Wednesday, January 10, 2018

My week in eating & working out

I have once again come to the conclusion that my gut health is strongly connected with what I am putting into my body and while I am not allergic or even sensitive to some things, I am figuring out what makes my gut happy. One major thing is that I cannot overeat at all. Ever. This doesn't seem like that big of a deal, but I really struggle with this when I am putting in a lot of miles because I am starving! It feels a little easier right now since I'm not training for anything yet.

I am also playing with intermittent fasting, by which I mean fasting everyday for 16 hours and then eating for 8 hours. Well, not for 8 hours but in that time period. Most days this looks like eating my first meal between 10-11, which is usually some kind of veggie and hummus, lunch around 12, which is usually a big salad with some kind of lean protein and no gluten or very little gluten, then eating dinner around 5:30, which is typically some kind of roasted vegetable or salad and then whatever I am serving my family, which this week has been tuna melts on whole wheat English muffins with avocado and plain greek yogurt instead of mayo, chicken salad with roasted veggies, taco soup, and a Cafe Rio chicken salad with no tortilla. One thing I really love about eating this way is that it keeps everything so simple. I have found that I do better when I have healthy things readily available (that I actually like), so I make sure to keep frozen veggies on hand for roasting, sweet potatoes for the same, chopped salad, and cut up veggies.

Easy afternoon snack: kombucha, hard boiled egg white and spicy tuna w/ plain Greek yogurt and bruschetta seasoning from Costco.

My biggest weaknesses are peanut butter pretzels and I'm also positive these things eat my stomach up, but they are such a good mixture of salty and sweet & ice cream, specifically Umpqua's peanut butter fudge. I don't have any ice cream on hand and won't be buying any in the near future and I am letting the kids eat the rest of the peanut butter pretzels. At least I get to watch them enjoy them! I have found plantain chips at the $.99 store and they seem to satisfy my need for salt without killing my stomach and honestly I can handle Halo Top as long as I don't over do it. And coffee and tea are a life saver!!

Okay, so working out. Like I mentioned, I am not currently training for anything but I would like to keep a base of 20-30 miles/week. I also started back to bootcamp this week since I want to build my strength and I kind of feel like I'm dying. Every single muscle in my body aches! So, that meant Monday - bootcamp (upper body + abs), Tuesday - bootcamp (legs + abs), Wednesday was supposed to be running but nope, body was too sore, although I did my 50 push ups to keep up with the 18K challenge for the year. Thursday - boot camp, Friday - running 6  miles with a running group. 

Check out those hills!! And almost 25 min in zone 5 for my heart rate!

Saturday will be a 7 mile hilly loop with a local running group and Sunday might just be a rest day.

If you’re a runner, do you strength train too? How often?
If you had to eat the same thing every day, what would it be?
If you had to choose between eating whatever you want and not gaining any weight or eating wherever you want for free, what would you choose?

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