Yesterday I took a rest day from working out and instead spent about 3 hours in the kitchen prepping meals for my variation of the 21-Day Sugar Detox. The 21-Day Sugar Detox is by Diane Sanfilippo, who also wrote the cookbook Practical Paleo. I ordered the PDF and checked out the different levels (1-3). 3 is the most restrictive, but it is also the most ideal for someone who is following a paleo diet or has completed the Whole30. A lot of the restrictions are the same, just more intensified (essentially no fruit). I’ve gotten better about my fruit intake compared to a couple years ago when I thought it was fine to just eat an entire bag of grapes in one day, or a whole melon at one sitting. Something that is healthy isn’t healthy when consumed in copious amounts. I feel like meal prep is essential to success in this program, because as long as I have something to eat (that’s approved) when I’m hungry, I’ll be fine. Ultimately, I wanted a new challenge, a new plan to follow, and a new goal to achieve.
Speaking of goals…let’s take a trip down memory lane to old May…
May Goals – I pretty much set goals that I didn’t follow through with.
-Nutrition: Eat Paleo. The meals I make for myself are primarily paleo. But then I found Chipotle salads, started drinking soda again, and dipped a little into fro-yo. Sunday night tacos with chips and fresh ceviche from the Mexican market and fluffy potatoes with cobbs of corn on Rollswisserie Wednesday’s have become the norm.
-Workouts: Early Morning Workouts. Went to yoga once at the beginning of the month, and not again until the 3 days leading up to the Rock ‘n Roll Half (all early morning). Had some early morning runs in there, but my blister got in the way of maintaining that schedule.
-Running: More Structured Workouts (e.g. Run Less, Run Faster program). Totally nixed this in the beginning when getting to a track would be too much of a hassle. Just went the other direction and decided to increase my mileage instead.
This month I’m more determined to follow through with my goals. I will be smarter about running and training and not set myself up for any type of impeding injuries. I also won’t be trying to work between training from one race to another in the span of 4 weeks. I’m planning on focusing on my health, fitness, and well-being overall, and will turn my attention back to training for the AFC Half Marathon (Aug 18) in July.
June Goals –
– Nutrition: Start the 21-Day Sugar Detox. Modified to be 14-16 days. My dad is coming down to visit again and when that happens it’s usually hard to stick to a restricted eating plan.
–Workouts: Cross-train more. Last month I ended up only cross-training 3 times (2 with trainer, 1 body pump class). Goal to cross-train 2-3x per week, and incorporate morning bikram yoga 2-3x per week.
–Running: Run less. Around 3x per week. And look into joining a running club or partake in local free runs.
What are you working towards this June?
What are your goals?