Method Acting (Day 2)

It’s already Day 2 and I don’t know what I’m doing with my life.

I finally decided that I’m too richly scheduled and I need to start saying “no” to things. Also, I’m in a skit this weekend. At my church. I don’t know why I said yes. Wait, yes I do. Fame. Ego. The Glory of the Spotlight. I’m going to be church famous. #churchfamous.

Yesterday’s Breakfast: Forgot. Had an emergency Epic bar, apple, and packet of almond butter in my desk at work.

Today’s Breakfast: 2 ½ scrambled eggs (shoulda been 3 eggs but the preschooler can be an eating powerhouse at times and likes to eat from my plate) and broccoli. Tea with nutpods.

Since I have like three days to memorize my lines and like, no time in the day to do so, I’ve been rehearsing on BART and while I’m walking to and fro in San Francisco. I’ve enjoyed the strange side-eyes I’ve received, and from now on when I’m around someone mumbling to themself in public I’m just going to assume they’ve got a big role. “Break a leg, pants-less gentleman! I like your method acting.”

Yesterday’s Lunch: My homemade meal-prepped meal of chicken, potatoes w/ ghee, broccoli, seasoned with Primal Palate’s Breakfast Blend seasoning blend.

Today’s Lunch: Another homemade meal-prepped meal of chicken, potatoes w/ ghee, green beans, seasoned with Primal Palate’s Meat and Potatoes seasoning blend. Snacked on an Epic bar in the afternoon

Because I don’t have enough to think about/care for in life, over the weekend I bought a rainforest of plants. So many plants. Outside plants, inside plants. Plants that produce veggies, look nice, smell pretty. I think I spent almost $100 on dirt. Good thing I had a Home Depot gift card handy! And now I’m a panicky plant mom just waiting for one of my plant babies to die, because let’s be real, I don’t even have time to shower at regular intervals, let alone remember that plants need water and light and stuff. Pray for my plants.

Yesterday’s Dinner: homemade chicken soup with broccoli and carrots

Today’s Dinner: the last of my chicken-potato w/ ghee-green bean meals. Mourned a bit that the easy part is over.

I finally made it back to CrossFit yesterday after like a month out due to sickness and really liking my sleep back. But I drug my tired behind in for the 6am class and was rewarded with so. Many. overhead. Squats. I can’t properly stand up after sitting for any length of time without hobbling like a gremlin. Good thing I have my kids this weekend so I can give my legs a couple of days to get over the shock of what I just made them do, as my kids are always my go-to excuse for not going to the gym. I’ll see you on Tuesday, CrossFit. Bring it.

Go make it a great day!

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It’s Time to Begin, Isn’t It?

It’s time to do another Whole30. I’ve lost touch with what it feels like to feel rested, healthy, and in control (as evidenced by my wine-and-Queer-Eye sob fest yesterday). And you know when is a good time to start?

Now. Like, right now.

And by now, I mean tomorrow. Because I still have some wine and goat cheese in my fridge I want to enjoy one last time. Dinner will be delicious.

But yeah. And this time, I truly want to bring you on the journey. Pinkie swear for real this time. I know I’ve alluded to sharing my Whole30 experience in real-ish time on the blog before and have yet to actually do it since like, 2016. And that was just a series of glorified check-ins.

No, here we’ll do the whole program all it’s glory and gory. Every meal. Every NSV. Every Sugar Dragon attack and let’s not forget “Kill All the Things” week. Oh, I have big plans for that.

So grab a bowl of your (cauliflower) popcorn and sit back.

Go make it a great day!!

It’s My Food Freedom, Okay?

So, this happened yesterday:

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Yup. I finally took the plunge and applied to take the Whole30 Coaching Certification exam.

This was shortly after I texted my sister this picture of how my Monday evening was going:

I’m calling it “Strudelgate.” IT’S MY FOOD FREEDOM, OKAY?!?

But in all seriousness, I’m really excited to become a legitimate Whole30 coach. It’s been a back-pocket dream of mine for a while now to put some of my useless knowledge to useful practice, and for me this is the first step. With all of my obsessive/neurotic self-guided nutrition research over the past few years I have a pretty deep understanding of the program, and I want to offer my assistance and support to others that are making the journey.

Also, I clearly don’t have enough going on with my life so now’s the perfect time to start a side hustle. As my mom always says, why do only one thing at a time?

More info to come, but I wanted to share the exciting news!

