Monthly Archives: January 2013

Coach’s Corner: Cold Pop

I thought perhaps I’d put on my coach’s hat and give you (mostly myself) a lecture. About Cold Pop.

Hopefully you’ve all seen the lovely and fabulous Sweet Brown talk about Cold Pop here, forever cementing me calling it Cold Pop until the day I die. And then, of course, the autotune remix.

And oh Lord Jesus, I love me some cold pop as much as Sweet Brown. An 32-ounce, icy cold fountain Coke* after a long run is a small piece of heaven.

It’s also about 80+ grams of sugar. Or 26 teaspoons. If you’re drinking a 32-ounce soda with your lunch, you are basically sitting there spooning 26 teaspoons of sugar into your mouth. Sugar, as you well know, is delicious has no redeeming nutritional value.

“But Angie, I drink DIET soda!” Ahh, no calories. No sugar. No problem?

WRONG

Even Diet soda can harm your kidneys, cause depression, stall your weight loss, tear up your heart, ruin your teeth, and lead to bone loss.

Read up for yourself:

http://healthyliving.msn.com/health-wellness/7-side-effects-of-drinking-diet-soda

http://www.fitday.com/fitness-articles/nutrition/healthy-eating/4-health-side-effects-of-diet-soda.html

http://www.naturalnews.com/038686_diet_soda_depression_aspartame.html

http://www.naturalnews.com/031398_diet_soda_stroke.html

Should I go on? I could literally post about 100 of those links without even having to dig. Soda is bad, y’all. Diet/Regular/Zero/all of it. Drink some water. Flush your kidneys. Hydrate your body. It’s the only way!

*I still love french fries. Yes, that’s related. I like to get a Coke and fries after my long run. I crave the salt because I sweat like a whore in church when I run.

I hope Coke Zero doesn’t sue my ass off.

Diet Bet Day 29 / 1

One of my 2 Diet Bet games ended today, the other tomorrow. Round 2 of this starts today. Once I weigh out tomorrow for the other game, I’m probably going to stop this every day blogging of it. First off, I’m sure everyone is sick of my plates of food. And secondly, I haven’t even written up my Goofy race report because it’s been all focus on doing THIS every day. Maybe I’ll do weekly highlights, or something.

ANYWAYYYYYYYYYYYYYYY…

Today I weighed OUT for one of the games and… EXACTLY 4% down. YAY. So, I win part of that pot. Now I need to hold on until tomorrow for the other game, and I’m golden.

Here’s what it took for me to lose 4% in a month – I’ve run 114 miles including a back to back half and full marathon. I set my base calorie goal at 1200, which I think would have killed me, except – I did some form of cardio almost every single day (Not the day before / after Goofy, etc) for extra calories. Some days, I ate all the calories I burned, and others I left 100 or 200. But I only left exercise calories, I never ever ate under my 1200. Because I’m not sure I can, I love to eat. I’ve eaten exceptionally well. Lots of fruit and veggies, not a ton of bread, mostly healthy stuff. When I ‘slipped’, I still never went more than 200ish calories over for the day. I spread my calories out over the 3 meals as fairly evenly as I could, and left room for snacks because I snack. I made an effort to have protein at every meal, as well as a fruit.

It took a lot of focus, but I can see a difference, even in the baggy shirt and bad photos. Aside from the fact that I just look more tired in the after.

Ran 5 miles @ 10:30 – Really it was 1 mile at 11:30 through the slush and grass until we moved to the road, then it was 4 miles @ 10:ish. Fun run. Saw a coyote. In the neighborhood.

Breakfast - Egg beaters, spinach and feta and a pear

Lunch - Turkey/Cucumber/Laughing Cow Swiss light wrap, carrots with hummus. Pics are getting sloppy on the last day.

Dinner - Broiled Parmesan Tilapia, Broccoli cheese potatoes, Steamfresh mixed veggies

Not shown: A ridiculous amount of Dark Chocolate Chex Mix. *shakes fist* Damn you, free with coupon Chex Mix. Lucky for the run today and the Egg Beaters breakfast that left me some extra wiggle room.

Diet Bet Day 28

Ran 9.25 (snowy/icy/YakTrax) miles @ 10:12 average – Feeling great! Back at my old pace and miles are flying by. Whew. Helped that my old training pal was back with me. The run is over before I know it when we run together. Been too long!

Breakfast - Trail Mix bar on my way to the run.

Brunch - Big ass pancakes with Phil after the run. Mine were berry, his were peanut butter. His were better. I had buyer’s remorse. But they were still delicious.

