Maybe I can just do a Whole 17 challenge…

The past couple days have been a bit tough on the whole30.  I’m on Day 18 and yesterday I kept thinking.. “maybe I’ll just make this a whole17 challenge”  It was funny to hear myself trying to convince myself that it was ok.  I was talking to my husband about how I get it, how I understand the food choices I make and how much more aware I am now of the hidden sugars in foods and my own habits on snacking.  Hubby said it was completely up to me if I wanted to end the challenge early.  But he said it in a way that I knew that he really didn’t mean it.. and that’s okay.  He knows that if I were to end early I’d feel bad.  So I sucked it up and here I am on Day 18, feeling better than yesterday.

Haven’t been to Crossfit since Monday, and it feels like forever!  Looking forward to tonight’s WOD.  I’m bummed that I missed Tuesday’s WOD (due to a board meeting at my son’s nursery school) but it looks like it was a tough one!  A circuit that consisted of kettlebell swings, burpees and rows.  Not sure what the numbers were but pictures were posted of people on the ground.. who most likely rolled off the rowers after the last round.  I’m also signed up for tomorrow’s 6:30am class.  Not sure if it’s a good idea though, may re-schedule.  I don’t think I’ve experienced the “tiger blood” yet and I don’t think that I’d have much energy first thing in the morning, especially when I suspect that tomorrow’s WOD will contain a long all-out row! eek!  

To ensure I get through the remainder of the whole30 challenge, I’ll need to do even more meal prep this weekend.  I fell short this week with meal prep and I’m eating alot of eggs!  Which I don’t mind but I definitely need more variety.

Sit ups will be the death of me!! .. and DARN that bacon!

So Saturday’s WOD included:

3 rounds

40 sec Air Dyne @ 97%

rest 4 minutes

50 – 40 – 30 – 20 – 10

Kettlebell swings

Sit ups

timecap (15 minutes)

As soon as I saw the sit ups in the WOD, I knew I was in trouble.  Sit ups by far are my weakest exercise.  And I struggled with this portion of the WOD.  The kettlebell swings were easy but with the sit ups, I started off strong but after the first 30, I was struggling to get even 2 sit ups in a row.  Needless to say, I didn’t make it through the entire WOD and reached the timecap.  When the 15 minute limit hit, I had just finished 16 situps of my set of 20.  GRR…  I really need to get stronger.

Also, I just realized this past weekend that I’ve been eating bacon that has sugar in the ingredients list.  DOH!  It didn’t even dawn on me to check the ingredients list of the bacon.  I haven’t been having a lot of bacon, but it’s making me think about how well I’ve actually been doing on this whole30 challenge.  Now that I know I’ve had sugar in my bacon, does that mean that I won’t see the full benefits (and possibly not experience the Tiger Blood) of the challenge?  Should I start over again?

No laughing allowed… Registered for the 2014 Crossfit Games Open

Ok this will sound funny and it’s quite unexpected of me. But last night I did something silly… I registered for the 2014 Crossfit games open. Trust me, I’m no where near the skill level I need to be in order to compete. Heck I’m still learning Olympic lifts and my shoulder is on the mend. BUT I also realized that I need a baseline. May will be my one year anniversary since joining crossfit. I’m not yet sure what my goals are or if I think I’ll ever compete (even at a local level) but regardless, it would be nice to record my progress.

and so I’m registered… I watched videos on last years open WODs and they look tough so I have no idea if I’ll even be able to do his years WODs. I guess I’ll find out on February 27th.

Today was a tough day on the whole 30. I didn’t pack enough food with me to work so felt very hungry during the day… And I REALLY wanted a cookie. I had to call my husband for words of encouragement. He kept things simple. He told me “you don’t need a cookie. You’re almost there”

When I got home from work I made raw vegan chocolate and cashew balls rolled in coconut from diaforlife.com.

Super simple and delicious recipe and 1 ball was all I needed.

I can’t wait to do my meal planning and prep this weekend.

Was about to give up… Need to focus

Today was a tough day. I’m still not 100% with a cough and no appetite whatsoever. I skipped breakfast and didn’t have much of a lunch either. I was feeling very low energy most likely due to the lack of eating but I just didn’t want to eat. And honestly there are some things going on that are causing me a bit of stress. So stressed that when I got home I just wanted to eat some comfort food. This was a huge eye opener that I do turn to food for comfort. I was so tempted to munch on the kids dinner of chicken nuggets or to eat a handful of dark chocolate blueberries. Even worse I was thinking I’d eat a bag of chips.
But I didn’t. I stepped back and thought about my actions,
So I’m glad to report that I didn’t give in, but my eating definitely has been off today. I don’t even have the motivation to even do any meal prep. I’m going to take it easy for another 30 minutes, just lie in bed and watch tv. Then I’ll get up and cook.

whole30 – Day 9 – minor slip … can’t wait for the tiger blood!

