Getting Excited… Getting Nervous…

After getting and sharing the big news yesterday that I’m going to appear on “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” next week, I thought that last night I wouldn’t be able to sleep a wink, but, sure enough, I did.  I didn’t even have any dreams about falling on my face or tripping down the stairs, like I thought I might, either!  There’s plenty of time to not sleep and have nightmares, though – I have 4 more evenings to navigate before I tape the show next Monday.  (My appearance, with Richard Simmons, airs next Tuesday, January 11 – go to to find out when it airs in your area.)

A little later today, I’m heading to the mall to find the perfect outfit for national daytime television.  I’m gonna find me something hot!

In the meantime, I thought I’d catch you all up on a couple other things from the past couple days:

1) Running: On Tuesday, I went running for the first time since November 28 – over a month ago!  I didn’t run in Michigan, because it was too cold, and I have yet to run on a treadmill, mostly because I like running as an excuse to be outside… If I don’t do the occasional outdoor workout, I’d never be outdoors.  About 10 minutes into the run, I was already tired.  It sure felt like my first run in over a month.  Perhaps it was wishful thinking to assume that despite a break from running, I’d be able to keep up the pace and endurance I had when I was running every week in the fall.  But I couldn’t.  This run was much more difficult.  After 20 minutes in, I decided to go for 10 more minutes and call it a day after 30 minutes even.  I caught a brief second wind a few minutes before I finished, and pushed myself from 30 minutes to 34 minutes.  Add on about 8 minutes of warm-up and 8 minutes of cool down before and after the run, and I was on the streets for 50 minutes total.  During the 34 minutes I was actually running, I went 3 miles even.   Time to update the chart:

  • 9/21/10: Distance: 3.1 miles.  Time: 41 minutes.  MPH: 4.53
  • 9/27/10: Distance: 3.3 miles.  Time: 45 minutes.  MPH: 4.4
  • 10/5/10: Distance: 3.2 miles.  Time: 40 minutes.  MPH: 4.8
  • 10/12/10: Distance: 3.8 miles.  Forgot to note time and MPH
  • 10/16/10: Distance: 2.9 miles.  Forgot to note time and MPH
  • 11/1/10: Distance: 3.1 miles.  Time: 36 minutes.  MPH: 5.16
  • 11/6/10: Distance: 5.1 miles. Time: 60 minutes.  MPH: 5.1
  • 11/14/10: Distance: 3.9 miles. Time: 45 minutes.  MPH: 5.2
  • 11/28/10: Distance: 4.2 miles. Time: 46 minutes.  MPH: 5.47
  • 1/4/11: Distance: 3.0 miles. Time: 34 minutes.  MPH: 5.3

It sure didn’t seem like 5.3 mph, it seemed a lot slower.  But I’m not gonna argue with my math!

2) Craving: I developed a craving over the past week, and, yesterday, I decided to indulge.  Here’s the full story:

When we were in Mexico last week, there was a Dairy Queen a block away from our hotel.  We called it Reina de Leche.  While I’ve had Dairy Queen before, it’s never been a huge part of my life, or a huge temptation.  If there are Dairy Queens in my neighborhood, I don’t even know where they are.  But as the week in Mexico passed, I found myself thinking more and more how much I wanted a Dairy Queen – a Blizzard, to be more specific.  I talked about it with the family and friends I was in Mexico with, and ended up going the whole week without ever getting one.

Normally, when I get a craving, I like to sleep on it for at least one night.  A lot of times, the craving goes away.  Every once and a while, though, it doesn’t, and then I try to figure how I can indulge in the craving without falling too far off the wagon.  I was hoping the Dairy Queen craving would dissipate once I left Mexico and stopped walking past it 4 times a day, and yet, when I got home, it didn’t.  For three days, I caught my mind wandering, thinking how good a Dairy Queen would taste… how much I would enjoy it… how I need to go get one right now.

On the fourth day, I decided it was time to act on the craving before it drove me crazy.  But how?  I didn’t want to buy ice cream at the supermarket, because I didn’t want leftovers in my freezer, and I’d end up eating more than I wanted to.  Since I don’t know where the closest Dairy Queen is located, I decided to stop by one of their competitors, a store that’s convenient located a 1/2 mile from me:  Baskin Robbins.

I ended up leaving Baskin Robbins with two scoops, in a cup:

The more colorful scoop on the bottom is their Wild ‘N’ Reckless Sherbet, a mix of green apple, blue raspberry, and fruit punch.  According to the nutrition info on their website, one scoop is 160 calories.  The yellow scoop on top is their Daiquiri Ice.  According to the nutrition info for this flavor, one scoop is 80 calories, but the Daiquiri Ice on their website isn’t the same as the Daiquiri Ice I purchased.  The website version is lime green, but mine was yellow, and the store signage listed calories as 140.  I’ll stick to the store signage – and, added together, I conquered my craving with a 300 calorie treat.  I ate it slowly and enjoyed it, too – and the craving was gone!

Keep it up, David!

11 Responses to Getting Excited… Getting Nervous…

  1. Mary McManus says:

    How wonderful you will be able to share your story and inspire others with your journey!

  2. Tracy says:

    I have been out of sorts lately and not doing my regular blog reading. Look at how much I missed! How exciting. I will look forward to hearing your actual voice instead of just your pretend voice in my head. I do not normally watch Ellen (though I think she is wonderful! Seems so genuine) but you know I won’t miss this episode!

  3. Lauren Herrel says:

    WOOO!! David I am so excited to watch you on Ellen! Don’t be nervous, just show the world how amazing you are! (and look!)

  4. Laura B. says:

    You are going to be fantastic! I can’t wait to see what you decide to wear. 🙂 Oh, and I’ve had the BR Daiquiri Ice and it was green (and awful)…. I’m glad to hear that your yellow version was good!

    • David says:

      I’m starting to think maybe my store just mislabeled their daiquiri ice, and I had some other sort of ice. But sounds like I’m the winner if the actual green daiquiri ice is awful…

  5. Ashley says:


    Congrats on your continued success, way to handle your temptation, food cravings are so rough especially if its something you’ve struggled with for so long. Great job and way to go!! Keep up the great work and can’t wait to see you on Ellen:)

  6. steven says:

    Re: sexy outfit, can I recommend short-shorts and a sequined tank top?

  7. Adam B says:

    Looks like some scientific validation for your craving strategy to postpone and then indulge if you have to:

    What is the best way to fight food cravings? Many studies have shown that the more subjects try to restrict a food, the more they may crave it. So some experts suggest embracing and controlling the urge instead.


    Dr. Peeke suggests setting a timer for 30 minutes whenever a craving comes on. Busy yourself with something else until the timer goes off. The craving may have passed. “If you can at least delay eating the craved food, you can weaken the habitual response,” agrees Dr. Pelchat.

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