I'm baaaaaaack; also, Half Marathon Training: Week 1, Day 1; also, lolwut?; also, Paleo Edition!
Didja miss me? If I had to answer based on this terrifying picture alone, I’d say nay. At any rate, this post promises to be chockablock full of information, so let me dive right in!
It’s kind of hard to figure out where to start, so I guess I’ll go with the simplest: half marathon training started today! I got back from Europe around 7pm on the 9th, spent all of yesterday super jet lagged, and then had to leap back into a training plan today to prepare for the race on September 1st. I wish I’d had a bit more time to recover, but honestly jumping back into something almost immediately did worlds of good for me. I haven’t actively worked out in so long that I really needed that push to get myself into the gym today. I’m planning to use Hal Higdon’s Intermediate Training Guide, which makes me a touch nervous. It’s more time-intensive than the Novice 2, which is the main concern, but I decided that since it’s the summer I really had no reason not to try it, and if it’s too advanced for my current skill level I can always dial it back. It seemed a bit anticlimactic to kick off training with a day of strength, but that’s what I did: a nice legs work-out followed by some quality time on the floor stretching and with the foam roller. I’d be lying if I said I weren’t anxious about tomorrow’s three miles–barring the unexpected sprinting through airports, I haven’t run since April 21st. I know it will come back eventually, but I also know the hiatus and the summer heat will be difficult to contend with. Here’s hoping I can keep my spirits up while I get back in the groove.
The other bit of big news is that I have FINALLY bitten the bullet and decided to try going paleo. My time spent in Europe was incredible, and I ate AMAZING food and drank SO MUCH delicious beer and wine, and truly, I regret nothing. I hopped on the scale this morning, and wouldn’t you know it? 133.8 was staring me back in the face. That is a number I’m certainly not mad at, especially considering how much I worried about gaining weight while I was gone. I was not thrilled, however, with how I felt during my time abroad–I always felt slightly digestionally (totes a word) uncomfortable, was never regular (gross, sorry), and I never felt properly nourished, not to mention I found it nearly impossible to stay hydrated.
So I spent a lot of time while in Ostiglia brain-storming how I was going to take charge of my eating when I returned. And the more I read, ESPECIALLY reading all the mouth-watering posts Devon has made after going paleo herself, the more convinced I became that trying paleo, at least for a month, would be the best way to go. I won’t lie, it was completely easier to make that decision after a full month of PASTA ALL DAY ERR DAY, but still. I’d been toying with the idea for quite some time, and the combination of a month+ of terrible nutrition and a weight-loss (i.e. fat loss) plateau of over a year proved the perfect impetus to force this plan in action.
Even if this all goes exceptionally well, I have extreme doubts that I will be able to maintain a 100% strict paleo diet–mama NEEDS the occasional burger and pizza–but I’m hoping to do more or less a strict month, and then maybe adopt the popular 80/20 plan. During this time, I’m also not cutting out all dairy, which I know is contestable in paleo spheres, but I’m limiting it only to organic, antibiotic/hormone-free dairy. The biggest sacrifice so far has been giving up my Coffeemate Natural Bliss vanilla creamer (natural yes, but added sugar, sigh), but I had coffee with organic half and half this morning and it was almost as satisfying (almost).
Perhaps the biggest benefit with this way of eating, at least right now, is being free of calorie counting, which is something I struggle TREMENDOUSLY with. Having lost weight through avid calorie counting, I constantly fall victim to eating bad food because I can “afford” it calorically, or when I’m in a situation where I don’t know the calorie content of foods, I completely flail. Being able to eat whatever I want within certain types of food cuts that sort of guesswork out, and I’m not really tempted to eat things just because I can. I eat good, whole foods, and eat until I’m no longer hungry. That’s it.
I don’t know if I want to post my food every day because that might get boring, but I will say this–I made a frittata this morning with bacon, garlic, shallots, spinach, tomatoes, and cheese, and Y'ALL. I DID NOT THINK IT WAS DISGUSTING. In fact, I thought the thing was downright TASTY. Clearly frittatas are my gateway to maybe actually one day enjoying eggs on their own. In the meantime, I will continue to load them up with lots of other delicious things to mask the taste. :p
Anyway, that’s all the fitblr news that’s fit to print. Hope you’ve all had an excellent month, and I can’t wait to be properly caught up on my dash once again!