Former Couch Potato.

HeartKid. Lawyer. Knitter.

Cat Wrangler.

Sometime Triathlete & Intermittent Runner.

CrossFit & Strength Enthusiast.

Crossfit 16/09/2014

I’ve been pretty bad about getting to the gym lately. I think partly because my energy is low on the Whole30 diet (not eating enough, but not hungry either), but partly because I’m quite bored of going to the gym. All my tumblr friends seem to have found something that excites them and that motivates them to go even when it’s tough, but I just don’t feel that spark.

Still, I feel the need to be active, if only for my general health and wellbeing, so I went to Crossfit on Tuesday.

WOD 1: 21 - 15 - 9

Deadlifts @ 50kg

Box jumps to 12”

Wall balls @ 6kg to 9’

Notes: this was tougher than it should have been. The deadlifts were light, but by round 2 my legs were completely gassed and I had to break them up into fives and fours; the box jumps were fine in the first round, but halfway through the second I changed to step ups as I was concerned that I would stack it through tiredness; and the wall balls were three at a time in all three rounds. That said, I remember when I started in January, 6kg wall balls were almost impossible to get up to 9’ and I definitely couldn’t do more than one at a time. Now I can cycle three in one go, so that’s some good progress.

WOD 2: 60kcal row for time - 5:23

Not the fastest, but I maintained a steady pace and met my goals of sub-6:00, then sub-5:30 (adjusted on the fly).

@runningwithaltitude - So, $8.98AUD is about $8USD per kilo, which is about $4USD per pound.

Which is still, even with import costs and duties, probably a bit cheaper than we’ll pay for locally grown grapes, peaches and nectarines, but there you go. I shall do my tiny bit for the planet and wait for local stuff.

@runningwithaltitude - So, $8.98AUD is about $8USD per kilo, which is about $4USD per pound.

Which is still, even with import costs and duties, probably a bit cheaper than we’ll pay for locally grown grapes, peaches and nectarines, but there you go. I shall do my tiny bit for the planet and wait for local stuff.

I got a bit excited by this sight at the supermarket the other day - nectarines and peaches and grapes, oh my!

Every bit of it imported from the USA.

Sigh. Summer cannot get here fast enough.

I got a bit excited by this sight at the supermarket the other day - nectarines and peaches and grapes, oh my!

Every bit of it imported from the USA.

Sigh. Summer cannot get here fast enough.

I will say this:

Having the choice element of food removed is doing wonders to quell my constant obsession with it. I feel as though now I’m through the ‘but I wanna!’ stage, where typically I would rebel against the edict that certain foods are verbotten by seeking them out and gorging on them, the acceptance stage is setting in. I recognise that certain foods are off limits, so I simply don’t eat them. Previously the inner monologue would have been:

Man, I could really go for a brownie.

But they’re really bad for you.

One brownie isn’t going to hurt.

That’s what you said yesterday. You’ll feel shame if you eat it.

Yeah, but my tongue will do a happy dance if I do eat it.

You don’t need it, you should know better.

Screw you. *goes out, purchases brownie, eats brownie* Delicious.

You’re useless, you’re supposed to be intelligent and you can’t even work out that a brownie isn’t going to help you lose weight, you’re so stupid.

Ok, now I feel a bit sad.

Serves you right. 

When’s the next meal?

I can’t take you anywhere.

Etc. etc. ad nauseam. Now, I eat when I get hungry or just want to eat, but because the choice is taken out, the bargaining and the self-loathing are gone as well.

I’m not there yet, and I still get cravings, but for the most part they are for more reasonable foods (yoghurt, ketchup), and are easier to deflect. Yesterday, after my little sook post, I went to the supermarket and bought some Whole30 junk food: skin on chicken thighs, which I baked to get the skin all crispy; sweet potato to make salty fries with; and ‘sweets’ - date and almond rolls. Not 100% within the spirit of the law, perhaps, but a damn sight better than my previous binges. Plus, I didn’t feel even one shred of guilt or shame about it.

