Thumbs up for running.
Swim – 2:00:00 – 5400m
Bike – 1:47:27 – 59.83km
Run – 1:31:03 – 19.20km
Strength – 1:30:00
Total – 6:48:30
Finally got both of my scheduled runs in this week.
On Saturday night, I went counter-clockwise around my ‘Ranchlands’ route; not too much of an original name, but it works and my wife knows where I am with a short description. What I realized is that clockwise is a hard climb from km 1-2 then a slow decline for the rest of the track. Going the other way, I avoid the hard climb and replace it with a slow climb from km 3-6.
Coming around the corner heading home and looked at my watch, 36 minutes. It was going to take me another 5 to get home, so I decided to take a little detour and increase the distance by a km. I ended up at home in 44:41 and just over 9k. For a route that took me 45 minutes last year, I added distance and ended around the same time. A great run on a great evening.
I even got my clothing right, not too hot or too cold. Awesome.
I have a handful of normal routes that I take on both the bike and the run. I have given them names like ‘Bearspaw’, ‘Glen Eagles’ or ‘Varsity’ not to be cute, but to have a short way to describe where I am going and how long I should be. After Saturday, I realized that I am going to have to redraw my routes from last year; not a bad problem to have I reckon.
So I have been hammering the non-optimal foods over the last little while. I have been so hungry after swimming 3 days a week along with my other training that I haven’t been able to get full. As of this morning, my body has gone on strike. I will spare the details, but long story short, my body is saying ‘no bueno’.
Time to get back into a Paleo focus for the next couple of weeks. I am not going to attempt a 21 Day Sugar Detox during Christmas, that would be crazy…..
Question: How do you stay safe when running solo?
14 down, 7 to go.
I have to admit, it hasn’t been as hard as I originally thought. This time of year with cookies, cake, egg nog, and numerous parties have made it tougher than it needed to be, but I have been able to stay the course. Head first right?
Sunday afternoon we visited my parents for a cup of tea. Now the biggest issue is not the visit, as one may expect, but the Cherry Pound cake she makes each Christmas. This cake is so good that me and my wife wait for it each year. Actually, my wife confirms in October that she will be making again. Guess what was on the table when we got there? Doesn’t take a rocket scientist.
Crap. Time to dig deep.
I am not the kind of person who expects everyone to cater to my wild ideas of nutrition. Hey, some people think I am bonkers for attempting this detox at this time of the year. So instead of avoiding the temptation, I searched out some walnuts in the pantry, poured a cup of tea, and sat at the table. I left their house after 2 hours without cheating.
So I now have 7 days to go, and I am trying not to plan all of things that I want to eat on the 24th. As of this blog post, there are only four items on my cheat list.
Chocolate (Dark) Covered Almonds – I could eat a whole bag.
Rice Crispie Square – Craving one since day 3
Hamburger – A good one, not a crappy fast food one
Pizza – This time, any place will work
Instead, I am planning on continuing through breakfast and lunch, with some brown rice with supper. No need to undo my hard fought progress.
Oh yeah, Cherry Pound Cake, I will see you on the 25th.
Question: What would you crave if you had to eliminate it for 21 days?
So here I go.
Day one of the twenty one is in the books and I am stoked. I have plenty of veggies, meat, and herbal tea in my house that I could start my own small grocery store.
The past weekend was a perfect example of why I decided to take this challenge on now instead of in the New Year. Rice, bread, and dairy are easy for me to eliminate, I don’t crave them. I have a tough time saying no to sweets, muffins, and pretty much all chocolate.
The Christmas treats
are were going to be my downfall.
So taking into account that I have been pretty much Paleo for the last 8 months, my goal for the 21 days is not to drop the grains and legumes, I have already done that. I want to reduce or eliminate my cravings for all things sweet. Not that I want to eliminate them completely from my life; who doesn’t like a cinnamon bun or a couple slices of pizza now and then? I want to eat them on my own terms, not out of the desperation of a craving.
I have always been a little ADD (if you believe in it) when it comes to tracking things in my life; I weigh in each morning and have a post-it in the bathroom with each days numbers. This makes for interesting conversation when we have visitors in our house and I forget to hide it in the drawer.
This challenge will be no different. I will record my progress keeping in mind that the goal of the next 20 days is not weight loss, but control over my cravings. I am just not sure if I will share the numbers with the world, or keep it to myself. I guess it will depend on my success….just kidding.
I will post my progress each Monday night detailing some of my successes and challenges that week. I am sure there will be lots of both. I will update my twitter feed more regularly with thoughts and comments on the days in between.
So stay tuned.
Question: Do the Holidays slowly eat away at your good habits? How do you combat the cravings?