Random Thoughts about Sweets, Sweats, Burpees and Track Tuesday

For my New Year’s resolution, I swore off sugar and was doing really good with it.  I survived Valentine’s Day without going overboard.  I even made some delicious brownies for St. Patrick’s Day without falling too badly off the wagon.

Then, Easter came and all the stores were stockpiled with scrumptious Easter candy like Peeps and chocolate covered Peeps and Robin Eggs and Cadbury eggs and not-so-great- generic store-brand jellybeans and oh-so-delicious Starbust jellybeans.

I’d like to say I ate all of the above in moderation, but I didn’t.  In fact, I fell so hard off the no-sugar wagon that I got a headache from the volumes of sugar I ate.  Man, I was jonesing BAD, like a crack addict.

I seriously had no idea that sugar and sweets could affect me like that.  I was a mess.  I had successfully eliminated sweets from my diet and in a matter of days, I couldn’t get enough of it.  I would eat one Peep after another followed a fistful of jellybeans, followed by countless numbers of Cadbury’s mini-eggs.  It was CRAZY how fast I was ingesting it all!

So, guess what I did with all that candy?

No, I didn’t throw it out.  There are children starving in this country, for heaven’s sake!  I hid it, so the temptation is no longer in my line of sight when I open the pantry.  It’s a mind-over-matter thing for me, you see or don’t see.  Whatever.  The point is this works for me.

I’ve also been making Easter trail mix with pretzels and the leftover jelly beans for my kids’ lunches.  Don’t judge.  I know it’s not the healthiest lunchtime snack, but I’d like to believe their sharing it with their friends at school like good little sugar pushers.

But then guess what I did?  I found Cadbury mini-eggs 50% off at Target the other day, so I simply had to buy two bags.  Don’t you worry!  I hid them in pantry, too.  As long as the bag stays sealed, I’ll be all right.  Truth be told, I think I’m going to bake some Candy Bar Shortbread Bars with the mini-milk chocolate candy coated eggs for a brunch I’m going to this Saturday.  I pinkie-promise to only test them one.

The burpee challenge is going well.  What I mean is it’s getting tougher but I can definitely feel myself getting stronger.  At the end of the challenge, I’d like to perform another push-up exhaustion test, but with real push-ups not alternate push-ups to see how many real ones I can do.  At this point, I can do 17 push-ups as part of a burpee, then I should be able to do at least than many or more.

And let’s not forget the running!  Last Wednesday, I wanted to run 6 miles but my legs hurt so bad from Amy Dixon’s ass Kickin’ Strength work-out that I could only manage 5 miles.

5 miles

Time 52:56

Ave Pace 10:36

Max Pace 8:33

My legs were still sore on Friday when I tried to run 3 miles, but I ran with my stroller for what I like to call resistance training.  Running with a stroller is like running up a hill…both ways.

3 .1 miles

Time 33:30

Ave Pace 10:49

Max Pace 8:25

All that soreness and a stroller may have slowed me down a bit, but I made up the time on Sunday when I finally did run 6 miles.  I inserted a lap at mile five just because I was curious if my time had improved from Wednesday.

6.2 miles

Time 1:02:13

Lap 1 – mile 5 – 50:05

Ave Pace 10:03

Max Pace 7:42

Today, I decided to do some speed work instead of subjecting myself to another Amy ass kicking and then I ran a couple of easy miles with my kids’ running club.

1 mile

Time 9:46

Ave Pace 9:47

Max Pace 5:53

Lap 1 – 0.25 miles – 1:49, Ave Pace 7:12

Lap 2 – 0.25 miles – 1:52, Ave Pace 7:30

Lap 3 – 0.25 miles – 1:47, Ave Pace 7:11

Lap 4 – 0.25 mile – 1:54, Ave Pace 7:37

1.1 miles

Time 10:55

Ave Pace 9:56

Max Pace 7:47

Speaking of speed work…Starting next week, Ricole Runs and I will be hosting a running linky party called Track Tuesday and we are so super stoked about it.  Well, not about the sprints, but we’re definitely excited about what we believe to be the first speed work blog hop ever!

