2017 Training Stats

Miles Completed = 29.01
(Run/Walked = 29.01, Biked = 0.0, Elliptical = 0.0)


Sunday, November 2, 2014

Weekly Review: Oct 27 - Nov 2, 2014

Weekly Recap
Monday (Oct 27)
Notes: It was not my intent to have a rest day, but I had to go out to dinner with some folks from work so I just ran out of time.

Tuesday (Oct 28)
PM Workout:  Treadmill run/walk 2.59mi @ 15:26 per mi, 40 mins, 5 min walk/1 min run
Notes:  The time went faster than I expected, but I was certainly tired at the end of this.  Still not sure what's going on there.  Of course I'm still dealing with Belle having seizures as she had another one this morning.

Wednesday (Oct 29)
PM Workout:  Treadmill walk 1.79mi @ 17:08 per mi, 30 mins
Notes:  Just an easy walk today.  The knees and heel have been sore all day, but felt fine on the walk.  It's just confidence and I know I need time on my feet..

Thursday (Oct 30)
PM Workout:  Treadmill run/walk - 2.75mi @ 16:21 per mi, 45 mins, 5min walk/1 min run
Notes:  So strange because I was really in a lot of pain all day on both sides, but I felt perfectly fine during my run/walk.  I did keep it slower, but it still seemed to have drained me.  I am just struggling right now.

Friday (Oct 31)
PM Workout:  Bike - 11.5 mi, 15.4 mph avg, 45 mins, resistance level 3
Notes:  Legs felt okay through the full ride and it was just a good ride.

Saturday (Nov 1)
Notes: Got a late start to the day so I just didn't do anything.

Sunday (Nov 2)
Notes:  I think the weather was perfect for a run today, but I wouldn't really know because I  have not felt good all day.  I know what I think it wrong and I really don't need this right now, but that's the way it goes.

Weekly Numbers:
Run/Walk Miles: 7.13
Bike Miles: 11.50
Elliptical Miles: 0.0

Monthly Numbers
Run/Walk Miles:  31.80
Bike Miles: 32.60
Elliptical Miles: 0.0

Training Notes
I have no confidence.  I feel like I will fail all the time.  The fear of failure makes me not even want to try.  It's very unlike me to feel like this, but it's been coming on more and more this year and I'm not sure how to pull out of this.  Still I do feel good about the miles I did get in this week as they felt like quality miles.

Health Watch
Still going strong with my second Whole 30.  I still haven't cheated once.  I still feel pretty good overall.  I have noticed that I get extremely tired when I exercise and some days I just want to eat constantly.  A couple of times I ended up getting a bit dizzy after a workout, but grabbing a little bite to eat solved the issue quickly. 

I faced eating out for the first time this week.  I had to go to dinner with some folks from work.  I am very proud of myself because I ordered grilled salmon with no sauce and steamed veggies.  I didn't feel deprived or want something else and I couldn't actually eat it all because the portion was much larger than I've grown accustomed to.  I guess that's a good thing!

This week will be interesting as it is another race weekend and this time I intend to use Lifesavers for fuel and it will be the first time I will be consuming sugar since I started this crazy ride.  We shall see what happens!

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Weekly Review: Oct 20 - 26, 2014

Weekly Recap
Monday (Oct 20)
PM Workout: Walk - .94mi, 21 mins
Notes: The thought was good - the girls got to go out for their first walk back in AZ.  Sadly, it was 91 degrees and so it was a short hot walk.  I've been dealing with a migraine so I suppose it was good that I got anything done at all.

Tuesday (Oct 21)
PM Workout:  Treadmill walk 1.84mi @ 16:18 per mi, 30 mins
Notes:  My treadmill is toast????  I seriously have to work on this thing or there will be doing no more miles on it.  The belt is slipping so badly today that it felt dangerous.  I will have to see what I can do about this.

Wednesday (Oct 22)
PM Workout:  Bike - 7mi, 27 mins,15.4mph avg, resistance level 3
Notes:  Good ride.  I shouldn't have started the ride so hungry - I had lunch an hour early today due to work and I was starving.

Thursday (Oct 23)
Notes:  So nothing formal, but I did go outside and chop trees.  After half an hour in the 90 degree heat that was about all I could handle.  Strangely I was super hungry all day - as in stomach growling craziness.  It wasn't just stress, I was actually hungry.  I did add a snack of fruit today.

Friday (Oct 24)
Notes:  I don't know what is up, but I woke up with the hungries again today.  It was like there was not filling the tummy today - weird.

Saturday (Oct 25)
Notes: Belle kept me up most of the night with two pretty bad seizures.  This meant two things - I was so tired and I didn't want to leave her alone.  So I had the perfect excuse to not due my long run again.  Yeah - I know, that's the worst thing I could possibly do right now.

Sunday (Oct 26)
Notes:  I have been feeling off all day.  I kept trying to get the motivation to get a workout in, but it just didn't happen.  It was all I could do to go out and get the grocery shopping done.  I also spent some time working on the treadmill and I think I have it functional again.  I was able to walk and run on it for a few minutes and it didn't kill me so I'll take that as a good sign.

Weekly Numbers:
Run/Walk Miles: 2.78
Bike Miles: 7.0
Elliptical Miles: 0.0

Monthly Numbers
Run/Walk Miles:  24.67
Bike Miles: 21.10
Elliptical Miles: 0.94

Training Notes
Well, this week didn't turn out the way I had planned, but I know that I just have to keep working on it.  Wine and Dine and Avengers are coming up and they will both be challenging.  So challenging I don't know what will happen - the suspense.

Health Watch
Coming up on the end of week 2 of Whole 30 take two.  So far I haven't gone off plan at all.  I am still enjoying the food and have gotten in to the swing of shopping and cooking.  It does still cost me more to eat this way, but I have cut back on some of the organic veggies to help out some.  I have added more fruit back in to the diet - one to two a day. 

