Saturday, February 28, 2015

Highlights from My Week

Do people still celebrate dating anniversaries after they get married?  We did.  That gorgeous bouquet above is from my sweetie!  Dave and I celebrated 5 years of dating by heading into the city for a Sunday funday last weekend.  After almost killing ourselves trying to conquer a completely iced over pedestrian bridge at the train station, we cruised into the city and our first stop was Fado's Irish Pub for a boozy brunch with Michelle and Alex.  The mimosas and bloody marys were bottomless, the food was rich, and the (still drunk from last night?) soccer fans were very entertaining.  Unfortunately my camera randomly stopped working mid brunch without anything happening to it :/


After that we headed to the Wells Fargo Center and actually got to watch the Flyers win a great game!  Last time we went to a game, it seemed as if the team forgot to show up, so this was a treat.

When we left the stadium, it was almost 50 degrees which felt like t-shirt weather!  We finished up our time in the city by grabbing a bite to eat at Victory in Xfinity Live and finishing our drinks outside in the sun.

My week started out fairly uneventful, but on Tuesday there was some action!  I left work a little early to head to the chiropractor before cheer practice, but while I was cruising up 476 I heard an awful noise.  I crossed 3 lanes to get into the shoulder and just as I was coming to a stop, the entire tread ripped off my tire!  Forget getting a flat, my whole tire basically flew off!  I didn't even know that could happen!  Thank God I was able to pull over when I did because I did not bend my rim.  I am also so thankful that I wasn't in the 2 lane construction zone with no shoulder that was only a few miles up the road.  And I was lucky it was a rear tire because when that happens to a front tire, apparently it's a lot more dicey.  My knight in shining armor came to save me with the help of a police man and service truck to give us some cover.  It was pretty nerve wracking watching Dave change my tire while people whizzed by him doing 70 miles per hour.  Public service announcement: PLEASE change lanes if you see someone stuck on the side of the road, especially if they are squatting down 2' from the edge of your lane.  I immediately drove to Creamery Tire and was in and out.  They are the best.  I was even able to still squeeze in a session at my chiropractor where they tried a new technique on my back.  I'll have to post more about that when I figure out what it's actually called.

On Thursday I took a long lunch and went to check out a local farmer's market called Super Gigante with a coworker.  I picked up a ton of cheap produce and what I'm really excited about is finding lots of organ meats and bones!  I've dabbled in making bone broth from whole chickens or random leftover thigh bones, but I've been wanting to try to make beef broth.  I also know how nutritious organ meats are but when I finally got up the nerve to even think about trying them, I couldn't find any in the few conventional grocery stores I looked in.  I plan on sneaking some liver into dinner sometime in the near future.  These burgers are 1/3 ground beef, 1/3 liver, and 1/3 bacon.  With that kind of bacon ratio, how bad could they be?  I've also been checking out these garlic chicken livers, very simple and the recipe has so many glowing reviews.  I'm not telling Dave lol.

This week also marked the beginning of the 2015 CrossFit Open!  When they posted the first workout (+ a bonus workout) I was feeling kind of anxious.

My recorded max snatch is 80 lbs and although I know my real max is higher than that (just haven't had the chance to really try it), 75 lbs snatches sounded heavy!  I was also intimidated by the toes to bar (which is exactly what it sounds like: hang from a bar, swing toes up to bar).  I didn't think I could really do them.  I have the kipping motion down but my toes don't usually make it anywhere near the bar.  This is the first year there's a scaled division and the scaled WOD was 55 lbs for women with hanging knee raises instead of T2B.  I really wasn't sure if I should Rx or scale.

I was also nervous about my linger back issues.  Lighter weight deadlifts are supposed to be connected (as opposed to just dropping the weight every time), which isn't always great for my back.  And let's not forget maxing out a clean and jerk after a grueling WOD!  That was really my biggest worry.  My back has been touch and go with cleans and for some reason my forearm was hurting last week too.  And to top it all off, I really didn't get enough sleep this week.

When I got to the gym at 6 am, I was itching to ask my coach for advice.  She asked to see my T2B and some snatches (and offered me her personal barbell to use) and recommended that I Rx it.  I agreed that I should, but it immediately made me super nervous!  We went in 2 heats and I had to go first because I needed to get it over with so I could stop stressing.

