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Hooked on Diet Soda?

Posted: March 2, 2011 by Dave Kohrell in Nutrition
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Can you get hooked on diet soda?

Diet soda – whether “sweeten” by aspartame or Splenda or whatever comes next falls into the too good to be true category.  That which seems innocent, fuels unhealthy eating and adds some undesirable psychological dependency and chemicals into our body.  Great article from Denise Mann of Health/ CNN.  I began my own diet soda purge over a year ago and have replaced it with three simple things:

  • Water
  • Ice Tea
  • Orange or cranberry juice (naturally sweeten)

It has made a difference in terms of hydration and headache management (much more infrequent now).  Read on!

Government surveys have found that people who drink diet beverages average more than 26 ounces per day (some drink far more) and that 3% of diet-soda drinkers have at least four daily.
Health
By Denise Mann, Health.com
March 2, 2011 8:35 a.m. EST
Government surveys have found that people who drink diet beverages average more than 26 ounces per day (some drink far more) and that 3% of diet-soda drinkers have at least four daily.
STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • People drinking diet soda to lose weight may turn to the sweetness of diet for comfort
  • Some may get hooked because they associate it with a certain activity or behavior
  • Drinking too much diet soda might be risky in the long run

(Health.com) — First thing every morning, Ellen Talles starts her day by draining a supersize Styrofoam cup filled with Diet Coke and crushed ice. The 61-year-old from Boca Raton, Fla., drinks another Diet Coke in the car on the way to work and keeps a glass nearby “at all times” at her job as a salesclerk. By the end of the day she has put away about 2 liters.

“I just love it,” she says. “I crave it, need it. My food tastes better with it.”

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A reversal on carbs

Fat was once the devil. Now more nutritionists are pointing accusingly at sugar and refined grains.

(Kirk McKoy / Los Angeles Times)
December 20, 2010|By Marni Jameson, Special to the Los Angeles Times

Most people can count calories. Many have a clue about where fat lurks in their diets. However, fewer give carbohydrates much thought, or know why they should.

But a growing number of top nutritional scientists blame excessive carbohydrates — not fat — for America’s ills. They say cutting carbohydrates is the key to reversing obesity, heart disease, Type 2 diabetes and hypertension….

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Farewell 2010.  Hello 2011!

Challenges, opportunities, failure, success, valleys and mountaintops – I encountered a mix of those as well as everyone who reads this post (and like  every year before).  For the exercise side of my life, the opportunities and successes jump to the front of my mind. The change-up in exercise and nutrition was sustained and significant.

Miles 2010

Miles and Donuts Burned!

What began as an experiment in P90x in October of 2009 to improve core strength (part-time effort of course) evolved into a full on embrace of a more rigorous strength/metabolic conditioning program in CrossFit.  I’ve tried to record both efforts as accurately and faithfully as possible warts and all.  There’s a couple of weeks to go to make one full year of CrossFit.  As shared in the Proof positive of training change post, the results of the training shift have been dramatic.  12-14 year personal bests (PR’s) from 5 mile to marathons are the tangible results with improved strength, weight loss and decreased joint pain the unanticipated benefits.

Comparing the data from 2009 to 2010 reveals a shift in running only dominance for both hours and miles.  Overall miles were 2,002 in 2009 and 1,631 in 2010.

CoachDaveK_2010to2009_Miles

Total Miles - 2010 versus 2009 - less miles, faster results

The overall hours were close in 2010 and 2009 – in the 280 to 300 hour range or about 5 and 1/2 hours each week.

What was accomplished in that time was more in 2010 for less time because of a higher intensity level for each training session and variety.

  • Intensity – Since I run less and focus on speed/strength/stamina rather than sheer “miles”, I can do so at a faster pace.  Speed builds on speed.  In 2009 my average training pace per mile was a little over 10 minutes.  Last year it was in the upper 8 minute range with workouts in upper 7 minute to low 8 minute range.  Equally important, improving my stride technique – from heel to toe to midfoot / Pose strike introduces much less stress on my body.  An added bonus was discarding my orthodics in June.
CoachDaveK_2010to2009_Hours

Hour comparision - variety and intensity increase in 2010

  • Variety – the following chart, based on total number of workouts, shows the variety of workouts.  It also is another slice on how time is spent.  In 2009 81% of exercise hours were devoted to running, in 2010 it was 60%.  Total number of workouts were over 80% running, in 2010 that dropped to only 45%.  The variety and introduction of rigorous strength training has left me injury free, healthier and instill a sense of excitement – never the same dull workout!

    Workouts 2010

    Workout distribution - variety is fun!

2011 Goals

Keeping my goals simple this year.  My 2010 goals were exhaustive .