It is still killing me not stepping on the scale.  I have felt all week that I am gaining weight or at least not losing anything more.  I have not given in, but it is difficult.  Guess I still have some work to do on my mind - no big surprise there.

Monday, October 20, 2014

Weekly Review: Oct 13 - 19, 2014

Weekly Recap
Monday (Oct 13)
PM Workout: Bike - 7mi, resistance level 2, 14 mph avg, 30 mins
Notes: Good bike ride - the knee felt okay through the whole ride which was fantastic.

Tuesday (Oct 14)
PM Workout:  Treadmill run/walk - 1.66mi, 30 mins, 17:39 per mi
Notes:  My right knee is not too happy to be running right now - it continues the lovely popping out on each step.  Belle had a seizure again today, but it was just a little one and she got through it alone while I was at work - maybe her new supplement is starting to help.  Last day of Whole 30!!!

Wednesday (Oct 15)
PM Workout:  Elliptical - .94mi, 30 mins, ramp 10%, varied resistance levels (1 - 6 program)
Notes:  It was tough to do a whole 30 minutes, but I survived.  Although both feet are very asleep and both knees were popping out - thankfully they weren't extremely painful today.

Thursday (Oct 16)
PM Workout:  Treadmill run/walk 1.92mi, 30 mins, 15:47 per mi
Notes:  I pushed a little more than usual today.  The treadmill is still slipping and causes me issues, but I got the time in.  The knees still hurt, but I did okay.

Friday (Oct 17)
PM Workout:  Bike - 7.1mi, 14.3mph avg, resistance level 2, 30 mins 
Notes:  Good easy bike ride tonight.  I am planning on some miles this weekend and they make me very nervous.

Saturday (Oct 18)
Notes: Not sure I can really call this a rest day.  I helped my sister unpack from a move.  Thankfully I didn't have to go up and down three flights of stairs too many times.  Still moving boxes and furniture got my knees going a bit so no miles when I finally got home.

Sunday (Oct 19)
Notes:  No excuses, I'm tired and sore from helping my sister move and I just couldn't make myself get the miles in.

Weekly Numbers:
Run/Walk Miles: 3.58
Bike Miles: 14.10
Elliptical Miles: 0.94

Monthly Numbers
Run/Walk Miles:  22.83
Bike Miles: 14.10
Elliptical Miles: 0.94

Training Notes
I am so far behind where I need to be in terms of training.  I know that I am running short of time for Dopey, but beyond that I have Wine & Dine and Avengers coming up.  I really don't know how those races are going to go.

Health Watch
I have almost finished my first week of Whole 30 Take 2.  So far I have not done any modifications to the eating plan.  I am very happy with the food the way it is.  I know that I will make adjustments when I eat out and I will just have to see how things go and how I feel.  I will do my best to stay compliant, but if there is something not compliant and I think it won't negatively impact me I will not be afraid to try it.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Whole 30 Challenge - Recap

When I started the Whole 30 Challenge I was skeptical.  I didn't think I'd feel any different.  I didn't think I could make it 30 days without giving in to temptation or cravings.  Still, I had to try something new because nothing has been working for me and I just haven't felt good about me.

So, I bought "It Starts with Food" and read it cover to cover over a few days time.  I also watched some videos on Netflix about juicing, vegans, and paleo type diets.  During all of this the theories and thoughts around all of this started to make some sense and it kind of clicked that maybe I should do this and maybe it would work.

If you know me, you know I've always been a pasta junkie, a potato fanatic and basically all the things I wouldn't be eating during the Whole 30 Challenge.  I really thought this would be so difficult for me that I'd end up giving up quite quickly.

I worked on cleaning out the freezer, the pantry and the refrigerator of all things that wouldn't be consumed during the 30 days.  I also started planning for the first week of food.  Then I went grocery shopping.

This was my first shock.  I really wanted to follow the program as mush as I could.  So, I was looking to do organic fruits and vegetables, grass fed beef and lean high quality proteins.  I knew it was going to cost me more than I was eating - it's true, eating junk costs less than eating healthy.  Huge problem in America and we wonder why obesity is so rampant and starting younger and younger.  Still, I bucked down and bought the recommended foods.

The day had come, I was starting this journey.  I was going to be cooking fresh veggies and proteins.  It was going to be a challenge as I've never enjoyed cooking - I can cook, I just don't usually like too.  Don't even get me started about doing dishes!

The first few days went really well.  I was feeling full and satisfied.  It was different and I was having to learn what foods I like and what I would be avoiding.  Then day four arrived and it was a rough day.  I was grumpy, super intolerant of noise, a bad headache - you name a bad feeling and I had it.  The "carb flu" I'd read about and thought sure, that'll happen - well, it happened and it was not fun.  I was lucky that this feeling only lasted about a day so it could have been worse.

Weeks one and two passed pretty quickly and I was getting adjusted to the cooking and the food.  I was learning portions and what worked and didn't work for me.  Then all the good veggies started to play games with my stomach and I had a couple of uncomfortable days, but thankfully that didn't last long either.  During this time I noticed that I wasn't as bloated and my leg swelling was getting better.

Week three presented a new challenge for me.  I was traveling to Walt Disney World for a 5K and 10 Miler.  I wasn't yet comfortable ordering food from restaurants so I did the next best thing for me.  I ordered groceries to be delivered to my resort.  This was the best thing I could have ever done.  It was fantastic to arrive, go to bell services and get fresh groceries.  So I ended up cooking all my meals in the room and this worked really well for me.  I did find that I snacked a little more than at home, but at least it was on apples and raw almonds.  

The race presented a whole new set of challenges in terms of fueling (yes, I will post about the race soon) and it was probably the roughest race I have ever done.  There were more factors than just a change in food, but I certainly wasn't fueling the way I am used to.

