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How is it almost Thanksgiving?

posted on Monday, November 22nd, 2013 under 21-Day Sugar Detox, General Ramblings |

I mean, seriously. I feel like it was yesterday that I was admitting I let Halloween get away without properly enjoying it! But I fully intend to enjoy the hell out of the rest of the holidays this year. Including trying not to be such a Grinch. I normally hate Christmas because it comes with so much stress, but this year, instead of stressing, I’m going to aim to enjoy the craziness, be thankful for so many loving people in my life and stop yelling at so many bad drivers in crowded parking lots.

Well, maybe don’t hold me to that last one. I mean, have you seen the a-holes at Brentwood Promenade or Whole Foods lately? It gets worse every year, I swear.

So it’s also DAY 19 of the detox. These 3 weeks have flown by. I even got through a horrible bout of the flu on the detox and didn’t die, or take Nyquil, so I’m pretty proud of that. I love the food I’ve been eating, and really only miss grapes (fresh and fermented, if you know what I mean!), so that’s pretty rad. My first of several Thanksgiving celebrations is tomorrow, so I won’t be able to enjoy my mom’s mashed potatoes, but that’s okay. She makes a killer turkey, and I’ll bring my own sides, so all is well. Again, no wine will be the worst part, but I can totally deal.

You know what I really love? Sleeping. Man, that shiz is awesome. It has been PERFECT sleeping temperature in our house this week and going to work has been really hard as a result. Being wrapped in my sheet and quilt, buried in my pillow…sigh. I just really love sleeping. I’m getting warm fuzzies just thinking about it.

But even though I LOVE sleeping, I hate going to bed. Isn’t that dumb? But I get kinda bummed that another day is over and I have to start all over again in a few hours. Tonight I won’t feel that way, because tomorrow is Saturday, but then I won’t want to go to bed tomorrow because I’ll be loving Saturday so much. Rough life, huh? Hehehe.

I also really REALLY REALLY love my husband. He has been working so hard all year, helping build a successful business, and then coming home and helping me stay on track by cooking super delicious meals. I’m cooking more now, too, so that helps, but I would definitely not be where I am if I didn’t have him to help. He’s kind of the best. Yay, Mr. T!

We’re also approaching a sad time, with the one year anniversary of Brandon and Grandpa’s death just around the corner…it’s so weird that it’s been a year. It still doesn’t feel real. But it is, and it sucks, but for the first time in my life, I feel like I’m strong enough to embrace my sadness without letting it consume me. And so, while I’m sad, I’m also really proud of myself.

I miss my friends. I haven’t seen hardly any of my friends in a really long time. Growing up kind of sucks that way…everyone gets so busy, then we never see each other, and that’s a huge bummer. So friends, please know I love you, think of you all the time and miss you. Here’s hoping we can make plans to visit before the end of the year!

Well, that’s mostly all the random things I have to chat about, so here are some funny things.

DDDDDDDDROP THE NUTS

As you were.

21DSD Day 8 – Where did last week go??

posted on Monday, November 11th, 2013 under 21-Day Sugar Detox |

As I’ve mentioned, I started my second round of the 21-Day Sugar Detox last Monday, this time using the handy dandy book I reviewed as the guide. I’ve been crazy busy with work, Spinning, cooking and family stuff and haven’t had a chance to write about it yet, but I want to document a few things, so here goes.

Warning: If you don’t like poop talk, skip this next paragraph. Then you’re safe, I promise. Maybe.

One of the biggest issues I had the first time I did the detox was some crazy poo action. Like, loud/funny/still gross poo action. But this time around, the only shift I’ve noticed is that my digestive system has gone into stealth mode. As in, I no longer use the ‘no poop zone’ bathrooms at work because I never know when a little poo is gonna pop out. Half the time I go pee, I have no idea my body has more planned. It’s just like, oh hey, here’s some poop again. This is totally what it’s like.

Here’s what I’m doing differently this time. First, I’m not relying as much on the athlete modification, so sweet potatoes aren’t a regular inclusion in my day. I suspect these suckers are potentially an issue with my digestive system, and specifically, I suspect it’s because I don’t peel my sweet taters. The few times I have had them were in organic baby food form, sans skins, and I had no issues, so I’m excited that my experiences have helped me find a trigger for a stomach issue I have from time to time.

Another thing I’m doing differently is not relying so heavily on nuts as a snack. I have almonds in my morning smoothie a lot of mornings, and I snacked on pistachios once, but I try to use cucumbers and leftovers as my snacks. That said, I leave tomorrow afternoon for a work trip, so pistachios will be in my bag in case I get hungry. I’m not avoiding nuts – I just think I depended on them too much last round, and didn’t eat as many vegetables as I should have, which I’m trying to improve.

The biggest change this time around is my prep work. Sundays have been devoted to shopping and cooking things to have on hand to make mornings easier, and I ensure every dinner will have leftovers to get me through at least one more meal. This has been key to how easy the first week went. Even on my work trip last week, I had snacks in my bag and only felt deprived when everyone else was enjoying a glass of wine while I sipped water. But it’s only 3 weeks and the lack of booze is a HUGE help in my sleep patterns.

I make huge batches of breakfast foods (crustless quiche with spinach and bacon last week, egg muffins with brussels sprouts, spinach, roasted garlic and bacon this week, and turkey sausage and coconut flour biscuits for breakfast sammies both weeks) – this keeps me on track on busy mornings and even fills in gaps for lunch when I’m at a loss.  I also make this moo-less chocolate mousse from the 21DSD book (made with a green-tipped banana, avocado, unsweetened cocoa powder, almond milk and vanilla extract) that is perfect for when I have an evening treat craving. It’s rare, but I love having this on hand to keep me on track.

In terms of energy, I definitely felt a lot of fatigue days 3-6. I taught Spin on day 2 with no issue, but day 3 was an evening class and I was just wiped from the day and struggled through the class. I traveled on day 4 but successfully avoided screw ups, then day 5 was tough. I had zero energy, and I know it was a combo of post-travel weariness and detox fatigue. My workout that night was good but I definitely needed more recoup time between rounds than usual.

I got through a 4-mile run on day 6 without much trouble, but I really wanted 5 or 6 miles. I just knew at mile 4 that my energy was waning and I didn’t want to push too hard when I had a whole day of family time ahead of me. I took a rest day yesterday, but only because the noon Spin class I was going to sub for was cancelled. Probably for the best, as it freed me up for a family lunch I didn’t want to miss and I got to spend some time with my biodad, which was really nice.

