Just a few observations on little ‘ol Day 3 of my 100 day project:
- Food-wise, I do NOT feel deprived. Reaching for a sugary snack or treat is such a deeply ingrained habit for me. But that’s really *all* it is – A HABIT. My new habit is regaining an appreciation for all the wonderful yummy satisfying whole foods which are readily available to me and don’t make me feel like sh*t 2 minutes after I consume them.
- Protein is not scary. I became a vegetarian at age 18 with long periods of veganism thrown in. I had a healthy pregnancy, successful breastfeeding years, ran many a marathon and remained vegetarian, very happily, until Fall of 2013. I believed I would never ever again consume animal muscle & that was perfectly fine with me. I cook meat & fish for my son and am not bothered by other folks eating meat or fish around me. It’s a personal choice. Well, last year, after discovering that my iron & B12 were ridiculously off-the-charts low, I began supplementing like crazy, including B12 injections. Liquid iron, iron pills, massive amounts of kale and eggs. I began to ask myself if I would be “willing” to try eating meat. I was scared. Bigtime. Then I decided I would try. After 25 years of not eating meat, I began with a very innocuous plain chicken breast. (I am severely allergic to all fish and shellfish or I would have def started with salmon!) The chicken was fine! No stomach upset, no emotional breakdowns (yes I was worried about that!). After a few months of eating chicken 2-3 times per week, I tried a small bite of steak off my son’s plate around Christmas time. OMG. Steak off the grill is delicious. (There, I said it :)) My long runs were stronger. The end of a 4 hour run was not the exhaust/depletion-fest it used to be. Problem was: I was still eating a ton of sugar. SO! I am excited to report I believe I am enjoying the benefits of incorporating the kinds of protein my body was craving without the additional crap it doesn’t need. This feels good. Calm. Steady. (as an aside: food is a very personal, even very touchy subject for many of us and i respect each person’s choice to decide what they put in their mouth. I am not advocating one way of eating over another, just sharing my experience here.) I continue to eat meat 2-3 times per week and my body thanks me.
- So did I mention the calm??? Even though it’s only Day 3, I feel it. My body is breathing a huge sigh of relief…”THANK YOU, ERIN!!!” ahhhhhhhhh,,,,,,,poor body was getting kind of pissed off from all those empty sugar calories. My body prefers clean energy. Duh. I knew that. The greatest benefit, already reaped on Day #2, is calm. I attribute this to not eating crap. Also, the yoga.
- Did I mention the yoga???! :) Sneaking away into the “
guest bedroom” junk roomyoga room for just 30 minutes each evening is not that much to ask of oneself. And guess what? It feels SO GOOD. I have added on this core workout as well, and end with a headstand practice. I know it sounds cornball, but this little routine helps me “reset” my attitude towards what I am putting into my body. Running is a constant and I love my “training”…but this is very different. It feels like a little gift to myself. A reminder to breathe. A reminder to pause. A reminder to stay in the present and have that be okay.
- Lastly, a most wonderful note: my cute son is not only on board with my 100 days and watching me like a hawk….he is joining me! He is doing pushups every single night before bed & is basically kicking my butt in the strength department. Mama needs to up her game. I see an arm wrestle in my future…