Yesterday I started a healthy eating plan reset to last up to the Newport Marathon on May 31, and perhaps beyond.
I need to do this because over the last several months I have noticed a thickening around my middle. And, although the number on the scale doesn’t bother me too much because we all know muscle weighs more than fat, I do think carrying around this extra weight is slowing down my running.
My totally unprofessional, non-nutritionist-approved dietary reset consists of two absolutely forbidden things: fried food and alcohol. Well, and I’m also trying to reduce my intake of refined sugars in general, so have cut back on white flour and candy.
I felt great and energized yesterday, the first day of my “lifestyle change.” Of course I didn’t exercise or anything—it was a rest day, and the closest I came to running was watching the Boston Marathon live stream on my iPad. I had a green smoothie for breakfast.
I know—too many multisyllabic words not based in nature to be considered healthy. But I needed something fast and low-calorie. I made up for the lunch transgressions with dinner: a large green salad with grilled sirloin on top.
After work I went to a massage with the amazing Heidi of BeHive Massage Therapy. (I could and will write an entire post about Heidi and the great body work she does for me and other runners.) I felt incredible—loose and light—after that massage and a day of clean eating. I felt like everything was rainbows and unicorns. Hey! This is going to be easy!
But today was totally different, and I was dragging. I had a green smoothie for breakfast and some string cheese for my morning snack. I went to a TRX class at lunch and I couldn’t do one-legged squats and my upper body strength was a joke. I could barely lift my arms to dress and empty my locker at the gym. I ate a light lunch after class and that did little to relieve my fatigue. After lunch I still felt only 50% of my normal energy at that time of day. It only improved after I broke down and cracked open a can of
Cancer Diet Coke.
My best friend, who has survived several cleanses (all of which were much more intense and restrictive than my little dietary tweaks) has assured me it takes a few days to adjust. I guess I’m just surprised my body has been thrown into this level of turmoil. I had no idea how dependent my body was on sugar, and how much sugar I’ve unwittingly ingested on a daily basis up to now.
At any rate, I hope this fatigue resolves soon, because I cannot see myself running in this state.
Have you ever done a cleanse or otherwise cut out or restricted sugar from your diet? How did it work for you?