We’re 11 days into the New Year – how are all of your resolutions and goals holding up? As I mentioned on Monday, I started the year with a major case of the blah’s as related to tracking my training/goals/resolutions. I guess you could say I resolved to not resolve anymore. Wait, what?
I’ve got a lot of different health and fitness focuses at the moment, some new and some old. I haven’t pitched any of the focuses, I’ve just really let go of the need to obsess over each training run and every meal I have. Sometimes tracking is helpful, but something was telling me to put down the excel sheet and food journal and just enjoy the process.
Like many of you, I’m focused on cardio, strength and an eating plan to prep for some spring time races and other fitness commitments.
So, what/how am I doing?
First off, half marathon training. Things are going well and runs have been happening. I’ve deviated somewhat significantly from my original plan 1) due to illness over the holidays and 2) because it felt burdensome. I’m in it to enjoy it, not to win it. So if my 5 mile run turns into 3 with friends, or a 7 mile long run includes a few significant walk breaks, it’s all good in the hood.
I’m more concerned about my costume at this point! 🙂 I’m building the entire race outfit around the fact that I want to wear my purple Pro Compression socks for the race and purple princesses are somewhat limited. Rapunzel may happen.
Oh, and I guess I could mention here how far I’ve come on my 1,000 mile running goal. 93. But who’s counting right?
The second big thing right now is Best Body Bootcamp Round 4. Y’all know my love for bootcamp and I am so excited that we’re back at it. The first three workouts have already been killer and I’m happy to be back in squatting form.
One interesting tidbit here is that we started this bootcamp with a fit test so we can track progress over the 8 week program. My starting stats were pretty good (definitely have some room for improvement, but I’m happy!):
Wall sit: 75 seconds
Elbow plank: 65 seconds
Toe pushups: 14 (say whaaat?)
72 jumping jacks in 1 minute
9 minute mile running outside
Okay and now for the diet. I mentioned I’m on this crazy allergen-free diet for a couple of weeks (otherwise known as the “virgin diet”). I don’t normally diet to lose weight and I’m not now either. I decided to try this out because some of my family members have had success going gluten and dairy-free and I’d like to remove/avoid some of the same symptoms they have had – migraines, tummy trouble, weight gain/fluctuation, etc. I personally get anxiety/panic attacks from time to time (since I was young) and have been told a hidden gluten intolerance can be the cause of those as well.
For the last week (and the next two), my diet is completely free of (you ready for the list?) – gluten, dairy, soy, peanuts, eggs, corn, and sugar. Pretty much anything processed, made in a factory or with additives isn’t making it into my mouth.
It actually hasn’t been too hard for me, since I avoided many of these foods as a part of my normal, whole-food eating style, but the biggest changes for me have been the gluten, dairy and the eggs. There goes my daily whey protein and kefir smoothies, along with eggs and Ezekiel toast for dinner. I’d go through a carton of eggs a week and bought 2 kefir bottles at a time to feed the machine.
For those very important components to my diet, I’ve substituted rice milk, coconut milk and hemp protein. Luckily there are lots of lactose-free options and now I’m on the search for coconut milk kefir! 🙂 I haven’t “substituted” anything for the eggs (and I miss them!), but I have been eating more chicken and turkey as a result of the diet. Gluten is a whole other story and to be honest, I haven’t really dived in to the whole gluten-free world yet. I’ve been sticking to oats, brown & wild rice and potatoes for my starches.
I’ve noticed a few things this week – less cravings, more focus, and enough energy to sustain my near-daily workouts. I haven’t yet discovered a happier tummy, but they say it takes 3 weeks for your body to get rid of all of the allergens, so perhaps next week I’ll be able to report some results there. Oh, and I’ve lost a couple pounds (definitely not 7, as the cover of the book proclaims). Not sure I like that too much, but as long as I have energy and can build muscle, it’s all good.
I hope you all are off to a great start in 2013. The biggest advice (that I’m trying to take myself) is DON’T STRESS! Enjoy every moment of what you’ve chosen to do. Your body, heart and head will love you for it.