Dinner - Date night with my hubby. Man, 2 dates in one day. How lucky am I? Mjadrra and lebanese salad at La Kabob. Took 2 bites before I took the photo SO SORRY. Was delicious.

Pretty sure I went over calories today even WITH the 9 mile run. Oh well. Living a bit large over here so close to the deadline. Weigh OUT for one of my games in the morning. Hope I pee a lot when I wake up.

Diet Bet Day 27

Homestretch now! I can’t believe how well I’ve done both with the diet and with the blogging! Go me!

Run 4 miles @ 11:10 average – Saturday run with the people I’m training (and my dog!). Very snowy and beautiful. Ready for spring.

Breakfast - Oatmeal with pumpkin, pecans and Craisins and I added some soy milk this time. Perfect. Loved it. I didn’t even sweeten it this time since the soy milk was vanilla.

Lunch - Taco Soup leftovers and a Gala apple

Dinner - – Running club banquet. Had a couple Bud Lights and then whatever the dinner was. Pasta, chicken, salad, cake, whatever. Kept the quantities small. Probably not the best meal I’ve eaten all month, but I’m at peace with it. I had lots of calories left to spend. Gotta have fun sometimes. :)

Weigh in for round 2 is tomorrow, I think. I’m hoping that weight can also count for my weigh OUT for round 1 but I’m not sure. Cross your fingers for a good number in the morning!

Diet Bet Day 26

Hit my Diet Bet target this morning. Now I need to hold on until Wednesday AND be able to wear clothes for the weigh in. O.o

Run 5.5 miles @ 9:47 average – Weekly coffee run. My favorite, because we have coffee and pastries after. But, I’m behaving myself. The run itself was amazing and so was the breakfast.

Breakfast - Panera – Steel Cut Oats with brown sugar, pecans, and strawberries. Super delicious and nice and warm after that cold run.

Lunch - Wrap that took entirely too long to make (turkey, Laughing Cow Swiss Light, lettuce, cucumbers, avocado, green onions) and a pear. Again too much green here?

Dinner - Taco Soup – not what was on the menu, but I realized at 5pm that everything that WAS on the menu was either frozen or a crockpot meal. Oops. Good thing I happened to have all the ingredients on hand for this because I love it more than… well a lot.

Also, these:

YUM!

Over and out!

Diet Bet Day 25

My weight is slowly creeping down.* Lets hope that trend continues for 5 more days.

Run 4 miles (ish) – Ran on my basement treadmill. Needs to be calibrated. So I ran just a tad harder than my normal “perceived effort” for 44 minutes, and then counted it as 4 miles. I’m sure I covered at least 4. Treadmill said 3.2. Whatever, loser. Pointed it at the window so I could remind myself why I was running on a treadmill. Watched the first part of Supersize Me while I was running. Wanted a Quarter Pounder with Cheese.

Breakfast - Smoothie with Banana, blueberries, pear, orange juice, soy milk and spinach. Yum. Will need a bigger snack later because there’s no protein here, but my body wanted the fruits and veggies. I took the picture before I added the OJ, and this made enough for 2 servings.

Lunch -Broccoli Cheese Twice Baked Potatoes My potatoes were sad, and I made a little extra broccoli.

Dinner - Crockpot Buffalo Chicken Wraps – DELICIOUS! Also delicious, peas: not shown.

My goal for tomorrow is to venture outside Skinny Taste for a moment and make my next menu. Although I am loving everything we are having, I’m feeling a bit too fangirl/stalkerish.

Also I have 500 calories left after dinner. Trying to decide how to spend those. Mmmm sugar.

*It does fluctuate a couple pounds here or there, but as long as the general trend is down, I don’t get too hung up on the number. I’ve weighed every day for 5 years, so you aren’t gonna stop me. I know you are only supposed to weigh once a week, but like I said, it fluctuates so much, that all I need is for weigh in to be on my random heavy day. Then I think I didn’t lose weight and rage eat a cake.

Diet Bet Day 24

I think this is the longest I’ve ever behaved myself on a diet. That looming deadline is quite a motivator. Judging by today’s weight, I have 1.3 pounds to go, but I fluctuate a lot and knowing my luck, the official weigh in will be on a heavy day.

One Hour Spin – Still in the single digits outside. Was hard to even make myself go outside long enough to get to class and back. But, it’s done.

Breakfast - Oatmeal – Waited til the last minute of cooking and added 1/8 cup of pumpkin, some cinnamon and a packet of Splenda. Topped with pecans and Craisins. I think next time I’ll add a splash of almond milk and it will be perfect.

