Tuesday, November 05, 2013
This article showed up in my Fb newsfeed yesterday, and promptly started a debate!
I wholeheartedly believe every single one of these points made in the article. PLEASE read the whole thing and take a moment to digest the information. The commentators at the bottom of the article have also dug up some very insightful links that are worthwhile. They also bring up valuable points and counterpoints to each argument.
I'm sharing this here because I sincerely think it could help the SparkCommunity. A year ago, I was chained to scales and trackers. I had ANXIETY when I was unable to calculate nutrition info to the gram. When I went to the gym, I spent all my time doing aerobics, spinning, or running. I was happy that I lost weight, but I was miserable because my life was consumed with counting and tracking. I knew that if I let go of the trackers, all the weight would come right back. Every time I tried to free myself I promptly gained 5lbs. Wanna know why? I was eating a high carb/low fat diet. My body was STARVING for nutrition.
I'm starting to sound preachy.
What I'm trying to say is, I feel like I was duped. I tried SO HARD to follow the rules of eating healthy, but the rules were incorrect.
It makes me want to cry when I think of people scared to eat eggs and bacon, but instead choose a bowl of oatmeal for breakfast because they were told by a DOCTOR it's "heart healthy"!
I can't make people change their minds about nutrition, no matter how passionately I feel about it. It's something that's been ingrained into Westerners for decades. All I ask is that every individual do some research. Get both sides of the story. Maybe even try a Whole30, and see how much better your body functions when you feed it happy healthy fats and nutritious vegetables.
Ok, that was me going off the deep end.
Next blog will be happy and uplifting, not a PSA, I promise :)
Friday, November 01, 2013
I'm thinking about getting back on Whole30.
Technically it would be a Whole25 so that I could quit in time for Thanksgiving. I'm in a candy coma today. I could have slept all day if I didn't have to come to work. I feel like crapola from all the junk I've been eating.
Yesterday my StitchFix came. It's a company that picks out 5 pieces of clothing/accessories, you try it on at home, and send back what you don't like. It was really cool and fun. When I'm out shopping, there's been so many times where I'm like "this shirt would look amazing with these pants I have at home" only to buy it and find out it looks awful. It's also cool because I would have never picked these items out at the mall, but they looked really good. I ended up keeping 2 of the 5 pieces. One pair of pants had an elastic waistband, and I swear, flubber was poking out of the top. The pants were so cute, but they went back in the box to be returned. So yep, it's time to clean up the diet.
Bf has been following "Paleo for Lifters" diet since he's hitting the gym more seriously as of late. Basically you add in rice and potatoes while still following regular Paleo. So of course I've been eating rice and potatoes too.. and I don't think I need that. My energy levels are just fine without that. I'm not squatting 325# every day, so I think the extra starches can go. The day that I ate a lunch of mashed potatoes and chicken leg, I went home and immediately stuffed my face with lunchmeat because I was so hungry. The insulin response to the carbs is not pleasant!
Plus... we've got a Showcase at the studio on Nov 23rd. If I ever get around to choreographing my song, I'll have a solo performance. I really want to be in great shape for this performance, so all the more reason to get back on plan!
I'm re-reading my Whole30 blogs from July, and remembering how at first it kind of ruined my life. All the headaches, mood swings, fights with Bf over what we're eating. Sigh.. I guess I'll have to go through that all over again. I do think I'll break one rule and eat regular bacon rather than buying sugar free bacon online. That stuff was expensive!
I will really have to take a block of time on the weekends and dedicate it to meal plan & prep. I've been getting lazy with that lately and I think it's what's driving me to eat poorly. I may even have to start packing lunch and dinner to eat at work, since sometimes I want to go to the gym after work. It's a hefty undertaking, but I've got to make it work!
Well I'm off to eat my last non-compliant meal in the cafeteria. I'll do some planning tonight, and see if I can get this thing into full swing by tomorrow.
Wednesday, October 09, 2013
..and now I don't.
All day, and up until 59 minutes ago, I was soooooooooooore. I was grouchy. Sleepy. Planning on skipping my workout.
But------ I didn't skip my workout. I marched my sore, grouchy butt downstairs. I got in front of the macho men in the gym, put plates on the bar, and lifted. I felt pretty dumb at times since I was struggling to get a light weight over head. But I kept at it, and finished!
