Taught 5 pretty intense classes throughout the day. All different ones. HIIT, spin, step, strength.
If I had to pick a favorite for the day it was probably spin because I wasn’t freakishly tired yet.
There were people there I swear. If I had to pick a favorite song it was Clarity- Zedd which is on this spin list that tells you exactly what I do on the bike for that set. It hasn’t gotten old yet and I’ve used it a good 10 times or so.
My later classes, well I just feel sorry for them. Who knows what I said or did or what combos or circuits I put together. It was a blur. All I know is we did a butt load of plank jacks. Ha ha.
I totally met fun reader Julie though at the Y. Love meeting people face to face. Thanks Julie for saying hi and for not walking out of my class. He he.
Some random eats from the day. Not all of them because there’s just too many, but here’s a few of the good (or not so good) ones.
Egg whites, turkey sausage and cabbage.
The clean up wasn’t very fun.
I won’t name any names or anything, but this nonstick pan may have had an experience in the dishwasher a little while ago. It just hasn’t been the same since.
Just a general warning too- cabbage is not the best meal to start your day when you have a full day of teaching classes. Oops.
There were a couple courses to lunch, but the first one was a simple chicken salad with pomegranate balsamic vinegar and Scotty B’s sweet habanero sauce as dressing.
Talk about a perfect combination.
Dinner was the whole Meatza and Zucchini pizza combo yet again.
And well, I just ate this.
Some coconut mush with fresh blueberries. It was surprisingly delicious. I did measure exactly as I just threw it together in about a minute, but it went a little something like this.
2 tablespoons coconut flour (14 grams)
5 grams shredded coconut
splash of vanilla
cinnamon and nutmeg to taste
1-2 tablespoons unsweetened applesauce (I like Trader Joe’s)
enough unsweetened vanilla almond milk to get desired consistency
It was like a fun cold cereal. I will definitely be having that again very soon.
So my 27-day STUFT Detox is officially over. But, I’m not ready to go back to my old ways. I don’t think I’ll ever be ready actually.
Here’s the thing. I succeeded in my main detox goal of why I did it. I was consuming way too much artificial sugar. Pretty much in everything. Not just that either. I would have days when I would eat an entire bag of granola or 1/2 bag of cereal and then crave processed foods like crazy for at least a couple of days afterwards. That would be in addition to my 10 or so packs of artificial sweetener throughout the day. It did not make me feel good. It made me feel gross actually. Darn artificial sugar and processed food. I blame my overconsumption of them for making me feel tired, irritable, puffy, lethargic, not getting quality sleep, etc. The list goes on and on.
I didn’t eat like that all the time, it started out rarely consuming packaged goodies, but man I swear it’s a slippery slope. I started by just having a little bit here and there and pretty soon I was eating massive amounts of chocolate, cereal, protein powder and PB2. It wasn’t pretty. It got uglier when the whole injury thing happened because I felt lost and didn’t know how to deal with everything.
The first two weeks of this darn challenge were hard. Seriously, I’m not kidding, I felt physically ill. No fake sugar, no real sugar, nothing. My body was in SHOCK big time.
Over the past few weeks my tastes have finally changed though and I’m not craving junk. Finally. I’m actually not craving high sugar foods for the first time in years.
I have those days when I’m stressed out and tired and can’t get enough carbs, but I’ve been eating healthy forms of them (bananas, squash, berries, apples, etc.) and making sure to eat quality protein and fats with them instead of protein powders with all this other added stuff.
Oh, random, but I have to tell you I had some pretty crazy dreams that people were pouring Splenda all over my food and not telling me to try to sabotage me. Weird.
Anyway, I’m not planning on sticking to strict Whole 30 guidelines from It Starts With Food forever. It’s a tad too much for me. But, it was a really good kick start to get me on the right path. It was time to start fueling my body the right way. And really, I finally feel pretty darn good.
I’m not entirely sure what my exact plan of action is from here. I’m definitely not going to be adding artificial sugar back in anytime soon. I do really miss my perfect summer mocha, but not sure if it’s worth it just yet. (I may have to have the occasional Quest Bar though as their bars in the natural line use stevia and lo han guo as sweetener and a little of that here and there I don’t really think will be too much of a big deal.) I did finally have some gum the other day and it was glorious. (Yeah, you can’t even have sugar free gum during the Whole 30. Poor people who got close to me over the past few weeks. Ha.)
I AM going to start incorporating real forms of sugar into my diet. Not a lot. I still want to limit my amount as I’m not someone who is good with moderation, especially when it comes to the sweet stuff. But a ripe banana, some dates, pure maple syrup, molasses, etc. can go a long way. I’m planning on experimenting with those quite a bit.
I’m also planning on having some of my favorite wine. Man I’ve missed it.
This month is all about figuring out how to make some of these positive changes from this experience be LIFE TIME changes. Healthy habits that will stick. Changes that I can share with the whole family so we can all start to eat more of a less processed, whole food type diet.
So, I’m going to keep eating the way I have been on the STUFT Detox for a bit longer and slowly start incorporating some things back in.
I think once I get back to my running mileage I’ll have to add some grains back in the mix. It’s been easy to not have them lately as I haven’t been running my usual 50 miles a week, but hopefully in the next month or so I’ll be able to build my mileage back up. We shall see.
Enough chat about that?
Yes. But don’t get me wrong, if there’s something I really want to have, I’m not going to deprive myself of it. Life is too short. Indulging here and there and giving yourself a break once in awhile and not feeling guilty about it is important.
It’s all about balance.
Here’s a cool little PDF chart actually from the Whole 9 website to help you through deciding when to indulge or not. It might be helpful, so here you go. You can download it here.
Let me just say, if you’re thinking you want to give up sugar (real or artificial), my advice is just DO IT. Throw away the packaged goods and be kind to your body. I talked about it for way too long before finally doing something about it. I spent way too much time not feeling good because of poor choices I made. I’m not saying I don’t still have a long way to go, but man, if I can go 27 days without sugar ANYONE can.
Seriously. I am the dessert queen. Don’t wait. It’s a new month, so it’s the perfect time to start. Plus I’m sticking with it for a bit longer so we can all be in it together. How fun, right?
I’m really hoping the changes that I’ve made will help with healing and recovery too. I’m feeling better, but now I also really need to work on the whole resting and getting sleep part of it.
Less stress. More sleep. More time.
So…… with that, I’m off to bed. Dang that was a lot of rambling. Hope I answered most of the questions you had though. I’m not an expert. Far from it, but I feel like I’ve learned a lot the past 29 days and plan to keep learning and taking positive steps to treating my body the best that I can.
This month I’m focusing on prioritizing, rest, healing and putting family and the Man above first.
(View from when I left the gym tonight. Gorgeous right?)
I really did way too much rambling.
Your turn. Say something at least. Anything.
Otherwise I’ll just feel like I’m at home when no one will show me any kind of a sign they’re listening. That happens more often than I’d like to admit around here. Ha.