Treadmill Games

by DanicasDaily on March 31, 2010

Happy Hump Day all!  Do you ever play games with yourself on the treadmill to make the time fly by?  When I run outside time flies by, I don’t think to look at my Garmin until about .25-.50 of a mile.  However, on the treadmill, I pretty much look after like .10 of a mile! LOL.  I pretty much need ALL the distractions I can think of on the treadmill ~ the radio, the TV, water, a towel…and if there was anything else I could think of, I am sure I’d use it too.

Sometimes I have a scheduled, planned workout ~ High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT), a certain distance or intervals and sometimes, I play TREADMILL GAMES like today.  I will randomly change the speed and grade every 30-60 seconds.  I let the MUSIC drive my workout.  On fast songs I’ll crank it up to 6.0 or 7.0 mph and go up or down .1 each minute or I’ll do the same with grades keeping a steady pace.  It really helps to play this game in my mind because I am so focused on just getting to the end of the minute, not how long I am on the treadmill.  Make sense?? :)

I was feeling a little flustered after my Weight Watcher Meeting today because I gained .2 lbs when my scale said ALL WEEK I was down 2 lbs.  I was tempted to sit on the couch with cheesy TV and pout, but, I asked myself what would make me feel better? I took my aggression to the treadmill and spent a nice 44 minutes playing treadmill games.  It made me feel AWESOME.

Today’s eats were ALL about eating what I craved.  I woke up craving Whole Wheat Sour Dough with my Crunchy Nut Barn Almond Butter. (4 pts)


I almost always crave fruit in the AM and it helps me check off those little fruit/veggie boxes ~ a banana & 2 cuties (2 pts).


I am pretty sure you all know I can’t STOP craving Black Pepper Triscuits & Alouette Savory Vegetable Cheese (4 pts).


I have been CRAVING sushi for like 2 months now! I decided to satisfy that craving today with a FANTASTIC Hawaiian Roll ~ Ahi Tuna, Cucumbers, AVOCADO, Tobiko, Spicy Wasabi and Spicy Srirachi!  I downed 9 out of the 12 pieces (in like 2.8 seconds!) so I could save room (5 pts)


For craving #2 ~ AVOCADO spring rolls!  I had one of these babies ~ cucumbers, celery, pickled ginger, romaine, lettuce, AVOCADO, wrapped in a rice paper.  I LOVE the spicy chili sauce they give you for dipping them in. (2 pts for 1/2)


I picked up the cupcakes for our work party at Sift Cupcakery ~ how cute is the street they are on….Main Street in Downtown Napa, Ca.


I LOVE these little pink chairs & yellow table.


They made up a HUGE assortment of cupcakes for our party x’s 4!


All of them have super cute names!


I am super proud of myself because I resisted devouring the ENTIRE cupcake.  I cut it in 1/2 and saved the other half for my better half ~ The Husband!!! I knew he would LOVE it and I wanted to share.  I think this might be my new favorite flavor over the snickerdoodle!


Do you all remember how I told you my meal plan was subject to change?  Well, tonight it changed :D  I couldn’t resist making up stuff to make Spicy BBQ Chicken Quesadillas when I was at Trader Joe’s.


I am not sure I really get the title of this Guacamole ~ Avocado’s Number Guacamole ~ what does that mean?! LOL I think they missed the #1…just sayin’


FANTASTIC ingredient list – nothing funky added.  Probably my favorite premade guacamole.


The Smoky BBQ Chicken Stats ~ the chicken is pre-cooked and 3 pts a serving – not bad!


To make sure I got a true portion, I used my Eat Right Pro Precision Scale to measure out 151 grams.


My new FAVORITE cheese ~ 4 types of cheeses!!!


I could’ve gotten healthy low-carb tortillas, but, sometimes you just want a REAL flour tortilla.  I LOVE the stats on these (2 pts!)


I turned the broiler on and assembled my tostada starting with my tortilla, BBQ chicken (heated for 45 seconds), tomato & cilantro.


Then, I measured out 29 g of cheese.


Broiled for 2 minutes ~ it was so HOT the tortilla curled up :D!


Topped with a dallop of Avocado’s Number Guacamole! (8 pts)


Side salad with more Guacamole! (1 pt)


I used one of my favorite dressings.  It’s perfectly balanced with a nice lime flavor that is slightly sweet and not too tart.