Go make it a great day! xoxo

On Owning Life Decisions

If you’ve been following me on Instagram (and you totally should, because sometimes I post unicorns) you know that last week I started a Whole30. I had been W30’ing and posting on it for six days, but now I have a confession to make … I had beer the other night. Not one, but two beers. It was a conscious choice I deliberated prior to and at the event, and I decided to go for it. And in my opinion it was deliciously and soul-fully worth it, despite the heartburn, crummy sleep, and rough morning after. I enjoyed the experience with a new friend, and we had a great time. I felt the situation called for it, so I allowed myself to make whatever choice I felt was appropriate.

Normally if I “quit” a Whole30, that’s it. I dive-bomb back into whatever my diet was before I started. But this time, I picked right back up where I left off the next morning, getting up early to make an egg scramble and pack a tuna salad for lunch. Because to me the process of getting my lifestyle and habits overhauled to embrace healthier food choices for myself matter more than giving into the “What the Hell” effect described in the “Food Freedom Forever” book, as in “what the hell, I’m eating this so I might as well eat all the things and go down in flames of glory,” which is so tempting. But I’m not tempted.

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I know, right?

Now, I’m not too proud of going off-plan. Let me just make that clear. But what I am proud of is that it was a conscious choice, I don’t feel bad about myself, and my only regret is that I chose to make this Whole30 so public on my Instagram, only to “lol just kidding” six days in. Kind of awkward. But I am picking up where I left off, and I’m back on plan. This is a huge leap of difference between old Emily and new Emily. Old Emily would throw in the towel, fully succumb to the “What the Hell” effect (as in, what the hell, I might as well also have pizza and top it off with some Safeway sheet cake … and go for my usual Starbucks breakfast sandwich and coffee with creamer tomorrow morning for breakfast because whoops I’m done oh well) and it would be several weeks before I finally emerged from my nutritional off-roading glory to crawl back to the program, confess to my dietary sins, and try again. Oh, and feel terrible and beat myself up for “why can’t you just be healthy!?!? What is wrong with you?”

So, new Emily has come to realize that this is a journey, and what’s a road trip without a few pit stops along the way? Sometimes the detour to see Carhenge is appropriate (I mean, it’s a Stonehenge replica made entirely out of cars can you not even) even if it sets you back a bit both time and budget-wise. Or maybe not. But you need to own the decision. If I had planned ahead of time to have seltzer with lime, got to the bar, and threw it all out for a beer, that would be different. That was not a conscious, deliberate decision. That is old Emily behavior. New Emily considered the options ahead of time, and decided to evaluate in the moment. And then in the moment, evaluated the options again and concluded that this would be okay. It is not sticking to the Whole30, I am not following the program in that moment, but for me personally it is okay.  And you know what? I’m still a good person at the end of the day. Well, okay, some folks might beg to differ, but my dietary choices have no affect on my morality and self-worth. And that is something that it’s taken me the better part of two decades to figure out.

I have a couple other social opportunities this week where I’ll have to make a decision whether to stick to the Whole30 plan or not, because I’ll be at a party or at a restaurant and temptation to stray will be there. But for these situations, I’ve predetermined that no, going off-plan will not serve me, and I’m making arrangements to stick to the program, such as suggesting to my friends to cook a meal at their apartment instead of going out (I offered to grill steak for them, so I’ll still be popular don’t worry), and looking at the restaurant menu ahead of time to figure out how much I will be able to make work and bringing some snacks to supplement. This is not hard, it just takes a little planning an experience.

The takeaway is sometimes plans and intentions change, but instead of regretting and berating yourself for “not being more disciplined” or “I just have no willpower,” own your choices, take the results with grace and compassion, and go on to enjoy the rest of your life.

Am I perfect? Nope. Will every off-road decision be made with this amount of contemplation and contentment of the results? Most definitely not. I’m sure at some point there will be some regretful break-room-donuts or home-alone-beer-and-nachos decisions that were more automatic than mindful. But it’s about progress, and the best kind of self-care is when you can celebrate the wins.

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And homemade chicken curry, because OMG so good.

I hope you are having a fabulous morning. Go make it a great day!

 

Yes, I Meal Prepped. Who Am I?

Well hello, happy people! Long time no chat!

I have so much to update on, I’m not even sure where to start.

