Paleo Running — Day One Reflections

Written for another blog years ago, posted here for prosperity.

I may not be cut out for dieting. Yesterday started off fine. Eggs with spinach for breakfast, then a salad for lunch, but by three o’clock I was having a really hard time concentrating, and in my line of work, concentrating is the name of the game. If you can’t think clearly, you can’t work and if you can’t work, shit goes off the rails fast. So I broke down and had a bag of chips from the vending machine. I know, I am not grok.


Immediately after I felt so much better. I knocked out the section of the brief I needed to get done and then met a friend for dinner where I cheated again and had some bread with my meat. Yesterday was a diet disaster. I’m going to try and do it again today, but honestly, I don’t have high hopes.


I know some of you are going to think “Sean just needs to tough it out; it’ll get better in a couple of days.” Maybe. But I don’t really have the luxury of being headachey and spacey for a couple of days. My job is pretty demanding on the brain and my boss doesn’t care that I am experimenting with some quack diet from the internet.


And why am I doing this anyway? Stephanie asked this in a comment to an earlier post. As I told her, the main reason is to lose weight. The secondary reason is answer the question of whether or not I can train on this type of diet.


I’ve no doubt I’d lose weight if I kept this up, but perhaps there are better ways to lose weight. Like running more and drinking less beer. And as for the question of running on this diet, I only did a stupid one mile run last night, but it sucked. If this suckiness keeps up through today and tonight’s eight miler, I’m just going to call this a bust and go back to eating bagels.


About seanv2

Scholar, gentleman, jock. I run the website Milo and the Calf. There you will find the Boston Qualifier Questionnaire where runners share their stories of qualifying for the Boston Marathon. You'll also find my thoughts on endurance sports, ancient history, Judaism, and hundreds of book reviews.
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