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Champagne Dreams and a $1.07 Budget

Ugh. I caved guys. This afternoon hubs and I were heading to the house site, it was 90 degrees, and there were only 3 words running through my mind on repeat.
Frozen. 
Strawberry. 
Lemonade. 

Yes, I got all your comments reminding me of the sugar. Of the mystery ingredients. Did I listen? No. Did I get one from the drive through? Oh yeah.


And.....I completely wasted that $1.07. Supposed to be sweet and sour, yet it ended up being salty. Blech. Have you ever tasted a flavored margarita and thought, "I can barely taste the alcohol?" That's what this was. A weird aftertaste. But no liquor. Downside. 

Talking about alcohol--I just realized I haven't had any in about 5 months. WHAT? That's none since I came to America. I'm not a big drinker (....anymore) but in Hong Kong I often had a drink out for dinner, or over at someone's house. 

Don't mind if I do!
Now for some reason there just hasn't been the opportunity. Hubs and I aren't the drinking at home types really, except for a celebratory bottle of champagne every now and again. THAT I can get on board with. I'm curious how it might affect my running if I phase it back in. I'm going to go ahead and assume it won't be great!

Have you ever had a food let-down? Where you get excited to try a new food or drink and then....not so much?
Obviously the strawberry lemonade. Boo. 

Do you drink alcohol? If you do, do you think it affects your fitness? Fave drink?
Being hungover obviously makes a difference, but one usually is fine by me. Favorite drink? Champagne. Veuve Cliquot. Go big or go home, right?


Comments

  1. MAybe it's good that it was bad.. so you won't have the urge to have another one, haha.

    I'm a sucker for a good microbrew. Living in Vermont, we have an abundance of great local beers!

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  2. I have food letdowns all the time :(
    I hate it, it ruins my whole day.
    I'm a very occasional drinker and I don't think it's affected my running at all. But I've only really had a couple occasions where I've had a drink and run the next day. Up until march I was no alcohol (I've either been preggo or nursing since sept 2009)
    I wouldn't have more than 1 drink if o wad running the next day though.

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  3. I pretty much stay away from alcohol except for an occasional glass of wine or drink at a bar. I tend to avoid it though because of training. I want to try that McDonalds stuff but I never get around to going there.

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  4. Sad news about the strawberry lemonade. I really wanted one but I'm definitely going to pass if it's all salty and icky. I can't think of any disappointing foods offhand right now, but I know I've had them.

    Alcohol definitely does affect my runs. I like to have a beer or glass of wine with dinner once or twice a week and I can tell the effects the next day. I'm more sluggish and brain dead. Totally unmotivated. Also, if I haven't been hydrated well afterward, the dehydration factor kicks in and kicks my butt. The extra calories probably aren't helpful either. On the other hand, I did have an amazing 8 mile run the morning right after a night of drinking. I think I was so out of it and tired that the run went quickly and helped break me out of the fog.

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  5. thanks now I don't have to try it! Not a big drinker but I do love a glass of wine once or twice a month. I don't like it to interfere with my running addiction!

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  6. I don't drink a ton due to the calories and the whole dehydration factor, however a nice cold glass of white wine, preferably a Riesling, sometimes is needed on a hot day. Or like Running Mama said, living in VT lots of great microbrews that are very tasty on hot summer days, OR cold cold cold winter nights. haha

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  7. I'm a beer girl. And as long as i practice the art of drinking bud select 55 in moderation and hydrate adequately, no effect on running. Beer is carbs. Actually sometimes after a night of drinking (ie. 3-4 beers) I have really GREAT runs in the morning. Can't explain that, except by blaming the carbs. Day off today? How are those legs?

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  8. I tried this yesterday too. Not a fan! I didnt mix it up before I took a sip so my first drink was just the strawberry mix. YUCKY!!!!

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  9. Only the ice cream is good at McDonalds. No big surprise. Though I will add that drinks like that, or slurpees for that matter, are perfect to add liquor too! Does that indicate that i may be pro drinking and running? Not at the same time though!

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  10. I used to be a wine drinker. And dry vodka martinis, with 3 olives, please.

    But at the beginning of this year when I knew my eye surgeries were scheduled, I quit drinking. We shared a bottle of champage on New Year's Day and neither of us has had a drink since. I thought I would miss it. I don't.