The workout went great!  The T2B were hard and slowed me down since I was doing them one or two at a time, but I did them!  The deadlifts were the easy part.  The snatches were definitely heavy and I struggled on a few of them, but I'm so glad my coach pushed me to Rx.  It was definitely the right choice.  And using her bar was nice too, it's made for women so it has a smaller diameter which helped me grip it.  This WOD was all about grip and it definitely made a difference.  I got through 3 rounds + 3 T2B but after the 9 minutes were up, it was time to max out!

After our workouts, I'm typically laying on the floor for a bit before I can even sit up and grab a drink... NOT maxing out an olympic lift!  We had 6 minutes to work up to our max, so it was a little bit of a puzzle to add enough weight at a time to not waste your energy doing a bunch of non max reps vs. adding too much weight at a time and not being able to do it.  I put too much on my bar during one of my jumps, couldn't do it, and immediately ripped off 10 lbs.  Apparently I get really mental during max cleans and I bailed a few times on what I thought might be my max for the day.  I didn't count the plates while this was going on, I couldn't waste the time or mental capacity, so I really didn't know how much I was lifting.  After a few bails, everyone in the gym was sending lots of encouragement my way and I told myself I could do it.  And then I did!  The jerk was a little bit of a struggle but I muscled it up there.  I tried to add another 5 lbs on the bar in the last 30 seconds, but I couldn't get through my mental crap.  When I added up the weight, I realized I lifted 125 lbs for a 5 lbs PR!  I'm still not really comfortable dropping into a full squat when I'm cleaning or jumping into a split when I jerk, both of which would put me lower when I catch the bar, so I wouldn't have to lift it as high allowing me to lift more weight.  So I think I still have a lot of room to grow on my maxes.  Also my back didn't hurt at all during the workout :)

This weekend has been whirlwind of fun events including an epic fajita feast with some of my coworkers and a fun day in the city that involved helping our friend propose to her girlfriend!  It was awesome but I'm glad our Sunday will be filled with church, family, and rest.

What was the highlight of your week?

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Guest Post: Stephanie's Whole30 Results

I am so happy to share another Whole30 success story with you guys!  And I'm hoping there will be even more in the near future. Stephanie did her first round with me back in July and I was so happy when she decided to join me again in January.  She really embraces the program for everything that it is. Great job Steph, you rock!!!!

I got one less pound without ya!
My second (more successful) #Whole30 journey

After Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Year’s Eve, and a wedding weekend/mini road trip with my boyfriend’s family, it was time to re-evaluate my lifestyle. I ate (and drank) without a lot of regard to what I was putting in my body and rarely exercising. I’d justify my actions thinking “I don’t eat this too often so it’s ok” or “it’s only once a year” or “I’m in a rush and need to eat now or I won’t eat for hours.” I was going to Dunkin Donuts regularly, and not just for coffee- hurting not only my body but my wallet. In a pinch I’d grab a McWrap and I didn’t think twice about frozen pizza out of it’s sheer convenience. And worst of all I drank too much.

In December I purchased a new gym membership with the hopes I would lose some weight before the January 3rd wedding. I went a few times and it felt good, but not enough to make the impact I wanted and I was just uncomfortable enough in my dress to trigger my motivation to make a change. To make matters worse, nearly every member of my bf’s family is a (marathon) runner and in amazing shape.

Enter the Whole30.

In the back of my mind I thought about doing this again in January or at least make an effort to practice a more paleo lifestyle. Amber (thankfully) read my mind and gave me that last push I needed to get back on track, and as a result I am down 5 lbs., lost an inch in my chest, and about a quarter inch everywhere else. Best of all- I feel great! My clothes fit better, I have more energy, and my cravings for junk food, alcohol, sugar, and grains are practically gone.

