Protein+Fat=Happy Caronae

Today’s Happy Note: Crossing things off my to do list. ¬†I still have a lot to get done before this insane weekend, but I’m getting there. ūüôā

PS — Does anyone else add things to their to-do list that you have already done, just so you can experience the joy of crossing it out?

Marathon Training: Yesterday I did four and a half miles, with an easy mile and a half warm-up, 4x (400 fast/400 easy), and a mile cool down. ¬†It wasn’t terrible, but I just felt weak. ¬†Today, even more so. I feel lightheaded,blurry vision, etc. No idea what is going on, but I’ll be sure to monitor things and be careful.

I had my super easy yoga class today. We literally sat on chairs half the time and stretched. ¬†I’m taking it very easy this week, so this was perfectly acceptable.

I never told you about my endocrine visit on Monday! The doctor was extremely nice and extremely knowledgeable. ¬†She also seemed obscenely young (early thirties?) for a faculty practitioner (meaning she is a professor) which made me a bit nervous. ¬†She was very thorough. ¬†We talked about everything — diet, exercise, hormones, habits, genetics, blood sugar, endocrine/metabolic systems. ¬†She is running a really broad panel of tests to see if there is something significantly wrong. ¬†If nothing is found, then the “answer” is simply going to be that I have a little bit of a weird metabolic/hormonal system.

I am not freaking out as much as I was before though because of two things:

1. She basically told me that my weight “problem” actually isn’t a problem. ¬†Because of my healthy diet and exercise choices, being a few pounds over the recommended weight for my height isn’t a big deal. ¬†She was actually really soothing/comforting in this regard.

2. I have been making a conscious effort to eat more fat and protein lately and have lost seven pounds.  My period just ended, so some of this might be hormonal/water weight.  But still, seven pounds is a good chunk of my overall body weight.  I am hoping that continuing this eating pattern will help me lose a few more pounds.  But if not, I am not going to freak out.

I promise. ūüôā

So what have I been eating of late?

One carb I REFUSE to get rid of is oats (above: 1/4 C with 1/2 serving vanilla protein powder, 1 C vanilla soymilk, chopped apple, and walnuts). ¬†Other than that, I am not eating too many grains. ¬†And I am not giving up carbs entirely either. ¬†I kind of love them. ūüėČ ¬†I’m just making sure to reduce them and then pair them with more fat and protein.

One trap I have fallen into in the past is eating more protein without reducing carbs. ¬†That just results in more overall calories, which isn’t going to help anybody. ¬†Unless you are trying to gain weight, obviously.

Other eats:

Squash “pizza.” ¬†In reality this was actually a squash bowl stuffed with veggies, ground beef, and cheese. ¬†I cut it into little slices and ate it like a pizza though, which made it 10x more fun.

Really random lunch with two mini corn tortillas (which aren’t that good; I wanted wraps and thought these would be good since they were smaller, but they are dry), almond butter, carrots, and a protein cake (a la April) made with peanut flour and cocoa powder with PB.

Dinner was full of fat, veggies, and protein.   Exactly how I like it!  I used a base of pumpkin puree, topped that with ground beef/mushrooms/carrots and brussel sprouts/broccoli cooked in EVOO.  Enough to feed one small army OR one hungry Caronae.

I have heard a lot of different research about diets higher in proteins/fats. ¬†Some of what I have seen has indicated that a diet high in protein/fat, even of the saturated variety (think whole milk, meat, butter) is not harmful. ¬†I tend to agree with this with the caveat that people have very different metabolic/digestive systems with very different needs (I talked about my wants and needs with ¬†my diet in Monday’s post). ¬†I think that it isn’t animal fat or protein that’s killing us/making us obese, but processed crap full of chemicals, like candy bars and pop and snack foods.

I think that there is evidence on both sides of the spectrum, at the moment.  In my opinion, this just furthers my conclusion that different people are suited to different diets.

On the horizon the next few days: CRAZY INSANELY BUSY Caronae.  I promise to post before the marathon though.  Is anyone interested in tracking me/coming out to cheer and wants to know my number?

If so, email me!  I know a few bloggies have already mentioned that they would like to know, but I have lost track.  So please leave a comment/email me and I will let you know.

T-4 days!  Ahhhhhh!!!!!

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Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Walnut Bread

Today’s Happy Note: Baking. ¬†I love baking. ¬†Never fails to make me feel better.

