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    Swim Bike Mom got a reaction from sheba-kitty in A First Whole30 for a Swim Bike Mom   
    Well, I made it exactly 29 days into my Eight Weeks and Whole30...
    ….before I blew it.

    And by “blowing it,†I mean going to a delicious two dinners with my family and partaking of some vino and some delcious dessert.  And some more vino.
    Not as strong as I thought I was. Actually, it was more of a purposeful sabotage.  Whatever.  However you want to define it.

    And that's okay.
    Because I learned a lot, had a good weekend with my family… and (the Expert and I both) intend on continuing with the great results.
    So what was the result of 29 days of perfect eating? 
    - Down 9 pounds (Expert down 10—-of course)
    - Sleeping like a baby
    - Virtually no allergies or headaches
    - Less pain in my hips
    - Longest “perfect†eating streak…. in the history of me.
    Three generations of toes. 
    What's Next?
    Well, I have 29 days until Augusta 70.3, so I am going to put forth another “perfect†29 days in hope of continuing the good things that clean eating has brought me.  I can see and feel the benefits, and that makes me want to get back on track.
    Now. Immediately.
    Had a good 45 minute open water swim and then a decent, but tiring bike ride on Saturday that ended in a broken spoke and a wheel that was out of true.  I had to hitch a ride.

    Good thing it was with the Expert.

    Also, I didn't feel that great during the ride.
    I had been eating perfect, yes.  But I was worn out from my busy work week, plus two days in a row of running.  I had no gas or juice in my legs.  And I didn't have enough fuel in the world to make it feel better.  Plus, it was so hot and humid.
    Was a tough ride.  A bonk around Mile 27, and it didn't really improve much.

    And then two days of falling off the wagon isn't helping me today.
    And truth be told, I feel like garbage today.  And that's because I deviated from the plan.  So I'm back on it starting with a good solid swim and run in the morning, and getting ‘er done.

    I spent a good few hours beating myself up and then getting mad, and now I'm okay. Tomorrow is a new day and a new workout, and that's what it is all about #justkeepmovingforward

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    Swim Bike Mom reacted to pam21e in A First Whole30 for a Swim Bike Mom   
    I have enjoyed reading thru your posts, I just finished my second Whole 30. Actually, I started May 27th, and have continued eating Whole 30 because I feel so much better. There were a couple days in between June 27th and Aug 1st that I was non-compliant, but for the most part ate clean. 
    I have never completed a triathlon, but my husband has been doing them for the past 4 years. I keep thinking I should do one, like you in the beginning, I am not a swimmer, or distant cyclist and or much of a runner. I am going to seriously consider training for a sprint. We'll see. You are very inspirational.
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    Swim Bike Mom got a reaction from habitualpurpose in A First Whole30 for a Swim Bike Mom   
    DAY TWENTY-FOUR (Four Weeks to Augusta 70.3)
    To some degree, this is usually me.  The Freak in the Room.
    Whether it's Party Girl Meredith (“Oh em gee. Did she really drink seven martinis? And she is still standing?â€) [....You betcha I am. In fact, I'm dancing!]
    ….or whether it's the new and improved Party Pooper Meredith (“She's on her seventh soda water. I remember when she used to be fun.â€)
    …I'm always the freak in the room. How does this happen? I have a couple of theories.
    1) It's Not You, It's Me
    Whether I'm drinking the men under the table, or whether I am being the lame-o who is not eating or drinking anything… I'm still the crazy one. Because if I drink and eat in Party Girl form, then I am the super crazy one. If I don't drink anything and talk about waking up for my 5 mile run, then I am the super crazy one.
    Basically, I can't win.  Still the freak.
    2) I'm Actually in a Cult
    One of the athletes I coach sent me this classic video. Always a good laugh.
    “Ironman is not a cult!â€
    Yeah, we can pretend that triathlon “makes sense†– but it doesn't. So I decided to stop trying to act like it does.
    I went to a Braves game for a super fun client event last night. And I was a Whole30/Eight to Great ninja. [a/k/a .....total freak]
    I ate a salad in the car on the way to the game.
    Behold the car salad.
    I ordered seven soda waters.
    I ate a burger patty wrapped in lettuce.
    And I had a great time.