Things that contributed to my success
  • Time: My job has a condition where I am required to go on unpaid leave for one month every year. It just so happened that I took January as my furlough month. This was a blessing in disguise because it allowed me the time to plan meals, shop, cook, and take advantage of my gym membership. I rediscovered my love for cooking and retaught myself how to shop. Before the Whole30, I grocery shopped maybe once every other week. Shopping was neither habitual nor pleasing.
  • Tools: I LOVE kitchen gadgets- always have, and I can thank my dad for that because he was always in the kitchen cooking up something delicious. There are certain tools though that make paleo cooking that much easier and I never ever want to live without them:
    • Citrus juicer: I go through lemons and limes more than I ever have in my entire life when I eat paleo. Hand squeezing the juice out only goes so far and when I’m spending more money at the grocery store, I want to make sure it goes as far as it can.
    • Garlic press: There’s nothing like fresh garlic! I keep a jar of minced garlic in the fridge but if I’m spending this much time in the kitchen already I’m going to go with the fresh stuff and this is my favorite way to prepare garlic.
    • Mini-chop and food processor: I’ve happily used my mini-chop for a few years now, but now that I’m cooking with fresh produce on a daily basis the time-saving benefits are really coming to light. And then I discovered that a mini-chop is NOT the same as a food processor, an amazing gadget that luckily for me, my roommate owns.
    • Immersion blender: Purchased during my last Whole 30 to make smoothies, it still makes awesome drinks when I’m just not in the mood to cook. As a treat I learned to use half coconut milk and half coconut yogurt with frozen fruit to make a thick and tasty sorbet-like dessert-yum!
    • Hand-held mandolin slicer: If you don’t have one- buy one. $14.99 at Wegman’s but I’m sure you can get it anywhere. It paid for itself in the first use making plantain chips. I’m a sucker for salty crunchy snacks, and this gadget is necessary to get those consistently thin slices of your favorite fruit or veggie to make chips or slightly thicker slices for roasting.
  • Support: This was my leading cause for success in this program. Between the Facebook group, my family, and my friends I had nearly 360° support. I originally discussed my plans to do the Whole30 with my boyfriend while we were away at his cousin’s wedding. He wasn’t terribly interested in doing the program but out of support he agreed that while we were together he’d eat and drink compliantly, which was a good enough deal for me. About mid-way though the program he started getting the hang of it and admitted to feeling better when he shared meals with me. My mother was also a great help. She went grocery shopping with me 3 out of the 4 weeks of the program and helped me price shop and buy some bulk items with her Costco membership. Her and my step-father welcomed my cooking and snack making both at my house and at theirs. Together we tried hidden liver meatballs, paleo bread, and a full spread of (90% complaint) Super Bowl snacks. Over the course of the program I continued to share recipes, struggles, tips, and issues with an amazing group of paleo practicers. It was fun to try new recipes and make compliant substitutes for not so healthy or whole foods.

Additional results and takeaways
  • It’s all about balance. One of the main principles of the Whole30 is to focus on the quality of foods you put into your body and not to count calories. However, it’s still important to monitor proportions. I believe this is where I need to continue to work. I never felt hungry during my program but I also didn’t focus too much on the balance of vegetables, proteins, fats, and fruits. I plan to use My Fitness Pal as a sort of check and balances. I think the simple act of recording my food intake will make me more conscious of my choices (how much protein, how much calcium, how much sugar I’m putting into my body).
  • Keep exercising! I’m usually either good at focusing on working out OR eating right and have yet to find the ability to focus my attention on both simultaneously. What can I say, I’m a work in progress!
  • Not everyone is going to want to try paleo. My roommate, who has been trying to eat better, prefers to count calories and purchase 100-calorie snack packs rather than chopping veggies. It’s her choice. All I can do is provide information to her about the benefits of paleo, if she wants it, and support her in her endeavors.
  • Similarly, I’ve learned how increasingly different I have become than my family with regard to health and eating. I come from a family of frozen, boxed, and canned meal makers. Premade marinades? Check. Powdered mashed potatoes? Check. Splenda packets, boxed muffins, bread and butter with every meal? Check, check, and check. And while it was nice to grocery shop with my mom, I was constantly biting my tongue- preventing myself from constantly asking her “Why do you buy this crap?” On the other hand, I was becoming irritated every week when my grocery bill was nearly three times larger than hers.
  • Paleo mayo is just not worth it. Like many paleo replacements like mayo, ketchup, bread, etc they just don’t live up to the real thing. But the fact of the matter is- that’s ok. Why? I didn’t really eat those products to begin with! If I make tuna or egg salad I’m going to use an avocado instead of mayo. Instead of ketchup on my eggs I use hot sauce or balsamic vinegar. And honestly, I don’t miss bread so I couldn’t care less to not have it around. Cheese on the other hand...there’s no substitute and I thank my lucky stars that it doesn’t have a horrible effect on me!

