Monday, February 28, 2011
I went to the Triad Barbell Challenge on Saturday to photograph it for Peter Haas and Mei Yoshinaga. Three things happened while I was there.
One- I learned how important it is to have paleo food on your personage (thank you Lori for the offer of chicken and cheese). I got hungry while shooting and then all food sounded like a good idea. I also get really grumpy and irritable when I do not eat. Luckily, I have awesome friends that went and got me food. Not only did I get to see my awesome friend Mandy but she fed me as well. Thank you Mandy we need you to visit more (not when I am shooting the ground).
Two- I was inspired by how strong and kind everyone in this community is. There are some crazy strong people around and it is truly inspiring. Two of them are from our gym. Mats and Phil, you guys were badass.
Three- How cool Tony from CF Wilmington is. He was really nice when I locked my keys in my car at his gym last month, but Saturday I asked him what he puts in his water. Seriously though, CF Wilmington people are crazy strong. He explained to me his philosophy on training. Then he went and did this:
The answer was simple, they lift heavy every day. Although I can not really lift heavy, I am going to try not to be a wimp any more and maybe one day I will be considered crazy strong as well.
Friday, February 25, 2011
Thursday, February 24, 2011
- Getting too much exercise or overusing the muscles.
- Standing on concrete for a long time, sitting for a long time, or putting your legs in awkward positions while you sleep.
- Not having enough potassium, calcium, and other minerals in your blood.
- Being dehydrated, which means your body has lost too much fluid.
- Taking certain medicines, such as antipsychotics, birth control pills, diuretics, statins, and steroids.
- Having flat feet.
- Having thyroid disease
I think only 1 & 3 apply; but I love how they feel the need to explain what being dehydrated means.
I have started drinking coconut water again and taking potassium supplements to combat this. There are very few things worst then waking up in the middle of the night in sheer agony because your legs are cramping up.
Wednesday, February 23, 2011
This is what I got today:
United States - 75
Canada - 6
Italy - 5
Bahrain - 1
United Kingdom - 1
South Korea - 1
Bahrain? Holy crap! Someone in Bahrain stumbled upon my silly blog!
First of all, person from Bahrain: Be careful and know that most Americans, whether they admit it or not, support you and your fellow countrymen in your quest for freedom. Good luck and I feel very lucky that you stumbled on to my silly site. And P.S. your F1 race, although not taking place this year, is one of the best on the circuit.
As most of you know, I went to an all inclusive resort for Thanksgiving. Like most people that visit this sort of establishment, I ate and drank a lot while there. You want to get your money's worth, right? The result was that I gained 4 pounds in only a few days. I did have a goal before I went to loose weight so that I would feel comfortable in a bathing suite. I will be honest; I did very little to get in the shape I wanted to be in. When I got back from Mexico, I had a renewed vigour in my fight against fattiness.
My cohort and I decided to take a page from Tamara Cohen and track our progress with photos. I took photos in a bathing suite in December and then again in January. This has definitely helped me track my progress. This morning, while I was getting ready for work I noticed how much better my stomach looks when I am lit from the side rather than when I am fully lit in the bathroom. I am a photographer, so I already knew about this trick but had not actually tried it on myself. Other people sure, but not myself. Now here is my issue.... I want to take all future photographs lit from the side. This will make me feel better but will not be an accurate portrayal of my progress. I do not know if I can convince myself to not do this. Probably not. So, be warned: My before and after photos (that will be posted here at the end of my 90 days) will not be lit in the same fashion... probably. I just figured I should be completely honest with you.
On another note: I think after you do Paleo for the first 30 days, it becomes much easier. It is less like a diet and more like conscious eating.
Tuesday, February 22, 2011
We switched from My Net Diary because typing everything in was a bit tedious. I am now on day 3 of my Paleoish (I eat dairy) plan. I am still feeling fine. I find that if I eat several small meals during the day I do not get cravings for the bad things. It also helps that I am now temping at State in their HR dept. Ironically, they are much healthier than the hospital staff.
I also read something in the New York Times last week that said that there is a magic hour. If people eat protein between 3 and 4 pm they are less likely to gain weight than people that ate nothing during that time. I am going to give it a shot. It seems like a good time to snack anyway because it gives me food before CrossFit but also gives me enough time to digest it so I do not get my name on the board again (under Pukie).
Monday, February 21, 2011
Friday, February 18, 2011
On another note I drank a couple of beers this weekend and then felt horrible the next day. This prompted me to wake up on Saturday morning and proclaim to husband that I was going to go on a 90 paleopaloosa. No more alcohol, no more grain, more sugar for 90 days.
I also was told about this challenge. So... just like the rules say:
I will use continue to use 5-3-1 and I will eat better. That is my plan. Wish me luck.