Sunday nights are something I look forward to each week, when Mr. T, Lady T and I gather to nom, drink and watch the Walking Dead. I was excited to get to make dinner and tried a recipe I’d never had before – mashed parsnips with bacon, shallots and green onions. I got the basis of the recipe from the 21DSD book, but added grass fred butter to help it mash up to a better side dish consistency (in the book, it’s used as a filling for chicken rolls). I was sad to miss out on our usual drinks, but poured some plain kombucha in a wine glass and all was well. Dinner was a hit – the parsnips were unexpectedly delicious (I’ve never purposely eaten a parsnip before), and we had grass fed beef burger patties with uncured, smoked bacon and roasted brussels sprouts. Super yummy. I’m not kidding when I say I eat more delicious food now than I ever have – and I’m on a detox! The meal was good for all involved, and I’m the only one detoxing, so I think that’s a sign of how great the food is that you can enjoy without added sweeteners and fruits.

As for today, I feel pretty good so far. Sleep has been wonderful – falling asleep and staying asleep! Magic! It’s day 8, the start of the second week, and my only apprehension is the travel I have tomorrow afternoon through Wednesday evening. I’ve boiled some eggs and have some snacks I can take in a small cooler, but we have client dinner, client breakfast and client lunch in that time, plus another lunch out on our way down (road trip, so no airplane stress!!!), so I’m just hoping I can stay properly fed. I feel pretty confident, but I’ll still be glad when the trip is over and I’m done traveling for a bit.

I also have a wedding reception this weekend, which will suck just a little in terms of not being able to enjoy cocktail hour, but we’ll be with friends, so I’m not too concerned. I also have a 5K Saturday morning, so I don’t have to worry too terribly much about missing a workout on this trip, too.

All in all, I’m seeing much more success this time around. I’m down a few pounds, but I don’t do this for weight loss, so that’s just an added bonus. I’m really hoping to discover a few new recipes to add to our regular rotation (ohmyglob, I made this amazing pan-fried chicken with almond and coconut flour breading that was TO DIE FOR last week), including ingredients we don’t usually use, and to find new snacking alternatives, so I think I’m hitting those goals pretty well.

Second breakfast is finally wearing off and I’m hungry for more food, so I’m off to the kitchen to reheat a burger patty and snag some leftover salad. Yum!

Handy dandy detox in book form!

posted on Monday, October 27th, 2013 under 21-Day Sugar Detox |

Oh, hello there! I know we have lots to get caught up on, including my recent lovey-dovey Jamaican vacation, AKA Sarah Finally Gets Her Way, but I have been meaning to get this post done for a couple of weeks, so that will just have to wait. Also, my camera is being a jerk and what good is a vacation post without ample pictures? This post, with cell phone pics, will do just fine. :)

So, I’ve posted several times before about the 21-Day Sugar Detox and my experience with it. I created an entire blog category for it, so if you’re curious, here you can find all posts related to my first go at the detox. I had mixed feelings about it until it was over and went back to my ‘normal’ way of eating that includes some dark chocolate, dried fruit, fresh fruit, etc. THEN I could feel the impact of the detox, and I’ve been looking forward to off season so I can give the detox another go – and fix the screw ups I had the first time.

Needless to say, when I was offered the chance to receive an advanced copy of the book to review it, I was SO STOKED. The author, Diane Sanfilippo, also runs Balanced Bites, one of my favorite resources for nutrition tips and great recipes, and she’s a little bit of my idol. She’s realistic, honest, incredibly intelligent and just easy to like. I hate podcasts (I just don’t like having to pay attention with my ears…my ADD does not always allow it), but I’ve listened to several of hers and actually paid attention. Okay, I read transcripts for a few, but still. The fact that any of this happened is a testament to how much I dig what she does.

Anyway, she’s uber smart and has seriously helped me refine my nutrition. The girl’s got serious street cred in my book. Back to the review of HER book now.

The original detox plan came in the form of downloadable PDFs (with support on Facebook and via email as well). I love the PDFs, which are perfect for printing the YES/NO food lists, but if I get too much paper happening, I lose things, I get disorganized, I end up re-printing things…so having a handy book to reference is so great. AND it’s pretty. Just look at it.

The PDF version (EDIT: is only available during pre-order for the book, then will go away) was full of amazing information, but the book takes that information to a new level. If you aren’t very familiar with the effects sugar has on the body, and perhaps why you need a detox, this book will explain it, thoroughly but understandably, and with bonus adorable doodles. You know I’m a sucker for cute things.

You know I’m especially a sucker for things that remind me of my childhood. LEGOs to diagram how the body stores sugars? Yes, please.

Any time someone can take a scientific process and make it easily digestible (hehehe), it’s instantly useful information…information normal humans can understand and then use to influence their behaviors. To me, that’s the key to making lifelong changes that positively impact your day-to-day experiences. I don’t mean to excessively expound on this point, but it’s seriously one of the things I love most about this book. She takes what is normally boring, dry, hard-to-understand data and boils it down into readable facts that resonate and help make it click as to why your body reacts how it does to the standard American diet (or, as it’s so aptly abbreviated, SAD).

Okay, on to another thing I adore about this book: OMG THE RECIPE PHOTO INDEX.

I mean, swoon. I have a total book boner over this for a few reasons. First of all, the detox is intimidating, even to someone who has taken the time to research food and get to a more informed place. Seeing photographic evidence that 3 weeks of no sugar could actually be tasty and enjoyable? Oh hell yes. There are over 90 recipes, each one photographed deliciously.

Second of all, no matter how descriptive of a name a recipe has, you don’t really know how much it appeals to you, especially if it has ingredients you aren’t so familiar with, until you see the finished product. And if you’re anything like me, well…you might just be too lazy to give something so unknown the good ol’ college try. Just seeing some of these thumbnails had me drooling. I’m excited to start my next round of the detox on Nov 4th, just so Mr. T has an added incentive to help me whip up some of these yummy recipes.

And finally, it just makes the recipe list that much easier to navigate. It’s so dang pretty! It’s a veritable feast for your eyes, which will convince your stomach to get on board, too.

The list includes some of the recipes from the PDF, but TONS of new ones. A highlight of what I’ll be trying for sure: Veggie pancakes, buffalo chicken egg muffins, apple streusel egg muffins, crunchy curried beef lettuce cups, shrimp pad thai, tuna salad wraps…okay, pretty much most of the recipes. And if you know anything about me, it’s that I’m a fairly picky eater (even though my tastes have expanded quite a bit) – so knowing there are so many recipes I’m excited for should indicate how rad the recipe list is.