First of all, I finished my #JanuaryWhole30. Yay! I even went over a couple of days, because I just wasn’t super interested in reintroducing anything just yet. Then one day, a cookie happened. I called it my cookie reintroduction. It was magical, and for the first time in I think my whole life, I was good with just one cookie. I enjoyed a cookie deliberately and intentionally, and after I got done licking the crumbs off my fingers, I found myself satisfied and went on with my day. Score. Since then, I’ve been slow-rolling the reintroduction by eating mostly Whole30 in my daily life but trying out foods here and there to see how they work with me. So far I’m still not a fan of sugar or gluten, and I’m still on the fence with dairy. It’s been really nice to just eat and notice and move on, instead of eat and berate and get angry with myself and binge.

I don’t always make the right food choices, but I’m using my mistakes as learning experiences rather than excuses to go off the rails, or beat myself up. The other night, a friend brought homemade bread pudding to our gathering. I had missed dinner and the bread pudding smelled soooooo good, so I had some. It was good, but not pay-for-the-effects-of-gluten good. I felt lousy afterword, and I’m still feeling bloated today. But now I know to evaluate better, and maybe bring have a snack on hand for those evenings I know I might miss a meal. No big deal.

Okay, what else? Oh, that’s right, the CrossFit Open is coming up! Yayyy! Here is a nifty poster from the CrossFit website that has all of the info:

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I’m signed up and will be doing the scaled division again this year. I’m still not Rx’ing the workouts consistently, so I probably need another year to get stronger. But I have my double-unders pretty consistently now, so there’s that. Woot. You should go sign up too, it’s only $20. I’ll wait here. Peer pressure. Everyone is doing it.

Finally, with my crazy hectic schedule lately (gratitude moment: I am so grateful to be busy because it’s better than being bored!) I decided to finally get on the bandwagon with weekly meal prep. I know, who am I? I do not meal prep. I hate it. But I also hate blasting out of the house in the morning with the stark realization that I have had black coffee for breakfast (fail), I have no idea where/what I’m eating for lunch (more fail), and I am probably not going to be home for dinner (fail-lines flight number crapsticks, ready for departure). But since I hate weekly meal prep, I decided to start small, by planning out my meals for just three days.

This ended up to be key. It was way less overwhelming to think about, and since I always over-plan my food requirements anyway, it’s turning out that I made enough food for 4-5 days anyway. Win. I think this will be a thing from now on.

That’s all for now, go make it a great day!

Cool Mom

Since I dropped 10 lbs on my Whole30, I treated myself to a new pair of pants that fit me yesterday. Look at me dipping my toe into the distressed jeans look. I’m not a regular mom, I’m like a cool mom.

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Also, yesterday was Dairy Reintro day, which I celebrated with a Pumpkin Spice Latte (full-fat milk, duh. Go big or go home).

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I also had a kale salad with feta cheese and mashed potatoes with butter in my lunch. The potatoes are poking out from under the massive pile of BBQ pulled pork my hot bar box was rocking. Plus roasted veggies and garilic mushrooms. I may have had to close my eyes and put down my fork a couple of times in this meal just to truly savor the awesomeness. Once again, hats off to you Whole Foods hot bar.

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Of course, after all of the dairy it was probably not the best day to go skinny jeans shopping. Bloat-city, man. So dairy reintro was a success in that now I’m sure I will start billowing like a balloon after consuming a latte. Knowledge is power, my friends. I might take a couple days then try a dairy day that doesn’t include 12 oz of milk in one sitting, just butter and cheese. I can survive without milk, but it would be nice to be able to cook Home Chef meals with the butter and the cream in the sauce on occasion if I can determine it doesn’t affect me that much.

On the lighter side of life, is it too early to request a Mother’s Day gift?

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Photo cred to @cely524

Darn skippy, kids. I’m a gosh darn genius.

Go make it a great day!

September Whole30+ Recap

First off, we have to celebrate with the most awesome Whole30 picture ever.

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Aww yeah.

This Whole30 for me has been the most interesting and informative by far. In total I’ve completed 4 Whole30s since my first one in January 2013, and each one has been such a unique experience. But this one has totally exceeded my expectations not in the typical things (I don’t think I lost that much weight and my skin is still being all weird), but in terms of my mental state and attitude about food, I feel like such a different person now.

