Day 6: The running munchies

Okay, so it’s time I did some re-assessing here. The thing that drives me crazy about running is the major appetite that it gives me, which in the past, led me to overeating a lot of sugar and carbs which led to weight gain and hence, a hiatus on running to calm things down.

I want to find a happy medium. I am not going to be running any marathons, I’m pretty much a short distance gal these days. I love me some 5Ks.

But I don’t want to have to give it up completely justย because it makes me ravenous (or tricks me into thinking I am). I want to nip this in the bud before it gets out of hand. So after I tell you what I ate yesterday, I’m off to do some research.

Breakfast yesterday was a banana PB oats!

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I used 1/3 cup Almond Breeze and 1/3 cup water this time and it did make them taste creamier and added a little flavor so I think I will do that from now on. I should’ve tried that with my pumpkin oats before they ran out. Oh well!

Snacked on some nuts mid-morning, this is becoming rather redundant but I love them ๐Ÿ™‚

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For lunch, I had leftover tofu and some broccoli.

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Then I still felt hungry so I raided the leftover snacks from the day before’s baby shower and took a few crackers (checked the ingredients on the box first). Pretty good!

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A couple of hours later, it was workout time! Farrah and I ran around 1.25 miles in 10 minutes. We actually sprinted a little bit because we were trying to beat a train that was coming ๐Ÿ˜‰

After our “warm up” we went into the gym and did a quick strength routine, including:

  • Squats
  • Dead lifts
  • Tricep pushdowns
  • Dips on the bench
  • Seated rowing machine
  • Leg lifts (front, side, back)
  • Abs
  • Back extensions
  • Tricep kickbacks

Whoa, no wonder I am sore today. Whenever I reflect back on what we did I am amazed because it doesn’t seem like that much at the time. We even cut off early because we were both pretty sweaty and tired ๐Ÿ™‚

When I got back to my desk, I snacked on a Nature Valley bar (last one).

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I love these and they are vegan but I need to reduce my intake of processed snacks for a while (again). But they will come in handy if I’m ever stuck at a gas station needing a snack ๐Ÿ˜‰

I also had some of these evil things, thank goodness they are gone now.

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It’s this kind of stuff that running makes me crave. But I don’t keep them in the house so I should be okay from now on. Tortilla chips aren’t too bad but I have trouble keeping it to one serving if you know what I mean.

I had a Pampered Chef party to go to after work and so I packed a peanut butter and jelly sandwich that I ate on the road.

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Most of the Pampered Chef recipes for the cooking shows include meat, mostly to showcase their baker that can go in the microwave, so I knew I had to be prepared.

They ended up making a pork tenderloin saladย but the host graciously suggested they keep the meat separate. What a sweetheart! I didn’t even ask ๐Ÿ˜‰

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The salad contained some sort of salad mix, red onions (which she sliced with a gadget I so need to get), thawed frozen corn, and a dressing she made using ranch dressing and some seasonings from the Pampered Chef catalog. I know ranch dressing is not vegan, but I used a little bit anyway. I’m still working on getting this whole lifestyle down, so please excuse me for now.

I also had a nice plate of veggies and a few chips. Thank goodness they were some hungry kiddos running around so I couldn’t go back for more chips!

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What’s funny is there was this awesome looking cake and I had zero interest in it! Usually desserts get me big time but not last night. Hmm…I’ve noticed I’m craving the salty stuff. Why is that?

When I got home, you guessed it, I was hungry…or so I thought?

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I thought I was done after this but my stomach started growling around 10:30, which is way past my “cut off” eating time, so I had another snack.

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Let’s just say I learned a lot today. I didn’t do anything wrong and I’m not disappointed or anything with myself. Nope. Not one bit.

I just want to change some things and get out of some ruts. I think I am officially “over” the chocolate chips and PB snack. For real. Hello burn out! And I really don’t like the bread that I bought. I mean, it tastes good but it’s too flimsy and I’d rather spend more and get better quality (like Ezekiel English muffins, yum).

Time to make some lists and get some recipes in the queue, this girl wants her whole foods back! And let’s try a few new things too ๐Ÿ™‚

Thanks for reading…have a great day.


About Sarah Frankel

I am 29 years old and a resident of Louisville, Kentucky. I've been married to my husband Josh for 6 years and we have a 5 year old beagle named Suzie. Four years ago, I changed my eating and exercise habits, dropping 70 pounds and gaining an entirely new life. I took up running in September 2007 and became vegan in October 2009. I am constantly striving to improve my life so that I can live it to the fullest! I hope you will join me on my life journey.

Posted on October 7, 2009, in Breakfast, challenges, changes, Dinner, exercise, Lunch, parties, products, Snacks, weight training, workouts and tagged , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 14 Comments.

  1. Looks like a good day and with the ranch dressing at least you know about it and are aware of it? You’re still learning and getting there!

  2. “I didnโ€™t do anything wrong and Iโ€™m not disappointed or anything with myself. Nope. Not one bit.”

    I love that you said that. Usually we beat ourselves up over “snacking” more than usual but you listened to your body and at that moment you body needed fuel. Are you going to tell your car “nope no gas for you, I filled you up last week” even if it’s on empty? I don’t think so =)

  3. I am so hungry after running too. Drives me nuts. I need to learn how to control it so I don’t gain any weight!

  4. Oh, tell me about it! My boss is always commenting on how “I am always eating”, which is true I pretty much eat every few hours…….but I am not complaining (accept sometimes it is a bit inconvenient at times)…..I love to eat & it is great all the running allows me to eat MORE!!!

    =) Laura @ Finding A Healthy Balance (after a “100 Pound” weight loss)

  5. I get so hungry after an intense workout! I just try not to keep any foods in the house that temp me too much to want to go crazy on and I remind myself how good I feel when I’m done!

  6. You rock! Both for getting out there and working yourself out and also for using ‘challenges’ as motivation not self-inflicted ridicule.
    I have been doing the PB & Bananas on toasted Ezekiel bread, but thinking of reverting to my old-time favorite: a mixture of mostly raw almonds, dried cranberries & chocolate chips. Maybe you’d like this? More filling than the PB bread and still a little sweetness.

    • Nikka – I love the idea of a trail mix…I think I might have to do that ๐Ÿ™‚ I agree it would be more filling than the PB bread but still a little sweet. Plus I still have a lot of chocolate chips left. Thanks for the suggestion!

  7. I just love a plate of veggies with a little dip and chips at parties ๐Ÿ™‚

    Your hunger + salt cravings and lots of running makes me think about water and salt replenishment – are you drinking extra fluids? Have you tried a sport beverage at all? Everyone handles potassium / sodium loss differently, so you may need more (or less) now that you’re running more.

    • I do think now that I am running again (even though it’s not much), I need to be more careful of hydration and replenishment. I drink plenty of water all day but the salt thing I’m not so good with. I’m thinking about trying coconut water or getting back into the VitaminWater 10’s or Sobe 0’s…I can’t stand gatorade or powerade, all that sugar makes me sick to my stomach.

      Thanks for the suggestion! ๐Ÿ™‚

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