I am pretty sure I’ve reviewed this before, but thought I’d share again.



Night all!

{ 15 comments… read them below or add one }

Nicole March 31, 2010 at 9:09 pm

Oh. My. Goodness. Those avocado spring rolls look like the most beautiful, crisp, fresh, delicious things I’ve ever seen!! I’ve got to get me some of those! or make them? I don’t know, they just look so refreshing!!

You’re awesome. Love your blog! :)


janetha March 31, 2010 at 9:48 pm

oh, D, i am the QUEEN of treadmill games! you gotta keep it interesting!! have some of that yummy bread tomorrow~ national sourdough bread day! YOU HAD SUSHI WITHOUT ME?! haha, i kid. but YUM! and i need to get that cheese, thanks for the stat info email :) XOX


Ada April 1, 2010 at 3:22 am

I think the name of the avocado brand is a play on “avogadros number” which is the number of molecules (6.02214X10^23) in one mole of a gas.


Katie @ Health for the Whole Self April 1, 2010 at 4:13 am

I think it’s awesome that you got some of your emotions out on the treadmill! I also play little games like that to help make running on the treadmill a tad more interesting. :)


Whitney April 1, 2010 at 4:21 am

your sushi looks awesome!!

I love Trader Joe’s avocado it taste SOOOOOO gooood. I have never tried their shredded chicken though. I also would like to try that lime salad dressing I am not sure if I have ever seen it.


Tina April 1, 2010 at 4:42 am

I always have to play games like that on the treadmill. The treadmill is not my friend. LOL Glad you took your aggressions there instead of the couch. And you have been getting in your workouts and eating healthily so that is all you can do. Be happy with how you are taking care of yourself. You are beautiful!


Kristin (Cook, Bake and Nibble) April 1, 2010 at 5:09 am

OKAY so I got your package yesterday and I LOVE it, and I LOVE you!! Thank you soooo much! I am so excited to try all the goodies!!!


Wow to the sushi
Wow to the cupcakes
Wow to that dinner!!

I play treadmill games, too- it’s why I much prefer running outside!!

See you after Easter!



Whitney @ Lettuce Love April 1, 2010 at 5:30 am

I need to be extremely distracted on the treadmill to make the time go by faster but when I run outside there is so much going on that I don’t need distractions. I need music, tv, other people at the gym to people watch, changing speeds and inclines to keep me sane on the treadmill :)

Btw, love those cupcakes!


tj April 1, 2010 at 7:54 am

You can keep the cupcakes if I can have one of those avocado spring rolls! WOW! I’ve never seen those!! YUM! I also wanna come for dinner….lol



Graze With Me April 1, 2010 at 7:57 am

There’s a restaurant in my town called Avogadro’s Number which is a spin of off the Avogadro constant.

I googled it and got: “Perrin originally proposed the name “Avogadro’s number” (N) to refer to the number of molecules in one gram-molecule of oxygen (exactly 32 grams of oxygen, according to the definitions of the period),[5] and this term is still widely used, especially in introductory works.[9] ”

Not the best pun for guacamole though!!

Love those quesadillas, thx for the recipe. Oh and the cupcakes? WOW.


paula April 1, 2010 at 9:00 am

Man o man…. what a great tostada. I absolutely love pepper jack cheese. Need to stock up on TJ items… I like the ingredients. Easy go to items. Thanks for sharing.. oh, and the spring rolls. Danica, now I want sushi…


BroccoliHut April 1, 2010 at 3:19 pm

My, what GORGEOUS avocado spring rolls!

Reply April 1, 2010 at 4:51 pm

What a great idea to work out your frustrations with exercise instead of food!

Lots of good food today as well! I love the little cuties they are so sweet.


Jessica Lee April 1, 2010 at 9:53 pm

Haha, I do the SAME thing with the treadmill. I start high and tick it down 0.1 every minute too! Then I start all over again. It seriously makes the time go by sooo much faster. I don’t have a watch and I hardly run with an ipod so I don’t have track of time or distance when i run outside. I just go. I love coming home and mapping out how far I ran. Its always more than expected :)


Sandy April 8, 2010 at 3:34 pm

The cup cakes look delicious – YUMMMYYYYY


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