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Clif Bar Fail & The Workout That Wasn’t

By Brisdon @shutuprun

Nothing gets me more excited than seasonal stuff at the store like this candy cane hot chocolate:

Clif Bar Fail & The Workout That Wasn’t

Or this tea:

Clif Bar Fail & The Workout That Wasn’t

Or these waffles:

Clif Bar Fail & The Workout That Wasn’tIn fact, today I even bought chocolate stuffed advent calendars for my kids. It is the only time of the year they get to have a side of candy with their breakfasts. I am hoping that when they are older and in therapy about what a miserable parent I was they remember how I let them have chocolate in the morning from December 1st to December 24th. POTY (Parent of the Year).

Needless to say, I about got a boner when I saw the season varieties of Clif Bars:Clif Bar Fail & The Workout That Wasn’t

I do enjoy a Clif Bar every now and again, especially the white chocolate macadamia ones. Sometimes they can be kind of heavy, so I have to be in a true Clif Bar mood. Well, today I saw the Spiced Pumpkin Pie bar on the shelf and knew I had to try it even before I left the store.

(By the way, this is not stealing. You can open and start eating things in the store as along as you keep the wrapper and pay for them. I learned this from my mom when I was six and she gave me a box of animal crackers to shut me up while she shopped.

This however, does not apply to produce. You cannot eat a bunch of grapes and then take them to be weighed at the register because then you are not weighing the grapes you ate. Unless of course you get on the scanner, but then you might get arrested and it wouldn’t be accurate anyway).

So, I bit into this bar while the security cameras were pointing away from my cart.

The verdict? Ewww. I can’t even tell you why, except that there was some strong taste of something (cloves maybe?) that tasted really off balance. And, mostly, this bar tasted nothing like pumpkin. So, I did what any self respecting shopper would do and I shoved it back in the wrapper and put it back on the shelf. Just kidding. Don’t call grocery store security. I brought it home and took pictures of it, like any self respecting blogger would do. Yes, I take big bites. Sue me.


I just realized this is not at all a very interesting story. Not in the least. Sorry if you were not entertained.

Today another funny (and somewhat sad) thing happened. I went to the gym, did strength work, and intended to run a few miles on the treadmill. I got on, ran .12 miles, and got off and went home. Yes, .12 miles, not 12 miles. I just wasn’t feeling any treadmill love today (not like I do any day) and didn’t have warm enough clothes with me to go outside. So I went to Starbucks instead and got a piece of gingerbread loaf. And, I didn't even beat myself up about it. Next time I promise I will Shut Up and Run. Even I don’t take my own advice sometimes.

Do you like seasonal items? What's your favorite? I love the holiday coffee drinks (peppermint mochas, etc).

Ever start a workout and quit it? I have to say I’ve never done this before. I think if I was training for something I would have stuck in there, but this is my down season so I didn’t mind too much. Please I did do half of my workout. That counts for something I’m sure.

What’s your favorite protein/sports bar? I know they’re not the healthiest, but I love Nature Valley Protein Bars. They are pretty cheap at Costco too – $13.51 for 24 bars or .$56 per bar.


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