Thursday, May 19, 2016

Breaking the Seal

I spend very little time drinking in bars these days.  I guess that's not unusual for anyone who's 40 and/or married and/or is working out 6 days a week before 5:30 a.m.  But on the rare occasion that I do drink the night away, I still go back to what I remember as a personal truth from being out in bars in law school and back in my single days in Dallas:  hold off as long as possible at all costs, because once you break the [pee] seal, it's broken.  I could be in a bar drinking for 4 hours and never have to use the restroom, but as soon as I did go, breaking the seal, then I'd have to start going about every 15 minutes.  And if I used the restroom in the first hour of being out drinking, same thing, I'd be going every 15 minutes all night long.  So just don't break the seal! 

I'm not going to be car-less for long, but I feel like while I'm doing a ton of running commutes, it's almost the same principle but regarding food in the office. 

I'm back to my old routine now that I'm officially training and running with my friends again in the mornings.  That means my morning schedule for working out and eating/drinking is something like this:

5:00 half a granola bar (I eat those kind that are "oats and honey" two bars to a package, so it's really one full bar in my mind)

Run with friends or go to boot camp

7:00 espresso and smoothie (spinach, kale, frozen beets, frozen blueberries, frozen fruit mix (pineapple, peaches, strawberries, grapes), protein powder, chia seeds (thanks Amy), carrot juice, some kind of fresh juice with ginger, apple cider vinegar (thanks Megan), and now, a little bit of liquid calcium (just using up a bottle my ex-aunt couldn't fly home with)). 

Run to work, shower, chug water.

Mid-morning snack (2 tortillas rolled up with spinach and blue cheese).

Lunch usually around 1:30. 
Random fruit and/or snacks in the afternoon.
Then maybe another half granola bar around 6:00.
Run home around 6:30 or 7
Eat dinner.

Back a couple weeks ago, when I still owned a car and was driving to work every day (and going to the hospital to visit at night), I would take a thermos of espresso to work with me, and I'd sip that most of the morning and I'd eat my mid-morning snack slowly, from about 9:30 until about 11. 

But now with the running commute, I'm just not hungry when I sit down at my desk.  And it gets to be 11, and I'm still not hungry. 

But when I break that seal and eat the first tortilla just because I feel like it's time, then I'm an eating machine.  I'm trying very hard to make sure it's mostly good stuff, but I feel like I'm going for bites of something every 15 minutes (in reality, it's probably not that often, just seems like it). 

Just like the old college days.  You know, but with whole wheat tortillas filled with spinach, instead of Jager and Redbull...


  1. It is a weird thing to 'eat because it is time', but I know what you're saying. Because Lisa's schedule has changed, I have tried eating breakfast after my run but before my shower a couple of times and ... ugh, just doesn't work. Not hungry so I don't eat much - and then an hour later (because I run >10 miles) I am regretting it!

    And the whole pee thing is just hilarious ... :)

  2. Well I haven't heard that term in ages!! I just had flashbacks of standing in line for the bathroom at Mike's Westview Bar on a Thursday night during my UMass days. I really need to have a good schedule I think. It might help me avoid the afternoon snacking which can be a problem if I'm home. I am really trying to eat more intuitively, but I still fall prey to eating by the clock or eating more than I really need just because I did a long run or simply because the food is there.

    Thanks for the funny memory today!

  3. some days, i'm just more hungry than other days. some days i'm not really hungry at all. it doesn't depend on whether i worked out or not because i started off my work day super hungry yesterday so i ate my lunch early, but then i wasn't really hungry the rest of the day. but yea, sometimes, i'm ravenous, and then i "break the seal" and eat all my food for the day within a few hours. however, it never makes me eat more than i like to eat and if it does make me want to, i just pop a SF candy and i'm okay. or eat a rice cake. haha.