Happy Sunday!! My mother in law just moved to Charlotte this year and is learning the ropes of the city, including exploring new restaurants. Her condo has a nice gym (small, but adequate) and we’ve been going over on Sunday twice a month for a workout followed by brunch at some of Charlotte’s famous places. Today we went to Eddie’s Place, which is supposed to have the best brunch in Charlotte. I wasn’t totally impressed, but we had a great time.
I started today with a smallish breakfast around7:30 before we left around 9:00 for our workout.
I made a smoothie with frozen berries, plain yogurt and a splash of leftover apple cider. On the side, a piece of Kath’s Breakfast Bread with PB&J and some Good Earth Tea. It wasn’t really a filling breakfast, but it took away my morning hunger and fueled me through our workout.
The husband and I did a 2.5 mile run in his mom’s neighborhood (the sun decided to come along too!) and then met her inside for some ET and a circuit on the weight machines. We showered and were all hungry for brunch at 11!
I learned my lesson last time that I need a snack between my workout and the wait at the brunch places, so I brought some trail mix to much on after my workout –
Here’s me and MIL waiting for our table outside in the sunshine!
For brunch I decided I was more in the mood for an omelet than French toast, so I ordered a mushroom, pepper and cheddar omelet with 1 egg and 2 egg whites and minimal cooking fat. They did a great job listening because this was just like something I’d cook at home – it didn’t taste greasy at all!
My plate also came with fresh fruit and whole wheat toast –
I put some orange marmalade on my toast!
All together – I ate about 75% of the omelet (and gave the rest to the husband) , all of the fruit and 2 of the 4 toast halves. I also had 2 cups of coffee with skim milk –
The husband ended up ordering the ciabatta French toast! I definitely snagged a bite 🙂 He also ordered a huge biscuit and I had a bite of that as well.
I estimated my portions at around 500 kcal, including the extra bites.
- Memorize all the physiological processes of the cardiovascular and respiratory systems
- Vacuum and clean the kitchen floor
- Make soup
- Host friends for a casual soup dinner
- Make lunch for tomorrow
- Read Eat, Pray, Love (I doubt I’ll get to this)
Too bad I don’t really have time for a nice walk 😥 It’s beautiful out. And we’re supposed to hit 70* tomorrow!!!!!!!!!!
Kath and everyone:
I have a major problem with ordering omelets…..the restaurants never do it well. My favorite is when they do the egg white omelet dripping in oil-I seriously mineswell get pancakes at that point! Two questions, what do you do when they bring you an omelet (and other similar food situations) dripping in oil? Send it back, it is always so embarrassing because you appear so high maintenance’s, especially if you are at a business meeting or a date.
Also, how do you order an omelet so you to make it clear to the waiter you don’t want a lot of oil. sometimes, I encounter the waiter saying it can’t be made that way. Besides, omelets, any other foods to watch out for and tricks?
I had no idea you could order your eggs like that. That is a great idea! You and your MIL look adorable together!
Tell the waiter you’ve had your gallbladder removed and you can’t have very much fat in your diet.
Or tell them you have cancer and the fat will give you extra cancer.
Hi Kath (and anyone who can give advice),
After being a long time reader, I’ve finally gained the courage to ask a question I’ve been dying to ask forever. (I hope you’re not uncomfortable/offended by this, Kath). Seeing that you’re an ample chested woman yourself, I’m wondering if you can give me any suggestions as to which sports bras you find best when working out. I’m a former avid runner, but stopped because of the toll it was taking on my body. Not only did I develop shin splints and knee aches, but I am now the not-so-proud owner of dozens of scrapes and scars across my chest area from sports bras essentially rubbing my skin off. After stopping running, I’ve put on a steady 20 pounds and really want to get back into the swing of running again. Can you recommend which brands you (or any other readers) use or have had the best success with? Thanks in advance for the advice.
That french toast looks amazing! Also, I just had to say that I put my smoothie in a coffee cup the other day too — it was kinda cool to drink it that way 🙂
Hi Kate! I totally know what you mean about ordering eggs drenched in greasy oil–yuck! I always ask for my egg white omelettes “prepared dry.” Usually they know what this means, but if they look confused then I just clarify that I don’t want alot of oil. Hope that helps for next time!
