Continuing my weekly installment in the Strong is the New Skinny Body Transformation Challenge. Click here to see all posts on this topic.
As I mentioned last week, I’ve just come to the end of a two-week “break” in my diet. I put the word break in quotes because it wasn’t a free-for-all, it was more of a time where I specifically stopped doing any particular plan, and practiced just eating what I felt like when I felt like it.
In addition to the lessons around which foods are worth eating that I discussed last week, it’s also been a great opportunity to reflect on two closely related things: how I want to fuel my body for the rest of my life and how I want to deal with my emotional issues around eating.
One discovery this last two weeks is that eating even a little bit of wheat affects my mood, and I’m overall happier and more at peace when I’m eating what I consider clean food. Part if this is psychological, when I’m eating in a way that I know honors my body, logic follows that I feel better about myself and happier. But I decided based on some trial and error this past week that there’s a physiological side of it that’s specifically linked to wheat. (Insert gentle I-told-you-so from Jeremy here, he’s been off of wheat for years.)
That said, I don’t have all that much more to say about any of this right now. I decided to go ahead and do the Whole30 for real this time, with no personal customizations, and no weighing myself. I’m really looking forward to eating extremely clean and feeling great. Today is day one.
The title of this post is speculative, it’s what I think I’ll be tackling next as I move forward.
I’m feeling rather reflective, and I think I’ll have more to say in another week or so. I came across this video (thanks Adam) and its been soaking its way into my psyche, I’ll let it speak for itself.
WEEKLY WORKOUT LOG
Monday, April 11
Handstand practice – I tried to kick up to a handstand and couldn’t.
3 rounds of:
21 KB swings (used a 25 lb KB)
12 pull-ups (used purple and green band until last 6 when I had to switch to jumping)
Completed in 14:10
Tuesday, April 12
Front squat – worked up to 1RM
Also worked on a variety of other stuff –
Presses – 65 lbs
Pullups – worked on lower bar, jumped from floor and then wiggled my chin up to the bar a couple of times which was a first. Then got out a small box and did some negatives.
Ab work – abmat situps and throne leg-lifts
Wednesday, April 13
CrossFit – Work on snatch:
1 snatch-grip deadlift
1 hang power snatch
1 snatch balance
1 power snatch
Got to 48, failed at 53. I feel like this is partly form practice, I should probably practice a bunch of snatches at like 35 lb or so.
Practice pull-ups: I got a couple with just the green band!
AMRAP in 15 minutes
– 21 wall balls (10 lb ball)
– 15 burpees (knee push-ups)
– 9 knees to elbows (halfway up as usual)
Completed 3 Rounds plus 21 wall balls and 11 burpees (aka 3 rounds)
Thursday, April 14 – REST DAY
Friday, April 15
CrossFit – 3 rounds for time (sort of like Filthy Fifty)
– 15 box jumps (medium box)
– 15 jumping pull ups
– 15 kbs (25 lb)
– 15 walking lunges
– 15 knees to elbows (not really)
– 15 push press 33/45 (30 lb)
– 15 back extensions
– 15 wall balls (10 lb)
– 15 burpees (knee push-ups)
– 15 double unders (did 4x singles, except the first 2 rounds I somehow thought I needed to do 100 singles)
Completed in 32:50
Saturday, April 16 – REST DAY
Did some digging and pickaxing in the garden.
Sunday, April 17 – REST DAY