Day 146

“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.”

—Day 20

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.

And happiness.

And health.


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)

coconut manna


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8 Responses to Day 146

  1. Wayne says:

    Great seeing you in the gym twice this week.

  2. Great post!! I finished my very first 30 last Saturday. I was on vacation, so I gave myself a couple days of “freedom” to see what would happen. How would I eat with no 30-day commitment hanging over my head? And how would I feel if I ate half-assed or the way I used to? I got my answers, and today isn’t the start of another Whole 30, or a 60 or anything else. It’s the start of my Whole Life. Thanks for the inspiration Jen. You’re a rockstar.

  3. mom says:

    Great!!! You are great!!! Good luck tomorrow…have fun. Love ya.

  4. adamsass says:

    I liked this WOD……..:)

  5. Mrs. Smith says:

    So to clarify, you just kept going with the Whole 30 and have done it for 146 days?! That’s amazing with all the temptations that abound in today’s world. I hope to have the same strength. 🙂

  6. Kim says:

    What happened to the blog? I hope you are ok. I found this blog a couple of weeks ago and finally finished reading up to here and then it stopped. You, your recipes, your WODs, your insights… all truly inspirational, I hope you to see more one day. Thanks for what you have written you’ve helped to change my life!

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