Whole 30 = Finished!

Well, there you have it folks!  Another Whole 30 is all wrapped up nicely with a ribbon on top.  Kind of crazy that it’s been 30 days with no coffee, no sugar, no treats at all.  Pretty awesome really.

I started Whole 30 on May 26th, and I weighed in that morning at 172.  I was down to 161 last Thursday, but a weekend of a few too many Lara bars and too much fruit and nuts in general and I’m back up to 163 this morning.  Sigh.  Not quite the 159 I was hoping to close off the Whole 30 at, but it’s still 9+ lbs lost, and a whole heck of a lot of good habits re-gained.

I’m not actually going to quite Whole 30 today, I’ve got Alla’s stagette on Saturday, and mine & Jay’s anniversary dinner on Friday, so I think I’ll probably go till Friday night before getting off the train.  And I don’t intend to completely get off the train, because the wedding is in just 2.5 short weeks, and I’d really like to be my lowest ever on the day I stand up beside my friend, who I’ve known since I was just a wee little girl.

I do want a delicious coffee, but, I don’t really deserve it right now, so I’ll wait till I reallllllllly want it, maybe Sunday when I wake up hungover?  Hahah.

Im surprised that I;m not chomping at the bit to quite Whole 30, and part of me is even a bit disappointed that I can’t continue it 100% through the weekend, but life gets in the way, I’ll just be making smarter choice moving forward.

Nothing else to say right now, just wanted to check in and let you guys know I completed my 30 day challenge!  Woo!

xoxo

-S

Thinking Out Loud Thursday

I’m copying Nikki’s post from this morning, because I always enjoy blog posts where I get to do a little babbling and check in…some of my favourite posts are the “if we were having a coffee right now” posts, which is kind of like this.

My first time doing a Thinking Out Loud Thursday post, but it sounds fun, so here we go!

Hmm…what am I thinking?  This is actually hard then it sounds, since my thoughts aren’t very interesting today.  Should’ve thought of that before we started, oops.

I’m thinking that I’m scared that I’m going to plateau at 161 lbs.  I’m on day 25 of my Whole 30, and I seem to have stalled at 161 the past few 2 days.  I know it’s not that long of a time frame, but I’m immediately a bit worried, because I have had this problem of breaking into the 150′s before, and I was so hoping that I was going to blast past it this time, that I had slayed the dragons of my previous lowest weight ever (157/158)

I’m also thinking about how weird it is that JAY is racing on Saturday, and I’m not.  Say what?

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Free Time? Nah, not me!

I thought for sure that I would hate my life while being injured.  Too much time sitting around being lazy, feeling lethargic from not exercising much, and of course the mental challenges of feeling FOMO, left out, or just plain abandoned.

To be honest though, it’s been almost 4 weeks of not running (4 weeks officially on Monday) and I don’t hate my life.  I’m not even really bored, because I don’t have time to be bored!  Wondering if I’ve picked up a new sport to fill my time perhaps?  Not, haven’t even done that.

So, what’s keeping me busy?  Life I guess…

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Whole 30 – Halfway There

Here we are, day 15 is in the bag, and I’m officially halfway through my Whole 30.  I’m sure you’re wondering how I’m doing, especially since I had a crazy busy weekend of race directing the 5 Peaks Alice Lake race, and co-hosting my elementary school bestie’s bridal shower.  And we all know what kind of food you find at showers….

So, how’d I do? First, let’s take a moment to just check out this view.  This is at the top of the Sea to Sky Gondola.  We took a quick ride up to the top on Saturday post race and were so impressed.  Definitely put it on the must-do list.

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Whole 30 – Week 1

It’s funny how the brain can play tricks on us, and we can forget how good we feel when we do something.  It’s like stretching, and foam rolling.  We know it’s good for us, but it takes time and effort, and it just plain hurts a lot of the time, so I don’t blame us for not doing it.

Same goes with our food habits.  To be healthy and to make the right choices takes time and energy.  If you’re eating on the go, or grabbing something last minute, it’s not likely going to be a) healthy or b) well balanced c) satisfying.  And when I say satisfying, I’m talking about big picture satisfying, not just tastes good satisfying.  I’m talking about that feeling you get after organizing your closet, or food prepping for the week.  That kind of “ahhhh” breathe out satisfaction.

