Monday, 2 May 2016

Whole30 week one

I guess I shouldn't title this post whole30, maybe whole30ish.  I'm week one into 30 days of no sugary processed foods, no dairy and no alcohol. 

So why am I doing it:
Because I sometimes I suck at moderation...I like all clean food or just all the food. That is not good for losing weight.
I'm petty good most of the time but it slowly slides out of control and this is a general reset for my body and my eating habits.
I want to concentrate on eating really well and letting the pounds follow rather than obsessing over calories.
I've been feeling a bit like poop for quite a while. Tired (like really tired) all the time, bloated and just generally blah. Since I know my thyroid is fine (checked in blood work this year) I considered going to the doctor to get my hormone levels checked to see if my PCOS was flaring up but I decided to save myself a few hundred bucks just for someone to tell me to lose weight, forgo the kick in the bum and just do what's needed.

The Heart and Sole race really made me think about the fact that I want to live a long and healthy life.

Why only whole30ish?
1. Well from what I've read the people who made the diet aren't dieticans or proper nutritionists. Sure people will love to pick holes in what is common sense, just because they can, but some stuff I don't agree cutting out legumes. 
One of the reasons they suggest to cut them is because they have lots of carbs besides the protein....but runners need some carbs, there are only so many potatoes even an Irish girl can eat. The second is some BS about lectins (sugar binding proteins)....hello stomach acid breaks those bad boys up into non functional pieces. If I can't leave lectins at room temperature on a lab bench I'm sure my body is safe.

2. I'm a vegetarian. I need legumes for protein and as far as processed foods go I'm allowing Quorn since I'm not allowed tofu (although I think the jury is still out on the estrogenic effects of soy) because again I need something other than nuts as a source of protein.

3. I'm weighing myself weekly (they say not to) just because I want to.

I did have one planned cheat meal/evening and oh boy did I make myself sick. I wasn't a glutton I had 2 beers (small ones),a few chips with guac and a slice of chocolate cake. I took the night off for our first lab happy hour and broke so many rules I can't figure out what might have made me ill. I'm so glad I decided against paying for flights to run the Kentucky Derby Half Marathon because it would not have been a good flight, ha ha. It is interesting though maybe I have more food allergies (so far just sesame seeds for sure, which sucks cause they are delicious and Jack Daniels) than I thought.
Oh and I also allowed myself Gatorade during the Flying Pig Half this weekend as my calves were cramping and I had zero energy, thankfully that didn't have any negative consequences.
So according to whole30 I should completely reset but I think the thought of that would just make me quit completely.

What's it been like?
Honestly, the first few days I felt worst rather than better. I was falling asleep straight after work and running. I was drinking so much water I'd be waking up at night to either drink or pee.

Now I feel like I've come out the other side of that as I wasn't too tired today even after 14+ hours of driving in two days. The unquenchable thirst is gone and I'm enjoying not struggling with chocolate etc calling my name (because there is none in the house).

I've lots 3 pounds this week. I'm not naive enough to think this is fat but debloating is almost as nice. It'll be interesting at the end of the month to slowly reintroduce foods and figure out if this is just a processed food effect or something specific.

I'm not endorsing whole30 because a) it wouldn't suit everyone, b) it's a trending diet and I don't generally like them and c) I'm not really doing whole30 more like a inspired by version. That's a lot of information to say hey I'm on a diet but I find the changes that you can make to your body (health and how you feel) in such a short space of time really interesting. 

Sunday, 24 April 2016

Heart and Sole 5 miler, Columbia SC 2016

The Heart and Sole race (3 mile walk and 5 mile run) is a women's only race to raise awareness about heart disease in women. The need for awareness is because symptoms of heart disease and or heart attacks are a lot less obvious in women than men for some reason. A lot of women have heart attacks and might not even realize that it's happening. Since most of my grandparents died at relatively young ages, 1 from cancer and 3 from heart attacks, this is an area of health very important to me and a good race to remind me to keep a check on my heart health.
The start area was at a local park and I walked up there from the ample parking at the riverfront. About a half an hour from the race start they had a recent heart attack survivor come up on stage and describe her experience and how it's changed her life. Scary stuff! Once all the serious talk was done, everyone jammed out to some Prince music. 
Around 8.30 we started to run. The morning of the race was hotter than last weekend (mid-60s at the start) and humid. I thought it was going to be awful but I wanted to run around goal half marathon pace to get some slightly faster miles run.
 The start was fast and as usual I started out too quick and eventually found myself with the 8 min/mile pacer. I did think about trying to stick with her but my gps was saying she was running faster than she was supposed to. That was taxing my system a little too much so I let her go. I was running faster than goal pace regardless but went with it. I ended up running a 7.45 min/mile for the first mile and the second one...but the 8 min pacer was still ahead of me....what's up with that. Those two miles felt hard but actually pretty ok, so it's looking good for my 5k in May if the weather isn't too hot. 
For mile 3 the wheels came off a little, ok maybe a lot, with avery looong climb up Gervais Street, probably around half a mile of climb. Did I mention there were aid stations every mile and I walked through almost all of them. Well in this mile I also walked a couple of other times to get my breathing under control. Mile 4, I was slowly getting my shiz back together when I seriously thought I'd need a bathroom stop, then a fly decided to commit suicide by flying directly into my eye. I stopped to get the thing out but I was now worried more about bug parts in my eye, than poop in my pants...thanks bug, 8.41 mile. Mile 5, there were no more big hills or kamakazi bugs so I managed to pull my fastest mile of the race out of the bag with a 7.41. Finish time 41.21. The downhill finish helped with the last mile.

 So what I've learned is that I usually run my best when I don't expect to. I ran a big PR (7 mins if looking at a 8k time, 9 if comparing with another 5 miler). I don't place too much stock in that, as nice as it is, because both of my old times are very old but it is a nice reminder of how much I've improved since I started running. What is nicer is that if this had been a 10k and I could have keep a good pace for the last mile, even anything below a 10 min/mile, I would have taken more than a minute of my 10k PR, sweet. The first time in a while I've had some encouragement to keep training in the form of race results.

At the finish I got a medal, a long stem rose and a nice bottle of water.  In the park they had lots of food, the usual race stuff but also some tasty chocolate covered strawberries. Then a ton of vendors, a lot health related. I got my blood pressure checked (cause why not) and because I finished nice and early I got to get a free massage without having to wait!! I was sweating up a storm...I left an imprint of my race number on the table in sorry you had to touch me massage lady but thank you.
I didn't win an age group prize but stuck around until 10am because the bottom part of my bib was an entry for door prizes.
The age group prizes where a nifty towel thing that can cover you for changing or be a car seat cover etc. depending on how you zip or Velcro it...very useful prizes. What was really great was the age range of runners the oldest runner got 3rd in her age group and got an extra prize for being the oldest finisher at 78 yrs old...I want this to be me. Now the door prizes they were something else...massages, free entries to local races, garmins, dicks sporting goods vouchers, fleet feet training programs etc...alas I didn't win any but I was happy with my PR. Obviously this race has not only good organizers but some generous sponsors. I'll definitely run this next year if I can, it was really fun.

Then once I got home, since Sundays are now all about getting ready for the work week, we took off to the beach for the day to make the most of our Saturday. Hope everyone is having a lovely weekend!