I really thought it was Tuesday for the whole first part of our run this morning. Finally I realize there were trash cans around – WEDNESDAY !! Sweeeeetttttt.
I normally fall asleep in about 10 minutes, but thanks to yesterday’s dumb nap it took me almost an hour last night. When I finally did fall asleep, the phone rang! Our house phone never rings and we didn’t wake up in time to get it, so I went down to check the message hoping it wasn’t a family member. Hangup. So that left me wide awake again too.
But when the alarm went off at 5, I was wide awake (thanks again nap!) so I went running . Hope I don’t crash again today! We did about 5+ miles according to my heart rate monitor (I burn about 73-75 kcal per mile so it’s an easy way to track). It was a great run for me, but now my legs are quite tired.
I made an Oatmeal Berry Smoothie . It’s so big I had to overflow into a cup!!
- 1/3 cup prepared banana oatmeal (when I say 1/3 a cup I mean the oat portion before cooking, not the amount I scoop out)
- 1 cup frozen berries
- 4 strawberries
- 3 ice cubes
- 1 cup milk
- 1 tbsp flax
It’s not the best tasting smoothie I’ve ever made (maybe a little freezer burn on our expensive frozen berries!?) but it’s certainly big and will hopefully get me through my Food Comp test and into Legume Lab!! I only packed a nectarine and some crackers because our professor said "you might want to eat some of the legumes that we prepare."
Hasta la vista!
Every Gym's Nightmare says
smoothies never fill me, no matter what. they taste good but i cant do a liquid meal- no matter how nutritious it is.
man, i admire your motivation to get up and run even when you didnt have a very good night’s sleep. i have to putter around the house for half an hour before im actually awake.
Oh!! Ps – I found the best new smoothie container I got at Whole Foods the other day! http://www.blenderbottle.com/cup.htm It’s only $7 there and I’ve found it cheaper at my local nutrition shop. HTH! Happy Wednesday!
I have never tried making a smoothie with prepared oatmeal, I may try that soon. Thanks for posting that the 1/3 cup means BEFORE cooking, I have been wondering about that.
hahah to make it on my early morning runs, i stumble over to the coffee pot, stare at the floor while it brews, pour a cup and get dressed while it cools, and then slam a cup really quickly. im out the door before i’m awake. sometimes my run is over and i’m still asleep… 😛
This is probably going to be an unpopular comment, but, Kath, I noticed more than a few people have been commenting on your weight lately i.e. you look skinny, how much do you weigh, you look tiny, etc. I think this is because you look thinner than in your wedding pictures. I know you don’t weigh yourself, but considering how closely people follow you and try to emulate you (not being nasty, just observing), do you think you should either (a) weigh yourself soon to give a more accurate weight to your readers; or (b) not claim that you weight 120 lbs? I just think you probably weigh a few pounds less than that now, and as we know, on short people those few pounds make a difference. I don’t think you are obligated to tell your readers how much you weight, but if you do, you should try to actually know the number.
such a good way to begin the day!
Kath, i read in you FAQ that you go to sleep at 9pm, how can u do that? i have dinner at 9, there’s no way for me to go to sleep before 11pm. and i get up around 6-6.30. do you think that’s a healthy schedule?
I have a question for Kath or anyone else who knows. How did womens world hear about your story and put you on the cover? Was it one of those things where you write in and they pick a winner?
Kath, I was reading your blog the other day about cold cereal. I am a total cereal addict and what I do is that I have a huge tub in which I mix loads of different types – currently I have one which has a mix of museli, granola, all-bran, grape nuts and lots of dried fruit and nuts. I have that with chopped fruit and skimmed milk and sprinkle a mix I make up myself of seeds, linseed, flax and wheatbran.
Ps – your turkey, mustard, avocado sandwich the other day sounded so good, I have just had it for lunch!
I thought it was Tuesday today too! How strange! Soooo glad that it’s actually Wednesday!
Hey kath, after your PB&J post yesterday, i was wondering how much peanut butter you use on your sandwich?
I go to bed at 9 too, and wake up at 5:15, similar to Kath. I think it’s a healthy schedule for some people– we just do a lot more in the morning/day hours than at night.
i woke up and thought the opposite: that is was thursday when it’s actually wednesday. that really sucks.