A couple more highlights…the book features a meal plan for each level, so if you don’t want to do any thinking at all for 3 weeks, you just pick your level (based on the quiz provided), print a shopping list online, get your ingredients and go. As stated above, I’m too picky of an eater for that, but the meal plan is still incredibly helpful (as will be the printable shopping lists). She even gives all the revisions needed for those with additional food sensitivities, such as nightshades, eggs, etc. Seriously, this book eliminates the need for much additional thinking, which is awesome as the whole premise is a daunting one. She has simplified things so much that she’s helped eliminate much risk of failure. That’s just huge.

This is a crummy picture, but I kind of didn’t want to give away too much and make things easy to copy, because you really need to buy the book if you’re interested in the detox, but the addition of a success log is just one more tool to prevent failure. She also has printable logs available online.

And the one thing you CAN see in the blurry pic above is that I’ve already carried around the book so much that I’ve managed to spill coffee on it and warp/stain some of the pages. At first I was bummed, but then I realized it’s only going to get worse as I splatter food on it while cooking from the recipe pages, and bend it from carrying it around, so it’s all good.

So here’s the thing. The book comes out October 29th. You can pre-order it now and immediately get the PDF toolkit for free. That’s a pretty sweet deal, because then you have the best of both worlds – everything you need to get started, printable goodies AND the arrival of a book full of even more good information. If you don’t act now, the PDFs will go away once books hit shelves…but the book covers all of the PDF info, so you’ll still be just fine. With 3 levels to choose from, along with recommended modifications for athletes, breastfeeding moms, those with other allergies, etc., I really do think this is a great way to break yourself of sugar dependency – ESPECIALLY with the holidays coming. I’m starting my second round of the detox at level 3 on Monday, Nov. 4th. Will you join me? I’d love to have people to commiserate with along the way, in addition to the great community Diane has created online.

I’m no pusher, and I get absolutely zero dollars in return if you buy the book or PDFs, so it’s not going to hurt me one way or the other…but it might help you beyond any level of expectation you have. Now that I’m in my off season, I can’t wait to see how my body reacts to the detox. I’ll be documenting it again here, but I’d love to have you join me on the journey to a happy, fully functioning body!

And to Diane, who I hope has a few spare minutes in her crazy schedule of releasing this book while finishing ANOTHER one (eeeeeep, a dedicated cookbook just for the detox! Even more recipes!!!!!) to read this review: THANK YOU. Your hours upon hours of hard work clearly show on every single page of this book. The world of nutrition is full of critics, haters and clueless trolls, but also those of us who are just uninformed, looking for guidance and battling to find the right solutions in an environment filled with fad diets, lies and absolute misinformation. Your work provides those solutions and guidance, and I hope you know it’s appreciated.

Oooh, a quickie!

posted on Monday, September 9th, 2013 under 21-Day Sugar Detox, General Ramblings, Gushy stuff |

I started a post a few weeks ago to explain where I’ve been mentally and emotionally, but it got deep and a little dark, and I opted to just keep it to myself while I dug out of the dark hole I was hiding in for a bit.

Thanks to support from friends and loved ones, I’m feeling better and more like my normal self. And even better, I emerged on the other side of the shadows with a plan. Well, at least with a vision for plan. A plan to make a plan. Yep, I’m planning to make a plan to get where I want to be – which is happy, healthy and 100% me. So that’s a thing I’m working on.

In addition to that, I’m really excited to be getting a version of the wedding I always wanted…if you’ve been with me here since the beginning, you know exactly what I mean. If you haven’t, well, there’s documentation of the frustrations our wedding brought all over this blog. Aside from the insanity of planning a wedding I didn’t really want (I wanted to elope), I was dealing with the loss of one of the most important people in my life, Grandma V…then on my wedding day, 5 1/2 months after Grandma V passed, Grandma D died. The morning of the wedding. It’s been beyond difficult to happily celebrate our wedding anniversary in the shadows of such a sad event. Each anniversary, just like our honeymoon, have been a dichotomy of emotion for the last 5 years – but this year, we’re fixing that. We’re making a new date to celebrate, with no drama and no sadness. Just love and joy and a celebration of surviving the hardest years of our lives together – years we weren’t sure we’d survive together. One long paragraph can’t really do justice to how important this is, but suffice it to say that I’m thrilled to be renewing our vows in Jamaica and enjoying a second honeymoon we both truly deserve. A fresh start awaits, and I couldn’t be happier. As long as I find my passport, but that’s a whole other post…

And then one more thing (smaller but still important to me) happened this morning that made me happy. I was selected to receive and review a free copy of the print version of the 21-Day Sugar Detox that I did in June/July. The author is expanding her online program to a full print book with more recipes and insights, and I was going to buy the book anyway, but now I get a free copy to try out and review. HOORAY!!! This makes me beyond excited. I’ll need the detox again when we get back from Jamaica, so everything is just working out perfectly. And yes, I recognize that being excited to not eat sugar for 3 weeks might sound a bit odd, but after my mixed results last time due to training and my own screw-ups, I’m really pumped to try it again in my off season…

…which leads to my final proclamation for this post. And it’s a doozy. I have decided that 2014 is absolutely my year to complete a Half Ironman. I’ve never been in better shape, and it will only get better from here, so…game on. 70.3, here I come.

The detox did more than I realized…

posted on Monday, July 10th, 2013 under 21-Day Sugar Detox |

I will stubbornly admit that some of my day 21 conclusions seem erroneous, especially after a plunge back to eating some sugars. I don’t want to deter anyone who may be considering the detox from trying it, so I figured a few more highlights of the good stuff would be worthwhile – because I really do recommend this detox to anyone looking for a good, healthy change!

I have been back to more ‘normal’ clean eating for a few days with some added treats, and I have to say, this did some damage. At least, an abrupt reintroduction of sugar took its toll. While I won’t blame it all on the dried fruit, I have had some stomach issues that I didn’t have before, and I’m willing to bet my sweet unicorn woodcut art that the burst of carbs and sugar I added to my menu are behind some, if not all, of those problem.