I wear Addidas sports bras, and they seem to work well for me. They don’t dig into my shoulders either, which is a pet peeve of mine.
I envy you your sunshine-filled Sunday! It’s cloudy, cold, and very windy here in Nebraska. Thanks for the tip about ordering eggs in restaurants–I’ll try that next time. 🙂 And your breakfast bread looks delicious! I’m afraid to delve into the world of bread-making, but it looks like the husband is a seasoned pro!
The best sports bra for a bigger chest I’ve found by FAR is the CW-X Xtra Support Bra. I won’t use ANYTHING else for high impact stuff. I think amazon has some of the sizes on sale right now too.
re: sports bras: try titlenine.com. They have all kinds of sports bras and list how supportive they are. a bit pricy but I’ve had luck there. Forgive me for saying this, but Kath, it looks like you appear very thin (relative to other photos where you are at goal weight). please be careful. just concerned is all/hope this doesn’t come across wrong way.
Wearing two sports bras sometimes helps – that’s what an ample breasted friend of mine does. As well, just know that knee problems and skin splints aren’t just a problem for the ample breasted, long-time runners whose cups don’t neccesarily runneth over (such as muself, haha) also get those ailments – so make sure you stretch properly and use proper running shoes!!
and of course, I meant SHIN splints, oops. And just continue on that vein, I’ve found properly stretching the calf muscle and icing my shins a few times a week has really cut down on my shin pain.
i’m an “ample-chested” woman as, my mom and my sisters are as well, it sucks. I am a runner as well and have had such a hard time finding great sports bras. I recently bought a LuluLemon Marathon Bra, and they are, by far, the best I’ve ever bought. Not sure if you have a store by you, but if you do, GET ONE!!! or find online.
And, I struggled with an truly awful shit splint all fall, and the only way it went away was an ice bath after every run. Sounds awful, and it sure isn’t fun, but fill the bath with COLD water so it covers your lower body, and add about 2 trays of ice. getting in and the first 3 minutes are the WORST, but you get numb pretty fast. I stay in for about 15 minutes, and wear my runnign shorts as well as a hoodie and winter hat while in the tub. My sister once took a pic of me doing it, it’s pretty funny, I might post it on my blog.
Rebecca, the absolute BEST sports bras I have found are the ones by Moving Comfort. Specifically, I wear the “Maia” style because it includes underwire. I never before realized how COMFORTABLE running can be, with the right support! Check them out.
i too am ‘ample-chested’ and a runner. champion makes a great bra sized with band and cup sizes, like a regular bra.
as for the raw skin, i recommend buying some body glide. you can buy it at a sporting goods store (it looks like deodorant) and put it on the areas that become affected before putting on your sports bra. it eliminates the chaffing and was created for the exact problems you are describing.
I have been reading this and a few other food blogs for a few months, and the discussion in the comments from Friday night brought out some of the things I’ve noticed about this one as opposed to the others. I am in no way being critical out of ill will, but there are concerns I have because, as someone who is also maintaining a 30 pound weight loss, I have similar struggles.
I understand some of the comments about going to bed at 8:30p.m. on a Friday. Sure, you wake up very early, and you’re justifiably tired. But that is also a symptom of your weight-maintenance focused existence. I wake up at 5:00a.m. every morning to go to the gym as well. But when I get tired early, I think about whether my desire to maintain is taking over my life. Do I want to go to sleep early JUST so I will not eat more food? Are there things I am missing out on for the sake of supreme control over my body? And if I am going to sleep early just so that I will not be tempted to indulge, isn’t that really more like being OUT of control?
I love where I am right now, physically. I am strong and feel good in my clothes. But I worry about where I am mentally. Some days I can convince myself that it’s totally normal to keep track of calories, to measure out exactly two glasses of wine as a “splurge,” to feel anxious when friends ask us out to dinner and know that I will have to be extra vigilant. But the truth is, I expend a LOT of physical and mental energy to stay where I am, and I do not know if that can or should last. I know my husband misses the old me sometimes–the one who would stay out and drink beers or share a plate of fries with him. Not that that woman was better or that I would want to go back to that time. But my husband has not adjusted in the same way yours has. Did your husband go to bed at 8:30p.m. as well? Did he care that you did?
