Days 1 - 15Overall it was pretty good! It was harder, but at the same time easier than I thought. It seemed "naked" to not have croutons or bleu cheese on my salad at lunch, but I didn't really miss them.
On day 1 I had a headache by noon – which was a little weird to me because I always have black coffee. It was gone by The only thing I can really chock that up to is the fact that it doesn’t take much label reading to realize sugar is in EVERYTHING. Especially the protein powder I have regularly.
A bump I was able to (proudly) navigate successfully:
- I was a vendor at a health fair on Day 4, where the lunch was a tortilla bar. I made a salad with the fresh ingredients – grilled chicken, onions, green peppers and a homemade Pico all over a bed of shredded lettuce. (In the interest of full disclosure, this was slightly easier for me because the caterer is a local place that uses fresh, locally sourced poultry)
- We were supposed to spend the weekend in Kansas City, complete with a concert and a Royals game. We ended up not going - whew. Bullet dodged, went shopping, stayed compliant.
What I’ve learned:
- Potatoes are important. You can’t take a salmon, broccoli and rice dinner and just eliminate the rice. You need to replace it with something. Once I figured that out it changed everything.
- A piece of toast or a bagel before a high intensity workout isn't (always) necessary - the morning of my boxing workout I had a banana, unsweetened coconut and almonds with unsweetened plain almost milk. I got through the workout and made it all the way to lunch.
Footnote: On the 1st day 2 boxes of Thin Mints showed up on my door step. SERIOUSLY!?! (Update: as of 9/16/2016 they are still unopened!)
Days 16 – 30
Well, Passover happened. I went off the reservation at least once that I know of. And by once I mean for an entire meal, not just one item.
If you aren’t familiar with Passover, the traditional Seder Plate and dinner includes matzha (unleavened flatbread), Pesach (apples, walnuts & wine), Gefilte Fish (made with onions, carrots, salt & sugar), Maror (bitter herbs), an egg and wine.
I honored the tradition of the Seder while abstaining from dessert and only take one sip each time we raised our wine glasses. I also went to Buffalo Wild Wings and was informed that in the 4 years our waitress worked there I was the first person to ever order a salad. It was grossly non-compliant but at least there was no dairy and no fried chicken.
I arrived in Pittsburgh on Day 26. I only go home twice a year. I am a true Girl from Southwestern PA. Drinks were on the agenda. No way around it. Beer is its own food group where I am from.
Disclaimer: I do not believe flexibility = cheating or quitting. Enjoy what you enjoy. Infrequently and only when it’s meaningful (i.e. not mindless).
Here’s how I handled it:
- Super-healthy airport breakfast (seriously) and an all-greens salad with cucumber, red onions, 2 hard boiled eggs & O&V for lunch.
- I sailed by the chocolate covered strawberries and Oreos without thinking twice at our "Chocolate" Spa Day.
- When we got to the bar and the band started up and I had a couple (or 4) Michelob Ultras. And maybe a Bud Light when we got home.
- 3 eggs and a baked potato for breakfast
- A whole grain bun on my turkey burger (topped with spinach & mushrooms) for lunch before hitting the expo.
- Dinner was a grilled chicken breast with plain baked potato and plain steamed green beans. And a glass of red wine.
Sunday (half marathon day AKA: my fall from glory)
- 2 baked potatoes pre-run, plus 2 eggs
- I had my beer after (it’s our annual father-daughter tradition).
- I also had a sprouted grain roll on my way down the shoot. I was HUNGRY when I finished.
- Water (and 2 gummy worms someone mercifully handed over at mile 10.5) for the 13.1 mile duration.
A few notes I jotted down on Day 29 in a journal.
It's the day after my fall from glory. I finished the half in a struggle. My worst time. The first time in I'm not sure how long my entire body has been sore the day after. I can only imagine what Tuesday is going to feel like. *I should probably point out that since my last half marathon (on March 6) I have run 6 TOTAL miles. This had more to do with lack of training that food choices, of that I am certain.*
I'll need to figure a fueling strategy for my next run - raisins & bananas maybe? Definitely a Pinterest search in my future.
Read my final summary and why I'm so happy I did this here.