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Truism Tuesday

Yeah, I had to check to see if “truism” is actually a word.  Turns out it is, so I’m going to go with it.  Oh, and obviously I like alliterations…sue me.

Stick with me guys, I’m about to drop some knowledge/truth…

It is okay to be wrong sometimes and nothing is perfect

Yeah, I said it.  No one is perfect, nothing is perfect.  And if you trick yourself into thinking things will or are or need to be perfect then you’re going to be stuck trying to reach an unattainable, unrealistic goal.  And you’ll make yourself miserable.

I’m not saying that you should settle or that you shouldn’t set goals for yourself.  What I am saying though is… have patience, work hard, trust that there is a grand plan, and let the chips fall where they may.

You only have power over things that you can control.  Don’t worry about the rest.

Okay, that’s all for that.BE POSITIVE. Good things come to those who wait, and work hard in the mean time.

In other news…

Remember that time I confessed to you guys that I’m a terrible rower?  Well guess what?  I’m improving!  I forgot to post about it sooner, but I PR’d on my 2000k row time about a month ago, and it was a whole minute faster than my first 2000K row time.  Those videos and practicing really did help!  There is definitely still some room for improvement, but I’m on my way.

Also, my pull ups are really starting to come together!  Also about a month ago, I did my first ever chin-above-bar kipping pull-up, and I was siked.  Well then what happened?  I was so afraid I wouldn’t be able to do them again that I stopped practicing.  Why?  I don’t know, because I’m weird.  Well and my hands/grip hurt like hell.  But I made a decision last Friday that I CAN do pull-ups. I was letting my lack of confidence get in the way. I had it in my head that I couldn’t do pull-ups anymore.  Well, guess what…I was sick of thinking that way.  So I was right there, standing under the bar, I looked down at my hands, looked up at the bar and said to myself, ” Your hands don’t hurt, and you’re going to do a pull-up.”  And then I did a pull-up.  And then I did some more.  And then my hands started bleeding.  AND IT WAS AWESOME!  Again, I still have a long way to go, but I’m done using those stupid giant-ass rubber bands.  Have you ever you used those things?  Have you ever had one snap off your feet and hit you in between the legs? No?  Oh, well I have and it sucks and it’s awkward.  So bye-bye pull-up bands.  I DON’T NEED YOU!

Today was another big pull-up day for me, because there were pull-ups in the WOD…

10 minute AMRAP

  • 10 pull-ups
  • 15 hand release push-ups
  • 20 wall balls @ 14#

I made it out with 2 complete rounds plus 32 reps.  That’s 30 pull-ups in one WOD.  I was pretty siked.  I had to do my pull-ups one at a time, but hey I think that’s the only way I’m going to get better, so I’ll take it.

Also, I just have to tell you guys Mike Bledsoe from Barbell Shrugged (the podcast that I LOOOOVE) re-tweeted one of my tweets last week AND the Barbell Shrugged twitter account favorited TWO of my tweets yesterday.  Can I just tell you that I felt like a total rockstar?  I was so pumped!

Ahhhhh! I love Crossfit 🙂

Okay, byeeee!

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What I Want… Thursday

Happy Thursday you guys!  I had intended on doing another Wish List Wednesday  but then Wednesday quickly turned in to Thursday, and my choices were A) stay up until midnight to finish this blog post or B) get my 8 hours of sleep. I chose sleep, which I often do.  Why?  Because I love sleep!  So, just in case you were wondering, if I had the luxury of having an indisposable income, this is what I would purchase:

CrossFit Gear

Books

Seminars

For those of you who don’t follow me on twitter @girlmeetsWOD (you should be!) I registered for a Crossfit level one cert class last night! I’m SOOOOO excited!  It’s June 29-30, the weekend before my birthday, so I’m considering it a big birthday present to myself. I’m so pumped!

Well,  I better get to gettin’.  I’m writing this blog post on my lunch break, and I’ve already had three missed phone calls.  There must be a furniture emergency out there.  Just kidding, because there is no such thing as a furniture emergency!

Until next time!!!

Kayla

WOD Tracking

Yellllo Friends! Is everyone having a super sweet Monday or what?  I am! Why?  Because I worked out this morning and my carnitas at lunch were de-licious!  That’s usually all it takes to keep my happy, a WOD and a good meal.

