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 11
I slept like a champ last night and woke up ready for a kickass Saturday. Happily, today totally delivered. Way to go, Saturday, August 11. Good job!
8.5 hours — 10:15 to 6:45
Walk: I had just enough time before yoga to hit the trail for 30 minutes. I walked at my “I really mean it” pace, which gets my heart rate up to 70-75% of max (between 120-135 beats per minute), and sprinted up some stairs for fun. It was very satisfactory, especially because I saw a ginormous black and white Great Dane. (He looked a lot like this.)
Hatha Star Yoga: Our most favorite hatha teacher Kim is back from her summer adventures in (cool, crisp) Maine, and we were so happy to have her leading us through our Saturday morning ritual again. We did a sh*t-ton of work on our feet, calves, and hamstrings, and it was brilliant. All of the walking and sprinting on the trail is thrashing my feet, and I have perpetually tight calves and ankles. Her instructions reminded me that I need to do some remedial work on my feet/ankles when I’m just sitting around reading and watching TV. Note to self: Care for your feet; they carry you everywhere. (If you want to work on your ankle mobility, here are some good drills.)
At the end of class, for fun, we tried crow pose. I remembered my intention from the beginning of class to be present and try whatever came up with an open heart — and I did it! I actually held crow pose for the first time EVER. Twice! For 3 seconds each time. I have a lot of practicing to do on that one, but now I have a starting place. (Good instructions for crow pose here if you want to try 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.
Pre-workout snack, 7:30 a.m.
2 ounces boneless, skinless chicken thigh
Brunch, 11:00 a.m. — Woodpile BBQ
(Sometimes on Saturdays, I give myself a break from weighing and measuring, and I just eat. I try to eyeball my amounts to make sure I don’t go overboard, but once in a while, I just eat super clean and don’t stress too much about quantity.)
Dinner, 8:00 p.m. — Alamo Drafthouse (Bourne Legacy)
Salad: grilled chicken, a few cucumber slices, black olives, romaine lettuce, lemon vinaigrette
watermelon when I got home
Photo(s) of the Day
From outside the vintage shop near the craptastic gym and the Alamo Drafthouse:
Meet Frances Bacon. She can be yours for $950.00.
Disco Klingon! This is clearly the outfit Worf will wear when he visits Vegas.
Song of the Day
One Night in Bangkok, Muray Head
The lyrics are tongue in cheek and cheeky, cerebral, dorky, and infectious; lyrics here. The video is eighties-tastic: giant chessboard, cute guy in skinny tie (and white suit!), leggy dancers in suit jackets and stilettos… what’s not to love?!
Bonus: Check out this awesome blog post from Elaine at Handful of Health. She just completed her Whole30, and it was pretty great!
How was your Day 11?
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