Thursday, January 21, 2016

Whole30 - Round 2 - Days 8-14 (the slip)

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Do you know how awful it is to rope a bunch of people into doing their first Whole30 with you, only to get to the END of day 14 and CHOOSE to slip! Yes, I CHOSE to slip up. I can't even tell you how bad I felt about it, and I'm not trying to make excuses, but I want to just write how it happened. But let's talk about the first part of week two first, since it was unremarkable and somewhat easy!

So week 2, according to the Whole30 Timeline is the "why are my pants tighter!?"/boundless energy stage. I definitely had some stomach discomfort this time around, but no bloating/pants tighter moments. In fact, I already notice how trim my waist is looking! I also didn't get too much extra energy, but that could be because I'm only getting about 6 hours and 20 minutes of sleep a night these days! I have been working really hard to keep up with running 3-4 times a week and swimming twice a week. The plan is to phase in 2-3 strength sessions a week as well, but after two the first week in January, zero happened last week.

My schedule has been jam packed with training, coaching, working, more coaching, teaching, and Beautycounter most nights, so Whole 30 was sort of at the back of my mind this week. I guess that's a good thing, since I was sort of an autopilot. I forgot to photograph and even document on here all the food I ate, so that's why my chart has some blank spaces. I was totally compliant until Sunday night.

The week kind of flew by. On Friday night I had about an hour to kill before I had to get to the pool for our high school meet, so I went to Target to pick up "packaged paleo" for my trip to UMBC for the weekend. I got dried and dehydrated fruits, apple sauce, sparkling water, and larabars for in a pinch. Then after the meet, I hit up another grocery store and picked up the ingredients to make One Lovely Life's chicken zucchini poppers. I made them as soon as I got home, thinking they would be good to bring with me for lunches over the weekend. Good? No. They were AMAZING! I'm so happy to have them in my line up! But it meant a super late night for me, and an early morning run to squeeze in 16 miles before heading to take the kids to the meet.



Day Breakfast AM Snack Lunch PM Snack Dinner
Day 8:
Monday
venti black coffee and a banana Dragon Eye Oolong Tea taco meat stuffed poblano pepper with guacamole and a clementine a banana shrimp, sweetpotato hash, and sliced avocados and tomatoes
Day 9:
Tuesday
grande black coffee and a clementine 3 clementines 6 Nom Nom Paleo Asian Meatballs, an avocado, an orange, and an apple with almond butter Deer Park Sparkling Black Cherry Water beef stuffed poblano pepper with a side of lemon garlic roasted red potatoes
Day 10:
Wednesday
coffee Asian meatballs and potato wedges with smoked paprika
Day 11:
Thursday
coffee an avocado, an orange, and left over potato wedges with smoked paprika beef stuffed poblano pepper, sauteed zucchini, paprika potato wedges, and strawberries with almond butter
Day 12:
Friday
coffee and peeled snacks post swim Asian meatballs, sauteed zucchini, paprika potato wedges, and pomegranate seeds sauteed zucchini, chicken zucchini poppers (from One Lovely Life), and chopped avocado.
Day 13:
Saturday
during my run: coconut water, post run: coffee and 3 clemintines grilled chicken, plain burger with yellow mustard, tomatoes and a pickle at the swim meet (coaches consessions) salmon and broccoli at Olive Garden (gluten free, requested no butter)
Day 14:
Sunday
hard boiled egg, scrambled eggs, sausage*, apple with almond butter, and coffee chicken zucchini poppers on a salad of butter lettuce and tomato with tessamae's balsamic dressing THE SLIP: Red Robin - bacon guac burger (with mayo and cheese - a BIG NO-NO), and french fries with ranch

For the weekend I think I both under and over packed on food. I over packed fruit, so I under ate my veggies. I also was feeling a bit cocky. Up to this point, my Whole30 had been pretty perfect (not that there is such a thing - Perfect Whole30) and I was feeling really good. Post run I just ate some fruit, but I demolished my burger and chicken breast at the meet, and felt pretty great about traveling.

Then Olive Garden happened. See, here's the thing about chain places with gluten free menus. One will be super good, or you'll have an amazing experience with a caring server at one location, and then the other makes you feel like you should turn and run. I got the "turn and run" vibe from the one that we went to on Saturday night. I looked online at their allergy menu - which I should say is fairly extensive - but if you want to avoid gluten, dairy, and soy, you can't also avoid grains. The only gluten, dairy, and soy free options were GF pasta with meat sauce. So here I was, faced with my first stressful food/celiac/Whole30 dilemma of the weekend. First things first, Whole30 is a choice, celiac is not. I had to make it clear to my server that my meal had to be gluten free. Period. I ordered the salmon with broccoli and asked for her to mark it as a gluten allergy in the computer or whatever she needed to do to make sure it would be gluten free, and I requested no butter as a preference. My head coach also ordered the salmon with no special requests. They came out looking exactly the same with nothing to differentiate between mine and his. I prayed that meant they were both gluten free, ate my food, and haven't had any outward symptoms... I think... (I should probably do a post on how I didn't notice the majority of my celiac symptoms and how many are silent... another day) I also had salad with oil and vinegar.