This round, it got super personal for me. I don’t want to get into the details since this is not the proper place for it, but we’ve all had those moments when Life Stuff gets hurled your way and puts you in a position that you never thought you’d ever be in. I found myself in a sort of “crisis mode,” prioritizing my family’s and my own emotional well-being. For the first time, I could not turn to the comfort of food or beer to help me cope. In the past I would have used it as an excuse to dive into pizza and cookies to help numb me out to what was happening around me. Instead, I adapted my schedule so the whole family could go to the gym together, coupling some quality time with healthy movement. I took Olive (and sometimes Squish) on All The Hikes. I became a Bedtime Routine fanatic with my kids, getting into a solid rhythm of jammies-books-songs-sippy cup-snuggles-sleep (maybe), followed by my own routine of book before a reasonable bedtime. And whenever I found myself craving because I needed “something,” I would stop everything and make myself a solid, delicious Whole30 meal, even if it was a can of tuna, a can of pureed sweet potatoes, and a jar of olives, because sometimes (to quote Melissa Hartwig) “good enough is good enough.” I replaced food with taking care of myself and others who needed me.

Normally by Day 28, I am dying to dive back into all of the foods I had to put aside – pizza and Safeway sheet cake and breakfast sandwiches and all of the other good, carby, sweet, bready things that will eventually make me feel like crap. But this time, I am not very interested in them. I mean, yeah, sometimes I think about which beer I’m going to drink first when I’m ready for it, but I’m not ready to run to the taps just yet. A huge reason is from reading “Food Freedom Forever” (more on that in another post!), but also I’m really trying to work the program this time. I’m not thinking of it as a diet, I want to just feel better with my normal habits and routines, not just constantly thinking, “I shouldn’t be eating this because it makes me feel like crap later but I want to feel good now so where’s my fork.”

So what’s changed? What has this Whole30 done for me? Here’s the list of my noticeable improvements so far:

  • SLEEP! I’m tired consistently in the evening around 8-9pm, fall asleep, and stay asleep until I wake up. Yay!
  • Cravings – I’m not dancing around the Sugar Dragon nearly as hard as before. I can look at a jar of candy and not obsess about it. It’s just candy, for Pete’s sake.
  • Pants – my pants are looser, meaning I do not have to go out and buy bigger pants like I was on the edge of doing before.
  • Energy – I have consistent energy all day, and don’t come home from work and collapse on the bed unable to do anything. I bounce into the post-Mom’s-home chaos and am able to meet everyone’s enthusiasm that I’m now available to talk and cuddle and fill sippy cups and make dinner and play Family/Paw Patrol for the millionth time.
  • Athletic Performance – I had so many PR’s at the gym this month! I have been feeling fabulous and loving the workouts, and I think I’ve dialed in a good pre- and post-workout snack template for me. More about that later.
  • Mood/Temper – this has been the most noticeable by far. I was getting really frazzled, short-tempered, and snappy. I couldn’t handle trying to do two things at once in the way that you always have to do everything in a house with small humans, with things as simple as Squish trying to talk to me about his day while I made dinner. I needed EVERYONE TO LEAVE ME ALONE, ALL THE TIME. I was not a pleasant person to be around. Now, I have so much more mental and emotional space to show love and be gracious even with Buttercup having another “accident” on the rug because she’s running around without a diaper on again while Olive’s barking at the neighbors and going nuts on the screen door and Squish is trying to feed me my lines for how my Paw Patrol character is supposed to react to his character in his imaginary Family-Paw-Patrol role-playing game he thinks I’m playing with him, while I’m “ruining” dinner because I didn’t read the Home Chef directions all the way and totally messed up the balsamic reduction. I can just deal, give hugs and gentle direction as needed, and still get the sh*t done.

I’ve also discovered things that do/don’t work for me that I didn’t realize was a thing before:

  • I need more than 3 meals a day, especially when I’m training a lot. I just do. My stomach just can’t hold that much food at breakfast, and I need a midmorning snack to make it to lunch, on top of me pre- and post-workout snacks. Just a couple hard boiled eggs, and Epic bar, or in a pinch some fruit and nuts work just fine. I just make sure it has at least protein and/or fat in it, or I just get hungrier if it’s only carbs.
  • When I don’t get enough to eat, I get fatigued and cranky. It’s a hit-by-a-truck, batteries-fully-drained kind of tired. And I get really impatient. This was happening constantly until I realized I needed another meal in the day to get me through. Once I started eating a mini-meal in the morning I perked back up again.
  • I love Rx Bars, but they do not love me. We needn’t go into the details here, just trust me. I’m going to have to stick with Epic bars as packaged emergency food for now on.
  • I still hate weekly meal prep, but I like batch cooking for the next day or two. Throwing in an extra tray of veggies to roast with what I’m already making with dinner is easy. Grilling some extra chicken when the grill is still hot from our weekend lunch BBQ is NBD.
  • It’s totally okay if the last four nights of dinners consisted of chicken apple sausage and frozen veggies with olive oil. Because it’s still compliant, it’s still tasty, and when you’ve got a million other things going on that’s totally good enough.

