Woke up: 6:45am I was up, no alarm, just a little munchkin awake and in our bedroom trying to bug us awake. Went to sleep at 10:10, making for 8 hours 35 minutes of sleep. One pee break.

Run: 7:30

I went out for an hour at Ironman pace and had high HR, but felt really good. I didn't eat anything before this run. I ran up to the top of Butterfly hill where the Pope spoke in 1993. I'm not Catholic, but he gave mass up on that hill, and half a million people came to hear him. I always feel like it's a special place and I like to visit it often, if just to pause and smile and then continue on running. I'm caught between hoping everything comes together on Sunday, and trying not to think about anything. It will be what it will be.

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Breakfast: 9:05am

I got back from my run, walked Annie to school and then made breakfast. Two eggs with asparagus, spinach, and sun dried tomatoes. It was so good. Then had a giant sweet potato along side with Ghee and salt. I felt I needed it after my run, gotta get that glycogen refilled.

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Lunch: 1:10pm

I had a few errands to run with Troy, and got back home to make lunch around noon. I had on my meal planning list Sweet Potato Soup with Avocado Creme from Clean Start Page 134. I decided it would be nice to have it for lunch so I whipped it up. But I didn't know what protein to have, so I consulted the It Starts with Food book, the recipe section. I went with 1 diced apple, 1/4tsp of both nutmeg and cinnamon, and then a pound of organic ground beef. I cooked that all together and it was GOOD! I paired that with the soup.

By the way, this soup is probably one of my favorite all time recipes. The avocado cream calls for yogurt in it, but I just left it out. The tart of the limes, and smooth of the avocado made the best combination with the pureed sweet potato soup. I also used 1 cup of raw cashews in the soup, which the recipes calls for either cashews or cashew butter.

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Ride: 2:00pm

I busted out one hour on the trainer watching America's Next Top Model. I like my smut while on the trainer. No remorse, I love that show with all it's bickering and teenage angst, and then BAM beautiful photos. Get's me every time.

Dinner: 6:00pm

So I had a bag of marinating Adobe Chicken in the fridge. And I had the stuff to make roasted veggies in the oven. But, after getting home from Annies reading tutor at 5:45, we were all hungry. Veggies take an hour in the oven, and I just had a panic moment of "that's too long to wait for food." Usually one of us goes to the tutor and the other stays home and cooks (um, that would be me) or else we end up eating out. But, no way, soup to the rescue. I pulled it out, Troy reheated everything while I cut some cucumbers and we split the leftover piece of meatloaf in there too. It worked out well, and everyone was happy with it.

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Gulp: Ironman

My trip to race Ironman Arizona is coming up. I have some ideas of how to keep Whole 30 going, but there are a lot of unknowns. I called today and found out we have a fridge, but not a microwave. But there is a communal microwave down in the lobby or something. I reached out to a friend to ask if I could come hard boil some eggs at her hotel that has a stove, so I'll do that.

I've got my list that the Whole30 forum people helped me put together:

Baby Carrots, Grape Tomatoes, snap peas, Chicken wrapped in foil, hard boiled eggs, coconut flakes, larabars, mac nuts, raisins, apricots, coconut butter, unsweetened dried fruit, can opener, coconut oil, ghee, almond butter

I went to Whole Paycheck tonight and stocked up a bit. Basically wandered around looking for anything with no added sugar. Did you know there wasn't a single beef jerky with no sugar? No a single one at Whole Paycheck. That bummed me out, because there is no protein here. Okay, there is two cans of tuna, but I'm not going to eat that on the airplane, but I will stick them in my luggage!

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Then I made a "trail mix" out of mac nuts, diced dried mango and pineapple, and coconut flakes. I've got a BIG jar of that. I also made a smaller jar of freeze dried pumpkin mixed with pumpkin seeds. So this sets me up with some of those snack items that can hold me over and keep blood sugar under control. When I get there I'm heading to Trader Joes to get some fresh stuff. I'm kinda winging it, but I think it's going to be okay! I just need to procure protein!

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Email Blast Homework:

The email today talked about sleep. One of my favorite pastimes. I love to sleep and I work best on about 9 hours a night. If I am getting consistently between 8-10 I'm a happy camper. I have also noticed that midnight to 8am doesn't count. Even midnight to 10am leaves me a mess. I am a natural night owl and my husband is a morning person. He gives me a shit ton of flak about this. But something magical is happening with Whole 30. I'm tired at 9, and I'm up between 6:30-7:30. This has never happened before and I think it's totally Whole30 related. I am so happy right now with my insomnia and night owl behavior being gone, it's a major quality of life issue for me.

Just another thing Whole30 is helping with that I didn't expect!

The email blast also talked about being a sugar burner and a fat burner. I think the sleep is directly tied to this. When I am having the proper hormone response to food, my biorhythms understand when night time is coming and I don't feel like a night owl. When I am sugar burning I want to eat every two hours (which I equate to training, and now know isn't true) and then I eat every 20 minutes between 7pm and when I fall asleep between 11 and midnight. No more of that. I don't even have the desire to stay up past 10. This is awesome and I hope the trend continues.

Mood Grade: B++

A little panicky and a 3 out of 10 headache today. But still feeling much more even and spunky than I have in months. Troy is starting to make comments about how great my mood is. Also, not a single sugar craving since Day 1. That was unexpected. But I'm still on guard for the sugar dragon to appear.

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