Whole 30 Recap Days 8-14

Remember in Elementary School when March was always described as “In like a lion, out like a lamb”?? That pretty much sums up week 2. The first part was hell and the last part was Spring Break.

Days 8-10: I was a tired, pathetic mess. I had to stop 3 times during Monday’s 5 mile run because I was scared I was going to pass out! Tuesday I just did Body Pump because that was still going great and I didn’t wanna ruin it by adding sucky run. Wednesday I did a spin class and skipped the run again. I was beginning to wonder if I’d ever run again without taking out a weird ad on Craigslist.

jogging

 Day 11: This was 4th of July and I did nothing other than my 60 sec front plank minimum. Resisting beer took every ounce of will power.

Day 12-14: It finally clicked. I can run again! Not only that, but I can run faster, longer, stronger than I have since the summer heat arrived. Ten miles on Saturday felt amazing and dream like (you know the dream when you’re so light you’re floating more than running?)!! I’m feeling great about starting Bass Pro training on day 22. Honestly, the sluggish running was THE WORST part of the diet by far and I’m so glad to be entering the new phase. I’m starting to feel really good.

Random Observations

Less Bloat: People are already stating to notice a difference in my face. It’s not so much weight loss (although things are fitting better) as the puffiness is draining away. My chin, neck, and jawline are not as swollen.

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Sunday: Maybe you don’t notice, but my jawline is def stronger

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April: Different angle, but you can tell it’s puffier here

Food: As of right now I find the food really satisfying. It might sound silly but I kind of forgot what “hungry” and “satisfied” felt like. Just a month ago “Hungry” and “Want” were interchangeable…”Satisfied” meant “food is all gone.” In fact, I’m so full that I worry I’m not getting enough calories. My Fitness Pal says I’m netting about 1,000 calories per day. I thought that’s what was contributing to the running fatigue but now that that’s  been subsiding, I don’t know if it’s an issue.

What am I eating? I’m not much of a cook…so everything is really basic right now. Breakfast is typically a hard boiled egg and a piece of fruit. I make a base lunch on Sundays and subsidize with foods from my work cafeteria (salad, green beans, salmon, etc).

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Four days worth – It looks pitiful to my eyes but tummy is ok with it

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Salad with balsamic vinegar and olive oil

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Post work out: Egg, portabella, basil, onion, red pepper frittata & avocado

Saving money: This probably wont be a perk for everyone, but it’s an unexpected one for me. I’m not much of a spender when I go out. My tabs are usually $5-$20. The problem is I go out a lot. My run clubs meet at bars, so it’s common to stick around and have a drink or two. I think nothing of meeting a friend for a post workout drink. Times that $5-20 by 4-5 nights per week and it adds up fast.

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Common weekday occurrence

Sleep: Everyone says they sleep better on this diet. It’s definitely easier to wake up in the morning but I’m still having a hard time going to bed and falling asleep earlier. Hopefully this perk comes around soon. With that, I’m gonna stop writing and call it a night 🙂

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