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Tues. Dec. 19:

I need to come to terms with the fact that my body is begging for a break.  Like, more than just my usual 1 rest day too.  The Relentless Showdown comp is THIS Saturday.  My legs are tired, my shoulders are pretty cooked and my hands!  Oh, my hands…  Maybe I’m just being a baby, but they’re sore!  I went into the box this morning with every intention of NOT doing pull-ups.  My partner said “well, I’m not scaling” so sure enough… I jumped on the bar.  Duh.

partner WOD2

Today is another bring a friend day at the box.  That means BIG classes!  Although I think it was pretty much all regulars this morning there was like 11 at 6am.  Not huge, but big enough.  I wanted to be a *new athlete* today, but my pull-ups need so much work!  I can do 1, then maybe 2 but for sure after that shit gets messy.  I can’t figure out the part of the movement that happens after you pull you chin over the bar!  Watched SP closely today… I don’t kick back in my kip at all.  Something to work on for sure. (as I write that my hands are weeping softly at the thought…)

In Teams of 2, AMRAP in 20:00 Minutes
“Cindy”
5- Pullups (*Situps*)
10- Pushups
15- Air Squats
* New Athletes*
Partner A works odd minutes
Partner B works even minutes, continue where your partner leaves off.

We lost count of rounds, but it was at least 25.  I did end up scaling this one to 3-6-9 for reps until about half way through when I realized I didn’t want to scale the push ups or squats.  3-10-15 I’m sure Coach Dave would not be so keen on, but it worked for the partner set-up and I definitely got a decent workout.  SP and I layered on 3 x 15 reps of GHD sit-up and 3 x 10 reps of GHD back extensions at the end “just for kicks”.  Now time for some rest.  My mornings will lack purpose…

nomNew girl can cook 🙂  Last night’s dinner was prepared by yours truly, but was a copycat of the dinner cooked for me last week in Burlington.  So easy and so good!  A quick stir fry of chicken, broccoli, zucchini and asparagus with a little garlic, chili powder and paprika.  Very tasty and totally WLC friendly.

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roll with it

Hey Whole Life Challenge… I’m journaling here 🙂  I haven’t had a Quest bar, or any other cheat.  I’m still not in love excited with doing this thing again, but I’m also not willing to give up on it.  I made a really good and easy chicken soup in my Crockpot the other day that’s been a god-send with this lame cold.  Will make it again for sure!  Even considering a batch to freeze cause who wants to cook when you’re not feeling well?  Nope.  Just want to curl up with a good bowl of soup.

Crockpot Chicken Soup:

Layer your Crockpot like this:

  • 1 medium onion, diced
  • 3-4 celery stalks, chopped
  • 3-4 carrots, peeled and chopped
  • 1 tsp sea salt
  • 1 tbsp Herb de Provence
  • 2 chicken breasts, bone in – skin on
  • fresh ground pepper
  • enough fresh water to cover veggies and half way up chicken

Cook on low for 8 hours.  Remove chickens and discard skin and bones.  Place back into Crockpot roughly shredded.  If you have issues with your chicken becoming overly shredded, get over them or don’t make this 😉  8 hours in a crockpot will do that!  Delicious anyways.  Enjoy!

Boo 😦  Steelers lost!  The lazy Sunday spent mostly on the couch watching football I’m hoping made for a little bit of improvement with this dumb cold, although the feeling that I swallowed a bucket of razor blades that appeared this morning would suggest maybe not…  Anyways, I’m still alive.  Looking out my front door to find yet another fresh 5cm blanket of the fluffy white crap wasn’t entirely welcome, but the pure bliss with which Yuko bounded out into it made me laugh a little at least 😉  And I PR’d my front squat.  Not too shabby way to start the week!  Although my original plan had been to go light and easy this week cause I don’t want to be tired and sore for the comp this weekend…  Couldn’t help it.  Just moving too well today to let the opportunity pass me by.