Thursday, February 17, 2011
Tuesday, February 15, 2011
Today, I start another Whole 30, slightly modified for my needs. I have a partner in crime that will hopefully help me stay strong when food is trying to act like a friend to lean on. I want to loose more weight and I want to get stronger and eating badly does not help that. Whole 30 helps because it has an end point. You should always eat well but it is not realistic for me to say that I am never going to have sugar again. So, no more Berliners for a little while, fruit instead.
Monday, February 14, 2011
Friday, February 11, 2011
The time off from work and CrossFit gave me time to get a few things in my life in order. I recently did a Living Social Coupon and I have a lot of work ahead of me. This kind of work is good. It is the kind I love. I actually need more like it so I can quit my temp job that is paying my bills. Three jobs for the past year has not been easy but if it leads to me being able to do what I love then it is all worth it.
Figuring out how you want to spend your time in this life is difficult. My oldest friend recently took the leap into doing something she loves. I have known her since I was 5. We are actually blood sisters. We did the pricking of fingers and everything. She has always been the brave one. At 3 she climbed to the top of the high dive and jumped right off. It took some convincing by Tamara but eventually I did it too. She has always been kind of my hero. She is bold and goes after what she wants even if it is scary.
I am going to make a concerted effort this year to be fearless. I am going to get stronger and do a few mud runs. Why? Because they look like fun. I am also going to try to pay off all my debt (student loans and car) so that I can go on more adventures. I want to be strong. I want to be fearless. I want to see the world. I am going to try my best to make that happen this year. It is time to take the leap. What leap are you going to take this year?
Thursday, February 10, 2011
Monday, February 7, 2011
Saturday, February 5, 2011
I don't know about you, but I've always been more than a little annoyed with those articles about celebrities losing weight and whenever someone asks them how they did it, they seem to always respond, "I got rid of my scale." Yeah, like that's going to help you lose weight! Well, it turns out, they might have a point. This post is about how I lost "inches" by getting rid of the scale.
Jack and I started Whole 30 on January 3rd after Ashley announced that she was trying to get people to join in a paleo challenge. Right before we started Whole 30 I was in a bad place from a health standpoint. I was working all the time, not exercising enough, eating pretty terrible food on a consistent basis and experiencing a horrible bout with insomnia.
I decided I would not weigh myself (which I had been doing everyday and sometimes several times a day). Not weighing myself made such a difference. Instead of focusing on what the scale was telling me, I was paying attention to how I looked, how my clothes fit and how I felt...and I felt fantastic. I began sleeping again, FINALLY! I found myself smiling at the beginning of every day and after a long day at work, instead of digging into a pizza, I couldn't wait to get to the gym!
A lot of people comment that they feel weak when they start paleo; I can't say I had the same experience. I've had huge strength gains in the past month. I got my first ever dead hang pull up and have seen improvements in my other performance as well. I tracked my food on My Net Diary while I was on the Whole 30. I think tracking can be important when you're first starting out because I noticed I often wasn't taking in enough calories and needed to eat more. I think that's why a lot of people feel weak. They take out bad foods and forget to add back in calories from other sources.
The past few years dieting has always followed a similar pattern for me. The first two weeks would be a huge success where I'd lose several pounds (mostly water weight) and then suddenly stall out and not lose any weight, or worse, start to gain the weight back despite my diet and exercise. Seeing the scale go up and down would frustrate me to the point of giving up before I could see any real results. This time I weighed myself at the beginning and used a measuring tape to take my measurements. I did not weigh myself until I finished the entire Whole 30, but I knew I was losing weight because I could actually see my abs again and clothes I hadn't been able to wear for awhile suddenly fit again.
At the end of the 30 days I took my measurements again and I lost a total of 4.75 inches!!! I took pictures before and after and could see visible results. So how much weight did that translate into on the scale? A whopping ONE pound!!! That's right folks, I lost one pound in 30 days of paleo. If I hadn't taken my measurements and my pictures I would have thought the whole thing was a complete failure, despite how good I felt on paleo. This past week I've fallen back into the habit of weighing myself daily and feeling frustrated with the numbers and then I read Nelly's post and it reminded me that the number on the scale is good for knowing what a bodyweight lift should be, but other than that it provides pretty useless information. I'm putting the scale away and sticking to what does matter, how I feel, how I perform and how my clothes fit.
Oh, and in case you're wondering, I didn't run out and have some huge carbapalooza after the 30 days. I have absolutely no desire to do that, I feel too good. I've been experimenting with adding different things back in to see how I feel. It's nice to be able to tell how your body reacts to certain foods.
I highly recommend Whole 30 for anyone who's thinking of trying it and when you do, make sure to ditch the scale!
Friday, February 4, 2011
I do have one more thing I would like to try before I say goodbye to processed carbs again. This temptation was brought to my attention by my friends Bronwen and Sean. It is called a Berlinner. It is a special doughnut that can only be bought on Saturday mornings at Gugelhupf. I might actually go get one this Saturday and go for a 4 mile run around my neighborhood instead of doing the Krispy Kreme Challenge. I actually have lost all desire to do the challenge. I think it might just kill me.