    My pal, Mountain Goat, has been a freak for a long time. I distinctly remember when we were both lawyers at the same firm —she pulled out a bag of carrots at a cocktail party. And poured Vitamin C into her soda water at another event. She always left early and didn't care.
    That Goat, she's a freak.  And I finally get it!
    3) It's my Astrological Sign's Fault
    Last night at the game, a co-worker asked me, “What's your sign?â€
    I said, “Scorpio†and he screamed, “I KNEW IT! You are just like my wife.  She's a one-track focus mind. She's all in or all out.â€
    I thought, that's so me.  If I am going to drink, then dammit, I am going to be the best drinker EVER! If I am doing triathlon, then I am going to focus on that.  Doesn't matter what the focus is…. it's just a one-track mind.
    An obsessive, addictive personality focusing on the wrong things.
    The difficult thing for me is balance. I can't balance. I just pile.

    This way of eating has made me focus on the things I need to obsess about:  my health.
    It's only one life.
    4) I'm Just Gonna Fly my Freak Flag
    Last night's events made me realize many things.  That I can still have fun without the “party†and that I can wake up after sleeping just a few hours, and feel okay because I didn't add the added stress of booze and sugar devil food.
    Why this was a revelation, I'm not sure.
    And the funniest thing to me… is that I was still the same loud-mouthed, sassy goofball with or without the liquid courage last night. I don't need it to get through situations. I don't need to snack nervously. I don't need any of it.
    There is power in being in control of myself.
    And even after going to bed way after midnight, I woke up early and completed my run.
    No balking, either.
    I never acknowledged before… the power of being free to be me. The freedom to really control my nutrition.
    I didn't believe that me â€¦.that I â€¦was (good enough? smart enough? doggonit people don't like me?) enough to stand alone in social situations. To end my hard day at life and work without the fabulous sound of a beer being opened, or a basket of chips and salsa in front of me. To not “self-medicate†my troubles away. To just relax and be me…
    I think why Whole30 resounds with me is that it's not restrictive. What? YES IT IS, you scream.  Well, yes and no.  The clear rules makes it manageable. The wide variety of food makes it enjoyable, especially now that I am over the sugar crashes and my tastebuds have changed.  It's got just enough flexibility to make it work  (wrap a burger patty in lettuce; tear apart a chicken sandwich; salads…. you can find the stuff anywhere, really).
    I am on Day Twenty-Four of Whole30 & Eight to Great.  I am going to continue for another 4 weeks right up until Augusta 70.3.
    Because I feel great. And when I don't feel great, staying out of the pantry forces me to address what's going on with myself internally.
    I feel sane. As sane as a freak can be.
    And I feel sweaty, oh so sweaty… and it's all good.

    I realize that I haven't made a log of my meals since Monday. But I do know that I have eaten perfectly.
    Lots of eggs. Mahi Mahi salad. Salmon salads. Chicken sausage. Kale. Zoodles.
    I've been presented with awkward lunch situations where I was forced to order oddly:  please don't put anything on my salmon. No cheese. No oil.  But it worked. I did it.
    Today, I was presented with Panera Bread catered lunch for my choice. I piled on a salad and tore apart two sandwiches for the turkey and tomato – impromptu turkey salad. No dressing because I know it was soybean oil.  It was dry, but it worked.
    For me, it's all about going into the situation with a smart mentality:  â€I am not going to eat badly. I am not going to drink anything other than unsweetened tea and soda water.â€
    Making the right choice ahead of time keeps me, and my Scorpio self, on track. You already told yourself no… so follow the rules, there freakhead.
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    Swim Bike Mom reacted to sheba-kitty in A First Whole30 for a Swim Bike Mom   
    My brother is doing whole... Until his ironman too. Which one are you doing? He is doing Redman.
    Your posts are awsome! I made some great date/nut/coconut balls for my long rides. They were better than just dates since they weren't too sweet. But I can only have a couple at a time, because wow... Lots of instant energy.
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    Swim Bike Mom got a reaction from sheba-kitty in A First Whole30 for a Swim Bike Mom   
    DAY SIXTEEN (Tuesday)

    Tuesday was a blur. I have been shaking a head cold for what feels like weeks. I know it's not weeks, but it feels like it.

    As far as food, I'm sure I had some eggs and kale and something else not so delicious.  I had  an hour bike and swim for workout.

    Oh, the Expert made tandoori chicken and cabbage. The cabbage I loved. I'm still having a hard time eating chicken right now. I don't know WTH is going on.

    DAY SEVENTEEN (Wednesday)

    The head cold of the century is still getting me down.

    Also, I feel kind of like a head case myself. I'm learning weird things about myself in the absence of processed food, sugar, Mexican food, pizz and wine.

    Photo Credit: http://theoatmeal.com/comics/running

    I need therapy.

    Oh! I do have to jump up and down about this recipe:  Zoodles & Sauce!

