Dinner Day 1
I didn't find this first day to be too challenging. As I have stated before, this isn't that different from how I normally eat. However, I must admit that I am a complete quesophile as well as a coffee junkie. The only thing that was hard about Day 1 was not having coffee. While I realize that I am allowed to have coffee during my Whole30, I can't drink it black. I am a cream and sweetener type of girl. If I'm being honest, I would drink a quad caramel sauce mocha every day if my waist line and pocket book could afford it. It is a little sad to admit this but by the end of day 1, I had a pretty raging headache that I can only assume was from a lack of caffeine. First world problems WORKOUTS - Today I went through a pretty extensive warm-up and then did my WOD at Crossfit - Run 200m, 15 cleans, 10 Jumping Pull-Ups (5 Rounds for time)
Dinner Day 2
This was dinner tonight. This is a little something I like to call "The tail end of the groceries" a.k.a "We need to go shopping" BUT it still tasted delicious. It was a mixture of ground turkey, ground beef, garlic, mushrooms, water chestnuts, organic tomato paste, avocado and green onions. Served with lemon pepper green beans. I'm feeling this whole30 thing out as I go and constantly researching. Not sure if I was supposed to have tomato paste but the only ingredient was organic tomatoes so I think it was fine. So far it is proving easier than I thought it would. Although I really wanted a glass of red wine tonight. Okay, let's be honest... I really wanted 2 or 3 glasses of red wine tonight.
Today it was a chilly 32 degrees but sunny. I decided it was the perfect day to get outdoors for a run. I did a 5k around my neighborhood.
Snack Day 3
I had hoped to get a better picture than this but it was the only one I remembered to take. This is not an uncommon snack for me on any given day. At some point throughout the day I will usually have anywhere from 1-3 hard boiled eggs. I LOVE them. Can't get enough. I hated them for many years and now I am surely making up for lost time. Eggs and avocados...Two of my best fatty friends!
Today I learned that I am such a coffee junkie that I can actually tolerate just having my coffee with a splash of approved almond milk and with putting a little bit of cinnamon in with the coffee grounds. If you know me at all, then you would know what a sacrifice this is. I should stop my whining now. Overall I am loving this challenge so far.
Today is did a wod at home. Run 200m, 21/15/9 Kettlbell Swings, Vertical Rows, AbMat Sit-Ups, Run 200m.
We have done the last three days just trying to use up the very last of our groceries while we waited to get paid so that we could go grocery shopping. I was actually pretty impressed with what we were able to throw together. But today we went major grocery shopping and got ourselves set up for the next week or two. I love to photograph food. It is just a naturally beautiful subject. Today I felt great and had a lot of energy. I still really want a glass of wine 🙂
Lunch Day 4
Breakfast Day 5
I was so full of energy that I had a really hard time falling asleep last night. My mind was reeling with new recipe ideas, workouts, blog posts I wanted to write etc. It took me forever to finally fall asleep and then I still woke up bright and early ready to tackle the day. I'm not sure if the increased energy is a direct result of the Whole30 or not, but I'll take it. I felt a little thinner all over today. I think the dairy bloat has subsided and my insides are already thanking me for treating them so well this week.
Snack Day 5
Dinner Day 6
20 minutes Tabata Intervals - 20 seconds work - 10 seconds rest
4 rounds - High Knees
4 rounds - Mountain Climbers
4 Rounds - Squat Jumps
4 Rounds - Burpees
4 Rounds - Jumping Lunges
4 Rounds - Speed Bags
4 Rounds - Speed Skaters
Breakfast Day 7
Dinner Day 8
For the double-unders in the WOD, I just tripled the number of the jumps for each round. Example, instead of 50 DU for the first round, I did 150 single jumps. Time 6:23. My sis got me the WODBOOK in the picture below. It's pretty awesome and so is she.
Dinner Day 9
Snack Day 10
Breakfast Day 11
Lunch Day 12
Lunch Day 13
Later in the day I did a "Deck of Death" workout.
I saw the idea on BL last night and loved it. You take a deck of cards and assign an exercise to each suit. Then you randomly flip the cards and do the corresponding exercise the number of times on the card. You keep doing this until you have gone through all of the cards. Face cards are ten reps. Aces are 11 reps. This works out to be 95 reps of each exercise. It is a butt kicker. But it was a super fun way to mix things up. I assigned mine like this:
Spades - Jumping Jacks
Hearts - AbMat Sit-Ups
Diamonds - Kettlebell Swings
Clubs - Double Unders
It took me 23:24 to complete (In the name of full disclosure I did not do 95 double unders. On about half of the DU cards I just tripled the number on the card and did single jumps.)
Breakfast Day 14
Dinner day 14
In the evening I did another "Deck of Death" workout but I forced my husband to do it with me.
Spades - Tricep Extensions
Hearts - Bicep Curls
Diamonds - Mountain Climbers
Clubs - Abmat Sit-Ups
For added torture, we used jokers and did 10 Burpees when we flipped a Joker card
It took me 29:20 to complete and it took my husband 24:37
Snack Day 15
Today was another morning at the gym. Thursdays are usually skills training days. Today I working on Snatch balances, and squat snatches. I was more focused on perfecting my form today than I was on the weight that I was lifting.
Later in the day I went on a brisk 2 mile walk with my bff. It was so cold outside but also really sunny. I love winter days like that.
After 15 days of holding strong and feeling all the wonderful changes taking place from the first half of my Whole30 experience, I gave into temptation. I started the day off strong. I went to the crossfit and the wod was really intense. By the end of it, I had a raging headache but I felt so strong and accomplished. The headache stayed with me all day, even after I came home and ate a healthy breakfast. My first mistake was not getting up early enough to eat before I went to the gym. I also think I may have overdone it just a bit with my workouts this week. My second mistake was poor preparation heading into week three. We were getting short on groceries and I was getting bored with my food choices. None of these things are meant to sound like excuses. I am just explaining the things that in hindsight may have contributed to my demise. Breakfast, lunch and snacks for Day 16 were right on target... Then... This happened.
Read my second Whole 30 daily journal - HERE