Wednesday, January 27, 2016

What I learned during my two week detox (ok......10 day detox)

"Eat Food
Not too much
Mostly plants."
Michael Pollen

I like to know what my clients are experiencing.  While coaching for Run On!, I tried Weight Watchers for a month, just to see if my runners were getting enough fuel.  Life time (my current place of employment) has a detox program, so I decided to try it to see how I felt while on the program and I felt it was time to experience a bit of self control.    I knew if I paid the money, I would likely be more consistent.

I wanted to try the detox at this time because I really allowed myself to start making poor dietary choices during the holidays and my weight and body fat percentage was starting to creep up.  Stepping away from sugar and an almost nightly glass of wine (or two) was my main goal for the program.
I will start by saying I did not follow the Detox to the key.  I tried, and I did mostly very well.
 (I will explain that later).
The protocol is 1 nutrient and fiber rich  shake a day the first week, and two the second week.  You eat real food, but no dairy, gluten, alcohol, canola oil, caffeine, soy or eggs.

Here's what worked FOR ME:

1.  I became very mindful of what I was eating.   This forced me to eat less processed food and more down to earth good stuff.  I learned to like vegetables for the taste of the vegetable, not for the taste of the butter.

2.  Green tea instead of a glass of wine at night.  This was hard, but now I actually get comfort in that warm mug of tea, sleep better at night, and feel better when that 4 am wake up call sounds.

3.  Less spikes in blood sugar.  By concentrating on eating healthy fats, fiber and protein; I was able to step off that roller coaster ride.

4. A protein shake with vitamins and fiber in the morning was a good habit to get into before heading into work or for a run, and an easy way to get in quality calories and ingredients.

What did not work for me:

1.  Day 3 was pretty miserable.  After 2 days of no coffee I was grouchy, and I was bloated from the extra fiber.  I felt like the Stay Puff Marshmallow man.
On the morning of day 4, I pooped 4 times before 10 am.

2. By the first weekend I needed a break.  I just wanted to enjoy food.  So I did.  Nothing too crazy, but I ate bread and had a couple beers.  Oh yeah- and started drinking coffee with almond milk in it again.  ;)

Day 8- Weekend over- back on the plan. (except for the coffee part)

4.  Day 10- long story short- I ended up putting in about 4 hours of exercise this day.  I was starving.  I couldn't understand why I was so hungry on this program, but in talking to some other trainers I think it was the fact that I was cutting calories just because my options were limited.  The no eggs thing was huge for me.  So on this day I called it.  I was no longer putting sugar in my coffee, no longer drinking wine in the evenings, and learned to love quality food as nature presents it to us.  Mission accomplished, lessons learned.  I went and got a sandwich on whole grain bread.

So- in conclusion.  Was it easy?   Absolutely not.
Worth it?  Yes- if only for the good habits I developed while on the program.
Going straight to the actual bio-metric results, I did lose a few pounds - but more significantly I lost 3% body fat and feel good about where I am heading into a big training cycle.

Quality food is quality fuel.
Lesson learned.

Sunday, January 24, 2016

There is a downhill for every uphill

"There is an uphill for every downhill, and a downhill for every uphill."
Turkish Proverb

I've been doing a lot of climbing over the past year.  
Climbing the corporate ladder.
Jumping over relationship hurdles.
Scaling a workout slump.
Pawing through quicksand of financial uncertainty.
Ascending the hill of delusion.
Scaling the mountain of doubt.

But I must say my ass is looking pretty fine,
and wow......the downhill sure is a blast.

Saturday, January 16, 2016

Dear Leadville

"Salaca doo la menthicka boo la bibbidi-bobbidi- boo
Put 'em together and what have you got? 
The Fairy Godmother

Dear Leadville-

I knew we would be dancing together, for I walked with you once upon a dream.  
(Besides, I happened to have the extra $315 in my bank account, and that is something that hasn't happened in a long time.)

So-here's the thing.
You scare me.
Your big muscles and quintessential beauty are extremely intimidating.  You're royalty for God's sake!
I hear that you will literally take my breath away.
And you're such a tease with your time cutoff.  After 30 hours my carriage turns into a pumpkin and I become just an ordinary servant girl.