    What are Zoodles? Well, it's actually zucchini! Nom Nom Paleo has a post about it here.

    Get it? Noodles + zucchini = ZOODLES!

    And wowzers, using this slicer, it was so easy to slice six zucchini into “noodles.† Steamed in microwave for 3 minutes with lid on casserole dish.

    Whipped up a grass-fed beef sauce with Mario's help, (Whole30 compliant!)… plus a can of fire roasted organic tomatoes and a sliced red pepper and onion….

    OMGood. So good.

    I have really been missing food like this.

    Totally hit the spot, and I didn't even miss the pasta. Seriously.

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    Swim Bike Mom got a reaction from sheba-kitty in A First Whole30 for a Swim Bike Mom   
    DAY FOURTEEN (Sunday)

    I woke up on Sunday completely unmotivated for my workout.  Not sure why. Maybe because sometimes 4.5 hours of training isn't really what I want to do on a lazy Sunday morning. Maybe. Maybe.

    Can't imagine why.

    So I whined.

    And then I got a pep talk from the Expert.

    Actually, it was the biggest Non-Pep-Talk-Pep-Talk I've ever heard and it went something like this.

    Me:          I don't wanna do this workout.

    Expert:  Really.

    Me:          What does that mean?  Really.?

    Expert:   Well, if you don't want to do the workout, then don't.  Go to the nearest Hardee's.  Order yourself a ham biscuit.

    Me:         What?

    Expert:  Better yet, go to the Waffle House.  Sit at the bar counter.  Order yourself a coffee, some ham and hashbrowns. Then tell your other seventy-five year old friends at the Waffle House about how you used to be awesome. How you once did an Ironman. Tell them allllllllll about the great things you did once upon a time.

    Me:        (laughing)

    Expert:  Or you can get your butt out there, and do you workout and continue to do great things.

    [There it is. The biggest non-pep-talk-pep-talk ever.]

    So I did. I got my butt moving.  I had a reverse brick. After 10 miles on Saturday, to lace up the shoes for a 4 miler the next day—-and before the bike—was tough. But I felt pretty good. Sore, but strong.  I even had a good pace during the middle two miles.

    Pre-Workout:  scrambled eggs, fruit

    Workout:  4 mile run, 3 hours on the bike trainer (fueled with dates and coconut water)

    Post-Workout:  eggs, kale

    Dinner:  Steak Kabobs with sides of veggies (From Zoe's… they got it right this time).  Oh, and me and the Expert had a nice argument over dinner and the workout schedule.

    Just started on the Kombucha. I think I'm allergic to it. It makes me sneeze.

    DAY FIFTEEN (Monday)

    I feel like crap today.

    I didn't sleep well. I've had a headache all day. I'm thinking it's because I have re-introduced cashews after a few days break. Or maybe the kombucha.  Or maybe just stress. I am being pulled in a zillion directions in all areas of my life and my body is revolting.



    Great article on Whole9Life about being a stress junkie.  I don't like to consider myself a stress junkie, but I am beginning to think that I must be.  It's the only explanation.

    The Expert is telling me that his main goal for the next year is to have calm… and peace… and quiet.

    And I'm like, “WHAT!?!!? What does it mean? It's like a freaking double rainbow.â€

    Oprah.com says, “Stress junkies are people who use their own physiological responses as a mood-altering device.  And just like heroin, stress hormones have side effects that can kill you. Pumped into the bloodstream at high levels for long periods of time, these chemicals contribute to ulcers and heart disease, weaken the immune system, and leave us vulnerable to everything from automobile accidents to depression.†—-from Whole9Life.‘

    [And we know everything Oprah says is true, right?  Okaaaaay.]





    [Does the Expert know who he married?  I don't "do" CPQ.] Time to de-stress, I know.

    Workout:  Recovery Day  (I love recovery day.)

    Breakfast:  2 hard-boiled eggs, 1 egg white, 1 organic apple

    Lunch:  Left-over brisket curry from Saturday night.

    Dinner: A cheapy version of cioppino (seafood soup).  Shrimp, calamari and mussels over vegetable stock, onions, tomatoes, red peppers.

    And the kids ate the tentacles on the calamari.

    Does this picture answer the “what do your kids eat†question? Lawdy.

    And I think my body is very happy that I am feeding it “good†things.

    But the overall stress (and perhaps my stress addiction, along with my cocktail of other addictions… mmmmm. Cocktails…..)

    …. well, stress can't be fixed by a nice broth and some tentacle-y seafood.

