Cute new Lululemon top alert! Yep, the bed is unmade and I look sleepy, but this was at 4:45 AM before a 6-mile run, don’t judge!
So back in May I posted on some goals; I like to post goals on the blog; it keeps me accountable. But I haven’t felt accountable lately since I haven’t followed up on them! So here are a few follow ups:
– Cut back on refined sugar & gluten: I did pretty well in the clean eating department; in fact I’m making a lot of my own granola bars and balls now, so I can stay away from packaged ones. And you know what, they keep me sustained just as well! I find it pretty easy to avoid refined sugar, plus I LOVE honey, maple, and fruit. No complaining here.
Breakfast for dinner: Fluffy eggs w/ goat cheese, fruit and French toast with honey
I am, however, changing my views on gluten lately. Is it really such a bad guy? Instead of eating gluten free, I’m focusing on avoiding processed foods (i.e. baked goods and too much bread) versus whole grains and whole foods. I like the idea of being able to try a few new grains I haven’t had in awhile like barley, couscous and spelt, because in reality, I don’t think gluten upsets my stomach that much. Plus variety is the spice of life and sometimes you just need pizza! (minus extra cheese…) I still love my brown rice tortillas for wraps and Udi’s products, but I’m throwing some Ezekiel sprouted tortillas into the mix too (so good).
Some sugar-free snacks: dehydrated BBQ Zucchini Chips (equal parts Cumin, Chili Pepper, Paprika + a little salt and a little Cayenne) & kale chips.
– Log foods in MyFitnessPal: I did this pretty religiously for a couple weeks, and I think there are some pros and cons. Pros: the app is pretty darn accurate once you include your exercise; when I was under in calories I woke up hungry, and when I was over, I woke up full. I also got a good feeling on what % of carbs, fats and proteins I eat (a little on the high side towards healthy fats). And it helped me realize when I was taking extra bites or eating packaged/processed foods that I probably didn’t need. Cons: Like a lot of tools, it’s a little obsessive and sometimes I’m worried about how many calories I ‘need’ to get versus going by feel.
– 31 Day Ab Challenge: Once again I got to day 28 or so and got dis-interested. I started out strong, but then I found as the days went on I was doing a quick 4 minutes of non-quality ab work just to get through some days instead of really focused, quality core work. So rather than trying for the 30 days, which was a great way to get started, I’m trying to just keep my habit of core work most days. I’ve found a great Pilates class on Mondays that fits perfectly into my routine, I almost always do core after long runs, and I get some core work in Body Pump as well.
– Swim 3x per week plus bike-run bricks: Hmmm… so this one, not so much. Since May, I’ve averaged just over 4,000m per week swimming, which means only two days of swimming 😦 Not what I was planning. I plan to up the distance this summer and last week was 7,000m – score! I have a little more form work to do because lately I’m feeling extremely confident with my form on my right side, but my left side feels like more of a struggle than a glide. I haven’t figured out if it is body roll issue or an imbalance, but I have a bit of a sinking motion when I turn to my left to breath. I’m thinking of having David watch and video tape me in the pool since I’m at a loss.
Do y’all have any goals for the summer? For me, I’m still working towards more swimming yardage and more weekly bricks!