Thursday, June 24, 2010

Sugar Overload

One thing I really noticed on this last little mini trip is how excessive we've gotten with our sugar/crap food intake.  I've mentioned many times in the past that my husband has a major sweet tooth.  I do too, but can usually keep it in reasonable check.  Recently it has been growing and I'm having more and more cravings.

However, after the wedding, we had a long, boring 4 hour drive to our friends house.  After a couple of long days and late nights we were all exhausted.  Halfway through the drive my husband started asking what there was to eat.  Well, I .... being the good healthy-living person I am ... did not pack ANY cookies or such and relatively little in the way of junky snack foods.  My husband needed a fix like a drug addict.

So we whipped into the next Walmart (in the not so lovely town of Edson, Alberta) and the stuff we got was insane!
  • chocolate covered almonds
  • chocolate covered raisins
  • Oreo
  • Chips Ahoy
  • chocolate covered butter cookies
  • 8 pack of Reese's Peanut Butter Cups
  • 2 boxes chocolate covered caramel granola bars
  • dried cranberries
  • dried pineapple (injected with a ton of sugar)
  • 4 boxes of juice
As horrible as this is, what's worse is that 3 days later all of this was essentially gone .... GONE!  Even between 4 people this is still a ton of junk.  That's just crazy.

To my credit about the only thing I ate out of that was pretty much the whole bag of chocolate covered almonds, 1 Reese cup, and a few of the dried pineapples ... but still, too much.  I told my husband that we seriously need to make some changes.
On our long drive home, while feeling VERY toxic, I decided I needed to make some changes.  Something I've thought about before, dabbled in, but never really fully embraced.

Tomorrow I'll let you know what it is, and how it's going so far.

 June 1 - 5 mile/8K run
June 2 - 30 Day Shred Level 1
June 3 - 4 x 1 mile treadmill intervals and core
June 4 - 30 Day Shred Level 1
June 5 - 2.5 mile walk and 1.5 mile run
June 6 - 3 Hours heavy clean-up
June 7 - 5 x 10 minute treadmill intervals and some core
June 8 - Shred Level 1
June 9 - 45 min run/walk
June 10 - lifting & walking
June 11 - lifting & walking
June 12 - 30 min run & dancing
June 13 - 30 min hike
June 14 - run & walk
June 15 - 2+ hours walking
June 16 - swimming & stair climbing
June 17 - 7 mile treadmill run
June 18 - walking
June 19 - stairs & walking
June 20 - 8 mile run (pretty fast)
June 21 - 6.2 mile steady run
June 22 - 6 mile run
June 23 - 7 mile run

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Missy said...

Holy camoly - that is a lot of sugar. Is it bad that after reading it I really wish I'd been on that car ride ;o) I love me some sugar!! Can't wait to here the plan!

Syl said...

That's alot of sweets, I know I don't allow them in my house otherwise it would be the same story as yours. The boys get treats outside the house and that's where they stay ;-)

Tamara said...

Oh I know that toxic feeling well. It's pure physiological cause and effect. I notice it immediately if I've been eating well and then detour into craptastic land. Tummy, digestive system, energy level and mood take a turn for the worse. It's just not worth it, is it?

But you're exercising through it all and that's great! Wish I could say the same...... I need a kick in the ass (hint, hint) :)

Marcelle said...

I'm loving chocolate since January this year..the dark version, now have more chocolate as birthday gifts...ahhhhhhh will have to stay in control and watch how many I eat a day.

Anonymous said...

I agree it can be tough on road trips to eat as good as you like. I wouldn't be so hard on yourself's as you guys were on vacation and all. But i'm curious to hear what changes are being made. And if anything, it may prompt you guys to plan ahead for the sugar rush - so you have more healthier sweet snacks for the car ride if needed. If I know I tend to crave sweets like on vacation I will buy a bag of licorice or something that I can have on me to settle the sweet tooth. That way I'm not tempted to stop at a gas station and load up. I am still so proud of you for all your fitness you have done this past mont! You are inspiring me!!

The un-Zen Runner said...

I can eat a half box of see's chocolate without blinking an eye if I'm not thinking about it. The key for me is just not buying candy. And not going into a store hungry (or I will buy candy). If candy is in front of me, I WILL eat it!

Nikki said...

Yum, sounds like a good road trip to me! ha ha.

ajh said...

I have a wicked sweet tooth and manage to do okay often but I do like junk food! Riding in the car def. lends itself to junk.

Susan (All Things In Moderation) said...

I, unfortunately have the sweet tooth from hell! And those long, boring car rides sometimes can set you up for disaster! I think you did pretty well, all in all!

Michelle said...

I am horrible with sweets which is why they aren't allowed in the house. It is hard around holidays when people send BW boxes with gifts and candy. I think you did well for only eating what you did with that long list of items. Way to go!

Fran said...

That sure is a lot of sugar :lol: but I can totally feel with you. I've had too much sugar last week too and by the end of the week I felt like crap. So next week lots of fruits and veggies because I ate way to little of that.

I love it how you still keep on exercising all these days of June!

I'm back, check out my blog for my vacation recap. Did miss you and am glad to be back and catch up with you on a daily basis.