (good luck!), Dad’s birthday, and a delicious breakfast :-)


19 jenner November 1, 2008 at 2:07 pm

todoist does that?! i tried it out when you first mentioned it on KERF but i couldn’t figure it out… i’m like computer illiterate tho, it’s a miracle i can even figure out how to post comments on blogs.


20 Lee (seelivelee) November 1, 2008 at 2:20 pm

whoa-ive never heard of todoist. i usually just use entourage on my mac which has a programmed todo list, but that looks neat! i just ate a “mess” this afternoon…it tasted DELICIOUS!!!!! happy b-day DAD


21 Kath November 1, 2008 at 3:20 pm

Julia ,
Happy Birthday!!!!!!!!!

smilesara ,
Flax tastes kind of like ground up walnuts. Sprinkle it on anything and everything.

I took Cultural Foods last spring and that was our “take about cultures” class, although I do hope to take Nutrition and the Third World as a graduate class. U.S. nutrition is always a topic of discussion though.

Moran ,
I’ve tried RTM – don’t like it!! It lacks the elegant color coding of ToDoist.

Thanks jess Good luck getting up and running.



22 Megan November 1, 2008 at 7:41 pm

Happy birthday to your dad!


23 bridget November 4, 2008 at 2:18 pm

i just love your site! you make cooking and eating healthy seem so easy and do-able! love it! please be sure to help us out with ideas before the holidays!


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