Part 1. For Max Reps:
5 minutes of max reps: Burpee Box Jump Overs  52
5 minutes rest
4 minutes of max rep 10m Shuttle run  55
4 minutes rest
3 minutes of max reps: Power Cleans #155/#105  27 #85
3 minutes rest
2 minutes of  max reps: Wallballs   45
2 minutes rest
1 minute to complete one set of max unbroken reps: Chest- Bar Pullups   6

Part 2. 
Back Squats 2-2-2   #155
Front Squats: 2-2   #135 + 1 @ #155!!

PR BABY!!!  😀

Sun. Jan. 17:

Ok, I’m sorry for complaining about the cough. It has purpose now, I won’t get too graphic but I don’t know how I could have so much shit in my lungs.  Not ideal conditions for the WLC baseline workout, but that’s reality I suppose. Our mini team hasn’t discussed the game plan yet, but I’d like to use the “official WLC workout” from 2014:

In 11 minutes:
1000m row
In the time remaining, complete as much of the following list as you can:
30 Air Squats
30 Sit Ups
30 Plank Ups
40 Lunges
40 Bicycles
40 Push Ups
50 Squat Jumps
50 Flutter Kicks
50 Mountain Climbers
100 Burpees
Your score is the total number of reps you complete.

Result – 201 reps (made it to 31 push-ups) 

11 minutes of hell, but I made a little vow to myself after the last WLC that I would never do that baseline workout again. Or at least not until the memory of how horrible it felt fades… I’m not there yet. Not even close.  Today’s selection was challenging, but didn’t destroy me for the rest of the day thankfully 🙂

Finding purpose

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Hey! Don’t think I shared… I won a camera 🙂 a Fuji X-T10!  It’s pretty sweet 🙂 fresh snow clung to the trees Thursday so Yuko and I went to our fav. trail for a camera test drive.  I have some playing around to do still, but I’m a fan so far 🙂

Today I’ve got a bunch of stuff.  This week has pulled in 100 different directions, but thankfully the crazy part is done now. I think…

Day 1 of another round of Whole Life Challenge. This one could be interesting just cause I’m in a different place mentally than I was last time. When I signed up for round 2 I was in a bit of a rut with nutrition cause I think it was in the middle of my December work insanity. I was eating cookies and candy canes and chocolate and really felt I could use the challenge to clean my act up in the new year. Today, the only thing I need to cut out of my diet is Quest bars. Again. Clearly that one doesn’t stick when the challenge ends. I have set a goal to eat better though. You can eat squeaky-clean but still not eat to perform. Like all the nights I skip dinner to spend time with my girlfriend should be re-jigged. Also need to food prep for snacks again. Chopped up fresh veggies will help me stay away from looking for a few dates and a handful of nuts.  Also need to find peace within my own mind with me for me.  I’ve known that for a long lime, but it’s easier said than done.

Segway into my second topic – Thursday I went to Healthoholics for food sensitivity testing. I clearly find the powers of nutrition pretty fascinating, so I was curious. They test you for more than 600 things! Also can locate any troubles your body is having in terms of digestive process and any deficiencies for vitamins and minerals. I think that’s the Coles notes… We talked about a LOT! I was not surprised to confirm wheat and dairy are not my friend.  I didn’t expect potatoes to be on that list too, but they were. Thankfully not sweet potatoes! We get along just fine. She also told me fatty acids were low. “Eat nuts and seeds” was a suggestion. 😐 I do! Too many! But need to change something cause I’m not absorbing the nutrients, probably just the fat… on my thighs :p

Amanda gave me her cold on New Years. The way I do things is I catch a cold, then my body seems to feel the need to put a whole new spin on it. Make it all my own… And hang onto it forever. It’s January 16th and everyday I seem to wake up to a little something different. Yesterday I had this annoying cough that didn’t really feel like it was accomplishing anything, but my abs are sore today so maybe I shouldn’t complain. May have had nothing to do with the cough… Anyways, shortness of breath made this bad boy even more awesome:

Fri. Jan. 15:

3 Rounds:
12- Deadlifts #275/#185  #135
24- Box Jumps
36- Wallballs

Time – 12:00

I made it to Sharon’s 7:30 class for the first time in ages 🙂 December is finally over… Life is returning to normal. Also got to WOD with TB, who I’ve missed seeing 🙂 This WOD kinda sucked. The wallballs are 110% to blame for that too.

