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Just a guy who found exercise late in life. I absolutely LOVE running and CrossFit. But, you'll only have to be around me for a few minutes to figure that out.


Things going well for the most part. Workouts have been consistent, and haven’t had any significant loss in energy. I do get tired a few times during the day, but I seem to be able to push through those lulls. Hard to believe that we are 1/3 of the way done with the start of our journey. #Whole30 isn’t just a 30-day diet, but it defines a period of super clean eating that sets you up with a healthier body for clean eating as a lifestyle. The only cravings I’m experiencing are psychological, where I associate some place or event with eating a certain type of food, or drinking a certain type of drink.

Day 9 Meals:

Breakfast-
Eggs
Spinach

Lunch-
Chopped Chicken Cobb Salad w/Avocado without cheese or dressing (from Panera Bread)

Dinner-
Spaghetti Squash Carbonara

 

Day 10 Meals:

Breakfast-
Eggs
Fruit
Spinach

Lunch-
Chicken Breast
Grapes

Dinner-
Pork Chops
Green Beans
Carrots





 

I finally made it back to CrossFit Chickasaw, and I would have suffered through this WOD no matter what because it’s a small way of honoring and remembering the tragedy of 9/11. But, I honestly didn’t feel all that bad. It was a REALLY tough workout (see below), but I thought I held up well considering my experience level. I was also VERY happy with my energy level throughout the workout. I am still a little nervous with any workout because of how my energy levels have been affected to this point being on #Whole30. I think I’ve finally made the turn and my body is no longer requiring sugar for energy. I still think it wants it pretty badly, but at least it’s not withholding functionality on me as a result anymore.

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I’m still getting sleepy several times throughout the day, but it’s not so overwhelming, and when necessary a 15-minute power nap usually does the trick.

Meals:

Pre-workout-
Hard boiled egg

Breakfast-
Eggs
Fruit

Lunch-
Beef tips in gravy
Broccoli

Afternoon snack-
Mango

Dinner-
Almond crusted tilapia
Cauliflower rice
Asparagus





 


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Took the day off from working out. I was planning on going to CrossFit Chickasaw, but the wife literally didn’t get to workout at all last week, and she wanted to go to the gym early this morning. Oh all right, I’ll sleep in!

Day was fairly uneventful otherwise. I have begun to notice a difference between meals. When I first started #Whole30, I was usually hungry an hour or two after each meal, and anxiously awaiting my next meal. Now I seem to be fine most of the time, and only eating because I know I need to. My cravings also feel like they are beginning to subside. I faced a few challenges of birthday cakes and such at the office that weren’t too hard to turn down. Also noticing that my post-dinner cravings seem to have disappeared.

Meals:

Breakfast-
Eggs
Asparagus
Mango

Lunch-
Chicken
Sauteed squash
Brussels Sprouts
Boiled Carrots

Dinner-
Bison burgers w/tomato
Broccoli
Spinach





 

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Sorry for an off-topic post, but I felt like taking a moment to remember the horrific day 11 years ago.

I was working at a dot-com start up in the Memphis area, and had shown up for work as usual, and was one of the first people in the office. I remember one of the guys I work with coming into my office and telling me his wife had just called and said a plane had crashed into the World Trade Center. We immediately went to the break room and turned on CNN, and there was nothing being shown about it. Just a little bit later, they finally started talking about the crash, and the second plane hit…

The rest of the day is a little bit of a blur to me, I remember the overwhelming feeling of wanting to go get my kids from school and take them home. Thinking the absolute worst that the whole country was under attack. I also remember annoying most of my co-workers the next day by blaring (on repeat) Lee Greenwood’s “God Bless the U.S.A.” for most of the day.

I just saw a post from a friend on Facebook about remembering the day, and he commented that he remembers how united we became after that day. Like him, I wish we could find the national pride and feeling of truly being “one nation” again.

I’d also like to take a moment to acknowledge that despite the negative things that happen in my life now and then (sometimes more often than not!), I am still a very blessed man, and have so many things to be grateful for. There’s just so many great things in my life that, and things COULD BE WORSE.

I hope you have a wonderful day, and you take a few moments to remember either your own lost loved ones, or those families that lost someone on this day 11 years ago.





 

Day 5

Today is my last rest day before my race tomorrow. I’m definitely getting more nervous as the race gets closer. As I’ve said before, prior to Whole30, I could run a 10K with zero issues. Whether it was fast or not is a different conversation, but I wasn’t worried about the distance. Since I’ve started on Whole30, my energy has been up and down, and my only two workouts have been way off. So, I am more than a bit worried about being about to run the whole race, regardless of my time. It won’t be a failure if I can’t run the whole thing, or if I come in much slower than previous 10Ks. I know that I’m asking my body to make a huge adjustment right now, and it’s pretty confused, so I don’t have any expectations, just hopes.