Marathon Training: I did my yoga class and 4.5 miles with strides on Wednesday. ¬†Yesterday I started the 30 Day Shred and then USB got here so I didn’t finish. ¬†Today I did 20 minutes of hip-opening yoga before work, and 6.5miles after work.

For the first time in a long time my legs felt great! ¬†It felt like I was gliding along. ¬†I felt light but also strong. ¬†Win. ¬†I did 6×400, two per mile for miles two, three, and four. ¬†It was spectacular!

I am starting to think that all of my hard training may have paid off!  Hopefully the rest of taper keeps going this smoothly.

And now, a recipe! ¬†It’s been a while since I have come up with anything. ¬†And to be honest, I didn’t exactly create this myself. ¬†It comes from my Uncle John! ¬†So, thank you, Uncle John! ¬†It’s in our family cookbook. ¬†It’s really cool! ¬†It has pictures of my grandparents, an extended family tree, and recipes from everyone!

Caronae’s Pumpkin Walnut Chocolate Chip Bread

Adapted from John’s Banana Nut Bread

  • 1.25 C Wheat Flour
  • 1 C Sugar
  • 1 C Oats
  • 1 tsp Salt
  • 1 tsp Baking Powder
  • 1 tsp Baking Soda
  • 1 C pureed Pumpkin
  • 1/3 C melted Butter/Earth Balance
  • 2 Eggs
  • 1/4 C Milk/Soy Milk
  • 1 tsp Vanilla
  • 1/2 C chopped Walnuts
Mix all dry ingredients together.  Add in wet ingredients.  Pour into a greased loaf pan.  Bake it all at 350 for about 50 minutes.  Let cool before removing from pan.
It’s pretty! ¬†Look!
I shall be back with deeper thoughts tomorrow!
Any exciting weekend plans? I plan on a trip to the farmer’s market, some pumpkin carving, and lots of friend time!

Reteaching Wonder

Today’s Happy Note: Spending a wonderful weekend with USB! ¬†He loves to talk/cuddle/eat/have adventures/walk…pretty much all the same things I like to do! ¬†It is nice to have someone who wants to have adventures with me. ¬†We still do lots of things by ourselves though — yesterday I went to a map-making class while he did an introductory yoga workshop! ¬†It’s a wonderful balance. ¬†I have been hesitant to say this, because I am afraid of somehow jinxing it, but I’ll just go ahead and say it anyways, because it’s true: USB is, plain and simple, the most wonderful thing that has happened to me in years. I even have a picture today. ¬†Look!

Okay, so referring to that as a picture of him might be a bit of a stretch, but take what you can get! ¬†I don’t have a lot of pictures and wouldn’t really feel comfortable having him on the blog, at this point. ¬†But he does have nice hands, right?

Thanks for your sweet comments about it yesterday. ¬†I feel silly talking about him sometimes, but it’s a good silly. I’m completely smitten and it has all happened so suddenly. ¬†Each moment with him is a new lesson in blessings and gratefulness. ¬†He has retaught me how to wonder. I was a hopeless romantic before, and now, well, I’m downright sappy. ¬†So I apologize for my sappiness. ¬†You’re just going to have to deal with it for a while. ūüėČ

In the above picture, we are eating delicious wraps from this Noodle Shop. We got one of the tofu and one of the duck, and each had half of each. ¬†They were really tasty! ¬†They are definitely snack-sized and not meal-sized though. ¬†Or maybe that’s just my marathoner’s perspective.

I squeezed in a long run today, between studying, cleaning, and cuddling. ¬†I did about 12.4 miles in 2:10-ish. Somewhere thereabouts. ¬†I think I was probably around a 10:30/mile pace overall. ¬†Didn’t feel great, didn’t feel terrible. ¬†For parts of it, my legs felt powerful and strong; at other times, they felt sluggish and sloooow as molasses. Sometimes within minutes of each other. ¬†Weird, no?

It was my last long run before the marathon, so I’ll take it. ¬†My body was happy for the shorter run, and is happy about the lower mileage in the next two weeks. ¬†Less than two weeks from today I will be an official marathoner! ¬†I even got my number in the registration pdf today! ¬†I am number 40920. ¬†Ahhhhhhh!!!!!!!!!

