Tuesday, October 22, 2013

The first thing to go

For some people, when they workout it sets a positive trend for their day and their meals are things like salads and nutrient packed smoothies. Then there are other people, like me, who don't even own a stupid blender to make chia seed smoothies. The more miles I run, the worse I eat. I don't mean I eat unhealthy food when I run more than usual...I always eat unhealthy food. The difference is the shame that goes into my food choices.




Let's use yesterday as an example. This is my peak week of training for my 50 mile race, so hopefully (?) this is rock bottom for food choices.

Breakfast: I woke up moving at the speed of a sedated wildebeast because the baby is doing this fun teething/cold "let's wake up every 2 hours all night!" thing. I had to rush around to get everything ready for Faith to go to school because Sunday Night Kara was a lazy bitch and didn't make Faith's lunch. Once I got both kids breakfast and packed the school stuff, it was basically time to go so I had to improvise. I ended up taking two leftover pancakes from Sunday's breakfast and making the world's driest peanut butter sandwich. Thank goodness I had a can of Coke to wash it down. Yes, I know all about how Coke can burn away toilet bowl stains and melt eggs, and I still drink it because it's delicious.





Lunch: I ran 6 miles while the baby napped and then went right outside for 4 more miles, so again I was pressed for time to find something to eat.


Running. That's the answer.

As I was digging around the fridge looking for something for the baby to eat, I found two containers of leftover macaroni and cheese. I had no idea how old they were, but they smelled fine. I decided to give the baby a yogurt just in case and I ate all of the macaroni and cheese.




As of today I'm feeling fine, so my gamble paid off. I knew I had to eat something reasonably light for lunch because I wasn't done running. I ran 4 more miles after I picked up Faith (and drank another can of Coke on the way) while both kids were taking their naps.


Dinner: While I was out walking with the kids on late Sunday afternoon, one of my neighbor friends drove by and slowed down and asked me if I'd be interested in some cocktail meatballs. Sadly, that's not even the weirdest question anyone has ever asked me from a running vehicle. Of course I was interested in free meat, so then she drove by again and passed off a bag full of meatballs for me to carry home as I went for the most painfully slow walk in all of history (Faith wasn't in the stroller).

Anyway, I figured that solved my dilemma for dinner last night, but I just needed to find a way to pitch it to my husband that didn't sound like I wanted us to dine out of a ziploc bag of free meat.




Luckily his day at work had quelled his will to argue so we had a delightful dinner of cocktail meatballs and cheese and crackers. The meatballs were great and I have no idea how my neighbor had so many leftover, but I'm not going to question it too much. I don't want to ruin my reputation as someone who will happily eat anyone's extra food.




So there you have my Monday: 14 miles of running and tons of healthy food choices. Try to not beat yourself up too much for not being as inspirational as me. We can't all be this special.


When you're busy, what is the first thing to go? To my credit, I did vacuum, clean the kitchen, and feed the kids a balanced diet yesterday. I guess I must like eating random stuff or I'd try a little harder.

Regular or diet soda? Don't tell me the real stuff is too sweet. You're just lying to yourself and "too sweet" is code for "too many calories".

45 comments:

  1. My favorite soda is diet Dr. Pepper but mostly because I like the way it burns going down and it makes for AWESOME belches.

    I see nothing wrong with this nutrition plan.

    My friend's brother is a freegan...he only eats food if it's free. There is a lot if scavenging and dumpster-diving involved. And stealing does NOT count. It must be gifted or found.

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    1. that just means he's a poor bastard. You can't give it a name like "freegan" to upsell the fact that he's just mooching.

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  2. I stopped drinking soda daily about 9 years ago because I was getting too many cavities. And soda is expensive (compared to water).

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    1. Every time you open my blog, you are buying me a sip of sweet, sweet Coke

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  3. I am of the opinion that something that tastes so delicious couldn't possibly be as bad for you as everyone says. Nothing, NOTHING, tastes better than the Mexican Coke you can get in the glass bottles from Costco. It's made with real sugar instead of HFC and I think it really gives it a little something extra. If I ran 50 miles a week I'd drink Coke exclusively, but I don't, so I augment it with chocolate milk.

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    1. Now I really want to find some Mexican coke!

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    2. Complete random but we were in Old Navy recently and were in line and my husband asked him to grab him a coke. Turns out it was Mexican Coke in the glass bottle!

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    3. Another vote for Mexican Coke. I have driven all over the cities/suburbs to find this stuff. I didn't realize Costco had it; I might need to get a membership.

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    4. Pepsi Throwback is also made with real sugar. I have a hard time drinking a lot of it, compared to the case of Diet Coke I could once drink or even compared to regular Coke or Pepsi with HFCS. Plus it makes me feel virtuous to proclaim that I shun artificial sweeteners *and* HFCS ;)

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  4. What does it say about me that I read this and thought, "her food choices aren't that bad,"? I think I like diet soda better than regular because I can drink it like water and it doesn't fill me up. The regular stuff is delicious, but filling. Maybe I'm just a weirdo.

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  5. The first thing to go for me is housework. Not that I do much of it anyway.....

