On January 1st I woke up less than thrilled. Aren’t I supposed to be excited to keep to my New Year’s Resolution? To add to yesterday’s post as much as I would like to say I was hung over during the race…I wasn’t and it was just called the Hangover 5k.
Anyways this post isn’t about booze it’s about my taking to the Swanson challenge for two whole days.
Thoughts before eating breakfast (that is about 5 minutes while I make it).
What if I eat something that I don’t like? (well then I’m not hungry and I don’t eat that again).
What if I eat something that hurts my race? (well that was my fault and good thing this isn’t a big goal race).
Even though my first day sugar free happened to be the first day I was back on the racing scene there was no major difference. I didn’t feel much different or sluggish or hit by magical energy. I felt the same as if I had my cream laden and seven splenda coffee and a normal prerace waffle and peanut butter.
I normally have a carbohydrate rich waffle before all races. I used to have a bagel with peanut butter but that once sat badly in my stomach so I now decide against that. This time I had 3 eggs and avocado. Though that is one of my favorite meals I was a little bit uncomfortable eating it before a race. This wasn’t a goal race so I was fine with trying something new. I knew I liked the food to begin with, it wasn’t like I was having thai. I honestly don’t think the difference made any difference in my 5k time.
Day 1 in review was not bad at all. Honestly the first day of anything really isn’t that bad. I did crave sugared coffee but other than that it was fine.
I had to wake up early on Thursday. Honestly all I could think about was my sugary coffee that I really wanted. Around 8am, I decided to go for a run to try and get the craving “out of system”. My black coffee was not doing it for me. (a couple hours after breakfast is my normal run time right now to begin with).
I actually was meeting Tara (finally) for lunch. I was a little worried of eating at a restaurant doing this 21 days of detox. It actually wasn’t difficult at all. I got a smoked salmon salad with plenty of fresh greens, full fat goat cheese and more greens.
The second day was a little harder than the first. I missed my coffee and I miss my artificial sweetener.
Other Key Notes:
While I am limiting processed sugar and artificial sweetener I am not completely cutting out carbohydrates. With running, that would be not be a wise idea. I’ll probably do a What I ate Wednesday post next week to show what I am eating and enjoying. If you have any questions feel free to email me.
So far the easiest things for me to have “given up” for the things I really didn’t eat to begin with including processed food, heavy sugar sources and a lot of different grains.
I’m currently struggling with giving up artificial sweeteners the most. I’ve craved fruit a few times but nothing like my coffee. This weekend I hope to experiment more in the kitchen with some of the recipes they have provided.
Questions for you:
What is your prerace meal?
What is one staple in your diet that you would struggle giving up?
My am artificial sweetened coffee with too much cream