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Whole 30 – Day 21

Three weeks in, I guess time for another recap.

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I have to say, this has been going pretty well.

I am noticing a difference in my physical appearance, not that this was the major goal; I really don’t have that much to lose. My shoulders are more defined, and I am starting to see my abs again. You would think that with all my training this would be a surprise. It just goes to show you that your diet has more to do with muscle definition than lifting weights.

I still struggle with making sure that I get enough food in a day. Last night, we had Taco’s for supper (salad with no sour cream or cheese for me). I had two helpings, each with half an avocado. Now I didn’t measure anything, but I reckon I consumed a half pound of beef, a ton of veggies, and a whole avocado. Based on what I have experienced, this is about right to keep me full. Wouldn’t you know it, by 2100 I was in the kitchen again, this time looking for a snack.

My sign? I got up off the couch to take my daughter to bed and I got light headed.

So after 21 days, I am still struggling with making the right portion size for supper. I think I have breakfast and lunch figured out, as I don’t usually have an issue at the office. I will keep upping the amount to get the balance right. Stay tuned for my results.

This week on the menu:

Breakfast – Homemade pork sausage with green beans and nuts.
Lunch – Chicken Thighs (Bone in/skin on) with salad and olives
Workout Recovery – Boiled eggs and sweet potato

As you can see from my weekly recaps, my training volume has been a little erratic over the challenge. After race season, I am taking a little more time than I anticipated to get back into the training grove, but I think I am there now. My energy has been great throughout the past 3 weeks, with no major issues in the way of low or no energy during a workout. I did take the advice and introduced a small amount of protein before my workout, especially for my early morning sessions.

The biggest plus? I haven’t had to stop in during a run and find a place, to be politically correct, squat in the bushes. If the rest of the challenge is a flop, this makes it all worth it.

So I am stoked for the last 9 days of the challenge, hopefully with not much changing after the end of the 30 days. Maybe I will celebrate with a cookie or muffin.

Only one, I promise.

Question: How do you know that you are not eating enough when training?

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3 responses

  1. Unfortunately I only weigh myself once a week, but it works… If I drop more than half a pound over a week I eat a little more. It took me most of last season to get my diet figured out though – and I have the opposite problem, I have a tough time eating enough to replace what I burn so I often turn to easy calories just to keep my weight up. Now that I have my eating schedule down right, I haven’t had to change a thing and I’ve kept within a half-pound all summer long.

    September 19, 2013 at 2:15 am

    • The one thing about the Whole 30, no stepping on the scale. I am learning to listen to my body, and eat when necessary; I hope this can translate to my training and racing.

      September 19, 2013 at 9:56 am

      • NICE… I can’t do that, listen to my body… My head keeps interjecting misinterpretations of what my body is saying. In the end, I’m drunk, naked and screaming at the neighbors that I need to get out for a ride, at 3am. It’s not pretty brother.

        September 19, 2013 at 10:09 am

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