Post #21: Days 1-7 of Whole30

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Apparently, I’m addicted.

Addicted to sugar.

Addicted to pop.

Addicted to cheese.

Basically…I’m addicted to food that tastes good. That’s what I’m finding out through this first week of Whole30.

How do I know?

Ever feel like you are just missing something? Like you are able to function, but it’s just not the same? Like you are craving something that you can’t quite put your finger on?

Welcome to my current life.

Days 2-3 were the worst so far. I could feel my body beginning the stages of withdrawal from sugar, dairy, pop, you name it. I thought about brownies and Chipotle all day and quickly got fed up eating cashews and sweet potatoes.

Days 4-7 have been a bit easier. Some of this likely due to partaking in the one vice we are allowing ourselves…beer, but of course only during football game days. Beer provided some much needed flavor…and probably dulled the pain a bit.

What have we been eating? 

Lots of meat! Bacon, chicken breast, beef ribs, roasted chicken wings/thighs, etc.

Lots of veggies! Asparagus, sweet potatoes, broccoli, mushrooms, green beans, regular potatoes, etc.

Lots of nuts! Cashews, walnuts, almonds.

How has it affected race training?

So far, I haven’t noticed a huge difference. I was very sore last week after a long run on Monday. Today, I was noticeably less sore from my long run yesterday. Could it be the diet? Maybe. Could it be a coincidence? Probably…I’m a cynic.

Training run fuel is definitely different on this plan. On normal runs, I tend to bring crackers, granola bars, or some other sort of carbohydrate-packed snack to keep energy high. All of those simple sugars are now off limits. Yesterday, I ran with two 100 calorie packs of walnuts and almonds. I guess it got me through, but it certainly left the appetite wanting.

Have you lost any weight?

Yes, I am down about 5 pounds already. Now, this is likely skewed due to the face stuffing I did over the weekend back home in Ohio, but hey, I’ll take the easy win. Hopefully, I will be able to drop another 10 pounds in the next 23 days.

Will you make it 30 days?

I think…I mean…I could…I mean…I will.

Yes, I will persevere. This will/is/was hard. I like cheeseburgers and burritos and I can’t have either…along with just about everything else. I dream about day 31 every night…

Training Recap (9/26-10/1)
# of Runs – 4
Total Miles – 31 miles
Long Run – 19 miles
Strength Workouts – 2

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