Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Coffee and Running and Daiquiris, Oh My!

I feel like it's been far too long since I updated, but in reality it's only been a couple of days; I've been pretty active (I think) on Facebook and Instagram, so be sure to follow me over there! I'm pretty far behind on reading everyone's blog posts, so I'm working on that today as well.

If you aren't already following me on Facebook and Instagram, here's what I've been up to since Monday:

I had some extra time before work this morning, so I sat down with Geneen Roth's Women, Food, and God (still awesome!) and read for a few minutes while at Starbucks. My drink in this picture is a Tall Toffee Nut Mocha Frappuccino Light, with whipped cream and caramel drizzle for 5PP.

I went for a run along Bayou St. John last night after work. Bayou St. John is a little body of water near my house, and the surrounding neighborhood is named for it. I've been doing a lot of biking and a little running at the gym because it's so dang hot and mornings just haven't been working out for me lately, but I really wanted to get out and go for a real run. It was so hot and humid; I had water with me, but I still had to stop a couple of times for a couple of minutes just to allow my heart rate to go down. I did 2.8 miles at 2:1 intervals, but I listened to my body and just walked the last half-mile or so. It was brutal, but so worth it! I hadn't run this route before; I thought there was a paved path all the way along the water, but it actually stops about a quarter mile down and turns into a well-worn path through the grass. Occasionally I stepped off and ran in the street, but stuck to the grass path mostly. I'm sure that made the run a bit harder as well.
My route
Stopped for a short break

 And the most important part of this post--my first drive-thru daiquiri experience!

I want to talk about that daiquiri for a minute--drive-thru daiquiri stands are pretty much a New Orleans-only thing, I believe, but we've lived here for 2 years and hadn't tried it out yet. It was such a beautiful day on Sunday, and the kids were asleep in the car, so we thought, "why not?" You can get all kinds of flavors; I got Pina Colada, and Marc got traditional Strawberry.

I took 1 sip, and immediately it was way too sweet and fake-syrup tasting for me; a few seconds later, I took 1 more sip, just to be sure, and sure enough, I definitely did not like it. In the past, I would have drank it anyway because we paid money for it and I didn't want to "miss out on the experience," but this time I just held on to it and dumped in the trash when we got home. Score one for mindfulness! Paying attention to the food (and drink) I'm eating and really thinking about whether I like something, and choosing to only eat what I love has had such a huge impact on my eating habits; it's also played a huge role in helping to control the urge to binge. Turns out all those things they tell you to do actually work when you put them into practice; who knew? ;)


  1. Whoa! I want to get drive thru daiquiri's! That sounds amazing right about now.

  2. I really need to work on not eating "treats" when I don't actually enjoy them. Way to go on tossing the not-delicious drink!

  3. I love that you dumped the margarita instead of finishing. I have tried to make it a point of only eating food I enjoy ANd stopping when I am full. No need to be a member of the clean plate club!

  4. Good for you! Throwing things away is so hard - big win!

  5. Hi Christina! I am back from vacation and looking forward to catching up on your blog posts! Good for you for dumping the too-sweet daiquiri! Also re: running on the grass - that's probably better for your knees than running on pavement - which can be very hard on the joints. But, harder, I agree. :-)


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