I am overjoyed at how well I’ve been able to tackle this round of Whole30, and how I’m still motivated and pumped to see a solid reintroduction round through. So I shall toast with a glass of wine tonight (maybe, if I feel like it), and start on my reinto tomorrow! Mmm, peanut butter.

That’s all for now, go make it a great day!

Party On Whole30 Style

Saturday night we hosted a beer tasting party for our home brewery. It was Day 28 of the Whole30 for me, and I would like to happily report that I stayed compliant for the entire evening and had a wonderful time!

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We put the invite for the party out on Nextdoor (a social media app for neighborhoods) so everyone that came – except for my sister; hi, Amanda! – I met for the first time. It was a little hard conversing with strangers without the comfort of “liquid courage” in my glass, but I bought like eleventeen different flavors of sparkling water ahead of time, so my glass contents were still tasty.

It was so funny, I didn’t even want the beer. Shocker, I know! But knowing that it would be too easy to go overboard into Drunksville on hour high-alcohol craft beers, and how I want to still be functioning and having a good time when the party was winding down, I really didn’t have a problem refilling my glass with La Croix. And it was way easier to give Buttercup a sip of sparkling water from my glass than to constantly be policing where my beer is in proximity to her fast, crafty little toddler hands (she loves the taste of beer so we constantly have to police our bottles and glasses). But I found not drinking beer with everyone else to be a lot more do-able than I had imagined. I just filled my glass with La Croix, didn’t mention it or say anything to anybody what I was drinking, and had a good time.

For the part food, I made a huge pulled pork roast and served it with barbecue sauce on the side so I could have the meat, and I made a huge plate of cut veggies with guacamole so I knew there was stuff I could eat. Many people generously brought dishes to pass, so we had plenty of food for everyone!

Meanwhile, my knee has decided to start bothering me. Enter all of the ice packs.

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For real?!? Yup. I think I’ve been propping my foot on the coffee table when Hulk and I watch our nightly ritual “Cheers” reruns on Netflix, and the hyper-extension on my knee has started to become a problem. I’m finding after standing or walking for a short while it starts to ache. Which sucks because I have ALL THE HIKES planned for Olive and me, not to mention all the CrossFit. But for now it’s lots of ice, quit standing, and quit propping my foot up without knee support! Okay, body, you can stop acting old at any time now. Really, we can go back to when I could do anything at anytime with little to no warning and you bounce back in like six hours.

Speaking of getting old, guess who’s birthday is coming up?

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Aww yeah. Just throwing it out there to the universe. You know.

That’s all for now, go make it a great day!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

mole, so I knew I had some options for food. Plus, I was so busy running around entertaining, I almost forgot to eat! The neighbors all graciously brought dishes as well, but it was mostly from the bread-and-treat variety

Whole30 Day 27 and My Reintro Plan

It’s Friday, or Fri-yay! as some of my social media counterparts prefer to claim.

Today is Day 27 of my Whole3036 and I’m hitting the “holy Oprah it’s almost done” phase. And I just finished my copy of “Food Freedom Forever,” so I’m super pumped to actually do this reset right.

I’ve been a Whole30 yo-yo’er, and that’s always been the part that I’ve struggled with.  I do my 30 days, feel amazing, then I don’t really do the reintro. So it’s a quick slide back in to Crappysville, population = me, and I have to restart all over, beating my head against the same issues again and again.

Not this time (hopefully!) because now, I have a PLAN!

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Written in my handy-dandy Commit30 planner (which is amazing; you should get one) is my day-by-day reintro plan of exactly what I will introduce when. And a doodle of a bike, because I will “ride my own bike” with my own diet from now on, and I apparently doodle bikes really well.

So the reintro process is I keep eating like I’m on a Whole30, but on the specified reintro days I can experiment with off-plan foods to see how they affect my digestion, sleep, energy, mood, and any other noticeable factors that have improved over the last 30 days. Why I’ve never done the proper reintro before is because by Day 30, I was DONE with the plan and could not WAIT to dive head-first into all the stuff I was missing. Now I know better, and I do not want to waste the last 30 days of hard work figuring out how foods affect me if I don’t reintro properly. Lesson learned.

