Okay, it’s more like day 4 since August and I started, but I’ve only started keeping track of exactly what I eat yesterday since our gym is doing a Whole30 challenge that started yesterday. The way they’re doing it is you get points for following the Whole30, exercising ( only get points for up to 5 days a week to encourage people to take two off days), getting 8 hours of sleep, and spending 20 minutes doing something relaxing that does not involve technology (reading, napping, mobility / stretching, so long as it doesn’t involve electronics in any way). You also get a point for any new personal records (PR) you set on any major fitness category, such as the weightlifting movements or mile runs. What they did last time, and I suspect will happen again, is they did a WOD the first day and did that same one again on the 30th day to see how much people improved. At the end of the 30 days, they total up the points from all the good behavior and they are planning to give prizes to the individuals that did the best. A fun way to encourage people to pick up better habits, not just in their diet but in their overall lives. I really like that they give points for getting an adequate amount of sleep and for taking some time to do something relaxing every day. It’s a great way to help people do things that will better help them manage their stress levels and just be healthier overall. I’m also fond of having a maximum amount of points for working out every week to avoid people over training themselves just to get more points. Off days are just as important as the training days themselves. So yeah, anyway, I’m participating in this since August and I were going to be doing a Whole30 this month anyway.
Yesterday, day one of the gym sponsored Whole30, I got pretty much everything that I could get points for, despite spending 6 hours at work. I had eggs, bacon, and onion for breakfast, put a paleo sriracha sauce that August made on the eggs, so good! Then had a single cup of coffee with homemade hazelnut milk in it. I miss my heavy cream in my coffee because it made it so thick and creamy, but I can deal with this for 30 days no problem, hazelnuts were meant to go with coffee. Then I brought left over paleo chocolate chili that August made over the weekend, and added a little homemade olive oil mayo to it, which has a similar effect as putting sour cream in chili so was a good replacement. I also brought an orange with me for lunch. I used my 30 minute lunch break at work to read while I worked, so got my technology free relaxation time in. Then I went to the gym as soon as I got off work and did this terrible WOD:
– For Time –
100 Double Unders
70 KB Swings
60 Wall Balls
40 Goblet Squats
30 Burpee Pull Ups
10 Muscle Ups
[30 Minute Cap]
O/R: Singles, Light Russian, 8/4#, Situps, Air Squats, Burpees, Box HSPU, Ring Rows
Beg: Singles (3x), 35/26#, 14/8#, Burpee Jumping PU, Box HSPU, Ring Dips
Int: 53/35#, 20/14#, Ring Dips (2x)
Adv: 70/53#, 20/14#
For those that don’t know, double unders are jump roping in which the rope passes under you twice each jump. I basically did it at the male beginner level, which means 300 singles (I can’t do double unders very well yet), 35# kettle bell for the kettle bell swings, 14# ball for the wall balls, and did hand stand push ups (HSPU) from a box… I can do HSPU but not a whole lot at once yet, and definitely not after all the stuff that came before that part of the workout. I did normal burpee pull ups, though, instead of the burpee jumping pull ups, so that was the one movement out of the workout I did at intermediate level. I just finished the box HSPU when time ran out, so didn’t make it to the ring dips. It was one second for every missed rep, so that put me at 30:10. Looking forward to seeing my score on this next time we do it, I have a feeling I’ll improve a lot.
When I got home from the gym, we had dinner, which was citrus-garlic marinated steak that turned out really delicious and tender! We had a mixture of veggies with it: bell pepper, carrots, and kale. For the fat we just drizzled a little olive oil over it. That was the hardest thing for me the first time I did a Whole30, making sure I got enough fat in my meals. Too little and you end up hungry again real quick, but if you get enough it’s easy to make it to the next meal without snacking. Despite a couple things waking me up in the middle of the night, I got my 8 hours of sleep.
So far today I’ve had eggs scrabbled with onion and kale and I mixed together the sriracha and homemade mayo to make a creamy sriracha sauce. Naturally, I had another cup of coffee with hazelnut milk in it. Plan to go to the noon crossfit class today and today’s strength is max testing the clean and jerk, so should get a PR for a bonus point today. I probably won’t post about every day of the Whole30, but I’ll be sure to update every few days or so and to link any recipes that were particularly delicious for those that want to check them out.