So weird, im also stuck in tuesday apparently 😉 pleasant surprise! Glad you had a nice run followed by a yummy looking smoothie- excited to hear about the legume lesson, cool!!
I have a question about eating out. How do you know how many calories are in the foods they prepare in restaurants? For example, last night I had a grilled chicken sandwich with this chipotle apricot sauce. I have no idea how to estimate those calories. Thanks for your help!
Allison K. says
I think the reason she looks small in her pictures is due to the fact that her husband (or someone taller than she is) take thems, creating a downward angle, thus making her look smaller.
Her wedding pictures, were probably taken straight on, by a profesional, not creating that slimming illusion.
Just my two cents on the subject.
There are tons of websites to help you with that information. calorieking or fitday. or even google it. they should give you a roundabout figure
I thought it was Thursday today, too. This week seems to be lasting forever for some reason.
You’ve already been so productive today and I’m still in my PJ’s! Smoothie looks yummy, as usual 🙂
Thank you for the websites. I appreciate your help!
I agree with Every Gyms Nightmare, I never feel full after eating a liquid meal. I always end up snacking on something else (that I have to chew). I try not to “drink my calories” by avoiding juice and soda. But I still like smoothies every once in a while, especially when it’s so hot outside. You’re smoothie looks really good today though. Enjoy the legumes.
That’s it. I’ve decided. I am going to make a mini strawberry banana smoothie for an afternoon snack when I get home from work. This pic of your smoothie has been tempting me all morning! Looks delicious!
I go to bed early and get up early, too – usually around 10:00pm and up at 5:00ish for a run. It’s just how my body likes to do things, I guess! We eat around 8:00pm and always have time to unwind at the end of the day.
Smoothies never keep me full but they’re really nice in the summer when it’s so hot that you don’t care anyway. Kath, I hope your day is less hectic!
Ebony B says
lol…you’re funny…i hate it when i take “dumb” naps during the day too because i can’t fall asleep later
i make similar oatmeal smoothies, but I microwave the frozen berries first…i think it makes the smoothie more smooth
Kath, have you, or has anyone here, run a marathon? I’m toying with the idea but not sure. My exercise has been sporadic lately and I have no running partner or team (there aren’t any teams in my area that I know of). But I’d like to get in the best shape of my life before starting a family, and that time is fast approaching (end of this year). Any advice?
Hey Laurel I am running my first marathon Nov. 16 here in San Antonio. You should do it. Where are you at? Go to local running stores they should have running clubs or search online. I got lucky and went to starbucks (of all places) one Saturday morning and saw a bunch of people coming in from a run. I asked if they were part of a club and they told me that they were all training for the half or full marathon. So I joined them and it was free and now I am training for a marathon. You should do it because there is a first time for everything in life. Life is too short and in the end you can say that you accomplished something great like running a marathon. Hope this helps you.
I have run two half marathons and am training for a third. If your exercise has been sporadic (especially running) I would strongly suggest starting with a half – it’s just as rewarding and a great entry into distance racing. I would also say that it’s easier to train alone for a half – who wants to run 20 – 25 miles alone? 🙁
You can find lots of great training programs online – I’m partial to those by Hal Higdon (just google his name and you’ll find them). Good luck – racing is fun and addictive, just train smart to avoid injury.
Do you ever wish that you did nutrition from the beginning? Meaning did not have to go back to school at your age? I think it’s wonderful that you are pursuing your dream but I was just curious if you had regrets?
Legume Lab! Yum. Sounds a little healthier than some of your previous labs.
I think the addition of flaxseed makes smoothies much more filling. So does a little cinnamon, strangely enough. So does a big spoonful of nut butter. And I’m guessing oatmeal really does the trick…
I can’t speak for Kath, but I do have some regrets. I went through college and grad school (masters in school counseling) before I discovered my passions for food and healthy living. I looked into going back to school, but in the end, it was just way too expensive and time consuming. I applaud Kath for taking the risk and jumping into a new career. As for myself, I’m just gonna stick to reading and updating my own blog and focus on getting a job in my trained career field.