I got home and continued right on my merry Whole 30 way.  I thought around week four that I was starting to notice differences in my clothes, but it was hard for me to tell for sure.  Remember, I couldn't quantify my progress by using a scale and I see myself every day so it can be tricky noticing differences.

Finally, I made it to the last week and I was feeling pretty good.  I was super excited to see if there were any noticeable results that I could quantify.  Well - guess what?  There are...

Yes, I stepped on the scale this morning.  Let's be honest, I really didn't do this strictly to lose weight.  I really wanted to start feeling better first and foremost, but I was hoping there might be some weight benefits too.  Truly, I was thinking maybe I'll have lost 5 pounds that would be awesome.  Imagine my delight and surprise when I found out that I have lost 12 pounds.

I am thrilled to have lost weight.  It is pretty amazing to have lost weight while never being hungry and eating fabulous food without counting calories.  Don't get me wrong there is still a lot of planning involved, but it is becoming second nature and a little planning to feel good is acceptable to me.

In addition to the weight loss I have also noticed that my resting heart rate has gone down quite a bit as well.  In the mornings I am down about 10 - 15 bpm.  I am happy with this as it shows more progress.

That's it, I didn't do any other measurements or monitoring.  As soon as I was done with the scale it got put away again and I will attempt to not weigh again for another 30 days.

That's right - today I started my second Whole 30.  I'm not stopping now.

I will make a couple of modifications this time around.  I will be using my Lifesavers for fuel for long runs as needed.  I will also make sure I eat at least one fruit a day and I will likely add in Yonanas again.  The Whole 30 authors don't allow Yonanas because they are concerned about add ins, but when I use it I use a banana and fruit and that's it.  I don't add in sugar, peanut butter, jams, chocolate or anything else.  That's why I am okay adding it back in.  I have two more traveling races coming up during this month and I will have to brave restaurants during those trips and a meal out with my bosses soon.  

So, I still have such a long way to go, but I feel like I'm on the right track.  I feel better (aside from my knees) and I don't want to give that up.

I promise that I will stop doing daily recaps now since it will be more of the same.  I am trying really hard to workout every day and maybe I will go back to my weekly updates instead.  There are also some race recaps that I will be putting together in the next couple of weeks too.

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Whole 30 Challenge - Day 30

Is this the end or just the beginning?


What a rough day today.  Both dogs had me up overnight throwing up - for different reasons.  Needless to say, that left me with very little sleep and I was grumpy when I had to get up and go to work.

Then, I had to leave the little monsters to go to work and when I came home at lunch Belle had had another seizure.  Poor baby - rough night and morning for her that's for sure.  She takes all this in stride, but it stresses me out a lot.

Breakfast:  Pork Chops, Broccoli and Olive Oil

Cooked up some little pork chops and broccoli last night, so I just had to reheat it this morning.

After all the crud over night the last thing I cared about was eating this morning, but I managed to enjoy it sort of.

Lunch:  Chicken Breast, Baby Carrots and Almond Butter
Reheated a chicken breast I had sauteed last night, grabbed a handful of organic baby carrots and a sample squeeze pack of organic almond butter.

Ended up only needing half of the chicken breast as it was just way to much to eat for lunch.  The almond butter was okay, but not my favorite - that's why I bought a squeeze pack to try it out.

Dinner:  Chicken Breast, Baby Romaine, Tomato, Avocado, Pear, Salsa and Mayo

Since I had half of my chicken left from lunch I threw together a quick no cook salad and a pear.

Great easy, no fuss dinner.

Like I said yesterday - I cannot believe it's been 30 days.  This has been a lot different than I expected.  I really thought I would hate it, that I would crave and miss the things I was so used to eating.  Imagine my surprise when that didn't happen - I didn't cheat once, I have learned to enjoy my food and the freedom from counting calories.  

I know you're still wondering - is this the end?  Are you going back to your old ways and giving up on this new lifestyle?  No, it is not the end and no I am not planning on going back or giving up.  I still feel like I have a long way to go and I'm not sure I've realized all the benefits of this yet.  I am still hoping for more.

There are still things I have to face.  I'm still learning that I don't need to stress eat.  I still need to tackle the eating out issue - which will be coming up sooner than I might like.  I still need to learn how to make this eating work with my running.

So, it will be interesting to see what tomorrow brings - I'll keep you posted.

Monday, October 13, 2014

Whole 30 Challenge - Day 29

Back to work and back to working out.


It has been a pretty good day today.  My right knee is holding up okay, still unhappy with stairs,but other than that it's getting better.

Breakfast:  Eggs, Mushrooms, Spinach and Olive Oil

Sauteed mushrooms and spinach in evoo and then scrambled in three eggs.

Great super filling meal to start the day.

Lunch:  Turkey Burger, Baby Romaine, Tomato, Avocado and Mayo
Reheated a turkey burger that I cooked last night and added it to organic baby romaine lettuce, half a tomato, half an avocado and a dollop of homemade mayo.

Easy and filling lunchtime meal.

Dinner:  Grass Fed Rib Eye, Mushrooms, Spinach, Pear and Clarified Butter

Sauteed mushrooms and spinach in clarified butter with a grass fed rib eye and a pear.

Yum - what else can I say?

I cannot believe tomorrow is day 30.  It really seems like I just started this month long journey.  Truly amazing.

I managed to get a good 30 minute ride on the bike today - 7 miles.  I was afraid the knee was going to have some trouble with this, but it help up pretty well and felt pretty good. I am hoping to keep the workouts going this week.

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Whole 30 Challenge - Day 28

Another relatively lazy day.


I just managed to do some housework today and not much else.  I am still feeling a bit drained and I'm not really sure why.  So rather than try to push myself and cause harm, I took it easy.  I think it was the right thing to do.

Breakfast:  Ground Pork, Sweet Potato and Clarified Butter

Cooked a sweet potato and while that was cooking I put some ground pork in the pan to cook.  Then I sliced up the sweet potato and tossed in the pan with the pork.  I added some clarified butter and pumpkin pie spice.