Today, I want to talk about ways to track your progress in the gym.  We all do benchmark work outs… Fran, Nancy, Murph, Filthy Fifty, etc.  and it’s important to see how we improve over time which is why I would encourage everyone to log your WODs and your scores every time you work out. I mean think about it, you put all of that effort into completing a WOD, why not take two seconds to write down what it was that almost killed you for the last hour and how you measured up.  You’ll be glad you logged your score when you see that same benchmark WOD written on the whiteboard the next time it comes around. Here are some of my favorite ways to track progress:

1.  MyWod App for the iPhone (probably droid too, but I’m not positive)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This little gem is totally worth the $2 it costs to download.  It pretty much makes tracking your WODs effortless.  The app already comes with the benchmark work outs pre-loaded and also all of the most popular lifting movements ready for you to just click and add your weight.  Not only that, but there is also a tab for “how-to” videos that show you how to do each movement/exercise.  This is perfect for beginners and everyone really.  This is what I use to track my WODs each day and I love it!

2.  a WOD book

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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WOD books are essentially just notebooks that you use to track your WODs.  Some boxes sell them at their locations and may be specifically designed for that box or you can always just grab a blank notebook and decorate it however you want.  Easy as 1-2-3.  Just take some time before or after the WOD to write down exactly what you did, what your score was, and if you want take a minute to describe how you felt during the WOD and what your goal will be for the next time you do the same WOD or a similar WOD.

3.  Lastly, you can just try to memorize every WOD you’ve ever done and your score.  Good Luck.  You’d have to be Sheldon Cooper to keep up with that though…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

How do you keep track of how you’re doing in the gym?  Let me know!

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Week One 21DSD: Check

Hey there!  I hope everyone had a fabulous weekend!  Happy Mother’s Day to all of the wonderful, beautiful mothers out there, especially mine!

I’m one third of the way through the 21 Day Sugar Detox! Whew!  I feel great.  There have been cravings, and my snack choices are beginning to bore me, but I’m confident that this experience is going to be worth it.  Really, my whole problem is moderation and control.  It’s fine to eat fruit, just not 10 servings in one day (which I’ve done before).  It also takes a lot of prep work and planning.  If you go to the grocery store without an idea of what you’re going to eat for the week, sometimes it’s easy to get carried away and buy a ton of fruit.  Then it’s like a vicious cycle because you have to race against the clock to eat the fruit before it goes bad.  That’s when you look up and realize you just ate a whole thing of raspberries in one sitting–oops.  CONTROL is key.  Eat what your body needs to fuel itself, eat until you’re full, and that’s it.  If you’re providing your body with enough of the right nutrients that it needs then you won’t “feel” hungry or have cravings for junk.

Also, increasing my water intake has also made a huge difference.  It really works people!  Half your body weight in ounces PER DAY!

My meal planning for this week looks something like this:

Breakfast = egg muffins with:

  • 10 eggs
  • 6 small sweet peppers (red,yellow,orange)
  • 1 lb of Italian sausage
  • a lot of Kale (not sure how much exactly)
  • 1 medium zucchini
  • a little bit of onion
  • salt & pepper

They turned out great except I think the zucchini made the muffins kind of soggy or watery?  I guess zucchini retain a lot of water? Anyways, I think I’ll pass on using zucchini next time I made egg muffins.

Lunch = Carnitas topped with avocado

Dinner = left over chicken and broccoli for Monday/Tuesday and then turkey chili for Wednesday/Thursday.

Snacks = Applegate organic turkey slices, rosemary chili almonds, carrots & almond butter, zucchini fries

In other news…

I signed up for an Olympic Weight Lifting class at our box, and it starts this week.  I am so excited!  This is going to be a new/different experience for me, and I’m really hoping to learn a lot and improve my lift form, technique, and strength.  Looking for some PR’s in my future!!

That’s all for now! Thanks for stopping by 🙂

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21DSD Ya’ll

Confession:  I fell off the paleo band wagon after the whole life challenge.  Not entirely, but I was eating the heck out of some snacks and my sugar intake went WAY up.  I stayed paleo for the majority of my main meals, but those snacks really got me. I’m talking hummus and chips, dark chocolate, coconut ice cream, banana chips, nutella, etc. etc.  It showed in my face almost immediately.  Acne all over the place because of the sugar!  I both love and hate how that happens.  Obviously, the acne is annoying, but at the same time, I find it fascinating that I can control it based on how I eat.

