Former Couch Potato.

HeartKid. Lawyer. Knitter.

Cat Wrangler.

Sometime Triathlete & Intermittent Runner.

CrossFit & Strength Enthusiast.

The Tumblr Whole30 has already started for me. missmarisol asked us to post about why we were doing the Whole30, so here goes:
I’d be lying if I neglected to acknowledge that first and foremost this experiment is an attempt to kickstart some weight loss up in this house. After my monumental loss of 0.5kg/1lb last month, it’s clear that I need something a bit more substantial to push me over the weightloss line.
But that’s not the only reason. In no small part thanks to unnaturallystrong and his recent posts on long-term weight loss, I acknowledge that 30 days is nowhere near long enough to see real, sustainable change in my weight and body composition. Rather, and this is the aspect of the Whole30 that really has me excited, I’m looking forward to seeing what effect changing my eating habits has on several health issues I’ve been dealing with for years, including (but unfortunately not limited to) psoriasis, eczema, gut issues and joint pain. Hopefully, this first thirty days will lead to enough of a reduction in symptoms to encourage me to continue on with this style of eating in the long term.
In addition, it will be a good thing to help break me out of the habit of eating sugary treats almost every day, something I’ve been in denial about but recognise is severely compromising my health goals.

The Tumblr Whole30 has already started for me. missmarisol asked us to post about why we were doing the Whole30, so here goes:

I’d be lying if I neglected to acknowledge that first and foremost this experiment is an attempt to kickstart some weight loss up in this house. After my monumental loss of 0.5kg/1lb last month, it’s clear that I need something a bit more substantial to push me over the weightloss line.

But that’s not the only reason. In no small part thanks to unnaturallystrong and his recent posts on long-term weight loss, I acknowledge that 30 days is nowhere near long enough to see real, sustainable change in my weight and body composition. Rather, and this is the aspect of the Whole30 that really has me excited, I’m looking forward to seeing what effect changing my eating habits has on several health issues I’ve been dealing with for years, including (but unfortunately not limited to) psoriasis, eczema, gut issues and joint pain. Hopefully, this first thirty days will lead to enough of a reduction in symptoms to encourage me to continue on with this style of eating in the long term.

In addition, it will be a good thing to help break me out of the habit of eating sugary treats almost every day, something I’ve been in denial about but recognise is severely compromising my health goals.

I’m in the office and just want to goof off, so voila - you get a picture of my sweaty, post-Crossfit self.
Today’s Sunday BAMF club was programmed by notjuststrongforagirl, who responded to my call for new workout ideas.
For Time:
5 Snatches 25 DU/75 singles10 OHS20 DU/60 singles(Add weight to barbell)15 Power Cleans15 DU/45 singles20 Front Squat10 DU/30 singles(Add weight to barbell)25 Deadlifts5 DU/15 singles(Remove weight)20 Front Squats10 DU/30 singles15 Power Cleans15 DU/45 singles(Remove weight)10 OHS20 DU/60 singles5 Snatches25 DU/75 singles
I wanted to do the snatches and OHS at 20kg because I can power snatch around 30kg, but after falling on my arse several times in the first set of snatches, I settled for using one of our trainer bars (which weigh about 5-10kg, I think) for the OHS and snatches and doing those unbroken. I went up to 30kg for the power cleans and front snatches, and 50kg for the deadlifts.
Finished (with single skips) in 37:20, so a fairly short workout today (relative to some of the others we’ve done). Still, I feel like I worked hard, so I’m happy with that.

I’m in the office and just want to goof off, so voila - you get a picture of my sweaty, post-Crossfit self.

Today’s Sunday BAMF club was programmed by notjuststrongforagirl, who responded to my call for new workout ideas.

For Time:

5 Snatches 
25 DU/75 singles
10 OHS
20 DU/60 singles
(Add weight to barbell)
15 Power Cleans
15 DU/45 singles
20 Front Squat
10 DU/30 singles
(Add weight to barbell)
25 Deadlifts
5 DU/15 singles
(Remove weight)
20 Front Squats
10 DU/30 singles
15 Power Cleans
15 DU/45 singles
(Remove weight)
10 OHS
20 DU/60 singles
5 Snatches
25 DU/75 singles

I wanted to do the snatches and OHS at 20kg because I can power snatch around 30kg, but after falling on my arse several times in the first set of snatches, I settled for using one of our trainer bars (which weigh about 5-10kg, I think) for the OHS and snatches and doing those unbroken. I went up to 30kg for the power cleans and front snatches, and 50kg for the deadlifts.

Finished (with single skips) in 37:20, so a fairly short workout today (relative to some of the others we’ve done). Still, I feel like I worked hard, so I’m happy with that.

Crossfit 28.8.2014

I have been a bit slack with Crossfit lately - we had a pretty busy week whilst Tim was here, and with only one car it’s sometimes difficult to juggle all the competing demands on the car. So, I’m glad that I went to Zumba on Saturday and Wednesday, and was active on Sunday, otherwise I would really have suffered last night.

WOD

In pairs, AMRAP 15 minutes:

60m sprint

60m backwards run

60m farmers carry (Rx = 16kg, used 12kg)

60m double kb rack carry (Rx = 16kg, used 12kg)

So, you sprint, your partner sprints, you run backwards, your partner runs backwards, etc. 

