Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Today, Chocolate Is the Answer

Today I went for a run, my first since Saturday's half marathon. I had been feeling some achiness in my left butt cheek since the race. Why always the left? Is it kind of like how a guy always hangs to the left that I always have issues on my left side? I’m sure it’s related to some imbalance or leg discrepancy. Maybe my left breast is bigger (it’s a full 34-A instead of a 34-barely-A like my right one). That big boob probably pulls me down and makes me lopsided. All .5 ounces of it.

Anyway, the plan was seven miles. I only did six. My ass hurt the whole stinking time. I was bummed. I will take a week off of running and see where that gets me. I will not spend another October/November/December injured like I have for the past two years. I am reminded that our bodies have feelings too and need to be stroked every once in awhile (TWSS).

Plain and simple, an achy ass and the thought of not running for a week depressed me enough to do what any ass-hurting runner would do: Head to the kitchen to make something with chocolate.

Mississippi Mud Pie. That’s right. Chocolaty cake/brownie goodness with marshmallows then more chocolate and fat drizzled on the top for good measure.

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I know you’re not supposed to use food as comfort (Oprah taught me that), but I think that’s stupid and should be re-evaluated. Sometimes food is meant to be used to make you feel better. It is better than crack or meth. The thing is, I don’t do it all the time. 98% of the time I am all about whole grains and broccoli and tofu. But, a girl has to do what a girl has to do.

Hi, my name is Beth and I use cake, wine, cheese popcorn and Cinnamon Toast Crunch right out of the box to make me feel better. I am human and I burn about 90,000 calories a week. I am not apologizing. I am coping.

Just in case you are coping with something, here is the recipe. I did not take the short cut, just for the record. And, I used margarine (gasp!) because I love trans fats:

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Do you ever use food to cope? What are your comfort foods?

SUAR

48 comments:

  1. AMEN TO THAT. A big fat bowl of ice cream...topped with sprinkes AND whipped cream makes me grin like a small child. Never fails to make me feel better!

    I hope your butt gets better. At least your race(s) were last weekend(s). I also am injured post race...stress fracture in my foot :( SO STOOPID!

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  2. Mmm, I love margarine. If that's wrong, I don't want to be right!

    Sorry for the butt pain. :( I hope the week off running (and lots of chocolate) does the trick. FX!

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  3. I hope your week off helps!
    Yes-food was meant to help make us happy. And I am all for it! Sorry-Oprah is wrong. (of course there is an unhealthy level to that, like everything else, blah, blah) After a craptastic evening yesterday which was made that much worse by missing my run, I found myself fighting the PMS demon on top of everything else and turned to chocolate chocolate chip cookie dough. Yes, that is two chocolates-chocolate dough + chocolate chips. I actually got up out of bed at 10:00 to make it. And then returned to bed with a bowl of dough. Yes, it helped. Though I think it may have sacred my husband just a little....

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  4. Boo to the butt. Good girl for letting it rest.

    If I used food for comfort, there'd be a seriously large ass to tote around Md. I have enough trouble keeping weight off even when eating healthfully. That said, I would love to dive into that mud pie right now!

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  5. I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE your blog!!! You always put a smile on my face! I LOVE you for that and I'm not gay either! *hehe*

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  6. Awe sore butt.. sorry! Food, yes sometimes I like to eat to make me feel better. For me for the most part it's not a prb as I don't really crave sweets. I think that Mudd Pie is just the ticket you needed!

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  7. I will take a piece, please! Some chocolate for the aching butt might be the answer!

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  8. Sore butts suck. I've been dealing with that for over a year now. High hamstring tendonitis. Boo!! Anyway, since you didn't ask whether my butt hurt, my food fix is usually frozen yogurt. I mean, technically, it's frozen YOGURT. Good for you, right? So what if I eat a LARGE cup and it's covered in crushed oreos?

