I think anyone could have guessed that ever since my post about not having any motivation, ever, that I needed to make some serious changes outside of just setting my alarm clock louder or having an ‘accountabilibuddy’ wake me up in the morning.
I needed to make some lifestyle changes. With such a volatile work schedule, I rarely ate right. I was justifying the ‘free meals’ I would get in the office and from clients as exempt from being rejected. McDonald’s fit into the schedule more times than I care to admit. I also wasn’t training and running as much as I wanted to – which equaled no exercise which in turn equaled absolutely NO energy.
The turning point for me was my recent trip to Australia. I don’t think anyone LOVES photos of themselves in a bathing suit, but I was mortified. I was the heaviest I’d ever been – how can I blog about marathoning and not even be holding myself accountable as healthy? On top of that, when I ran the Chicago Marathon a few months ago (with little to no training from my vicious cycle of just not doing anything that was good for myself), I was in pain and for the first time annoyed with myself as a runner. I wasn’t enjoying myself as I always do when I run races. But, it took the visual proof of those photos to really show me why I was feeling the way I was.
I mentioned my displeasure with my health and my training to my friend in AUS, who mentioned something called Whole 30. The premise, long story short, is eating nutritional foods in place of just eating to eat. Some things are eliminated (buh-bye cheese), but replaced with as much as you need to eat to feel fulfilled. I immediately downloaded reading material for my 15 hour flight home.
Let me stop right here – I’m a weirdo. I don’t eat sweets and I don’t like chocolate. The hardest part about this for me was going to be cheeses and chips, and I knew it. That being said, I liked the style of this model – I could eat as much as I needed to until I felt full. I had done so many calorie counting, colored-container measuring, points tracking systems and I always ended up eating junk that was sitting around purely because I was still hungry. And no, I don’t want to much on kale and carrot sticks just to get some more nutrients, thank you very much. The biggest problem with these diets for me was coinciding with marathon training – I was eating 1200 calorie diets and burning half of that in one workout period, leaving me starving, crabby and desperate for something I could stick to.
Also, I barely can find time to blow dry my hair, you want me to download an app on my phone, respond to your Facebook posts for the next 21 days AND spend two hours on my Sunday’s off prepping my meals for the entire week (what the hell do they look like by Friday)? Get out of here.
So, I gave the Whole 30 thing a try. I’m not a meal prep kind-of-gal – I tried it once, and literally by Wednesday was so bored of what I made I turned to grilled cheese faster than I could throw the vegan chili in the trash. I like to eat what I’m in the mood for – like many other humans. For the last week and a half, I’ve ‘planned’ by writing down ideas in my Erin Condren, but openly changed them if I felt like it. I haven’t had to keep up with tracking every calorie that enters my body (which I naturally forgot to do halfway through the day), and I’m eating naturally. Just leaving out some components from before that were ‘staples’ – and really didn’t need to be.
Overall, I feel a MILLION times better already – Whole 30 encourages you not to weigh yourself, but as you have read I clearly don’t like playing by the rules. So far, I’m down 7 lbs and quite honestly, don’t even think about cheese. Ok, maybe twice.
How does this relate to running you ask? Over the last week, not only have I had the energy to actually work out, I’ve been running 2 minute faster miles. Maybe it’s a mental change, or a physical improvement, but it’s definitely working for me.
Have any of you tried a paleo based diet before? Whole 30? I’d love to hear some success stories! I’ll keep you posted, and I’ll give it some more time before I post any before and after photos – I get it…it’s only been a week.
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