Spicy marinated beef cubes and peas over rice and cheesy bread. #nom #cook #dinnertime
But really, I mean it. I’m writing to you from my flu ridden bed. This week I decided The Whole30 wasn’t working for me and my last 2 weeks of marathon training, so I went back to my regular diet of interspersing carbs and dairy and the occasional cookie into my meat and veggie routine. And what happens? I get sick. Really sick. With the flu. Over Valentine’s Day. Bed ridden, no running, eating saltines washed down with white tea. FML. What is going on. The half marathon is in like, 9 days or something. I don’t even have a tutu yet. dear god someone help me.
But I did sign up for the Color Run Philadelphia today, and caught up on Spartacus with my Valentine, and today I even mustered up enough strength to make it out of bed to shower. I’ll put today in the win column.
#whole30 day 8 lunch. Turkey burger spinach salad with tomatoes, olives, jalapeños, and almonds. #yum #nocarbs
This whole thing is very interesting so far to say the least. I thought I could give up coffee with it, but that lasted for 1.5 days. My job is far too meticulous to give up what’s basically my version of heroin cold turkey. Staring at hundreds of rows on excel is virtually impossible with a caffeine headache playing like a bass drum behind burning, sleepy eyes. Sorry not sorry, but I don’t like the idea of letting go of coffee, ever, anyway.
[Amen, Ned, amen.]
Other than that, everything has gone fairly well. I survived a birthday party and eating dinner at Applebee’s one night, and I’ve tried to up my cooking skills as well. I’m now a certified pro at turkey burgers and chopping produce, and one night I made garlic herb shrimp and scallops. I have an extremely large steak and flounder waiting in the freezer for future dinners also. Here’s to experimenting.
[wish me luck, cause this is what I normally look like.]
On the physical training level:
I haven’t run much this week because of the snow (which is killer as the 13.1 miles of impeding doom is exactly 2 weeks away) but the one day I did manage to get out, Day 3, my run was really hard. My heart was beating very quickly and I didn’t have much energy. Coming from a person who can run for an hour without breaking for water or a walk, I was confused by this. I asked some friends and apparently I wasn’t doing it right. I don’t think I was eating enough, in terms of calories and frequency, and I wasn’t eating the right things at the right times. Protein is a must for every meal. Eggs especially in the morning. Fruit before the run. Snacks in between meals. Lots and lots of green things, and water.
I’ve also gotten a few headaches. My aunt said today she had a friend who was a really heavy soda drinker give it up, and she got massive migraines at the beginning. I guess that’s what my body’s doing as well. As much as my mouth is saying no to bread and cheese, my tummy and head are saying, Y U NO FEED ME PIZZA?!
[I think at this point in time, if stuck in the desert, I would fantasize an iHop as my oasis.]
We’ll see how this goes. My cousin Jess who started me on this crazy train said to give it until at least Day 8 to see a change in energy levels and appetite. So that’s what I’m doing. I have a big run tomorrow. 10 miles. If the snow doesn’t cooperate I’m going to have to run it on a treadmill, which I will not be happy about. Even though my race is at 5AM (fuck you, Disney, for money mongering and not opening the parks just a little later that day), I’ll probably run mid morning or mid afternoon, after I’ve had a meal and some energy intake. Lord knows I’ll need it.
If anyone reading has any tips for me, please, I beg of you, let me know. I could use all of the running/eating encouragement I can get at this point.
In honor of the upcoming Disney Princess Half Marathon, and my old friend and catalyst for this blog being created, Lent, I’ve decided (with a little help from my cousin Jess) to try out the Whole30 challenge. It’s 30 days with no grain, dairy, legumes, sugar, alcohol, etc. It’s basically a high protein diet regimen that is supposed to restart your metabolism and cleanse and rejuvenate your body. The shopping list consists of meat (all kinds, including seafood), almost every fruit and vegetable known to man, nuts/seeds, eggs, and cooking substitutes like ghee for butter, and coconut milk/oil. Here goes nothing.