First, a confession of the bad things I’ve eaten in the last couple of days (warning, it’s bad and the opposite of what is recommended when coming off of the detox):

  • You know, that bag of dried mango. And the few dark chocolate-covered espresso beans.
  • A few rings of dried (unsweetened) pineapple, Monday night and last night.
  • A few dark chocolate-covered dried blueberries (literally like 3-4) over the course of my work trip Monday night through last night.
  • 2 square of chocolate, left on my bed at the hotel Monday night…after watching everyone eat cheese and drink wine, my desire to resist one more delicious thing completely disappeared.
  • A few small handfuls of Trader Joe’s dark chocolate-covered PowerBerries last night, which are NOT in fact real berries and not at all something you should ever eat, but they are delicious and I ate them knowing I should not.
  • One bite of banana pudding (not the cookie crust) on our snack stop at the Homemade Ice Cream and Pie Kitchen in Louisville…as everyone ate ice cream and pie, I had a Paleo granola bar and caved for one bite of the most delicious banana pudding I’ve ever tasted.

Writing that down makes me feel like a pretty huge failure, especially in the week leading up to my big race. I’m going back to NO CHOCOLATE and NO DRIED FRUIT for the remainder of the week to ensure my stomach problems aren’t a factor race day. Chocolate is definitely a sometimes for me and I know it’s not a recommended part of daily eating, but I just so enjoy dark chocolate! This is about eating and living, so as long as I can keep my dark chocolate in moderation, which clearly it hasn’t been the last few days, it can stay. If I can’t control it, it might have to go.

I’ve also been drinking WAAAAAY too much black coffee. But I don’t want to risk withdrawal symptoms before the race, so I won’t rock the boat too much there, but it’s something to address after the race.

In the grand scheme of things, my diet is still really clean. But I went a little sugar crazy, and that is the opposite of what I should do following an intense three weeks of eating at my cleanest. That’s dumb. That’s also over. I think a calorie burst is fine to shake up my metabolism, so I’m not too worried about my list of dirty deeds, but the ensuing digestive issues I’ve had are clear indicators that this is not how my body wants me to eat moving forward. Being bloated and, ahem, a bit congested in the intestinal region is unpleasant and a yucky reminder of how I lived before eliminating junk from my system.

Which brings me to the point of posting this. The detox did another huge thing for me that I failed to give fair credit to, and maybe because I just hadn’t had the chance to realize it yet…it taught me how to recognize and react when my body clearly doesn’t like what I’m giving it. I learned what I need to do to react properly and fix the issues, which is precisely what I’m doing. It’s an amazing benefit and I don’t want to downplay it one bit. Knowing how to fine tune my fuel is empowering – I can listen to my body more effectively. Do I always know the right solution when something feels off? No. But I have a better understanding of what food does to me, and can therefore react better and tweak things that need to be tweaked.

As an athlete, I still struggle with the balance between natural sugar and carbs, and trying to fuel for optimal performance. I don’t feel like my body has taken to burning fats in place of carbs just yet, so I’m not sure what my nutrition will look like for Sunday, and that worries me a bit. If my body is reacting negatively to sugar, maybe my Lara bar with breakfast isn’t the way to go. But heavy protein isn’t right, either. Sweet potatoes might have also made my stomach ache the last time I ate them, so I worry about having that as my pre-race dinner. I’m a little freaked out, but it’ll all work out. I’ve done the training and put in the hours, so hopefully my nutrition will work out just fine and I’ll have the best race ever.

So if anyone is looking for a way to jump into some healthy changes, learn from my mistakes and take on the 21-Day Sugar Detox with positivity, knowing you will reap amazing benefits that will be unique to you, your lifestyle and your goals. I’m so glad I went on this journey, and look forward to doing it again over the winter months when my training is at a much less intense level. I’ll continue working to get my body primed to burn healthy fats, and supplement with all-natural carbs when needed. If you’re curious, REI has a great selection of natural options in the sports nutrition area, great for if you’re looking to eliminate gels and chews filled with sugar and chemicals.

I’m so looking forward to Sunday. I ran my two fastest miles ever Monday morning (9:04 and 9:22 splits), and I feel like my body is ready to get me to the finish line efficiently and speedily. So wish me luck! In a few short days, we’ll know if my hard work has paid off…and I’m willing to bet it will.

Farewell, detox. We will meet again.

posted on Monday, July 8th, 2013 under 21-Day Sugar Detox, General Ramblings |

I’m officially done with the detox. I realize I had one slip-up I didn’t even think about at the time, one I knowingly took and then there was yesterday…

The first slip-up was last week on my work trip. I had lima beans with dinner. It was the only non-potato or rice side dish, but I didn’t even think about the fact that it’s a legume, which is a no-no. Dang. They were good, though. I feel stupid looking back at that moment, but for some reason, it did not even occur to me that lima beans are beans, even though they are literally called beans. I don’t know why this is even a thing, but my brain was all ‘Oh, I’m not eating pinto or black beans, no potatoes, no rice, but they have lima beans! Let’s eat the shit outta those!’ So that happened. Oooops.

Then I had a teensy sip of my husband’s espresso stout on our impromptu holiday weekend getaway. Hey, I didn’t enjoy a glass of red wine in the hot tub like I wanted, so I figured a tiny taste of a new beer that I wanted to try wasn’t so bad. I knowingly slipped up and it was practically nothing, but it’s still a slip-up, and I’m confessing all my sins.

Then there was yesterday. Day 21. The final day. The scale was reading almost the same as Day 1, my energy was only so-so and I frankly had issues with how NOT different I felt overall. Then I had a late brunch and tried to hold out on not eating fruit for the rest of the day…but a fruit bowl was there, and it had peaches and grapes and honeydew…and I ate the shit outta that. It was so delicious. And my body seemed to enjoy it – I did NOT get super worn out like I had been after a workout.

Then I had 3 dark chocolate-covered espresso beans. Because I already fell off the wagon, and why the hell not?

Then I had dried mango (organic, nothing added, just dried fruit). And not just a piece or two. I did exactly what I swore I wouldn’t do and went on a total mango bender. I ate THE WHOLE PACKAGE. And I’m not ashamed. I loved every second of it. Unfortunately, dried mango is totally my candy, and the detox was done to help break me of craving it all the time, but to be honest, I still craved it the entire 21 days. And if dried mango is my biggest issue, I’d say I’m doing pretty well in life. PLUS, I had a normal poop AND an amazing run this morning, and I choose to credit the mango for that.

