Day 4 down, 26 to go….
Day 4 – Morgan’s Thoughts:
One word describes today: rough. I was easily annoyed all day. I had a hard time watching my co-workers consume a lunch of pizza and chocolate cake while I watched on snacking on almonds and a banana. On guard weekends I’m up early and on the road so breakfast was late and leftovers: turkey with asparagus and baby zucchini and some pineapple. I had a repeat later in the day for lunch as well, minus the fruit. I battled a weird stomach indigestion all day. Felt like heart burn and still hasn’t quite gone away even late into the night now. After work and picking up the pups from doggie care I didn’t have the energy to be creative so I had a salad of chicken, mixed greens, onion, peppers, tomato, a whole avocado, and some EVOO and apple cider vinegar. It was VERY satisfying. I really enjoyed that it was quick, clean, and simple. It will likely be my “go to” quick lunch over the next couple weeks. I followed up my salad with some watermelon (w/ salt). What, you don’t put salt on your watermelon?! Not sure that I should eat it that way while on Whole30, but it’s the way I’ve always eaten it, and I love it.
Some pretty exciting football was on television tonight (NFL playoffs anyone!?!), so after I saw the end of the Broncos / Ravens game I headed downstairs to the treadmill for a sprint workout. 40 minutes later I emerged victorious and sweaty and downed a hard boiled egg. So, while I found myself irritable all day, I succeeded in keeping my mouth shut (What’s that? “If you can’t say something nice….”) and had a pretty decent food day when it was all said and done. Confesssion: I felt guilty for eating a whole avocado with my salad tonight. My old calorie counting ways were betraying my newer knowledge: Morgan it’s okay to eat real food and not worry about the rest.
Also, on a side note: In my dream last night I sucked the filling out of donuts. Ew. I don’t even like filled donuts. 😉
Day 4 – Michael’s Thoughts:
Today was no big deal even with the long bike ride. I just moved to The Woodlands, TX and am looking for some new people or clubs to train with and this morning it was with the Out Rival Triathlon Club. The ride was basically first thing in the morning. I had a couple pieces of bacon and a banana before I headed out. On the ride I brought an assortment of nuts, a banana and some “Raw Revolution: Golden Cashew” bars. (The bars were the best I could find and I didn’t see anything in the ingredients that was a no-no. My friend Bobby recommended “Tanka” bars but they weren’t available in my area.) I ended up opting to do the 52 mile route (after not riding seriously for months !! ) and was able to hang for most of the ride. I was nervous about the new nutrition on the ride and how my body would react so I made sure to eat conservatively which meant I ate something every 30 minutes. This seemed to work well at least until the 2:15 mark when my body all of a sudden demanded food. At this point I had consumed the Raw Revolution bars, as they were the easiest to deal with while moving and moved on to the banana. After eating half the banana at 2:15 I went about 10 more minutes before my body said “Back off or you’re going to BONK!” So I dropped back from the group, ate the rest of the banana at 2:30 and did what I could back to the vehicles at about 3:05. Not a bad first day outside riding without my regular nutrition (e.g., GU gels or chomps, and peanut butter crackers usually). It was 70F here in the Woodlands, which was very enjoyable! After the ride I cleaned up, made breakfast for lunch (3 eggs, bacon, and grapefruit), and relaxed the rest of the day. My day was nothing like Morgan’s busy day. I did snack on some more bacon at some point (It really is a great food!) and finally made myself dinner, which was sauteed bok choy in coconut oil, grilled chicken, and avocado. It was good but a little bland. I added some garlic powder but not enough and I really should have been more creative with my spice choices. I guess the only real characteristic out of the norm today was that I was somewhat more irritable. Also, I made some unsweetened black tea which was a nice change-up from nothing-but-water.