Okay, so I did the best I could... right? Maybe. So the next day was actually spectacular. The 12 and under girls, though prepared to eat there, were so happy when there was a grocery store across the street from the hotel, and we didn't have to do Subway for lunch! We go up and got them sandwich fixings (so these girls, all three of them only eat turkey and cheese on bread - no condiments! Can you believe it!?), fruit, some salad for me, and some milk. The girls did a wonderful job choosing healthy things and making their own lunches. On Sunday I didn't even go up to the coaches concessions and stuck with my salad with chicken poppers and tessamae's dressing. But despite all the fruit I was eating, I was feeling somewhat low on energy. I can only chalk it up to my macro nutrients being out of balance. And let's face it, I'm a starch girl! I had run another 3.1 miles that morning and was really feeling it. So I decided at 5pm, that when we went to Red Robin, I was going to eat french fries.

But then I thought about the rules... You have to start over if you mess up... I couldn't justify the fries and move on, so I figured, if I was going to mess up, I was going to mess up big!! I ordered my burger (in a lettuce bun) with cheese and mayo (the way it came - holla guacamole bacon burger!) and my fries with ranch dressing. That's 4 violations of the Whole30 - 1)comfort food - the fries, 2)soy - the fries and mayo 3)dairy - cheese and ranch 4)SWYPO - because I would have liked ketchup and sweet relish as well!

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I've gone back and forth a million times between feeling horrible guilt, being okay with slipping (and choosing to slip), wanting to outright quit, back to just being bored with eating well and wanting to climb back into the comforting arms of my sugar dragon. Since my slip, I have been numbering my photos with both my "should be" day and my "start over" day - because I'm not sure if I have the energy to start completely over. I have been thinking about adding 5 days, adding a full week, and just letting it go. I really would like to keep my diet 90% Whole30 even when I finish, I just am mentally really struggling with the disappointment. It's very much like how I felt when I looked back on my running year last year and how I didn't really run for myself.

The upside to this is that I truly believe that you get to choose how you feel. I am choosing to let my slip go and move forward, even if I don't yet know how exactly that is going to look.

My advice to other Whole30-ers: Though the rules say - 100%, no excuses. This is supposed to be something that makes you feel empowered. So choose to feel that way, and if you slip, pick yourself up and move forward.

And now I'm going to take my own advice.

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Sunday, January 10, 2016

Whole30 - Round 2 - Days 1-7

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Okay, so here we are, at the end of day 7 of my 2016 Whole30. This round has been both harder and easier than last year's round. First, I know that I can do it. So that's actually really nice! I also know what to expect. I know that the first week and a half is hard, but that it gets better. I also remember running really, really well. Like out of my mind good. So I am excited for my running to feel that good again. The other difference is, this time I am training for a full marathon, not just a half.

Just like last time, I am documenting my food on instagram. It's nice to have people comment and ask about what I'm eating. I am so part of a larger group that is doing the Whole30 together. Six of us started together on the 4th, and another 2-3 are starting on the 11th, and yet another group is starting on the 18th! It's nice that people will still be in it when I finish, because HOPEFULLY, I can stick to a mostly Whole30/paleo diet! Though I am REALLY looking forward to a cocktail at Bartaco when I am done!

I want to do a whole separate post about running 20 miles, just for fun, but I do want to mention that when you are adjusting to a lower carb diet, your muscles sure do feel it! I was absolutely amazed at how much easier it felt to run after I switched from water to coconut water in my water bottle. Of course, it could have felt hard because I was still super sore from adding some weight training last week. But that's another post too!

I have to say that the best thing that you can do to ensure success with the Whole30 is have food ready all the time. Since I'm not much of a breakfast person, but don't take lunch until 1pm, I am usually pretty hungry by the time I get home for lunch. So I will eat a meatball or two cold while I cook everything else. I also spent day zero and day seven cooking for the week. Each time it meant meatballs, but at least they were different flavors. (last year I made pineapple jalepeno meatballs multiple times!)

So here's a chart and photos of what I ate in week one. I will update with recipes as I post them!