Last Thursday night I decided that I needed to “re-committ” and I thought the  21 day sugar detox by Balanced Bites was a great place to start. I read and hear about how addictive sugar is all of the time, but it didn’t realized how addicted I was until last week.  It sounds awful, but I literally found myself unable to limit the amount of sugar I was consuming even when I KNEW what I was doing to my body. So terrible!  AND not to mention I could tell a difference in my work out performance too.  I felt so slow and sluggish during the WODs, it made me so frustrated.

Why the 21 Day Sugar Detox?  Well I’ve read a lot of reviews and heard a lot of good things about the program.  It goes like this:  you register and pay $21 for 3 e-books chock full of great information, recipes, and tid-bits of inspiration to help you throughout the challenge.  There is no tracking system or logging points like some other “challenges” but I don’t think I need that this time.  A lot of people have asked what’s so different about the sugar detox compared to paleo or the whole 30 challenge.  Well, with the sugar detox it literally means NO sugar.  So, no fruit, no honey, no agave, no stevia, nada.  There are a few minimal exceptions:  1 green apple OR green tipped banana per day , and athletes can consume 1/2 cup of sweet potatoes each day (if you work out). I like that though, it really drives home the concept that your body craves what’s in it, meaning that as long as that “sugar bug” is flowing through your blood stream no matter if it’s source was a banana or a Hershey bar, you are still going to crave sugar! I feel like with the 21DSD I’ll be able to “kick my habit” at the root of the problem instead of trying to just cover it up.

I’m supplementing the 21DSD with some other goals as well:

  • Keeping a very detailed food journal
  • Water intake requirement of at least half of my body weight in ounces
  • Mobility – I’d like to do a mobility WOD every day
  • SLEEP – getting @ least 7 hours of sleep

If you’d like more information about the 21 Day Sugar Detox visit the website here.

I’m going to try to post about my progress at least once a week for the next three weeks.

Thanks for reading!

Kayla

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Nutrition Documentaries

Hellloooooo Everybody!! It’s almost the weekend, and thank goodness for that.  I am starting this post from my desk at work- what a great way to break up my work day!

Do you like documentaries?  I didn’t think I did.  Documentaries sound boring, I’d rather watch a movie.  Well, FALSE.  Kayla now loves documentaries.  ESPECIALLY  food and nutrition documentaries.  And I suppose I would enjoy a documentary about CrossFit and or fitness but, I’ve yet to come across any of those.  I have however found three PHENOMENAL documentaries about food and nutrition: Hungry for ChangeFood Matters, and Food, Inc.

I think some if not all of these are on Netflix, but I don’t have an account (reconsidering this now though…) so I rented the documentaries on iTunes.  I think each one was like $4 for a 24 hour rental.  Not too bad.

Hungry for Change was definitely my favorite.  It was the most informative, the most interesting, and the most moving. Very powerful stuff. I loved this documentary because of how they present their ideas.  They don’t push the paleo diet or any specific type of diet really.  It is really just about how BAD these processed “foods” really are for us.  How we aren’t even really eating real foods anything we are eating “food-like products.”  YUCK!  But it’s so true.  Think about it…there is nothing natural about a cheez-it.  I’m pretty there isn’t even any real cheese in that cracker.  I don’t want to give it all away, but this documentary also discusses the chemicals that are added to our foods that alter and change the foods that we eat.  GO WATCH THIS!!

Food Matters is the prequel (if you will) to Hungry for Change.  I enjoyed Food Matters, but it highlighted a lot of facts/ideas that I already knew about.  Specially, the alternative treatments for cancer and other diseases/illnesses.  This information is what ALWAYS gets me.  Don’t get my wrong, doctors and modern medicine have their place, BUT it really burns me up when I go to the doctor and leave with a bag filled of medicine samples and three prescriptions.  I mean come on!  I’m very much a believer in treating the cause not the symptoms.  I honestly haven’t been to the doctor in a very long time because I would much rather try a natural/holistic approach to remedying whatever issues I have instead of using drugs.

I do have a good POSITIVE dentist story though, which is actually from last week.  I’d been having this weird taste in my mouth for about 5 days, so I decided to make a dentist appointment (I’ve only ever been to one dentist my whole life so it was a big deal for me to go see a dentist in NC, one who I knew nothing about, ugh…) Side note- I’m a little OCD about my teeth. My braces were expensive, so I like to keep my pearly whites looking their best. SO, during my dentist visit I explained what was going on, the hygienist checked out my teeth–didn’t see anything abnormal, the dentist came in and said the same thing–absolutely nothing wrong with my teeth.  BUT THEN, he said–Hey! It could be something in your stomach, why don’t you try drinking some apple cider vinegar. So, I did.  It was miserable.  Drinking apple cider vinegar is gross. But it did work! The weird taste went away.

