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Day 23: Check Up

Exercise: CrossFit
Food: Scrambled Eggs and Potatoes, Butternut Squash Noodles with Marinara Sauce, Chicken Thighs with Sauteed Veggies and Potatoes


I didn’t make this

I finally went in for a teeth cleaning today after skipping out on my last two. Eeek! So it’d been a hot minute since I’d been in. I was nervous and curious how many new crowns they’d try to sell me (spoiler alert: only one!) As it turned out, the dentist told me my gums are looking great- and had improved since my last visit- even though it had been awhile. She asked me if I was doing anything differently. I told her I was flossing more (which, for once, wasn’t a lie) but also that I’m doing this Whole30 thing. And exercising more. I’m not sure if it’s too soon in the Whole30 process to be affecting my gums, but I know that I’ve seen a lot of people report they see improvements in oral health over a period of time. I’ll take it as a half-victory.

And speaking of periods (TMI fellas. And prudish ladies) but mine is here and it is glorious. Ok maybe not really. But I did have a lot fewer PMS symptoms this month. So much so, that I was surprised when my lil’ friend arrived. After 20+ years of doing this thing, that might be a first.

Ok, on to a more universal topic: my front squat. Today at CrossFit, I got a PR on my squat. It was only 5lbs heavier than my previous best, but I felt my form was improved and I was feeling more confident. The workout portion of class had me sucking wind. It was a lot of running (for me) totaling a mile broken up into 4, 400 meter runs. Those were sandwiched between deadlifts and a gazillion wall balls. I believe that was what you’d call “Leg Day.” Ow.

Breakfast: same ol’ same ol’. With potatoes today (in preparation for my workout)

For lunch I had some butternut squash noodles that were at peak freshness. So I made a quick little marinara sauce with some tomatoes, onion, garlic, peppers and canned sauce. It was a pretty tasty, quick meal. I should have thrown some protein in there but I didn’t have anything that would work easily and I needed to hustle to get to the dentist.

And Biff tackled dinner tonight. He made some chicken thighs with sauteed vegetables and a side of french fries with chipotle mayo. It was quite nice and a fine upgrade from whatever I would have thrown together.

So…takeaways from today: love your gums and they’ll love you back; lady troubles seem to melt away with the Whole30; my front squat brings all the boys to the yard.

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Day 2: Old Habits Die Hard

Exercise: CrossFit
Food: Scrambled Egg and Spinach with Potatoes, Green Salad with Sausage, Meatballs and Zoodles

First  Deadlift

They call ’em deadlifts ’cause you might die. This was from the first day I ever did deadlifts back in July 2016. I have better shoes now.

My son is on Winter break still from school, but today resembled a typical day in that we were busy. And that meant that I had to be more mindful of what I could eat quickly, without falling into old habits. In the past I’d have a protein bar, or waffle with peanut butter for breakfast. Easy, fast, provides enough energy for my workout (or so I thought). But now I actually have to cook! I didn’t know we had this many pans!

Another habit that I probably share with a lot of parents is eating off of my son’s plate. Today, I was putting a snack in a bowl for him, when I reflexively put a piece in my mouth. The horror! It touched my tongue! In what was perhaps a bit of an over-reaction, I immediately spit it into the sink, and washed my mouth out. Unfortunately, my son’s diet is pretty much the opposite of the Whole 30: yogurt, bagels, meats in animal shapes, etc. So having these non-Whole 30 foods around is an extra layer to the challenge, but I don’t think I have the strength to bend his 6-year-old will to a whole new way of eating. Maybe after the sugar detox.

Speaking of that, I think I’m feeling the withdrawal a bit today. I went to the gym at 10:15am. We worked on deadlifts, which I’m usually good at, but today I felt a little foggy and I didn’t finish my last set (it was a weight I’ve done plenty before, though I was also using a different grip, which threw me off ). We’ll play it by ear tomorrow. I know a lot of people will skip the gym the first week of a round of Whole 30.

Breakfast today was roasted potatoes, scrambled eggs with spinach and onions, bacon, and avocado. It was easy and filling. I made two extra servings of potatoes to have for another meal.

Lunch was a challenge as we didn’t have a ton of time. I quickly cooked up a sausage and made a side salad and wolfed it down while trolling people on Facebook. It was probably not enough food. I think I should have done a mini-meal as a recovery from my workout and then had a better lunch when we got home later.

As a result, I think I overserved us at dinner. I made beef meatballs in tomato sauce, served over zucchini zoodles with a big ass side salad.

So…takeaways from today: eat a bigger lunch; don’t try to be a hero at the gym; don’t speak again of that one Trader Joe’s puff that I nearly ate.

Deadlift 245

This was from when I lifted 245# for the first time, my PR is a little more now.


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Day 1: Now We’re Cooking!

Exercise: Crossfit
Food: Sweet Potato and Sausage Hash, Green Salad with Tunafish, Balsamic Chicken with Veggies, tears


Day one is in the books! Well, nearly. We still have to get through our nightly binge watch of “Game of Thrones.” That would normally be the time when the snacks and beer and wine would come out. Something about dragons just makes me want to indulge!

I started the day by making a sweet potato hash breakfast. It came out really nice but it was a lot more work than I’m used to putting into breakfast. As a result, I ate a little bit later than I would have liked, and went to the gym smelling like onions.

Today’s workout was a good mix of strength (deadlifts, goblet squats) and cardio (rowing, jumping rope, doing box jumps, trying not to pee while jumping). I felt like my hearty breakfast was more than adequate to push through.  I’ve also connected with a few people at our box (which is what Crossfitters call the gym. I dunno.) who are doing or have done the Whole 30 so I look forward to the extra layer of accountability.

I had lunch around 12:30 which is later than I would have before. Knowing that the Whole 30 discourages snacking made me much more conscious of my meal timing. I made a green salad with veggies and tuna salad on top. I was feeling pretty good until about 3pm, when I was doing one of my 3,000 pantry runs to get snacks for my son. I really wanted to grab something for myself. But I was saved by mommy’s littler helper- La Croix.

Dinner was a dish I’ve made before — chicken thighs and veggies tossed in balsamic and olive oil and roasted. I used to serve over rice or cous cous. Tonight I used cauliflower rice and made a side salad with some compliant dressing. And then I washed dishes for 17 hours.

So…takeaways from today: doing more prep in the form of chopping veggies will be helpful; sweet potatoes rock (I used 200% more sweet potatoes today than ever before); I can do 40 goblet squats without puking; I need to buy more food, already.