Thursday, April 21, 2011

Intuitive eating experiment - FAIL! And sugar IS poison

Well, by the end of day one of my intuitive eating week, I failed and logged my food.  I think I've been doing it for so long by now it's just become habit.  It's sick.  Not sure where I will go next with this, but it's not a huge concern at the moment, just another time waster.

Annndd.... Yesterday and today I ate a few squares of 88% dark chocolate.  Today, binge-o-rama.   I demolished half a jar of sunflower butter and completely screwed my calorie deficit for the day (and then some!)  Obviously my body is unable to handle added sugar of any kind because when I have it, it triggers insane cravings.  I seem to do fine with dark chocolate before a run, and I actually find it to be pretty good fuel, but if it's not immediately before a workout then forget it.  Like Dr. Lustig says, sugar is poison

In other, less food related news running is going really well.  I struggled a little with hydration and fueling last week on my 7 mile run, but I'm going to pick up a hydration pack and make sure to get that straightened out before I run that far outside again.  My body is feeling good and I'm actually enjoying my runs most of the time.  When I get my recent stats loaded up I'll post them!

Finally... I acheived a bodyweight deadlift yesterday, woohoo!

Sunday, April 17, 2011


I just wanted to drop in and make a quick post... I think I'm going to do an experiment this week. 

Since I had a fair bit of success eating more intuitively while we were on vacation, I'm going to just leap in and do it this week.  I'll still log everything I eat and may even weigh stuff, but I'm not going to calculate macros.

I'm nervous, but we'll see how it goes!

Friday, April 15, 2011

Hot off the presses.... new meal plan!

Just completed this week's meal plan:

Braised short ribs and onions

Broccoli and cauliflower/roasted cauli

Slow cooker braised flank steak, peppers, onions (saw this in Womans Day, of all places! Thought it was worth a try)
Garlic green beans

Leftover short ribs and chicken

Leftover flank steak

Tangine pork tenderloin (been loving this spice rub from Jen's Gone Paleo!)
Green beans

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Playing catch up

I hate to be one of those bloggers that says, "Oh, sorry I haven't posted in a long time..."  But, sorry I haven't posted in a long time.

I have still been running, still been keeping paleo, and am feeling pretty great!  Here are some quick stats from recent runs.  It seems I've been doing some pretty shoddy record keeping, but here's what I have:

3.5 mi run
Time: 55:57
Avg HR: 141
Max HR: 168

3x3 press and deadlift

3.5 mi run
Time: 45:10
Avg HR: 142
Max HR: 168

5.1 mi run
Time: 1:04:05
Avg HR: 137
Max HR: 164

3x3 bench press and squat
assitance work (squats and pushups)
clean and jerk skill work

5 rounds of
50 jump rope
25 kb swings 25#
5 60# c&j
3 pullups

4 mi run, no other stats

5,3,1 press and deadlift

4 mi run, no other stats

6 mi run plus 1 mile with husband later
Time: 76:03
Forgot hrm at home

5,3,1 bench and squat
50 sq, 30 plu
5 c&j 55#
40 situps, 40 back extensions

no workout recorded... can't remember if I rested or not!

4 mi run
Time: 53:09
Avg HR: 141
Max HR: 180

3x5 push press (55,60,65) and deadlift (105, 115, 125)
3 rounds of
30 lunges, 10 pullups
c&j - 55#, 60#, 65#

am 4 mile run
ran fasted, lost stats in my hrm but the run went really well

on vacation!
6 mi run
Time: 1:20:56
Avg HR:  146
Max HR: 172

took rest day

on vacation still!
ran/walked 3 miles, every 1/4 mile did 20 squats, 20 psu for total of 160 each exercise.  This was a good workout

4.5 mi run outside, felt great

Strength training wise, I've been keeping with Wendler's 5/3/1 program up until this last week where I decided to switch to mostly bodyweight exercises.  I was getting a little bored with the program, but the main reason I switched it up was because we were out of town this last weekend.  I am not sure if I want to go back to 5/3/1 at this point or if I want to work on some other stuff at this point, but I better figure it out soon since I have a strength workout scheduled tomorrow.

Twice in the last week or so I've experimented with some different pre-run fueling.  I did one fasted morning run, which actually went really well surprisingly, and two runs after eating a small dark chocolate bar.  I figured, the dark chocolate (Dagoba 87% is what I've used because the small bar is the perfect size) is high in fat and has a little bit of carbs.  Since I'm primarily trying to run using fat as fuel I though this might work out well.  It's also nice that dark chocolate has a little bit of caffeine.  I may experiment with this some more.

On our vacation I had the privilege to be in charge of most of the meals for myself, my husband, and my father in law.  I was also able to share some information with my father-in-law about the paleo diet, and it was awesome to actually have someone willing to listen, and maybe even a little bit interested!  The other thing that happened was that I ended up losing a couple pounds on vacation, weighing in this morning at 154.4, which is the lowest I've been in over a month.  Overall, I think we all ended up coming home feeling pretty good instead of run-down from eating a bunch of crappy food.  Well, my husband had a little too much sugar, but I think he knew what he was getting himself into.

My training schedule really starts ramping up now until race day, adding an additional mile every week.  Depending on how I feel, I may back off a little one of those weeks.  With the exception of some hip pain during our vacation I'm feeling strong and injury free.  I think the hip pain was due to sitting a lot during travel... Monday we spent 9 hours in the car!  Hopefully it will stay away from now on.

For those interested, I photo blogged just about every morsel I ate while we were gone, it's all over at my food blog.  I did succumb to a piece and a half of salt water taffy while we were gone.  It was good, but I know I feel better without it and I have to say I enjoyed the smoked salmon a lot more!