So here’s the plan:

  • Day 31: Celebrate a successful Whole30 with a glass of wine! I’m thinking a fancy one from our stash, I’m sure I can twist Hulk’s arm to celebrate with me.
  • Day 32: Legumes –
    • ALL THE PEANUT BUTTER. Totally slathering my apple in PB with my snack or breakfast.
    • Beans – I’ll have a burrito bowl and include beans (but no cheese or rice just yet)
  • Days 33 – 34: Whole30 food, see how I feel
  • Day 35: Non-gluten grains –
    • POPCORN!! With ghee instead of butter, because not Dairy Day yet.
    • Maybe rice with dinner. I don’t eat much rice, but my family does, and it would be helpful if I knew how often I can indulge with them. I’m undecided if this is necessary quite yet.
  • Days 36-37: Whole30 food, see how it goes
  • Day 38: Dairy (okay, now it gets fun)-
    • Creamer in the coffee!
    • Cheese on my eggs!
    • Butter on my veggies!
  • Days 39-40: Whole30 food, maybe find out it’s not so fun?
  • Day 41: Gluten Day. At last, this is the day.
    • BEER. OMG, all the beer. Like, a pint. Not literally all of the beer. That would likely kill me. But I am so eager to have a beer again.
    • I am going to search high and low for the best pumpkin muffin in the East Bay. I know I really like the Starbucks pumpkin cream cheese muffins, but I can’t do one of those for reintro because cream cheese. And the Flying Goat coffee shop has hands-down the best pumpkin chocolate chip muffins in the universe, but I don’t want to do one of those for reintro because chocolate chips. Anyone have a good recommendation for an only-pumpkin muffin? Maybe I’ll have to make my own.
    • Maybe a sandwich. Because I do like to have a sandwich for lunch from a deli if I’m crunched for time.

Then I Whole30 it for two more days and see how my energy, digestion, mood, sleep, exercise, and all of the other good stuff change with my new diet tweaks.

That’s all for now, go make it a great day!

September 2016 Goals Recap

Well, this is funny. I want to review the goals I accomplished in September, but I realized I never posted at the beginning of the month what my goals were going to be. So we can view this as a bit of a “Did It List”.

Anyway, I wanted to do the September Whole30 with the rest of the Whole30 community in anticipation for the release of the new book “Food Freedom Forever,” which I preordered on Amazon and is due at my doorstep any day now! I also wanted to chip away at my 2016 CrossFit Goals list, and I did hit a couple which was very exciting!

I guess I can’t say that I’ve successfully completed my Whole30 goal since I’m not done yet, but as far as sticking with it for the month of September it was great success. I did have a party six days in where the whole point of the party was to share our home brew, an after pondering it well before embarking on my Whole30  I decided it would be reasonable and worth it to indulge in some beer for the party. I kept the rest of the food compliant (okay, I did have a handful of nuts that I found out had peanut oil later, but that was a whoops), and only drank a couple beers while serving others. It was a very fun party, and I was still motivated to pick up my Whole30 where I left off the next day, which I figured would be the biggest risk. Today would be Day 30, but I’m going to hold out for 6 more days to get in a full 30 days sticking with the program.

Other fun goals accomplished:

  • I ran a mile in 8:56, which is HUGE for me. Back in the day when I ran marathons and stuff, 12:00 was my “happy” pace, and if I pushed it I might have squeaked out a 10:00. Anything under 9 minutes is unheard of for my stumpy little legs. Yay!
  • I pulled off a 50kg (110lb) push press max! I can now lift a slightly emaciated Hollywood starlet over my head if required to do so.
  • I also surprised myself with a 72kg 10-rep-max deadlift. Which is 158 lbs. That would be a standard-sized human. I can pick up and put down a standard-sized human 10 times in a row. Then on further analysis, I realize that I weigh roughly 158 lbs. So really,  I could clone myself, then pick my clone up and set me down 10 times in a row.
  • I’m still working on double-unders as well. So far the record’s 18 unbroken. My goal is to get to 25 unbroken. The consistency of being able to string multiples together is getting better, especially since I got my own rope (ordered this one on Amazon in yellow, and I’ve named her Betty) and I like to do a few before class to warm up. I found out there is really no good place at home to jump rope, since the garage has a really low ceiling and the rope keeps whacking the fluorescent lights, which is bad. And I don’t want to do it outside since the concrete will chew the rope cord up. Ah, suburban homeowner problems. But I’ve been getting some good practice in before and after class, so I’m not too stressed about it.

That’s it for now, I’m excited on what fun stuff October will bring!

Go make it a great day!