This is a really easy and filling breakfast and I enjoy it (who would have guessed I would be eating sweet potato?).

Lunch:  Chicken Breast, Spinach, Orange and Olive Oil
Sliced a chicken breast and cooked it in some evoo and then added some spinach to wilt it down.  I also had a nice orange.

Another really filling meal.

Dinner:  Meat Squishees, Tomato, Cucumber and Olive Oil

Took ground beef and ground pork and spices and made little meat squishees (flattened bite size meatballs).  Sliced up a tomato and cucumber and sprinkled a little salt on them.

Another filling meal - I am plenty full today.

A lot of really good food today, but I almost think it was too much food.  Everything was really good, but by the end of meal three I am very full.  I'll have to watch that the next couple of days and make sure I cut down the amounts some and see how I feel.

The good news is - my legs are not swollen and my right knee is finally feeling better.  I am able to walk without pain today and getting up and down from chairs is feeling so much better.  I missed my miles for the weekend, but I think it was the right choice to let my legs heal up and I am hoping I can really get some time on my feet this week..

Saturday, October 11, 2014

Whole 30 Challenge - Day 27

Saturday is sleep day right?


Today was a day for me to do absolutely nothing.  Really I just wasn't feeling all that great and so I didn't do much of anything.  I have to say it felt good to not do anything.

Breakfast:  One Pot Beef and Veggie Soup

Soup for breakfast - still not great, but it did the job.

Lunch:  One Pot Beef and Veggie Soup
Thank goodness this was the last of the soup.  It was just not a good batch - oh well, it'll be better next time and at least it was edible.

Dinner:  Chicken Breast, Baby Romaine, Tomato, Avocado, Orange, Salsa and Mayo

Mexican seasoned chicken breast, organic baby romaine lettuce, half a tomato, an avocado, organic salsa and homemade mayo.  This made a fantastic salad for dinner.  Followed this up with a nice orange.

Yeah, good food for dinner!

I was just kind of over food today.  It just wasn't appealing.  Still I did pretty good and felt okay with the stuff that I ate.

Still struggling with a lot of pain in my right knee.  Staying off it today has helped and the ice  helped too.  If I can get some time on my feet tomorrow I will be happy.

Friday, October 10, 2014

Whole 30 Challenge - Day 26

TGIF- that's right it's Friday.


I have just been very tired today.  Just feeling a bit worn down.  Oh and my knee would really have been happy if I wouldn't have walked at all, but I still took the stairs and did what I could.

Breakfast:  Turkey Burger, Baby Romaine, Tomato and Mayo

I cooked a turkey burger last night so I just had to heat it up this morning.  Then I cut it in to bite size pieces and added it to organic baby romaine lettuce and half a tomato with a little bit of homemade mayo.

Overall it wasn't bad.  I do love that I can eat something I would normally think of as lunch or dinner for breakfast - after all it's just three meals a day right?

Lunch:  Ground Pork, Broccoli, Avocado and Salsa
I cooked up ground pork and broccoli last night so I reheated it at lunch and added half an avocado and little bit of organic salsa.

A very filling and good lunch for a Friday.

Dinner:  One Pot Beef and Veggie Soup

So my last couple of soups have been really good.  This one - not so much.  The store was out of organic beef broth so I ended up with organic mushroom broth - seemed like it would be fine.  The soup has stew beef, potato, broccoli, cauliflower, carrots, spinach, mushrooms, mushroom broth, water, spices and tomato paste.

Nothing I did made this soup good.  It was bland, so I added more spices and it just made it worse.  It is edible, but I am not going to say it was a great meal.  Worst part - I made a big old pot of soup so I'll be eating meh soup tomorrow because I can't just throw it away.

Just a bit worn out today for some reason.  I think it's just been a long week with the travel last weekend and straight to work.  There's always stuff on my mind right now as well so I think my tiredness is really more mental than physical.

I am hoping to get a long run in this weekend, but it will just depend on how my knee and heel feel.  Both have been giving me trouble today so it should be interesting.  If I can manage to get a long run in I will try out one of the organic baby foods to see how my stomach does and if it provides any energy.  Truly though - after this first 30 days my Lifesavers will be that again - my life saver on long runs :).

I am so close to the end of this first 30 days and I'm excited about how it has gone.  As I've mentioned, I will be continuing with this eating style, but the next 30 days will be more challenging as I have two race weekends back to back and eating is going to be tougher because I won't have a microwave in my room for one of my trips so I'm going to be more dependent on food I can purchase.  It will be a whole new challenge and I think I'm up for it.

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Whole 30 Challenge - Day 25

What to say about today.


Another day, more great food.  It's starting to sound the same a lot.  I am still really enjoying the food I am eating and I hope I can keep this up long term.

Breakfast:  Eggs, Spinach, Mushrooms and Clarified Butter

Yep, I clarified butter last night so it was a nice change of pace today to use the butter instead of the evoo.  I cooked up some mushrooms and spinach and tossed in a few eggs.

This is one of the easy, quick and filling breakfasts.  I really enjoyed it today.

Lunch:  Ground Beef, Baby Romaine, Avocado, Salsa and Mayo
I took some Mexican Seasoning and cooked up some grass-fed ground beef last night.  I took the ground beef, organic baby romaine lettuce and half an avocado.  Then I took some organic salsa and a little homemade mayo to make a dressing and tossed it all together.

Oh my goodness, this completely made my happy today.  It was really a fantastic lunch.

Dinner:  Pork Chops, Sweet Potato, Apple and Clarified Butter

Simple pan cooked pork chops, baked sweet potato and clarified butter with an apple.

Funny thing, this was truly a sweet potato - I knew when I bought it that it wasn't a yam, but a sweet potato.  Still it does seem odd to have a yellow sweet potato.  The taste was okay though so that's all that really mattered.

