The game of numbers… with a picture.

Life is a numbers game, wherever you turn.  Money = numbers.  Work = hours (numbers).  Food = calories (numbers).  Age = numbers.  Health = numbers.  One of the more important ‘numbers’ that we should be aware of is our health number… Blood pressure, cholesterol, triglycerides, weight, body fat, bone density, and so on.  Although these numbers should not consume you, it is crucial to be aware of what makes you up!  I remember learning about body fat and suitable levels for ages and lifestyles (athlete vs. non-athlete) and being surprised on what these percentages translate into physically. Since learning this reality, it is sometimes tough to hear people talk about what they think their percentage is around.  The media likes to make it seem as if every celebrity is perfect and skinny; truth is, they most likely are NOT and it’s some extra camera-magic and less-than-informed reporter talking.  I’ve heard football announcer state announce how “this player has 0% body fat!”… Nope.  Never true.  He wouldn’t be human.
This post isn’t to make you feel down about where you might be… this post is to show you how these percentages look and that you shouldn’t look down upon someone who may be 25% body fat.  Or as my professor would say, 75% lean!
On a side note… Ladies, getting under 12% is DANGEROUS and harmful for you and your hormones.  We were built to carry extra fat to support the babies we were blessed with being able to carry.  It is just as dangerous being under-fat than it is to be over-fat.  Men have different hormones than women, that’s why the percentages look so different between the two.  Don’t look at this as “wow, my body fat is high/low”.  Look at it as another number that can help keep you on the healthy end of life’s spectrum.

Live Like a Dog

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During Saturday’s class, the QOD (question of the day) was “Who inspires you?”; each person’s answer was great and added a positive vibe to get class going. One of the last answers one of our athletes said was her dog; I could not agree more.

It is so easy to get caught up in everyday activities and the routine of life. Wake up early, eat, work, work out, eat, work, eat, work, shower, sleep. Day after day, you see the same people, hear the same comments about how their day is going (ever realize how many times you say you’re ‘good’?), and hear the same negative news stories. My new goal is to stop living in the past or planning too much of my future and be like my dog – stay in the moment. She is always in a happy mood and never disappointed to see me. How great is it to know that there is always someone (yes, my dog is a ‘someone’) patiently waiting for you to step foot inside the door?

She takes it one moment at a time. Always happy to go for a walk and to receive food. The biggest lesson learned from my roomie, Lizzy, is to stay present and stay grateful, even for the smallest of treats.

Thanks!….I think?

Have you ever had someone say something to you and you don’t know if it was a compliment or an insult? I guess having hot pink hair makes people want to be honest with me, which is totally fine because I am comfortable with the crazy ‘do that I have now; but do people not have mouth-filters anymore? I’ve heard it all, from me looking like Cindy Lauper to “Well at least it’s temporary” to old women giving me a thumbs-up. Like I said, I was ready to hear the reviews and get the stares. Going beyond hair, social media has blown up the chance for people to judge others, like how they workout, what they eat, who they hang out with, and so on. Has our world turned into an eye that constantly moves up and down judging everything?

“When you judge another, you do not define them, you define yourself” – Wayne Dyer

There are some CrossFit and Paleo articles that surface every so often and make there way to top headline stories and it makes me excited to see 2 of my passions get some attention. Usually I’ll glance through the story and finish reading with it with a smile…that is until I see the “(6,743 comments)” right under the article. I used to read through these comments to see if other people were as excited I was to read it. I quickly learned to never read through those comments. Probably 3/4 of them were all hating and judging not only the main concepts of the article, but bashing the PEOPLE who are featured in the story! These people who comment don’t even know the faces of the article besides a few paragraphs and they are telling them how awful of people they are. What?!

Since I have been coaching and been on the ‘other side’ of the whiteboard, my views of people have changed. Since I have to be constantly assessing someone, I have learned to look at the full picture; watching people squat to a 24″ box and over time, doing a squat slightly above parallel is not ‘ideal’ form, but it is AMAZING progress that is something to be proud and excited about (as an athlete and coach). The picture someone sees at first sight isn’t always the full story. Sometimes the best way to learn is to keep your mouth shut, listen, and observe.

Time and time again, this shows up and it just makes me wonder… What’s the point of saying something that won’t make someone feel good about themselves? Does it really do any good to make someone question their own ability? Do you know their full story or are you just letting your ego run your mouth?

I remember a sign that was posted in my first grade classroom (first grade was an amazing time!) and it was a kiddie version of the Golden Rule (yay St. Agnes)… “Treat others as you would like to be treated”.  Maybe next time you want to say something to someone, or make a thought about someone, think how it would feel if it was the other way around.  I believe that the more people who can be like this, the better the world can be (or at least my small Springfield world).  

How’s that for a world peace Fourth of July post?  Hope you have a judge-free happy holiday!  :)  

 

…And so it ends.

January 31st marked my 30th day of my second Whole30 journey. Not only have I felt extra energized, but it was the easiest ‘challenge’ that I have done. In my previous post, I went through a few of my nutrition transitions and even after all of those, this Whole30 was simply awesome.

The first couple of weeks, I felt pretty bloated and was kind of disappointed because I knew I shouldn’t feel that way. I went out and bought a probiotic and after about 5 days, the bloating went away. Since then, I have had zero issues, barely any cravings at all, and my meals (no matter how complex or simple) seem to taste so good! If you have any allergies, sinus problems, acne troubles, bloating, or hormone issues, I would highly recommend completing 30 days of this reset program.

