Monthly Archives: October 2013

rant: why liquid diets for weight loss are stupid

1 mile run
30 minute strength workout

My subject today is going to hit close to home for a lot of people but I want to talk a little about juicing, meal replacement shakes and other general liquid diets that won’t do you any freaking good in the long run.


I know plenty of people that swear by Shakeology, juice cleanses and even dated SlimFast diets to get a few quick pounds off before special events. Eat green salads twice a day and replace one meal with a shake, juice, bowl of Kellogg’s, pill etc. etc. etc. OF COURSE you’re going to lose weight because you’re essentially starving your body to a huge caloric deficit but that sort of nutrition isn’t sustainable in the long run. Just as sure as you’ll lose the weight you’ll find it when you go back to your old eating habits. And trust me. You’ll go back. Have you ever seen someone that’s happy eating grapefruits all day? No, they’re freaking miserable.
Why is that so dang hard? Is it laziness, cooking inabilities, money burning a hole in your pocket?
Some of these juice cleanses cost upwards of $60 a day to do something your body does for itself naturally. Imagine how full you’d be if you ate 10 carrots, an apple, kale and all the other good for you things in those juices? It’s absolutely impossible to overeat fruits and vegetables because they make you full with less.
While at the Fitness Magazine Meet and Tweet last week Tony Horton (my fave) backed me up on this. He shared tips and tricks about healthy eating that I wholeheartedly agree with. Diets don’t work and while eating pancakes every once in awhile isn’t going to kill you, your body will feel 10 times better with real food. He gave a big thumbs down to liquid diets and I loved that.
Are you going to spend the rest of your life replacing lunch with a shake? Probs not.
I have no problem at all with using drinks as workout supplements. Shakeology as a pre- or post-workout supplement in addition to moderately sized healthy meals? All over it. My problem is with using liquids as a replacement for real food. I don’t think it’s really that hard to heat up a chicken breast and toss it over some bagged greens. No skill required there. Scrambling a couple of eggs up with some sautéed spinach takes less than five minutes. Seriously. I beg you to try it. Real food is amazing.
As someone who is absolutely obsessed with delicious food it’s hard for me to imagine being satisfied with liquid meals. I won’t lie and tell you I haven’t tried them (Slim Fast circa 2002) but because I’ve made the mistake in the past I think I’m even better equipped to tell you it’s lame.
Sometimes we run out of time in the morning and a green monster just has to do when you’re in a bind. That’s OK. Live and let live. Most of the time though we have the time (especially when planned ahead) to whip something up quickly and leave a meal feeling satisfied. So what gives?

QUESTION: What’s your take on liquid meals? Love them? Why? Hate them? Ditto.

ragnar relay recap

Leg 1: 5.4 miles (48:06, 8:54 or 9:07 pace)
Leg 2: 4 miles (46:24, 11:36 pace)
Leg 3: 4.2 miles (41:26 , 9:51 pace)
Total 13.6 miles (2:15:56, 9:59 pace)

My first Ragnar Relay left me with a slew of feelings in its wake. After more than 30 hours in a van and 13.6 miles of running I’m exhausted, questioning my sanity but also proud as hell.
Ragnar is a two-day team race. Our team was a group of mostly strangers joined together by Digital Running Club to run from Chattanooga to Nashville.
I don’t trust that Leg 2 was actually 4 miles. I think it ran long and I think Leg 1 was short. The alternative is that I kicked ass the first leg and bonked the second. An extra 10 minutes on my 4 mile time doesn’t really make much sense to me though but that’s what CardioTrainer said.20131025_073852

{Team Mom and our wonderful photog, Raffi at the start line at sunrise}

It was really, really, really cold, around 40 degrees at race start cold with a low of 27 at night. Our 12-person team was split into two vans. Each runner (I was #11) ran three legs of varying lengths. After getting our instructions, decorating and Van1’s safety brief done the rest of us set off for breakfast at Cracker Barrel.ragnarblog8 ragnarblog10 ragnarblog9

{Decorating the van}

My first leg didn’t actually start until 3:30 so I had a lot of time to be nervous. It was beautiful and ended through trails somewhere outside of Sewanee. I flew that first leg with my first two miles at an 8:14 and 8:54 pace. Yeah. That’s awesome.
The next three were done at 9:32, 9:36, and a 9:38 pace.
After that I had smartphone problems and CardioTrainer would only give me time (no pace, distance or splits). Around 8 we headed to dinner before our second legs.ragnarblog1ragnarblog2ragnarblog3


The next leg didn’t go as well. Thirty one degrees at 1 a.m., not enough sleep, couldn’t get done fast enough. Apparently I could have because my pace either suffered or the course was really long. Not sure.
I wish I’d gotten pictures of the required lamps and headgear for night running but I ran back into the van as soon as possible because it was so cold.
We spent a few hours at the sleeping exchange. Some of our group slept outside in the 27-degree freezing cold and three of us slept in the van In the not as freezing cold.


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{Finish line}

Yay! As the second to last runner in my van it was a long wait to get my last leg done which is the only thing I didn’t love. I kind of enjoyed our run times because we were able to have regular-ish breakfast and dinner times and I packed a sandwich for lunch. I’ve been training enough for the Nashville Half Marathon that I’m not really all that sore but I took two days off from running anyway. Back to it with a three miler today!

Have you or would you ever do a Ragnar Relay?

la sightseeing and all packed for ragnar

No workouts to report today as I’ve been resting up for Ragnar Relay TN.
I’m on my way back from LA now. It’s been a crazy week of traveling.

lablog1lablog2lablog3{Frosted Cupcakery}
lablog5lablog6{Rodeo Drive and Crumbs!}

I left my bag in my parked car at the airport so as soon as I get in I’m switching them out and heading to Chattanooga.
Beast mode time.

This will be my first relay and first Ragnar so I’m a little nervous. Any tips? Tricks? Suggestions?