I made my "taco salad" lunch today and it was so good.  As I was eating it, I kept thinking I could so eat another bowl of that.  Funny thing - there would have been no way I could have eaten more and not gotten sick.  The amount I had was perfect and I was full.l and satisfied.  It still amazes me how different it is when you have the right combination of foods - you really do get full.

So, I mentioned that I would probably feel like my clothes are tight today.  Surprisingly not.  In fact, I was shocked to see that one of the shirts I usually wear was actually a little looser today.  It's not like massive change, but it is still change and I noticed it.  That was a huge plus for me today.

Tonight I got in a 30 minute walk on the treadmill.  My right knee is still not super happy, but walking doesn't seem to make it hurt worse so that's a good thing.  I just have to work up the miles slowly and keep doing what I'm doing so that I can keep doing races and hopefully improve again.

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Whole 30 Challenge - Day 24

Pretty good day all around.


Sometimes you just have an okay sort of day and today was a little better than okay - it was good.  It wasn't anything obvious, it was just that nothing really got to me and I just did what I had to do.

Breakfast:  Ground Pork, Broccoli and Avocado

I was a bit lazy last night so I didn't cook breakfast ahead of time.  So, a quick fry of ground pork and broccoli with half of a sliced avocado added in.  

It was pretty quick to fix and I was able to really enjoy it.

Lunch:  Turkey Burger, Spinach, Avocado and Mayo
I cooked up a turkey burger this morning so I just had to reheat it for lunch.  Then I took a handful of spinach, half of an avocado and some homemade mayo and mixed it all up.

The turkey burger was okay.  I guess I am just not a huge fan of the ground poultry although the turkey is much better than the chicken for me.

Dinner:  Chicken Breast, Spinach, Mushrooms, Pineapple and Olive Oil

Cooked up a chicken breast, mushrooms and spinach in some evoo.  Added a side of pineapple.

This was really good and hit the spot tonight.

Yes, I am eating a lot of spinach and a lot of mushrooms. They have become my go to veggies because they are quick and easy to make/use and I really enjoy them together with a protein.  

Today was one of those days where I felt like my clothes fit better.  The funny thing is - tomorrow I will probably think everything fits tighter again.  That's how it seems to go sometimes.

My energy level was pretty good all day today.  I even managed to come home and get a slow 30 minute walk in on the treadmill.  My legs aren't 100% from the weekend yet, but they are getting better and I was able to walk without too much trouble.

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Whole 30 Challenge - Day 23

Just another day in the fun house.


Really today hasn't been so bad.  Belle had a good day and my legs are swollen today, but feeling much better.

Breakfast:  Ground Beef, Cauliflower and Olive Oil

A little evoo, some grass fed ground beef and cauliflower in a pan first thing in the morning.  Seemed like a good plan at the time and actually it ended up being a great breakfast.

Lunch:  Eggs, Spinach and Olive Oil
Sauteed spinach in evoo and fried up three eggs.  It was just the perfect lunch for some reason.  I felt happy and comfortable after this meal.

Dinner:  Pork Chops, Spinach, Mushrooms, Pear and Olive Oil

More sauteed spinach with mushrooms this time in some evoo.  Cooked two little pork chops with the veggies as well.  Then I had a pear for dessert.

A great third meal for the day.

I rearranged some meals today since I didn't get to the grocery store yesterday.  It is nice to be comfortable doing that now.  I did make it to the store tonight and bought food to get me through the challenge - yeah, it's not that far off now.

One thing I will say - I am sort of used to cooking.  It is becoming second nature.  Of course, I do still need to work on being more creative, but I am a creature of habit and that has always been the case.  Still, I am happy with the meals I am making and it seems to be working.

Still waiting for the aha moment.  You know, that moment where I say - wow, I feel great.  I do feel better.  I feel like I have more constant energy.  I know that even though I'm eating three meals a day, I am still eating better things and overall less than I was before.  The food makes sense and it does help to learn portion control and more sensible amounts.

A week to go and it is still interesting.  I am still learning about things and myself and while I will be making a few adjustments on the next go round I think I'm pretty committed to sticking with this way of eating.

Monday, October 6, 2014

Whole 30 Challenge - Day 22

Belle has more seizures...


Rough night and day.  Poor Belle has had three seizures since I picked her and Jasmine up from the kennel yesterday.  They have been really hard on her and they take such a toll on her and of course I worry about her all the time.

Breakfast:  Eggs, Spinach and Olive Oil

Cooked some spinach in evoo and then fried up a few eggs.  It was really good and got me going this morning.

Lunch:  Ground Pork, Broccoli and Olive Oil
Cooked up ground pork and broccoli in evoo last night so I just had to heat it up at lunch time.  I was starving so this hit the spot.

Dinner:  Rib Eye, Veggie Medley. Mixed Berries and Olive Oil
Had a grass fed rib eye steak cooked in a little evoo.  Carrots, Broccoli and Cauliflower veggie medley tossed in the pan and cooked up.  Then a small serving of frozen mixed berries that I thawed.

Great dinner tonight.

I have been starving all day - this is normal for me two days after a race, that's when I am hungriest.  Add in the stress of Belle, little sleep and pain and all I can say is there is no filling the whole in my stomach today.  In fact, my stomach is growling as I type this.  It is just one of those days.

In terms of the legs - yeah, I am sore as I knew I would be.  Lots of stretching and elevation has helped quite a bit today.  My left heel is slowly easing up and I can almost walk again.  The right knee is stiff, but doing okay.  My back is starting to unclench - a bit tight yet, but starting to get better.  All to be expected after races with injuries and no training - I did it to myself after all.

Sunday, October 5, 2014

Whole 30 Challenge - Day 21

Little Sleep, Some Travel and Continuing Pain!


Managed to get about an hour and a half of sleep between the Tower of Terror 10 Miler and time to get up and get ready to go out to the airport.  Needless to say I'm a little loopy from lack of sleep.

