December 6, 2010

Farewell, Madison... Hello, Fat Camp!

I'll be heading to the airport shortly to return to New York. I feel like it's been months since I've been home and am looking forward to plopping myself onto my dusty couch for a few nights. I think my cat Otis will be happy as well. These last couple of weeks have been a whirlwind... my incredible trip to Rome and a very fun, even if stressful, week with my family. All turned out well and I couldn't have asked for more.

In reflecting on Madison, I realized I consumed more crap in one week than I have in months. Here are some highlights:
  • An unbelievable burger made with short ribs and other delicious cuts of beef, fries, a shared charcuterie and cheese board and a couple glasses of wine at Graze, one of my favorite places to eat in Madison.
  • Lake perch fry at The Old Fashioned, washed down with a couple incredible Wisconsin brews and of course preceded by fried cheese curds.
  • Mini burgers, bone marrow and a decadent grilled cheese with pork belly and homemade chips, washed down with around 4 strong beers at Cooper's Tavern. Thank god I was walking that night!
  • Grilled salmon club (that means there was bacon on there), fries and a beer for lunch at the Great Dane with more cheese curds, more bone marrow and fried chicken with waffles for dinner at Graze. At least I drank heart-healthy red wine that night (aside from the pre-dinner beers I had at The Old Fashioned)!
  • Sausage gravy and biscuits (yes, I am a huge pig) with a blackberry scone for breakfast at Lazy Janes and a pulled pork burrito with various shared appies and tequila drinks at El Dorado Grill. Aye carumba!
  • Sushi from Sushi Muramoto... finally something semi-healthy!
And the verdict is.... I'm huge. I have finally reached a point where I must buckle down and start a self-imposed fat camp. Buried under my winter fluff might still be a triathlete and if I start now I may have hope of unearthing her before the offseason is really over. So beginning tomorrow it's desperate measures time. No more beer, cheese, pastries, bacon, anything fried, basically anything good. Hello vegetables. God help me.


  1. I know that feeling...after eating out for a while all I feel like is veggies. Your list of foods made me drool:) Girl, you are not even close to HUGE.

    LOVE YOUR BLOG. Can't wait to follow you!

  2. OMG - That Graze Pub looks amazing! I will definitely have to check it out when I go over to Madison to train.

    You sure have been living the good life. All of those meals sound fabulous (except maybe for the bone marrow - not sure how I feel about that)!!

  3. I swear, I haven't been hungry all day! I think I have enough in reserve from the weekend. You did a good job of recounting exactly what we ate ;)

  4. You are too funny! I'm sure it's not nearly as bad as you say, but I totally get the feeling!

  5. I'll give you the heads up on my cleanse diet that I will be doing in January, if you can wait that long.

    At least you were eating good food! Nothing wrong with that! ;)

  6. Its that time of the year for all of us. Best of luck keeping focused during the rest of the holidays. Just be sure to get some runs in to keep things in balance.

  7. Oh,man, I love the Old Fashioned - great Bloody Marys! I'm sure the indulgence was worth a few green shakes. Glad you're back home safe.



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