  • Continue workout mix of end of 2010(number and hours) – 40% run, 20% CrossFit WOD, 15% bike, 15% swim, 10% row to reach 1,500 to 1,700 miles in 2011.
  • Continue growth of Freaky Fast crew!  Nurture, nudge, hug em!
  • Run 2-3 marathons with focus on sub 4 hour, work to 3:30.  Continue PR trend for sub 22 5k, sub 37 – 5 mile, sub 46 – 10k and sub 80 minute 10 mile.
  • Complete half iron man and Olympic triathlons.
  • Attain CrossFit bests/competencies: kipping pull up, muscle up, WOD’s scaled at 80% instead of 50 to 70%, wall balls with 20lbs, 75 push and situps in 2 minutes, body weight bench x 20, etc.
  • Improve cycling and swim technique: flip turns (swim that is) and acceleration (bike).  Compete in 1-2 open water swims and cycling competition.
  • Explore kayaking and wall climbing.
  • Train to the season – was fun this year to have high weeks in running (March and late October), biking (July), swimming (late July and late December).  I like training year round – sometimes it’s better to train to the season and swim inside  than slip on ice!
  • Nutrition – continue to explore and apply Paleo!
  • Weight – maintain weight of 160lbs.  Was at 180lbs in May of 2008 before Lincoln Marathon.  No desire to lose more, do want to cut another inch or two off waist to get to 30″ (currently 31.5 waist, was 34.5″ in 2008).  Be thoroughly shredded by year’s end!

Summary

If you’re an aerobic athlete (runner, swimmer, cyclist, triathlete) who’s reached a plateau, has found more miles does not translate into success and wonders if strength training might help – please read. I’m not offering a quick fix, food gimmick, shake, or simple  trick.  Over the last year I’ve ventured into a different way of getting to a goal – it may not be for everyone.  But I have found an incredible payoff from it and embrace it.

It’s a few simple things

  • Incorporate the right kind of strength training (read more in this blog) 2-4 times a week
  • Cut back your miles for miles sake
  • For your existing mileage look toward performance, speed and stamina
  • Chart your progress over 12 months and see what happens!

Detail

Proof.  Data.  Trends.  Statistics and data gathering can mislead and interpretation of results requires wisdom as well as raw analytic power.  That clarification and limitation declared, I do think there’s enough evidence that a combination of Strength Training + Aerobic Training is far more powerful than Aerobic Training alone.  Modify that aerobic training to focus on stamina, speed, flexibility and burst, and alongside the strength training, your results will be strong.  Hone that further with improved nutrition and those strong results become powerful.

Two years ago, during one of my worst marathon experiences (4:52 at Twin Cities), I thought about punting it.  Pack it up.  Give it up. It was miserable weather day, but I had endured worse.  It seemed though a goal of getting to Boston (or 1 hour and 22 minutes faster) was an impossible hope. Rather than give up I decided to push it harder.  So in 2009 I ramped up the training.  I knocked off a Pikes Peak Double and some “ok” marathon times (4:30 range).  The price of that ramp up was high: a strained, torn sartorius tendon.  By October of 2009 I was hobbling at the start of the Des Moines Marathon.  Sure, lots of miles in the bank, toward 1,500 running for 2009.  But hobbling still.

That began my entry into cross training – had done that in triathlon terms for several years.  But serious cross training, or more properly strength training, nope, nada, avoided it.

P90x was Stage 1.  It was perfect for torturing my aerobically fed and strength dead body into shape.  All the Tony Horton’isms, pull ups, sneaky lunges, gut cracking ab routines, yoga twisting/humbling sessions and push ups a guy could hope for.  I saw some nice results.

A chance encounter with a surly but dedicated athletic trainer, Mike Livergood, at Bellevue University in January of 2010 led to Stage 2 – CrossFit and CrossFit Endurance.  Similar in many regards, the difference between the Beachbody DVD fed programming and organic CrossFit approach was significant. CrossFit is a better fit for my performance goals.  Step by step, coaching from a great box and set of trainers at the Lincoln CrossFit box (Cole, Jeremy, Kelsey Phil and Tanya) and staying with it on my own have led to the best fitness base in my adult life.

Stage 3 involved extending a wonderful speed group of like minded, er like age, friends to a group of Freaky Fast Runners I had no business trying to chase.  From June until present, this group has been an evolving network of fast people who have fun.  Not quite the same every time, but always putting the hammer down for speed, hills or a Saturday run.  Love you all!

So what does this mean?  Big deal?

I’ve been blessed to achieve 15 year PR’s in 5 mile, 15k and marathon races.  This has been my best year of racing since 1996-98.  There’s been some learning curve and minor injuries: a hamstring pull in late May from performing too many deadlifts a day before a 5 mile race and calf pull in July as my body adapted to move towards a “pose” esque running style, lots of hills, etc. From beginning to end – I’ve been pleasantly surprised or more apropos, shocked!

While a 3 hour 30 minute marathon for Boston or a Full Ironman triathlon are not a sure thing, I can at least place those in the realm of possibility.  I’ve been able to shave 24 minutes off my aerobicly training injected marathons of 2009, and now have only 37 minutes to go.  The table below lists the results for marathons.

