To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment. - Ralph Waldo Emerson

Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Did you say cake?!?!?

I have not had a single sip of diet coke in 3 days... but, who is counting?!?

Before the legions of you pass out, let me explain why in the world I would do that. In 95 days (but, again, who is counting)... I am going to run the Chicago marathon with my dear friend Seth. (P.S. Seth are you training yet!?! You better be! I am totally counting on you!!!) And, I am pretty sure that this will be my final marathon. (But, I think I have said that twice now, so you never know!)

Anywhoooooo... since this *may* be the grand finale race for me. I REALLY REALLY REALLY want to run it under 4 hours... which is not easy for me. Thus, I feel the need to be in tip top shape! I even ALMOST got talked into doing a cleanse (that's how serious I am about this). Luckily my gag reflex would not allow me to drink flax seed meal or fish oil, so I opted out and have been eating a lot of sugarfree popsicles instead!

But, I HAVE decided that for the duration of this 95 (+3 =98) days, I will not drink any coke, nor will I eat any candy or cake (or any other sweets basically). This tactic is supposed to decrease the amount of friction I have to deal with! Rick Roberts is calling it the "aerodynamic diet." I like it! (The name, not so much the diet.) We all know I have some crazy love for anything with the word diet in it (but, I only have that love for about 5 days)!

So, anyway... this is what happened in my office today, I walked into Jackie's office with a 1.5L bottle of PLAIN OLE' REGULAR NO-GOOD WATER and had a very sorry looking expression on my face...

Ali: Jackie, at what point do you get any sort of praise if you're an alcoholic?"
Jackie: Why? Who? What are we talking about? Who is an alcoholic? She starts naming some people!
Ali: No. That's not what I am talking about. I mean, like when you're an alcoholic and you abstain from drinking, don't they give you like some sort of a coin or something?
Jackie: Oh, you mean because you're not drinking coke anymore, you think you need a coin?
Ali: Yea, kind of.
Jackie: Well, I think there are all sorts of milestones, like 30 days, and 60 days and 90 days or something. But, the best part is, I think they have a ceremony. And, I am pretty sure they always serve cake!

That ALMOST makes this bearable... almost!


Robynn said...

hahaha! It's a good thing I don't even like cake I guess. And carbonation isn't good for me. So how am I so fat anyways?!?! Who knows.

Sandra Nixon said...

Hey, i love your posts. Are you coming to the brinkerhoff reunion? I am dying to see you again!

Ali B. said...

I will be there! I wouldn't miss it! I can' wait to see you also!