Other eats today weren’t too exciting, but did include this very necessary froyo monstrosity:

It’s a mixture of pinkberry original and pumpkin flavors, with my own toppings (seriously, always bring your froyo home and do your own toppings — so much cheaper!). ¬†And yes, pinkberry now has pumpkin flavor. ¬†It isn’t very strong at all and I kind of like it! ¬†I added chunky pb, a part of a crumbled chocolate chip pumpkin cookie, and more chocolate chips.

I’m not sure if you noticed, but I have been *sort of* making an effort to eat less carbs. ¬†The key words here are *sort of*. ¬†I ¬†would estimate that I’m eating about 20% less carbs than I was a few weeks ago, in the heart of marathon training. ¬†I have always liked my carbs, but I have never been obsessed with them. ¬†I don’t love bread. ¬†I actively dislike rice. ¬†I like quinoa but am usually too lazy to cook it. ¬†I also like whole wheat pasta but again, it takes a long time to cook, and it is more of a treat for me. ¬†I have been consuming more sweet potatoes and squash (they’re in season, so it’s easy), about the same amounts of veggies, a little less fruit, and less sugary carbs.

I have made the switch to totally plain yogurt. ¬†I have also started actively buying more proteins and fats lately. Here’s whats in my fridge/cupboard at the moment:

Protein — natural honey maple turkey, TJs grilled chicken, Fage 2% ¬†greek yogurt, eggs, Amy’s spicy vegan chilibeans (refried pinto and plain), natural tuna, and half a block of tofu.

Fats — avocados, TJs guacamole hummus (it’s alright — but not better than either hummus or guac on their own), an assortment of nuts (cashews, almonds, walnuts), peanut butter, earth balance vegan butter, Fage 2% greek yogurt (does double duty!), TJs goddess salad dressing, olive oil.

I think that variety in protein and fat sources is key.  I make an effort to do different combinations and flavors and textures.

I am not doing this as part of some silly diet or fad weight-loss craze. ¬†You guys know I wouldn’t do that! ¬†Rather, one of the most widely accepted treatments for PCOS is a lower-carb diet. ¬†For many PCOS patients, it is the only way to manage their weight. I don’t event know if I have PCOS or a different disorder, but I have, in the past, experienced success with a lower-carb diet overall (I am using “diet” in the general sense of what I eat here, not to refer to any type of restriction).

So it’s just something I am trying. ¬†It is easier now that I’m running less. ¬†I am seeing an endocrinologist next week, and will start dietary/medication experiments the following week (after the marathon is over). ¬†It is going to be an interesting journey, to say the least.

Favorite protein?  Favorite fat?

Best part of your weekend?

Are you sappy and romantic or serious and collected?

Rough Night+Chocolate

Today’s Happy Note: Pandora. ¬†Customizable music stations? ¬†No CDs or MP3s or iPods? ¬†I can listen to whatever I want when I’m studying? ¬†Me likes.

Marathon Training: Yoga class today followed by an easy 4-miler, with 6×100 meter strides in the last mile. Yoga was slow but nice; I definitely felt my legs and hips opening and stretching. ¬†The run was slooooowww. ¬†This is a pattern, following speedwork or long runs, that I have just come to accept. ¬†Meh.

Tonight was rough. Rough. ¬†It started when I decided not to go to my last class. ¬†Then I felt guilty. ¬†Then the guilt was compounded by stress because my INR is too low. ¬†Then there was a laundry fiasco. ¬†Then I was so hangry I almost ate my ears off. ¬†Then the printer wasn’t working properly. ¬†And now my whole left forearm itches.

Blech blech blech.

I’m drowning my sorrows in hulu, some frozen yogurt, and, per my mom’s advice, maybe a bit of meditation.

There is school work to be done. ¬†And it ain’t happenin’ tonight.

So I’m settling into my bed, with my crossword puzzle and some tea.

After blogging, of course. ūüôā

Leftover stir-fry topped with avocado.  This stir-fry consisted of sweet potato, onion, broccoli, EVOO, salt and pepper, ginger, tofu, and peanut sauce.  This is one of my fave stir-fry combos ever.

Do you have any fave stir-fry combos?

I reappropriated my leftovers into dinner too! ¬†I wanted to make something else but was too hungry to wait. ¬†Do you ever feel to hungry to cook? ¬†this time, I put the stir-fry into a cup of TJ’s carrot ginger soup with two big handfuls of spinach and ate it stew-style! ¬†Also very successful.