But here, your majesty, is my promise to you:
I will hire a fairy godmother (or 2).
I will work like a slave by day, and practice waltzing at night.
I will show up to the ball sparkling and confident.
And even when I lose my glass slipper at midnight, I will trust that you, and my friends, will help me to find myself.

I, after all, am a mother fucking princess in disguise.
And I believe in magic.

Sunday, January 10, 2016

I DNF'd (and the world didn't end)

"Hubris caused the downfall of many a Greek hero"
Tony Hsieh

About 6 weeks ago I found myself  eating the sidewalk after rolling my ankle.  Yesterday I found myself eating the rocks after rolling it again at Bandera.  It hurt like a mother fucker, and after my recent news of getting into Leadville 100 I panicked a bit and decided to call the race at mile 15.  I do wonder if it was the right decision  (for my head, not for my body), but decided that being able to train is the most important thing right now- after all, this was not an "A" race.
I would have told any client of mine to do the same.

I'll admit, I threw a short pity party for myself, but guess what?  The sun still set that evening and rose the next day,  and in between those moments the trip gifted me
Burgers and beers
Sleeping in and shopping
Mariachis and margaritas
Art and the Alamo
Love and light

I smiled a lot this weekend, and walked away from the hill country on my own two feet.

Friday, December 11, 2015

More than anything else- you will need other people

The Lord God said, " It is not good for the man to be alone.  I will make a helper suitable for him."
Genesis 2:18

More than anything else, you will need other people.
You will need a teacher who is patient and giving.
And that co-worker who is always encouraging.
You will need a coach that believes you are invincible.
And the friend who loves you unconditionally.

You will need the doctor that heals your wounds 
and the counselor who mends your heart.  
You will need that assistant who always seems to pick up your slack, 
and the boss leading you to success.

You need a stylist to wash and cut your hair
and a barista to make your favorite latte.
A mechanic to fix your transmission, 
and that guy who knows how to dry clean your clothes.

You need someone to grab you and kiss you.
Someone who always shows up.
Someone who rocks your world.
Someone you can trust.  

You need other people.
And guess what?  
They need you.

Saturday, November 28, 2015

A love letter to me

"Love yourself first and everything else falls into place.  
You really have to love yourself to get anything done in this world."
Lucille Ball

Dear Jennifer-

I know I haven't told you this in a very long time, but I adore you.
You've been through a lot, yet you still try your best every damn day.
Your smile is contagious, and sometimes I can't stop giggling because you are so silly.

I love that you work hard to make your body strong to support your passionate personality.  You make (mostly) healthy choices to support the vessel  that you live in.  You are so fucking tough mentally, and you are brave enough to call people out on their bullshit.

Because you love simple things like flowers and candles, warm blankets and showers,  coffee and wine. Because you'd rather spend a day in the woods than in the mall.  Because you feel most alive in cold air and warm water.  Because your weakness is exquisite food and romance.  Because you love to play!

Because your loved ones mean the world to you and you truly care about your friends and clients.  Because you continue to try to better yourself.
Because "good enough" never is.
Because you answer that text at 5 in the morning, and that email at 10:00  at night (even though you are already half asleep).
You pay your own bills, and have learned to make sacrifices.
Because you are beautiful.  Your brown eyes sparkle with happiness,  your body reflects your hard work, and your soul dances with life.

Because you appreciate today.  You believe that love truly is the answer and that peace is possible.
You know you've made mistakes, but that there are lessons to be learned in this life.  You are real.  You are love.  You are fearless.  You are infinite.

Girl- I am so lucky to have you, and I am so in love with you.
Keep being amazing.

Sunday, November 15, 2015

" Drink from the well of yourself and begin again" - Charles Bukowski

"Reach out your hand if your cup be empty
If your cup is full may it be again
Let it be known there is a fountain 
That was not made by the hands of men"
Grateful Dead

Our thirst for energy is a mirage.
We think we will be able to drink  from  things, or events. or others
But she flows only when we are able to cup our hands into the river that is us.