Thursday, October 23, 2014

Whole30 - Halfway Done!

Today marks Day 18! I'm over the halfway point and on the downward slope. I don't know that this has been magical yet, but this part of the timeline was pretty correct.

I love my Sunday naps, but I didn't take one this week. Instead I hiked, and even at midnight I felt like I had a good few more hours in me. Energy! Also, all I wanted was a donut. So, so badly. I've been looking at donuts on the internet and dreaming of the day I can bake again. Maybe this will pass?

Despite those crazy cravings, I'm staying strong.

The good so far:
I do feel a change in energy.
I am sleeping well.
I don't feel the need to snack between meal (unless I  eat a small meal), and I don't feel that crash in the middle of the day. Body is shifting from burning off those sugars and carbs into burning fat!
The lime cilantro ranch dressing I made is SO good.

The bad:
A few recipes I've tried have pretty much sucked. I love soup, but these weren't good.
I've ended up eating the same thing over and over (stuffed bell beppers or zucchini noodles) cause I'm tired of trying new stuff.
So sick of cooking and doing dishes and always having to think really hard about what I eat. Plan, plan, plan, cause you can't buy just anything off the shelf when you're hunger.

A few challenges that weren't so bad:
The first day of the program I had a team work lunch at an Asian place and I couldn't eat a single thing on the menu. They didn't even have a salad I could pick around. Not too fun to sip water while 10 other people eat.

One night I put some stuff in the crockpot to make a lunch for the next day, and leftovers to take to my cousin's wedding, since I wouldn't have time to come home. Well, the crockpot didn't turn on. I scrambled for leftovers for lunch, but had nothing to take with me for dinner.  Ended up in a small town grocery store where I could round up some almonds, olives, guacamole, and maybe some dried fruit. Not the best dinner, but I stayed on plan.

Nov 5 - I'll be back to normal. Also the same day as a huge meeting at work that I'm in charge of.  Eeeeek!  Not sure how I'll want to eat when it's over. Will I be scared of sugar? Though I don't think staying off of it forever is realistic for me. We'll see what happens.

Monday, October 13, 2014

Musical Monday

I still love this song, and I'm seeing these guys again tonight for the 3rd or 4th time? St Lucia = so fun. And Haerts are opening, yay!

Tuesday, October 07, 2014

30 Days of Eatin' Healthy

I've thought other people were crazy for doing the Whole30, yet I've somehow decided to try it. I'm on day 2 - totally rockin' it through the hangover days. Total headache this morning and looking at food made me wanna barf. Alas, I'm committed!

I've seen several friends complete this program over the last year, thanks to all their Instagram food posts. Meghan wanted to do it this summer and asked if I wanted to join, and I said no way. Somehow over the last few months I've decided to try it. What will happen when I eat super healthy and cut out sugar? I've never done anything like it before, and I've realized as I get older, I can't just eat whatever I want and expect working out to keep it off. Sugar makes me feel gross (as much as I love Dr Pepper and cookies).

I had a last couple 'indulge' meals over the weekend when Carol was in town, and I spent the weekend stocking up on good eats and using my slow cooker to get a few meals planned for the week. We'll see how this goes.

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Ragnar del Sol 2014

So. The main reason I'd come to AZ this week in February was to run a Ragnar. I never imagined I'd be saying those words. I'm not a runner. Part of my whole - Just Say Yes - birthday thing from the previous year got me into this situation. Once I signed up after cousin Julie asked, I figured that training through the holiday season would be really good for me, but I didn't anticipate a whole job/city/climate/life change in the middle of it. I didn't train as much as I wanted, but Utah has some nice public rec centers that are really cheap.  I did what I could and then I showed up!

Julie and Jesse had run a few of these before and their previous core teams came. It ended up being a great group. Julie and I were in different vans, but I quickly became friends with the folks in Van 2. People flew in from UT, OK, FL, and we all met up Thursday evening to do some food shopping and van decorating. And team dinner! As with my previous LA post from Cher's minivan, it's really fun to take a gang of friends out together in a van. 

Team of a bunch of pharmacy school friends - the Drug Runners.

Van 1 started way early Friday morning, and my group didn't have to show up til mid-morning to register. Since I was the only one who'd lived in AZ, I was the navigator and got us out to the desert, west of Phoenix.

Waiting for runner 6 to come in so my van could take off.

The first scenery was pretty desert-y.

Waiting for Ann to hand her some water.

Getting ready for my leg. It was starting to get hot and I had about 5 miles to run. I was scared.

And these I go with the bracelet.

I mostly ran through a neighborhood, then up a highway.

Passed the torch to Reid, who is a machine. His leg was 13.5 miles, the longest leg of any Ragnar race.

These guys had great costumes, a disco ball, and awesome music blaring from the back.

Waiting for Reid.

He killed that leg like no one's business.

Allison had a nice sunset run.

About to hand off to Van 1 again.

Finished round 1 - two more to go. We went to find food (Pei Wei for me), and then went north of Phoenix to find some sleep. I opted for a gym floor.

Others opted for the van.

After a couple hours of sleep, it was time to run again.

Gearing up for the middle of the night. This run was around 3am near Cave Creek.

Sunrise is coming.

Bleary eyed after round 2, we went to find breakfast in north Scottsdale. Glad I knew the area and could point us to something decent.

We drove over to the next exchange in Fountain Hills. I got to sleep a bit more in another gym, but soon it was midday and time to run again.
Ann started us off for the last legs.

I'm next! Almost done.

Just under 4 miles through a road in east Scottsdale, sun coming out, but not too bad, and I was done!!

Reid was up next, and while he's a machine, it was getting tough. He picked up a leg for an injured Jesse, plus traded for a longer one for someone else. We had to go support as he wound down Scottsdale Road.

Reid to Allison.

Allison to Tara for the 36th and final leg!

We drove to Tempe Town Lake for the finish line. Find My Friends is the best app for knowing when your runner is coming in.

Little sleep, tired legs, but we made it!

Back in the hotel, the machine slept.

Team dinner at Cafe Rio (per Julie's tradition), but I almost fell asleep at the counter. For real.

Gnarly blisters.

It was so much fun, I signed up to do it again. Lots of the same group - Florida Keys 2015, here we come!

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