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Whole 30 – Day 9

Maybe a little random to recap on day 9, but I figured it was about time to write something.

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Like I mentioned in Recap – Week 35 I decided to start my first Whole 30 challenge a couple of days early.  Feeling like crap after eating supper is a pretty good motivator. Yes, ‘crap’ is a technical term.

Wouldn’t you know it, things have been going pretty good so far. I haven’t had too many major cravings yet, but I have thought a couple of times “who cares, you can start it again later” or “just don’t tell anyone and you will be fine”. Alas, the Rice Crispy square will stay on the shelf until, well, forever.

With no pre-planning of my own, I ended up fasting thru lunch on Monday. We visited my mother-in-law who is a strict vegetarian, so I knew that there wouldn’t be much in the house for me to chomp on while we were there. She made me a cup of tea, Milk Oolong to be specific, and I hung around talking dogs and house renovations. We got home at around 3 in the afternoon, and I wasn’t really hungry, so I waited until supper.

For most people, I think lunches can be difficult, especially if you eat at the office. I have the same issue, so each Sunday afternoon I grill two proteins and portion them out for the week; 10 dishes in total. I keep four in the fridge for Monday and Tuesday and freeze the rest for the remainder of the week. I also and boil a dozen eggs and cook some sweet potato for workout recovery. It can be some work and planning on Sunday, but man does it ever make things simple the rest of the week.

This week on the menu:

Breakfast – Pork Roast (slow cooked on the grill), steamed Broccoli, and a handful of Olives.
Lunch – Sexy Time Steak (from Four Hour Chef), Salad, and a whole Avacado.
Workout Recovery – Boiled Eggs (2) and a Banana.

I snacked pretty decent as well. I usually just grab something in the house, typically a piece of fruit, nuts, or some left overs.

A huge positive with the Whole 30 thing; I don’t feel panic stricken when my meal is a little late, or in the case on Monday, completely missing. Little each day I am finding more control over my appetite and really not missing much in the way of sweets. I have been probably over indulging on the dried apricots over the last couple of days, but after swim club as any swimmer can attest to, the hunger won’t go away. I’m working on it.

One negative, and I am not sure if this is related, but I woke up last night with a nasty stomach ache. Not a stomach ache from hunger, but a sharp pain from my belly button up toward my chest. I got out of bed, took a little walk around the house to see if I was cramping; nothing. So I ended up falling back asleep about 20 minutes later and when I woke up, the pain was gone. I am glad it was, but I will keep close attention to how I feel over the next couple of days. Hopefully just a freak occurrence.

Question: How do you tackle lunches during the week?


Whole 30 – Day 9

Maybe a little random to recap on day 9, but I figured it was about time to write something.

download

Like I mentioned in Recap – Week 35 I decided to start my first Whole 30 challenge a couple of days early.  Feeling like crap after eating supper is a pretty good motivator. Yes, ‘crap’ is a technical term.

Wouldn’t you know it, things have been going pretty good so far. I haven’t had too many major cravings yet, but I have thought a couple of times “who cares, you can start it again later” or “just don’t tell anyone and you will be fine”. Alas, the Rice Crispy square will stay on the shelf until, well, forever.

With no pre-planning of my own, I ended up fasting thru lunch on Monday. We visited my mother-in-law who is a strict vegetarian, so I knew that there wouldn’t be much in the house for me to chomp on while we were there. She made me a cup of tea, Milk Oolong to be specific, and I hung around talking dogs and house renovations. We got home at around 3 in the afternoon, and I wasn’t really hungry, so I waited until supper.

For most people, I think lunches can be difficult, especially if you eat at the office. I have the same issue, so each Sunday afternoon I grill two proteins and portion them out for the week; 10 dishes in total. I keep four in the fridge for Monday and Tuesday and freeze the rest for the remainder of the week. I also and boil a dozen eggs and cook some sweet potato for workout recovery. It can be some work and planning on Sunday, but man does it ever make things simple the rest of the week.

This week on the menu:

Breakfast – Pork Roast (slow cooked on the grill), steamed Broccoli, and a handful of Olives.
Lunch – Sexy Time Steak (from Four Hour Chef), Salad, and a whole Avacado.
Workout Recovery – Boiled Eggs (2) and a Banana.

I snacked pretty decent as well. I usually just grab something in the house, typically a piece of fruit, nuts, or some left overs.

A huge positive with the Whole 30 thing; I don’t feel panic stricken when my meal is a little late, or in the case on Monday, completely missing. Little each day I am finding more control over my appetite and really not missing much in the way of sweets. I have been probably over indulging on the dried apricots over the last couple of days, but after swim club as any swimmer can attest to, the hunger won’t go away. I’m working on it.

