Whole30: Week One

Alright guys! It’s already been a week on the Whole30 nutrition plan!

Notice I didn’t say Whole30 “diet” – this is far from a diet in the common meaning of the term in my opinion. Rather, it is a change in nutritional choices. I’m not eating less by ANY means, just changing, improving, and being intentional in my food choices.

If you’re wondering What in the world is Whole30? go here

If you’re wondering Why in the world is she doing Whole30? go here

This is something I’m doing completely on my own free will, and was in no way sponsored or persuaded to do this. I want to work as hard on my nutrition as I do on my running because, let’s face it – nutrition is (a huge) part of running, performance, and life.

So, how is it going? Let’s dig in to my journal:

Day 1

Eating with Intention. 

I put the time and effort into my running and daily life, why not with food? I eat whatever I want, when I want and that has to change in order for me to feel my best. I will eat with intention. I will eat whole foods. REAL foods.

I did my research and grocery shopping and it starts today. Whole30. I am a little scared, but if it weren’t a little scary, what would be the point?

I can do this.

Breakfast!


Day 2

Woke up wanting a sweet breakfast as usual. I want to change that. Starting the day with a smoothie may be (pretty) healthy, but it just sets me up for craving sugar. all. day. long. I really wanted fruit. I paused. I made some coffee and wrote in my journal.

I had eggs, sweet potatoes, veggies, and spinach with salsa and avocado and some paleo turkey bacon instead of my usual smoothie. It was delicious!

I’ve discovered I can still eat A LOT! There are so many options!

Go-to for sweet tooth cravings: banana, walnuts, cinnamon.

Snack!


Day 3

Today I had Easter dinner with families and there was cake and ice cream galore! I would’ve normally had my fair share (and more) if it were 4 days ago! Proud of myself for instead eating more meat, veggies, and potatoes. I even brought my own food along in case there wasn’t anything available for me – but there was! Whole30 is less restricting than I thought.

I did eat more fruit than the Whole30 plan would’ve liked, but it was Easter!

Whole30-approved Easter dinner!


Day 4

I really want to adopt this way of eating as a lifestyle! It forces me to actually cook and prepare food. Read labels. Select food carefully. I LOVE the food. Real food is good food.

It’s hard looking at donuts and cupcakes, but worth it to feel good about my food choices.

I still think I’m eating too much fruit and having fruit before bed in lieu of my usual sugary snack binges… less fruit tomorrow…

Shopping!


Day 5

I have been cooking and eating really delicious food! And plenty of it! Still eating tons of fruit…

My new favorite non-sugary snack is sweet potato fries! Something I would’ve never discovered otherwise because I would’ve just grabbed some cookies or poured a bowl of cereal.

Had low energy today. I’m dealing with low iron but also attribute this in my decrease in sugar. Sugar hangover?

Sweet potato fries!


Day 6

I know I’ve said it already, but I am eating LOTS of delicious foods! I thought I would be eating less and hungry all the time, but that’s not the case at all! Today I made delicious tacos!

Still having low energy today.

My own Whole30 spin on Taco Tuesday!


Day 7

It’s getting better! Not that it’s been bad, but I’m getting used to chopping and cooking more, prepping and buying food, and, most importantly, EATING the food! I’ve been eating loads of food all along, but I’m starting to have the right mindset when eating all the food. 

I want to eat a little slower. I want to eat food with intention. I feel like I really succeeded in this today. I told myself – no bananas until after dinner – then I did it (they trigger my sugar cravings)! I felt good today.

My go-to snack!


So, I’ve had my ups and downs, but for the most part am not having a difficult time eating enjoyable meals and eating plenty of food. I am fortunate to work close to home (I walk to work!) so I do eat all my meals at home, which makes things way more convenient. Of course, there are currently a stack of Peeps and candy bars for sale 2 feet away from my work cube, so there’s that, but still (I never realized how much SUGAR everyone consumes as the ‘norm’ since starting this!)

I’ve never meal-prepped before, and thought the idea of it sounded really intimidating – preparing each meal for every day of the week!? But my version of meal-prepping is not creating entire meals, but simply prepping certain foods.

For example, I spent a few hours at the beginning of the week chopping. Chopping, chopping, and more chipping! CI chopped veggies and potatoes and meat (rotisserie chickens are my go-to). I also hard boiled about a dozen eggs and cooked some potatoes and meats for when I’m in a hurry. This helped TREMENDOUSLY. So, don’t let the word “meal-prepping” intimidate you… you don’t have to plan out every meal. Just chop some things up and quite literally “prep” for when you’re making meals! This is something I can’t believe I didn’t do before Whole30.

So, I’m still hanging in there and, yes, I do feel sudden urges to go buy a box of Girl Scout Cookies and immediately scarf down the entire box, but I just remember that I’ve committed to this 100% and it’s not impossible. There are people out there doing much more difficult things. I can commit to eating real food for 30 days (and beyond!).

Have you tried Whole30 or trying it now? How did it help you?


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Review: Aftershokz Trekz Titanium Mini

Disclaimer: I received an Aftershokz Trekz Titanium Mini to review as part of being a BibRave Pro. Learn more about becoming a BibRave Pro (ambassador), and check out BibRave.com to review find and write race reviews!

What are “Aftershokz Trekz Titanium,” anyway? What makes them different from other Wireless headphones?

My Trekz Titanium Minis!

Description (straight from the website):

The lightweight and comfortable Trekz Titanium wireless stereo headphones are the safest alternative to traditional sport headphones and earbuds. Bone conduction technology, an open ear design and a suite of convenient features deliver premium music play and crystal clear calling without compromise. Designed with athletes in mind, Trekz Titanium are sweatproof, secure, and will allow you to hear your surroundings – no matter where life takes you.