Ooh, this was tough! The backwards running really hurt my calves, and the rack carries make it very difficult to breathe. That said, this was a great ‘teacher’ WOD: I generally put a lot of pressure on myself to match up to others, particularly in a partner WOD. I feel as though I’m letting my partner down if I’m not as fast as them, or strong as them. 

Yesterday, as I was gasping for breath on my third round of rack carries, all I could do was tell myself to keep going, to not stop. I didn’t get upset, or focus on the fact that we were the slowest team, mostly because of me. And I think that’s the key: as long as I’m doing my best, then I’m not letting anyone down.

After the WOD, the coach came over and told me how proud he was of the effort I put in every time I come to class, and I mentioned how I was trying to learn the lesson that effort is enough, that being the slowest doesn’t matter if I’m giving it my all. I talked about how I sometimes get irritated by the rhetoric of ‘good for you, fatty - at least you’re trying!’, which I find incredibly patronising - after all, I’ve been exercising fairly consistently for about four years now, so it’s not like I got off the couch yesterday - but that I realise that my irritation is my issue, and that I just need to ignore it and focus on my effort.

I guess what I’m trying to say is that I’m learning to stop worrying about being objectively good at things, and to celebrate being subjectively good at things (e.g. focusing on self-improvement, not how I stack up to the rest of the class).

I’m determined to be prepared for the Whole 30, which starts on Monday, so I bought Well Fed and Well Fed 2, both paleo-based and (for the most part) Whole 30 compliant cookbooks by Melissa Joulwan, and have planned the first two weeks’ worth of meals. I haven’t included snacks on the meal plan, but have included the vegetables and prep work for these in the shopping list and weekend cook up section.

A few notes:

  • My weeks start on Saturday as I tend to do all my grocery shopping on Saturday and my food prep on Sunday.
  • Tim is away on the blue days, so these are the days when I only have to prepare meals for myself. I tend to do better when I stick to simple meal plans and the same foods each day, so you can see that I have repeated the same things on most days that I am just feeding myself. Tim, on the other hand, likes a bit of variety, so I have tried to be a bit more adventurous with breakfasts and dinners when he is home on the yellow days.
  • Hot plates are a concept from the books, so I hope I haven’t given away anything proprietory! (I don’t think I have.) These will be my saviour during the week, as I take my food in to work and just use the microwave. Tim will have to sort himself out when he’s here, but I figure if I put everything in a tupperware container for him, he’ll work it out. (This makes him sound useless: he isn’t useless, but he’s a lunchtime sandwich or beans-on-toast kind of guy, so I think he might struggle with the hot plate concept unless I help him with it.)
  • This seems like an enormous amount of food to buy for 1.5 people for five days, and it may be really over the top, but this week there are a few purchases that are irregular purchases, like spices, mustard, coconut aminos, etc. I may find that we have a ton of food left over by the end of Friday, in which case I’ll adjust Week 2’s meal plan/shopping list.
Reblogged from ironphenix  56 notes

high-heel-mileage:

Hey, there, fellow Whole30 rockstars & those considering it~

I realize that one of the hardest challenges about drastically changing your diet is meal prep. Coming up with new recipes and figuring out what to eat can be a pain on top of dealing with new diet rage.

Some of you have already ‘been there, done that’ when it comes to Whole30 so you might have an arsenal of tricks. However, if you’re hurting for ideas, I’ve put together a Whole30 Pinterest board, and I highly recommend putting one together if you haven’t already - it’s a great way to keep all of your recipes in one place and an awesome resource for discovering new Whole30-approved ideas.

Bonus if you have a tablet or laptop - you can prop it up in the kitchen and follow the recipe directly from the source!

Here’s a rundown of the last time I did Whole30, including what I ate.

Good luck to all of you starting next week!

Reblogged from missmarisol  31 notes
missmarisol:

Wednesday Drinks: Cold brew coffee, Lavender Lemonade Kombucha and green smoothie which is made up of vanilla whey, frozen banana, peanut butter, chia seeds, hemp seeds, maple syrup (the real stuff!!), xanthan gum, almond milk and spinach.
 Happy hump day!
I’ve been thinking about doing the Whole 30 in September. Eek! Anyone want to join me? I have 11 days to read the book and mentally prepare myself for it.

Hey, Marisol! I’d love to join you for the Whole 30 in September. I would like to see what difference cutting wheat and other grains out of my diet makes to my weight, but also to my joints which have been feeling quite rough of late.
I will be glad to have your company and support, as you will have mine :)

missmarisol:

Wednesday Drinks: Cold brew coffee, Lavender Lemonade Kombucha and green smoothie which is made up of vanilla whey, frozen banana, peanut butter, chia seeds, hemp seeds, maple syrup (the real stuff!!), xanthan gum, almond milk and spinach.


Happy hump day!

I’ve been thinking about doing the Whole 30 in September. Eek! Anyone want to join me? I have 11 days to read the book and mentally prepare myself for it.

Hey, Marisol! I’d love to join you for the Whole 30 in September. I would like to see what difference cutting wheat and other grains out of my diet makes to my weight, but also to my joints which have been feeling quite rough of late.

I will be glad to have your company and support, as you will have mine :)