One negative, and I am not sure if this is related, but I woke up last night with a nasty stomach ache. Not a stomach ache from hunger, but a sharp pain from my belly button up toward my chest. I got out of bed, took a little walk around the house to see if I was cramping; nothing. So I ended up falling back asleep about 20 minutes later and when I woke up, the pain was gone. I am glad it was, but I will keep close attention to how I feel over the next couple of days. Hopefully just a freak occurrence.

Question: How do you tackle lunches during the week?


2012 Review – Part 2

It was a great year for many reasons.

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I achieved several goals I set for myself and my family became closer as well.

In June, after a coffee meeting with a friend, I decided to give up the java for good. Based on how I felt after each day, the motivation was pretty high. I have to admit, it wasn’t easy especially with the line of work I am in, but I made it through the 30 days and have given it up for good. I feel greet now, especially in the afternoon when I used to get the jitters. I did have a couple of ‘shorts’ of Christmas Blend because, not that I am Superman, but it is my kryptonite.

Nine weeks to the day after I broke my collar bone, I stood on the shore of Ghost Dam getting myself ready for Ironman 70.3 Calgary. It was my ‘A’ race of the year, and all of my training revolved around it. Most thought that I was crazy for starting, but my family stood behind me and cheered me along the way. I learnt alot about myself, triathlon, and how your mental toughness is just as important as your physical. I am pretty sure that I wouldn’t have finished if it wasn’t for them.

It was then my daughters turn for her second Kids of Steel Triathlon; her first open water swim. I swam, ran as she biked, and ran beside her to the finish line. My favorite part of the race? When she grabbed a glass at the aid station and tried to drink while running. I think every person, including myself, were chuckling a little bit. It was so cute.

Pretty much our whole family came to watch, I think we were the annoying spectators that morning.

I said time flies, well we couldn’t believe when time came for her first day of kindergarden. We had to put some effort in her application to the school, so when we recieved confirmation she was accepted, we were ecstatic. She is having so much fun and learning alot. The best part, she is meeting other kids who share her learning style and personality.

The rest of the year was pretty uneventful. We enjoyed the fall and the changing of the leaves; we couldn’t experience it like that in our old house. I began planning my 2013 training plan and race schedule. Sounds like a ton of fun? Only a Triathlete would say “Yes”.

Hopefully 2013 will be just has eventful. Well, maybe a little less eventful.

Good luck to you in 2013.


Valdez Who?

It started with a text to my wife, it was a picture of a cup of coffee, it read; “Here is my last coffee for the next 30 days”.

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I meant it. This was a culmination of several weeks, who am I kidding, several months of feeling less than optimal each time I drank a Grande Americano. I have read about the positive effects of caffeine for training, racing, and body fat loss.

So why not consume it at will? But why did I feel worse after each cup?

So I had it and decided that for the next 30 days I would not consume a single coffee product. I haven’t drank dairy since January, so no latte, no problem. It was going to be that Grande Americano I grabbed on the way into the office each morning that was going to be the devil.

I was determined to give it a go, so here is what I found helpful for me to kick the addiction:

1 Find your trigger, replace the habit. There is something that triggers every addiction, starting the habit loop. Mine? The familiar coffee shop on my route to the office and the lull at the office at 1000. Solution? I changed my route to work and grabbed a tea or water at 1000.
2 Decline invitations for ‘coffee’. I have a couple of acquaintances who always want to meet over coffee, typically at a good coffee house. I haven’t seen these people for 30 days now. I know if I agree to meet, I will be restarting at day 1.
3 Remove any temptation. Will power is a tricky thing, sometimes you have it, and sometimes you don’t. Put a tray of muffins in my kitchen, and I can resist for about 2 days, then they will disappear in a glorious insulin induced coma. Get rid of the temptation and your will power can take a break.
4 Replace with a different beverage. I had to be careful with this one, replacing coffee with say, scotch, may not be the best idea. I researched the benefits of tea, and found Yerba Mate. The health benefits are too numerous to list on this blog.
5 Announce your challenge. It’s is no secret, if there is someone to hold you accountable, you will be less likely to give up. My wife is great at holding me to my words (and promises for that matter).

As of the date this blog post was published, I have gone 31 days without coffee and have never felt better. I didn’t celebrate the end of the challenge by brewing a 20oz cup of java, that wasn’t the goal of the challenge.

Question: Have you given up coffee? What strategies did you use?