Challenge Day 5- I feel thin, especially around my mid section, that is one thing no carbs will do for you without a doubt! Here's a look at some of my bread less meals-
Chicken Shawarma Salad to Go
Grilled Salmon & Steamed Broccoli
Skinny Taste's Turkey Chili Taco Soup - I've been eating off this all week!
Grilled Chicken and Steamed Vegetable Medley
I've heard lots of discussion lately about how going into a strict, clean, low carb diet can be super scary, and starting off any new lifestyle change by making drastic changes can be setting yourself up to failure. I whole heartedly believe that. Extreme is not good.
Over the last two years, I've been slowly making small changes which have added up to big changes over time, and with each added food "restriction" my thought process has changed too. Jada Pinkett Smith was quoted this summer saying, "I don't eat for pleasure" now I don't want to be Jada, but I think she has a point. When we stop looking at food as a pleasure source, and begin fueling our bodies with pleasure from other areas- get your mind out of the gutter I mean exercise, self confidence, and hot cloths (ok ok maybe some bow chicka wow wow too)- food stops controlling us. The allure of the lunch time splurge, the dinner splurge, and dessert begins to dissipate. When food stopped controlling me, I finally started to live. That said, I always allow myself one night a week, usually Saturday, when I'll eat whatever I choose and have drinks with family & friends. However, even on "Faturday" I still make wise choices. If I eat a giant plate of pasta- I'm going to feel like shat. When is your favorite meal to "splurge"?
Christin over at Classy Southern Wife is a fast fast runner. She's also a certified running coach- the girl knows her stuff. She recommended this speed work out for me from Peanut Butter Fingers.
I did the work out once a week starting week 4 during 10k training.
Look at how quickly my averages times increased.
Week 1- 3.23 Miles- 10:51 Average
Week 2- 3.5 Miles- 10:25 Average
Week 3- 4.0 Miles- 10:46 Average
Week 4- 4.0 Miles- 10:40 Average
Started Speed Training
Week 5- 4.5 Miles- 10:16 Average
Week 6- 5.0 Miles- 9:47 Average
Week6- 6.12 Miles- 10:37 Average
RACE DAY- 6.2 Miles 9:36 Average
Last night I did speed training, but I had to do my own thing, because I forgot my paper detailing the workout. I warmed up at an 8% incline 4.0 for 5 minutes. Then I ran at 1% speed 6.3 for a few minutes, then up to 6.5 for a minute, then three at 7.0, one at 7.5, one at 8.0, bring it down for a minute to recover, then I repeated the above. I through in sprints at one point, meaning set the treadmill at 8.5- run for 30 seconds step off and recover for 15, run for 30, repeat. I basically played around until I hit three miles. Then I cooled down for a few minutes at 8% incline 4.0 speed for 5 minutes. I was on the treadmill for about 32 minutes.
I'm going to do speed training once a week. My goal is to complete the half in 02:15:00. I want to be fast! The fastest mile I've ever run outside on my own was 8:36, and I did it on a little nothing run after work without really trying. I'm so excited to see how far I can push myself!
Caroline, super fast running lady, over at Simply Smithwick told me, "If you want to be fast, you have to train fast!" Wasssupppp! Be sure and head over to tell Caroline congratulations on her new baby boy! So exciting!!
Tomorrow is the weekly weigh-in- let's see what the big bad scale has to say about the no carb challenge!
Thursday! My second most favorite day of the week! My outfit is boring today- it's cold outside peeps!