My (Vegetarian) Whole30 Results and Review and What’s Next

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Nearly 30 days ago I wrote about starting a vegetarian version of the Whole30 diet.  I’m here to report back on how my attempt went and what I thought of the program.

First things first.  Did I complete all 30 days of the Whole30?  

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Starting (Vegetarian) Whole30! Plus, an RP vs. Whole30 Comparison

IMG_0322On New Year’s Day, my husband and I were driving to the ski slopes and he said “I think I’m going to do an experiment with my diet every month.”  “What do you mean?” I asked.  And he said, “Like, one month do paleo, one month do something else… I’d do Whole30 but it is so cliche.”  “I’d do Whole30 with you,” I gamely said.  And that was that.  We are four days in.  How is it going?

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Boston Marathon Registration, My Next Race, and More RP News!

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Hi all!  I know I’ve been out of it for the past several weeks on this blog, but I’ve been moving to Boulder, starting a new job, buying a house, doing all kinds of home improvement and decorating activities, etc. etc.  I haven’t been running a ton, but I did do the classic Boulder Skyline Traverse a few weekends ago (mostly hiking, admittedly!), swept a portion of the Never Summer 100K, and have done some cool hiking in the Indian Peaks Wilderness.  Photos and other updates available on Instagram.  Now that I’m fairly settled in Boulder, I’m finally getting focused back on races!  MOST IMPORTANTLY…

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How to Lose Weight While Training for a Marathon (And Still PR)

IMG_8835We have all been told that — contrary to conventional wisdom — it is really hard to lose weight while training for a marathon.  In fact, a lot of people gain weight when they up their training mileage.  Personally, after 21 marathon training cycles, I know these struggles all too well.  (There may be people out there who start running and watch the pounds melt off; I am not one of them.)  But I also think it is pretty unhelpful to say “It can’t be done,” and as I recently learned while completing a cut on the RP diet and simultaneously training for a BQ-pace marathon, it can be done.

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Renaissance Periodization: My Results and Review

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Just after Thanksgiving, I started a 12-week cut on the Renaissance Periodization diet.  I previously wrote about it here, and some RP “hacks” for vegetarians are here.  In this post, I will mainly let my results speak for themselves, but I will also answer a few questions about RP.  If you have specific questions, let me know — I am happy to share about my experience!

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Best Renaissance Periodization Hacks for Vegetarians (and Everyone Else)

img_0073As I’ve previously written, I am doing a 12-week fat loss “cut” with a program called Renaissance Periodization (AKA RP).  In short, my RP coach advises on the macros I should be eating on days that I go for long runs, days I do workouts such as Orangetheory, and days I rest or do easy/moderate runs.  The point is to lose fat but keep muscle. The diet has taken some adjusting to, but after nearly 11 weeks on the plan, I’ve figured out some tricks and hacks that I want to share with other RPers, or folks just interested in eating more-RP-like.   If you are on a macro-based plan, all of these ideas can be adjusted to fit your macros!

Oh, and as a reminder, I am a vegetarian.  So all of these tricks are vegetarian-friendly and some are vegan-friendly!  And I will do longer post re-capping my experience with RP and my results (!) once I am finished up my 12 weeks (just before the Phoenix Marathon!!!)

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