Food, Inc. is SERIOUS. This is like deal-real documentary stuff.  They basically expose various MAJOR food supplying entities (beef, poultry, soybean, corn, etc. companies) and uncover all of the unethical, terrible things that they do without us ever knowing about it.  There is ONE good farmer that they interview though, and guess what? He’s from Virginia (my home state)!  Heck yeah!  It’s definitely worth checking out though.  You’ll be appalled, and you won’t want to buy anything from a grocery store ever again.  Just saying.

So, if you have some extra time on your hands this weekend, I would say, check out these sweet documentaries.  Hopefully they’ll inspire you to make some positive changes in your life.  Let me know what you think if you watch!

 

Day Job

Wahhh! I’ve been away for so long 😦 boo!  My intent was to write blog posts in advance, hoard them, and then post intermittently throughout last week.  Why?  Well because last week was Furniture Market.

Let me tell you about what I do when I’m not at CrossFit or cooking food.  I work…in the retail furniture industry…as an online merchandising manager.  It’s kind of like a fancy way of saying that I choose (merchandise) the products (furniture, rugs, accessories, etc.) that my company sells on our website (online).  It’s a pretty sweet set-up.  I went to college at High Point University and graduated with an Interior Design degree.  There is obviously some overlap between what I do now and what I studied in school, so I’m pretty happy with what I’m doing.

Anywho, this may be something that you don’t know about the furniture biz:  twice a year (October and April) there is a week long “market” that takes place in High Point, NC.  The entire downtown area of High Point, which is normally abandon-looking, turns in to the most vibrant, lively city in the world.  There are people EVERYWHERE from all over the world. It’s sort of like “Fashion Week” except for furniture.  Furniture Market is the one week (twice a year) where furniture manufacturers set up these BEAUTIFUL showrooms filled with furniture to premier all of their new furniture designs for the upcoming season.  Then, furniture buyers (retailers, interior designers, etc.) come to the market and purchase products for their stores or their clients and that’s what you (the consumer) end up seeing and or buying in the furniture store or online when you go shopping!  It’s a pretty big deal for the furniture industry.  There is another Furniture Market in Las Vegas that is also twice a year, but the first Furniture Market was in High Point, NC, so to me it really is the Furniture Market–but I’m also biased because I live here…soo…

So why was I unable to post last week?  What is it about Furniture Market that had me so distracted?  I WAS TIRED!! and my feet hurt.  I know I sound like a whiny baby, but really, furniture market takes a lot out of a person.  The day looks something like this:  Get into work at 8:00am, head downtown (10 minute drive for me), find parking (nearly impossible), walk to and from and around furniture showrooms for the next 10-12 hours–stopping occasionally to test out a piece or once for lunch and maybe a snack in the afternoon.  The great part for me is that I get to come home ot my own house and sleep in my own bed during market.  Anyone who doesn’t live locally (majority of people) have to stay in hotels all week.

Let’s see, because I merchandise the website, I have about 200+ different furniture manufacturers that I would have liked to have visited.  However, the market only lasts 5 days.  You do the math.  On average I spend about 30 minutes to an hour in each showroom.  I ended up going to market 4 out of 5 days (had to take one day to rest) and saw 43 different showrooms.  It was a pretty solid market for me.  I was targeting a lot of new manufacturers that I’d like to begin selling on our site, so I was actually pretty successful in that respect.

The good news:  I did make it to CrossFit every day that I planned on going (I rested on Thursday) despite my poor, screaming feet.  And furniture market enables me to be up and walking around throughout the day instead of being chained to my desk–which is where I normally am.  So that’s always a nice change of pace.

The bad news: I had to go to the evening CrossFit classes since I had to get to work earlier than usual.  Even though there is lots of free food at market, most of it was NOT paleo. And, I couldn’t really muster the energy to write any good posts at the end of the night.

So even though I love seeing the pretty, new furniture, I am glad that market has come and gone.  See you again in October!  Back to my usual 6:30am CrossFit classes!

And now you know what I do during the day when I’m not at the box!  FURNITURE, that’s what!

