Thing I’m Loving: This summer I have been craving a ton of fruit, and also a ton of bread. Not so much vegetables. Since it isn’t socially acceptable to eat a loaf of bread for lunch (and not that great for you), I am trying to switch up my lunches lately. I found this recipe for Pork Quinoa Fried rice and I LOVE it. I couldn’t find lean ground pork, so I used turkey instead and it tastes good. I can’t tell if you if tastes better or worse than the pork version, but its good. I also felt the need to up the heat/spice factor by adding a little more sesame oil. Not necessary. Noted.
Thing I’m Unsure About: The fog has been thick and unrelenting lately. I planned my swim around sunrise yesterday and it just never came up. It just went from dark gray to light gray. I know it sounds like I’m complaining. I actually love the cooler temps. EXCEPT – I am completely losing any tolerance I had to heat (which was low to start). The moment it gets over 80 I think I’m dying. It is making me nervous for fall racing. But I’m not dwelling – I’m not! See? Here I am, moving on….
Thing I’m Not Loving: People not texting me back. If you text me and ask ME to hang out, and then never respond – WTF?! Also, if you text me for advice or a for a question, and I spend time typing a whole long reply, and you can’t type back a quick “thanks!” also WTF?!
Thing I’m Loving: I was a big gum chewer back in the day. A pack a day sometimes. Ok, not really. But I chewed gum way too much – when I didn’t want to eat, when I wanted to be done eating but was still hungry, when I was bored, when I was anxious, ect ect. The fake sugars made me constantly bloated and it was no good. So I finally went cold turkey and quit. Why is cold turkey the phrase for quitting something anyway? I digress – it helped my stomach feel a lot better. But I still want to chew gum every once in a while. I gave this Simply Gum a try (found it at Whole Foods, surprise surprise) and it didn’t hurt my stomach at all. It didn’t last a super long time and it just tasted a little minty. But I mean, what do you expect? There is no fake stuff in it really – so it can’t taste like a Krispy Kreme wrapped in an ice cream cone.
Thing I’m Loving: This meme from Game of Thrones last week. Best. Because dragons. And because soooooooo many emails that I just want to torch.
Thing I’m Not Loving (last one): Being recruited for selling fitness programs (Beach Body cough cough). If you are Beach Body coach, that is AWESOME. I have some of the workout videos that I love and love that so many people love the program. What bums me out is when someone on Instagram sends me a direct message for advice. Generally about nutrition or lifting weights. “What kind of a nutrition plan do you follow?” or “How do you fit in lifting weights with running?” – that kind of thing. I spend time and effort replying and giving a thoughtful response. Then they follow up with, “what if I told you I had a program that would make it easier!” NO. NO. NO. Thanks for wasting my time. If I see your posts telling me to reach out to you if I have questions, trust me – I will. But do not lure me thinking you want my help and waste my time. UGH!!
Speaking of which – update on nutrition: I completely stopped tracking my food the week of June 19th. While it hasn’t been that long, I am already liking it a lot. There have been times in the past when I stopped for a week or two, or stopped tracking as strictly, but never truly stopped, not logged in an app of some kind for a long long time. Maybe over 8 years now? So since that week of June, I haven’t logged what I’ve eaten. Full disclosure – there was one day when I really wanted a cookie, but I didn’t feel like I could have a cookie. So I just put everything into MyFitnessPal to see if the cookie would push me over the edge of having too many calories/carbs/fats. And it didn’t, so I ate it and was happy. It’s a slow process haha!
- My running coach said she was super happy that I quit tracking. It’s always good to make the coach happy!
- I definitely like the freedom to be able to eat what/how much I am craving without having to check the app first. And I’m having less freak outs like the cookie thing, above.
- I also hate to admit this – but when I was tracking my food, I hated sharing. Because then I couldn’t track one whole serving and it was stressful to figure out how much to decrease it by and ughhhh. So now I really like not having that take up space in my brain. And I love to share food with the people I love!
- I think I do a better job fueling for what I need that particular day. With marathon training, the training for a given day varies a lot – so I am relearning hunger cues and trying to eat slow so that I stop when I’m full.
- I think I have been more balanced with less cycles of restriction and all out eating. I have historically not been one to binge, but when you are tracking and have an “untracked day” it is tempting to eat all the fun foods in one day. And I think that can sometimes derail your progress! It works for some people perfectly, and it worked for me for a long time. But I think for now, I like have a more moderate approach more of the time – eating a little chocolate most nights and having wine if I feel like it. As opposed to have ONE untracked day where I eat the whole bag of chocolate, drink a bottle of wine and eat so much pizza that my stomach and my lungs are fighting for room in my body. So instead of having 5-6 “perfect” days of eating and 1-2 days of going HAM on everything I can find, I just try to eat more nutrient dense foods than not and have treats maybe 10-20% of the time (aka 80/20 or 90/10).
- I feel really good and my weight hasn’t gone up at all – if anything, it is down a little bit! Not that weight should be that big a focus, but I am feeling good in my skin.
- The only con I can really think of is that I don’t meal plan as well yet. Because I wasn’t tracking my food, I wasn’t planning ahead for what I’d want to eat. This turned into FAR too many trips to Whole Foods for lunch or eating out for dinner – and that was getting expensive. Meal planning does save money like a mofo. Going to Whole Foods and picking out fresh fish and wine one day at a time is WAY more fun though.
I am definitely grateful for the years of tracking my food though! I think it gave me a really good grasp on what is actually in foods, and it taught me that there aren’t really “bad” and “good” foods. I mean a cookie isn’t EVIL. It just has less nutrients than another source of carbs and fats. But it can be incorporated into your life and not cause in any havoc!
And lastly – just a little update on my thyroid. I am feeling awesome and so so happy I figured out what was making me feel so bad! My body feels like MY body again if that makes sense. And I can eat a normal amount of food without gaining weight, and that is awesome. That was part of why it was so hard for me to quit tracking food. So I feel like I’m getting back in the groove and that is good!
Enough rambling for now – I have my first 20 miler of the Chicago training cycle on deck this weekend. Do you have a long run? What are you eating after to refuel? What are you training for?