I’ve also cut 15lbs, from 176 to 161, increased muscle strength and burst across a variety of tests.  My “vitamin I” (ibuprofen) fix has been cut dramatically (not pounding the body and actually strengthening muscles, ligaments and connective tissue).  I am to do things I didn’t image possible – a kipping pull up, jumping up with confidence to a 8′ pull up bar height, over 250lbs for deadlift, 40 unbroken knees to elbows. This still a ton of other goals to still drive me; for example, why not try to attain the Navy Seal standard for 40-50 age males?

More distinctions:

  • In 2010 I will run 66% the amount of running miles compared to 2009  (1,000 to 1,500) with the same biking and swim miles.  Total aerobic miles will nudge 1,550 to 1,600 versus 2,000 in 2010.  New aerobic miles have been introduced through rowing.
  • In 2010 that 66% running miles will have been done at much more efficient and faster pace.
  • In 2010 my anaerobic training (CrossFit) will reach 140 Workouts Of the Day (WODs), not including the aerobic oriented WOD’s.  Overall training hours will be the same as 2009.
Marathon State Date Place Overall Place % Pace Time PR +/-
Route 66 Marathon – Tulsa
Marathon
OK 11/21/2010 422/1648 25.61% 9:27 4:07:55 P.R.
Lincoln National Guard Marathon & Half-marathon 2010 – Run -Marathon NE 5/2/2010 667/1154 57.80% 9:51 4:18:29 +10:34
Brookings Marathon – RUN – Marathon SD 5/15/2010 119/203 58.62% 10:02 4:22:57 +15:02
Lincoln Marathon – Run :: 26.2Mi NE 5/4/2003 523/785 66.62% 10:02 4:23:14 +15:19
Siouxland Marathon And Half Marathon – Marathon SD 10/20/2007 107/166 64.46% 10:07 4:25:11 +17:16
Scheels And Adidas Fargo Marathon, Half-Marathon & 5K – Marathon ND 5/19/2007 819/1191 74.81% 10:18 4:30:02 +22:07
IMT Des Moines Marathon 2009 – Run*Marathon IA 10/18/2009 922/1374 67.10% 10:21 4:31:27 +23:32
Lincoln National Guard Marathon & Half Marathon 2009 – Run -Marathon NE 5/3/2009 768/1142 67.25% 10:26 4:33:23 +25:28
Go! St. Louis Marathon & Half Marathon 2008 – Run-Marathon MO 4/6/2008 1106/1617 68.40% 10:36 4:38:00 +30:05
Lincoln Marathon 2006 – RUN – MARATHON NE 5/7/2006 775/959 80.81% 10:44 4:41:28 +33:33
11Th Annual Gobbler Grind Marathon,Half-Marathon, 5K & Marathon Relay – 26.2Mi Run KS 11/18/2007 175/244 71.72% 10:54 4:45:46 +37:51
Oklahoma Marathon 2003 OK 11/22/2003 205/308 66.56% 10:57 4:47:15 +39:20
Medtronic Twin Cities Marathon & Medtronic Tc 10 Mile 2008 – Run-Marathon MN 10/5/2008 6172/7967 77.47% 11:04 4:50:09 +42:14
Pensacola Marathon And Half Marathon – Marathon FL 2/17/2008 175/263 66.54% 11:09 4:52:24 +44:29
Community First Fox Cities Marathon WI 9/24/2006 510/706 70.96% 11:13 4:54:10 +46:15
Pikes Peak Marathon 2007 CO 8/19/2007 551/773 71.28% 18:28 8:04:03 +3:56:08
Pikes Peak Ascent 2009 – Marathon CO 8/15/2009 668/711 78.48% 21:31 9:23:49 +5:15:54
Lincoln National Guard Marathon – 1995 NE 5/1/1995 NA NA 9:38 4:12:22 +4:27
Lincoln National Guard Marathon – 1994 NE 5/1/1994 NA NA 9:03 3:57:11 -10:44
Lincoln National Guard Marathon – 1996 NE 5/1/1996 NA NA 8:59 3:55:36 -12:19

Sugar Supresses Immune System | Mark’s Daily Apple

Been studying about nutrition and slowly transforming my family’s lives since October 2009.  There’s a two prong purpose: 1) eat as healthful and simply as possible and 2) save money by avoiding fast food and excess.  I’m not a strong advocate of mixes, shakes, recovery drinks – they do have their place.  I personally trend toward whole, non processed foods along a Zone, Paleo line.  Carbs do have their place – so sorting through all of that.

This is a good article in one of the areas I’ve needed improvement – raising HDL – the good cholestoral.  My tendency toward sweets and rationalization of ability to burn off through triathlon pursuits, have trended toward a balance of 1) overall low cholestoral BUT 2) not enough HDL.  Am setting a cholesterol check in mid April to see what impact better nutrition has made.

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