“Today I will simply say what I’ve been sharing with people for several days now. I feel great. I have clarity. I have energy. I have lots of coconut products. I have no-band pull-ups and toes to bar and double unders. I have jeans and suits that fit. I have happiness. I have being awake enough in the car at 5am to sing Tim McGraw songs.
Sure, I don’t have pizza and ice cream and chocolate. But I also don’t have guilt. I don’t have mood swings. I don’t have hunger pains. I don’t have endless thoughts about my next meal. I don’t have pants that are too tight. I don’t have excuses. I don’t have hangovers. I don’t have to hit the snooze button and miss my workout.”
All still true. All still beautiful. 126 days later.
I found this tonight when I started reading from the beginning. At times it felt like a walk down memory lane. Other days, it seemed familiar. And funny. And sometimes I felt like I was talking to someone I used to know.
146 days later, the change I’ve experienced on my Whole30 journey is overwhelming. Don’t get me wrong. I’m in love with it. I just don’t know what to do with it sometimes. I’ve had a hard time finding the words lately. In fact, I didn’t plan to drop off the face of the blog for 12 days. I just did.
But today I celebrate that the Whole30 milestones just keep adding up. I am convinced that when we choose happiness and balance, we discover our true selves with strong mind and body.
Once I chose optimum health (remember those 9 dimensions: Nutrition, Sleep, Stress Management, Active Recovery, Injury Rehab, Fun and Play, Personal Growth, Temperance, and Exercise), I created the perfect conditions for my body and mind to thrive.
In the past month, I’ve started a new career. And been recognized as a Woman of Distinction in my community. And hit a deadlift PR. And did 10 pullups without dropping. Twice. And I’ve had a blast being a mom, a wife, a daughter, and a friend. And Saturday at this time I will be done with my first sprint triathlon.
What does it all mean? Where does it go from here? How will I change? Or not?
Oh who knows. I still don’t have all the answers.
But the difference between tonight and Day 1 is that tonight I throw my arms around the journey. I embrace the change and the growth. I celebrate every footstep, every twist and turn, and every milestone on this path.
I step back in awe of the power of taking responsibility for choices.
WOD: #doin work
10 Muscle Ups (20 Chest to Bar Pullups) or 10 Man Makers
20 Handstand Pushups
20 Hang Power Snatch (115/75lbs)
30 Plate Burpee to Overhead (25lbs/15lbs)
40 Overhead Walking Lunges w/plate (R/L=2)
50 Deadlifts (115/75lbs)
14:50 (65#–thought/wished I’d had 75# but I counted wrong; 25# plate)
STRENGTH: Deadlifts – Warm Up – 5 @75%, 5 @80%, 5 @ 85%
5 @ 185, 5 @ 205, 4 @ 230 (new PR!)
PWO SFH shake
2 eggs, 1/2 avocado, sweet potato hash, kale, sausage
Tuna, Greens, Chicken, Nuts
1/2 lara bar, cherries
Shrimp, vegetable stir fry (peppers, onions, brussel sprouts, broccoli, zucchini)