In January, I felt AMAZING.
Ok, thatâ€™s partially a lie. The first week or so of Whole 30 SUCKED. I was waiting for that yay! awesome! feeling, and I was stuck with headaches as my body detoxed and got used to a super-clean diet again.
Iâ€™m trying to get back there again. Iâ€™m not liking the way my clothes are fitting and Iâ€™m definitely noticing the effects of a less-clean diet on my mental health. No joke, I feel happier the more vegetables I have.Â
My diet is decent these days. My breakfast and lunch are usually perfectly healthy. Itâ€™s snacks and nights out where I fall apart. Something like Whole 30 works for me short-term FOR SURE (per Julieâ€™s recent interesting post on abstainers vs. moderators, abstaining is easier for me short-term, but longer-term, Iâ€™d like to get closer to moderation.)
AnneÂ recently asked me if I stuck to Whole 30 after I ended/how itâ€™s affected my diet since. Well, I left for vacation several days after I finished and fell head-first off the wagon, and now that â€œpuffinessâ€ is returning.
As I caught myself in the mirror at Uplift this morning, i was tempted to pick myself apart and stare at my midsection that doesnâ€™t look how I want it to. But I stopped myself and made myself think of a positive thought to replace that. I enjoyed watching my biceps in the mirror as I lifted. I was proud that when KatÂ asked if anyone wanted a heavier weight, I made eye contact and said â€œhell yeah I do.”
One of my favoriteÂ guilty pleasures at work is dark chocolate-covered espresso beans. A little shot of caffeine AND chocolate? YES PLEASE. When we do have them, I easily fall into the habit of having a few after lunch. And mid afternoon. And late afternoon. The past few days, Iâ€™ve been trying to make an active effort to choose fruit instead.
And I loooove me some wine, but I knowÂ if I often have after-work plans and I have goalz, I need to put my goals first, not my wine. I donâ€™t want to give it up completely, but Iâ€™m not keeping it at home any more and limiting myself to two drinks on weeknights and four on a weekend.
Nothing huge, but my diet doesnâ€™t need a hugeÂ overhaul, just some small changes.
Cherry Blossom Ten Miler
This is the second time Iâ€™m running this race â€” this time as part of Anneâ€™s Cabot Team. I just re-read my recap, and apparently I feel exactly the same right now as I did going into it last time. Havenâ€™t run double digits since the marathon, still want to PR (8:58 pace or less.) I still feel the same way â€” if I have an OK day, it will be possible. Need to be super careful of how I eat on Saturday/the rest of this week, and after that, leave it up to how I feel Sunday morning.
And then BK, I go hard next week with training.
1. What are small changes you make when trying to fine-tune your diet?
2. DC people â€” I obviously know the city well, but am bringing a friend for her first time. What do you think are must-sees for first-timers AND what new restaurants should I know about?