    My husband has found a non-alcoholic beer he likes and is happy with that.

    I think we are both better off for it - running for sure is better, and our overall health is better too.

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  11. dang it! I am so sad that it was not all you hoped it would be! I hate when that happens...I cannot think of anything off the top of my head...but this has definitely happened to me before and it is super disappointing. boo.

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  12. I totally agree with the yuck factor of the strawberry lemonade. It was way way too sweet. I tried to mix it up a lot so that I wasn't drinking straight syrup, but it just didn't help. Blech!

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  13. salty? ahhh no bueno! I have that happen all the time. Whenever I hype something up by craving it like crazy despite it being totally trashy trash (example - taco bell 7-layer bean burrito) and it tastes like gunk I pout. But then am secretly glad to toss it in the trash b/c I didnt need it anyways!

    Though when its good - its gooooood! =)

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  14. Ugh! thanks for the warning. I was wondering about those lemonades. They looked a little too sweet anyway.

    I'm not much of a drinker but when I do, I like the lighter drinks... the girlie drinks. I can't take that hard stuff!

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  15. Oh no! I was totally excited about the strawberry lemonade...mcdonalds has done so well lately! You just saved me 1.07!!!

    the older I get the less I can drink and the more I get hungover! I do some fun boozing with the bf now but that's about it haha.

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  16. I get food let-downs only when I'm out at an unfamiliar restaurant. It really is a bummer, especially when you're really looking forward to something!

    I don't drink alcohol at all. There is no other reason to my madness except for the fact that I naturally HATE the taste of everything alcoholic. I don't know what's wrong with me. I have tried to force myself to like it and it gets really awkward in social situations but I can't really do anything about it. I can detect the alcohol in every single girly drink out there. No one can fool me!

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  17. My drinks of choice are Bloody Marys and pineapple malibu

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  18. I drank a lot when I was younger... now I'll have a mojito on a sunny patio every now and then but I haven't been "drunk" since the 2010 Olympics... kinda makes me feel old and lame admitting that, haha.

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  19. How disappointing! And it looked so good. :)

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  20. i am always disapointed when i try a fun looking drink and then it is syrupy and way to sugary. such a waste of calories! uh!

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  21. Actually, I got one and mine was kinda sour and good and refreshing. :)

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  22. If it makes you feel better about the $1.07, you have prevented me from getting one. So consider it paying it forward!

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  23. I drink alcohol sometimes... When I do, it is usually a glass of wine or just a beer. I'll have a mixed drink maybe once every two to three months (though that will surely change when I am stateside this summer, LOL)

    I always limit myself to just one, though. And never have more than one a week (if that often) because I dehydrate easily.

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  24. I am a fan of champagne! But I rarely drink, and if I do, it's two or so drinks and it's because I'm at some sort of gathering/event, perhaps once every couple weeks? Maybe less frequently than that? Whatever it is, I don't drink with my meals/etc. because I'd rather be eating my calories :)

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  25. That's terrible about the Strawberry Lemonade drink, it's awful to get a letdown like that. I am a drinker, but not as much as I used to, I like to drink wine and beer. Mostly just on the weekends when I go out or get together with friends. But it has toned down a lot since I have been working out and running so much.

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  26. No alcohol for me :) it definitely affects my running though- as in when I did drink I did not run! I can't imagine doing anywhere near the running I do now if I was waking up hungover and dehydrated yuck!

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  27. I drink, but very rarely and then it's only like two drinks because my tolerance is so low from not drinking often and exercising like a maniac. It's great, though, you still get the buzz and warm feelings, but there's zero hangover because it's only two drinks and I hydrate like it's my job!

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  28. I drink alcohol sometimes....wayyyyyy less than I used to that is for sure. Red Wine is a fav...and Veuve Cliquot is the bomb.....

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  29. Bummer about the lemonade letdown...BOOOOO!!!! Girl, you seriously are a super model and I am sure you are sick of me telling you that or you just think I am a creep!! I have never even tried alcohol. I get my calories through ice cream instead ha!!!

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  30. That always happens to me with fast food. It looks so delicious on TV and then you go to get it and major let down. I do like me a McDonalds smoothie every once in a while though.