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  9. Lucky Charms, right out of the box too! I pick out all the "charms" and leave the marginally healthy bits for the kids. I've been known to eat every pink heart, blue diamond, green clovers, rainbows, and whatever else is in there in attempts to cure whatever is ailing me...works like a "charm"!
    ANNND, since I'm actually from Mississippi, I now feel the need to duplicate your creation to boost state morale around here!

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  10. Too right about comfort food. There's a time and a place for mud pie...
    Hope the pain subsides quickly. Maybe some tennis ball rolling massage?

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  11. I am sitting here eating chocolate chips as I read this, so i would have to agree that sometimes chocolate is the answer. LOVE this stuff!

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  12. I really love a good treat every now and then...like almost EVERY NIGHT when I eat ice cream (it's churned! = less calories = I can eat more of it!)...sometimes I opt for cereal when I'm feeling like being healthy. Your Mississippi Mud Cake looks delicious! Here's a recipe that I made that will definitely hit the spot and the cause a subsequent coma (TWSS?!?) http://therunningcook.blogspot.com/2011/08/foodie-friday-oreo-peanut-ice-cream.html

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  13. Peanut butter Captain Crunch out of the box. It's peanut butter, right?!

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  14. I'm using food to cope with an injury right this minute! Can you say HEATH BLIZZARD????

    Jamie in Arkansas :)

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  15. I hope your rear feels better soon!

    Thanks for the recipe. I am bad with eating junk food too. I LOVE Graeters Ice Cream, it is SOOO good. m&ms sneak up on me too. I am trying to be "off" of them for 2 weeks, so far so good, but I made muffins last night, so I am not sure which was worse.

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  16. Ben and Jerry's Half Baked with lots of caramel added on top. I am so cliche!

    Way to take some time off. Being injured sucks!

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  17. ahh food for coping...yea far, far to often... but that cake...that looks fabulous!

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  18. I read this while eating a chocolate brownie cake pop with sprinkles.

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  19. Eating only healthy stuff can leave a person lopsided for sure. Hope the chocolate sets you straight. :-)

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  20. THAT LOOKS AWESOME.

    Hope that butt is feeling better ASAP.

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  21. Red wine, anything chocolate, peanut butter Captain Crunch (never in the morning...only at night!), chips & guac, cold beer, frozen custard turtle...there unfortulately are more...
    REST is training...you know that!! Then you will be balanced:)

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  22. I am cracking up right now. Your post was too funny! Nothing better than a chocolate pick-me-up!

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  23. I would have to agree on something chocolate with nuts of course.

    Hope your butt is better soon. Good choice to not push it.

    Heck as we get older things just dont bounce back like they use to. DARN IT.

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  24. Don't use food to cope but that is because everyday I have a nut butter and jelly sandwich. That is my comfort food and makes me feel 8 all over again.

    But if you deny yourself that mud pie you will end up gorging on something truly awful so eat that pie and enjoy it.

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  25. Use "The Stick" to roll the muscle -helped me a lot.

    Deb

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  26. I use red wine to cope. Living here in Spain makes that pretty easy. I can just stop in at the gas station and get a Gran Reserva for a couple o bucks (or euros, in this case). I call it Recoverade, lol

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  27. Amen, Sista!

    I use food to cope too, but not 100% of the time or I'd be on the Biggest Loser.

    We like to play a game here at work called "Would you rather?" but our version is not very tasteful. Just yesterday we had a good one, "Would you rather be sent to live in a shack in the middle of nowhere or wake up tomorrow 100 lbs heavier, overnight!" I chose the shack.

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  28. I've been having random ass pain lately too! Must mean I am not getting enough MMP in my diet...

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  29. Way to listen to your ass! And, I want to dive into that MS mud cake!

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  30. I LOVE making crepes and then filling them with Nutella...hell, I actually just love eating it straight out of the jar with a spoon. Doesn't really matter if I need comfort food or not! :)

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  31. Oh my god, I just did my humpastry post about chocolate! It's all about the chocolate!!
    Of course I use food to make me feel better sometimes! Who doesn't??