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Early Morning WODs

I am a morning person.  It’s pretty much in my blood.  My dad goes to bed at 10pm and wakes up at 5am, every single day.  He’s done this for as long as I can remember.  Of course in my teen years and during college waking up early wasn’t necessarily my favorite, but that’s because I was usually staying up until well past midnight.  Now that I’m an “adult” with a full time job, I value my sleep, and I try my best to go to bed at a decent hour-9:00 is ideal, 10:00 is okay; 11:00 will still allow me to function the next day.

The whole early to bed, early to rise thing became a lot more important when I made the decision to start working out at the 6:30 Crossfit class.  Previously, I had been going to the 5:30 or 6:30 evening classes, but there were several drawbacks with this.

First, the classes were crowded.  Don’t get me wrong, I definitely enjoyed seeing a lot of my Crossfit friends, but it’s tough to get in a good workout and receive the right amount of coaching when there are 25 other people in your class.

Second, I had to pack an extra bag to take to work which became one more step in my nightly routine.  Then, if I got wrapped in something at work or held up in a meeting at the end of the day it made it difficult for me to make it to the classes.  There were a few times when I either didn’t make the class at all or came really close to missing the class (as in, changing clothes in the car while driving down the highway–not a good idea).  This added more stress to my day because I would worry so much that I wasn’t going to make it to class and then if I did miss class I’d be so upset that I wasn’t able to work out. No good.

Lastly,  when working out at night it leaves very little time in the evening to prepare and eat dinner, relax, shower, unwind or do anything really.  My routine was essentially:  Wake up at 6:30, get ready for work, get to work by 7:45 or 8:00, leave work by 5:00 (but usually not until 6:00), 6:30 CrossFit class, 8:15 dinner, shower, bed by 10:00, do it all over again.  EXHAUSTING!

After about a week of that schedule, I realized that I needed a change.  First, I had to make sure that I really could attend the 6:30am class and make it to work on time.  Well one Monday morning I decided to try it, and by golly I was able to do it ALL and I even had time to make a breakfast smoothie before leaving the house!  It was awesome!  So ever since then, unless there is some unusual event or something going on, I work out at 6:30 every morning.  So my new routine became:  Asleep by 10:00pm, up by 6:00am, out the door by no later than 6:20am, working out by 6:30am, home around 7:40am, shower, get ready, out the door by 8:20am.  I am very lucky that both the box and work are about 10 minutes away.

Here are my tips for waking up early for a morning work out:

1.  You have to be motivated and WANT to work out early in the morning.  If you don’t want or need to wake up early, then by all means sleep in-different strokes, for different folks ya’ll! I’ve found that working out first thing in the morning is great for me, but it may not be for everyone.  The advantages for me are that:  I get my work out done for the day.  I feel energized and productive after working out, and those feelings stick with me throughout the day, which usually makes for an awesome day, no risk of not getting to the box for a WOD, more free time at the end of the day.

2.  PREPARATION IS KEY.  There are several things that you must prepare the night before.  This is just my list, yours could be different.  Just try to think about your morning routine, what sort of things have the potential to slow you down in the morning?  What can you do ahead of time to speed up your morning ritual?

  • WOD clothes, picked out and easily accessible
  • Water bottle ready to go
  • If you take a bag with you to the box, have that packed and ready too
  • Pre-WOD food (I usually eat a piece of fruit, some people eat a full meal, some people eat nothing, just listen to your body)
  • Post-WOD food aka breakfast.  I usually either had something pre-made like my egg muffins or I make sure that I know what I’m going to eat ahead of time, so I’m not scrambling to figure it out
  • Outfit for work
  • Lunch packed and ready to grab from the fridge

3.  Go to sleep early.  Again, everyone is different.  I preform best after having 8 full hours of sleep, but some people can run off of as little as 6.  Whatever your magic number is, make sure you are going to sleep early enough, so you can wake up in the morning without feeling groggy or fatigued.  Even if you had the motivation to work out, you will lose all your motivation if you only get four hours of sleep and wake up feeling tired.  Like I said, I’ve been trying to go to bed at 10:00, so I can wake up around 6:00am, but my new goal is to get on a 9pm-5am sleep cycle.  For two reasons:  1.  I think I would enjoy having some time to myself in the morning to read or write blog posts 2.  There’s been talk of our 6:30am class moving to 6:00am (which would be awesome), so just in case that happens I want to be prepared.