The good thing about no sleep is that I didn't have time to process all the issues from the race so I was able to walk in a relatively normal manner...at least at first.  After each portion of my journey the walking has become more and more difficult.  It took me a while to get from the plane to the shuttle to get home today.

Tomorrow should be the worst day for me in terms of stiffness and soreness.

Breakfast:  None

There was no eating this morning. I just couldn't even stand the thought of food.  I did grab some water though so that was good.

Lunch:  Sunbutter, Apple Sauce and Mixed Berries
Not much food in the house and I wasn't up for much when I first got home so just grabbed some quick eats to get some food in me.

Dinner:  Pork Chops, Spinach and Olive Oil
Cooked up two little pork chops and a big handful of spinach in some evoo. It was great having something different as I'm sure you noticed that things were pretty much the same each day over the long weekend

I forgot to mention that yesterday I had one of those cheating dreams...That was a first for me.  The funny thing is that even my subconscious is being easier on myself.  I was eating a pasta dish and as I was almost done I realized that it wasn't allowed on the Whole 30.  Instead of getting upset and defeated I just shrugged my shoulders and said, "I guess I start at day 1 tomorrow."  When I woke up I vividly remembered the dream and it sort of made me smile since during other eating plans I would have beat myself up and spiraled in to a whole day or more of bad food choices.

I also forgot to mention that I did have two bananas after the race last night which I think was helpful to prevent cramping.

I did have some swelling today, but nothing too bad.  I take that as a good sign considering how sore and tired my poor body is today.  Yeah, it really isn't a pretty thing right now.  I am walking like I'm a 120 with everything in me broken down...

Whole 30 Challenge - Day 20

5K, 10Mi and Pain - OH MY!

Rough day today.  Were there any highlights - not really, but most of that is for other posts.

Breakfast:  Banana, Apples, Almonds, Eggs, Mushrooms and Clarified Butter

Grabbed a banana after the 5K.  Came back to the room, steamed some mushrooms, scrambled some eggs, and clarified some butter in the microwave.  Tossed them altogether in a bowl.  Had a few apple slices and a handful of almonds.

An unusual thing for me - I was starving before the 5K.  I don't normally eat before a 5K and I went with that this morning and I feel it had some negative consequences.  When I finally got food I was hungry and a bit concerned that I needed some extra carbs (apples, banana).

Lunch:  Ground Beef, Potato, Clarified Butter and Almonds
Cooked up some hamburger and a potato and threw some clarified butter over the whole thing.  Finished with a few almonds.

Dinner:  Hamburger, Potato, Clarified Butter
Since the race was a night race, I had dinner a bit earlier than usual tonight to make sure it would have time to settle prior to the race

Pre-Race:  Pumpkin Spice Larabar
Two and a half hours prior to the race I ate a Larabar.  I was not hungry, but I was worried about how bad I felt at the 5K and I wanted to make sure I had something similar to what I normally have before a distance run.  I don't think this was a bad approach.

During the Race:  Organic Pear Juice
I had some organic pear juice from Gerber.  I was hoping that it would have enough carbs, calories and some potassium to help get me through the race.  My first thought on this - so sweet it left too much of an after taste for my liking - even with sips of water.  My second thought - this was tough to have the added liquid, even though it was a small amount.  My third thought - this didn't work for me at all.

The take away - it was Whole 30 compliant and something I thought might work for me, but it did not.  

After the Whole 30, even if I end up continuing the Whole 30 eating, one modification I will definitely consider making is to add my Lifesavers back in for fuel.  It took me a couple of years to find Lifesavers and I've been using them for several years and they work for me.  While I understand they are sugar and they are processed, I've never felt like Lifesavers have caused me sugar cravings.

Still, I have some organic baby food with fruits and veggies to try at home during some long runs, but since I tend to have stomach issues with gels and other food type things, I didn't want to try them during a race without trying them at home first.

This was not a triumphant race weekend.  I have still been struggling with the injuries and the lack of training was most definitely an issue.  In addition, my mind is not helping things as I certainly am lacking confidence, drive, motivation and dedication - this is something I must work on, but am struggling with.

So, those are things I need to work on.  The other major factor is the change in my diet.  I don't know how to work with this diet in terms of races yet.  I had some very different issues during the 10 miler - it made the race excruciatingly difficult for me.  Some of this I am pretty sure have to do with eating and I'll have to work through some of these issues.  More on this in the race recaps (when I have a chance to get to them).

Friday, October 3, 2014

Whole 30 Challenge - Day 19

Expo and work.

Feeling pretty good today my knee is holding up with for walking which is good and food is been okay but a little tough.

Breakfast:  Eggs, Mushrooms and Clarified Butter
Steamed some mushrooms in the microwave.  Scrambled some eggs in the microwave. Clarified some butter in the microwave.  Tossed them altogether in a bowl.

Another pretty good meal considering I only have a microwave.

Lunch:  Eggs, Broccoli, Baby Carrots, Apples and Clarified Butter
I learned from breakfast how to cook my eggs better so they were good.  The broccoli was steam in the bag and I am pretty good at clarifying butter in small batches now.   Grabbed a handful of baby carrots and slice apples.

This was a really good lunch and got me through most of my work day.

Dinner:  Hamburger, Potato, Clarified Butter, Baby Carrots, Almonds and Apples
Cooked a potato, mostly cooked some hamburger and clarified some butter.  Put all this together with broccoli and finished heating it up in the microwave.  I also grabbed more baby carrots, sliced apples and almonds.

Super good and filling meal.

I fell in to an old habit today.  Snacking.  You see when I work from home I find I want to snack.  So, I did - i snacked on natural almonds.  Now I don't think I went completely overboard, but it is something I need to be mindful of when I get home.

I managed to get quite a bit of walking in over the last two days and it isn't making my knee worse so I am hoping for the best in the races tomorrow.