I’m going to strive to continue to live a more paleo lifestyle. I believe in the 80/20 principle because no one is perfect, and at 80% paleo all the time I think I deserve the 20% relief (pending good gym habits continue).

I plan to continue to...
  • Be grain free, with the exception of popcorn, but I’ll scale back and move away from the pre-packaged kind.
  • Drink only on the weekends. While not only economical, it’s way better for my health and I notice less puffiness under my eyes.
  • Limit my dairy consumption. I’ll reserve cheese and ice cream as special treats and seek calcium in other areas (green leafy vegetables and maybe even sardines).
  • Limit caffeine consumption.
  • Stay away from legumes. I think it’s obvious why.
  • Limit sweets and seek dark chocolate as an alternative for when I get a sweet craving.
  • Buy fresh and local produce. Converting to all organic is just not in the budget, but when I can I’d prefer to support locally grown products. I’d also like to go to more farmers markets in the spring.
Thank you to everyone who participated in the January Whole30 and best of luck in your future fooding!


Thursday, February 12, 2015

Random Updates: Butler, Italy, & Workouts

We've had Butler for almost a month now and things are going really well.  He can be a little more rambunctious than we're used to, but most of the time he's happy gnawing on a bone or laying in your lap.  We're still crating him during the day, but we started not crating him overnight this week and he's doing great!  We were worried we were going to have two dogs jumping in and out of our bed all night, since Puddin' sometimes likes to sneak in in the middle of the night and Butler used to sleep in a bed at his foster home.  But both doggies have been sleeping in their beds on the floor... unless we snooze our alarms a million times, then we end up with two cuddly pups in the bed.  Puddin' has adjusted pretty well.  Butler is still testing her patience.  He loves to take toys and bones right out of her mouth and sometimes she could care less and other times she'll let him know that she's not a fan.

She's started to show interest in playing with him and sometimes he's into it and sometimes he's not.  I can't wait until we actually get a fence, I know they're going to love it.  I think we'll actually make this happen in the next month or two, when the temps are consistently above freezing.  The biggest thing we're still working on with Butler is not jumping up.  At his foster home, he was definitely allowed to jump up and give kisses.  Although sometimes it's cute, I can remember the first time I met Puddin', she jumped up and left a huge scratch mark down my leg and I said to Dave, when she is ours, she will NOT do that.  I do not enjoy dogs that jump up on people.  It can be really painful, it can be stressful for people that are already intimidated by dogs, and I do not want to be nervous having my dog around small children.  The fact that we own pit bulls makes this even more important.  So many people judge the breed without knowing anything about them and when they meet our dogs, I want them to be so well behaved and sweet that they can't help but change their minds.  Over time, Puddin' learned not to jump on people (except for certain people who spoil her rotten) and I know Butler will learn soon enough.  Puddin' has changed the minds of many of our friends and family, and I hope to own many pit bulls throughout my life who continue to do the same.

In other news, we officially booked our flights to Italy for a trip we're planning in the fall!  We are flying into Florence and from there we plan on checking out Tuscany, doing some sightseeing in Rome, hanging out on the Amalfi Coast, and flying out of Naples.  I've never been to Europe and Dave has never been to Italy, so we figured it was a great time to go while it's still just the two of us ;)  We're currently doing some research and gathering recommendations for hotels, restaurants, and transportation.  If you've ever been to Italy, please share all your tips with us!!!!

I've been majorly slacking getting to the gym this week.  My back hasn't felt great recently and I haven't been doing a good job getting to bed early, so staying in bed in the morning has been pretty appealing.  I played volleyball at our church on Wednesday for the first time in almost a year, so that was fun and it left me sore in some random places.  I'm headed to CrossFit tomorrow morning and yoga tomorrow night.  And I'm planning on going to CF on Sunday for the barbell club.  I guess I could do worse!

This weekend is going to be freezing.  On Sunday the low is supposed to be 1, real feel -23.  Other than CF & church, I'll be hibernating!  I have Monday off too, I am so looking forward to the long weekend.  Do you have Presidents' Day off?