Sometimes I get fro yo and then bring it home and add my own toppings. ¬†Shhhh, don’t tell. ¬†You can’t even see the yogurt under my mess of toppings! ¬†It was half mango/half plain topped with dark chocolate, coconut, and TJ’s cat cookies.

Other food highlights of late:

Chocolate.

Chocolate.

More chocolate.

USB may or may not have given me not one but two boxes of chocolates last weekend.  Did I mention that he wrote me a poem tonight?

Um, yeah.

He’s a keeper, I’m pretty sure.

Goodnight friends! Hopefully when I see you tomorrow I’ll be less stressed! ¬†And happy almost-end-the-week!

Long Run Eats

Today’s Happy Note: Fall weather. ¬†I may have already said this. ¬†But it’s that awesome that I get to say it again. ¬†I love the colors, the temperatures, the wind, and the leaves.

Hello friends! ¬†Happy Sunday evening! ¬†I should be reading for school. ¬†Confession: I have not done one single ounce of schoolwork all weekend. ¬†Nada. ¬†I only have yoga and one “real” class tomorrow, but it’s in the evening, so I have all afternoon to study, right? ¬†Right? ūüėČ

I just finished watching a very moving video of HLS session on the impact of reading food/fitness blogs, led by Caitlin (of Healthy Tipping Point) and Gena (of Choosing Raw).  You can watch it here. I highly recommend it.  It made me think about what I get out of blogging and reading blogs and existing in this little sphere we call the healthy living blogging community.  It sort of cemented some thoughts that have already been floating around in my head:

  • The way that I eat and the way that I move is something unique to me. ¬†I cannot compare myself to other bloggers (or celebrities or friends or whoever) in this regard because eating and exercising are endeavors that will be the same for no two people. ¬†I will not be ashamed if I eat more than another blogger (or less). ¬†If I eat more protein or more carbs. ¬†If I eat more scones and muffins (I’m pretty sure I could trump almost any blogger on this one). ¬†I will not be ashamed if I practice yoga less. ¬†I will not be ashamed that I have struggled with depression for many years, or that I go to therapy. ¬†In fact, I freely admit that I really enjoy therapy. ¬†Basically, I will not be ashamed for being me in the only way I know how.
  • I have decided that I really enjoy having a “smaller” blog. ¬†Less pressure, more fun and games and friends.
  • I have always been a little bit unsure of my blog’s content. ¬†Sometimes I share stories/memories or other forms of writing. ¬†Sometimes recipes. ¬†Sometimes food pictures or running tales. ¬†And sometimes I talk about a moment in which I really struggled with my mental health — in which my anxiety or depression or sadness took over. ¬†This happened just last night, in fact. ¬†I almost allowed the loneliness to take over, but I stopped it in its tracks by going for a run. ¬†My point is, I have a lot of content. ¬†I understand that the point of a blog is supposed to be focused, but I think that, in its own way, my blog is very focused. ¬†I have come to realize that when I talk about my social life or share thoughts on therapy or describe what is working in my diet — all of this is related. ¬†All of this comes together to form the bigger picture of “Caronae’s Health.”

Onto today’s long run!

It was twelve miles and took me a little over two hours.  It was decent, certainly better than the runs of weeks past.  I am still having the nagging pain in my back left hip, which is slightly worrisome.  It actually feels worse when I try to stretch it out?  I definitely had stretches in the run where I was able to speed up to a 9:00 mile pace or so, which was nice.  I did not feel nearly as dead as usual.  Overall, a success.

I signed up for a half-marathon next weekend on a whim a few days ago. ¬†It’s called Grete’s Great Gallop and is entirely in Central Park. ¬†That was a nice way of saying the course is going to be really boring, and hilly too. ¬†My long runs are normally on Sundays, and next weekend was supposed to be 18 miles, so I’ll have to add in a few miles before or after. ¬†But on the whole, I think it will be nice to have a “race” in this training cycle. ¬†I say “race” because I will not be going all out. ¬†My goal is actually going to be to maintain just under Marathon Goal Pace (which means that I would like to run the race at a 9:30-10:00 mile pace).

Enough running talk! ¬†Onto food. ¬†This is everything I have had thus far today, minus about two unpictured spoonfuls of crunchy PB. ¬†I am doing this not for anyone else to compare but because it’s useful for me to keep track of what I have had on a long run day and see if it is enough and see if there are things that aren’t working. ūüôā

Bad picture, but it’s a banana smothered in PB, eaten pre-run.

