As I start my second breakfast, I was thinking: What does Michael Phelps eat?

I have had a very tiring week. I think it’s either everything catching up to me, or having the short week and starting PT and working out and trying (REALLY, I am! It’s just slow so please be patient!), but the idea hit me hard this week that it was 13, 12, 10… now 7 days left before the swim. I go to work, swim or go to PT and then eat dinner and put the girls in bed. And then I pass out. I had to order my groceries only the other night, so it was terrible. I got the most ridiculous items multiple times… they must have thought I was drunk. Luckily my mom had cooked dinner the night before and there were leftovers, and then we had fast food the next night. Yuck. But I’m eating a lot and trying to stay healthy but the food I really crave when I’m tired is sweets. And so a chocolate bar here, a muffin there…it’s hard to lose weight doing Team in Training because the workout regiment makes you want to eat like an Olympic Athlete. For comparison to what you might eat in a day, here is the Michael Phelps diet:

At least I'm not eating THIS.

At least I’m not eating THIS.

Breakfast: Three fried-egg sandwiches loaded with cheese, lettuce, tomatoes, fried onions and mayonnaise. Two cups of coffee. One five-egg omelet. One bowl of grits. Three slices of French toast topped with powdered sugar. Three chocolate-chip pancakes.

Lunch: One pound of enriched pasta. Two large ham and cheese sandwiches with mayo on white bread. Energy drinks packing 1,000 calories.

Dinner:  One pound of pasta. An entire pizza. More energy drinks.
Could you imagine?? I don’t have the energy to PREPARE that much food. I wonder if he cooks. (Notice the mom in me– “Who’s in charge of all that feeding?”)

But anyway, I have learned that is it hard to feed an endurance athlete. I am bad at eating high-protein, since I am such a carb lover. But if we have a lot of fruit around, that sometimes helps me not eat too many sweets, and when I am going to swim it weighs me down much less than say, a Zone bar or bowl of oatmeal. An apple a day keeps the doctor away! But today I am off to do my 3 mile workout. And so since I am leaving later in the day, I’ve had oatmeal and a banana and 2 cups of coffee. I’m going to get some Gatorade and I have some “goo” energy stuff.

And so we’ll see how this workout goes. It’s going to be my last big workout before the race– I have practice Monday night, put that’s usually 2000 yards or so. And I’ll try not to push it because I need to keep my shoulder in good shape.

I will try to post one more time before Sunday. We are leaving on Wednesday to go see Taylor Swift in Greensboro and then we start our drive to NY Friday morning. Please keep up with us on Facebook to hear about our trip, the race and the WINNER for the RAFFLE!! That will be announced this weekend. More details soon.

Thank you all for your support!! I love to get the letters cheering me on, the Facebook comments and the comments on the donation page. It just makes me want to cry that we have made it this far! I am greatly appreciative. Please keep an eye on the donation box on the right-hand side of the page to see if we get to our goal! We are so close and I really really am proud of all the kind, generous donations. Thank you from the bottom of my heart.

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