I had a minor slip up this morning.  I had a couple hard boiled eggs with some oven baked sausages.  And there was sugar and soy in the sausages.  I’m trying not to beat myself up with the slip and I should have double checked the ingredients list.  The rest of the day I stayed on  plan, but another minor slip up… I didn’t prepare any new meals for tomorrow.

There’s enough prepped food in the fridge to make me through tomorrow, so I’m not too worried, and I’m glad that tomorrow is a rest day so I can do a bit more cooking tomorrow.

I’m feeling very low on energy.. it’s hard to tell if my body is still adjusting to the whole30 or if it’s due to me just getting over a fever from the weekend.. I’m guessing the latter.  But today’s WOD was really hard on me.  I definitely struggled and it was frustrating.

Today’s WOD:

4 rounds AHAP (As Hard As Possible)

Sled pull

rest 15 secs

Sled push

rest 60 secs

** rest 5 minutes **

5 rounds

60 sec row – 50% effort

60 sec row – 90% effort

** rest 7 minutes **

60 sec Air Dyne – 50% effort

60 sec Air Dyne – 90% effort

 

Each pull was tough, especially at 90% effort and the Air Dyne definitely wasn’t any easier.  I’m sure my quads will be super sore tomorrow.  But I survived.

One other thing I really need to re-visit is the amount of food that I’m consuming.  In my head I feel like I’m eating enough food but reading the forums has made me wonder if maybe it’s not enough.  Of course this lower energy is expected until you reach Day 16-17, so I’m hoping things will get better and I’ll get to feel that “tiger blood”

whole30 – still on track – Days 6 and 7

I’m proud to report that I survived my first weekend on whole30.  I was very worried as the weekends are usually when we are out and about, running errands , hanging out at the mall and there have been weekends when we’re eating most of our meals out.  I have to admit, there was minimal going out this past weekend.  After grocery shopping we did go out for sushi and it was tough.  Hubby and kids had their usual favourites and I had some salmon sashimi.  It was still delicious, but it was hard not enjoying the rest of the sushi with the rest of the family.

Earlier in the day, I was at Sublime Crossfit celebrating their 1 year anniversary.  There was A LOT of food.  And being an event with fellow Crossfitters, there were alot of healthy dishes, vegan, gluten-free, paleo.  But I just munched on some salad, fruits and nuts.  I probably snacked way more than I should have while at the party though.

Then I got sick on Sunday (still am).  So I spent all of Sunday in bed, shivering under the covers.  It was really tough sticking to my meals.  All I wanted was a big bowl of noodle soup.  I didn’t have the soup, but probably didn’t eat enough throughout the day either.  I’m hoping one more day in bed will help me feel better.  Hopefully good enough to go to crossfit later tonight.

This week is the start of a new cycle at my Box, so I’ve made this switch back to the building program.  I can do cleans but no snatches, no pull ups and still no chest press.  I’m still looking forward to the cleans.  Now that I’ve been away from any olympic lifting for about a month now, I suspect I’ll hear alot of “more hip!” hehe.. 

whole30 – day 5 and going strong!

On Day 5.. and so far, so good..

I’m actually surprised that I’m feeling ok.

Based on The Whole30 Timeline I should be feeling ….

Days 4-5: Kill ALL the things!

Day 4 dawns and you tentatively step out of bed, expecting to feel like you took a strike from Thor’s hammer in the temple. Instead, your head is surprisingly clear. Your limbs all feel functional. This could be a good day! You walk into the kitchen and as you’re greeted by the smiling face of your significant other you are suddenly overcome…with the desire to punch them in the face for smiling this early in the morning. Congratulations! You’ve made it to day 4.

Now, I have no clue why this phase happens, or why it happens here (and not on, say, day 14).* I just know that it happens. Often. Even experienced Whole30ers (myself included) go through this phase. Every nerve is lit, temperance is non-existent and the only solution to the problem seems to be to Kill All of the Things.

 

So far I haven’t had the urge to kill anything.  Energy level is okay (will see how the WOD goes tonight)  I am hoping to get to bed early today so that I can catch up on some rest, and I need to get up early tomorrow to do meal prep for the weekend.  I want to make sure I’ve got food prepared so that I’m not trying to find something I can eat while out and about.

I think my strategy for the upcoming weekend and week will be do make alot of egg scrambles (eggs, protein and veggies) all mixed together.  I actually made an easy chicken curry last night.  Chicken, onions, garlic, can of coconut milk and curry powder.  I think it turned out okay but I didn’t bring it for lunch today.

The one thing I really love about this whole30 challenge, is that I am eating veggies every single day and with every single meal.  I’m sure there were days pre-whole30 where I’d have veggies at lunch but usually not at breakfast (unless you can really count fried hash browns a veggie) and usually not at dinner.  I also love how I’m not a slave to my bad habits of hash browns in the morning, or having that cookie/donut just because it’s there in front of me.. or munching on dark chocolate acai berries while watching tv in bed, just because it’s something to munch on.  I’m surprised that I’m not craving the dark chocolate at all.  I honestly don’t think there’s anything that I really miss.

