I’m in a lull between The Go! St. Louis Marathon and the Pittsburgh Marathon. Three weeks between the two races. The timing was a strategic calculation to allow my body to heal up a bit from St Louis. It was a good call. But with this being Boston Marathon week, I’m just restless. I want to run. I want to run fast. But alas my
chiro body says, NO!
So I’ll just keep thinking about running fast and well, doing what I’ve been doing …. taking care of myself, eating well, stretching, strength training and running easy.
But I can certainly think about running fast, right? I’ve reset my Run Less Run Faster app and am ready to go with some targeted workouts once I get the green light. I certainly don’t want to backslide and aggravate the Plantar Fasciitis DEVIL who is currently napping. He certainly hasn’t left but I’m feeling better each and every day
thanks to a lot of torture over the last 4 months from my new Chiro.
So far, this year has consisted of rest, a lot of strength training and a little running. There have been a lot of kettlebell swings, hand release push-ups, squats, lunges, weighted sit-ups, knees to chest, ab baskets, side to sides and short bursts of strength workouts both in and out of the gym. All by myself. I’m really missing my 5am CF crew in IL! I also miss being able to swing a kettlebell and not have to worry about some unsuspecting gym patron rounding the corner right into my
kettlebell improvised CF area. I miss having certain equipment, like rings for ring rows, a box for box jumps, a wall ball, and a weighted ball for ball slams. Yes, I actually miss those torturous things and so much more! But I’ve improvised and been good about doing a minimum of 2 strength workouts each week. Even if that means I have to skip a run to squeeze it into my day. I know that a strong body is essential not only to a healthy life but also injury free running. So strength training is a priority. In and out of the gym.
I’ve also made a few changes on the food front. I’ve always been decent about my food choices but things took a turn south last year. While I normally favor fruits & veggies, my love of carbs took over and I was eating WAY too many cheese quesadillas & flavored Triscuits! I tried to balance out my carb intake with exercise. You know that never works but a carb lover can hope, right? Then I tried to decrease my carbs and up my protein. That helped temporarily but I quickly tired of protein powders/shakes/smoothies. And my body didn’t love all that protein either. Plus I was still craving those junky carbs! Then one of the books I was listening to last month (Born to Run by Chris McDougall) mentioned a change he had made that helped him control appetite and lose weight. Salads for breakfast. What? Yep, salads for breakfast. I figured it was worth a try. I bought some fresh produce, developed an obsession for kale, and started making a humongous salad every morning after I returned from the gym. I filled my salads with nutritious items, healthy fats, plant proteins and tons of veggies. Not a wimpy, “diet” salad but real food that would fill me up! Every day. Today’s salad below. Kale, red onion, avocado, yellow pepper, northern beans, tomato, chia seeds, olive oil, balsamic vinegar & sea salt.
I eat as much of my hearty salad as I want for breakfast and then put the rest in the fridge for lunch. Guess what. I’m on week 3 of salads for breakfast. And I feel good. Like really good. I can’t tell you if I’ve lost weight cuz I “Threw Out the Scales” before I started my salad for breakfast regimen. But I feel good. And my tummy is happy. And I’m full. I’ve replaced
most of the cheese quesadillas with healthy carbs like baked sweet potatoes. Or in a pinch, I eat the Brown Rice Sweet Potato Triscuits. Cuz my love of Triscuits goes beyond the scales! But overall I’m pretty happy right now and feeling way better than I have in about a year. So I’ll be buying ALL THE PRODUCE and eating lots of greens with a variety of veggies going forward. I’m not a vegetarian but I’m certainly going to do some more research about food and specifically plant proteins. And most importantly, I’m going to enjoy feeling good.
The point of this post isn’t to start a movement where everyone should eat salads for breakfast but rather to suggest that if you’ve been doing what your doing for a long time and it’s not working ……. maybe it’s time to try something new. Be open to change. If you are tired and run down, what type of food are you using for fuel? Exercise will always help us feel and look better but the FOOD that goes into our mouth is the main source of our energy and health. I’m trying to make sure that I’m eating what my body NEEDS rather than what it immediately wants. As a result, I want less and less of the foods that are “not so good for me”. I’m still not perfect. Never will be perfect. I mean, we have a standing order with the pizza guy for Monday nights but now we get a salad with that pizza too.
If you are struggling, don’t give up. Cuz that will put you further back than where you are now. Keep fighting the fight. Change things up. Don’t’ forget to Hide the Veggies from the family and yourself in some of your favorite meals. And please, try to find a way to fall in love with good, clean foods.
** Eat Your Veggies ** Amanda – TooTallFritz