Whole 30 January – Recap

This January was my first time to try the Whole 30 program.

Well January is over. I did not go 30 straight days on Whole 30.

I went 10 days straight and then…

On the 11th day I went off plan for 2 hours (I had a little bit of sugar & Gatorade during and immediately after the Hot Chocolate 15k race I ran). Before I got on the shuttle bus and as soon as I got back in my car after the race, I remained Whole 30 compliant.

Starting on the 12th (the day after the Hot Chocolate 15k) and going to the 23rd (12 days) I was completely Whole 30.

On the 24th I had this:


In case you were wondering, this is not Whole 30. ;)
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15 Races in 2015

When I revealed the race bib holder that I made last month, I also revealed my race plan for 2015.


That’s right, I am going to run 15 races in 2015!

So here’s my plan for 2015!

January

I ran my first race, the Hot Chocolate 15k in San Francisco on January 11th. It was fabulous. (I will be posting my race recap very soon, I promise!) However, I was not sufficiently trained for that distance, so I decided that for the next few months, I was going to run a few 5k’s. I do have a goal to achieve a sub-2 hour half marathon this year. So, as a first step toward that goal, I was going to shoot for returning to a sub-30 minute 5k. (2 of the 3 5k’s I ran last year I ran under 30 minutes.)

Race 1 = completed!
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Whole 30 – Days 4 – 11

I have to start out with a confession…

Today, on day 11, I ate non-Whole 30 compliant foods. However, I did it with full consciousness of what I was doing, and I am very proud of how I did.

I haven’t posted an update since Day 3 because, well, there hasn’t been much to write. I’ve been doing great and feeling great! I haven’t experienced the “carb flu” or the “KILL ALL THE THINGS” rage. I haven’t been extra sleepy. I’ve just felt great.

Day 4 –

I’ve been drinking sparkling water with freshly squeezed lemon juice.


I have been juicing a couple of lemons at a time, so that I have the juice ready.
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Redefine (#OneWord365)

I’d never heard of the One Word movement until a couple of days ago.

I saw a post by Shrinking Jeans about the One Word Movement, and I was intrigued. In the One Word movement, you pick one word to define what you want your year to be. Sort of a theme for your year.

You can learn all about the One Word movement at their website: One Word 365 (or search the hashtag #oneword365 on Twitter.)

I have a lot of plans for 2015.


LOLOL – I love this! But yes… it is time… ;)
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Whole 30 (Days 1-3)

I am going to be documenting my Whole 30 journey.  The good, the bad, and maybe the boring.  But posting something every day seems like overkill, so I’ll post every 3(ish) days.  

So, without further ado, here is a recap of my first 3 days of my first Whole 30! I’ve been reading as much information on Whole 30 as I can, including their Whole 30 timeline. I’m getting my recipes from It Starts With Food, Pinterest and where ever I see a Whole 30 recipe that I think I might like.

Day 1:

I woke up way too early (again). I tried to lay in bed and sleep longer, but it just didn’t happen. So I got up and weighed myself and took measurements. Yuck.
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Race T-shirt Blanket Review (Project Repat)

Today I was going to write about my one word for 2015 (redefine), but then my Project Repat blanket arrived, and I’m way, way WAY too excited about it!!!!

Rewind…

In the early summer of 2012, I briefly dated a guy who had a quilt made out of his old basketball t-shirts. “Damn, that’s awesome! Who made that for you?” “My ex-girlfriend.”

Well, of course. It would be weird to ask her name and whether she would make me a blanket, right? Right.

Ever since that day, I’ve wanted a blanket made from all my race t-shirts. I’ve asked a couple people and have had zero luck.

Fast forward…
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It’s my blog… I’ll post what I want to…

That’s right. I’m taking my blog back. And I’m not even sorry.

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I started this blog (back in 2009) as a way to document my journey. Not a portion of my journey. My journey to being healthy and happy.

At some point, I saw bloggers making money and able to quit their 9-5 jobs and blog for a living. I wanted that. (Or so I thought.) So I revamped the site, worked on my developing a niche, and even paid for a blog school. I worried about unique page views, SEO, number of comments, my blog audience, and only posting about topics within the niche. This turned into very infrequent posting. (8 posts total from July – December 2014.)
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Whole 30 – Day 0

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I’ve been battling depression and emotional eating for the better part of 2014. I stopped going to Crossfit in August 2014 and haven’t consistently followed an exercise program since.

I feel like I am spiraling out of control. My clothes don’t fit right. It is physically painful (around my stomach) to wear my jeans. I finally broke down and purchased a bigger size, so that I could at least be comfortable (on the rare occasion when I have to wear something other than yoga pants) until I get myself under control.
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My race wall – DIY projects

Race Wall

When my race bibs started piling up a few years ago, I put them all on a canvas board with some pictures from the races and made a collage. And since I could not find a bling rack that I loved for all my finisher’s medals, I made one of those too.

You can read about those projects:

Race bib board collage

DIY Bling Rack

The problem with the race bib collage? I didn’t stop running races. While my bling rack could handle more finisher’s medals, my race bibs just started piling up again.


My race wall looked fine, but I wanted a better way to display my bibs.
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Struttin for Stuffin 5K

This year I decided to travel from California to Idaho for the Thanksgiving holiday to spend time with family out there. I also decided that I wanted to participate in a Turkey Trot on Thanksgiving, if I could find one in the area.

I did find one! I found the Struttin For Stuffin race that was held in Nampa, Idaho, the same town where I was staying! They offered 5K, 10K and half marathon races for Thanksgiving morning. Since my running has been inconsistent to say the least, I decided to sign up for the 5K.
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