You have a very set routine, which is very similar to mine. And I, like you, have things all figured out, for now. But I am 28 and kids are on the horizon. Do you ever wonder what will happen when there is no such thing as routine in your life? When you and your needs are not the only thing you have to worry about? I do–I worry that maintaining will be next to impossible under those circumstances.
Sorry for the long post, which was clearly more about me than you. I just wonder about you or others’ perspectives on these things.
Tina O. says
I don’t know why everyone was so upset that Kath said she was going to bed at 8:30 on a Friday. Did anyone ever think about this: she’s a newlywed, maybe he went to ‘bed’, too. Not to be crass, and I know her mom reads this, but geez, does she need to tell everyone that her and her husband are going to bed for ‘couple time’. I, for one, don’t need every single detail of her existence. She tells us plenty, I think.
Stacey M says
Leah, I agree with you 110% and was wondering the same thing myself, both in my own personal life and, more recently, in reference to that post. Thank you for bringing it up, and so eloquently. It is certainly a troubling thought for all.
What is all the fuss about? Maybe she was just exhausted. Her hubby just started a new job and I am sure there had to be some adjustments in their schedules. Let them be…
Leah wasn’t attacking Kath, just voicing some concerns we all have about food and control issues surrounding food and exercise. We’ve all got them. We’re Americans.
Leah, I think you bring up some great points in a very respectful and thoughtful way. I can’t wait to hear Kath’s response. 🙂
So glad that the chef listened to your meal-preparation requests – it definitely makes the experience more enjoyable, when you don’t have to keep sending back a plate of food, haha :0)
Sounds like a great Sunday you’re having – hope that what’s left of the weekend is wonderful for you!
Tina O. says
I don’t think we ALL have food/exercise/control issues. I know I don’t.
Tina O., you say “issues” like it’s a bad thing. We all have a relationship with food, exercise, and control. Leah was just asking Kath’s opinion on how she deals with her new life choices and how she plans to deal with these evolving relationships as her body and life changes.
We all have our own opinions no one is right or wrong, it’s just interesting to ask everyone their perspective on different issues. I love the interaction, conversation, and support on this blog of all different types of people!
Tina O. says
Not to be combative, but she said, “…we all have about food and control issues surrounding food and exercise. We’ve all got them.”
I was simply stating that no, everyone does not have them. Maybe people who do think everyone else does, too. That’s it. And I’m not insinuating she does either. I’m not here to judge.
brunch looks so good!! My omlets never turn out like that…they usually just look like scrambled eggs with veggies in them! haha!
Leah, Your comment really struck a chord with me b/c I have struggled with similar issues. I have often found myself asking, “Am I doing this because I WANT to or because I am AFRAID not to?” I used to feel extremely guilty if I missed a workout, not just a little annoying nagging but EXTREME guilt and it would affect my whole day. Even if the reason I missed a workout was a legitmate thing, like being sick I would still feel an overwhelming sensation of guilt and I would be horribly grumpy for the rest of the day. Over time the feelings of guilt have considerably lessened, probably partly due to the fact that I saw that I could miss a workout and it didn’t mean I was going to immediatley revert back to being the slug I used to be and it also did not mean I was going to instantly put on weight. Now I strive to get in my workouts Monday thru Friday but if I miss one so be it. I think once you have adopted healthy habits for so long that it really feels like this is just who you are now then it gets easier to be more relaxed and find a happy balance. As far as having kids goes I have often wondered how Kath will rearrange her schedule but I have NO doubt that she will rearrange it to still be the healthy person that she is. I have two small children (three and one) and find that my days have MUCH more of a routine than they ever did before kids which has been a welcome change. They definitely factor into those days when I have missed workouts but that happens, it’s life. I will say that going to bed so early when you have kids is a lot harder b/c if your kids go to bed at 7:30 or 8:00 you only have about an hour or two to yourself at the end of the day and that is really difficult. Just like anything worth doing it takes work.