So far so good 🙂

Whole 30 – end of day 3

End of the day and I’m feeling pretty good. Yesterday was a tough day but I feel like i recovered well. Yesterday I made brussel sprouts w/ bacon and garlic as well as Cajun Shrimp with zucchini.

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I must admit I’m not a fan of brussel sprouts and I’m not sure if they’ll make another appearance in my meals.

Tonight I made baked eggs with smoked bacon, shallots, red peppers and baby kale. Had a piece for dinner along with a simple spinach salad – no dressing – just with grapes and walnuts. I’m actually really enjoying my spinach salads.

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Today’s WOD included bench press and pull ups, neither which I can do right now, so I did a lot of shoulder rehab work paired with db walking lunges, db bent over rows and db ext rotation.

Tomorrow is a scheduled rest day, then I’ll be back at the Box on Friday. Next week I’ll be moving back into the building program but will be limited to cleans.

So I’m feeling pretty good today. I’m even drinking my coffee black, which a dash of cinnamon. Not the greatest drink but I’m doing it. I keep thinking of the whole 30 quote:
“It is it hard. Don’t you dare tell us this is hard. Beating cancer is hard. Birthing a baby is hard. Losing a parent is hard. Drinking you coffee black. Is. Not. Hard…”

What I love the most is he community is support while on the whole 30. If I have a question about a food item, it’s so easy to google it and quickly find an answer.

Bring on day 4!

Survived Day 1.. and boy my hips are tight!!

I’m happy to report that I survived my first day on the whole 30.  It actually wasn’t that bad.  There are a couple things that I didn’t follow 100% though.

I had a green smoothie for breakfast.  I know the whole30 recommends that we chew our food and that liquid food is processed differently but it’s so much easier for me to get my veggies/greens in with a smoothie.  I didn’t add any fruit juice as a base though.. just water, spinach, grapes and a few strawberries.. oh and chia seeds.  I think that was okay.  Then I also had a few hard boiled eggs and some ham.  Lunch was my stuffed pepper which was so delicious!  I have it for lunch again today, and I don’t mind.  Dinner is where things got tough.. I wasn’t prepared enough, so ended up having spinach with eggs and bacon.  It’s wasn’t bad.. but I wish I had prepared something else.  Oh I also had a spinach salad with grapes and walnuts for lunch yesterday, no salad dressing, but it was delicious!

I also snacked during the day, on grapes/blueberries and cashews, which is not recommended but it really helps me make it through the day.  I’ll try to cut back on the snacking if it means increasing my meal portions.  I also struggled with my pre and post workout meals.  My dinner turned out to be my pre workout… I’m not sure if it’s okay that I didn’t eat anything before my workout (in addition to dinner) and post workout I had my usual banana and I don’t think anything else.  Probably not the best way to re-feed by body.

My workout was also later than usual, so when I got home I scrambled to start cooking.  Then I realized that the sausage I bought to use in my sweet potato casserole, had sugar and toasted wheat crumbs 😦  So I could use them.  I ended up making a sweet potato and apple bake with coconut oil and cinnamon.  Can’t wait to eat this after lunch.

So how did Day 1 go?  For the most part it went really well.  Today I’m skipping my workout (unless I can get in earlier – but doubtful) so that I can do more meal prep.  I just want to cook cook and cook some more, so that I have food available to grab out of the fridge, and so I’m not scrambling to find something to eat.

Yesterday’s WOD:

Front squat – 3-3-3

Wall shoulder glides

Feet elevated push ups

Reverse dumb bell lunges

Ring rows

Paloff ISO hold

A very short workout.  But my hips are so tight that I couldn’t get anywhere near the weight I usually front squat.  So frustrating.  My hips have been fairly tight the last couple weeks and I’ve been doing my best to stretch them out, and usually I can squat through the tightness, but not last night.  It was almost a sharp pain as I squatted.  I don’t think there will be more squats in this week’s WODs, so that’s good news.  Maybe I just need to take it easy.

Kink in my neck…

Woke up this morning and I can barely move my neck. Looking left to right doesn’t hurt, but up and down hurts. I can’t even look down right now because the muscles are so tight and it hurts so much. Massaging the area doesn’t seem to help at all. I just really hope I wake up tomorrow morning and it will be ok, else my 630am WOD could be very uncomfortable.
I didn’t have much time to do meal prep so I’m quite nervous about my first day tomorrow on whole30. I did manage to make these for lunch:
Stuffed red peppers

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These were so easy to make I’m surprised I haven’t made them before.
I have a bunch of hard boiled eggs and roasted chicken breast slices that I’ll pair up with spinach. I’ll definitely need to so more prep tomorrow.

Ok bed time.
Wish me luck.