Whole 30: Round 2 Week 1

I finished up round 1 of the Whole 30 on May 8th. I did great. I lost 6 pounds and 5 inches, became leaner, stronger and faster.

During the past few weeks I have started to let some foods slip back in to my diet. Which foods you might be wondering? Well, beans for one. And beer for two. Tongue Out  And some natural sugars for 3 (honey, stevia and monk fruit) and some oats and flax (though that was only Friday and Saturday of this past week.) 

I'm feeling bloated, and poochy in my stomach, so it's time to tighten up the food choices because I don't like how I am currently feeling.

I'm going to try to be even more strict on this go around. During my first Whole30 I did allow myself snacks. This time, I'm going to try to eat more at my meals and curtail the snacking. The kids are going to be out of school, so this may or may not work against me. I'll be working so hard to keep them busy that I might not have time to think about snacking. Or...I'll be so stressed out that I'll be reaching for a snack out of stress. And that's when I'll have to remember H.A.L.T.

Hungry

Angry

Lonely

Tired

The hardest one for me was H. Am I truly hungry?? I need to listen more to my body. Am I hungry enough to eat a full meal? If the answer is NO, then I need to put the food down, drink a glass of water and find something else to do.

The average craving lasts for only 3-5 minutes, so when cravings come up, I need to take a lesson from successful 4-year-olds, and I must learn to distract myself until the craving passes.

I am quite proud of myself for not having ANY ketchup since April 7th. And I haven't had a diet soda, coffee creamer, etc...since February, so I did make some serious progress in certain areas.

I started Round 2 today, and I know that I'm going to stick with my staples for pre-workout snack: hard boiled egg. My post-workout snack will also be a hard boiled egg. Lunch will likely be sweet potato hash with avocado and a grilled chicken breast. We did a bunch of cooking today including grilling talapia and chicken breast and I have a bunch of shrimp so that will be on the menu as well!

 

and I'm planning on these meals for dinner this week:

Sunday- Talapia with roasted vegetables

Monday- Grilled Chicken with roasted vegetables

Tuesday- Tilapia Lettuce Wraps

Wednesday- Roasted tomatoes with shrimp and feta (no feta for me, but the kids and James will like it.)

Thursday- Smoked Salmon Quiche

Friday- Chicken Tacos for the kids and James, chicken on salad for me

Saturday- A hodgepodge of whatever we have left around the house!

 

I'm pumped for this round of the Whole30. I know how good I feel when I'm on it, so I just need to stay on it!! 

Have you done the Whole30? Have you done it more than once? If so, did you notice any differences between the first time and subsequent attempts?

CrossFit Chronicles: Edition 11

Throughout the month of May I've been steadily increasing my time at CrossFit En Fuego. I'm not staying and lifting more, I'm staying and doing additional cross training. With triathlon season in full swing, I never know when the opportunity to participate will be thrown in my lap, and I want to be ready with my strongest of the sports: cycle and swim. I should be training for the run, and I will, but right now I don't want to! Yell  I've been rowing a minimum of 2,000 meters every day, most days I aim for 5,000 meters (which is 3.1 miles) and a few days I've also thrown in a 12-14 miles on the spin bike after the row. Just like a real triathlon Tongue Out

But what's really impressed me the most these past few weeks is not anything that I've done. It's what I've seen other people do. I've seen women, men, and teenagers all working their hardest, doing their best trying to reach their full potential.

And I've been able to watch our youngest CrossFitters, our CrossFit preschool kids in action, and it's inspiring! 

They get a WOD just like all of us do. Sure, they might get pictures, and be told super cool things like "your elbows are lasers, raise them up" as part of their instruction for a front squat (which BTW, totally helped ME get a better visual after I overheard Coach Jen telling the wee ones that tip! Wink) but these kids WORK! And have fun while they are doing it!

And there is nothing better than watching a 4 year old boy do some front squats, haul butt through the box, drop down and do burpees, spring up, run to the rig and do monkey hangs, and repeat repeat repeat. I sat there rowing with a perma-grin on my face. Watching them makes me so happy.

Here they are learning about laser arms!!

 

And monkey hangs! I kid you not...I watched this little guy do multiple rounds of toes to bar as well. Call me impressed. And jealous. Tongue Out

And let's not forget one of my favorites! Planks! Though they got to play super cool Plank WARS!! They went up on one hand and with the other hand they had to pull their partner in. Awesome.

Keep in mind...these are LITTLE dudes!! Anywhere from 2-4 years old! 

My kids participate in CrossFit Kids which is for kids a little bit older, and they will be offering BOTH CrossFit Preschool and CrossFit Kids throughout the summer, so contact them if you are interested!! In addition, there will be 3 weeks throughout the summer where there will be afternoon CrossFit Kids Summer Camp!

What sort of activities are your kids doing over the summer?? Do any of you have CrossFit kids???

If the world ends tomorrow, what will you do today?

Do I believe that the Mayan apocalypse is correct and the world is ending tomorrow? Nah. Do I believe that a lot of people believe it is going to happen? Yup. Tomorrow my family and I are bunking in. We're not going out ANYWHERE! No school, no gym, no Girl Scouts, no work for husband, N.O.T.H.I.N.G. Extreme? Ya, probably. Cautious, you bet. We in no way believe that a giant rock is going to come hurtling out of space and destroy our planet. Nope. But we wouldn't put it past a group of radicals to attempt a wide-scale attack on our country causing mass panic. And we'd rather be together, safe at home IF that happens. Which it probably won't.

After all the craziness that we've seen not only this week, but this past year, and heck the past decade, we've decided that we're going to play it safe and stay home as a family and bond. We're going to make Christmas cookies (something we have not done in 4 years!!) make Rice Krispy treat holiday houses, play games, the kids have planned a talent show.

Today I am spending all day with the kids at their school. My 6 and 7 year old are participating in a Holiday musical, my 8 year old is doing some crafty thing in her class (oh help me, I am not crafty), 6yo is making gingerbread houses, and I will be having lunch with each of them. This will be the FIRST time this year I've been able to have lunch with my guys and the FIRST time this year that I've been able to make it to a daytime event at school.

So if the world ends tomorrow, I will have spent today with the three most important people in my life. Showing them how important they are to me, and how much I love them.

And sometime today (and tomorrow) I need to fit in a workout. Wink

What are your thoughts on the Mayan apocalypse? Are you doing anything different tomorrow because of it??