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Before I get into the rest of the day’s post-Half Marathon eats, can I just say how totally awesome the blogging community is?  Really! Your kind words of encouragement definitely kept me going during the race, and it’s so nice to hear that my experiences motivate you–because I read YOUR blogs (if you have one!) or comments and I get motivated as well! 


Basically, you all ROCK.  I hope we can all meet one day.  Maybe I should organize a blogger conference?! How AWESOME would that be!


Today’s Eats


Enough of the mushy stuff. Let’s be frank…. I wanted to STUFF MY FACE all day long.  Every hour or so, I would announce to my mom, "I am hungry… AGAIN!" and she would just laugh and throw up her hands. 


After my morning post, I took a nap (I dreamt about RUNNING, of course).  I woke up after an hour STARVING and immediately reached for a Chocolate Brownie Z-Bar.


I love Z-Bars.  I want to marry a Z-Bar and become Mrs. Caitlin Z-Bar.


I met up with my mom and some family friends for a day of relaxation and fun.  We basically just hung out and chatted.  Around 3:30, we went to the Golden Corral Buffet.


Now, buffets typically freak me out because portion control is so difficult–I want to get my money’s worth and have the urge to fill up my plate! So, I developed my "buffet game plan" before I walked in… I knew I needed (1) protein; (2) carbs; and (3) VEGETABLES.   I also planned on doing a walk-through of the buffet before picking out my food.


I got a side salad with veggies and fruit….


And I had a "southern dinner" from the hot bar.


Clockwise from the top:  roasted chicken (I ate 3/4), steamed veggies in gravy; black-eyed peas; stuffing; and a slice of cornbread.


I was pretty excited for the dessert buffet because I love soft-serve ice cream, but the machine was broken and the other desserts didn’t look too appealing.


After some more socializing and sightseeing, we stopped at Starbucks for drinks.  I was HUNGRY (again) and thought it would be a perfect time to try the new Starbucks Oatmeal.


The verdict?  The mix-ins were AWESOME (I had brown sugar + dried mixed fruit) and the oatmeal was creamy and delicious! I would DEFINITELY get this again, say if I was on a road trip or something.  Way to go, Starbucks!


I also had an espresso.  πŸ™‚


I was writing this post, I realized my stomach was still growling.  Even though I felt like I had been eating ALL day, I sat down and totaled my calorie intake. I’ve consumed about 2,645 calories.  Adding my non-workout calorie burn (1,800) plus the calories I burned during my race (1,230), I am about 385 calories short–MINIMUM.


This is why it is important to calorie count on hard workout days.  I certainly don’t want to lose body fat OR muscle.  So, I’m off to raid the vending machine, my food stash, and/or a nearby restaurant and get some more food in my belly! πŸ™‚


Do any of you use calorie counting to make sure you’ve eaten ENOUGH?


Have a wonderful night! I’ve got a long drive back to Orlando tonight, so I’ll see you around lunch!



  • VeggieGirl October 4, 2008, 7:28 pm

    Oh my, a blogger conference would be SO MUCH FUN!! :0)

    You want to marry the z-bar?? I don’t think your fiancé would be too happy about that, haha ;0)

    “Do any of you use calorie counting to make sure you’ve eaten ENOUGH?”

    Yes I do, since I need lots of fuel for dance and don’t always have the appetite for it – so I have to be extra careful about nourishing myself properly.

  • Meg October 4, 2008, 7:35 pm

    I would love to meet all my blogging friends!

    I need to try that oatmeal from Starbucks!

    I do use calorie counting to make sure I eat enough when I do heavy workouts!

  • Meghann October 4, 2008, 7:36 pm

    I think you should organize a blog conference. I can help! Since my real job is basically organizing a huge conference at the moment!

    I get what you mean about wanting to eat. After the 15 last weekend I was a nonstop hunger machine!

    A picnic sounds great!!!!! i can’t wait to hear from you and get all the behind scenes scoop from the weekend!

    • Heather May 13, 2010, 10:27 am

      i love that right her you say that you guys should organize a blogger conference together πŸ™‚ dreams come true part two? πŸ˜‰ ha.

  • chandra October 4, 2008, 8:03 pm

    I definitely use my calorie counts to make sure I’m eating enough. Training to run distance yet lose weight at the same time can be very tricky. I love having my bodybugg to tell me my daily calorie output so I know I’m getting enough calories in to reach all of my current goals!!