Anyways, I’m satisfied right now.  In a great way.  And it just so happens to be the end of Day 8 of my Whole 30…

Oh and I’m not running still, but I did get out and on some trails briefly this weekend!

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So, I started a Whole 30…

Ever since I originally read It Starts With Food and did a full Whole 30 I’ve wanted to do it again.  But, with long distance running, I have never been able to keep it up, and get in the right amount of fuelling.

When I admitted I was injured and started brainstorming how to keep myself busy (and sane!) one of the first things that popped into my head was doing a Whole 30.

Not only is it ‘good’ timing with not running, and not traveling.  Yes, we’ve cancelled our Colorado/Utah road trip in June.  Wahhhhh.  But, it’s also something I think I need since I’ve really been struggling and stuck with my weight swaying between 163 & 171 lately.  It’s sad how fast my weight creeps back up when I’m not paying attention.

My favourite thing about Whole 30 is that reminds you of the good habits, and once you’re immersed in good habits, it’s wayyyyy harder to fall off the wagon.

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How I plan to stay busy while I’m not running

One of my favourite supportive texts last week was from Murph, and it made me laugh out loud, he reminded me that being injured I “now have time to catch up on things…like knitting, and yard work, and watching paint dry…” Hahaha.  So awesome.

But, it also got me thinking.  What AM I going to do in my downtime?

I’d love to be one of those super injured athletes who works on nothing but bettering themselves while taking time off from their sport, or one of those athletes who goes full force into cross training and falls in love with it.  But, knowing me, I know this is not likely.  I pretty much hate biking, especially outside, and swimming is not really something I enjoy, unless I’m laying on a floatie, on top of my pool…

But, that being said, I do like goal setting, and I do like distractions, and I do like making lists.  So, I’m making a list of things I’d like to do, like to focus on while I’m “taking a running break”

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Weight Confessions : I’ve Been Here Before.

Sigh.   I’ve been struggling for weeks now to get back into the groove of a healthy lifestyle.  Weeks.  First it was the Christmas and holiday season. And then it was the never ending plague of Solana being sick to start the year.  And when you’re sick, there’s no motivation to do anything productive.  Then you get better, and you’re already in the cycle of feeling like doing nothing, and eating easy food.  And the thing about easy food, or food when you’re sick, is that it really isn’t healthy.  So because it’s not healthy and you’re out of the healthy routine, you put on a couple pounds, and you get even more lazier, even less motivated.  Last year, end of January, I was the heaviest I’d been in a long time, and even though I haven’t stepped on a scale yet, I’m fairly certain, just by the way I feel and the way I look, the way my clothes are fitting, that I’m pretty much right back there.

Ugh.  I HATE having to admit this out loud.  It pains me even thinking about this, admitting it to myself, let alone admitting it to you, in writing.  But, when I see pics like this…I know I can’t hide under a rock anymore, and pretend it’s not happening, and that everything is alright.

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But, like the title says, this isn’t a new thing, or a foreign place for me.  I’ve been here before.  And quite honestly, I know what I have to do.

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Month of March – Training Recap

I honestly feel like I JUST wrote my February recap.  Even with March being a longer month, it absolutely flew by, and it’s crazy to me that it’s now April.  INSANE.

Total Road KMs : 242 kms

Total Trail KMs : ~104 kms

Total KMs this month : 346 kms

Total KM’s this year : 747 kms

Hours running :  37 ish

Cross-training hours (Spinning, Grinds, Strength training) : 7 hours including 1 BCMC grind & 1 yoga sesh

# of Grinds : 0 – CLOSED but once up the BCMC!

How’s my month been?

Great!  Another solid month, my highest monthly mileage, EVER, and my strongest training month to date.

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Recipe: Paleo Mushroom Soup

This was an accidental recipe.  I was making an onion & mushroom side dish, and when I covered it to cook, the amount of liquid produced was so great that I decided to go with it, and make it into a mushroom soup!

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source – my Instagram

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