Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Paleo Update: Day???????

I think this is around day 24 (or 31 if you count the week before when I was also eating pretty much per the challenge). 

I am ready to be done. 

Soooooooo ready.  Not that I plan to go crazy on carbs and sugar…but it would be nice to just be able to relax when I am making food choices.  And so nice to have a piece of bread once in a while.  I made spaghetti squash spaghetti for dinner last night and my husband and I were both craving a piece of bread to help us mop up that sauce! 

I haven’t been perfect either, allowing some wine once or twice a week.  A few “no” foods have been consumed too. 

But overall I am feeling pretty good about how I have done.  I have not seen much progress on the scale but I DO feel leaner and I am assuming when I go in for my final body fat assessment I will see an increase in muscle mass and a decrease in fat. 

Please, oh pretty please. 

Our end date is September 10th…..we will probably schedule our final body fat assessment a day or two prior to that.  Just have to get through this weekend – going to visit my grandma and it’s always hard (for me) to keep eating on track when travelling. 

My daughter is starting first grade next week and my son starts Pre-K a week after that.  Fall is back.  I will miss the extra sunlight, but the fall is definitely my FAVORITE season. 

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Paleo Challenge: Day 9

I finished the weighted sit up challenge last night!  2,376 sit ups done!  I held a 15 lb kettlebell for the majority of them.  And I definitely think my abs have grown stronger because of the challenge, so I will try to keep incorporating these into my workouts.  

Had a great time at the reunion.  I ate before and avoided the food table when I was there.  I did take some pictures but haven't downloaded from my camera yet.  

My nephew is staying with us this week, the kids are having a good time and I am doing my best to keep them busy.  The weather is beautiful which helps a lot.  

Will update more when I have extra time!  

 


Thursday, August 9, 2012

Paleo Challenge: Day 4

I have spent a lot of time in the kitchen this week.

Waaaaaay too much time.

I spent a good chunk of Sunday prepping, chopping, steaming, and creating so lessen the amount of time I would need to have available to prepare meals.

Thankfully that saved quite a bit of time on Monday and Tuesday.  But yesterday and today I have been quite busy in the kitchen.

Otherwise things continue to go well this week, but tomorrow we head out of town and it will be harder to resist temptations because they will be abundant.

However, I am determined to succeed.  Prizes are on the line!!  And, OF COURSE, my health and well being (and PRIZES!!).

Tomorrow night is my 20-year high school reunion.  I know that most of you are gasping in shock "what, are you sure she doesn't mean her FIVE year reunion!".  I know, I know.  But it's true.  20 years.



I am expecting an interesting night.  Doesn't sound like we are anticipating a huge turnout - could this be the work of social networking, high ticket prices, or complete indifference?

At least I will get to visit with my family while I am down for the reunion (which is just a Friday night event).

On Sunday we will return to Bellingham minus one and plus one more.  My step-daughter Macy will be leaving on Sunday after two months here with us, AND we are bringing my nephew up for a week to play and hang out with his cousins.

Oh, and I have 794 weighted sit-ups left to do (with a starting number of 2,376).  I have until the 16th to finish.

Totally got this.


Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Paleo Challenge: Day 3

Yesterday went great!  I was feeling pretty hungry around 8:30 pm but managed to ignore it.  Way too close to bedtime to eat.  I generally try not to eat after dinner, even when I'm not doing a challenge.  

I ate breakfast about an hour earlier than normal this morning, so it will be interesting to see if I can make it to lunch time without feeling "hungry".  I am going to Cross Fit at 11 though and working out usually briefly eliminates any hungers pangs I may have had going in.  

I will finally get to find out my team today too!  We are working in groups of 3.  I am curious to see if they put Mickey and me on the same team.  

Another rainy summer day in Western Washington.  We had a thunder storm pass through around 6 pm last night and the first boom of thunder sounded like it was right over our house and was the loudest thunder boom I have any memory of ever hearing.  I almost hit the deck!  Once I quickly determined the world was not, in fact, ending I pulled it together to comfort my kids, who were TERRIFIED.  It was loud.  

I saw this on the blog: TheClothesMaketheGirl yesterday and had to share:


Happy Wednesday!!  

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Paleo Challenge: Day 2

Yesterday was day one and it went pretty well.  I pretty much started with the food a week ago (save a few glasses of wine and one piece of cake) so it really was pretty easy to transition.

Not sure if it's the weather, working out a little less, the diet, or a combination but I seriously have NOT felt any major hunger pangs for well over a week.  I am typically ravenous for my lunch by noon and lately it's 1 or 2 before I eat and often it's just because I need to eat something, not because I'm that hungry.  So unusual for me to feel this way - will be interesting to see how that continues to go this month.

I haven't been to CrossFit since last Thursday.  I took Friday off and Saturday I went running.  I got a keratin treatment applied to my hair Saturday afternoon which requires me to keep my hair straight and dry for 72 hours.  Which means no working out.  As I type this though I am almost to that deadline.  Can't wait to shower!  And, of course, to get back to CrossFit!