This was one of the best post-long run brunches I have ever had, because it was exactly what I wanted.  A glass of icy pear cider (amazing!!!!), pile of green grapes, and a warm chocolate chip scone with more PB.  Can you tell that PB and I are friends?

Gabriela and I went to Levain in the late afternoon. ¬†We had delicious cookies and a lovely chat session! ¬†We both agreed that these were the softest, thickest, most satisfying cookies we had ever eaten. ¬†I bought one for USB for later. ¬†It’s a surprise! ūüôā

Thank you for the lovely afternoon Gabriela!

Dinner was a tasty sir-fry of onion, sweet potato, broccoli, tofu, salt and pepper, ginger, and TJ’s spicy peanut vinaigrette. ¬†This was a really good combo! ¬†I had some carrot ginger soup with a dollop of plain 2% greek yogurt on the side. ¬†I have decided that I officially like stir-fries more than salads, fyi.

Might have some dark chocolate or cocoa or tea or an apple later on. ¬†We shall see. ūüôā

I actually don’t tend to eat a massive amount on long run days just because I often don’t have an appetite or don’t have the time. ¬†I’ll probably eat more tomorrow, I suspect.

Fun blog announcement: I bought the domain name caronae.com yesterday! ¬†You won’t find much of anything there just yet, but I am anticipating a switch-over to my own domain soon! ¬†I’ll still be wordpress-hosted (it’s very convenient), but will have an easier URL. ¬†I was rpetty excited that I could get my first name as my site. ¬†How many other people can say that? ¬†Hehe.

Goodnight friends!  I hope you all have a most wonderful week!

What Healthy Means…

Today’s Happy Note: Today was just a really happy, full-but-not-too-full Sunday; a perfect day to close out the summer. ¬†I ran, talked with friends, had a blog meetup, unpacked, decorated, talked on the phone with mom and then with USB (Union Square Boy), rested, cleaned, ate delicious food. ¬†Productivity+Relaxation=Good Sunday.

Taking care of me=healthy.

Marathon Training: Yesterday began with 5 easy miles and an hour long vinyasa yoga class. ¬†The run felt sluggish, but whatever, it was only five miles so I didn’t really get that worked up about it. ¬†I spent the rest of the day moving, which is always a workout in itself.

Today began bright and early (kidding — I had to drag myself out of bed at 9:30) with a long run! ¬†I was feeling anxious about the 15 miler I had planned. ¬†Not so anxious that I couldn’t get out the door, but anxious enough that I felt physically “tight.” ¬†That went away after the first mile or two and I ended up feeling wonderful! ¬†My legs and lungs felt strong and I maintained a 10:00-11:00 minute per mile pace. ¬†I think there were times (especially towards the end, oddly enough) where I was between 9:00-10:00 minutes per mile. ¬†I conserved energy in the beginning, which was definitely a wise choice. ¬†There ended up being some construction along my planned route — I remapped it once I finished and discovered I had actually covered 16 miles. Go me.

Long Run=Healthy (for me).

I have a tiny but nagging pain in the back of my right hip — almost under my butt. ¬†It’s hard to describe. ¬†It feels like a simple overuse injury that can probably be cured with sufficient ice, rest, and stretching. ¬†I’ll be careful, I promise!

After the run, a shower, and a giant brunch, it was time to head off for a blog meetup with Meghann. ¬† Some of my best blogging buddies were there as well — Gabriela, Ada, Ashley. ¬†Love these girls!

We met at Stogo, a vegan ice cream place in the East Village. ¬†The East Village never fails to impress me — there is something new and unique and exciting around every corner. ¬†We all spent a good ten minutes staring at the options and sampling and, of course, photographing before deciding. ¬†I got a scoop of key lime (coconut base) and a scoop of peanut butter fudge (soy base). ¬†Both were excellent and surprisingly creamy!

Socializing=healthy.

We match!  Left to right: Ada, Ashley, Me, Gabriela.  I had a lovely time, as I always do with blog friends.  I truly love blogging, and making (and meeting) new friends is one of the best parts about it.