So what happens on day 31? Personally, I am not going to change much at all. Yesterday, my friend had a birthday party and the only non-Whole30 goodies I had were a couple bacon-wrapped chicken pieces and a tiny piece of paleo bread. Bacon not Whole30?? Here in Springpatch, we don’t carry the highest quality bacon that Whole30 allows and any paleo-fied foods aren’t allowed. So those were my ‘cheats’, but it did not affect me in a bad way.

The only changes I am going to make from the Whole30 rules are adding bacon (Gluten-Free, Nitrate-Free, Hormone-Free…) and maybe some honey. Still undecided on honey, but it wouldn’t be much. I am grateful that I took on the Real Life Eating challenge that started between me and my two sisters over Christmas!

Day 25 & My Nutrition Journey

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Day 25 started off with a cup full of bulletproof coffee, some eggs, and roasted broccoli.

I bought around 3 pounds of raw broccoli on Thursday and finished it this morning… Granted those 3 pounds included the stems I chopped off and I cooked it, but still. I’ve always like broccoli, but I have been obsessed with it the past two weeks. I guess that’s one perk of Whole30; craving roasted broccoli and not chocolate!

It’s pretty unbelievable that I only have 5 more days of my challenge left. It’s been the easiest few weeks of strict eating that I’ve done since transitioning to clean eating. My nutrition has been a journey for a long time. I remember trying to learn and count calories in grade school and adding up my Go-Gurts, rice cakes with cheese, and whole wheat dinner rolls into my daily intake. Quantity was always more important to me up until my Freshman/Sophomore year in college.

I remember going to dinner with my dad on a Wednesday night and him telling me how my sister had convinced him to try out this ‘Paleo’ thing and how you can’t have dressings, whole wheat anything, or much fruit. Of course I was like, “psh. Yeah right, how is that realistic?! I follow The Zone Diet and feel great!” But it intrigued me to find out more about it. After he dropped me off at my dorm room, I got to my room and instantly Googled “The Paleo Diet”. After countless books, articles, and discussions, I was ready. And what a journey it has been.

CrossFit was next. Prior to starting Paleo and CrossFit, I weighed about 152. Almost 3.5 years later, I am 20 pounds heavier, can lift way more (and faster), and my clothes stopped fitting my shoulders and legs and are looser in my waist. I can’t wait to see where I’ll be in 3 more years compared to today! I am thankful every day for the knowledge I have acquired and the people’s stories that have motivated me. On that note, time to make a mini grocery list and get ready to rock this last week of my Whole30!

Oh, and I had to put some Lizzy Love in my post. Here she is with me yesterday morning on the way to the gym. She brought her two babies with her and wanted to hold them the whole way there!
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And here she is this morning, cuddled up after her Paleo breakfast!
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I gave in…

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…and had some vanilla cake with blue frosting, a nice drink of club soda and vodka with a lime, and a piece of gum afterwards. Three non-Whole30 cheats and I felt so disappointed in myself and felt so guilty. Thank God it was all a dream! The past two nights I have had dreams that I unknowingly ate food that does not comply with Whole30; I remember having these dreams the last time I did this detox. Honestly, I have not had any cravings that would make me want to dream about that stuff! So weird.

This time around, Whole30 seems so much easier. I think the biggest change is the mental aspect of it all. Knowing that I have done it before gives me hope and drive to complete another 30 days! I feel a lot more energetic and can tell my body is healthier all together. What’s changed the most for me is nighttime eating; since some days I work pretty long hours, I would just want to come home and eat a meal and chill. Usually it would be a sweet potato or some veggies, meat, and sometimes some paleo treats or something else as a ‘dessert’.

With Whole30, I only eat a sweet potato post-workout and cut out dessert. Today is day 8, so I’m looking forward to how day 30 will feel! :)

WODs have been crazy lately. With the CrossFit Open starting (way too) soon, training purposes have switched! Yesterday, we did 5 rounds: 1k row, 15 pullups, 15 thrusters, 15 burpees. Do the math… Maybe my dreams are telling me I need more carbs? ;-) Today was a nice rest day and I am anxious to see what tomorrow brings!

I’m snowed in… snow what now?

If you haven’t heard, Illinois go snow dumped on it all day.  There’s so much snow that I could barely open my front door!  I went outside earlier and tried to play with Lizzy, but that only lasted about 10 minutes before she wanted to come inside.  With that being said, I haven’t left home all day which is not my normal Sunday.  It has been kind of nice and I am thankful I was one of the crazies who went out yesterday to get all my errands done before the snowpocalypse hit!

I was halfway successful in prepping for the week today (only between episodes of Breaking Bad – thank god for Netflix and that my internet didn’t go out!).  Here’s what I fixed:

Waiting for the egg to get to room temp to make...

Waiting for the egg to get to room temp to make…

Paleo Mayo!

Paleo Mayo!

Roasted brocc and b sprouts with pecans

Roasted brocc and b sprouts with pecans

Grass-fed chuck roast in the crock pot.  Monkey peeler approves.

Grass-fed chuck roast in the crock pot. Monkey peeler approves.

Since I still have some leftovers, I plan on eating that and some easy throw together meals (salad, tuna, raw veggies, etc.).  Being stuck inside and being lazy makes me crave food, but I held back.  And I have zero cheat food here so it was a little impossible.  I found this on Instagram and thought it was pretty spot on for those who question Whole30/Paleo!

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Julie Andrews isn’t Paleo or she would know how much there IS to eat!!

Thanks to Molly, I downloaded the Nom Nom Paleo app!  There are SO many recipes and cool tools.  I can’t wait to go to the store again and sample them!

That concludes my Sunday and day 4.  Now time to eat some meatza, salad, and watch more Breaking Bad!  Sometimes snow isn’t always a bad thing.. :)

Lizzy watching the snow fall

Lizzy watching the snow fall