For the first time since the heat rolled into Vegas, I noticed how much the sidewalks absorb it. I rose at 3:45 this morning so I could eat something before I headed out on my run (8 miles).  Sooooo hot.

Today was what I call an “Eating Day”. Not surprising. Kurt, my triathlon coach, after reading my “27 day countdown to LP blog” said to me as diplomatically as possible “I’m no nutritionist, but are you sure you are getting enough carbohydrates, fats and proteins?”  Y’know, he was right…..I wasn’t. The effect was that I woke up tired (could also be the lack of a couple of days of good sleep time) and felt sluggish and hungry all day (hence the nap).  I ate all day, and the night ended with a “conscientious binge” I usually don’t eat after 6:30 p.m.  At 8:30 last night, I was HUNGRY. Seriously, I could have eaten 5 waffles with maple syrup and butter; a half dozen of Krispy Kreme donuts; or a huge bag of potato chips (didn’t have the later two in the house, so at least I was “safe” in that respect). Club sandwiches, pasta with red sauce and pizza were also top of mind. What I have learned about my body is that whenever I am tired, I gravitate toward simple carbohydrates (they have their place; eaten responsibly they are fine, but scarfed habitually at all hours of the day, they are the culinary equivilent of crack cocaine–seriously, if people went cold turkey on sugary sodas, I bet that there would be a serious drop in obesity levels). Anyway,  I rerouted my thinking to some degree and settled on a bowl of quinoa with melted shredded almond cheese (vegans look out: unfortuately there in casein in the cheese–but great stuff), garbanzo beans, avocado, Trader Joe’s green chile salsa and cumin. It was so good and satisfying that I made myself another one immediately on completion of the first. My point in retelling this is yes, of course, we do have days where we just want to eat everything in sight. At least I felt that I made a pretty good decision about the quality of the calories I was putting into my body late night. And reminded myself that it was a direct correlation of not eating enough the day before. Bad Athlete, no Clif Bar!

4:10 a.m.

  • 2 pieces brown rice bread, toasted
  • 1/2 avocado spread on toast

4:30 a.m. Run went well.  But sheesh, so hot!!!!!! I felt dehydrated at about mile 3.  Again, the Ipod kept me going!!!

post workout

22 oz Recovery Shake (left over from yesterday but here ya’ go)

  • 1 Cup Soy Yogurt
  • 1 ripe banana
  • 1 Cup Frozen Blackberries
  • 1/2 Cup frozen mango
  • Fresh Strawberries
  • Hemp Protein
  • Ground Flax meal–again, throw this in to everything you possibly can

11:00 a.m.

1 Cup Bloody Mary mix–at work and still feeling dehydrated and hungry.  We have this bloody mary mix called “Uncle Dougie’s” SOOO good–has anchovy and tamarind paste in it.  25 Calories. Lotsa Salt and YUMMMMMM!

2 oz Chicken Breast (because it was there and I was hungry)

12:30 p.m. Chocolate Brownie Clif Bar (eaten on the go)

Stopped at Sunflower Market to pick up some GT Kombucha drinks. CHUGGED a 16 oz Guava one while staring longingly at the bulk bins. Got home and ate the salad that I packed.

3:00 p.m.

Salad

  • Quinoa
  • Spinach
  • Tomato
  • Avocado
  • Celery
  • Sprouts
  • Ground Flax Seed
  • Garbanzo Beans
  • 1 oz of this really good cheese I purchased at Whole Foods call “Aged Hirtenkase”.  Alpine-style cheese that tastes like a cross between Parmesan Reggiano and Swiss. If you are going to eat cheese, eat high quality, flavorful cheeses.

Read the new “Triathlete” magazine. There is an article on Dave Goggins–a Navy Seal who runs 20 miles a day, swims and bikes in the name of his fellow fallen special operation soldiers. He averages 3 hours a day of sleep. The guy is a machine. Impressive article–you should read it.So I took a 1.5 hour nap (am wondering how much sleep it takes for Human Growth Hormones to replenish? And am wondering how the heck Dave Goggins lives on 3 hours of sleep–can you teach yourself that?)  I am so lucky to have the luxury of catching a nap on occasion.

5:30 p.m.

  • A handful of Almonds
  • Housemade Oat-Chocolate Whey Protein energy square

I also put an avocado/raw honey mask on my face for 45 minutes. My coworker, Assouir, gave me the recipe. Not the most attractive thing in the world but DAMN, my skin feels great!

Silky Skin Food mask

  • 2 Tbsp mashed avocado (the smoother the better)
  • 2 tsp Raw Honey

Mix together and leave on for at least 1/2 hour (it will tighten as it sets).  Bonus is that if you get it too close to your mouth, it tastes great!

6:30-8:00 p.m.

  • 2 Glasses of Homemade Sangria
  • Slew of Vitamins and Chlorella

8:45 p.m.

2 bowls of Quinoa, melted Almond Cheese, Garbanzo Beans, Avocado, Trader Joes Green Chile Salsa and Cumin. Delicious!!

Be mindful, not militant.  Life is a balance and if you are trying to make changes in your diet, do so incrementally. While I felt that I slightly overate today (really because of the hour which I ate), at least I made a pretty good selection in the quality of food. I didn’t get my green smoothie in but I look forward to tomorrow for a good day of clean eating (green smoothie and big salad included) and positive workouts.

Have a great night

-LM