But I HAVE been keeping my abs in shape.  Along with many other super-strong, awesome ladies at my box (feels weird to call my "gym" a box, but that is what they say in CrossFit) I joined in on a 2 week challenge posted at the Women of CrossFit Facebook page.  The challenge was for weighted abs, and however  many "likes" they got on the post was the number we had to do by August 16th.

They ended up with 2,376 likes.

That's a lot of abs.  Averages out to about 183 a day so that is what I am trying to keep up with.  I did double today because I am trying to get ahead a couple days since I will be out of town this weekend.  For my reunion.  My 20 year high school reunion.  Le sigh........

Needless to say my abs have been super sore.  And, I might have made a mistake the first day and done my abs in denim capri pants instead of putting on workout pants.  So I MIGHT have gotten a wee bit chafed on my behind.  And it might hurt like hell a wee bit when I do sit-ups.  Or sit.  Or shower.

Will be challenging to avoid temptations this weekend, but this is a competition and I want to 1) see if I can do it for myself and 2) beat my husband Help my team WIN!  :-)  I'm feeling very positive about it.  Even if I don't know who is on my team yet.  Gotta get down to the gym box to find out.  :-)

34 days to go!


Monday, August 6, 2012

The Challenge Begins…

Today is the day! 

35 days of CLEAN eating.

35 days of NO wine or cocktails.

35 days without peanut butter and chocolate.

Not going to be easy – did I mention in the next 35 days I have to endure clean eating at these events:

  • My 20 year HS reunion
  • A potluck at my dads
  • A dinner at my moms
  • A bridal shower
  • A sunset dinner cruise date with my husband

But I guess that is why it’s called a challenge.

My fridge is ready:

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Yes, those MIGHT be string cheese you see at the bottom of my fridge, but I promise not to eat them.  Basically I will be sticking to foods that contain one ingredient.  And definitely nothing that I can’t pronounce. 

I will try to update frequently!

Friday, August 3, 2012

Bod Pod

Before we start our clean eating/sugar free (did I mention that you can’t have artificial sweeteners either?) fat loss challenge at CrossFit we have to determine our “before” measurements. 

We used a machine called the Bod Pod to do this.  They have one up at the University in town and it was super easy to call and get an appointment. 

The Bod Pod is defined as :”BOD POD: A method for determining the lean body mass. The BOD POD is a computerized, egg-shaped chamber. Using the same whole-body measurement principle as underwater weighing, the BOD POD measures a subject's mass and volume, from which their whole-body density is determined. Using these data, body fat and lean muscle mass can then be calculated.”

And it looks like this:

Like something out of Mork and Mindy, right?

Anyways, you go in and give them your height in inches and then you get weighed before you enter this lovely chamber.  The test only takes about 30 seconds (so if you’re claustrophobic it’s not too bad), but you have to sit very still.  After the first test they do one more to make sure the results aren’t skewed.  And if it’s good, you’re done. 

Then you get your handy dandy printout showing your results.  This is the chart they gave me to help us understand our numbers:

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Having never done something like this before I had no idea what to expect.  I have a scale at home that “measures” your body fat and always tells me something in the 36% range.  But I wasn’t sure how accurate it was. 

My result: 23.8%.  I’m “moderately” lean!  Woo hoo! 

However, I don’t FEEL moderately lean.  My jeans are telling me I have some work to do. So I am really excited to see how I do during this challenge. 

We officially start August 6th and it runs for 35 days.  Then we go back to the Bod Pod for our “final” results. 

So Mickey, get ready, it’s on and I’m gonna kick your tail.  Smile

Thursday, August 2, 2012

CrossFit

I started CrossFit in April.

Don't know what CrossFit is?  Here is a description I pulled from Wikipedia:

"CrossFit describes its strength and conditioning program as “constantly varied, high intensity, functional movement," with the stated goal of improving fitness (and therefore general physical preparedness), which it defines as "work capacity across broad time and modal domains."Workouts are typically short—20 minutes or less—and intense, demanding all-out physical exertion. They combine movements such as sprintingrowingjumping rope, climbing rope, weightlifting, and carrying odd objects; they use barbellsdumbbellsgymnastics ringspull-up barskettlebellsmedicine balls, and many bodyweight exercises.These elements are mixed in numerous combinations to form prescribed "Workouts of the Day" or "WODs". Hour-long classes at affiliated gyms, or "boxes," typically include a warm-up, a skill development segment, the high-intensity WOD, and a period of individual or group stretching. Performance on each WOD is often scored and/or ranked to encourage competition and to track individual progress. Some affiliates offer additional classes, such as Olympic weightlifting, which are not centered around a WOD."


I have to say this style of working out was quite a change for me and I didn't love it right away.  I wasn't sure if I would keep doing it once I finished the beginners camp.

I would bet there are many people who have started CrossFit but have decided it wasn't for them after a week or two.

Please, if you are interested in trying CrossFit, give it a couple months!  Do a beginner's camp!  Take it slow, but keep going.

It grows on you.

You will love it.

The people are awesome and everyone is supportive. Doesn't matter where you are at, how strong you are, how "buff" or "toned" you think you look.

Go.

You'll figure it out.  You'll make friends.  You will start to feel so strong and so proud of what you can do.  What you maybe thought you couldn't do.

And before long you'll know what it means when the board says TABITA or AMRAP or EMOM.

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