Running Late

I am busted. Lately, I only go into work early 2 days a week (the other days I don’t go in until after two). The rest of the days I still have my alarm set, but I turn it off and leisurely get out of bed, change for my run, check email, drink coffee, make Ben breakfast and before I know it I’ve been up for 1 1/2 hours and am hungry!

This makes for a sluggish run where I’m either super hungry and turn around early or feel crappy because I ate some oatmeal before hitting the streets.

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After my crappy 4.5 mile run (in which I decided to get up and go early from now on) I attempted to make pancakes. I wanted an all protein pancake with eggs, pumpkin, cottage cheese and seasoning. Um, it didn’t work out…IMG 9705 800x600 thumb Running Late

Let’s just say I’m 0 for 2 today.IMG 9707 800x600 thumb Running Late

This is my formal, public commitment to get up and GO when my alarm goes off for the rest of the year. I will not pass Go, I will not collect $200, I will not check email until I get back. Plus, it’s starting to get warm here so I need to beat the heat and get up to run early!

Yesterday sipped iced coffee on the way to work and considered opening a DD franchise. Then, I realized 24 hour access to iced coffee and donuts may not be the best idea. Or is it genius wlEmoticon winkingsmile7 Running LateIMG 9687 600x800 thumb Running Late

Speaking of my love for DD, I am going to Florida for our annual trip to Marco Island in 59 Days! I used this site Days Calculator to tell me so I wouldn’t have to actually count to 59 (that could have taken me a whole minute – what a waste!).IMG 4667 600x800 Running Late

Ugh, I don’t even want to think about a bathing suit after this weekend’s fun food. And, I still haven’t lost the 7 pounds I put on between T-day  marathon training and Christmas – ouch.

I’m trying to eat clean until then so I feel my best. To me eating clean is no processed sugar, no white flour.

Question: What is eating clean to you?


  1. says

    I gave up white flour and white sugar for April. I guess I consider that eating clean, but you can take that on so many levels. I’ll still eat five pounds of cheese even if I’m not eating that other stuff, and I’m sure there’s not much that’s “clean” about that!

  2. says

    Oh shoot! I just realized that Ing to be in Florida in May, DD HERE I COME! I’ve never been :) I can’t wait for the iced coffe magic.

    It’s funny you bring up eating clean, I just did a post about it yesterday, about how I am not 100% sure what “eating clean” REALLY means. Right now I am thinking that if it comes in a box, not so much.

  3. Megan S. says

    Eating clean…I feel like I keep saying this to myself and then manage to still, happily, scarf down a piece of cake or cookie when it’s around! I’m also trying to lose about 10lbs I’ve put on over the last several months as a bad string of holiday eating. Here’s to cleaner eating and losing those unwanted pounds!

  4. says

    What I find helps a lot when you want to eat well before a big event is to write on a sticky note your event and stick it to your credit card, wallet or whatever you use to purchase food. This obviously is not helpful in the house, but for many of us our downfalls are when we are out and about. I am going to the Dominican in two weeks and every time I see that sticky note I know that the nachos and cheese is not going to help with my desired outcome (to look sexy on the beach) hahah!

  5. Ida says

    For me, eating clean means whole foods, nothing processed, nothing from a box. I find eating 100% clean to be really tough, so I aim for 80% clean with some luna bars and diet soda in the mix.

  6. says

    Eating clean to me is upping the intake of veggies and lean meats – and taking out the processed crap/going out to dinner less. Of course, I’m trying to do that during the week, and then my inlaws invite us out to dinner tonight. D’oh!

  7. Marcee says

    I suppose clean grub would be what Alicia Silverstone has for her everyday meals. Tons of veggies. Her book is inspiring. She does eat cookies!

    Aside from my regular (lettuce) salads, I like most root veggies cooked/roasted. Tummy isn’t very happy when I eat certain raw vegetables. Green peppers for one.

    Hey Monica …. you should try making matzo pancakes one day! Something new for a breakfast! Very easy and equally tasty as any other pancakes. Flavor is a bit diff. I buy gluten free matzo now.

    This morn I had matzo brei w/pan cooked (in butter!) apples. Just delicious!

  8. says

    I’ve been eating clean for 2 1/2 years. It has helped me lose and keep off, 35 pounds. I am a big believer in it, because it worked for me. For me, eating clean is trying to steer clear of processed foods, refined sugars, and white flour. You’re coming to Marco? You’re going to be in my back yard! (almost) ;)

  9. says

    For me it is nothing processed and as close to it’s original form as possible. Fresh fruits and vegetables and little white flour. I try to substitute oat flour where possible.

  10. says

    Oh man. I have never eaten clean. I enjoy my treats. It just isn’t worth it for me right now. Maybe some day. I would have to give up candy. I eat a well balanced diet, but I don’t want to give up some things. I hate brown rice.

  11. says

    For me, “eating clean” is minimizing processed foods. It’s hard and the weight-loss seems like a slow-never ending battle. I’m still hanging on to about half my holiday/post-marathon weight despite my efforts. I just have to tell myself to stick with it. A loss of .2 pounds a week still adds up to 10 pounds a year(!) so if that’s what it takes (I hope not…) at least it’s better than a 10 pound gain!

  12. says

    Eating clean for me is whole foods. Fruits, veggies, lean meats, lean dairy, and grains. I try to go low on the sugar but use natural ones sparingly. The same goes for fats-olive oil or butter sparingly. I don’t get hung up on organic. I feel if I am eating any of the above and that’s all, I am doing pretty good. You look great by the way. I know it may not feel like it, but you do. :)

  13. says

    I agree on the eating clean thing – it means no processed sugar (or chemical sugar substitutes), no white flour, no overly processed foods (I like Tosca Reno’s rule of thumb – if it has ingredients you can’t pronounce (endamame excluded) or it has more than 5 ingredients listed on the package, it’s probably not clean!)

    I find eating clean HARD, especially this time of year! I slipped up big time on the clean eating train this weekend.. Oh well, I ate enough chocolate that I don’t really want to see it again anytime soon anyway :) Back on the train!

  14. Jesse says

    I can’t just cut out white flour and sugar because if I do then all I do is crave them even more. I try to eat more veggies and fruits and focus on healthy whole grains. I still eat some little treats, but I just have less of them so I don’t feel totally deprived. It’s the “harm reduction model” and it seems to work the best for me :)

  15. says

    I was actually thinking last night that I need to open a laundromat/yogurt bar. Best combo ever, after your all night coffee and donuts idea.

    Clean eating to me means no processed foods. Everything from the earth including meats that are humanely raised. Keeping it simple and going back to basics.

  16. says

    I really believe that people who jump out of bed the second their alarm clock goes off must be aliens. My first alarm goes off at 4 am every morning, and every night when I set it I have every intention of getting up to have ample time to eat before my run. Then at about 4:30 I decide to drag myself out of bed. If you can keep this commitment I will be in awe.

    I eat clean-ish. Except ice cream, I can’t give up ice cream.

  17. says

    Eating clean to me is trying not to eat too many processed food and making sure I get my fruits and vegetables. I have a tendency to go for the easy route when it comes to food (aka low fat frozen dinners – the horror!) but I feel so much better when I make an effort to cook and be conscious about what goes in my mouth.

  18. says

    To me eating clean is all about eating whole foods. Mostly foods without labels because they came from the ground. At the very least foods without ingredients that I can’t pronounce.

  19. says

    Clean eating is choosing real food (vs food like substances). It’s stuff that comes from the ground or had a mother. I prefer organic if possible because of pesticide issues, but I’m not a stickler about it to define clean eating or real food.

    Now I need to stick with real food and avoid food like substances.

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