Monday, May 28, 2012

Day 2

Another breakfast of eggs and fruit.

Later this morning, husband and I are going for a long hike. It's Memorial Day so we're both off of work.

After today, things get crazy. Tomorrow I'm flying to Los Angeles for work. From there I go to San Diego for the marathon on Sunday. Then I'm meeting husband in Las Vegas.


I'm anticipating lots of wheat & grain challenges but I know I can overcome them. I won't be able to update my blog until Friday, the hotel in LA charges for Wifi, I'm not paying for it!

I better start packing...

Sunday, May 27, 2012

Day 1

I'm going to try and do a post everyday during my Summer Challenge. If possible, I'll include a photo from one of my meals.

Here's this morning's breakfast..

I need to clean my windows!
Couple hard boiled eggs with fruit salad. The stuff on top is coconut cream. It's easy to make and tastes fantastic! The cream is just the fat off the top of a can of coconut milk. I chill it in the fridge and then whip it with vanilla and cinnamon.

In a couple hours I'm doing a 4 mile run. Next weekend is the San Diego marathon. My job is to not get injured this week.

Saturday, May 26, 2012

My 100 Days of Wheat-free Summer info

The timeline is May 27 until Labor Day.

No wheat and no grains. I don't want to eliminate sugar at the same time, my head may explode. I'll allow fruit and a small piece of dark chocolate during the week. On weekends I can have dessert, providing it doesn't have flour. I need to google "best flourless cakes and brownies".

I'll step on the scale every 10 days.

It's the 100 days of summer

wheat free challenge!

Beginning tomorrow and ending on Labor Day, I'm going wheat free, mostly grain free too.

Anybody out there in cyber land is welcome to join me in my quest to banish the wheat belly and bagel face.

Let the fun begin!

Thursday, May 24, 2012

My official "before" photo

Here I am at the Shiprock Marathon, on May 5,2012...

I was hoping that my shirt with the black bands would be "slimming". Sadly, this doesn't seem to be the case.

I've got marathons scattered throughout the rest of the year. I'll gauge my progress by my race photos.

My next race is the San Diego marathon on June 3. When I cross the finish line, I'll be wheat-free for about 2 weeks.

Thursday, May 10, 2012

I know why I've been falling off the wagon.

I get all excited about "finally losing my wheat belly,this time I'm going to do it!!".  

If I would concentrate on eliminating wheat and possibly other grains, all would be fine and dandy. The problem is my extreme personality (have I mentioned that I've completed 42 marathons). If eliminating grains is good, eating a Paleo diet will be even better! I'll also cut out sugar, dairy, alcohol and maybe even coffee!!

Jumping into a Paleo diet does work for many people. I've read lots of books and blogs from people who have had incredible success and outstanding results. I enjoy the Friday Success stories on Mark's Daily Apple

I want to be one of those success stories.....right now!

What I seem to forget is that part of my brain is like a rebellious teenager. Impose too may rules and restrictions and I'll rebel and run away from home. Well, maybe just rebel and dive into a plate of pasta.

I need to focus on one goal at a time. When that goal has become a habit, I can move on to the next one.

For the next month, maybe more, my priority will be eliminating wheat, as per Dr Davis in

That's enough on my plate for now.

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

I re-read my blog

At first I was sad at all my starting and stopping.

Then I was happy that even though I've faltered many many times, I still keep trying...

I still have my wheat belly

but I'm doing something about it.

I did a marathon in Shiprock, NM last weekend. It's the only US marathon held exclusively was on an Indian reservation. The scenery was beautiful and since it was a small race, I ran much of the race alone. Here's a photo around mile 10..

That blip in the distance is me.

The good thing about completing marathons in over 6 hours is that you have lots of time to think. Whether you want to or not.

Somewhere around mile 15, I decided to re-commit to ditching the wheat. I didn't take any of the wheat laden foods at the aid stations. I only ate oranges and bananas. No pizza or bagels at the post race food tent.

I haven't had any wheat or grains since the race.

Another big change is that I've begun eating meat again. I've been either a vegetarian or vegan for about 20 years. For me, the problem was that I would have a bowl of pasta instead of a steak. I was one of those vegetarians who centered their meals around carbs.

It took some mental wrestling but I finally came to the conclusion that if I'm serious about omitting wheat and grains, I had to add back meat.

I'm being picky, only eating grass fed, locally sourced meat. But still, it's still kind of weird to open my fridge and see roast beef.

I'm concentrating on only eliminating wheat and grains for now. Next month I plan on tackling sugar, I find that if I take too much out of my diet, without adding something back, I'll rebel.

So, for the month of May, wheat and grains are gone, meat and chicken have been added.