So like I said, I’m not ashamed. I went overboard, but feeling deprived of something like that for 3 weeks will do that to me, and I know this about myself. I simply shouldn’t have bought the mango, but I resisted a watermelon and strawberries, so I caved on that one thing. Okay, I bought dried pineapple, too. I LOVE DRIED FRUIT.

I don’t drink soda. I don’t eat candy. I don’t eat cupcakes, or sandwiches, or bread, or pasta, or anything processed or full of chemicals. The reason I think I didn’t see a ton of prolonged change in myself during this detox is because I really do eat so clean already. But I have noticed a few awesome things the detox helped me with:

  • My sleep is better (falling asleep and getting up, anyway…staying asleep can still be a challenge)
  • I’ve gotten much better at planning my food
  • I don’t eat out at lunch every day (which was already hard before the detox anyway)
  • I’ve discovered new foods I like
  • I can drink black coffee now
  • Non-sweet foods are sweeter and more satisfying now
  • Based on the scale this morning, I’m down maybe 2.5 lbs from day one, but up from my lowest point during the detox, which is a mystery to me

But there are things I REALLY wanted to happen that didn’t:

  • I don’t feel any leaner (read: I was hoping to see a bit more ab action, but that did not happen)
  • I don’t feel crazy energetic or more mentally focused
  • I haven’t killed my craving for fruit…I think maybe I fixated too much on it being a ‘can’t have’ and it drove my cravings
  • I really, really want a Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup concrete from Fritz’s…I don’t want to crave those things

I kind of think maybe I did something wrong. There are so many benefits the detox promised that I just never really felt. But how could I have done it wrong? I confessed my mistakes, and they were small and toward the end. I read labels like a mofo. Mr. T and I cooked food like mofos. I EVEN TRIED TO GET ON THE BACON TRAIN. I would like to blame the bacon, but that’s probably not fair.

As I said before, maybe I eat so clean that the changes just weren’t drastic enough to jump start my system. But I was turned on to the detox by Paleo bloggers who eat even cleaner than me, and THEY saw changes. Which leads me to the one conclusion my asshole brain will let me come to – I BLEW IT. There’s something wrong with me that made this whole thing not work. Reality? I really did do something wrong, but not on purpose. It might have been portion sizes (I don’t measure anything, I just eat till I start to feel satisfied), or too many nuts, or I’m still not eating enough veggies. Probably all of the above.

But that’s okay. I refuse to hold myself to some undefined, invisible measure of perfection. I feel healthy. I feel strong. I feel like eating fruit, and you know what? That’s okay. I’m going to eat fruit. Quite frankly, I’m not sure how I could hope to be a decent endurance athlete without it. I’ll probably do the detox again after race season is over, so I’ll have a few things to strive to be better at then.

There are things I will take with me from this going into a ‘normal’ everyday diet. I’m going to keep rice and quinoa off the table for a while and see how just reintroducing fruit goes for my workouts and races. I’ll still eat sushi from time to time, but it will be a much more occasional treat. And I’ll bring my own coconut aminos to use in place of soy sauce. Now that I’ve made the plunge into a tighter Paleo diet, I’ll keep the legumes out, too.

Label reading is a must, detox or no. Seriously, people – if what you are eating has more ingredients you can’t pronounce than real ingredients, you should think about not eating that anymore. It’s not food. For me, aside from the chemicals I’ve been avoiding for a while now, I’m going to keep searching for more things without added sugars. And if I can’t find them, I’ll learn how to make them myself.

I’m going to continue enjoying the hell out of coconut butter. That is some seriously delicious stuff.

I’m not going to have any booze until my race is over Sunday. My body needs to focus on recovery and race prep, not digesting things it doesn’t need. But after I cross the finish line Sunday, I’m going to want watermelon, water, protein, a shower, a nap…and then ALL THE THINGS. Who wants to come hang out with me as I get drunk off of 2 sips of red wine?? Or while I’m on a sugar high from the peanut butter cup concrete I’m going to demolish? It’s going to be epic.

But after that, I’ll return to my clean eating ways…because this is my life. It’s never going to be perfect. But it IS going to be mine.

Here’s another thing, though…I hate throwing around the word ‘Paleo’ so much, because if this blog ever happens to be found by a ‘real’ Paleo person, they’d rip me a new one for my outlook on it. It’s just the closest descriptor I have to reference how I eat…so maybe I will just say clean eating, or whole food eating…bottom line, this isn’t some fad diet I’m following (though it’s been hinted at by nameless others). I’m simply adjusting my lifestyle to fit the goals I have in mind…which may at times include some grains, or legumes, or (GASP) dairy. Like I said, I’m not going to be perfect. I’m just doing what’s best for me!

Day 17 of 21: Meh.

posted on Monday, July 3rd, 2013 under 21-Day Sugar Detox |

I don’t know if my work trip yesterday threw me off my game, or if I’m just having a blah week in general, but I am NOT in a good mood today. I’m not crabby or in a BAD mood, but I just feel like everything is just meh.

I woke up yesterday, flew to KY (I HATE flying), ate a homemade snack I brought on the way to our meeting, ate the turkey meat off of two sandwiches, along with some bacon (yes, I ate bacon and didn’t hate it!!!), snacked on pistachios, grabbed some grilled salmon and lima beans before heading back to the airport and ended the day with a yummy grilled grassfed burger with…dare I say it?…more bacon.

Then today, my stomach was screwy and the scale fluctuated up. I blame the bacon.

I also worry that I’m replacing my crutches with other crutches. Instead of eating a ton more veggies, I’m snacking on nuts more. I’m getting more veggies for sure, but I could be doing far better. But then I think about all the fruit I’m missing out on, and I get frustrated that I’m beating myself up for having raw almonds or pistachios. I want a strawberry, dammit, not some cauliflower! And pistachios are a good choice…but veggies would be even better.

But I guess that’s kind of the point.

I can drink black coffee now and enjoy it. I like that. I don’t want to lose the taste I’ve developed for new things. But as the end of the detox approaches, I look forward to enjoying fruit again…and I’m torn about that. No, I won’t live the rest of my life denying myself an entire group of healthy, natural foods. As I’ve said, nutrition is personal, and my personal preference is to have fruits. But I know I need to keep it limited so I don’t go right back to being a sugarholic and undoing the good I’ve done.

But today it’s hard to see any good. The scale is back where it was at the beginning (I know, it changes so much day to day), I don’t feel much leaner, I am not currently feeling crazy energetic, and I feel like I must be doing something wrong. This detox was supposed to be such an amazing change. How am I not feeling amazing all the time? I’ve had a couple rad days, but this week…not so much.

