Just to get a view of what I look like right now 🙂 I have been getting Fitness magazine in the mail because of the Women’s half, I like it! Some good tips and fun fitness clothes ideas!
So when I last blogged I was sitting on my porch filled with enthusiasm from my new book and great weather. Let’s recap the week and I will get to my title/book at the end.
Fresh watermelon = one of my fav parts of Summer.
Tuesday I made a rest day because I met up with some friends in the city for dinner:
Chicken with a Kale and Bean Salad (side of sweet potato fries). So good! It was so fun catching up with my friends, I love trying new restaurants in the city and this place was great!
Wednesday I ran:
This was another music free run. For me, I am SUCH an over thinker and worrier. So the first two-three miles I was so thinking about my form that it was messing me up so much that I was actually hurting my ankle. When I finally was able to let go of those thoughts I started to feel better hence why I ran 6.5 miles for an after work run. I normally wouldn’t have ran that much but once I got in my “happiness place of running” I didn’t want to stop.
Dinner this week:
This was my first Justin’s experience. SO GOOD. I want to buy a jar- but that sh*t is priceyyyyy. If anyone finds it on sale, please share! 😉
Thursday I did 20 minute elliptical HIIT, back & biceps, core, and some leg work at the gym by work. While I was there a trainer pointed me out and helped me with some of my exercises. I guess I was doing some things wrong. He offered a session with me ($) to learn more full body strength training rather than targeted. I’m curious the benefits of either. I was reading an article in my Fitness mag that full body strength training is more in favor now. I think this summer I will have more time to go to Body Pump in the city, so I think I may just wait until then to work on all over strength training and still to the targeted now. I see a lot of results in my body with doing targeted anyway- so I guess if it isn’t broken, why fix it?
Friday I did legs, core, & shoulders. Then rushed to get my weekly TJs haul since I knew this weekend was going to be super busy. I then headed out to dinner with my fam.
I was in the mood for breakfast for dinner so a veggie omelette (no more egg whites for this girl) and sweet potato fries did the trick.
Then I came home and had to make a late night fruit salad for my BBQ the next day:
Strawberries, sunnydew (something different at TJs) and watermelon! A fruit salad I can eat! I always hate when there are blueberries or raspberries because I’m allergic!
The next morning:
12 miler on a gorgeous morning up by my parent’s house. I went up some steep hills- I think steeper than Harlem Hill, hence the 11:13 pace. I also took a Gu at mile 6, gotta learn how to take it and not let it slow me down. But it’s not about the pace (sort of haha) and it’s about the enjoyment of the long run. And I enjoyed it! I felt my quads and booty working, felt the sun shining on my face, and enjoyed the gorgeous low 60s temp. It was awesome!
After that I came home re-fueled AND weekly meal prepped at the same time because I only had about two hours before I had to head to the softball game!
Sweet potato pancakes are the bestttttt.
Meal prep- was so busy didn’t snap any other pics!
Then headed to play in a friendly softball game!
I took a panoramic from the outfield. As you can see I’m not the biggest asset in the outfield 😉
I’m not good at baseball but this was all in good fun! After that we had a BBQ and hung out and enjoyed the day.
By the time I got home last night I could barely keep my eyes open at 8:30 and my legs were (still are sore) from running + sprinting at the game. I’m going to take a yoga class at the gym this morning to stretch it all out!
So as I mentioned I wanted to address my title and the book It Starts with Food that I was super excited about last week.
The first chapters are really great. They help you understand what our body does with nutrients, hormones, and how it all works. I am so interested in nutrition that this section hit home for me. It made me think about my body’s reaction towards different foods. It made understand more about the importance of fueling before/during/after long runs/workouts. I was hooked, sold and couldn’t wait to keep reading so I could go on this Whole 30 journey with my parents and yada yada yada.
Then as I got further into the book, I started feeling anxious as I read. You can’t eat this because this. This has no nutrition because this (oatmeal, whole grains, chia seeds, peanut butter, etc.) And I became even more anxious. So if I do this 30 challenge, I can’t do this and this and this. I just bought that jar of peanut butter and those chia seeds, what should I do. Should I finish the jar quickly then do it? I can’t have the smoothies I make in the morning. I can’t, I can’t, I can’t. I mentioned my parents were reading it too and my mom was feeling nervous as well.
I then decided to google pros & cons of the Whole 30, and there was a quite a balance to the lists. However the word restriction kept coming up.
That word is evil in my book. Coming from a disordered eating past, I cannot have that word in my life. I can’t have rules and bad and no and negative. I need to be able to indulge in fro-yo and pizza and be TOTALLY OK with it, which at this point in my life I feel like I am! I need to be able to have a bowl of oatmeal or eat a Quest bar because I like those things.
I eat plenty of protein, fruits, veggies, yogurt, and whole grains. I eat very balanced. I see changes in my body from upping my protein intake (without ever really calculating, just going off of how I feel). I love finishing a jar of almond butter and getting to make overnight oats.
So… if it isn’t broken, why fix it.
I feel so happy with myself right now. I look in the mirror and say, you look awesome, I don’t point out my flaws. I eat and I don’t starve myself. I am capable of running far distances and I am getting there in lifting heavier weights. I do this all based on how I feel and how my body feels. Restriction is not the answer for me.
I totally understand all the health benefits of the Whole 30 and how it has helped turn around people’s diseases. If it works for you, AWESOME! I am not judging, I am supporting. You have to do what works for you.
All I know is of my past and how am I now. It is just something that will not work for me.
Have a great Sunday! ❤