    I have family in St. Pete, so if I ever make it to Florida again we’re meeting up for sure. πŸ™‚

    Oh – and, the first time I ate a clif bar I stated, “I don’t know who this clif guy is, but I think I’m going to marry him.” LOL

  • Simple and Divine October 4, 2008, 8:42 pm

    You’re so presh. I’M HUNGRY! Haha… love it.

    BLOGGER CONFERENCE?! Oh please oh please oh please on cheese!! (with rice? I’m lame.)

    I’ve never used Calorie Counting for anything, lol. Maybe if I were really bored? haha. But I can see why YOU would need to! You’re a RUNNA πŸ˜‰

  • hk October 5, 2008, 4:35 am

    good for you, you’re awesome πŸ™‚ and i’m the same way after a big run, FEED ME πŸ™‚

  • HangryPants October 5, 2008, 4:54 am

    “I want to marry a Z-Bar and become Mrs. Caitlin Z-Bar.”

    That’s awesome. Me too!

    It’s good to know you were starving all day. I was really wondering about that when I saw all the cals burned.

    I hope one day I can meet all my blogging buds!

  • Justine October 5, 2008, 5:50 am

    I used to calorie count but stopped a while back. I haven’t really calorie counted to make sure I’ve eaten enough. I guess sometimes I’ll try to do a rough estimate if it seems like I haven’t eaten enough, but usually I’ve eaten plenty πŸ˜‰

  • whatiateyesterday October 5, 2008, 6:00 am

    A blogger conference = super fun!

  • ChickPea October 5, 2008, 6:56 am

    I most assuredly count calories for that very reason–I can’t trust myself to listen to my body enough to eat intuitively. I am not in the position to need weight loss, so counting calories is a must for me.

  • Tia October 5, 2008, 7:13 am

    I agree a conference in sunny Florida sounds like a blast. I feel the same way about the z-bars, especially since I found the blueberry and smore flavors. I used to count calories but it got to be sort of a trap so I am trying to listen to my body more. However, that is tricky as well since I apparently lose a tiny bit that way. Maybe on bigger workout days I should try this.

  • Jim October 5, 2008, 8:14 am

    How do you count how many calories you’ve burned on a run? Is it an estimate or do you know for certain somehow?

    I’m a ballet Dancer and I’m counting what calories I’m eating, but I have no idea how to count the calories I burn when I dance. Do you have any suggestions? We’ve been performing a lot, and I’ve been told to put on some weight, so I’m trying to make sure I get enough nutrients in for the day.

  • Caitlin (see bride run) October 5, 2008, 8:42 am

    chandra – i may MUY jealous of your body bugg! i wish i had one.

    jim – i have a heart rate monitor that tells me my calorie count. you could invest in one and wear it during dance class. i love mine!! it’s a great training tool.

  • Jen (Running with Food) October 5, 2008, 1:57 pm

    Dear Mrs. Caitlin Z-Bar,
    You totally crack me up! Thanks for the laugh! πŸ™‚

  • shawna October 6, 2008, 10:17 am

    Yum, I can’t wait to try the Starbuck’s oatmeal. I have a giftcard for a free one. Some day when I’m out and about.

    Do I count calories to make sure I’ve eaten ENOUGH?

    Yes and no. Since I’m trying to lose weight right now, I track calories, but I’m rarely in the “not enough” for the day category. I do track my nutrients, though, to make sure I’m getting enough with the low calories I’m consuming.

  • Anonymous October 6, 2008, 6:55 pm

    How did you find out that you burn 1800 cals on nonworkout days? that would be great to know:)

  • Caitlin October 6, 2008, 7:01 pm

    Anon –

    There are two ways to find out your “maintenance calorie intake,” or how many calories you should eat each day to maintain your current weight.

    One way is to use an online calculator. Here is a good base:


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    However, when I use this calculator, it says that 1625 is my “base” calories. I think this is a little low! So I would add a hundred or so calories to whatever Calorie King tells you.

    The second way I calculated my maintenance calories is I kept a very, very, very detailed nutrition tracker for three months. I tracked calories, fat grams, protein, sodium, carbs, EVERYTHING! I did it for fun. πŸ™‚ Through this process, I discovered 1800 was the “magic number” for me.

  • Heather May 13, 2010, 10:24 am

    this is my comment before i even get to the third paragraph of your post bc its too awesome not to mention:

    “Basically, you all ROCK. I hope we can all meet one day. Maybe I should organize a blogger conference?! How AWESOME would that be!”

    πŸ™‚ ahem.

    you are such an awesome dream chaser/goal meeter/motivational woman of wonders!

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