I know this style of eating isn’t particularly healthy or sustainable over the long term, but I hope that I can retain some semblance of it once the 30 days is over. The lessons this experiment are teaching me will be so useful going forward.

Strugglebus

Everything feels difficult this week: work, Whole30 (if I have to eat coconut anything again any time soon, I’ll not be happy), Crossfit. Even getting to the gym seems like a monumental task, and I spend so much time farting about at work that I’ve ended up cancelling twice already this week. I don’t understand how people like fromthebackofthepack can get up at stupid o’clock to go for a run before getting on the early flight to wherever and doing a full day’s work. Mind. Blown.

Working for yourself has many upsides, but the biggest downside I can see is the crushing pressure to keep on top of everything. It can be overwhelming and I don’t think I’m handling it very well.

Reblogged from huffingtonpostwomen  346 notes

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It’s time for the NFL’s female fans to make their voices heard  (via micdotcom)

And yet again, the onus is on women.

"Domestic violence is a women’s issue." "Rape is a women’s issue." "Women should boycott the NFL/NHL/NRL (that’s for my Aussies)."

Hell to the no. Domestic violence is a men’s issue (in the overwhelming majority of cases). Rape is a men’s issue (in the overwhelming majority of cases).

Why aren’t we suggesting men boycott the NFL?

Whole 30 Recap :: Days 6 & 7

So, the first week of the Whole 30 is done and I’ve had a surprisingly easy time of it. Based on previous experiences, I thought I would struggle more with navigating cravings, but so far so good.

I don’t know how related to the process it was, but I felt utterly rotten Saturday afternoon through Monday morning: achey, sore throat, phlegmmy. Normally, a cold or flu is a green light for junk food, but I stuck to my guns. The challenge has caused me to make more of an effort with cooking, which has resulted in some pretty tasty meals; chicken curry, and spare ribs with stirfry vegetables have been two of the favourites.

The biggest win of the weekend came on Sunday morning when we went out to Mount Barker (50km north of Albany) and met some friends for morning tea at the bakery. In the face of wall-to-wall sweet delights - doughnuts and pastries and tarts, oh my! - I bought a bottle of water and nibbled on my almonds and coconut flakes, and chatted to our friends. That felt so good.

bisexualpiratequeen:

I’m trying hard to live by Cat Principles.

1- I am glorious above all things
2- Eat when hungry, sleep when sleepy, play when bored
3- Affection is given and received on my terms and only mine
4- Show displeasure clearly.
5- NO
6- Demand the things you want. If they aren’t given, demand them again, but louder this time.
7- If you are touched when you don’t want to be, say so. If they continue to touch you, make them bleed.

Must show Tim.

