Running Hard To Stay In Place…

Every morning. Same ritual. Groan in preparation for the morning weigh-in. I take off every stitch of clothing thinking that my underwear somehow will tip the scales. (Am I a child?) I take a deep breath. My food intake from the prior day flashes by. Hoping for a miracle here – thinking maybe, just maybe, my super metabolism worked harder overnight – – given that I slept well and all. (Are you serious? This is going to be bad.) Then, I then step on the scale. Damn it. No miracle. And this is even after grinding out my work-out three days in a row.

Here’s the score card:

Day Activity Distance Calories Burned Weight*
Friday Elliptical 5.3 miles 525 205.6
Saturday Run 4.7 miles 470 205.0
Sunday Run 5.0 miles 500 205.2

(*Who am I kidding adding decimals)

So, I just finished my run. And decided to tally up the tonnage from yesterday’s feeding frenzy – – and humiliate myself in front of all of my closest friends. GOING PUBLIC.  LETTING IT ALL HANG OUT THERE. Here we go:


  • 1 cup Honey Bunches of Oats (160 cal) (Shoulda stopped right here. Had no idea what was coming)
  • 1 cup Granola (450 cal) (I was shocked at the cal count here. OMG, this is devil’s food)
    Total Cal Count for Breakfast: 610 cal


  • 3 cups Buttered Egg Noodles (350 cal) (Made on impulse. Was watching Melissa Darabian make the dish on Food Network. 9 Reviewers gave it 5 stars. I’d give it 3.5/Pass.)
  • 1 Chobani Yogurt + 2 TBSP Smuckers Jam (150 + 100 = 250 cal) (I haven’t shaken the lace-the-yogurt-with-the-Smuckers-Jam-thing yet. For more background see my prior post: Oh, what terrible choices.
  • Potato Chips (150 cal) (Rationalized the intake by saying I was only going to have a few. You are shameful.)
    Total Cal Lunch: 650 cal. Aggregate tally: 1260.

(1260 calories! And most of you aren’t even out of bed yet.)


  • 1.5 Cheeseburgers (425 cal) (0.5? Rachel couldn’t finish hers. Can’t let food go to waste)
  • 2.5 Corn on the Cob (300 cal) (Can it possibly be this many calories? Another shocker)
  • 1 Pc Watermelon (50 cal) (Well that wasn’t so bad)
  • Potpourri of dessert bites including Key Lime Pie, Chocolate Tart, Peanut Butter Tart. Lemon Ice Cream Bar. (250 cal) (Now this was absolutely ridiculous. Who does this? 250 calories may be a delusional tally. I couldn’t bear to give myself anymore.  Sort of like a snowman on a bad hole in golf.  Enough is enough.)
    Total Dinner Cal Count: 1025 cal. Aggregate tally for day: 2285

And one could say, it could have been worse.

Well it was.

Evening Snack:

I’ve been on a Hershey’s caramel topping rage for the past month. Here’s the calorie count for my jacked up bowl of strawberries:


Final Tally:

  • TOTAL CALORIE COUNT FOR THE DAY: 2695.* (*Rounded down for Snowman on Dessert)
  • TOTAL CALORIES BURNED: ~ 500* (*Does not incl calories burned running to fridge)
    And let’s wrap this up with Bon Jovi:

It’s my life
It’s now or never
I ain’t gonna live forever
I just wanna live while I’m alive

Related Posts:

  1. Every Behavior and Every Thought Has a Consequence (Let Life In Practices/Kristin Barton Cuthriel)
  2. Oh, what terrible choices.


  1. I have got to try the jacked up strawberries…:-)


    • I’m afraid (very) of what could happen. 🙂 The trick is to put the Caramel Topping in microwave for 30 sec or so. The berries then get a full coating. I’m like a dogging lapping water from his dish.


      • It sounds sinful – in the most innocent of ways, so it’s ok.:-) And isn’t there some scientific study that proves that calories are reduced in direct proportion to the number of people that are eating the same thing (anywhere in the world)? No? Don’t tell me.


      • Sorry Pal. No. No miracles here either.


  2. Great post, David. Thank you for mentioning Every Behavior and Every Thought Has a Consequence as a related post. Have a terrific Sunday!


  3. Still chuckling ….. I had to show this to my husband, you two could be related. I am a calorie counter and he always is telling me that what he is eating cannot be as many calories as I am saying. Love your honesty 🙂


  4. Very brave and forthcoming of you, David. I wouldn’t dare post what I eat most days. I mean it’s healthy food, but probably more than I need. Too much of a good thing? But you’ve given us all “food for thought.”


  5. LaDona's Music Studio says:

    Still laughing… it’s all too familiar! I remember when we used to eat huge sundaes as a late night snack and justify it, saying it would count as breakfast the next morning. Yeah, right.(15 pounds by Canadian Thanksgiving my first year away at school).
    And yes, I mostly have this licked now, but I still make note of those decimals on the scale!


  6. Oh my, lol…I feel your pain!


  7. This sounds exactly like my husband!


  8. I used to run and count calories all the time… and only gained weight from it.

    I lost 15 pounds by ditching grains and cardio. I embraced eating lots of meat and weight-lifting and haven’t looked back since!.

    Good luck to you!!!


    • Good for you. I do believe that Atkins or a version of it works. Problem with me is that I’ve been unable to “ditch” much so I need to run to stay even. I need to get back at it. 🙂


  9. lkanigan says:

    Like they say…your not losing weight but gaining muscle!! LoL. Who else can say that they work out with an awesome team of Smuckers, Hersheys & Reddiwhip. Also, its funny how old habits never die…”Smuckers” has and always will live on with you.


  10. jcwaldron says:

    Dr. Ragsdale always had 2 things to say about weight loss. He’d probably still say them, but he’s doing more fishing than doctoring these days…

    1. Don’t ask a fat doctor for advice on how to get skinny.

    2. The only way I ever had a patient to lose weight is to have them come stand on the scales and look me in the eye every week.


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