Day 27. This is my last mandatory weekend on Whole30. How do I feel about that? Excited? Anxious? Eager? No, mostly normal. Somewhere along the way I subconsciously decided that this was how I’m going to eat on a regular basis. Not as strict, but close enough.
I still don’t miss bread or pasta. The only time I miss dairy is when I have a random ice cream craving, which is odd because ice cream is not something I generally crave. It goes away quickly. Cheese? Couldn’t care less about it. I do miss peanut butter though, because almond butter sucks and it will never be peanut butter no matter how hard it tries. But I’m getting by, because I used to always have peanut butter on some kind of bread, or with bananas, and I don’t eat bananas that much anymore.
Top left: Filipino style cauliflower garlic fried “rice”…!!! Bottom left: you do what you can with fast food. Skinless chicken breast in butter lettuce leaves (I had the lettuce on hand) with salsa and a side of gross steamed veggies. Middle: my typical post-workout meal is coconut water (better than any sports drink), half a sweet potato, and a boiled egg. Top right: spinach omelet, 1/4 avocado, strawberries and blueberries. Bottom right: spinach omelet, plantains fried in ghee, sliced apple.
I had to get on the scale for my body fat test on July 20th, but I haven’t weighed since then so July 30th’s number will hopefully be a pleasant surprise. Or am I supposed to weigh on the morning of July 31st? Hmm, that makes more sense. Whatever the day is, it happens to be the dreaded bloat week before my period so I won’t be torn up about it if it’s not drastic. My measurements will hopefully yield some great numbers.
Because I am having a major surgery in 18 days (17 days, 18 hours, 14 minutes, and 25 seconds but who’s counting?), I want to be in the best health I can possibly be. My celebratory Old Fashioned and frozen yogurt are now on hold until well after surgery. During my consultation with my surgeon, he seemed pleased with my paleo style of eating, and everywhere I’ve read says that a high protein diet is encouraged post-op for optimal healing.
The same goes for training. It’s funny to say that the idea of being out of commission for 6 weeks is scary. Late last year and earlier this year, I couldn’t string together a regular workout regimen to save my life. Between now and S-Day, I’m going to get in as much training as I possibly can two ways. Via my old friend Shaun T:
And a new friend who likes to make shit more complicated than it needs to be:
So where does running fit into all this? Simply put: it doesn’t. I can make excuses or sugar coat but the fact of the matter is, if I’m not running for a reason (like training for a half marathon) I’m not going to do it. I simply do not like it on its own as a form of exercise. August to October is technically enough time to heal for a race, but I’m not a seasoned runner. I can’t just pick up where I left off and have 3-4 weeks to polish my technique before race day. I will get injured.
It sucks that I am failing to run RnRLA for the second year in a row, but I’m doing something more important to me instead. There will be other races, and once it stops feeling like MY WHOLE BODY IS A PAIR OF GIANT FLOPPY BOOBS RUNNING WITHOUT A BRA then I’ll be sure to run them, and happily. And certainly 5 minutes faster per mile without all that wind resistance. Yeah I’m definitely a 6 minute miler under all this skin.