If I can get to 75g or higher of protein I am doing really well. When I first started tracking I was having a time getting to 50g a day. My average was 35 to 40 grams a day my first year of tracking. I have increased that average during my second year of tracking.
|Run buddy is so cute ")|
Run buddy talked me into going to a Herbalife weight loss challenge (last year), because I had been struggling trying to get 25 lbs off I gained in 2010. I had surgery, went through some hormone and thyroid changes and was basically a miserable mess. It was very hard to face the scale at the weekly meetings. I was seeing an endocrinologist already and the doc was on board with me using the shake mix and taking a big calorie cut to just get some weight off. I've had some bad reactions to medication in the past so she wanted me to tackle the weight loss without being on hormones or thyroid meds if possible. I still battle my weight to this day, although I have lost about 15 lbs., I continue to bounce up and down by a few pounds all the time. Seems like every time I get close to my goal weight I bounce back up. This mornings weigh in I was four pounds heavier again after just getting it off, (big sigh) so I am feeling a little moody about it at this moment. I am trying to relax and just keep at the weight training, and tell myself next week I will see a more agreeable number on the evil scale.
I could feel a noticeable difference in how running and recovery felt after adding the shakes to my diet. Herbalife was tasty, but expensive, and had some artificial sweeteners, so after several months on it I started searching for vegan plant based options. The Herbalife challenge really opened my eyes to what I needed to change. When I was running a lot more this past winter I was able to put back to back longer runs together pretty easily using the shakes after a run.
I found some options for protein now I really enjoy, it's really not all about the flavor with these; although I like the taste, it's truly all about being fuel.
Being off work a few days last week, plus a long weekend for the 4th, sure helped me to have more time to make shakes and clean the blender. I can actually hit 80-90g of protein a day with shakes. My crazy 10 hour work days keep that from happening regularly, but I often make a shake and drink it as soon as I come in from the gym in the evening.
Recently, I discovered the joy of powdered peanut butter (PB2) - it's so delicious in a vanilla recovery shake. Just add ice water, a banana and PB2 and it tastes fabulous.
This past year I have added eggs back into my diet, and even tried tuna...yes, the vegetarian of 20+ years has "ruined" her true pure vegetarian status, but I felt I needed to at least try and see if I could find some lean protein I could live with and I liked tuna as a kid. I haven't been able to bring myself to eat any other kind of fish though...I did order Tilapia once but it didn't go down well. I tried some fresh trout over the 4th of July weekend and that didn't work for me either, it seems to close to chicken and I can't get it down, so I am still searching.
I have been more committed to weight training lately and I hope I will be able to see some results soon. This week has been sluggish for me, just 4 miles of running so far, sure hope I can can get some zippy in my step this weekend.
Have you ever tried to work on your diet to improve your running? What's your favorite source of protein? Do you make an effort to eat protein after a hard workout?
Thoughts or tips?