We had a wonderful, refreshing conversation about ways of eating. ¬†We basically agreed that food and eating and healthy living are such individualized things. We all take care of our bodies in different ways — and this is okay. ¬†It sounds silly, but it is important to remember that no two bodies have identical nutritional or activity needs. ¬†Some individuals might need to eat more than me, some less. ¬†Some people run more, some less. ¬†Some people don’t run at all. ¬†Some people walk. ¬†Some people eat more vegetables. ¬†Some people eat more fats. ¬†Some people have not struggled with mental/emotional health in the exact ways I have. ¬†All of this is okay — I love the healthy living blogging community for exactly those reasons — we are each unique and exciting. ¬†For example, I love the way Kath lovingly prepares delicious, home-cooked dinners so often. ¬†But I also love my own, easy, student-friendly dinners, which often consist of combining just a few things. ¬† And I also love ¬†Mama Pea’s awesome family-friendly vegan creations. ¬†Or Sophia’s hearty, meaty dishes. ¬†Or Gena’s inspired, fresh raw cuisine.

My point here is that being healthy is a journey. ¬†A delicious, fun, active journey that is unique to each person. ¬†So thank you, ladies, for reminding me of that this afternoon! ūüôā

Stimulating conversation=healthy.

A lot of my things arrived from storage today. ¬†I had to unpack and set up my whole room (I slept in my sleeping bag last night). ¬†I don’t have the best sense for design, but ¬†I think I did a decent job.

For newer readers/anyone who is curious: I am about to start my senior year of college! ¬†I study history and human rights and creative writing. ¬†I live in NYC. ūüôā

But before the unpacking could begin, I had to set up my fridge, of course. ¬†I didn’t have time to do a full grocery run today, so I just picked up the essentials (pictured above). ¬†Priorities, people: peaches and apples from the farmer’s market, spinach, yogurt, a muffin, and dark chocolate.

I could have done worse. ūüôā

Good (nutritious and delicious) food=healthy.

The room before, strewn with suitcases (notice the sleeping bag on the bed!):

And after (left side, then right side):

Much better. ¬†It feels homey already. ¬†I don’t have quite enough shelf space for all my books, but I think I did pretty well. ¬†I get so comforted by the sight of books. I have them organized into sections: poetry/prose, fiction/novels, history, writing/academic instruction, Middle East, human rights, and cooking/baking.

The kitchen space, so far:

There are approximately 25 people on my floor. ¬†There are seven cupboards in the kitchen. ¬†I have usurped two of them. ¬†BUT I don’t feel that guilty because no one at my school cooks. ¬†Literally no one. ¬†Last year I think I saw three other people in the kitchen the whole year.

It’s way too small. ¬†Le sigh:

So that is the living situation right now. ¬†I am glad to be settled in, to have a roof over my head, and to live in a consistent space that is mine and mine only. ¬†I am very grateful — many, many people in my own city (not to mention the world over) do not have such nice¬†accommodations. ¬†It may seem small to me, but it is clean, warm, and safe. ¬†I have lovely clothes, books, a bathroom, a kitchen, and a soft bed. ¬† I am grateful.

Gratitude=healthy.

What are you grateful for right now?

Anyone else out there about to head back to school, or just moved in?  Tell me about it!

Hot, Sweaty, Heavy

Today’s Happy Note: Sometimes a silly little kitchen failure, like the one pictured below, makes me smile! ¬†Needless to say, this batch of oatmeal was ruined. ¬†That is indeed a sea of oatmeal soup. ¬†I smiled!

What was hot, sweaty, and heavy today? ¬†My run, unfortunately! ¬†I woke up at 9 this morning and felt like a sack of bricks. ¬†I took the day off work in the name of packing — yeah, that didn’t happen. ¬†I’m moving tomorrow and have not packed one. single. thing. I haven’t even started my laundry. ¬†For some reason I operate best at night though — I do my best writing, my best cleaning, sometimes even my best yoga, after midnight. ¬†Weird.

So. ¬†I got distracted (happens easily). ¬†Back to the run. ¬†I accomplished nothing all day; my body literally felt like a sloth. ¬†Minus the hairiness part. ¬†But I was damn determined to get out the door. ¬†And you know what? Sometimes getting out the door is an accomplishment in and of itself. I had to bribe myself with the promise of a massage — sometimes I am so lazy it scares me. ūüėČ ¬†But admit it, you have days when you have to bribe yourself to leave the house too. ¬†I know I can’t be the only one.