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Whole 30 Challenge - Day 18

Crazy days, crazy days...

It was a bit nuts traveling today and that is whole separate story for another post.  I did it, no cheats today, but not great either.

Breakfast:  Mixed Fruit Cup
The problem with getting to the airport super early is nothing is really open.  At least I was able to grab a fruit cup.  Cantaloupe, honey dew, pineapple, grapes.

It wasn't great, but at least I got something in my stomach.

Lunch:  Hamburger, Potato, Apple and Clarified Butter
Lunch/dinner - that's what it really was.  By the time I got to the resort my grocery delivery was there and waiting for me.  Once I got in to my room I was starving.  I put a potato in the microwave to cook.  Portioned out my hamburger and found some salt to use then popped it in to the microwave.  Lastly I melted butter in a coffe cup so I could clarify it - thankfully I know how to do that.  I threw everything together in a bowl, grabbed some sliced apples and sat down to eat.

It was so good to have real food and it turned out pretty good.

Dinner:  Natural Almonds
More a snack I guess.  I had a couple of handfuls of natural almonds.  It was a long day and I was hungry so this helped.

I won't lie there were a few times today that junk food smelled so good.  I know it is just because my plans were not perfect and things happened.  Now I know some of the things to do and not do for next time.  Other than that, I did really well overall.

The interesting thing is - while I did swell a bit, it was no where near what usually happens.  In fact, my hands didn't swell at all.  Of course that could have something to do with my lack of enough water, but I think it may be more than that.  I guess I will have to see.

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Whole 30 Challenge - Day 17

Time flies when you're having fun.

Still having trouble with the right knee, stairs are painful and even walking causes some pain, but ice and elevation are helping some.  I have just felt sort of worn out today - not like dragging, just sort of going through the motions.

Breakfast:  Ground Chicken, Mushrooms, Spinach and Olive Oil
Pre-cooked the ground chicken last night so this morning I threw some mushrooms in a pan with some evoo, then a handful of spinach and finally the ground chicken to blend them all together and finish cooking.

Thank goodness I don't have any more ground chicken left - I am just really not fond of it no matter what I did to it.  Still it was a small portion of my breakfast and the spinach and mushrooms were awesome as usual.

Lunch:  Pork Chop, Broccoli and Clarified Butter
Last night I cooked up a pork chop to almost done.  I also cooked some broccoli.  Then this afternoon I threw some clarified butter in and reheated everything.

It was hilarious - I was eating my lunch and I would have thought I hadn't eaten for a year or that this was some gourmet meal.  For some reason this so made my happy that I was sad when I was all done :).

Dinner:  Grass Fed Rib Eye, Brussels Sprouts and Clarified Butter
My local Sprouts (a less expensive, more local Whole Foods) had grass fed rib eyes on sale and they looked really good.  Well, not only did it look good, but it tasted really good too! 

That fabulous steak, some Brussels sprouts and clarified butter - such a great satisfying, filling meal!

Busy day trying to get things ready for Tower of Terror this weekend.  All those last minute things to think of.

Tomorrow will be interesting.  I hope that I will be able to find some fruits/veggies at the airport because I will be leaving way to early to try to eat ahead of time.  I do have a Lara Bar as a fallback if I need it, but I'm kind of hoping to have that before the race Saturday night.  I feel ready for this challenge and I am confident that I can make good decisions.

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Whole 30 Challenge - Day 16

Just a blah sort of day all around.

Still having trouble with the right knee, stairs are painful and even walking causes some pain, but ice and elevation are helping some.  I have just felt sort of worn out today - not like dragging, just sort of going through the motions.

Breakfast:  Ground Pork, Sweet Potato and Clarified Butter
So, I kind of like this throw together phony hash.  Cook some ground pork, dice a cooked sweet potato and then finish cooking them with some clarified butter and stir in some pumpkin pie spice.

I cooked this up last night and then just reheat it in the morning so it is a quick meal and it is pretty filling.

Lunch:  Grass Fed Ground Beef, Cauliflower and Olive Oil
Last night I cooked up some ground beef and cauliflower in some evoo.  

Nothing fancy, but a good solid meal for lunch and quite tasty.

Dinner:  Chicken Breast, Spinach, Baby Carrots, Avocado, Homemade Mayo and Orange
While I sauteed a chicken breast cut in to strips I put together a bowl of spinach, a handful of baby carrots, an avocado and a scoop of homemade mayo.  Once the chicken was cooked, I put the whole thing together and mixed it all up.  Then for dessert I had an orange.  
Yes, I had more avocado than usual and I added an orange.  I was really hungry when I got home and this meal certainly hit the spot and filled me up!

I am super proud of myself.  Why?  Well, I went to the store tonight.  So, what is so exciting about going to the store?  I bought protein.  So, what is new about buying protein?  I didn't need it tonight.  I did pick up a grass fed rib eye for tomorrow night, but I also picked up grass fed ground beef and ground pork.  There's nothing exciting about that...Sure there is - now I have no excuse when I get home.  I have protein in the freezer which means I have food.

You are probably wondering why that is so great for me.  Here's the deal.  When I travel I get tired and worn out and the last thing I usually want to do is come home and cook.  That usually means that I would order food in.  Make bad choices and then feel guilty about eating it.  So, not this time.

In other news, I think my skin is starting to clear up a bit.  Don't know if it is the food or not, but I'm guessing that all the bad stuff I've been eating certainly couldn't have helped.

Monday, September 29, 2014

Whole 30 Challenge - Day 15

The halfway point - wow, the last couple of weeks has actually gone pretty quickly.

I don't know what I expected the halfway point to feel like so I guess it was pretty good.  The only issue I am having right now is that my right knee is acting up again, which means I favor it and then the left heel starts to hurt.  Seriously though - I really have felt pretty good today.

