Week three wrap up

Today begins week four, but I realized this morning I hadn’t posted anything about Wednesday’s or Friday’s workouts.

That’s right – I made it a FULL THREE DAYS last week!

I seem to be on track with my diet as far as pre-WOD nutrition goes.  I no longer feel like I’m going to fall over or pass out in the middle of a workout because I’m lightheaded – adding in a few more carbs seemed to do the trick.  Next up is to experiment in to how low I can get them and not feel like I’m woozy after doing deadlifts.

Speaking of Deadlifts – I’m in love.  My body seems to be built for lifting heavy things with my legs.  I did them a bit when I was doing the Stronglifts 5×5 program but I wasn’t doing them right.  Now that I’m doing them correctly, they feel better and my body is responding appropriately.

My presses need work.  If my body weight were in the normal range, I’m sure my arms would resemble a stick insect 🙂  I’m getting stronger slowly, but I still feel like I’ve got a long way to go.

I also realized last week that I’ve started to compare myself with others that are much fitter than I am, having been doing CrossFit for much longer.  Note to self – knock that shit off.

I ordered a WOD book from Amazon in advance of my trainer getting some in.  Looking forward to getting this down on paper instead of taking photos w/my phone 🙂

I also learned this weekend that diet pop (yes, pop, I’m Canadian 🙂 ) is no longer my friend.  I have been abstaining for ages but on Saturday night I said “screw it” and drank one.  About an hour later and for the entire following day (yesterday) my sugar/carb cravings were out of control.  I got plenty of sleep this weekend and ate healthy for all of Saturday leading up to the crack of the can, which means that I’m done with diet pop. If you’ve ever struggled with addiction of any kind (I’m a former smoker, so I’m drawing my parallels from that experience), you may be able to relate to the siren song of your addiction even though your logical brain is telling you “no” at the time.  My sugar siren song kicked into high gear and, unfortunately, I gave in 😦

Today is a new day, though, and the offending food I purchased is gone.  I threw some of it away after my logical brain kicked in and realized what I was doing.  Into the garbage disposal it went and I felt immediately better.

Today I go in for another workout, and I’m hoping that yesterday’s food indiscretion doesn’t hinder today’s performance.

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The 7 Day Real Food Challenge

One of my favorite fitness/real food bloggers is Melissa Joulwan from The Clothes Make The Girl.

When I was catching up on my RSS feeds last night this post of hers caught my eye, and I got excited:

http://www.theclothesmakethegirl.com/2013/04/11/7-day-real-food-challenge/

It’s a mini-version of Whole9′s Whole 30!  Just a week!  This starts April 21 and ends April 27.

This is hosted by Roxanne of Holistic Mama, and Melissa is one of the sponsors.  One of the prizes is her Well Fed cookbook that I love so much I have in three different formats (PDF, Kindle, physical book)

They’ve got two versions, a free version and a goodies-laden $29 version as well.

More details can be found at the link above, or at Holistic Mama‘s site.

I’ve signed up – who’s going to join me?  Leave a comment if you join up!

Four!

I really wanted to type this up last night but ye gods – this workout took a lot out of me.  I have started to experiment a bit more with my diet (which I’ll cover in a later post), using the n=1 … philosophy? method?  I’m not quite sure what to call it, but it basically means I’m self-experimenting to figure out what kind of dietary requirements are best for me.

I added in a few more non-sugar/non-grain carbs in the form of an EightFold Eats Almond Butter and Carob bar yesterday.  Half before I worked out, and half after.  The half after seemed to do me more good than the half before, that’s for sure.  I was so shaky and weak after the workout that it brought me back to normal.

I’m toying with the idea of consulting with a Dietitician to see what they think of my current diet, but I might do a bit more of the n=1 experimenting for a while to see if I can figure it out on my own.

The workout was, in a word, intense.  We had the same warmup as Monday which was challenging but doable.  Then we went into the WOD, no strength or skills.

The Rx was as follows:

  • 1200m run 
  • 6x rounds:
    • 15x thrusters (95/65)
    • 15 x C2B (Chest to Bar pullups)
  • 300 DU 

I ran for 900m before the coach called me in – I was a fair bit behind the rest of the group and our allotted 10 mins was up.  I told him that I was determined to not be last one day, and right now that’s my goal.  To not be last. :

My Thrusters I used a ladies bar + 5 lbs, and because I’m still building upper body strength I’m stuck with ring rows for the time being.  I got through 3 rounds of these in the allotted 20 mins

I still can’t do a double under to save my life, so I did single skips for the last 5 mins with everyone else, and every 10th skip I would try a DU.  At one point I forgot to try the DU and ended up skipping 30x in a row.  A small PR, but a PR nonetheless 🙂

The whole class was on the floor after our stretches making some serious sweat angels after we were done.  A good, intense workout.

I went home afterwards and essentially flopped on the couch, unable to move.  I was so drained and devoid of energy.  I rested for a bit and then figured I should eat something, but I was pretty full from all of the water I’d consumed, so I ate some cheese and called it a night.

I was originally signed up for tonight’s class but think I’m going to go home and take it easy.  I’m feeling particularly worn out this week and think that sleep will do me more favours than another workout.