I hope you find your own happy balance between being healthy and enjoying life! Sorry if my post is a little long and rambling I have two kiddos distracting me!
is it true that some foods are actually “negative calorie” foods? do you know how this works and whether or not it’s actually true? are these foods included in net calorie calculations, etc.? i’ve heard that pineapple is a negative calorie food for example… true/false/semi-true? thanks!
Sorry, by “we all have issues” I meant, um, no I meant we all do. Because we do. We are reading a food blog every day, three times a day.
What was the reason you did not eat any of the beautiful fruit for breakfast ?
Eliza – pineapple is def. not a negative calorie food. Disappointing, huh?? I wish it were true! I’m not at all qualified to fully answer this but the whole basis of that “negative calorie” stuff is that it takes more energy for your body to digest the super-low calorie foods like celery and lettuce (not pineapple) than the energy (kcal) that they contain. Regardless, I consider the calories in these foods negligible b/c you would get full WAY before they’d add up to anything significant. Hope I’m somewhat on point…someone will surely correct me if I’m wrong!
Sorry I read it wrong ….you did eat the fruit .
Tina O. says
Ok, its entertaining to read blogs. I read many different blogs and other items online. I also check my email many times a day(my work one, not personal). I don’t know if I am or am not obsessed. I just don’t think you should make that kind of generalization.
Oh and I’m sorry I have to pipe in on Leah’s comment.
*Leah has a point…I’m sure many of us have experienced “I want”…”but I should” feelings…
*But I think it’s about balance. I used to go out, drink way too much, sleep all day, get bad grades, get sick a lot. Now in my life I prioritize my health, good grades, & listening to what my body wants, so I often crawl in bed earlier than most.
*I was happy at my party stage, and I’m happy now. So, I guess just do what you feel. Oh and I was like 10-15 lbs thinner (ate unhealthy, just smaller amounts I guess) in my party stage so it’s not like I choose rest & lameness so I can be skinny….just HEALTHY (mind/body/all that crap)
Leah-Sometimes I struggle with the same feelings as you have and sometimes I am perfectly content with where I am at. I guess moderation is something to strive for, but not all of us can easily achieve moderation–I know that it is very difficult for me personally. I think you should try to make yourself happy because in the long run I think that will make you feel more fufilled.
Kiala- love your comments as usual
LT- I totally went through that partying to more healthy transition–your post struck a cord with me
Control is not a bad thing-Kath doesn’t appear to me like there was no room for fun in her life 🙂
I am *very* obsessive about my exercising-but I don’t view it as too bad of a thing….it’s a healthy thing to do (I don’t overexercise or exercise when I am sick); I guess I could be exerting my need to control in other areas which would be far worse.
It’s Kath’s journey and if it works for her then why change it. What will happen when kids are there? Who knows? It will be figured out.
I have a 4year old and he loves routine.
Thanks Christianne for posting this and being this open and honest. It is good to give some thought and re-evaluate priorities every now and then.
This is a good discussion and I’m glad people are posting.
I’m maintaining a 20+ pound weight loss and looking to lose 20 more pounds. I’ve gotten obsessive in recent weeks about food and exercise and I know it’s not good for me. I was super stressed between my new job, going to school, coming home late from the gym and having to cook 2 separate dinners (picky husband), then clean up and start working on reports for work…
This week I felt very sick and took 5 days off exercising. This was HUGE for me. I’m so glad I did it though, because I feel so much better.
I know I need to be careful with my intake though. It’s so easy to gain (and gain quickly). I abhor the thought of gaining all the weight I lost back. That amount of weight is very significant on someone my height (5 feet). It upsets me to just think about weighing that amount again.
My struggle with compulsive eating really complicates things. I try so hard, planning and measuring and exercising and it can all get derailed because I feel powerless when I need food to give me something other than nutrients.
Usually I am a lurker but I HAD to chime in after Leah’s comment.