    I have to work on the stress dragon as much as I have to work on my other demons.


    But alas. Tomorrow, tomorrow. The sun will come out, tomorrow. [i know it is true, because Annie said so.]

    To think I even considered adding another Ironman on top of my plate… what is wrong with me. 

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    Swim Bike Mom got a reaction from amberino21 in A First Whole30 for a Swim Bike Mom   
    ACK. Yes, the peas.... the Expert (my husband) put them in the Crock Pot and I was all---running towards him----nooooooooooooo---and splash, in they went.  But I am guessing if peas are the worse thing during this 30 days, I'll be glad. 
    BTW - I'm doing a WHOLE60.... I started with 8 weeks until my next half Iron, so I am glad because I need it for my HUGE mistakes (ha ha---- one slip up with Nuun and the other with peas. )
    I noticed that the dates are giving me a weird feeling. I think it's either the dates or the kombucha. I am fighting a nasty headcold right now, that I think was brought on by one or the other (or both). 
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    Swim Bike Mom reacted to dotamy in A First Whole30 for a Swim Bike Mom   
    Go! Go! Go! Doing awesome! I have the no-hungries between days 8-13 it seems too. I do like the no-hangries, though. It seems thats when my body is doing all its recalibrating. Egg muffins with applegate sausage chopped up in it and some green veg are a good post-WO too. Same stuff, different composition!
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    Swim Bike Mom reacted to amberino21 in A First Whole30 for a Swim Bike Mom   
    I love your posts....you're hilarious!
    I love chicken breast pieces with sweet potato post WO.....I used to be a smoothie/protein powder/fruit postWO girl before whole30 and changed to meat/starchy vegies on the whole 30 recommendation
    Sometimes it's just pieces of meat/vegies, sometimes I grate the sweet potato, smoosh it together with minced chicken breast, herbs and spices and bake it!
    Can't help with not feeling hungry though....I can't say I've ever not wanted to eat!
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    Swim Bike Mom reacted to 1Maryann in Snarky vegan friend vent   
    Living well is the best revenge. I wouldn't say a word, but I'd love to see the differences in how you both look and feel in 6 months.
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    Swim Bike Mom reacted to angifi in You know someone is doing a Whole30 when...   
    ...They go out for a drink with friends and pass up the wine, chips, soda,flavored nuts and happily sip on sparkling water and munch on macadamia nuts from their handbag.
    ...They give up their weekly treat of a hot chocolate with work colleagues,and instead have a herbal tea
    ...after spreading peanut butter on toast for their son, they don't even lick their fingers
    ...they have a spring in their step and can't wait to go out and do some exercise
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    Swim Bike Mom reacted to missmunchie in A First Whole30 for a Swim Bike Mom   
    I am loving your log, Swim Bike Mom. And I believe that there is no way to make sausages, hot dogs, or any tube-shaped meat look good in a photograph. Doesn't stop me from eating them!
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    Swim Bike Mom reacted to Bethany Gingerich in A First Whole30 for a Swim Bike Mom   
    Nice updates!  What is UP with eating out, seriously?  I can't believe they still put sauce on your stuff! Just habit I guess.  But I always wonder what it's like for people who will actually get ill or die if they eat sugar or other things.  Do they literally have to say "If you screw up I'll be in the hospital?"  
    Dang woman,  you are a workout machine!  I thought I was killing it on this, but you are on a completely different level!  That's awesome, I'll have to look at the website for what you're doing. Do you have to actually be a mom to be part of it?
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    Swim Bike Mom reacted to Bethany Lannon in Feeling Disgusting!   
    Cashews caused inflammation maybe? Or raw spinach not sitting well? :-/
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    Swim Bike Mom reacted to Bethany Gingerich in A First Whole30 for a Swim Bike Mom   
    OK, you are hilarious!  The sausage "that's what she said" came out of nowhere and made me laugh! And switching floors to avoid food, only to see stacks of pizza boxes!  Thanks for the giggles!  I'll be following you!  I relate to so much of this, including wanting wine and the relationship dynamics.  My bf shad some drinks last night (he'd been dry with me for a month, doing a different plan but very compatible with W30) and it's surprising how much you want to join in on the fun!
    If you like shrimp lettuce tacos, I suggest you try the lime shrimp recipe in Well Fed for an Asian twist!  SO GOOD!  You can put in grilled onions and peppers and it's so tasty!
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    Swim Bike Mom reacted to joolie in A First Whole30 for a Swim Bike Mom   
    Just caught up with Days 1 through 3 - you made me smile!!