Week 1 of WLC has a lifestyle component of journal writing 10 minutes every day. I’ve just completed my mission. 😉

Follow thru

So, I’m making myself commit and actually publish a post.  I have 3-4 drafts just sitting in limbo cause they feel too unfinished to share.  I don’t know if it’s actually a case of the post being incomplete, or a feeling that the thoughts aren’t settled or resolved in my mind.  Probably the later.

ifonlythisweretrue

I wish this ^^^ held some truth for me.  I guess it probably could if I could stick to the nutrition part all the time… When I’m dealing with sadness, I find running helps.  So in January I’ll be running a LOT.  Might kill 2 birds with 1 stone. It hit me yesterday that Yuko and I have about 6 weeks left together.  I won’t be sad now 🙂 I’ll live in the moment and just love him ❤

I’ve mentioned before, I need rules.  Signed up for the next round of Whole Life Challenge yesterday which starts in January.  My good intentions to keep the ball rolling after the last one fell apart a bit.  The whole “2 indulgences per week” piece has gone to hell in a hand basket.  Not entirely my fault when there’s Christmas cookies and stuff.  Plus I work so much this time of year that it’s hard to take the time to really food prep and eat good meals.  Coach Dave asked this morning what people had for dinner last night.  He called me out and I dodged that bullet sloppily.  Truth of the matter – I made a batch of my banana balls which I had planned to bring as a snack today and maybe tomorrow.  Then I started decorating my Christmas tree.  The banana things are gone and I only put like 8 ornaments on my tree before sending a message to my mom asking if I could hire her to decorate it for me.  Felt guilty about the banana balls, so decided they were dinner.  Hence I didn’t answer Dave’s question cause what was I to say?  I had a banana, a whole cup of oats, a tbsp. of peanut butter and a scoop of protein powder?  So tasty, but on the don’t-ever-make-again list.  Not a veggie in sight there.  😦  Sigh…

Lol

Lol

I’m so tired…. Last Thursday I had to come in to Henry’s in the morning for a meaningless conference call , then to Sport Chek for 5 hours of shoe box wrestling, then back to Henry’s to set-up the store for Friday.  Crammed in 5ish hours of sleep, then headed to the box to squeeze in a quick WOD before the really insanity began.  Yes, I could have done without the pre-14 hour work day WOD, but my workout bud somewhat talked me into going and then bailed last-minute.  Anyways, Friday was insane.  Saturday, Sunday and Monday were pretty non-stop too.  Moral of this rant, I’ve consumed so much coffee in the last 5 days that I think I’ve become immune to it.  Still tastes great, but doesn’t pick me up at ALL anymore haha!  I need a nap.

Whole Life, day 19

Past the point of testing the waters now.  Into the 3rd week of this and I’ve found my groove.  Learned the hard way over the weekend that being totally prepared when it comes to food is so critical cause the “I’ll just wing it” approach bit me in the butt a bit.  I mean who goes to a cottage weekend with a big group of friends and actually loses a few pounds?  Especially when there was chocolate, candy, chips, donuts, Cheetos, and BOOZE everywhere.  Not saying I was completely unprepared, I just underestimated how much I actually eat in a day!  Second note on temptations – for probably the last week I’ve gone through periods of planning how I’ll use one of the 4 indulgence tokens I’ve earned.  Thing is, it’s never gone beyond the planning stage as I can’t come up with a treat or reward that I can justify as worth it.  I’ve come this far and been through so much to get over the cravings, why give in now?  Took me at least a week to stop dreaming of Quest bars, what if allowing myself one means another week of chocolate cookie dough dreams?  No thanks.  Although I’m breaking up with my girlfriend tonight, so that might be the push I need.  Not getting too deep into that, but I realized I don’t want the instant family.