It could be the amount of things I have on my plate. The detox and eating clean is its own bit of work, but one I welcome. Then I have actual work, plus freelance projects I’ve picked up, plus the stress of prepping for and trying to fit in spin auditions and then, eventually, actual classes, all on top of the tri training and personal training I already do each week. Plus, you know, having a life. As I’ve said before, some days I feel like I have balance.. This is not one of those days. Or weeks.

I struggled through Monday’s workout with J-Derp. I had a hard time focusing a few times in my meeting yesterday. I’m bummed today and don’t feel like myself. What gives? What am I doing wrong? Maybe there was something I shouldn’t eat in the one restaurant meal I had on my trip yesterday…but that doesn’t explain Monday. I feel bloated today and the giggly poops took a vacay day, so maybe bacon really just isn’t for me? Or maybe I ate too much meat yesterday in comparison to my norm, or just not enough veggies?

That’s a whole separate topic…meat. Ugh. I’m not a crazy carnivore. I tolerate chicken (only love it when it’s shredded, go ahead and judge), I love turkey meat (ground, smoked, whatever), I’m eating more grassfed GROUND beef and I adore seafood. I hate steak. I don’t dig pork (though again, shredded is preferred). And I just don’t love eating it all the time. I even tossed out my homemade turkey sausage from my breakfast sammie this morning because eating meat was grossing me out too much. So what the heck am I supposed to eat?

Clearly, this is one of my ‘woe is me, my choices are so hard, pity me’ days and those suck. These are the right choices made for the right reasons, and I love them most of the time. But today, surrounded by office bday treats and talks of July 4th cocktails and trips, I’m just feeling deprived and failing to see the good in my great new habits.

So please don’t yell at me for bemoaning something I have total control over. I know this is my choice. I just need a little bit of support right now, because life is feeling a bit overwhelming. But hey, it’s halfway through WedFriday, and I have 4 days of detox and relaxation in front of me…so hopefully those two will get along peacefully. Thank glob for Pinterest, that’s all I have to say.

And just because it makes me laugh, and I need that:

Oh, how different life is now…

posted on Monday, July 1st, 2013 under 21-Day Sugar Detox, General Ramblings |

No, not just from the detox…since last October, my life has changed very much. October 3rd, to be exact.

I went to see Brandon for another training session, but it was weigh and measure day. Turns out, I had gained 1.8 pounds since the last weigh-in, and for me, that was my rock bottom. In my mind, I was working so much harder, avoiding some foods I used to eat all the time, and was so angry that I was gaining weight.

But I knew why. I just didn’t want to admit it. As I cried through the workout, Brandon gently suggested we discuss nutrition again. I agreed, but admittedly freaked out when he suggested I look at the Paleo guidelines as a starting place to choose things to change. It seemed overwhelming. No grains?? No more pre-made convenient ‘health’ foods? NO MORE SAMMICHES OR PIZZA?!?! WHAT KIND OF CRUEL WORLD IS THIS?!?! What did I do to deserve this heinous punishment?

But that day was the last day I ate a sandwich.

Dinner that night was the first meal of many that featured lean protein and veggies as the starring players, cooked without sauces – simply seasoned. I quit processed foods cold turkey. I never was a smoker, but I would guess the first three weeks of clean eating were akin to withdrawals that smokers, or even drug addicts, experience…except that you can’t just avoid situations that tempt you. You HAVE to eat. The first three weeks were painful. Literally. I had headaches and body aches and stomach cramps as my body re-learned how to properly handle food and rid itself of chemicals. I craved ALL THE THINGS and wanted to stab ALL THE HUMANS.

But the next month, when it was time to weigh and measure, I knew I had done the right thing. My body needed this. It was ready to shed pounds – it just needed the right fuel to do it. In that month, I lost 21.2 pounds, 7 inches and 2.5% body fat. Just by eating REAL food.

Since then, J-Derp has helped me tighten up my diet even more (soy and hummus took a hike, I started eating a cucumber a day, started watching portion size just a little bit more closely). That plus this detox has really gotten me in a good place with food.

Now, let’s get to the reality of it: I adore my cheats. Dinner out with friends, the occasional ice cream stop, a pizza night once in a great while…I won’t live without those things. And though I was roughly following the Paleo guidelines at the beginning, I still ate legumes and rice/quinoa every now and then. That’s a Paleo purist no-no, but I don’t give a rat’s ass. It was working for me at the time, so I made the changes I could as I went. I will absolutely still eat rice sometimes after the detox is over, because sushi is a food group and I want to make sweet sweet mouth love to a salmon avocado roll in the near future.

The reality is simple. Nutrition is personal. Paleo/Primal lifestyles offer great guidelines to eating. If it’s processed, covered in chemicals, bioengineered or full of hormones, it’s not something our bodies were created to digest. Food companies have carefully formulated ‘healthy’ foods bursting with addictive chemicals and fake sugars that actually just make us crave more of those things, or make us even hungrier for other empty foods. And they can make these things cheaply, making it even harder to justify eating things that taste less yummy by comparison and cost more.

But here’s the thing. When you break the addiction to these additives and chemicals, your taste buds change. Real foods start to taste how they were meant to – delicious. Don’t get me wrong, there are still PLENTY of things I won’t eat (raw tomatoes, I’m looking at you, you gross little jerks), but my palate has expanded incredibly in the last few months. Roasted Brussels sprouts, get in my face right now. Kombucha, I am not even really sure what you are, but I tried you and I think we can be friends. Onions, I’m gonna cook you first, but then I’m gonna eat you. Bacon, we’re just not there yet. I’m sorry. You just don’t do it for me, and that makes me an outcast. That’s okay. It’s less crowded out here and I feel less stabby.

And here’s one more thing, because who doesn’t love more things?? I look way better, but I feel even better than THAT. My body works. It does what I want it to do. We are no longer enemies. We are in luuuurrrrrrve and total BFFs for life. I mean, check this out:

Talk about a huge change! Especially when you compare this to where I was when I did my first Olympic tri 2 years ago. So much change. I’m seriously amped for the New Town Tri in 2 weeks. It’s going to be a great day, and a fantabulous race. It will be my best to date. I know it, because my body is ready for it. I was NOT ready for the Oly. This year, however, I think I might get my vengeance. We shall see…

The detox has only helped me get ready even more. I often turned to gels and energy beans/chews during long workouts/runs/bricks, but obviously, if you’re not eating sugar, you can’t have those things. Or Gatorade…which is fine, because that stuff has always made my belly ache. So what do I use for fuel?? First of all, I do eat sweet potatoes the night before so I have a least a small glycogen store. I didn’t feel great after having them this past weekend, so maybe that won’t be the case, but we’ll see.

