Wednesday, February 23, 2005

Leanness Lifestyle Week II of the Bootcamp Intensive I

I'm reaching my goals. I lost an additional 1.3 pounds last week and hit my macros just about right on. I did a zig zag week of low 1248 to high of 1734. I averaged 101 minutes of exercise a day; ran 59 miles and got in 187 minutes of RT (resistance training-LL lingo for weight training).

I also uncovered my denial of a sugar addiction. It is becomming quite apparent that I have an addiction to refined carbs. Flour, sugar, grains, the good nummy carbby stuff.

Yesterday I still managed to consume over 100 g of carbs although I didn't have one grain, one sugar or one processed carb of any sort. One apple has 21 grams of carb!

We'll see how this affects my running, that is what I am most concerned with at the moment. According to many fitness researchers, trainers, etc. that I am looking up online; many endurance athletes practice the Paleo way of eating without decreases in their endurance. The general consensus seems that the first 2 weeks of giving up the 'bad' carbs are tough and workouts may suffer, but to hang in there because the workouts will get better and recovery will become quicker. We'll see.

Yesterday I ate:
1/2 melon, 1 egg, 4 whites, 2 c. beans
3 oz tuna, 1 T nf ns salad dressing, 1/2 apple, 1/2 c celery
5 oz chicken, 1 c carrots, 1 c celery, 1/2 orange, 1/2 apple, 1/4 c grapes chopped, 1 T nf ns dressing
3 oz tuna, 1/2 melon
3 oz shrimp, 2 c spinach, 5 cherry tomatoes, 1/4 avacado, ns cocktail sauce
1 apple, 3 oz chicken breast because I was craving sugar sugar sugar sugar.
1487 calories, 123 carb, 143 protein, 18 fat.

I was able to run two cardios: 1 - 40 minute HIIT session in the AM on treadmill and 35 minutes steady cardio with Topaz on the trail. The day went well.

This addiction is scary though. I was addicted to the sugar/flour/grains prior to the booze. As far as I can think back, I've been in love with sugar. And flour. Mix them together and add some fat and you have a donut.

Can you imagine going through life without frosting? Without cake? Without pecan pie? Without. Gasp. CHOCOLATE. I couldn't imagine going through life without beer and it's been no great loss. I love being sober. I love going running at 5 AM and watching the sun come up on a Saturday morning when I used to be in bed with a hang over. Dieing. Maybe I'll feel the same way about sugar some day. That it is no great loss and that I wil love my lean strong sugar free body.

One day at a time. Gee, I've heard that before!!

Today I ran 40 minutes HIIT on the treadmill and will run tonight with run club.

Have a good Wednesday.

Any sugar addicts out there???

2 comments:

lil chores said...

Hey Julie: I am liking your blog and am very interested because i think I am a sugar addict, too, and i think that's why wine (the sugar of choice) has dominated my chemistry. Just knowing that it's the sugar that locks in the addiction makes it much easer to isolate it and push away from it. I am really enthused about your leanness lifestyle, your committing it to a public forum that will help others (like me.) Thanks! really appreciate your efforts and your sharing.

lil chores said...

Hey Julie: I am liking your blog and am very interested because i think I am a sugar addict, too, and i think that's why wine (the sugar of choice) has dominated my chemistry. Just knowing that it's the sugar that locks in the addiction makes it much easer to isolate it and push away from it. I am really enthused about your leanness lifestyle, your committing it to a public forum that will help others (like me.) Thanks! really appreciate your efforts and your sharing.