Worked for a few hours today, and then went out and did the grocery shopping for the next few days. The wife and I have been enjoying trying different recipes, and haven’t had anything horrible yet. Bland fish or chicken is definitely not a requirement for sticking to Whole30.


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Meals:

Breakfast-
Eggs
Fruit

Lunch-
Skipped (opps!)

Dinner-
Steak
Sweet Potato
Brussels Sprouts


Day 6

Got up early for my race. The race started at 7am, and I was up around 5am. I normally get up early before races anyway, but I especially wanted to make sure I had time for whatever eating I needed to do before the race. I went and rechecked “It Starts With Food” and realized I didn’t need to eat until 75ish minutes before the race, so I just made sure I had all my stuff together. I ended up having two boiled eggs for breakfast, which made me a little nervous, but I figured over an hour before the start of the race, they had plenty of time to digest.

Got out to the race site in plenty of time, and had no trouble with parking. Walked around for a bit and met up with my brother who was also running the race. After a short delay the race got started. For the most part I felt good at the start of the race. I was running on feel and trying to ignore my watch to see my pace. I hit the first mile marker and looked at my watch, and I was about a minute slower than I thought I would be based on my level of effort. A little momentary disappointment about that, but then I reminded myself that I hadn’t even been sure I’d be able to run very well at all because of the changes I’m making with Whole30. I decided that I’m happy that I’m doing as well as I am, and that it could be worse. I did get a little bit fast for the next few miles, and just kept trucking along. I think I hit a wall of sorts around mile 4.5 though, not sure if it was mental or physical, but my “high gear” was about 30 seconds per mile pace slower than the first mile I ran. Once again had to remind myself that it didn’t matter, that here I was 4.5 miles into a race in which I wasn’t sure I’d be able to run a mile. I decided to just focus and finish. On this particular 10K course, there’s a fairly steep hill from mile 5.9 to mile 6.0, I pushed as best I could, but my legs were just screaming at me going up the hill, and I ended up walking about the last 1/4 of it. Once I got to the top though, I started running again and finished strong. Overall time was 53:06, which is just over 4 minutes off my PR. Not a bad race at all!

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Not sure how I let my crazy brother talk me into it (just kidding, I talked him into it), but since we are both in marathon training, we decided to run some extra after the race. It was slow, and it was painful at times, but we finished an additional 4.5+ miles after the race.

The rest of the day ended up being a little busier than expected with running some errands and such, and we always bowl on Sunday nights. Usually on the day of a race or a hard long run, I don’t bowl very well because my legs/knees/hips are sore, but I bowled fairly well with a 220+ average for the night (overall average is lower).

Meals:

Pre-race-
2 hard boiled eggs

Post-race-
Half a chicken breast

Breakfast-
Eggs w/spinach and tomatoes

Lunch-
Skipped (opps!)

Dinner-
Kielbasa
Sauteed Squash (left overs)
Boiled Carrots (left overs)
Brussels Sprouts (left overs)
Fruit

Post-Bowling snack-
Grapes





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What a difference a day makes! I feel a whole lot better this morning than I did yesterday morning. I got about 7.5 hours of sleep, and actually woke up before my alarm clock. Energy levels seem to be OK so far. I’m betting it’s the awesome Taco Salad I had for dinner last night. Hopefully it was, because it’s also what’s for lunch today.

Frustrating afternoon with work stuff, which seems to affect me worse right now when I’m hungry. Puts me in a bad mood quickly.

Another day off from working out. I might go for a 2 mile run tomorrow just to stretch the legs out some before my 10K race on Sunday. I picked a weird time to start this life-change. I’ve got my first 50K in two weeks. I’m more than a little worried that my energy levels won’t be where they need to be by then.

Meals:

Breakfast-
4 Eggs
Bell Peppers
Raspberries
Grapes

Lunch-
Taco Salad

Dinner-

Baked Chicken
Sautéed Zucchini
Kale with bacon
Boiled Carrots





Planning ahead is definitely key to success on #Whole30 for me and my wife. We are incredibly busy with work, exercise, and the kids school and extra-curricular activities. Prior to Whole30, we easily fell into the trap of it being easier to go out for dinner, or make something frozen. If we don’t stay on top of things and make sure we have meals planned out, and ingredients needed for those meals, we’ll definitely fail at this.