During the school year (pre-school teacher) I too go to bed around 9pm and wake up around 5:30am. I love the feeling of getting a workout in so early in the morning. Now that its summer and I have a bit more flexibility in my day, my schedule shifts a little later on both ends 🙂
I’ve seen those somewhere! I need to get one, but I don’t really need a shaker. So far my to-go bottle with a straw is working OK. Do they make big smoothie straws for sale anywhere!?
The nutshell says I am maintaining “around 120,” which I feel gives me “permission” to go to 117-118 or 122-123 without having to report my weight to the world. The reason I have my weight up there in the first place is I would probably get lots of frequent questions of people wanting to know how much I weighed before and after weight loss (like i used to get tons of questions about my height before I put that in as well.) If it means that much to you, I will try to remember to weigh myself this week and report whether or not I am still maintaining that range.
It’s easy once you get on a schedule. And yes, I think it’s healthy. You’ve got to do what makes the most sense for your own lifestyle.
I responded to a query asking for weight loss before and after stories. I was thoroughly surprised when they called to say they wanted me to come to NYC for a cover shoot, as I thought if I got in the magazine it would just be a blurb.
I put 1 tablespoon. 2 tbsp of PB makes the whole sandwich close to 450 calories, which leaves little room for sides. If I needed a more filling lunch, I’d definitely use more, but I’d rather have yogurt and fruit and stuff with it instead of just the sandwich and maybe 1 side.
I just estimate the best I can with those websites Daisy listed.
I wouldn’t trade my liberal arts education for the world, but I often wish I had taken some of these general science classes then. It would have been nice to do this in 1 year instead of 2. But I really like being a student again (which took almost 3 years out of school to get the desire back.)
I am not sure that nasty tone your was warranted. I can assure you that your weight is not important to me. I do, however, think if you choose to tell us readers, you should be precise given that you are meticulous in other areas of your life. As I said in my previous post, if you want to keep it private it is your right.
Are there any other girls who read this that live in London? I am from California but have lived in London for 2 and a half years. The food in the UK is so different -they call oatmeal porridge- but just wanted to say reading this blog every day is great not only for health but it makes me feel connected to home. I love reading all the crazy discussions, and it is scary but I am starting to recognize some of the names that pop up on a regular basis – KellyT, Kiala, etc. Anyway, back to the point – the food product ranges in London are so limited. A Whole Foods opened up on Kensington High Street last year, but they don’t even carry Kashi cereal or products you girls are always talking about. So it is interesting because I read the blog and think of alternatives here that I can eat every day. I usually have Kelloggs All Bran in the morning, with Fage 0% or cottage cheese and some fruit. The All Bran over here actually seems to have a better nutritional profile than Nature’s Path cereal and lots of the others. But the real challenge here is the alcohol. I think living in London people tend to drink waayyy more. In the pubs, if you order a glass of wine, they automatically give you a large size, which is 250 mls! That is 1/3 of a bottle, in one glass. And the measure is imprinted on the side of the wine glass – I swear it is because the English do not want to be shortchanged with how much they are served.
Re. Smoothies and feeling full…so funny I cannot eat a “real” breakfast in the AM or else I am STARVED all day, so I have to “eat” a smoothie and that fills me up. However, I use protein powder, xanthan and guar gums (fiber fiber), frozen fruit, and ICE ICE ICE (sometimes a tablespoon of a nut butter)- you almost “chew” the ice. It’s been my salvation really- holds me well until lunch. All for about 250 cals! I had a girlfriend who also liked to “chew” all of her food until she tried voluminous smoothies, now she’s completely hooked.
Re. London- that Whole foods is AMAZING yet pricy. You also have those “health food stores” on every high street that sell all the nuts, etc. Yes, the drinking is tough there, wine, yes (an not good stuff usually, not worth the cals…and beer/lager is sooo high in calories too) We visit my hubby’s family there. 🙂
Laura- I live in Birmingham and I know exactly what you mean. The food is very different and the alcohol is outrageous! The portions of alcohol are so much. I am getting to know and appreciate the British healthy foods though.. I think there are a lot of options out there as long as you are willing to look as well as cook your own things. I am annoyed though that I cannot get Kashi products here.. I really hope they come to the UK soon.
Laura – I live in London too. There are a few health shops around which are quite good but I know what you mean, its different stuff that you’re getting. There must be equivalents! I love whole foods but its soooo expensive.