Day Breakfast AM Snack Lunch PM Snack Dinner Dessert
Day 1:
Monday
tall black coffee + banana
(from Starbucks)
2 meatballs
(while walking the puppy)
Meatballs, zoodles,
1/2 Avocado,
small baked potato
Dragon Eye Oolong Tea lemon chive
braised potatoes
rainbow chard, steak with chimichurri sauce

a spoonfull of almond butter
and strawberries
Day 2:
Tuesday
pre run: 1 beet, post run: grande black coffee (from Starbucks) three meatballs and 5 beets with balsamic vinegar, salt, and olive oil leftover lemon chive potatoes, rainbow chard, and meatballs with chimichurri sauce Dragon Eye Oolong Tea leftover steak with chimichurri sauce, a baked potatoe with ghee, and roasted broccoli with lemon and garlica spoonfull of almond butter and 3 strawberries
Day 3:
Wednesday
grande coffee + banana (from Starbucks) 3 meatballs and some leftover roasted broccoli more meatballs (like 10 more), more broccoli, and some beets Dragon Eye Oolong Tea beats and avocado with balsamic vinegar and olive oil, paprika homefries made in ghee, and the last of the roasted broccoli nothing
Day 4:
Thursday
Grande Starbucks Coffee a cup of Lipton Tea 2 meatballs while I cooked, 4 pieces of bacon, 5 mushrooms sliced and cooked in bacon fat, a bunch of spinach and baby kale sauteed with the mushrooms, and half an avocado. Followed by a cup of strawberries! (I was hungry) nothing baked potato and meatballsnothing
Day 5:
Friday
apple and almond butter before practice, coffee and peeled berry apples after practice nothing baked potatoe and half an avocado Tevana Joy Tea bacon, roasted broccoli and cauliflower, baked potato, and avocado nothing
Day 6:
Saturday
half a banana before 8 miles, half a banana and some coconut water after 8, apple sauce packet and more coconut water after 6 more, black coffee after the final 6 (total of 21.49 miles!) nothing roasted broccoli and cauliflower with bacon, half an avocado, and a banana raw veggies at a swim meet roasted broccoli and cauliflower with bacon, pepper "nachos" stuffed with ground beef, and guacamoleapple sauce packet
Day 7:
Sunday
big English breakfast of scrambled eggs, mushrooms, hashbrowns (with homemade ketchup!), and bacon with some orange slices and black coffee black coffee nothing raw veggies at the swim meet and an apple with almond butter stuffed poblano pepper (with meat from pepper "nachos") and some Asian meatballs with sauteed spinach and kale

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Monday, January 4, 2016

Recap of Running in 2015

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My #2015bestnine were all running photos, so it makes a great header for this post! 2015 was an interesting running year for me. I raced a LOT, but I didn't really run for myself. I was just running. I'm not really sure why, but every time I showed up at a race, I decided to run with someone. Sometimes it was decided way in advance, but sometimes it was just me deciding to run with someone instead of running on my own and pushing. I just didn't feel like pushing.

Sunday, January 3, 2016

Whole30 - Round 2 - meal prep, day 0

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I love calling the day before something, day zero. It's just fun to think of the day before the first day as day zero. So here we are, day zero of my second Whole 30 and I am both confident and nervous.

New Year's Day 5k - 2016

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The New Year's Day 5k has been a tradition since 2013. I haven't really gone out for New Year's Eve since then, aside from stopping by the Melting Pot for New Year's kiss with Reid, but with a 10am start time, I think I could do the New Year's Day 5k, even if I did go out the night before.

Saturday, January 2, 2016

Fairfax Four Miler - 2015

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So here we are, another year, and another year of running, in the books! It's a lot to think about actually, so I'm gonna start with the race and go from there.

Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Planning for the Whole 30 - 2016

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Last January I did the Whole 30 for the first time! I feel like I was incredibly successful, especially for where I was starting. You see, I am a junk food-a-holic. And while celiac disease is awful and I wouldn't wish it on anyone, it's silver lining is that I can't just go through a drive through and get fast food any time I wish. And I can't indulge on packaged party mix, every appetizer on TGI Friday's menu, and even worse, all of the frozen versions in the grocery store! But it doesn't mean I don't still eat junk food... I have certainly found gluten free fake foods to satisfy almost every junk food craving. Almost. There's no gluten free Burger King Whopper, but I digress.

Monday, November 16, 2015

Gluten Free, Chicken Zoodle Soup

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I would love to say that this is a totally new recipe, but I'd be lying. It's just a variation on my tortilla-less tortilla soup that I have made here and here. Only this version is even lazier and easier, but it's just a yummy!

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Army Ten Miler 2015

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Me, Lisa, Kristin, Amanda, Tess, Erin, and Lauren

We had quite a turn out for my 9th consecutive (8 on the books), Army Ten Miler! The ATM in 2007 was my very first race over a 5k distance (and I had only done two of those before!). I went to the expo with Diana, picked up my mom's bib, showed up for the race, and ran with no training. I could barely walk for the next two days, but I was hooked and determined to run the following year and ROCK it, and I did!

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Out for Blood's 20 Miler

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LB, Kelli, Jackie, me, Amanda, Lauren, Kristin, Joanna, and Jess

Talk about an emotional weekend. Hurricane Joaquin sent a precursor rain event to the DC area on Wednesday that lasted through Saturday morning and left the weekend's weather as a HUGE unknown for all of us scheduled to run our longest training run of the season. We were all checking for weather updates, debating about running with the team on Saturday morning, or switching to Sunday, and remembering the last time we skipped a Saturday run for "better weather" on Sunday (post linked).

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