Whole-Forever

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Saturday morning we were standing in Tim Horton’s ordering coffee before swim camp. My husband turned to me and said…. your skin looks amazing. I turned to see if anyone was standing to my right. Was he speaking to me?

Monday while I was training with my trainer Steve he said to me: You look leaner, more defined muscular and a lot healthier then you did through Ironman training, and you aren’t as worn out.

Amen to that brother.

Those are the simple, subtle things people will say these days. I am over three months into this Whole30… Wholeforever lifestyle. I have stopped counting which day I am on and I finally….. finally got off the scale. I will get back on Feb 1st (I just need to have something to measure darnit). But if the number on the scale remained exactly the same, the measure of my progress is how I feel.

I feel the best I have felt in years. And I will be forty next week. I am hitting that birthday feeling the best I have ever felt. I love that people are jumping on the Whole30 bandwagon. Anytime people take steps to improve their health… I am all in!

There are a few things that have gone into how I feel, but the biggest piece of this puzzle is Whole30… or whatever we want to call it. I don’t worry about titles, I focus on how it fits me, which is actually the whole goal of the program. Figure out how food fits you. It doesn’t mean I don’t have a cookie now and again…. I just don’t have it on a daily basis. Those sugary cravings are long gone. So if you are in the early days of this, I promise it gets better.

Training has been different this season. A lot different. I don’t bank high volume, and I am banking some bigger intensity. I look back on my Ironman years so fondly, but I look at today and I am even happier. My longest rides these days are 2:30. But they are a solid 2:30. I am enjoying the new perspective and new flow Coach Ryan has brought to the plate. I feel awesome.

I have been working on sleep. I am a natural early riser (3:34-4am), that’s just how I am wired. I go to bed early. I don’t watch TV unless I am on my bike or stuck on the treadmill. Each day I carve out 30 minutes to just lay on the couch. It’s normally when I pick up Luc from school. He gets a break, I get a break. Sometimes we both sit on the couch and chat. Sometimes I nap. It’s a crucial 30 minutes to my day.

Take care of the details and your body will really begin to take care of you.

My husband made the same statement regarding my skin last night. I am someone who has never had “good skin” but three months of excellent nutrition is beginning to shine through (I said excellent, not perfect). I also began using coconut oil on my skin. That could be my BEST beauty tip. Coconut oil. Who knew?

My training nutrition has remained simple. I am using Osmo (love) and Lara Bars. I will toss in an occasional gel. I love the new PowerBar Natural blends. At the same time I am not training for Ironman so my fueling needs right now are not as high. I listen to what my body needs. I don’t worry if it’s Whole30 compliant, I just make sure it’s Mary Eggers compliant.

All in all…. things feel good. Things are coming along. All of the changes I made this fall… coaching, nutrition, training, work…. are settled in and it feels good. Real good. I am in a good place.

Which is a good place to be when you are knocking on turning 40 in a week!

About the author

Mary Eggers

Mary Eggers. Mom and wife. 20 Years Racing Triathlon, 9 time Ironman finisher, 3 time Kona qualifier. Co-founder of Valor Triathlon Project. USAT Triathlon Coach and guiding RN students in academia. Cancer crusader. Rocking the mic at Score This! events! Currently based out of Rochester, NY.

Mary currently coaches athletes of all levels, abilities and experience from beginner to professional. Please see the "coaching" page or email valortri@gmail.com for more information!

By Mary Eggers

Mary Eggers

Mary Eggers. Mom and wife. 20 Years Racing Triathlon, 9 time Ironman finisher, 3 time Kona qualifier. Co-founder of Valor Triathlon Project. USAT Triathlon Coach and guiding RN students in academia. Cancer crusader. Rocking the mic at Score This! events! Currently based out of Rochester, NY.

Mary currently coaches athletes of all levels, abilities and experience from beginner to professional. Please see the "coaching" page or email valortri@gmail.com for more information!

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