I’m still trying to bounce back from not making the race on Labor Day and I’m still trying to process my emotions on it. For now, I have a plan for the next month to help motivate me to continue working out until I can fully run again.
The YMCA is having a challenge for it’s members to reach 100+ miles biked, 26 miles ran/walked, and 2.5 miles swam by mid-October. I have a pretty good feeling that I can do this (however, I have no idea how many laps equals 2.5 miles).
And if that wasn’t enough, I’ll be taking on a challenge from my friend Adam as we both go on the slow-carb diet for the next month. The slow carb diet, popularized by Timothy Ferriss – who I am a big fan of-, has five simple rules:
- AVOID CARBOHYDRATES
- EAT THE SAME FEW MEALS OVER AND OVER AGAIN
- DON’T DRINK CALORIES
- DON’T EAT FRUIT
- TAKE ONE DAY OFF (the diet per week)
There are some other minor rules to follow such as no dairy or soy as well. And yes, I am still a vegetarian. Essentially, I can eat all the veggies and beans I want and a modest amount of nuts/fats (while Adam has the benefit of meat options). Everything else is off limits except for when my “cheat day” rolls around, which will be Tuesday this week for Clara’s b-day celebration.
I plan to schedule the cheat days on Saturday which will mean my next one after Tuesday won’t be for more than ten days…
Today was day one and I started it off with a high-protein meal of…. straight up boiled green lentils and salt for seasoning. I will be sure to be sick of this but when I tried out Ramadan-style fasting for 11 days, I found that a breakfast of legumes did wonders in fasting over 12+ hours. I made two cups of lentils just so I can get through this week without needing to cook again.
Lunch was a mixed of stir-fried veggies, boiled beans, and a healthy dose of hummus.
Dinner was veggie soup with beans.
I went a little crazy just now when I read what I just wrote. Beans, beans, beans.. How am I gonna do 30 days of this?