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  32. biscuit dough rolled thin, then sprinkle sugar and cinnamon, roll up, put a little bit of colored sugar on top (ok a lot) bake at 425 for 8-10 minutes, and eat while hot.

    Brings back memories of a different time and soothes the tummy.

    H

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  33. Really, any carbs will do. I have a very yummy scone recipe that I love.

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  34. Hi, My name is Jill and I was once a runner. I got injured and used lots of chocolate to help heal the depression....and make my ass larger.

    Between you and Aimee, I am absolutely drooling all over my keyboard...whaaa!

    I had butt pain - on my right side - for a very long time (on and off for about 8 months). Coincidentally, it's the same side as my bad heel....and when I had my muscles tested for imbalances, my right glute was weaker than then left. *ding ding ding*. I now get to do lots of muscle strenthening on that right glute...and I think it's making a big different. We'll see once I ever get to ramp up the mileage.

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  35. Hi my name is Elizabeth and I use food, exercise, alcohol, sex, and prayer to cope with emotional difficulty. It's all good. No worries. I think you balance it all out pretty well.

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  36. Totally have the same left side injury and pain issue. I always thought it was odd since I am not left handed (if that makes sense). I started having the left ass issue Over a year ago, finally went to sports dr, kInda the poraformis, my hips and surrounding muscles are weak. Dr has me doing lots of squats. I still run just ignore the pain till it's horrific.

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  37. I often lose myself in a family size bag of potato chips. I look great with braces and an empty bag of puffed cheetos. Makes for good snacking later when sucking it out of my braces.

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  38. Chocolate is always the answer...

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  39. What was the question? I was too busy thinking about chocolate to listen.

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  40. Yep, I definitely turn to food during my times of need. I'm more of a salty person than a sweet one these days, so my go-to comfort food is a bag of Trader Joe's Plantain Chips. They are awesome right out of the bag, but even tastier served with guacamole...

    Hope that butt feels better soon!

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  41. Whaddya mean "Today" chocolate is the answer? That's heresy. Outright screaming heresy. You should be ashamed of yourself, SUAR! Everybody, especially women, know that chocolate is ALWAYS the answer. Especially when men are involved, or were only involved for a couple minutes.

    One leg might be longer than the other. Or, your butt isn't being massaged enough. Get hubby on the job, and make him show the love.

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  42. Nachos made with cheddar cheese...mmmmm, horrible, fattening comfort...and I eat the whole plate and hate when my wife comes out of no where and says "mmm, nochos, can I have some?". "Um, f**k no!" on the inside..."yeah, go ahead..." is what usually comes out.
    Sorry you're bummed about your bum. Look for some hammy/ butt stretches that might help. Rest and ice sound great, too!

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  43. Wow! I just did this yesterday. I have been feeling a little verklempt these last couple of days with some personal stuff. Plus, my work got super busy and I just marched my ass down to the little store and bought me some Reeses Pieces. I didn't care. I cared about the animal crackers and Fig Newtons, but not about the RP. I ate them and they were great.

    So, yes, around my period time and I"m frustrated and stress, I need chocolate. I'm not going to apologize for it. If I didn't get my chocolate, there would be a mass killing or something. Just saying.

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  44. I'm SO making these tonight - thank you! Butt pain is the worst. I struggle w/ it too - lots of time on the foam roller and sitting on tennis balls (don't judge!) seems to have helped it!

    I hope that entire pan is gone by the end of today ;)

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  45. I am all for the food as comfort, as you said when it is on occasion. Food = nurturing and chocolate doubles that factor. My only rule is it has to be GOOD quality chocolate.
    Hope your stupid left ass feels better soon.

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  46. Frozen chocolate chips. Oh, and animal crackers. Yum! (And, when is chocolate NOT the answer??? No matter what the question - chocolate is an appropriate answer!)

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  47. "If time is short and cravings abound" ??!!! Heck, time is always short and cravings are always abounding or rebounding! I think I have to go and make this right NOW!

    Look after that butt. You'll need it for sitting on for a few more years.

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