For the metcon [metabolic conditioning, aka, cardio segment] I set up my own little crossfit gym in the group fitness room. I scaled things I couldn't do (like pull ups, I did a little hopping pull up instead) and made makeshift equipment (no 20" box for box jumps.. so I just stacked 6 risers under a step). I finished in a good time and my heart was pounding.
The soreness in my booty and legs went away in my warm up, and I feel fantastic now. I'm wide awake, I'm in a great mood! Two of the guys at the gym asked if we could meet for regular Crossfit workouts in the afternoon. I think they saw me sweating profusely and wanted in on it :) I may take them up on it.
Revelations from this afternoon's workout:
-That's it, I'm officially addicted to Crossfit. Two weeks ago I was whining that I hated it, but now I know some of the movements, and I know most the lingo and what the abbreviations mean in the workouts. I LOVE it. All it took was me letting go of my ego, and just doing what I can do THAT day. It's very much like yoga in that regard.
-Being sore is not an excuse to skip a workout, it's a reason TO workout. Lactic acid isn't going anywhere while I sit on my butt, gotta flush it out! Coach Kent says there's no such thing as over-training, only under-recovery. (Oh lord, unleash the SparkWrath. Yes I realize this goes against what mainstream fitness organizations preach. So be it.)
-Being out of my element is scary, but the payoff for completing the workout is far greater than possibly looking dumb in front of strangers. And hey, I made new workout buds in the process!
Something else awesome that happened fairly recently:
-The pole studio was closed for a whole month while they moved into a bigger space. I didn't touch the pole at all, only did crossfit for my workouts. Day 1 I was goofing off and trying a trick that I thought was SUPER hard, and got it first try!! The last time I worked the trick I could barely get my feet off the ground. That means my plan is working :) The CrossFit-Yoga-Pole trifecta is showing results!
-Scissor climb. This is a pole climb where you get into a basic sit, then straighten and open your legs while pulling yourself up. Close legs, move hands up, repeat. Might be easier to grasp the idea if you YouTube it. Basically it's pretty pullups. If I can do this, then I can do a deadhang pullup and vice versa. Will practice a few tonight.
-Double-unders. This exercise shows up in a lot of metcons. It's jumping rope, but you let the rope pass under your feet twice every bound. I can barely jump rope regularly. If I knew it would be a skill I'd need later I wouldn't have given it up in 2nd grade. Working on this a little at a time.
-Chopper dismount. We worked on this on Monday at pole. Again, if you'd like to see what it looks like, YouTube it up. I got to the point where I was upside down in a handstand, removed one leg for butterfly, then..... got scared and froze up. I don't feel like I have the strength to hold myself up in a one-armed handstand. I'm scared I'll crash and knock my skull on the floor. I'll work on this at home on the nice plushy carpet. Rugburns are preferable to broken bones.
Well that's all for now... just wanted to check in when I was having a GOOD day for once. Go work out. NOW. Even if you're sore or tired or just want to sit on your couch. DO IT.
Wednesday, October 02, 2013
Wow, October already!
Today, like most days I turn to SP and blogging, I feel like crap. We just spent 5 days with bf's big Italian family in NY state. Lots of driving, lots of junk food, not a veggie in sight. It was hard and I had a perma-tummy ache. I slept until 11am every day, which is super odd for me who wakes up at 5 for work. Bf's parents graciously let us make ourselves at home, and his mom bought bacon and eggs just for us (they are cereal eaters). However, save for the bag of baby carrots, I didn't have one single veggie all week. We did have corn with our steaks one night, but corn isn't a vegetable. Of course I didn't say anything, they tried. I just ate a bite or two and moved on. I had homemade pasta for the first time, and it was good, but I'm still sluggish from the gluten overload. I haven't had a proper workout in 7 days!!! It's tough to travel Paleo!!