Saturday morning before my 20mi/3mi bike/run brick, I had my favorite detox smoothie – cold coffee, almond milk, almonds, a frozen banana and a hint of vanilla. I had pure coconut water, a natural source of electrolytes, in my riding and running water bottles, plus a regular bottle of water. I packed a baggie of coconut butter to eat between bike and run. That’s all. It worked great and I felt amazing – but I will probably need something with a few more calories for race day, so I’m going to experiment with homemade no-sugar chia gels.

Endurance nutrition may not always follow the new guidelines I’ve taken to on this detox, but I’m really going to continue abiding by this method in the hopes that my body learns to burn fat the way it would normally burn carbs. I think I’m getting there, based on my energy levels, but if not, I’ll make adjustments.

Also, I refuse to think that organic fruits should be avoided completely. Maybe I was too dependent on them before, but I will still eat fruit in moderation. And honey. And booze. Oh, booze. How I miss you. I can smell red wine now, just thinking about it. But that won’t happen until after the race, so I will continue to dream.

But overall, given all the changes I’ve made, I’m really happy with my lifestyle now. It’s not always easy, and I know sometimes I won’t stick to it due to work travel, vacation, etc., but that’s called living. It’s not a diet. It’s life. You do the best you can, you enjoy what you want, and you get back to what makes you feel really great. And for me, eating clean and working out makes me feel really great.

Like, a-hedgie-eating-a-dinosaur great.

Or Patrick-riding-a-seal great.

Or Mr. T-riding-a-unicorn great.

Or just this great.

Chipmunks have TERRIBLE projection

posted on Monday, June 25th, 2013 under 21-Day Sugar Detox, General Ramblings |

This is what I learned last night, when I was lucky enough to guest teach my friend and former instructor’s Monday night spin class.

This is how the class went:

First of all, I was nervous-poop-inducingly worked up. When I’m not hiding behind the interwebs, I’m actually rather shy about being the center of attention, and that’s something I need to get over to be a good instructor. I was extra sweaty (which is really saying something) and I’m sure I was making some pretty excellent faces. Seriously, sometimes I can’t control my face. It just does what it wants. It’s probably pretty awkward for people having to look at my dumb mug.

Here’s why being nervous sucks extra: in addition to bonus sweat, it raises your heart rate, which then makes it harder to control your breathing. Add that to my strength ride and having to try to project my teensy chipmunk-on-helium voice over loud music, and you end up with a bunch of heavy breathing on the mic…which is SO GROSS. I was so embarrassed the entire class.

I also get flustered and forget things I know to say. I have learned lots of great tips on form and breathing, but was so anxious about no one hearing me and everyone looking at me that I skipped a lot of good info that could have helped the new riders who were there. Super bummer.

But my instructor told me the ride was great – if I can just fix my voice issue, incorporate more hand gestures to help people follow me if they can’t hear, and manage my breath better, I think I’ll be a good instructor. I’m glad to have my first ride under my belt, but I need a LOT of practice. I get CPR certified Friday, and I’m working on setting up auditions at a few places around town, so hopefully I’ll be instructing more soon!!

DETOX DAY 9 UPDATE:

I feel like my energy levels are improving. I’m sleeping well and it’s getting easier to get out of bed in the morning. I am aiming for a good morning run one day this week, so that will be a good test of my ability to perform on this eating plan. I’ve lost about 3.5 pounds, but weight loss wasn’t the goal, so I’m hoping it is a maintainable loss once the detox is over and I incorporate a few carbs and fruits back in my diet.

Oh, and the poops? Still SO WEIRD. Less funny, too, because it’s kind of exhausting. I mean, poop is always funny, but buttsplosions EVERY.SINGLE.MORNING? I just got out of bed. Let me wake up a little first! Come on, intestines, don’t be a jerk. The ol’ poopchute needs a break.

Another thing…I was already being more conscientious of checking labels before buying food, but I continue to be absolutely blown away by how many things contain added sugar in some sneaky form. Even finding dried spice blends can be challenging, so we’ve taken to making most of them ourselves. Tastes better anyway. I am less and less surprised each day by how hard it was for me to lose weight before I educated myself on food…the US food supply is in a very sad state and needs to be fixed if we want to be a healthy country. It’s sickening…and I have lots to say on the topic.

Here’s the thing about food – eating really delicious food has made this detox so much easier than it could have been otherwise. I used to think healthy eating was incredibly bland and boring, but my eyes have been opened to how absolutely yummy real, whole food can be when prepared properly. Remember my food list? I can definitely knock a few things off of it as I now enjoy (or at least tolerate) them: cooked onions, avocados, raw blueberries (just not for 12 more days), eggplant, sweet potatoes, squash, Brussels sprouts, sashimi, and I’m thisclose to being a black coffee drinker (though most days I just go without added caffeine). Say WHAAAAA?!?! Raw tomatoes still make me wanna ralph, but I have to say, I’ve broadened my food horizons a lot in the last year.

Want to see what I eat? Okie dokie. My trainer has me journal via pictures, so here are some highlights:

BREAKFAST:

Not on detox, my norm was a green smoothie with spinach, frozen cherries or berries, banana, chia seeds and almond milk, plus a hardboiled egg. Now, without fruit, I eat scrambled eggs with spinach. Today I had egg muffins, but I’ll post more on that later when I can give you a recipe!

SNACKS:

I have 2 snacks a day. One is almost always a whole, peeled cucumber. I hated it at first, but it really does help flush your body out and makes you feel all happy inside.

Other snacks include veggies and raw nuts, or small leftover portions of other meals. I eat every few hours and it helps my metabolism immensely. Plus, I’m never starved so I hardly overeat, which was a HUGE problem I had before (though my portions may still be too large).

I used to need caffeine more often in the day, and still do some days, so I’ll sometimes pair an iced coffee with almond milk with some nuts (this had honey, too, which is divine, but not on the detox!).

LUNCHES & DINNERS:

I am having a serious love affair with seafood. Even without sushi, I’m doing my part to keep the white fish and salmon population under control. You are welcome.

Plain grilled salmon and steamed broccoli. Add a little fresh-cracked pepper and it’s all amazing.