Two thumbs up for Friday! Woot!
Ahem.
Whole30 Day 4 Recap
Kind of getting into the swing of it, and Tim is being very supportive of not eating bread/nice sugary things. He isn’t doing the challenge, though, and I’m still keeping greek yoghurt, honey, peanut butter and cheese around so he has some fun foods. Fortunately, he’s pretty happy with dried and fresh fruits, so doesn’t really feel as though he’s missing out too much.
On the downside, I had fairly persistent cramps yesterday - almost like period pain, but I know it’s not that. I’m thinking that it’s my digestive system getting used to the massive increase in fibrous green vegetables that I’ve been eating over the last four days. Also, I made the Chocolate Chili from Well Fed which has (for us) an extraordinary amount of chili powder in it. This has been causing other digestive, um, issues! Next time I’ll use about a quarter of the chili powder.
I can feel myself getting a bit bored of the challenge though - I drove past the yummy bakery in town today and contemplated stopping in for a pastry before remembering that I don’t eat those any more. This was a fairly irritating thought. So far it’s been pretty easy to redirect those sorts of thoughts, but I know it will become harder and the internal bargaining will begin. I’m focusing on all the health benefits that I hope will come out of this experiment and hoping that a day comes when I don’t spend almost every waking moment thinking about food. That would be nice.
Crossfit 5.9.2014
We had another strength session yesterday and focused on sumo deadlifts. Not a huge fan; I think having my hands inside my legs makes it more difficult for me to pull the bar in to my shins on the way up. That said, I noticed that my back did not get as sore doing sumos as it usually does on conventional pulls. 
Sumo Deadlifts
W/U sets: 2x5 @ 40kg, 1x5 @ 50kg
Working sets: 3x5 @ 60kg, 70kg, 80kg, 3x3 @ 85kg, 87.5kg, 87.5kg, 3x1 @ 90kg, 100kg, 105kg (PR!)
Not sure that I’ve ever done a sumo 1RM before, but this is close to my conventional 1RM of 115kg, so I’m very happy with that number. It was a butt-ugly pull though, and I almost didn’t lock it out, but hey! 105kg is heavy!!
Accessories: 5x10 strict box stepups (you have to extend your working leg completely before you put the other foot on the box) to 20”
These were meant to be with two kettlebells in the rack position, but Clumsy Claudia here doesn’t have the balance to be able to do that. Plus, at my size I’m already moving about 30kg more than any of the other girls in the box, so I figured that doing them strict, strict, strict was still a good workout even without the added weight.

Two thumbs up for Friday! Woot!

Ahem.

Whole30 Day 4 Recap

Kind of getting into the swing of it, and Tim is being very supportive of not eating bread/nice sugary things. He isn’t doing the challenge, though, and I’m still keeping greek yoghurt, honey, peanut butter and cheese around so he has some fun foods. Fortunately, he’s pretty happy with dried and fresh fruits, so doesn’t really feel as though he’s missing out too much.

On the downside, I had fairly persistent cramps yesterday - almost like period pain, but I know it’s not that. I’m thinking that it’s my digestive system getting used to the massive increase in fibrous green vegetables that I’ve been eating over the last four days. Also, I made the Chocolate Chili from Well Fed which has (for us) an extraordinary amount of chili powder in it. This has been causing other digestive, um, issues! Next time I’ll use about a quarter of the chili powder.

I can feel myself getting a bit bored of the challenge though - I drove past the yummy bakery in town today and contemplated stopping in for a pastry before remembering that I don’t eat those any more. This was a fairly irritating thought. So far it’s been pretty easy to redirect those sorts of thoughts, but I know it will become harder and the internal bargaining will begin. I’m focusing on all the health benefits that I hope will come out of this experiment and hoping that a day comes when I don’t spend almost every waking moment thinking about food. That would be nice.

Crossfit 5.9.2014

We had another strength session yesterday and focused on sumo deadlifts. Not a huge fan; I think having my hands inside my legs makes it more difficult for me to pull the bar in to my shins on the way up. That said, I noticed that my back did not get as sore doing sumos as it usually does on conventional pulls. 

Sumo Deadlifts

W/U sets: 2x5 @ 40kg, 1x5 @ 50kg

Working sets: 3x5 @ 60kg, 70kg, 80kg, 3x3 @ 85kg, 87.5kg, 87.5kg, 3x1 @ 90kg, 100kg, 105kg (PR!)

Not sure that I’ve ever done a sumo 1RM before, but this is close to my conventional 1RM of 115kg, so I’m very happy with that number. It was a butt-ugly pull though, and I almost didn’t lock it out, but hey! 105kg is heavy!!

Accessories: 5x10 strict box stepups (you have to extend your working leg completely before you put the other foot on the box) to 20”

These were meant to be with two kettlebells in the rack position, but Clumsy Claudia here doesn’t have the balance to be able to do that. Plus, at my size I’m already moving about 30kg more than any of the other girls in the box, so I figured that doing them strict, strict, strict was still a good workout even without the added weight.