Probably a combination effort of Coach Dave’s awesome programming and my clean diet, but WODs have felt pretty great lately.  Especially the grinders.  I mean, those have always been my thing, but even with a stupid cold yesterday I kinda crushed this little piece to hellish heaven:

Tues. Oct. 6:

5 Rounds of 3:00 On/1:00 Off:
200 Meter Run
15- Wallballs
Max Reps Burpee Box Jumps (24/20) in time remaining.

Total – 71 burpee box jumps 😀

Right from the 3, 2, 1 GO!!!  The rest of the 6am class shot ahead of me.  I had a so;id pace for the run, but not all out.  There’s something to be said about strategy and knowing your own strengths.  I was the last one back in the box every round, but eased through my wallballs unbroken and at a good pace.  At the end, I met my goal.  Consistancy.  Rounds 1-4 I got 14 burpee box jumps, and added an extra rep for round 5.  Although… I won’t deny I was pretty sure I was going to barf after round 4.

Also a noteworthy day was:

“Diane”
21 – 15 – 9:
Deadlifts (225/155)   #135
Handstand Pushups

Time – 8:52

WOOT!!  Last one finished, but I was still on cloud 9.  First time completing Diane where I didn’t scale the handstand push-ups.  Many reps weren’t pretty, and the last 3 took 7 attempts to get, but still!!  WOOT!!

 

So far, so good :)

Whole Life Challenge – First week DONE

so far, so good 🙂 notes from the week:

  • I no longer think about gum every minute I’m awake
  • I think I’m finally sleeping better after a rough first few days. Although this likely had nothing to do with the WLC and everything to do with work stress.
  • Oatmeal is back in my life 🙂 it makes me feel a bit nauseous, but I’m not giving up. That will hopefully go away!
  • I do still crave a chocolate chip cookie dough Quest bar pretty much daily, and I do still eat more watermelon than is likely recommended, but I haven’t caved to the first and I’m accepting the second. It will be out of season soon enough and I’ll have to move on…
  • Made a whole chicken in the crockpot this week.  If you haven’t tried that, I recommend it highly! So good!! And easy too 😉
  • pinterest has joined YouTube on the list of not pre-work activities. Friday I went looking for something to do with the 4 zucchini in my fridge and after 20 minutes pulled myself away with 100 treat ideas swimming through my head, 3 DIY ideas for my condo, and nearly convinced I need to work on my muffin top. I was almost late for work, and I have no new ideas for the zucchini.
  • this week’s lifestyle challenge is 10 minutes of meditation. It started rough, but once I learned there are lots of guided meditation videos on YouTube, it got easier 🙂 What hasn’t gotten easier is 10 minutes of mobilization. Especially when I don’t get it in at the box! As soon as I lay on the floor at home, Yuko wants to help. Ever tried stretching with a dog sneaking up to lick your face every chance he got? My favourite moment was the attempt to turn away is when I realized he was standing on my hair! Well played Yuko 😉
View from the floor

View from the floor

Living the Whole Life

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Sat. Sept. 19:

Today starts a new mission. The Whole Life Challenge. At first I wasn’t sure I had any desire to try this, but I liked the idea that for once I may have found something that inspires me to find a beimagetter frame of mind rather than just a new way of eating. That’s my biggest challenge. While, yes I could use to lose some of the extra weight and poor eating habits I fall into at times (like chocolate has been my best friend way too many times recently) but food has had control over me for too long.  Funny part of that, my thought has been for some time now that when it comes to living with MS, diet was the one thing I could use to make my life better. Food was the one thing I had control over. IN a way this was true, but at the same time so incredibly wrong. Food has control over ME. Anyways, if I’m going to do this I figured I better be prepared!  Solid grocery shop happened Friday, as well as my last piece of gum 😦  Just like Whole 30, I know the gum thing will be tough but I’ll get over it.  Cooked a huge batch of Teriyaki zucchini noodle stir fry too!  So easy and so good.  And yes it’s legit 😉 none of the store-bought sauce, just a combo of sesame oil, rice vinegar, coconut aminos, ginger and garlic.image

Day 1 in the books.  The weekly lifestyle challenge is 10 minutes of meditation which I’m choosing to interpret the term loosely.  Time spent wandering in the woods with my boy is all the meditation I need 😉  10 minutes spent stretching  on the other hand was a bit of a challenge.  Yuko was thrilled to see me laying on the floor!  Any opportunity he attempted to climb in my lap, step on my hair, stick his tongue in my ear (NOT a fan!) LOL!  But I made it through what seemed like a looooong 10 minutes anyway.

And I thought about gum all day…

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