THANK YOU for making me realize other people feel this way, too. I successfully lost a significant amount of weight but it was and continues to be hard work. But even more than hard work, it’s the idea that I am doing so out of a serious fear of gaining even a single ounce back. I have that extreme guilt over missed workouts. I literally had the flu this past week and missed one day’s workout but forced myself to go the next, and was still ill. Every time a friend wants to meet for dinner I immediately go into calorie-counting mode and try like heck to get them to agree to meet at a place that I can eat healthy. If it’s a place I can look online for menu/nutritionals, I do right away so I know what my decision will be.
Point is, I definitely feel great about my body. The compliments are great, the smaller clothes, etc. But I often wonder if my fear of weight gain is keeping me in such a strict routine that I have lost a little bit of what I loved about the old me. That, and I feel pretty damn vein and superficial sometimes, too.
Thanks for listening, and thanks again for the comment, Leah.
Leah- Thank you a million times over for your post. I really agree with a lot of what you said and I find myself wondering the same exact things.
I have lost and maintained 40 pounds for 6 years now, but if I were to be really honest, I don’t always recognize the person I am today. And I am not just talking about on the outside. I live a much more controlled and rigid life than I used to, and I find myself longing to ‘find’ that old person again. I too wonder if my husband misses the old me, maybe he wishes I would be havier if it just meant that I was a bit more ‘fun’.
Let’s face it, over-controlling our food and exercise is draining in many ways, often in ways that we don’t even realize it or wish to recognize….or will admit to. I often think of the past when I wasn’t as rigid when I would just sit down and relax with friends and go along with an ‘unplanned’ schedule. I shudder at the thought of an unplanned schedule now and it is really sad. I don’t know how to get that back.
I too think that once I have kids (soon I hope) that I will literally look back at this stage in my life and LAUGH at how I thought I had it all figured out. I really feel so selfish in this stage of my life….its all abotu me, and I hate it. I guess they say when you get older and wiser you will realize that this isn’t what life is all about. It’s not about a 34 oz. portion of cereal and it’s not about a set plan.
Life happens whether you like it or not and I hope to some day be able to free myself from self imposed controls.
Thanks for the discussion 🙂
I think there’s a fine line between healthy and obsessive, and it’s pretty hard to identify it. Let’s not forget that the recommendation for exercise is a min. of 30 minutes daily. I guess it reaches obsessive when you feel like your day is ruined if you don’t make it to the gym or out for a run. I think for most people, healthy diet and regular exercise just feel so much better that you really do just feel “off” when they aren’t part of your day. It’s just important that none of us beat ourselves up over a cheeseburger, a big night out with too much wine, or a lazy day without a trip to the gym.
Oh, and one more thing – it’s true that when you have kids, it all changes. I have a little girl, and I really try hard not to say anything negative about my body in front of her and just try to make really healthy lifestyle choices. I think it will be interesting to see how her generation turns out since we’re so much more heath-conscious than most generations before us. At 2 1/2, she knows Mommy doesn’t like McDonalds “because it’s not healthy.” So funny to me to hear her say that.
Okay, I’ll stop hogging the board now.
The thing with exercise is that you get used to it and that your body craves the movement..it becomes a daily habit like taking a shower. Sorry, but I can’t go camping and not getting my daily shower either 🙂
Iris-maybe try putting things in perspective…like teach yourself to relax and enjoy that weekly cheat meal (it takes practice to let go all thought of “OMG I totally blew my diet”) …tell yourself you won’t get fat overnight from one meal.
I am sure your husband appreciates he has a healthy wife who takes care of herself. 🙂
I restrict myself on a daily basis and have become a freak about exercising…not over doing it but just making sure i do SOMETHING usually 6 days out of the week. I have come to realize that it has affected me, my decisions, and how I am with people now. I hate the fact I count calories or feel the need to look up calorie counts before I eat somewhere. There are times when I want to go back to how I “was” and just ate whatever I wanted and didn’t worry so much about it! Today I had a horrrrrible binge eating rampage throughout my kitchen 2 different times and ate horribly last night as well. I am thinking my healthy restricting sometimes is just too much for me to handle and makes me do things like that! UGH
Great points. Sometimes I just remind myself to take a step back and put it all in perspective. Food is so fabulous and everything in moderation is the key! Of course we all want to be as healthy as possible, but sometimes I think we just need to get over ourselves and eat a bowl of ice cream already! =) Not portioned out or measured, but use your spoon to eat as much as you feel like out of the container!
