Sunday, March 18
When I did the 12.4 CrossFit Games WOD yesterday, I knew it wasn’t my best work. So today I faced it again, head on, and nailed it. Well, I didn’t get any muscle ups (even though I had 2:30 minutes to try), but I finished 150 wall balls (6:31-new PR for “Karen”) and 90 double unders. Thanks to Ali, Brett, Janelle, Tom, and Mark for an amazing morning. (Summary: yesterday, I finished 150 wall balls and 64 double unders with no time to spare. Today I did 150 wall balls and 90 double unders with 2:30 to spare.)
There are few better feelings than exceeding your own expectations. Especially after you feel disappointment. The key is, to feel this, you must try again. And, you must always keep trying. You owe it to yourself.
When you know you’ve done your very best, if it still doesn’t happen, it wasn’t meant to be. But when you know your best is still left to do, show courage, try again, and do it!
And to make today even better, I read this article from Experience Life magazine. While I’ve just been reading this magazine online, I think I will order it because it looks so great. Everything I’ve read has been so interesting.
More than almost anything I’ve read lately, though, this article puts words to what I’ve been up to the last 73 days.
The main idea is that maintaining weight isn’t just about the number of calories you eat. Its more about the quality of those calories.
The main points are organized into five “health-boosting priorities that really matter in losing unwanted weight and keeping it off” (key phrase for me is keeping it off!)
1. Metabolism: Dial it up!
Not all calories are created equal. Burn baby, burn! Protein & veggies come in first!
2. Inflammation: Cool it!
The Whole30 is all about decreasing inflammation. Processed foods, diet foods, low-fat foods, and so on contain preservatives and chemicals that harm the body. Take it from someone who is preservative-free for 73 days–it is completely and totally worth it.
3. Mood: Boost it
Wholesome foods make moods more vibrant! Couldn’t agree more.
4. Blood sugar: Keep it balanced
Eat healthy protein, fats, and fiber-rich vegetables and decrease grains and sugar. Glucose (and even the appearance of it in diet soda) is hard on the body.
5. Your gut: Heal it
Eliminate foods that you don’t tolerate well, replace them with healthy vegetables and berries, and be patient. Read yesterday that just losing weight doesn’t mean the metabolism is healed. That’s why consistency is key!
There is more information in the article, including ideas about specific foods and more. I think its a great “elevator speech” for what the Whole30 is all about!
WOD: You got that, right!? (see above)
Pre-WOD: 2 eggs, kale, sweet potato chips, 1/4 avocado
PWO: SFH Protein
EAT A SALAD! (Chicken, red pepper, cucumber, tomato, avocado)
Kale and Sweet Potatoes almost made those wall balls worth it!
Dinner: Leftovers: Salad (like the lunch salad), 1/2 bilinsk’s chicken sausage, kale, sweet potato