Sticking to it…in more ways than one

…the title works in more ways than one.

  • I am on a training plan for triathlon now. It might not include running, but it is still important and I am going to take it seriously. In the past, even last summer when I was working with a coach, I’d take liberties with workouts, add stuff in, skip core work, etc. and I know that’s silly. What’s the point of having a training plan if you aren’t going to trust it? So today was a rest day and even though I had the urge to go to the gym, sweat a bit on the elliptical and read a magazine, I decided to tackle my messy apartment and to go to yoga with my energy instead, referencing this quote Alex sent my way a few weeks ago…

“You’ve got to have the mental toughness and confidence in yourself where you believe that you can take those days off and you can recover and you can run great,” Salazar said. “A lot of what we see in athletes that just train all the time and never give themselves adequate recovery is often portrayed as toughness. What I’ve realized over the years is it really is a weakness. It’s an insecurity that you’re not good enough to recover like other athletes: I’m not good enough to do that; I need to keep training; I can’t take time off; I can’t take easy days.” - Alberto Salazar

…Sticking to the plan. That means I’ve got some core work to do this evening–and we all know how important it is for me to actually do that core stuff, since I seem to lack one….

  • I want to make things from scratch and if I’m going to talk the talk–which I did yesterday–then I better walk the walk. So tonight I went for it and made my own croutons. Something about eating two pieces of bread instead of crappy processed bits of junk was hard for me at one point–admitting I needed that starch at night? telling ED to eff off?–note: I am RECOVERED. but this is one of those habits I’ve held onto for no good reason–but I did it no problem via toasting two ends of my Ezekiel loaf, tossing them with some olive oil and garlic salt, and putting em in the oven. With my leftover tempeh, some dressing, parmesan cheese, and romaine, I had a healthier twist on my go to caesar salad dinner! On a rest day no less. Yum.

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  • I’ve been complaining to my friends about a due date of midnight tonight for a personal essay paper I have to write. My teacher just gave us all an extension to Sunday — but since I’m already settled and comfy with my computer at Starbucks, I’m going to pretend it doesn’t exist. There’s lots on my to do list (both blah–papers, and fun–training, kin formal, sunday funday) so I think I’m better off NOT pushing this back. I’ll just pretend that extension didn’t happen…
  • My commitment to eating more whole foods and trying more veggie options. I read an awesome post on No Meat Athlete about his one rule for nutrition success: eat whole foods. So I had a snack of carrots and almond butter this afternoon, an apple this morning, rice cakes again this afternoon, and tried to broaden my diet by eating a hummus and alfalfa sprout and carrot sandwich for lunch. Um, I remember telling my friends a while back that I wasn’t feeling the hummus. I must have been delusional–this was AMAZING and so freaking easy! I can’t wait to make my own (this was just an original type of hummus I bought on sale last week at Loblaw’s, figuring if I wasn’t feeling it I’d pawn it off on a hummus loving buddy).
  • Staying balanced. I’m not nixing processed foods or jumping into a totally animal product free existence. Rest assured that any changes I’m making are gradual. This morning I had a yummy breakfast with yogurt (half vanilla, half plain), all bran buds, grapes, and pecans. Yum. I love pecans!

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That’s all folks. I’ve got an essay to write (or to fix–the rough draft I attempted this morning before class is painful so I might just start fresh) and a decaf coffee with my name on it…literally. Coolest. Friday. Night. Ever.

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What are you doing this weekend?
Do you like hummus?
Do you ever struggle with rest days?

12 thoughts on “Sticking to it…in more ways than one

  1. Hi Cheryl! That food looks so delicious! What triathlon are you running? Is it sprint or olympic? I have one coming up in a few months too! This is my first one and I’m excited!!

    I have a 10k tomorrow and I’m excited/nervous! Other than that just laying low :)

    I LOVE hummus. The red pepper kind is the best.

    Yes definitely I struggle with rest days. Today I had mine too and I had to force myself not to workout at all. A lot of times I want to sneak in a short or low impact one that doesn’t “count.”

    Love your blog- look forward to reading more!

    • Awe, thanks for stopping by!

      Rest days get easier the more you take them as prescribed though, don’t you think? I know a year ago I would be stressed all day long, but now it’s just a fleeting moment, if anything!

      Good luck with finding balance! :)

  2. LOVE that alberto salazar quote!! it’s so true, resting is the HARDEST part, but it really contributes to at least 50% of your performance. What’s the point of doing workouts if you can’t recover properly from them right? Love the eat-real-foods idea too; this winter I definitely started trying to eat less processed food (like pretzels etc), and more “whole foods” which I guess = more plants! I definitely feel a LOT better. plants ftw!!

    • I know right, the quote sums it up! I don’t want to be insecure. I want to be one of those confident athletes who sticks to their plan…so I’m doing it! :)

      When I look back at some of my older eating habits, I know I needed to go there–i.e. to normalize all those foods and to make eating them okay–but I also know there’s nothing wrong with eating healthier, aiming for more whole foods (of plant based origin, preferably now!), if it comes from a place of wanting to be healthier and happier! :) Great minds think alike!

    • Awe, yay! I don’t think croutons compare to your company, but I did get things done (albeit late and I dedicated my Friday night to nerdiness at Starbucks) and I had to see my momma. Onto a productive Saturday, I hope.

  3. Ah that is such a cool combo for a sandwich, I love hummus!! It’s so versatile and is the perfect veggie dip in my opinion. Hope you got lots done, I am a big coffee-shop student as well! Second cup is the biggie here in Montreal, though. :D

  4. I love hummus! Red pepper and Buffalo (just add wing sauce to a basic hummus) are my favorites!

    Just found your blog and love it!

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