What does this mean?

Treks Titanium Aftershokz wireless headphones sit on the outside of your ears and use special technology to make the sound quality great while still allowing you to hear ambient sounds – cars, people, dogs – keeping you safe during your outdoor activities.

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Features (from the website):

  • Bone conduction technology delivers music through your cheekbones, ensuring ears remain completely open to hear ambient sounds
  • Titanium wraparound headband is lightweight and flexible for durability and portability
  • OpenFit™ design ensures maximum situational awareness and comfort during long-term wear
  • PremiumPitch+™ guarantees a premium audio experience, including wide dynamic range and rich bass
  • Wireless Bluetooth® 4.1 connectivity and convenient multipoint pairing
  • LeakSlayer™ technology significantly reduces natural sound leakage
  • IP55 certified to repel sweat, dust and moisture, from workouts to wicked weather
  • Enjoy six hours of continuous music + calls on a single charge
  • EQ presets boost bass and reduce vibration on the go
  • Dual noise canceling microphones exclude surrounding noise, effectively enhancing speech
  • Audrey Says™ voice prompts guide users through power, pair, play and talk
  • Hassle-free 2-year warranty

Specifications (from the website):

  • Speaker type: bone conduction transducers
  • Frequency response: 20Hz~20KHz
  • Sensitivity: 100 ± 3dB
  • Microphone: -40dB ± 3dB
  • Bluetooth version: v4.1
  • Compatible profiles: A2DP, AVRCP, HSP, HFP
  • Wireless range: 33 ft (10m)
  • Battery: rechargeable lithium ion
  • Continuous play: 6 hours
  • Standby time: 10 days
  • Charge in: 1.5 hours
  • Weight: 1.27 oz (36g)Aftershokz2

Now that we know what this little gadget is and all the specs, are they worth it? Here’s my opinion:

100% YES.

These are the best invention, hands down, as far as a runner is concerned aside from running shoes. The fact that they are wireless is amazing. They pair to my phone immediately (EVERY time), hold a great charge and tell you when they’re running low, are extremely durable, and are comfortable. Not to mention the best part, which is that they could literally be a life-saver. They allow you to hear what’s going around you while still hearing your podcast or playlist.

When I got my first pair of Aftershokz Trekz Titamium Headphones, I thought the sound quality wouldn’t be as good as my ear-bud headphones since they sit on the outside of your hear, but the sound is amazing. If you’re wondering if you can still have your jams on full-blast and keep the same sound quality, YES.

What about sizing? What’s the deal with the “mini” size? Simply measure the back of your head like it suggests on the website and select regular or mini based on that – other than sizing they are the exact same headphones. I personally have both the regular as well as the mini (which I am reviewing here) and they both fit. I slightly prefer the fit of the mini.

These headphones truly deserve a rave review – if I had to recommend one product to runners, athletes, or anyone who listens to music outdoors – this would be it. It is worth the investment as it is a product that changes your entire running experience by keeping you safe while being extremely convenient. I always recommend these when asked about my favorite headphones and even bought a pair for my dad cause ya know, I love him and want him to be safe! (He is an avid cyclist and loves his music like I do).

Feel free to also view my review on the regular-fit here and please let me know if you have any questions about these headphones – how they work or otherwise! I use them daily so I’m happy to help!

Close up of the Minis!

Running with my Afterhokz Trekz Titanium Minis!

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Whole30, Day 1: Eating With Intention

Today’s topic may not seem run-related but it entirely is.

I always aim to set attainable yet scary goals with my running, so why not do the same with my nutrition?

I have never (ever!) done a “diet” before and I put that in quotes because I don’t consider this a diet, yet a change of eating habits. A change that I need.

I’ve been craving an unreasonable amount of junk and sweets lately. I start my day off with a sugary (healthy?) smoothie and find myself wanting things like Girl Scout Cookies, pretzels, cereal, and peanut butter… all. day. long. But it’s ok, right, because I run, bike, and do gym things! All the time! As much as I want to tell myself that, the answer is no. It’s not ok.

I’ve decided I need to change the way I think about food. I need to be intentional with what I put in my body. I’m not trying to lose weight and I think that’s part of the problem – due to my high activity level and genetics, I can eat practically anything I want and not gain weight. This may sound all good and dandy, but as you know – food affects how you feel. No matter your genetics or activity level. Lately I’ve felt bloated, sluggish, and “blah.” I 100% correlate this with my frequent cookie binges.

So, rather than just saying “I’ll eat better tomorrow.” I’m making some changes that are measurable. No, I will not be counting calories, carbs, pounds, or anything for that matter. I will be focusing on what to eat and what not to eat. I will east with intention. I will learn how to cook new things and make wholesome meals (unfortunately, oatmeal and cookies are easy, but not sustainable meals.) I will be committed by making it public, I will count the days, and I will get rid of junk food and replace it with good food. I will start Whole30.

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Last night I did my research. I have a grocery list, some recipes to get me going, and I have tomorrow off so I can meal prep (which is also 100% new to me!). Today, I will be reading the It Starts With Food book and getting an even better understanding of the importance of REAL, whole foods.

I committed to running one year ago. In that time, my running has improved immensely. I’m ready to take on new challenges, though, and I know that one step I need to take is a (huge) step forward in my nutrition knowledge, preparation, and habits.

If I can run a marathon, I can be intentional about my eating for 30 days.

I can do this.

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Have you tried Whole30? Or another “diet?” 

What tips do you have for a first-time Whole30-er?

What is something that you’ve done – besides running – to help reach your running goals?

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