Pan-fried tilapia with avocado and steamed seasoned veggies. I know you aren’t supposed to cook on high heat with olive oil, but I still do sometimes. Though I use coconut oil pretty religiously these days. THANK JEEBUS FOR HAIRY COCONUTS.

SKRIMPS! Skrimps on anything makes it better, right? Goes double for salad. Just use olive oil and vinegar as a dressing, add avocado and shrimp, and you have the best salad bar salad of all time. Clearly eaten at my messy desk.

Using no-added-sugar, preservative-free organic salsa, I eat salsa chicken like it’s going out of style. I have lots of options for using leftovers, too. I can eat it alone, topped with jalepeños and served with sautéed spinach…

Take it to work and enjoy it as lettuce wraps with avocado:

Take it to work and enjoy it over greens (I just finished eating this right now…the dirty plate is staring at me as I frantically try to finish this post):

Salads are great with turkey taco meat, too (make your own taco seasoning so you know what’s in it):

Simple chicken and veggie soup is always a good bet (but most store-bought broth has some form of added sugar, so watch the ingredient list closely, or just make your own):

Eating out is still tricky, but make requests and ask questions – as long as you are polite about it. Don’t be rude. But restaurants have to accommodate food allergies, so just ask how things are prepared and see if they can make modifications for you. Plain grilled chicken and steamed veggies with no butter are almost always an option.

A few area restaurants, like Trainwreck Saloon and The Royale, offer grassfed beef burgers on their seasonal menues. SO GOOD. Just order it without the bun (wrap it in lettuce with mustard) and with steamed or sautéed veggies, and you’ll be eating very well.

So that’s a quick look at the awesome food I get to eat. Mr. T is amazing in the kitchen, so I’m very lucky to have the help when it comes to making tasty noms. Most of these were recent meals or snacks while on the detox, but non-detox meals often include sweet potatoes, quinoa or brown rice, too. Yum!

I’ll post some recipes soon, too. Just for good measure…

Progress: One week down, 2 to go

posted on Monday, June 24th, 2013 under 21-Day Sugar Detox, General Ramblings |

Yesterday marked my seventh day on the 21-Day Sugar Detox. One week down. Two more to go. Ugh. Here’s hoping the return of energy happens very, very soon.

Things I’m craving: Strawberries, watermelon, pizza and red wine. Three weeks without a cheat? What the hell was I thinking??

Truth be told, it’s really not that bad. Except that weekends are usually filled with eating at restaurants and enjoying time with Mr. T, and finding acceptable restaurants to eat at has already been difficult…but the added strictness has added not only difficulty, but frustration. Mr. T is frustrated by constantly accommodating my food needs, and I’m finding myself more and more defensive and on edge regarding anything food (a rant to come on that topic), which has resulted in a few…lively conversations. So I’m going to say it here and now: Mr. T has been over the top supportive this go around, and absolutely works hard at finding and making recipes we can both enjoy. He’s the best and I’m crabby.

Day three was my worst energy crash, but my race Saturday eventually brought on a total breakdown and some serious sleep, which I obviously needed.

Saturday was awesome and a little awful at the same time. I woke up to find that my awesome training partner had gotten sick and couldn’t go to the race, which meant I’d be going solo. Not something I’m good at in general, but something that terrifies me for races. I already have issues with race day anxiety and I have terrible self-talk (you know, a lot of ‘you’re an idiot for thinking you can do this’ or ‘welp, you’re gonna die – have fun with that!’), but Teresa always talks me down and Mr. T makes me feel better…and neither would be there.

Granted, it was a short race – a .62 mile swim and a 2.5 mile run – but transitions freak me out to no end and I almost talked myself into going back to bed and just calling it a day.

But I didn’t.

I grabbed my stuff, headed out and ended up having a really fun race! I did pretty well, too, especially considering that I felt pretty tired the whole run. I was super dizzy when I crossed the finish line, but it was the first HOT race of the year, so there were multiple factors at play for sure. I had sweet potatoes the night before and a banana coffee smoothie for breakfast, so I had some carbs in my system…maybe just not enough.

But regardless, I did well and was SUPER proud of myself for doing an entire race all by myself. And with a smile on my face because it was REALLY FUN! I enjoy this stuff.

After the race, I went home, ate eggs (FOUR of them!), worked on some songs for spin playlists (I’m guest teaching my first class ever tonight!), blogged and waited for Mr. T to get home from work. From there, we did some running around, ate lunch at Trainwreck – who has GRASSFED BURGERS, hooray! – and went to buy me a new swimsuit. Gross.

I wish I could say all my hard work has resulted in me being totally 2-piece ready, but I am SOOOOOO not there yet. So I ended up with a nice pink one piece from Target. Here’s some more bravery on my part…a photo. (Cue vomiting.) My legs are still hideous and I hate them. I’ve come a long way, but I still have a long way to go.

I wanted the swimsuit that came with an overlay that completely covered my hips and bum, but the helpful stranger lady sitting outside my dressing room told me I should throw that one right in the trash and buy the pink one…who am I to argue with a stranger who has no vested interest in making me feel like a turd??

So anyway. I bought the suit, we went to our friend’s awesome pool for a bit, and after a few hours, I really started to drag. I ate a cucumber, some pistachios, some Paleo jerky…and I was still fading fast. So we headed out, stopping at the grocery store to get something to make for dinner.

I was actually laying against the cart as we approached the checkout, and felt like I would fall down if anyone took the cart away, so T sent me to the car while he finished up. We got home around 7 and I immediately collapsed into bed. I woke up at 9:30. Mr. T had also fallen asleep (he’s been working crazy hours and is also exhausted), so he made dinner, we ate and then we immediately fell back asleep. The nap was like a wonderful warmup for what was to come.

Man, let me tell you, this was THE BEST sleep I think I’ve ever had. My scraped leg didn’t bother me, my shoulders didn’t bother me, I was just dead-to-the-world, pillow-drooling, ugly-face asleep. It was ah-may-zing.

I took that as a sign to NOT work out yesterday. I was still fatigued most of the day, but not horribly so, and I added my serving of sweet potato to dinner to make sure I’m getting SOME carbs. I slept pretty well again, but nothing like Saturday night. That is the kind of sleep I daydream about.

So here we are. Day 8, the start of week 2, and I’m really hoping my energy picks up. I have some serious training to do these next few weeks, and I need the energy to kill my workouts. So here’s hoping!

These are extra true today…

Later, gators!