I skipped working out this morning. The two previous days I’ve felt such a lack of energy, so I’m going to rest up for a couple days and see if that helps things. I ended up getting about 8.5 hours of sleep last night, but feeling extremely sluggish this morning. I had a slight headache on the way into the office. Not sure if that’s just allergies, if that’s sugar detox affecting my body, or something else. I had my first ever cup of black coffee. I’m not a fan, but thought the caffeine would help as a pick me up.

Felt a little like I was on an emotional roller coaster today. The “good part” of it was at least I knew when I was being irrational, although it didn’t help me not be irrational. Hoping for a better day tomorrow.

Meals:

Breakfast-
Eggs
Spinach
Pineapple

Lunch-
Bacon wrapped Chicken Breast
Spinach
Bell Peppers
Banana w/Almond Butter

Dinner-
Taco Salad





 

Meals:

Breakfast-
Eggs
Raspberries and mango

Lunch-
Spinach salad with cherry tomatoes, hard boiled egg, and almonds
Bacon wrapped Chicken
Banana

Dinner-
Salmon
Sauteed Spinach
Mango and Raspberries

My CrossFit workout didn’t go well at all this morning. Felt winded and tired after the skill work, which shouldn’t have been THAT much of a challenge for me. The MetCon just sucked all the life out of me though. It was a combination of overhead squats and burpees. The overhead squats seemed heavy, and I was spent after doing just a few burpees. I was able to grind out and finish, but it wasn’t pretty. Between being in Las Vegas for a few days, having GI issues yesterday, and starting #Whole30 yesterday, I’m really not sure what is to blame. I’ve got a race on Sunday, so I’ll be taking a few days off to rest up for that. Hoping to run the race strong, and be back at CrossFit on Monday feeling strong!

The rest of the day was OK. I felt tired several times throughout the day, took a 15 minute power nap at one point which helped immensely.

Last two nights, I’ve been full after dinner, but still wanting to eat something. I guess that’s the cravings… Not so overwhelming at this point, but hope they don’t get worse.

Biggest craving today? Soda…





 


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I’ve been exercising on average 4-5 days a week now for just over 2 years. I’ve never felt better than I do now. I don’t think I’ve ever been in better shape than I am right now. But I think I’ve plateaued on losing weight, or more specifically losing the last several inches of fat around my midsection. I messed around with the Paleo diet earlier this year, but something came up, or whatever, that I ended up not sticking to it very well.

Last month when one of the coaches at CrossFit Chickasaw was talking about “clean eating” and this #Whole30 program, it piqued my interested. After researching it, and also seeing many MANY testimonials on how amazing the results have been, I decided I wanted to give it a try. Well, lucky me, it turns out the same coach got a group together to all start at the same time. While the program advocates starting right now, we as a group decided to wait til after Labor Day, because we all knew there was a good chance of falling off the wagon during Labor Day weekend activities. This worked out REALLY well for me, because I spent Labor Weekend in Las Vegas for my wonderful wife’s birthday. So yeah, #Whole30 would have made that trip a lot less fun.

The group officially started the #Whole30 Challenge yesterday (September 4th, 2012). My wife (who is also doing the challenge with me) suggested that I kept a journal of the next 30 days. I thought, well heck, I’ve got a blog, what better place to do it then there! My goal is to do a post every day about what I ate, how I felt, etc on the previous day. I’m sure I’ll miss some days, but I’ll try to catch up when I do.

If you’d like more information on what I’ve signed myself up for, check out the book “It starts with food.” by Dallas and Melissa Hartwig, and also check out http://www.whole9life.com/

So, without further ado, I’ll fill you in on yesterday --

Meals:

Breakfast-
4 eggs
1/2 cup of mixed fruit

Lunch-
Grilled Tilapia
Grilled Zucchini
Grilled Asparagus

Dinner-
Grilled Steak
Grilled Pineapple
Asparagus

I woke up feeling sick, and having some GI issues. I actually contemplated not going to CrossFit, but decided I was just being a wimp. Well, turns out, things got worse once I got to the gym, so I ended up having to leave before the MetCon started, which really bummed me out. Things didn’t improve for me until around lunch time. My GI issues seemed to go away, and in general felt pretty good.

The only other mishap for the day was going a couple hours past the point where I should have eaten. My wife and I didn’t get back in to town until the afternoon on Monday, and then I had to work for several hours. So we never made it to the grocery store, or Whole Foods to get our first few days of food. Last night after picking up the kid from football practice (my stomach was already rumbling from hunger), my wife and I went to Whole Foods, and from there went to Costco. Unfortunately this meant that we didn’t get home to START cooking dinner til after 7. I ended up losing it and snapping at my wife about helping me cook dinner so we could eat sooner than later. Not a great way to start off this #Whole30 challenge.