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  6. First thing to go for me is cleaning. I give you full credit for cleaning and vacuuming! Also, your pancake sandwich sounds kind of awesome.

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    1. In my mind, it was going to be tasty. It needed jelly or honey or something because it was so dry.

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    2. make chocolate chip pancakes next time, and the peanut butter cup feel of the combination might make you forget to notice its dry!

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  7. Up here we call it 'pop' and I drink diet, but would rather the good stuff.

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    1. Pop just sounds silly when you say it

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    2. If you say it with a Canadian accent-it's cool.

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  8. I only drink diet soda. I don't want to gain weight, and I'd much rather eat my calories than drink them. There is no shame in wanting to look good. By the way, I don't think your eating is that bad. I eat much worse than you on a daily basis, and I only run 40 miles per week.

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    1. No shame at all in wanting to look a certain way, but I have a lot of people tell me insane reasons why they don't drink instead of just owning it like you did :)

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  9. No chia? What kind of blogger are you? Maybe you should try using some of that Coke to make a lovely chia pudding.

    Totally joking. I hate chia. Except for in the form of a chia pet, it's disgusting. It gets stuck in your teeth if you use the seeds as is, and it turns into little nasty blobs like fish eyeballs if you soak it in a liquid.

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  10. I was eating a bagel with peanut butter (NOT EVEN NATURAL. GASP!) and washing it down with frozen yogurt while reading this so no shame from me.

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    1. Natural PB is gritty and impossible to stir. No thanks to that.

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  11. My dentist actually told me to drink regular coke to galvanize the filling that was making my mouth taste terrible. I thought I was on candid camera.

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  12. I don't drink soda. It makes me burp way too much:/

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  13. I actually prefer diet because I find it sweeter than regular. Maybe my taste buds are messed up. :)

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  14. I think I need to move. No one ever hands off free meatballs in my street.

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  15. I drink diet because I'm vain and want to drink 3-4 cans a day without getting fat. When I'm busy preparing real meals goes first, which is why I mostly eat things from the freezer section. Ooops.

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  16. 1. I read this while shoveling chinese takeout and I'm in the same pants I've been wearing all week, if that answers your question.
    2. regular beer.

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  17. Always diet, but because I don't run 16 miles a day and have a massive sweet tooth the way it is.

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  18. I honestly like the taste of Diet Coke better. Diet Dr Pepper tastes the same as regular to me, so I figure why bother with calories. Mountain Dew I do regular, but mostly because if I'm desperate enough to be drinking it, I probably need the boost like 10 minutes ago.

    Sometimes running makes me want to eat healthier. I eat a salad. Then I'm hungry 10 minutes later, so I make myself some frozen chimichangas and down some chocolate milk while they bake.

    You're not alone.

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  19. I once had chipotle four times in one day. That's a lot of burrito going into my mouth.

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  20. When I am really busy, the first thing to go is laundry or ironing. Inevitably it will get to a point where I have to run out to buy underwear or a new outfit during my lunch break in order to make it until the weekend, where I will have the chance to catch up. I once made it two months without ironing anything.

    I am a diet soda only drinker, less because growing up, my mom refused to buy regular soda and so I am used to the taste. I don't think that I have drunk a regular Coke since a bowling alley birthday party circa 1994.

    FYI another Canadian here and I have never, ever used the word 'soda' before today.

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  21. I love that you have an ad for Velveeta queso at the top of your blog. It seems appropriate.

    I eat so much healthier when I'm training than when I'm not. I'm definitely NOT running right now and I had pizza, cookies and 3 glasses of wine last night.

    I'll freely admit that I prefer real Coke but don't drink it because of the extra calories. So I don't really drink coke at all, unless I'm hungover. I drank a TON of Diet Coke in college, but quit years ago.

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  22. It just occurred to me if this was the 1500's you could be a food tester for the royal court. Pretty neat ability to have no fear of free meat. The first thing that I fail to accomplish is putting clothes away, usually live out of a suitcase or laundry basket.

    And tequila.

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  23. You know, Trader Joe's sells pre-cooked lentils. You might try keeping those around for a healthy bite on the go.

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  24. Sorry, I need a moment with your last gif.

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  25. I drink non-diet. And Mt Dew, not Coke.

    Its better...and cheaper...than fancy pants coffee.

    As for the food I eat - its a crap shoot every damn day and I don't even have kids to distract me. I've tried meal planning. Its boring. And no hate on the mac and cheese - its what I brought to work with me for lunch today.

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  26. This post seriously cracked me up and it's a ringing endorsement for moving to your neighborhood. Free meat sounds like a great dinner - free almost anything sounds like a great dinner. And crackers and cheese is always a win in my book. When I'm busy, cleaning is the first thing to go. That's why I'm sitting here commenting on your blog next to like 4 loads of clean laundry. Sorry I'm not sorry. Diet soda all the way, and obviously it's because of the calories. Diet soda tastes fine to me and I'd much rather "spend" the calories on chocolate. That's my same problem with people who say they "prefer" almond milk. No you don't. You "prefer" 30 calories to 90. Don't even get me started on nonfat milk.

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