(Easter Sunday Outfit: Lilly Pulitzer Dress, Steve Madden Sling-back Sandals,
and a Vintage, Changeable, Lilly Pulitzer Clutch)
I love spring, it means Pink and Green!
Ok, so I am just gonna vent for a second. I am so hungry right now. I am sitting at work and Food Network is on. Fried twinkies. Fried macaroni and cheese. Everything fried seems to be the theme. Of course someone would want to be watching the Food Network while they are working out, causing me to reap the cons of such a show.
My training for the marathon is coming to an end. That means this final month is TAPER. I love tapering because it means less mileage and a higher intensity. Go hard or go home type of mindset its needed. However, what I hate about tapering, is the fact that I have to start cutting back on the calories/fat in my diet. When you are running 60+ miles a week, it's easy to let your diet slide a bit. Trust me, I have been an eating machine.
When your mileage decreases though, the diet becomes more important. This means no drinking in season (there goes my glass of vino until October), eating lean protein, and lots of veggies, limiting my sugar/fruit intake, and keeping the closest eye on my carb intake. Since I am gluten-free, I turn my nose up at most carbs because of what they do to my body. Yet, when my aunt makes me G-free Pumpkin Muffins, and it's time for me to cut...it's really not fun staring at them and having them stare back at you.
The month before a huge race is when I start watching everything I consume. If it doesn't benefit my body in some way, and help to make me a better athlete, I don't eat it. Trust me, it's extremely hard...and it means denying a ton of cravings and sometimes being a little bit hungry.
Last night I was texting my girlfriend, and mentioned how super bummed I was that my race was the day after Cinco De Mayo. Kids, I love me some mexican food. Everything I can eat. Corn tortillas, rice, beans...it's a carb heaven for G-free people like me. I also love me some Margaritas. Mucho grande por favor.
So, as soon as this race is over, and I am fully hydrated and functioning again. I WILL have a Margarita, and the biggest enchilada I see. Then it will be back to training and cutting for Triathlons.
What is the point of writing this? First, I just needed to express my hunger. Now I feel much better. Second, I wanted to stress the importance of nutrition. It is equally if not more important than your daily cardio and weight session if you are trying to lose weight. I know it stinks sometimes, and isn't easy to always eat well. Trust me, I am a huge fan of Skittles and Ice Cream. However, you have to look at how the food you are eating will benefit or hurt you in the long run. Doing so, will help you make better decisions. I promise.
So I challenge you to eat well for a week, deny those processed foods, sugars, and fattening cravings. You will feel so much better...and be on your way to a healthier lifestyle!