Lunch - Open-Faced Tuna Sandwich. This is a higher calorie sandwich than I’d normally have, but I skipped my morning snack so I’m hungry. The bread is Nickel’s Bakery 35 calories per slice and the cheese is the Sargento Ultra Thin sliced, so it’s not too awful. About 375 total with the lettuce, onions and celery. Very filling! The green plate was probably a bit much for the photo, but hey what can I say. It was clean.

Dinner - Crockpot Santa Fe Chicken – I am loving the LaTortilla Factory low carb tortillas, only 50 calories each. With rice and avocado, this was super filling and yummy.

Now I need to go satisfy my sweet tooth without jumping ship.

Diet Bet Day 23

Watched the finale of Fringe (finally) last night, and woke up with a crying hangover. Headache, puffy, etc. Not a good start.

“Intense Cross Fitness” Class- Just could not make myself run when the temperature was 7°F with a -7°F windchill. Even though I’ve run in colder. Today was not the day. So, I wandered into my old gym (haven’t been there in years) knowing they had a 9:15 class of some kind every day. Was hoping for spin, but would have done pilates or yoga or strength or whatever it was. It was this. Oh my word.

We did 10 (guessing) minutes of intense-someone-call-a-doctor spin, and then 1 minute at each of 13 stations. Wall balls, mountain climbers, bicep curls, jump rope, chest press, push press, step ups, push ups on the Bosu ball, you get the idea. Then back to the spin bikes for more cardiac episodes. Another minute at each station. Followed by one more round of spin. Just over an hour total and brutal, non-stop intensity. It was great. But I might need someone to come brush my teeth for me tomorrow.

If I had to guess, I would say I burned roughly 14,572 calories.

Breakfast - 2 fried eggs (yes I broke them on purpose) and a pear (Yay finally got some pears. They were quite disappointing, though.)

Lunch - Chipotle. Worth every calorie (emotionally and deliciously). Nap needed.

Dinner - Turkey Stuffed Peppers – These went over well last time, so I made them again. I found some Santa Fe Style ones on her site yesterday, I’m going to try them soon. I love stuffed peppers. Horrible photo. Please forgive me.

Diet Bet Day 22

Weighed in. Been fluctuating a lot the last few days, and today I landed right in the middle of those fluctuations, which leaves me officially/unofficially* down 5.2lbs since the challenge started. Not too shabby.

It’s being mean to me!

Ran 4 miles @ 10:10 pace- Feels great to be back at my old pace, even if it is harder than it was. I’m getting there. Hills most of the time, windchill was 8°F, snow blowing in my face, and I hacked up half a lung. Great run!

Also did 30 Day Shred in the evening.

Breakfast - Lowfat Yogurt with Kashi cereal, blueberries (frozen, I have low standards) and almonds.

Lunch -Was out shopping and ran late and was starving and there’s a Subway inside Wal-Mart, so I got a sandwich. Came home and made the kids put the groceries away while I inhaled it. Not before taking a photo, though! And I’ll never find any of my groceries.

Dinner - Pasta with Bolognese Sauce. Yummy warm meal on a FREEEEZING cold day.

Still snacked too much. This is a problem. But, I kept within my calories, so HOORAY.

*Only the first and last weigh in officially count in the game, because you have to submit photos for them to verify. I use a Monday weigh in as my own personal official one.

Diet Bet Day 21

3 weeks in! Not looking hopeful with 9 days left and 2.5 lbs to lose. Eek. BUT, I have lost weight, which was the whole point. And I’m not stopping now!

I should mention that my rendezvous with BW3 last night only put me over by about 300 calories because I had a ton left. Just so it doesn’t’ seem like I was like SCREW THIS – EAT ALL THE WINGS.

30 Day Shred Day 2- It’s actually day 4, I just didn’t do it on day 2 or 3. My legs are feeling tired from the 17 miles I’ve already put on them since the marathon last weekend, and soccer last night, so I decided I pretty much HAD to take a day off from running, even though I don’t wanna. Used 8lb weights this time and it was hard work!

Breakfast - Oatmeal with Apples, Cinnamon and Pecans (and Splenda, because cancer is yummy)

Lunch -Big Salad – Romaine, Spinach, Gala Apple, bell pepper, bleu cheese, Craisins, Pistachios, Raspberry Vinaigrette

Dinner - Pizza! I was in the car for 4 hours picking the kids up, so we ordered Dominoes. It just opened and I wanted to try it anyway, so it worked out. Luckily, being in the car for 4 hours kept me from snacking, so I had plenty of calories left for a slice (which filled me up), as well as a couple hundred more for later if I get hungry again. If so, I have some leftover Taco Soup in the fridge.

Not a horrible day overall, but not a fantastic weekend, so I’m not super excited to weigh in tomorrow.