 

I’m running as a “hero” for St. Jude this year at the Memphis Marathon in December. Below is the email I sent out to friends and families soliciting their support for this great hospital


 

Friends, Romans, countrymen lend me your ears... Wait that's not right.

Friends, Family, and everyone else... Still not right.

TO ALL THE AWESOME PEOPLE I KNOW (nailed it!),

I am running the St. Jude marathon again this year. This year, however, I am running as a hero for St. Jude and committed to raising $5,000 for the hospital. I'm not the best wordsmith, but I'm going to attempt to explain why I'm doing this...

I first ran in the St. Jude race 2 years ago, and can't begin to describe to you the overwhelming emotions that was over you as you run through the St. Jude campus. The children have gotten out in advance of the race and drawn all sorts of pictures and written messages on the asphalt in chalk. The patients, their families, and many of the staff are out there yelling and encouraging each runner as they go by. It quite literally brought tears to my eyes the first year I ran the race. At the time I was only a few months into running, and trying to complete a half marathon. I followed a run/walk/run pattern on runs prior to this race, but it hit me as I was running through the campus that these kids don't have the opportunity to stop and take a break whenever things get too tough. They have to stay the course and remain strong throughout their treatment. It actually inspired me at the time to run further than I had ever run before without stopping and taking a walk break. Add to this hearing a former St. Jude patient sing the national anthem at the start of the race. Last year seeing a family around mile 25 of the marathon with a huge professionally printed banner with a picture of their child and dates of birth and date of losing their fight with cancer which was only a month earlier than the race. I'm getting teary eyed just sitting here thinking about these moments again... All of these things inspire me to not only run the race again, but to raise money for the hospital that does so much for so many and asks for nothing in return from those it helps.

Danny Thomas said that "No child should die in the dawn of life." and trying to ensure that doesn't happen has always been the mission of St. Jude. It costs $1.7 million per day to run the hospital, and no family is ever asked to pay anything for the treatment their child receives at St. Jude. During the past five years, 81 cents of every dollar donated has supported the research or treatment at St. Jude. The overall goal for fund raising for this race is a mere $5 million. Not even enough to keep the hospital open for a full 3 days. But every little bit helps. With every single donation they receive, they can continue their research and providing the life saving treatments to their patients.

I recently read a story about Danny Thomas. He had a dream one night where he walked through the hospital and was turning off the lights. He walked out the front door and locked the doors behind him. They had cured childhood cancer and there was no more need for the hospital. Unfortunately this was just a dream, but every day they get closer to making it a reality. In the 1960s the survival rate for Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia (ALL), the most common form of childhood cancer, was less than 10%. Today with the help of research at St. Jude that survival rate is now well over 90%.

This year marks the 50th anniversary of St. Jude opening it's doors. Please consider making a donation to help them continue their half century of work in curing childhood cancer. You can donate online at the link below, or if you'd like send me an email and I'll give you my address to mail a check.

To donate online: http://heroes.stjude.org/bgswanson

Thanks,
Brian Swanson





About Me

I'm a beer drinker with a running problem...

2012 Goals:
Run a sub 4-hour marathon
Try 50 new beers
Run a sub-20 minute 5K
Feel comfortable running a race without a shirt on

Recent Activity

Race PR

5K 2012 MayFest 5K 0:21:36
4-miler 2012 Cooper Young 4-miler 0:35:23
5-miler 2012 RRS 2nd 5-miler 0:38:27
10K 2011 RRS 1st 10K 0:48:53
Half Marathon 2012 RRS 1st Half Marathon 1:50:36
25K - trail 2014 Swampstomper 25K TBD
Marathon 2012 My Bartlett Marathon 4:25:22
50K - trail 2013 Swampstomper 50K 7:51:03
50 miler - trail 2013 Mississippi Trails 50 11:51:33

(Ultra)Marathon Results

2013
10/13 Chicago Marathon 4:44:52
03/02 Mississippi Trails 50 miler 1:51:33
02/09 Mississippi River Marathon 4:48:13
01/20 Swampstomper 50K 7:51:03
2012
12/1 St. Jude Marathon 5:15:20
04/07 My Bartlett Marathon 4:25:22
01/08 Disney World Marathon/Goofy Challenge 5:26:25
2011
12/03 St. Jude Memphis Marathon 4:50:59
04/09 Andrew Jackson Marathon 5:40:11
03/06 Little Rock Marathon 4:57:12

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