I second the tip for the Body Glide or similar products.. I am not an ample-chested lady, but I’ve had my share of chafed chest (and other things) from long training runs. I use something like Body-Glide (it’s called Brave Soldier “friction zone”) and it works miracles- I pay the price anytime I forget to use it before a long run.
I’m glad this “control” issue has been brought up. I have been reading this blog for a while, but this is my first time to comment. First of all, this blog is interesting, but I think if I was around Kath too much she would drive me nuts! Her life is disgustingly “perfect.” At times I wish she would just step outside her comfort zone and experience life! She is too young to live a life where she gets tipsy and then posts blog pics before going to bed. If she was indeed just ‘going to bed’ in the sense of one-on-one time with her husband, she needs to explore the fact that she had to post on her blog first! Does anyone else find this odd? I truly believe that Kath will not be able to survive a pregnancy without some counseling first. I doubt she could handle it mentally. Sorry Kath, this is not the way the rest of the world lives. Relax! You’re young!
Lacey, I could be wrong but I think you took the discussion in a more negative direction. I thought the previous posts were really just about expressing the idea that sometimes meeting the requirements to engage in a healthy lifestyle can be difficult. At times most people question whether it is worth it to be stringent. I don’t think Kath is “disgustingly perfect” as you suggested, I think she is trying her best like many people who follow the blog. We all have our ups and downs with consumption and exercise (ok not ALL of us) and I think this discussion is just a general forum to express any insecurities regarding a healthy lifestyle.
why must every blog attack its creator? this isn’t a minute-by-minute account of kath’s life, nor should it be–it’s one aspect. i respect everyone’s opinions but please also be respectful of the fact that kath is a real person and she created this blog, by request, to help others. i’m sure if we all submitted our lives to the web each day we’d be subjected to some sort of criticism as well. i like the discussions on this blog but please let’s prevent them from becoming personal attacks. please know that i am not trying to attack any posters, either–everyone is entitled to their opinons but please keep them respectful. and kath, i love your tips and your website is beautiful–thank you! 🙂
I agree wholeheartedly with rachel– Kath, you do a great job and I am so inspired by you. Thank you!
I agree with SawSaw. Let’s keep it positive, people! No need to judge or criticize. Love the discussion about maintaining. I’m finding it really interesting.
I’m so glad we got to see the MIL finally- we hear so much about her.
Stacey M says
Kyn — I agree completely.
i love your pictures. i enjoy the blog. i am inspired by your organizational skills. and i appreciate that you have different skills and interests me.
It is hard to get around the grease and oil in restaurants, but I always make an effort to ask. If I ask, and it’s still dripping, I will send it back (although that has only happened maybe once?) You’re paying for the meal so the restaurant should at least make an effort. But for the most part the omelets I have ordered have never been that oily. And I’ve gotten better and better about remembering to ask!
Thanks for being brave enough to ask 🙂 I have to admit that I hate spending money on workout clothes when I feel like there are so many great options at Target, Old Navy, etc. My current favorite sports bras are the C9 Champion from Target. Here’s a link:
I like this one because it comes up really high and was not expensive. I get lots of my workout clothes at Target. I do often wear a tank with a built in bra too, so that’s kind of double coverage 🙂
Re. My Routine,
Really all I have to say is that I am very happy with my life right now. I also don’t go to bed at 8:30 every Friday night! I have a good time when I have social occasions pop up, and I don’t feel like eating healthy or getting in workouts is a chore. I really enjoy both, and do not wish for one second I could go back to my college lifestyle of eating and drinking too much. Sure, we all have days when we want to eat a whole pizza or 5 pieces of cake, but do you really want to?? When I have kids someday I’m sure I’ll have to adjust my routine – flexibility is part of maintenance. But my YMCA has a great childcare facility, and I hope to be able to get lots of activity playing with my kids. But let’s cross that bridge when we get there, OK?
Thank you to you all who contributed to the discussion – I really enjoyed reading your thoughts!