Those are the negatives, but there have also been some positives since I last logged on. His entire family seemed to like me. And his daughter and I hung out the whole time. She's super cute, we're buds now. Bf bragged about my cooking the entire trip. We went to a wedding and I wore a cute LBD that looked amazing and we had a good time. I slow danced with the bf for the first time (not including our living room). I saw Niagara Falls. Yesterday when I didn't feel like taking a fitness class, I went outside and worked on my pullup.. and I got my kipping pullup!! I can only do one before I have to drop, adjust my grip, and kip again but I did it about 20 times! I'm ecstatic that I can get my chin above the bar without a band now. It's not something I would WOD with, it definitely needs more work, but I still did something I've never been able to do in 27 years! I'm so proud of my calluses :)
We didn't get back in time to go to the grocery store, and we missed the farmers market this week. So I'm just kinda winging dinners. Last night I cooked some of the winter squash that was displayed on the mantle. Yep, I've resorted to eating fall decor. We had some delicious chicken squash "alfredo". The noodles are spaghetti squash and the sauce is acorn squash cooked with coconut milk and italian spices. Top it with some chicken thighs.. nom. It was supposed to also have bacon for a carbonara effect, but alas we had none. I have no idea what I'll make for tonight's dinner.
Did I tell you guys about my Crossfit shoes?? No??
When I took foundations, Coach Lindsay said instead of paying for the classes I should put that money towards some lifting shoes since my ankle flexibility doesn't let me squat properly in barefoot shoes (see my blog "Paper Plates and Squat Suck"). Barefoot shoes have a 0mm drop, meaning your heel and toe are level in the shoe. Lifting shoes have a slight heel so you can really bare down on your heels. My squats are actually pretty when I wear them. They're coming TODAY!! I'll be a real CrossFit girl!! If that doesn't motivate me to get back in the gym, I don't know what will.
Friday, September 20, 2013
I feel off today, so it's a good day for a blog. Remember what I'm doing well, reflect on what's making me slip today in particular. I've eaten nothing but junk all day, what better way to break the cycle than to write about my fitness journey? :)
Last blog I told you guys I hated CrossFit but I wasn't giving up on it. I held true. I took Foundations (aka, intro to crossfit) this past weekend. My coach was the one of the owners of the gym and she was very Mom-like and encouraging. Just what I needed. Instead of rolling my eyes at my bf when he corrects my form, I actually listened to her.
Coach Lindsay: Talk to me. Tell me what you thought about the workout you tried.
Me: I felt really intimidated, and I wanted to run out the door.
Coach Lindsay: Why?
Me: Because every other person had these big weights on their bar, and doing what looked like a simple movement. I tried it with a training bar and couldn't figure it out.
Coach Lindsay: Well, you've got to remember those athletes are just learning the movements too. What you thought was really impressive and overwhelming is what we're going to learn today.
Then we broke it down. I learned squats and olympic lifts, then I did metcons (metabolic conditioning, aka, cardio portions). I didn't do anything perfectly. And that's ok.
I found an article by one of my favorite pole bloggers. The topic transcends poling and applies to life in general.
I'm going to take her advice. I will let myself have an imperfect start. I thought about it...How boring would it be if I could do every pole trick I wanted to do without any struggle? There would be no joy at finally mastering a new skill. There would be no motivation to continue. In CrossFit, I need to allow myself to look silly. I will ask the dumb questions. I will let myself start with the baby weights while I learn form. I will be proud at what I can lift even if it's a fraction of what is on the girl's bar next to me.
It's my journey. I don't need to speed it up and rush to the end.
When I fall in love with a book, I treasure every page. I read passages twice and mull over the words. As the end gets more and more near, I try to stretch it out by reading only a chapter at a time. I never want it to end. Sure, I can reread the book, but it well never be the first time ever again.
I should savor my journey just a like a good book. I should move through my workouts with purpose, and delight in every new thing I learn as I progress. Some days I feel bad about my poling skills, but then I look back at how far I've come since the end of MAY when I started this crazy form of fitness. I mean heck, my profile pic of a cross-knee release was taken in the middle of July, and now I can do those in my sleep! Every time I touch the pole I learn something, whether it's a brand new move or perfecting a pose. I need to remember every time I step into the CrossFit box I'll learn something too. I'll learn how to shave time off my metcons and how to lift more weight.
And the more I CrossFit...
...the more ripped I'll become....
...and better able to hold my bodyweight at incredible angles from dizzying heights!
At least that's the plan.
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