Go Ahead, Overdo It

Posted on March 3, 2010. Filed under: Daily Update, Product Review | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

It’s snowing! I just had to let that one out. It’s not going to accumulate to much, if anything, but I’m always so happy to see the white stuff πŸ™‚

Last night, after posting, I went to the dining hall to grab some yogurt. At dinner you can use your meals to pay for some instead of points, and they sell Chobani. I couldn’t decide what/how many I would reasonably need without filling my fridge unnecessarily. I decided to grab 3: 2 pomegranates and a vanilla(they never have any plain). I thought this might have been overdoing it. Clearly, as you’ll see all 3 in this post, I was wrong.

Pomegranate Chobani With Organic Endangered Species Dark Chocolate

While watching The Biggest Loser, I made a reasonably healthy snack of pomegranate Chobani with a few squares of Endangered Species‘ organic dark chocolate. Not to be confused with this one I reviewed, these came from a full sized bar my dad paid for from Whole Foods. If I were reviewing it, I’d actually score it slightly less than the 1.4oz; the flavors the same, but I really like the notion of a quality, organic chocolate bar that’s single-sized. HUGE chocolate bars seem to be one place where overdoing it is not a cool thing :-/

I loved The Biggest Loser last night and that it’s back on air. The challenge in the first half was pretty great, if you ask me. But really, what’s 2000 calories when you’re in a gym all day with Bob and Jillian? I feel like the contestants have probably eaten that much extra junk at one time without even realizing it. They might have overdone it a bit, but at least they were self aware and could kick their own butts next time.

Carob Chip Perfect Foods Bar

I started winding down the evening with a carob chip perfect foods bar. I still enjoyed this one, but I think I got even less of a carob/chocolate flavor than the first one I ate. Maybe carob just doesn’t work for my tongue? That’d be weird. I do seem to love my chocolate πŸ˜€ Still, the honey and peanut butter flavors in this are fantastic. After a “meal replacement” bar and some light history reading, I’d have thought I’d be full and ready for bed…

Pomegranate Chobani With Chocolate Covered Almonds

Apparently not! Last night, I really felt like I could eat a horse and a half. And I’ve felt like this a couple of nights looking back. Taking the rest day really helped me realize what I need: more time off, and more fuel. A lot of exercise kills hunger(ironic, isn’t it?) so I’ve come to think been listening to my hunger too well in the morning and throughout the day until it strikes right back at night; the brain can know best.Β At least in my repeat of pomegranate Chobani I tried something knew.

Organic Chocolate Covered Almonds

I just love Tierra Farm and all they’ve sent me that I’ve tried so far, so I was happy to try another new thing from them. The fact that these were chocolate covered made me 10 times happier πŸ˜€ These chocolate covered almonds were nothing fantastic, per say; they tasted a lot like chocolate and almonds, but didn’t really pull together the way macaroni and cheese do. But I loved that they’re organic and vegan. I used to eat up Emerald’s cocoa almonds until I saw sucralose(aka Splenda) on the ingredient list–not on my nuts! I would happily take these in lieu of those.

Apple And Coffee

This morning, I woke up knowing that I very well could need more time off than 1 day to recover from overtraining. That being said, I felt pretty good. I wasn’t particularly hungry from last night’s greek yogurt feasting, but I grabbed an apple. In light of overdoing things, an apple was the least I could eat before a good run. I can’t wait until it’s actually bright and sunny when I wake up again!

11 Miles In 1:38:49

On my run this morning, I truly felt fantastic. At first I was a little nervous, not because of anything running related but because some television channels changed their a.m. line-up; what the heck? I was gone for 1 day! Back to the run, this was where overdoing it really paid off. I felt energized, relaxed, and ready. I was only planning for 8-10 but overdid it and went for 11, partially because I felt so damn good and also because Lady Antebellum was on The Today Show performing then.

This gave me time to think about how there might really be 3 types of bloggers. I don’t mean to offend anyone; on the contrary, I think there’s a lot to be praised about some of you. I’m sorry in advanced if this gets taken any other way.

Type 1: You eat “healthy” and are extremely athletic–an energized and bubbly person. You know any fuel you take in will go to good use, and the overdoing it is just good fueling.

Type 2: You eat “healthy” and workout to a moderate extent to lower your weight or for some other health related reason that you need to get control of.

Type 3: You yourself would call yourself type 2 when a lot of your fantastic readers realize just how healthy you are and would easily put you as type 1.

