So, this week i am catching up on sleep, dishes, laundry, housework, cooking healthy meals, training my monster dog, visiting with old friends, and just a crap ton of stuff i have been putting off (I'm looking at YOU broken tail light!) I am also in the process of weening myself off the horrifying levels of caffeine and sugar that have sustained me the past ten months, as well as the 4000 calories a day that i really don't need right now. I could always just run another marathon, but i like to think that taking a little me time right now will set me up for a stellar year next year, where i will be faster, stronger, more organized, and will succeed in keeping laundry mountain in check.
While major changes to the diet are a huge struggle (how do i feel so deprived on 2500 calories a day? I would die in the third world. FWP.) There have been two really easy transitions. One is weening myself off of candy. I always have it in the car during my 2-3 hours commuting every day. I am not banning candy - it's just not allowed in the car. The second is soda. During marathon season I enjoy a full sugar soda a few times a week. To me it's almost the same thing as gatorade only 10 million times tastier. It's also quick and easy carbo-loading. (nutritionists, please pause - i know there are different types of carbs.) However when i am not running 40 miles a week, all that sugar is just extra calories i don't need right now. I am also not a huge fan of diet soda. It is not the same thing. Thats why thanks to Coca-cola and there new freestyle machines (have you seen them? They look like soda robots from the future!), i have made up a few "compromises" that have less calories, but still taste deeeeelish!
|Ignore the fact that i look homeless, it's been a long week.|
You can locate machines through their website HERE. We found one that was supposed to be at the walgreens by our place, but sadly, they are still remodeling and the machine wasn't there yet. Luckily, i bribed Matt to go with me to Potbellys by offering to buy him a beverage and dream bar.My #1 drink is "The Gingerfoxxx" It's half coke zero, half cherry coke. Unfortunately though, we went in the evening, and i was worried the caffeine would interfere with my 9:30 bedtime. So, i improvised with:
"The Nightfoxxx!" A caffeine free and sparkly alternative. Its 2 parts Dasani raspberry sparkling water, 1 part Sprite Vanilla, and 1 part Seagrams club soda. It's delicious, and slightly reminiscent of cream soda!
I also created a drink for Matt that we named the "Deans Delight" which was half Hi-C raspberry lime, half Seagrams club soda (we're big club soda people.)
Both of our drinks had less than half the calories of a normal soda (Matt isn't running these days either) and were still really tasty. I really hope to see more of these machines, because to me, mixing soda flavors kind of comes naturally. If one flavor is good, 4 flavors will be even better. I vote to see them in 7-11's and gas stations. And i told them this. But until then, you can find them at some of the new "Super-Walgreens", Burger Kings, and some of the "fast casual" restaurants like Potbellys, Go Roma, Noodles & Co, and Five Guys. And some movie theaters too!
So cheers! Go forth and create awesome drinks. Or if not, just try the Gingerfoxxx, you won't regret it. It's totally a thing now, because i said so. Orrrrr, try to make something better- what crazy combo can you think up??
***Also, It looks like the coke freestyle team will be at the Northwestern/Illinois game the weekend after thanksgiving - go check them out, and go Illini!