Monday, December 24, 2007

By Definition

Thankfully we are approaching the end of the eating season that began back in October with pilfering from the Halloween candy bought for the neighborhood kids. It has just continued on through the food frenzy of Thanksgiving and has continued soon with the holiday potlucks and will culminate with the champagne toast next week.

My diet has been out of kilter for a while now. By diet; I mean: "the foods eaten, as by a particular person or group: The native diet consists of fish and fruit." Because I'm a runner I can get away with eating pretty much as I wish. For the last 5 years or so I've eating fairly intelligently. I took the Food IQ test in the January 2008 Runners World and scored 74 points earning me the rating of "Impressive. You must have strong knowledge - and good habits. With a couple of changes you can be a nutrition superstar." Yeah, me! I lost points for not taking a daily multi-vitamin and I missed the mark on the amount of protein and water I should be getting.

But knowing what to do and putting it into action are not the same. Usually my running makes up for any sloppiness in the diet, but lately the scale has been tipping the other way. Its time to start thinking about diet in these terms: "such a selection or a limitation on the amount a person eats for reducing weight: No pie for me, I'm on a diet."

One way I like to do this is to cut out the sweets and eat more raw whole foods. My idea of whole foods currently is along the lines of: "comprising the full quantity, amount, extent, number, etc., without diminution or exception; entire, full, or total: He ate the whole pie." I'm not usually into News Years Resolutions but committing to whole foods " a natural food especially when grown organically" might be a good idea.

On the running front things are still in easy mode: "free from pain, discomfort, worry, or care: He led an easy life."

M: Zilch

T: planned on picking up the Christmas tree. It rained. No tree, no running.

W: No rain, picked up the Christmas tree. Nada running

H: still nothing (I can't even remember why)

F: we got out of work a little early so I headed out to Bonelli for a relaxed 3.5 miles.

S: Jesse invited the Cruisers out for a run on the equestrian trails in Fullerton. This is the first time we've run here. We've been running together for 4 years. I feel like he's been holding out on us. The 10.5 mile run took us through some nice neighborhoods, around a lake, along the railroad tracks, by the golf course, up and down some hills and through the mud. After the run we met back up at Jesse's house and enjoyed coffee, hot chocolate, OJ and pancakes. Jesse spoiled us for sure.

S: back to my favorite little park for another easy 4 miler. I took a couple of spur trails I hadn't taken before.

I haven't used my watch since Rocket City. Until Friday when Tyler wore it for his run, it still read 4:07.

It’s a beautiful, sunny, 70 degree day today. I trimmed bushes and mowed the front lawn this morning. Tyler wants to go over to Bonelli to try some of the tougher trails later this afternoon.

Merry Christmas to all.


Anne said...

I need to start the same diet, particularly since I no doubt would not be considered an "impressive" eater by RW or anyone else, for that matter. Merry Christmas, Darrell!

Backofpack said...

Merry Christmas Darrell! I'll join you too, but after my birthday on the 2nd!

Wes said...

Merry Christmas, Darrell! What's this about eating intelligently? Hmmmm? I thought since WE run marathons now, hee hee, we can eat anything thad doesn't move :-)

Ryan said...

Definitely can relate to your diet struggles. Yes, our running offsets most sloppiness in our diets. Like you, I hope to figure out how to make some improvements here.

Merry Christmas... and here's wishing you a groundbreaking, successful year of running in 2008.

Joe said...

Still 4:07!!!!! Love it!! Will have to tell Gretchen you are still stuck there!! "Ground Hog Day", all over...'I got you, babe'!!!

Boy, you, Rob and I have been thinking alike on the diet question. Good stuff...I'll be posting more on this soon. I'm with you.

Merry Christmas, Darrell. I'm grateful for your friendship!!

David said...

Darrell ... if you run, the food will burn off before you even know what it was. If you do not run, pick a race/state downstream and get back on the wagon.

My mantra has always been "Eat what's right; not what's left."

Neese said...

Happy Holidays to you Darrell, I'm certain Wellington is MUCH colder than 70 degree lawn mowin' weather!

Rae said...

Ha! Mowing the yard in December, very funny! It's not that cold here - I didn't even need a jacket today - but thankfully it's not warm enough for the grass to grow!

I've got to get back to healthy eating myself! I'm so sick of sugar!

Sarah said...

I'm having a hard time wrapping my mind around lawn mowing in December. Happy Holidays!