Where do I begin… it’s been an interesting nearly 2 weeks of learning stuff. I’ve found the effects of nutrition and exercise fascinating for a long time, but I’m kinda diving into a whole different level that I didn’t even know existed. When I was still at CFD Coach Sharon used to tell me all the time that I was overtraining. I figured if that was he case, my body would let me know. Days where I was really sore or overly fatigued I’d take a rest day then jump right back into routine again. It seemed to work for me, so I carried on, but was that the start of the weight issues? I mean, I knew I was gaining weight then, but had no idea why. Could my restricted diet and excessive exercise be the reason? WTF!?!? Seriously!?!? I used to look at the badasses in the box like Coach Dave who trained pretty much non-stop and really didn’t think of my exercise routine as excessive, but I know now you have to take into account your own situation and listen to your body on a deeper level. It’s more than just sore muscles that suggest it’s time to assess things! A super clean eater who works out a lot should NOT be gaining body fat! That can be a sign that your body is in panic mode and fighting for survival.
So what’s the answer? That I’m not sure yet. I know I need to test out a month or more of lower intensity to see if this theory is right, but I haven’t gotten myself to the mental preparedness for that yet. Crossfit is my therapy and I’m scared to let it go.
Recap for the week. Last weekend I was ready to throw in the towel on the Wahls Protocol diet. Amanda and I had been following since may 1 and were/are frustrated that we’ve been GAINING weight! This diet is supposed to help reverse my MS symptoms, which is my #1 reason for giving it my all, but it’s also supposed to help you lose some body fat! If the weight loss didn’t happen, but the symptoms eased off, I’d be ok with that. But to GAIN weight just doesn’t fly with me! Already 10-15lbs heavier than I’d like to be! I commented in a Wahls protocol group on facebook that I’m giving up and explained myself. A Wahls support person told me Don’t give up! You just need to play around with the diet a little till you find what works for you! Track your macros and make sure you aren’t getting more carbs in places you don’t realize. Use the ketone test strips daily to make sure your body is in ketosis for now until you get the hang of it. Ok, done. What I learned (and actually Amanda got me on the scent of first) was that the giant salads we were eating every day could have been a factor. The tighter my clothes felt, the more I relied on salad to slim me down. But the salad dressing was the killer! Not even the expected store bought crap, but a homemade mixture of olive oil, garlic and balsamic vinegar. WTF!? Anyways, we decided to cut that out and see what happens. That was 7 days ago and within 4 days my pants didn’t feel as tight. Ok, progress. My ketone tests are also bringing a stronger indication that I’m on the right track. I was sad to think salad wasn’t really an option, so last night I had one with a little squirt of lemon on it which wasn’t delicious but doable, and this morning’s test strip looked great 🙂 baby steps, but in the right direction I think 😀
Tues. June 6:
Scaled this one to 85lbs and cut the double unders in half, but kinda liked it otherwise 🙂 Monday we took a rest day, so I was ready to go by Tuesday night!
Wed. June 7:
A morning appointment with my dad (still trying to figure out the job change!) meant I was at the box for the 7am WOD. When I got there at 6:50 and the 6am class wasn’t close to finishing I knew I wasn’t going to get to complete this one! The buy in was great 🙂 went with 145lbs, which isn’t 75-80% of my 1RM but felt heavy enough!! Beyond the 15/15/100m was another 2 rounds that I didn’t make it too 😦 but still got a good workout in!
Thurs. June 8 @ 6:30am:
This was actually mondays workout that I missed, but it sounded good enough to drag me back to the box early Thursday morning! Wasn’t sure I’d make it to an evening WOD so it seemed the best option. LOVED the buy in (obviously) with 195lbs. Then I was excited to pull the 2 45lb plates off for the WOD. I underestimated the wallballs lol, and failed my first attempt to clean the bar for the back squats, but otherwise this one was awesome 🙂
Thurs. June 8 @ 5pm:
125lb front squats = 125lb clean. In my second WOD of the day? LMAO!! Went with 105lbs with more success than the morning. The 15 Reps at 85lbs were a lot harder than I expected, but I was determined to not drop the bar anywhere in this workout so I sucked it up. After all Friday was planned as a rest day…