Calling all runners!

Every Tuesday, Ricole and I will perform some sprints and we’d like you to join our torturous Track Tuesday efforts.  To join our Track Tuesday Team, do your speed work (at least 4 quarter mile sprints) on Tuesday or any day you that works best for you, blog about your times and remember to add our cool Track Tuesday button to your post.  Then, link up your post at either Ricole Runs or Run DMT to share Track Tuesday Speed Work Sessions.  To show support for our other virtual running partners on the Track Tuesday Team, be sure to visit the other blogs listed in the linky party.  Give them a virtual high-five and leave some comment love too.

So, I hope to see you back here next Tuesday to join our new runner’s linky party, Track Tuesday!

*Proudly submitted to Stacy Uncorked, because when I blog about my training, it’s usually pretty random.*


Denise Mestanza-Taylor+


  1. Andrea says:

    I am torn between relief and outrage that those cadbury mini-eggs are only around at Easter and not in other shapes year round!

  2. Anne says:

    Easter was also bad for me. super bad. I couldn’t get enough and it started BEFORE Easter. I guess it was a good think I got sick last weekend as it kicked my sugar dependency to the curb. Gotta take the good where I can, right? Good for you for being able to resist it even when it’s in the house! If I know it’s there….

    Love the Track Tuesday idea! I usually do my speedwork on Monday or Wednesday, but I’ll try to remember to link up.

  3. kimert79 says:

    I could probably be conned into doing a bazillion (or like 3) burpees if someone was standing over me with a bag of Cadbury mini eggs. LOL

  4. Chrissy says:

    I’ve been wanting to do some speed work (recently read up on it on line). I think I’ll join in on your Track Tuesday but not blog about it. 🙂

  5. Stacy Uncorked says:

    I kept the Easter candy hidden from myself and forgot about it – then when I remembered I’ve only allowed myself one candy per day – like a cadbury egg one day, a handful of jelly beans the next. I’m hoping I don’t go whole hog and dig in at some point… 😉

    If I were a runner of any sort, I’d join in your hop – but alas, running is my arch enemy. I’m starting Zumba tomorrow though, so at least that’s something! 😉

    Thanks for keeping the random alive with me! 🙂

    Time Flies, Mother Nature’s Hot Flash, Princess Nagger’s Final Words

  6. Ricole Runs says:

    YES TRACK TUESDAY! 🙂 You’re so smart and have such good ideas! I have actually been on a sugar bender since Easter with no end in sight. It is BAD and I actually just polished some Cadbury mini-eggs off myself.

  7. Lilli Toby says:

    I fell off the the no sugar wagon also during Easter. Most of the time, I also hide my goodies, but as of late and most of the other time, I must eat it all so its no longer in my house. Like a crack addict you say. The only thing left in the house now is a few turtles and girl scout cookies. Thank god I do cross fit, Burpees are a killer, I end up coming home like a bruised banana. But I love how much stronger you get from them. Keep up the good work.

  8. Travel Spot says:

    I am not really a big candy fan, but I do the same thing with cheez-its, so I know how you feel. I can easily finish off a whole box. To keep myself from doing that, I divvy them out into serving size portions, which is only 27 of them! Then when I have a craving, I grab one serving and that is all I allow myself. I think when it’s in a big bag, it’s really, REALLY easy to keep shoving fist fulls in your mouth!

    Love the track Tuesday idea!

  9. Hikermom says:

    Just came over from the blog hop:) Great runs this week! So excited for Track Tuesday! I read about it on Ricole’s blog and I am really pumped to get some speedwork in. Good luck on the candy front. I can’t help myself with the Reese’s PB cups!

  10. Laura says:

    I can do the same thing with sugar, I try hard to keep it out of the house! (other than dark chocolate….) 🙂 Great idea for track tuesdays!

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