Peak Week – Day One


This week is all about peak week, so bear with me… I may lack my usual brilliance and wit, as I ingest increasing amounts of water, and complete crazy amount of sets/reps in the gym getting ready for Thursday.

I’m starting my peak week two days ahead of my Precision Nutrition gang. While most will be shooting their photos on Saturday, I will be racing in Boston’s Fenway Park for Spartan’s Time Trial (yay!!!!).

Most of my anxiety about peak week is around the food, rather than training. I hate being hungry. For the next few days, “if you are hungry and somewhat uncomfortable, you are doing it right”. Great.

So here’s today’s to do list:


  • Eat 5 meals.
  • Limit carb intake by avoiding all starches, sugars, and colourful fruits and veggies.
  • For carbs, eat only “green and white” veggies such as leafy greens, broccoli, cauliflower, asparagus, zucchini, celery, green beans etc.
  • Eat 1 serving of lean protein (equivalent to 20g, or 1 palm of protein) per meal.
  • Include ½ to 1 thumb of fat per meal.
  • Drink 1 gallon (4 L) of water. It’s easiest to fill up a gallon jug and just sip from it all day until it’s gone.
  • Add the same or slightly more salt than usual to your food.

All right. So the water will likely be the most problematic piece for the next few days. I downed the 4L, but I literally cannot be away from the bathroom for longer than half an hour. Sigh… Mmm, mmm, water!

I will have absolutely no trouble adding salt. Oh no, sirree.

Today’s workout is optional: you can either take the day off to rest, or complete an active recovery workout of your choice lasting 20-30 minutes.

I ended up doing my usual ten minute run warm-up on a treadmill, and a fairly lazy twenty minutes on a stationery bike. During which I may or may not have been watching an old episode of House. Dr. House = sex god of intelligent women. Good times.

(potentially boring list of) MEALS:

meal 1:
fish oil + multi
5 egg whites
2 cups lettuce
salt –> yippee!!!
black coffee –> I usually take milk in my coffee, but this wasn’t bad…

meal 2:
3/4 can of tuna
1 cup of broccoli/kale
1 cup lettuce
2 tbsp pine nuts

meal 3:
3/4 can of tuna
1 cup of broccoli/kale
1 cup lettuce
2 tbsp pine nuts
coffee with ½ chocolate unsweetened almond milk –> call this a cheat meal. I was feeling tired and headachy… It helped!

meal 4:
1.5 oz basa fish –> more of a snack
2 cups lettuce
1 tbsp balsamic vinegar –> this rocks for flavour!

meal 5:
salmon / tuna / red snapper sashimi with soy sauce and wasabi
beef enoki mushroom roll
¼ cup seaweed salad
½ cup lettuce salad with dressing
green tea

*I was worried about this last meal, as it was in an all-you-eat sushi restaurant. Imagine! I did well with the WHAT. Not so well with the HOW MUCH. But… good enough. Keeping in mind the good-better-best continuum. 🙂

posted: November 10, 2012