From August 1 through August 23, I’m documenting my Whole30, including the when, what, where, and how much of my sleep, activity, food, and mood. Read about why I’m doing the Whole30 right here. Not familiar with the Whole30? Learn all about it here and get extra help with the Whole30 Daily.
Whole30: Day 3
So today was interesting. My energy was pretty good, and I was in a happy mood — unless I got frustrated by something, then I had the shortest fuse EVER. Instant meltdown. Also, I kept forgetting what I was doing. I walked from the studio to the house and, when I arrived in the kitchen, I’d forgotten why I was there. I got in the car to deliver a batch of books to Peoples Pharmacy, but left the books in my office. I finally resorted to making a list of everything I wanted to do, not so I could check it off, but so I wouldn’t forget.
Write Rants & Raves
Review press release
Defrost ground beef
Take a shower
Write Day 3 recap
Thyroid hormone experiments; don’t try this at home, kids.
7.5 hours (11:15 p.m. to 6:45 a.m.) — Yeah, it’s a pattern. I stayed up too late watching the Olympics again.
Strength training: It’s our de-load week, which means we enjoy low weights to prepare for the onslaught of the increase in weight next month. My workout looked like this:
2X back squat @ 65# + 5 perfect pushups
2X back squat @ 75# + 5 perfect pushups
2X back squat @ 95# + 5 perfect pushups
2X bench press @ 55# + 10 straight leg reverse crunches
2X bench press @ 65# + 10 straight leg crunches
2X bench press @ 75# + 10 straight leg crunches
1:00 wall handstand, for fun
It turned out to be a great workout, but it could have gone horribly wrong. Details below under Photo of the Day.
Kundalini: Robin put us through a challenging set of kriyas in class today for the second chakra (associated with creativity and procreation). Although the second chakra is located below the navel point, we did a sh*t-ton of stuff with our arms, and every exercise lasted three minutes. It was grueling in a slow grind kind of way. Don’t believe it? Sit up straight, reach both arms overhead, close your eyes, and breath… for three minutes. How’re your shoulders feeling? It was awesome in that “I wish this would stop soon” way, and then we did one of my favorite chants for our mediation. It’s called the Tantric Har Too (hear it here) and it’s from the album The Heart Rules, which is nice, right? The word har is pronounced like “hud,” and it means creative infinity. When you chant har, you’re supposed to contract your abs to expel the air in your lungs and make the sound, like really powerful singing from the diaphragm, so the meditation is also kind of like a core workout. Dig it!
I’ve found my appetite is less ravenous, and I feel better if I eat in a 11-hour window — usually between 9:00 a.m. and 8:00 p.m. so I can stop eating about 2-3 hours before going to bed — and don’t snack between meals or before bed. Because I’m dealing with my thyroid experiment, I’m measuring and tracking my food right now. I aim for 40% fat, 30% protein, 30% carbs.
Breakfast, 9:30 a.m.
3.5 ounces Romanian sausage
1/2 cup sweet potatoes
1 1/2 cups broccoli
1 teaspoon coconut oil
Lunch, 1:30 p.m.
1 can tuna (I like Genova Tonno.)
1 tablespoon homemade mayo
1/2 large cucumber
1/2 red bell pepper
1 cup snap peas
1/2 cup blackberries
1 teaspoon Sunbutter
Dinner, 8:00 p.m.
3.5 ounces Romanian sausage
salad: 1/2 head butter lettuce, small bell pepper, scallions + 1/2 tablespoon olive oil, lemon juice, red wine vinegar
1 cup broccoli + 1/2 teaspoon extra-virgin olive oil & garlic
1 cup cauliflower rice
1/4 cup blackberries + 7 cherries
2 Brazil nuts (to get selenium)
Pleasant and upbeat, until it wasn’t. Then I was a little bit of a screaming banshee.
Photo of the Day
So… the two lifting racks at our gym are fairly close to each other. I’m very, very careful when I walk between them because Dave’s bar is right at the height of my noggin, and it would be really easy to bean myself on it. Can you sense what’s coming? Just before our first lift today, I ducked under his bar to pick up a lifting mat that was leaning against the wall, turned around, and sproing-bam-clonk! stood up straight into his bar with the top of my head. Not an auspicious beginning to the day, but I don’t seem to have suffered any lasting damage.
How was your Day 3?
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