95% of the blogs I read I would say are type 1 or type 3. It kills me to read a blogger who I think looks perfectly happy and healthy and is amazingly athletic talk about wanting to lose weight or be another way. Restricting your diet when you’re an active person is restricting all that you can be. So go ahead! Overdo it! And the results will show up in the gym, or on the scale but in a good way.

Bob's Red Mill Gluten Free Vanilla Cake Mix

Breakfast was another thing I gave a lot of thought to on the treadmill. In particular, there’s one nifty bowl I’ve been wanting to give a try ever since picking this up and baking with it over the weekend.

Pumpkin Oatmeal With Butter Toffee Peanut Butter, Birthday Cake Chobani

Birthday Cake Chobani

My real birthday isn’t for about a month, but I can celebrate early, right πŸ˜‰ In the vanilla Chobani, I added 1/2 a serving of the mix, and then crumbled 1/2 a cupcake on top. Yum! This wasn’t quite as good as any cake-flavored ice creams I’ve tried(I’ve yet to find a really good, all-natural brand :-/), but it was really really yummy all things considering. And then, because that had only about 1/4 tablespoon coconut oil in all of it, I had pumpkin oatmeal with a big plop of Naturally Nutty butter toffee peanut butter on it. I just opened this 15oz jar a few nights ago and I’m already thinking I might need to place a new order soon! Great…

OK, so maybe if you’re lined up to be a contestant on The Biggest Loser, you shouldn’t overdo it; otherwise, dig in. All that fuel will show up as performance. Now the one area in my life I haven’t been overdoing it this week seems to be homework, particularly History. So if you’ll excuse me…

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Love that you added the mix AND some of the cupcake to the yogurt. That sounds so good!

bahahah I think I’m a type 2 since I slip up (a lot) and really do need to lose weight — which is the purpose of my blog, I suppose. but I loved reading your take on it, you have good insight πŸ™‚

GREAT advice on over-doing it! haha! I think that people don’t realize that they NEED fuel to GO and for me…I am all about the fuel. Whenever I don’t eat enough the day before my runs the next day definitely suffer!

Oh and definitely a type 1…haha!

I love the birthday cake chobani idea! When I first read that I was thinking whaaat they make birthday cake flavor? haha

Hmmm I would put myself in a different category. I am not super athletic, and sometimes I eat fuel I really don’t need or won’t use, but I run, swim, lift, eat good foods, etc because I love it and it makes me feel good. I could stand to lose a few lbs, but I look healthy, I feel healthy, and that is all that matters.

Where do I fit in???

LOVE the birthday yogurt! Happy super early early early Birthday!

I really liked last night’s Biggest Loser episode as well! I’m sad the Olympics are over but am happy to have regular programming back. πŸ™‚

BIRTHDAY CAKE inyour chobani…epic, evan! that looks awesome! and love yoru description of bloggers lol I think i would be type 1 eating super healthy and athletic but let myself have some treats too πŸ˜‰

Interesting to think about bloggers in those terms. I think I’d be some combination of all three, depending on my mood πŸ˜€

I love carob…but I definitely think that I like it as a taste all of its own, rather than as a chocolate substitute.

Great post! What type am I?

Crazy mileage you’re getting in lately! I would’ve stuck it out for Lady Antebellum, too, though!

LOVE pomegranate Chobani but the only time I’ve had it is when they sent it to me — I can’t find it in stores here anywhere!

Skipped the part on BL — I’m catching up with my DVR tonigh!

P.S. Brown? — you stud!

what type am i?! hahaha. and i wish the weather would make up it’s mind: snow, rain, sun, sleet! but i guess that’s new england for us

Can I just tell you how insanely creative your eats are? I mean, birthday cake Chobani? Yes, please! Awesome job on your run! I am proud of myself if I can crank out just 3 miles. So I just had my last pack of Emerald Cocoa almonds yesterday and seriously never even thought to look at the ingredients. Thank you so much for bringing that to my attention! I AM crying a little inside, however…they’re just so good.

Did you watch the Biggest Loser last night?? I couldn’t believe the groups he picked!

happy early bday! i’ve never seen the biggest loser, but i hear it’s addictive. hmm, i wonder which blogger category i fall into? πŸ™‚

my birthday is in January. Do me a favor and help me justify celebrating with that birthday cake chobani 10 months early?

I overdid it all last week. And this week. and them some more.

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