If you’re considering switching up your WOD routine, plan it out and ease in to the transition.  Start with two days a week, then three, then however many you want.  Setting small goals will help keep you motivated.  See if working out first thing in the morning makes a difference in your day.

Time for bed! So long!

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Whole Life Challenge Wrap Up

Good Morning!

As you may have read previously, I participated in the Whole Life Challenge from February 16 to April 11. 55 days of FUN.  Now that the challenge is over I’m going to do a simple pro’s and con’s list, and then also share what I learned from my challenge, what practices stuck, and what I’m planning for the future.  Settle in, it’s going to be good!

First: I came in 5th place in my gym (about 45ish people).  No it wasn’t first place like I was shooting for, but everyone at our gym made TREMENDOUS improvements. And it makes me so proud to be apart of such a great community.

My baseline work out scores:

  • before: 158
  • after: 179

the work out was:

  • 12 Minute AMRAP
  • 1000m row
  • 60 air squats
  • 50 hand release push ups
  • 40 ab mad sit ups
  • 30 burpees
  • (start back to squats if finish one round)

My body measurement scores (can’t believe I’m posting these on the internet, but…)

  • before: hips = 41; waist = 32
  • after:  hips = 38; waist = 28

Challenge Pros:

  • The website keeps you accountable
  • It wasn’t just about nutrition/paleo eating
  • Mobilization really made a difference for me
  • Could track progress with your body measurements and baseline work outs
  • Body weight wasn’t really a concern, since everyone would most likely be building muscle to replace any body fat

Challenge Cons:

  • 2 months is a long time
  • I don’t think bonus points should have been used for food…I found myself banking on using those bonus points.  I feel like they were enabling me.
  • It was frustrating when the site didn’t work properly
  • I think rest days should have been incorporated, or at least maybe having like a “yoga day” or something.  55 days straight of active recovery work outs is kind of a lot.  Plus your body needs to rest in order to build your muscles.

What I learned/what stuck:

  • Taking a supplement.  I’m going to stick with the fish oil, and potentially add a probiotic.
  • Mobilizing. why was I not doing this before?  It feels SO good, and makes SUCH a difference. I need to take some time to catch up on MobilityWOD  and try some more/different techniques.
  • Drinking water.  ugh.  I mean how many times have people said “you should drink more water” or “drinking water is key to a healthy life” or many other variations of those phrases.  countless, that’s how many times.  But was I listening?  Nope, not really.  I’m a champ at hydrating before big races or long rungs, but I do not consistently hydrate.  Well, now I do!  I noticed a major difference in my body when I drank at least half my body weight in water.
  • My skin benefits from eating clean and drinking water.  Again, not sure why I wasn’t listening to the people who have been preaching this all along, but now I finally get it.  Sugar + my skin do NOT agree.  Same with dairy and gluten.  I feel like someone would be able to tell everything I ate during the past week just by looking at my face, they wouldn’t even need to ask me.
  • I snack way too much.  Even though the snacks were paleo, I should still chill out with the amount of snacking that I do throughout the day.

What I’m planning for the future:

  • WHOLE 30 CHALLENGE Maybe in May or June?  I would like for my whole family to do this with me too.  It’s going to take some persuading though.  There’s even a Whole 9 seminar in Northern VA on June 22 that I’m thinking about attending.
  • No more cheat meals. I heard a great quote while watching a food and nutrition documentary last week (it deserves its’ own separate post). Basically they said by eating “cheat meals” once a week is like a heroine addict saying “Well, I only do heroine on Sundays, so it’s okay…”  Obviously this does sound a little extreme, but I interpreted it to mean:  Polluting your body is polluting your body no matter what it is with or how often you do it.  Just because I eat jelly beans once a week doesn’t mean that it is good for my body; I’m filling my body with garbage.  So, no more of that!
  • Food Journal.  I’m interested to see how certain foods make me feel and what affect they have on me when I eat them.  I’m currently trying to come up with a sweet printable to share with everyone.  The journal will not only include spots for recording what food is consumed, but also a place to makes notes about how you feel throughout the day, a place to record a work out, work out performance, and SLEEP!

All in all, the I would highly recommend the Whole Life Challenge to anyone who is looking for some motivation to change their life in a positive way! It’s totally worth it and it is a lot of fun.  Not to mention, there are THOUSANDS of other people who are participating in the challenge right along with you, so there is always someone to talk to or provide encouragement.

I’m off to the box to get my WOD on this morning! Hope everyone has a super fabulous weekend!!!

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