Breakfast:  Eggs, Spinach, Mushrooms and Clarified Butter
Spinach and mushrooms sauteed in clarified butter and then eggs scrambled in.  See, it really is one of my go to meals and so darn good.

Lunch:  Chicken Breast, Brussels Sprouts and Clarified Butter
Cooked up a chicken breast and Brussels sprouts with a little clarified butter last night and reheated it at lunch.

The meal was good and filling and just right.

Dinner:  Pork Chops, Brussels Sprouts, Olive Oil and Apple
I cooked up pork chops in olive oil and then heated up the Brussels sprouts.  Then I had an apple.  This was a good dinner as I was actually a bit hungry tonight.  

Pretty simple meals today, but they were quite tasty and hit the spot.  I guess that's something I'm learning - it doesn't have to be fancy and take a long time to be enjoyable.  The cooking is becoming more natural and second nature - thank goodness.

It still surprises me that I am halfway through the 30 days.  It hasn't been as bad as I thought it would be and maybe that's because I took the time to get mentally ready to change too.  So, as I keep saying I have a lot of work to do, but I'm getting there slowly and hopefully healthfully.

Don't get me wrong, I was reading today and the story happened to have a lot of food in it and there were a couple of times that I thought, "oh my - that sounds so good."  Then I would catch myself and realize it was just the thought that sounded good not the actual food.  Yep, I still have some work to do on the food front ;).

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Whole 30 Challenge - Day 14

Sunday, Sunday - supposed to be fun day...

Today was pretty uneventful and I felt pretty good overall.  I did have a little aversion to doing much cooking today, but I still had some great meals.

Breakfast:  Hard Boiled Eggs, Baby Carrots, Sunbutter
This was going to be lunch, but I decided that I didn't want to turn the stove on this morning so I decided this would fit the bill.  The hard boiled eggs were good and I dipped the baby carrots in to the organic sunbutter.

It was a filling and easy breakfast and exactly what I needed and wanted to start my day.

Lunch:  Ground Chicken, Baby Carrots and Clarified Butter
I cooked up some ground chicken finished it off with some clarified butter and had a handful of baby carrots

It was hard to eat lunch today.  I haven't been highly interested in food.  My stomach has been a bit off and so I kept it smaller for lunch.

Dinner:  Chicken Breast, Spinach, Avocado and Homemade Mayo
Cooked up a chicken breast with some spinach with a little touch of clarified butter.  On the side I had half an avocado and a spoon of homemade mayo.

Another quick and easy meal and it was really good.  And I finally made a decent mayo.  I bought a stick blender today and it made perfect mayo quick and no fuss - yeah!

The swelling is all gone today which is great and I don't feel quite as bloated.  That being said, my stomach had enough today I think - it was just kind of over food and didn't feel good eating or not eating.  Thankfully it started settling down and I know it's still adjusting to all the good food.

Funny how today I felt better because I am not swollen and I was feeling less bloated.  Then that nasty little voice in my head reminded me that I still have so far to go and it said, "don't you want to step on the scale?"  My head and heart conflicted - yes, I so want to step on the scale, no, because it will just disappoint me and no, because this isn't all about weight loss.  

Arrrggghhhh - in the end, I am being true to the Whole 30 and there will be no scale stepping until after the 30 days.  To be honest, I really don't expect to have lost any weight and I'm okay with that (really I am), but my warped diet motivated self tends to forget this a lot.  Pretty sure that I will end up adding additional time on the Whole 30 - I'm not sure that 30 days will be sufficient to really get to where I want to be.  Regardless, if not Whole 30, I will look at Primal or Paleo (still trying to get my head around the full differences between the two and which might suit me best).

Saturday, September 27, 2014

Whole 30 Challenge - Day 13

Lucky 13 or Unlucky 13????

I slept in this morning and that was the best thing in the world.  Contrary to popular belief, it does rain in Arizona and this afternoon the storms hit and are actually still going while I type this.  Seriously, I didn't do much during the morning or afternoon and this started to help the swelling go down in my legs.  I kind of figured kicking back would help on the swelling - it usually does.

Breakfast:  Eggs, Spinach, Mushrooms and Olive Oil
I sauteed some mushrooms and spinach in some evoo and then scrambled it up with a few eggs.

Another good and super filling breakfast - this is truly become one of my favorites.

Lunch:  Ground Chicken, Cauliflower and Clarified Butter
I cooked up some ground chicken and cauliflower and then finished it all off with some clarified butter.

While I'm still not a super fan of the ground chicken, I did find that it was better today than the last time I had it.  Maybe I'm just getting used to it.

Dinner:  Grass Fed Strip Steak, Mushrooms, Broccoli and Olive Oil
More sauteed mushrooms in evoo.  Then I threw the steak in with the mushrooms and cooked it up.  Once the steak was done I threw the broccoli in with the mushrooms and tossed them together.  Finally I had a pear to finish off the meal.

Seriously delicious dinner tonight.  It was the perfect end to the day.

Another great food day - It is so fun to enjoy my meals and not just go through the motions of eating crap just to eat it.

I decided to try to get a 30 minute walk in on the treadmill tonight.  Sadly, 30 minutes was enough tonight and I didn't even go fast.  I just felt a bit worn out at the end - I know I'm out of shape, but 30 minutes shouldn't have drained me this much.  I do wonder if it is the diet, in my head, or something else going on.  I ate about 2 hours before I worked out and perhaps I will have to find a snack that won't bother my stomach before I work out - something I've never had to do before.

So, the journey continues and I'm not sure where I am at this point.  I love the freedom, the food, the concepts, but I have no idea if it is helping me where I want it to.  I still have some bloating going on and my joints are still causing me some issues today.  Still, the doubts don't make me want to give up.  I really want to see this 30 days through and then I will take it from there.  I suppose I'll have to do some more reading up on a true Paleo lifestyle and see how to adapt to it after the 30 days.

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