Monthly Archives: May 2011

getting back to clean, not puffy

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I heard a brilliant suggestion to just start. Don’t wait to be ready. Jump right in. It’s brilliant. Or maybe it was bold and ingenious. So says some guy named Goethe.

Well, JW, with food, it helps to have clean eats on hand. I’m working my way back to clean. Today I ate to appetite and recharged with a glass of fresh juice after a challenging lifting session at the gym. I did a 3000 meter row, aiming to stay under 138 BPM. I maintained an even pace and stayed in the zone. Rogier recorded the exact time – ~ 00:15:10, I think. I will repeat this in two weeks and see whether clean eating has improved my performance.

I didn’t skip meals or let myself go hungry. Yay me. I had leftover steak for breakfast and again for dinner (plus a yam instead of the beans). And I had another dinner (salad, deli roast beef, greek yoghurt, blueberries, cherry tomatoes) before French class, which I guess was more like a late lunch. I had a protein bar after the juice to try to balance what I was eating. I – I – I. I get tired of thinking, sometimes. I suppose this is my blog, so I will be talking about myself. In addition to moaning about trying to eat my way to my goal, I thought it might be useful to share a training tip or two to thank you for reading about my food choices.

Turn Goals in Plans: they’re great ideas. But. The action steps to reach them need to be in your appointment book. Not swirling around in The Land of Wishful Thinking. I train Tuesdays and Thursdays at the same time of day each week. I generally swim Tues/Fri (except when I am still coughing and then I stay home, like tonight). These are in my appointment book. I have a long run and a long ride each weekend. Generally at the same time. The tempo workouts float depending on the rest of my responsibilities and my readiness to train. I am more successful in “Doing It” when I have a date with myself that is specific as to When & Where.

Ready-to-Go-Bag: have what you need to grab & go. I have a stack of wire baskets and two fabric-covered cardboard organisers to keep my gear readily available. Swim stuff (goggles, suit, flip-flops, swim cap, towel, shampoo); Bike stuff (shoes, helmet, glasses, socks, gloves, special comfy shorts, shirts etc); Running (shoes, shirts, anti-bounce gear). You get the idea. If I don’t stay organised I waste precious training time. Like looking for the matching cap for my favorite water bottle.

So the price of falling off the wagon into the allergy zone was two pounds. I’m giving them until the end of the week to find somewhere else to live. For the record, the yummy foods I enjoyed were well worth the cost. Now, back to my regular programming. Ten more weeks until Antwerpen.

Whatever you do, or dream you can, begin it. Boldness has genius and power and magic in it.” – Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

and then hayfever set in.

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I wrote about having a sore throat on the 18th. Little did I know what was in store. I thought I was coming down with a cold. Worse. I’ve spent the last three weeks feeling miserable with never-ending hay fever. I got some race-safe medication on Friday, which has stopped the water-works somewhat. I will spare you the details.

8+21 must make this day 30 of my 45 day challenge, which of late has been about trying to breathe without coughing. So much for accountability and stupid goal setting. Or it’s day 29. Or I can make the 30-day challenge over and begin anew. Every day we begin again.

Really, I didn’t have the energy to write or train. Except for my accountability partner, since she was willing to listen to me whine. Or maybe since it’s email, she rightfully ignored me. But actually she did reply with encouragement.

So I have moved back to the 160’s for the moment. I’m feeling less wheezy and slightly more energetic. And soon, I will say Farewell to my house guests who have made really delicious food. I decided I would like all my meals to be really delicious. And maybe I won’t want to eat foil covered Easter chocolate. But they’re gone now. Thankfully. I’ve silenced them. Those silky-seductive voices of sugary smooth chocolate eggs that melt snug up to the roof of your mouth. No more.

I am motivated to get back to my former pure state and move back into the 150’s. Stay tuned.

Food today:
espresso and some 2% milk.
2 x the following:
20 g walnuts; 75 g blueberries and 2 HB eggs

Lunch was two tired filets of sole (it wasn’t the fault of the fish) decorated by some very tiny shrimp
green beans, salad greens without dressing
espresso with some cream
lots of water.

Dinner: TBA.

Tonight I start planning my food, since the chefs will leave the house early tomorrow.

PS. I arrived home to freshly baked chocolate chip cookies, a fabulous meatloaf and Yorkshire pudding. I enjoyed everything I ate. Today was a rest day from training. Tomorrow – the two-week Maffetone Challenge.