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  31. Aw, too bad it was a disappointment! Or maybe it's a good thing. ;) At least it's out of your system now!

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  32. Aww that is so disappointing!! New mission: homemade strawberry lemonade awesomeness (I honestly like the crystal lite raspberry lemonade water mix ins - I do like a liter of water and one of the pouches - yum!)

    I love red wine, a good malbec or cab and I am satisfied...I also like fresh margs (no sweet n sour please!)or lemonade and vodka on a hot summer day - OK I like my drinks a lil

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  33. I get anxiety at restaurants because if I'm going to pay money for it, I want to make sure it's tastey!!

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  34. ohhhh man! sorry you got such a letdown!! bummerrr. um i never splurge on drinks because the last time I did (coconut milk) i was SERIOUSLY let down. and then the Mr. wants me to drink it all to make it worth my dollar!!!! boo.

    so long story short, all I do is strawberry lemonade at Chili's. thats it. :) and milkshakes. no alcohol for this girl! :)

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  35. its so disappointing to be craving something and then when you get it its totally different than you expected! i looove lemonade but hadn't been tempted by mcdonald's...aside from their ice cream cones (which i get way too often) i don't really like anything that comes from there. i was thinking about this drink this morning though, and am going to make a homemade version! i'm going to crush some fresh strawberries and add it to lemonade, and then garnish with more strawberries in the glass. i might also try making a mango lemonade, i bet that would be delish!

    i don't drink as much as i used to, and i know that drinking definitely affects my running. i have no motivation the day after drinking a lot, and i feel like it slows me down in general. my favorite drink is a dirty martini - love olives!

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  36. Oh no! That's the worst when you think something is going to be SO good...and it's just not.

    I don't drink every night, but I've been to known to enjoy a glass of wine or three on the weekends. I don't think it affects my running, but even if it is slowing me down a tad...well you only get to live once, so you might as well enjoy it, right?

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  37. Oh sad! I had heard the Strawberry Lemonades from McDonald's are good! I'll have to try for myself ;-)

    Last night, my best friend from Nebraska was in town so I took her to Serendipity to try their infamous Frozen Hot Chocolate. SO not as good as I thought it would be (but okay, still pretty good)

    I'm not a huge drinker but when I let loose I go all out. This DEFINITELY affects my runs the next day :-)

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  38. If I drink - the next day it is really hard stay well hydrated - that makes any run really uncomfortable.

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  39. I've been thinking of that lemonade, so it's for the best that it sucks & I don't waste my money. Thanks for saving me! :-)

    I do like alcohol - I have a glass of wine a couple of times/week. I try to limit myself to one (two at the absolute max for special occasions), because it disrupts my sleep & makes me feel terrible the next day.

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  40. I usually try to avoid drinking the night before a scheduled run, and definitely not the night before a race. Even if it's only 1 drink I can tell it impacts my hydration. It seems to take me another 24-hours of regular drinking water and such to get back to normal.

    That's just me!

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  41. Alcohol affects my fitness 100%! For example, an entire saturday spent drinking followed by a week of lame workouts, as I've mentioned on my blog. But I love my wine and I've been to plenty of happy hours with only water, and I refuse to give it up. Working out is important but its not the end all be all, and neither is drinking. I'm a cheap date though, bring on the sutter home white zin!

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  42. i'm not a big drinker. i don't like the way it makes me feel and unfortunately, alcohol addiction runs in my family so i have always been leery of it. liquor gives me the runs. TMI? lol

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  43. I drink, possibly too much. I've learned to run just as well with a hangover, actually running usually gets rid of my hangover. I seem to run just as fast in workouts (I would never drink the night before a race, but I am trying to cut back, I've gone the whole week without any wine which is good for me :)

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  44. Oh yep, I drink alcohol. Haha. I love my champagne and wine and beer! Liquor - no thanks. :)

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  45. I would say if you drink moderately (1 drink/night for women, 2 for men) your fitness won't be greatly affected unless you're a type that has a strong reaction to alcohol. I drink regularly and still feel like my fitness is at a good state/continually improving. But if I go overboard on any given night (5 drinks), then I'll definitely be worthless fitness-wise the next day.

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