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Eating Old Jerky (Probably) Won’t Kill You…

…and Other Lessons Learned at HLS13 Thus Far

Lesson #1: The Megabus and I are not friends.  I decided to take the Megabus because I was round trip tickets for $30 ($5 here and $25 home).  I couldn’t drive out of Illinois for $30 let alone all the way to Minneapolis so that was pretty much a no-brainer.  Apparently as I’ve gotten older though my car sickness has intensified as I spent the entire 8.5 hour trip wanting to barf.  Within 2 hours of leaving, I’d already booked a flight home on Spirit.  The bus wasn’t terrible otherwise, but I was not going to survive another 8.5 hours of nausea.

Minneapolis run

(Photo Courtesy of Laura)

Lesson #2: The running trails in Minneapolis are…interesting.  One of the guest services people at the hotel gave Laura and I directions to running trails.  We listened, but didn’t take notes or write anything down.  We weren’t ever really lost, but we certainly didn’t really know where we were.  The areas these trails went were a little sketch feeling.  At once point we were running under the highway in a creepy little viaduct area.  We did see some sweet sculptures in the sculpture garden though.  All in all, not my favorite running route ever.

Minneapolis Cherry Sculpture

(Photo courtesy of Laura)

Lesson #3: Dunn Bros Coffee – just do it.  After our run, we went on the hunt for breakfast.  I’d seen someone tweet about having been to Dunn Bros. twice already so when we saw it, I suggested we go it.  Let me tell you, it was our best decision thus far.  I had an bacon egg and cheese biscuit sandwich, and it was probably the best breakfast sandwich I’ve ever eaten.  Ever.  And I’m pretty much a breakfast sandwich connoisseur.

Dunn Bros Breakfast Sammie

(Photo courtesy of Laura)

Lesson #4: Eating year old Perky Jerky turkey jerky won’t kill you.  (Probably.)  Wednesday night I went to Target for some last minute supplies and snacks.  I grabbed two bags of Perk Jerky’s turkey jerky.  I ate maybe half the bag on the bus yesterday, and then Laura finished it today.  As she was finishing it, she noticed the “Best By” date on the bag was October 2012…ummmm, what?!  I tweeted about it, and they responded asking me to message them to get them replaced so yay for that!  Oh and neither of us have died yet so I think we’re okay…

P.S. I will be live Tweeting the Blogger Self Care Session tomorrow from 3:35 – 4:20 and Laura will be live blogging it so make sure you follow me on Twitter @runningnchucks and her blog Odd Duck Blog

Weight Watchers Wednesday Rebooted: Dieting vs Lifestyle Change

I think I mentioned the idea of bringing back Weight Watchers Wednesday posts and weighing in on a monthly basis, but it’s possible I just thought about it.  I’m notorious for doing that.  In any case, I made the decision to bring it back.  Today was supposed to be the first weigh in post, but my meeting was cancelled last night due to winter storm Saturn (and can anyone please explain to me when and why they started naming snow storms like they do tropical storms and hurricanes?)

So I don’t have a weigh in for you today (I’ll post that for you next week), but I’ve had this post written up in my head for a while now.  It’s actually something I was thinking about when I wrote about getting back into the weight loss mindset, but that post was long enough on it’s own, and I didn’t want to further complicate it by bring in a discussion of dieting.

Yep, I said it.  Dieting.

Dieting gets something of a bad wrap especially in the healthy living blogosphere.  It’s all “diets are bad!”  “Dieting is evil!”  “Viva la lifestyle change!”  “All you need is a lifestyle change.” And while I absolutely believe in the importance of making a lifestyle change and that a lifestyle change is a very necessary part of then weight loss process, I also think that for many, many people, myself included, dieting is a very necessary part of weight loss too.  To me, making the lifestyle change is necessary to help you maintain weight loss, but it will only takes you so far into weight loss.

Enter dieting.  Yes, dieting.

I’m just going to say it.  Dieting is not evil.  Well at least it isn’t inherently evil. Yes, people do a lot of really absurd things in the name of dieting – severe calorie restriction, drinking lemon water with cayenne pepper and honey, only eating foods that are yellow or some shit like that.  This is what makes dieting “evil.”  

But at it’s core all dieting really is, is that “simple” equation for weight loss. To lose weight you have to burn more calories than you consume.  And when you strip away all the crazy, the process of making sure you’re consuming fewer calories than you’re burning, that’s dieting.

In a perfect world, I would eat appropriate portions of clean foods 100% of the time (or at least 80%), and the weight would fall away.  Sadly, I’ve come to learn the world is far from perfect and so am I.  If clean eating and portion control were things that came naturally to me, I probably wouldn’t be in the position of needing to lose weight.  I mention it often and mentioned it again in my March goals, but tracking is key to weight loss for me.  If I’m not tracking, the weight does not come off.

I also have to restrict some foods.  I don’t eliminate foods from my diet completely (unless I don’t like them of course), but there are some foods I can’t keep in the house.  For example, crackers.  I have zero self control when it comes to crackers.  Case in point, on Sunday I bought a box of Trader Joe’s triscuit crackers for the tuna noodle casserole I made for dinner last night.  That box of crackers was empty Tuesday night.  When it comes to crackers, my kitchen is basically Thunderdom…or maybe Hotel California.  In any case, I don’t buy crackers.  I don’t let myself have crackers at home, but I certainly don’t stop myself from having crackers in my soup..or on their own…at a restaurant.

Sometimes I also have to make the tought decision and say no to something even though I really want it.  This mostly happens with beer.  You might remember that I heart beer, but I don’t need to drink it every week at game night.  Especially when you consider I’m never drinking some kind of watered down light beer.  I’m drinking the fully (calorie) loaded craft beers.

Call it what you want, but this is dieting my friends.  I changed my lifestyle in 2009.  I’m still not at my goal weight.  If simply changing my lifestyle were enough, I should be there by now, right?  The only time I see the number on the scale drop is when I’m actively tracking my food, following a diet program (calorie counting, Weight Watchers, whatever), and restricting myself from some foods.

I don’t think diet needs to be a four letter word.  I think we just need to redefine it.  We need to stop shunning dieting and embrace healthy dieting.

What do you guys think?  Do you think dieting is evil?  Do you believe in the idea that all you need is a lifestyle change?  Do you follow a diet? 

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