I hope everyone has a lovely Valentine's Day!  Stay warm <3

Monday, February 9, 2015

Our Menu for the Week & Reintroducing Beans

Hello!  How's your week kicking off?  I started mine with a bit of a belly ache.  When I saw Dave's mom's appetizer at the family dinner last night, I had every intention of completely avoiding it.  She brought a salsa dish that was primarily black beans and corn with some tomatoes, avocado, cilantro, and lime juice.  I hadn't tried any of it when Dave's mom excitingly told me that she thought I would like this dish since it had avocados in it and it was pretty healthy!  At this point, I felt obligated to try it and it was pretty tasty.  I should have stopped there, but everyone kept raving about how good it was and I had to agree.  Throughout the night I definitely tried some other non compliant things, but I knew none of them were at fault when I started to have some serious flatulence upon leaving the party. Beans beans, they're good for your heart, the more you eat, the more you... feel like you need to use the bathroom but just can't.  Needless to say, between this and the chili incident, I will not be including beans in my diet.

Food stuff with my mother-in-law is awkward.  I thought she had the gist of what we eat and don't eat, but I guess we've never discussed legumes.  Do I have food allergies?  No.  Am I going to get sick if I eat pasta/bread/beans/etc?  Do stomach pains count...?  Do I offend my mother-in-law when she makes a dish specifically thinking I will like it?  I'd love to just sit down with her and come clean, but for some reason I always just feel like I'm being ridiculous.  To a woman who shows her love in the kitchen, am I just being a snobby health freak?  Mehhhhhhh.

Between eating out a few times this weekend and the bean situation, it's definitely time to get back on track and do some meal planning!  So what's on the menu this week?  Tonight I made Sweet Potato Waffle Breakfast BLT With Garlic Basil Aioli.  It was slightly labor intensive but it was oh so worth it!  The waffles were great and it was fun to finally use our waffle maker.  I may never make Paleo pancakes in a pan ever again, this was so much easier.

Here's what's coming up later this week:
Dave and I think going out on Valentine's Day is overrated, so our tradition is to stay home and enjoy some homemade chicken parm.  It's my favorite food and I won't be doing anything to try and make it Paleo.  I will be making my own sauce (minus the sugar, plus some fresh tomatoes) and serving it with a big veggie lasagne (hold the noodles but don't forget the cheese).  I'm even thinking of making some treats for Vday and these two recipes caught my eye: Paleo Double Chocolate Cupcakes and Paleo Cookie Dough.

And let's end with some mug shots.

Would you tell your family if you didn't want to eat something they made for you?  What do you think I should do?

Sunday, February 8, 2015

My January Whole30 Results!

Without further ado...

Day 1   Weight = 155 lbs
Day 30 Weight = 145 lbs
Weight Loss     = 10 lbs!

This Whole30 was so necessary.  Beforehand, I remember just feeling so bloated.  I was avoiding half of my wardrobe because everything seemed to showcase my inflated tummy.  I started thinking about all the clothing that I gave away because it was too big, wondering if I should've kept it just in case.  I can never understand how I let myself get to that point.  I suppose it happens over time, but I really gave up trying to eat healthy at all.

Sometimes I think about growing up and how it impacts my eating habits now.  When I was young, I ate whatever I wanted with no remorse or real consequence.  My mom cooked delicious meals and there was always some kind of treat in the house.  I loved to eat and I was super active and I certainly never thought about portion control.  On one hand, it's awesome that I never had to think about any of it.  I took pleasure in food and didn't have any disordered thoughts as a young adolescent.  On the other hand, I never learned to practice self control of any kind... which takes us to college.

When I was at Penn State, I tried to watch what I ate and include veggies in my diet during meal time.  But if I was drunk (or hungover) all bets were completely off!  Drunk munchies consisted of 2-3 giant slices of pizza, an order of pokey sticks aka melt in your mouth greasy cheesy bread, or my favorite "fat sandwich" from R U Hungry? piled high with gyro meat, onion rings, mozzarella sticks, bacon, and french fries.  All drenched in ranch, of course.  I can remember watching the Victoria Secret runway show with my roommates while stuffing our faces with booze, pizza, and cookies and thinking it was hilarious.  I gained some weight, lost it during the summer, gained it back... it was only 10 lbs and it never stopped me from eating exactly what I wanted at 3 in the morning.

Fast forward a few years... I find healthy living blogs, I realize that food is fuel (not just something tasty to put in your mouth), I run a half marathon, I discover Paleo and CrossFit... I am a changed woman!  So why do I still find myself chowing down on five slices of pizza and feeling smugly entertained by it?