The run was muy sluggish, but I finished my 8 hilly miles in a little under 90 minutes. I hit up the gym for some much-needed strength training afterwards — I actually crave lifting weights sometimes. ¬†I did almost an hour of arms and abs. It felt great. ¬†And at the end of my epic little workout, you know what? ¬†I felt amazing! ¬†It is so true that you almost never regret a workout, but you almost always regret not doing a workout.

After reading this post on Runner’s Trials, I was inspired to make my own nutrition goals for marathon training! ¬†But first, I want to show you my excellent eats from today — I think this is a pretty good example of what a day like today (8 miles) should look like, ideally, for ME (every body and every runner is different).

Brunch was another avocado-cinnamon-vanilla SIAB, topped with some flax PB, some honey roasted nuts, and a half a TJ’s PB granola bar, crumbled.

I officially declare that I like rice — I used to hate it passionately, probably because my mom always made brown rice when I was little and all the other kids had white rice. ¬†I refused to eat brown rice because I didn’t want to seem any weirder than I already was (I was reallllllyyyy weird). ¬†So, for the last 20 years, I have mostly eschewed rice. ¬†But I really like a nice grainy brown rice. ¬†I ate it with cinnamon, stevia, sunflower seed butter, and TJ’s dark chocolate covered ginger for an amazing afternoon snack.

More snackage.  I had about twice that much chocolate.

Romaine, carrots, peppers, broccoli, avocado, two apple chicken sausages, and TJ’s spicy peanut vinaigrette. ¬†I love giant salads for dinner, but I can never have one and then be satisfied for the rest of the evening. ¬†An hour or two later, I need a substantial dessert. ¬†Enter….

This was a bowl of 2% Greek yogurt, the other half of the granola bar from this morning, a small spoonful (teaspoon?) of sunflower seed butter, and chocolate trail mix, which I had a few too many handfuls of while preparing this. ¬†In my defense, I was frustrated because of the microwave oatmeal disaster, which had just occurred. ūüôā

That’s everything, minus two werther’s candies and the unpictured handfuls of trail mix. ¬†I sometimes eat an extra spoonful or two of nut butter when preparing anything that involves nut butter (okay, so that’s pretty much everything I eat…) but I honestly can’t remember if I had any extra today.

Marathon Training Nutrition Goals

1. Four to six smaller meals per day. Time and time again I come back to this way of eating because it works for me.  I would much rather eat every three or four hours than six or seven, thank you very much.

2. Do not be afraid of the whole grains! I can’t tell you how satisfied I felt after that bowl of brown rice this afternoon. ¬†I also love oats and quinoa.

3. Less processed food, more “clean” food. My diet is pretty clean as is, but there are a few things that could stand to be eliminated. ¬†I am going to focus on whole foods, like fish, chicken, fruits, vegetables, greens, some plain greek yogurt, nuts, nut butters, tofu, avocado, healthy fats, and grains, of course. ¬†I don’t intend to eliminate protein powder (especially the simpler ones), but I do want to use it less. ¬†My staples are as follows: spinach, frozen berries, carrots, apples, salmon, tofu, peanut butter, oats. ¬†So simple, so nutritious.

4. Sugar in moderation. I feel better, think better, and run better when my diet is mostly free of processed sugar (i.e., granola bars, flavored yogurts/nut butters, non-homemade baked goods). ¬†I fully intend to continue consuming honey, maple syrup, stevia, baked goods that I have made, good dark chocolate, and farmer’s market pastries (because they’re too damn good to give up). ¬†Once I have a little bit of sugar, I tend to want a lot more, so Iam really going to try to be careful and moderate here.

5. Say no sometimes and¬†recognize hunger vs. not-hunger. ¬†I do not have to eat anything, ever, if I do not want it. ¬†Training for a marathon does not mean that I can (or even should) eat when I’m not hungry. ¬†I can say no to food at parties, extra food on my plate at restaurants, late-night snacks, etc.

6. Above all, listen to my body. ¬†If my body is saying “feed me a giant pile of veggies!” I shall listen.

I should probably start this whole packing monstrosity now.  Blogging is so much more fun though!

My nutrition goals are really just guidelines. ¬†I think that one of the most important things is not to get mad at myself if I have an off-day. ¬†It won’t kill me.

Do you have general nutrition goals/guidelines/thoughts that you live by? ¬†And does anyone out there happen to be an expert on losing ten nagging pounds while training for a marathon? If so, please share. ūüôā

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