Random Thoughts about Nutella, Superheroes, a New Challenge, Anxiety and Track Tuesday

So, have you heard the news about Nutella? Are you surprised to hear it’s not healthy?  Shocking, I know.  How could something with sugar listed as its first ingredient not be healthy?  Not to mention, it has 3.5 grams of saturated fat and only 3 grams of protein.  How on earth did anyone think Nutella was healthy while peanut butter and eggs get a wrap?!

I have so many runner friends that love the stuff and I’m sure their Nutella power balls are getting soggy from all the sobbing they’re doing since hearing the latest news.  Personally, I never liked the stuff because it always tasted fake to me, but I think maybe I’ll make some cookies just to tease smooth things over with my runner friends.

My family and I can’t wait to see The Avengers this week and since we’re so pumped about the new movie, I planned this month’s fitness challenge around it.  When I told my oldest daughter, Allana, about the challenge, she told me I should have created exercises specific to The Avengers and then demonstrated some examples.

“You could smash something like the Hulk”, she said and threw a clasped fist as she squatted.

“And then you could throw a shield like Captain America”, she said as she twisted her torso to throw an invisible shield off to the side.

“And then you could smash a mallet like Thor”, she said as she twisted her torso and pretended to smash a mallet to the opposite side.  “But I’ll have to think about Iron Man.”

I think she’s onto to something there and I wish I had consulted her sooner.  We could still do the Superman exercise but call it Iron Man instead because Iron Man flies too.  I’m going to video record Allana and I performing the exercises and maybe we can throw them into the superhero mix.  Wouldn’t that be funny?

Last week, I had some terrible bouts of anxiety.  I’ve never shared my issues with anxiety before on my blog, because I’m a little embarrassed by it.  I’ve always been a “shake it off” kind of person and so it’s hard for me to admit to any issues with anxiety, but last week, I had two attacks and I feel compelled to share.

One happened during a run with my Strider friends.   About 3 miles into the run, I pulled back away from the pack to slow down a bit.  At the particular point, the path became very dark.  Since I had forgotten my flashlight, an overwhelming sense of fear began welling up in me.  I tried to stay focused on my pace to avoid crying.  It was awful.  Next time, I need to stay with a buddy or bring my flashlight or pop a Zoloft.  Though, I think fear worked in my favor because I had a pretty good run.

4 miles

Time 39:11

Ave Pace 9:48

Max Pace 7:29

The next panic attack happened the very next day at a media event at Sea World.  I became overwhelmed by the crowd, but I powered through it once again.  I haven’t had a bad spells with my anxiety in awhile so I was really taken back by these episodes.

Hubby is out of town for a few days, which has put a damper of my training especially my speed work.  Therefore, I have no sprints to share this week.  Hopefully, Ricole can be a hero and save the day with some faster than a speeding bullet sprints for Track Tuesday.

How about you?  Did you do some sprints?  Link up and share.

By the way, while you’re here don’t miss out on the Joggermom Marathon and giveaway!


Denise Mestanza-Taylor+


  1. Dawn says:

    I popped over from the Write on Edge linkup, and am glad I did! Loved your ideas about Avengers-style exercises! Also, if I had gotten separated from the pack on a dark path, I, too, would have been anxious, so I don’t think that’s unusual at all. I was a runner for many, many years but, sadly, after my back surgery last year I have been unable to run like I used to. 🙁 I miss it dearly, so I enjoyed living a little vicariously through your post. Great times!

  2. Pish Posh says:

    Holy god I am the only one not excited to see the Avengers lol. Seriously everyone is, it’s cute. My students lost their damn minds about it 🙂 They liked it a lot.

    My sister was getting chubby there for awhile. Guess why? I swear to god her four main meals included spoonfuls of nutella, french bread buttered ON BOTH SIDES, sugary cereal, and omg so much pasta laden only with butter and cheese. Crazy that that stuff will make you chubbers, no way.

    Can you give me tips on running, so I can link up? I have mild asthma and a bad attitude. I can’t run more than 30 seconds right now. Will I ever get better?

    Do you ever read Tri-ing to be Athletic? http://www.tri-ingtobeathletic.com/ She is a runner too. I admire you both.

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