It's really frustrating to look back over the past few years on the blog.  My January 2015 starting weight was the same as my January 2013 and July 2014 starting weights.  I feel like I'm losing the same 10 lbs over and over again.  I know weight is just a number, the scale does not tell the whole story.  I know that I am getting stronger in the gym.  I know that my body is beautiful!  However, the way my stomach blows up like a balloon when I stop caring about my diet makes it's easy to see that that is not working for me.  Since this is my 4th Whole30 (plus a 2 month Paleo challenge), I guess it's pretty obvious that 30 days is not long enough for me to make the healthy habits stick.  For me, following strict rules for 30 days is the easy part... it's riding my own bike afterwards that is so damn hard.

Right now I feel great.  My skin is clear.  I don't need coffee every day.  I don't feel like I'm going to pass out at my desk after lunch.  My clothes fit again!  I don't finish meals feeling like I've got a food baby in my belly.  My stomach feels good, no weird pains.  Come to think of it... I didn't get ANY cramps when shark week came along this month!!!!

So what now?  After every other Whole30 I've done, as soon it was over I stuffed my face with a bunch of crap and then felt awful.  I am desperately trying to avoid that scenario this time around.  I am trying to reintroduce individual things (dairy, gluten, etc) to see exactly how they affect me.  After I test each thing, I am planning on staying mostly compliant at home (compliant + cheese) and being more relaxed when I'm out to eat or at a party.

So far I've tried a few forms of dairy without much of a reaction.  I think my tummy might not be a huge fan of crappy oils that french fries are fried in and that exist in some salad dressings.  We ate out a few times this weekend, but I made good choices and didn't make myself ill.  I do regret the roll I ate with my Saladworks for lunch today.  It was crusty, yet soft and delicious covered in grass-fed butter, but then it made my tummy feel yucky and bloated afterwards.  Tonight will be a true test at a Midgley family dinner.  There is always quite a spread of tasty appetizers, some wine, and I'm already thinking about the birthday cake.

My number one goal for 2015 is to commit to clean eating and don't let indulgences here and there take me completely off track, so now it's time to put my money where my mouth is!

Would you ever do a Whole30?!  Or do you think I'm crazy?

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Wednesday, February 4, 2015

January Whole30: Days 21 - 30

Day 21, Sunday 1/25/15 - I've been wanting to go to CrossFit on a Sunday for a few weeks now since they've been doing the barbell club meaning the workout is based on heavy lifts and there isn't a WOD, but the timing is really tight with church and I decided meal prep was more crucial.  I plopped some beef in the crockpot and prepped the brunch I was going to scarf down between church and leaving for my cheer banquet.  I completely skipped the dessert reception after the banquet, I didn't want to put myself in a tempting situation.  I stopped at my mom's house and she was making my fave, chicken parm.  I swear I could've taken the entire block of mozzarella to the face.

Day 22, Monday 1/26/15 - So many treats in the kitchen at work!  Avoided all the cupcakes, brownies, etc.  Dave and I tore it up in the kitchen at dinner time.  I really love this salad (I skipped the maple syrup in the dressing).

Day 23, Tuesday 1/27/15 - I worked from home, even though the snow storm was pretty much a complete bust.  Dave started joking about ordering a pizza.  It wasn't funny!  We stuck to our leftovers.  I made Krista's mushrooms for dinner and they were so easy and delicious.  Next time I think I'll whip up some Paleo tartar sauce to go with them.  Her photos are a lot prettier than mine.

Day 24, Wednesday 1/28/15 - After blowing off the gym two days in a row due to "inclement weather," I decided I had to go!  The lifting portion was a bunch of heavy front squats and they were really hurting my back.  I tried my best to focus on form, but I ended up actually taking some weight off my bar because I didn't want to risk an injury.  Perhaps a trip to the chiropractor needs to happen sooner rather than later.  I'm also thinking I may need to do some extra core work to strengthen my back.  The WOD sucked.  It was a 12 minute AMRAP of 100 wallballs (throw a medicine ball into the air, catch it, squat, repeat), 75 shoulders to overhead (women's Rx 55 lbs), 50 alternating pistols (one legged squats), and 25 burpees.  As many rounds as possible?!  Hahaha.  I made it through the wallballs and 33 S2O.  And it was terrible!  This workout left me seriously winded, like almost lightheaded.  I felt worse afterward this WOD than I have in a while.

The pants I wore to work fit me pretty well at the beginning of the month, but today they were seriously loose, yay!  This pad thai is so good!

Day 25, Thursday 1/29/15 - My quads were SO sore!  This day was pretty uneventful otherwise.  I felt great.  Dinner was quick and easy.  Just another day in Whole30 land...

Day 26, Friday 1/30/15 - Hit the gym at 6 am.  The strength portion was a bunch of cleans.  I didn't lift as heavy as I wanted to since I was still feeling something in my lower back.  The WOD was a 6 minute AMRAP of 6 Thrusters (squat and then push overhead, 65 lbs for women) and 12 kettlebell swings (the prescribed (Rx) weight was 53 lbs, I swung 36 lbs).  The thrusters felt a lot heavier than I expected them to.  I'm still not 100% comfortable swinging the 36 lbs kettlebell.  I know I can do it, but when I get tired sometimes I lose control of it at the top.  I may or may not have put a dent in the floor at the end of the workout.  I should've used some chalk to get a better grip on the handle, it felt slippery as soon as I started.

12 hours later, I went to my first yoga class in a long time.  I found a local studio offering $5 Fridays in February!  It felt so great and I plan on going back next week!  The rest of my Friday night was spent running around to 2 different grocery stores in some crazy cold wind, cooking the quickest dinner ever (chicken & shrimp fajita bowls) when I finally got home after 9 pm, and then promptly passing out on the couch.  #partyanimal

Day 27, Saturday 1/31/15 - I hosted a surprise sprinkle for my girlfriend Kimber at the house.  It was a potluck so I made compliant sausage and my friend Leah (also doing the Whole30) made parsnip hummus with veggies and a delicious Mexican Chicken Chowder from the Against All Grain cookbook.  I ate some fresh fruit as dessert and felt super satisfied.  I did have a little cupcake envy...

A little peek at my dining room.

Day 28, Sunday 2/1/15 - Sunday morning started with a barbell club class at CrossFit.  There is no workout of the day, just a bunch of different movements to work on lifting technique.  We worked on our snatch form and I really liked it.  After church, I did some relaxing and then a lot of food prep!  I also learned a few things... like fresh garlic is way stronger than the jar of preminced garlic and that the chicken wings I purchased were whole wings and preparing them involved a lot more work than I ever realized.  We had an epic super bowl feast, I made way too much food and didn't even end up serving some of it!

My friend made some Paleo but not quite Whole30 approved snacks and I couldn't help but indulge.  She makes a version of these Bacon Avocado Cups with Balsamic Glaze and they are my favorite thing in the world.  She also made some sweet potato fries (that had a dipping sauce involving butter & brown sugar that I touched with my finger to check if it needed to be reheated and then licked my finger... whoops).  Shortly after enjoying a delicious plate of Paleo Nachos, I ended up with an awful tummy ache that lasted about 10 minutes.  I guess it could've been from butter, the miniscule amount of brown sugar I consumed, or the sunflower oil the plantain chips were baked in.  I have no idea, but it sucked.  Thankfully I felt better in time to stuff my face with wings :)

Day 29, Monday 2/2/15 - You know what's great about not drinking?  No super bowl hangover!  I also loved having leftover wings for lunch.

Day 30, Tuesday 2/3/15 - CrossFit at 6 am! I worked on my pull ups during the skill portion of class.  I was able to connect 3 or 4 pull ups together multiple times!  The WOD was 3 rounds for time of 6 ring dips, 12 front squats, 24 bar-over burpees, and 48 double unders with a 2 minute rest between rounds.  I knew I wasn't going to make it under the 20 min cap.  Burpees suck and double unders suck more.  I got through 2 rounds + dips + front squats + 20 of the burpees.

Can you spot me?  I'm the lone lady.

I had cheerleading after work so I made sure to pack a good snack so I wouldn't be tempted to end my Whole30 a few hours early.  I ate a couple deviled eggs and a clementine before I left work and honestly wasn't hungry for the rest of the night.  I had a few frozen banana treats (future recipe...?) when I got home and was proud of myself for not going with one of Dave's mom's brownies from our freezer as a finishing reward.

And that's it!  I did it.  Results post is in the works and hopefully some guest posts from my facebook support group... stay tuned!  For now... enjoy these pathetic pups!

Did you have a delicious super bowl feast?

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