Hi there! How was your weekend? Ours was pretty good. I filled my time with a massage, a run outside, a dri-tri at Orangetheory, visit with a friend, bike rides with the girls, two trips to Target, and lots and lots of coffee. Busy, busy.
Recent Whole30 eats
I have to admit, I’m getting pretty bored with my meals. I feel like I’m eating the same things over and over. And I’m not feeling inspired to try new foods. I’m getting a bit tired of eggs and zoodles and I really want to start having all of these pumpkin desserts I’m seeing everywhere! #yeahcouldyounotpostyourdelicioustreatsthanks
Two eggs + chicken sausage + okra
Raspberry chia pudding topped with coconut and walnuts
Banana-raspberry pudding topped with cinnamon and nut butter
Chicken salad mixed with everything in my fridge
Salmon “bacon” + turkey and zucchini and carrot potato noodles
Turkey burger, sauteed bok choy + mashed sweet potatoes
Chicken crockpot stew (this was awesome!)
Ground turkey + zoodles and carrots
Meat loaf, cauliflower and zoodles
We also ordered take out from Nantucket Grill on Friday night. I got grilled salmon with steamed veggies on the side. It was really good, but definitely not the right dinner to have the night before the triathalon. More on that below.
I have one more week on Whole30 and I think I need to put a bit more effort into my meals so this week I’m going to focus on adding variety and flavor. If anyone else has any tips on how to stay inspired on W30, please let me know!
How I’m feeling
I’ve been feeling good overall. My sleep has been the best part, I think. But I’ve also felt more energetic and awake. It’s also helped me to become more aware of labels and ingredients. I can easily pull away from reading items.
I’m not sure if this is related, but the tendonitis in my feet is raging again. My toes and feet ache all the time and my shin splints are back. I’ve also noticed that my recovery in between workouts has not been great. This week I took two rest days, but still felt really sore.
What really made me take notice was my performance at the Dri-Tri on Saturday. I flew through the 2,000 meter row and 300 rep weight challenge, but when I got to the final 3 mile run I had ZERO energy. After 0.25 miles in I felt like someone dropped me into the ocean. Normally, a 5k is no big deal for me. In fact, I wasn’t worried about the run at all. But I struggled through it.
I later realized that it was most likely due to the fact that I haven’t been fueling myself properly for the amount of activity that I do. My dinner the night before was protein and veggies. No carbs at all. And I skipped breakfast in the morning (I KNOW!). I also went back and looked at some of the Whole30 information and read that your athletic performance can really drop during the month and to be mindful about scaling your workouts. Ohhhh. This was a good reminder that I definitely need to eat more starchy and carb-dense foods before and after my workout. Maybe the reason I’m not recovering is because I’m not eating enough of the right things (sweet potatoes, fruit, etc.). I’m going to focus more on that going forward.
Alright, gotta get ready for work! Have an awesome day!
Last week’s workouts
Monday – LEGS
- dumbbell squat with weight plates under feet
- 2 sets of 15 at moderate weight
- 2 sets of 15 at heavy weight
- leg press (narrow stance)
- 4 x 8 (I got up to 160 lbs)
- walking barbell lunges
- 3 x 30, total
- single leg barbell squat (foot on bench)
- 3 x 8, each side
- standing calf raises
- 3 x 20 (holding two 25 lb DBs)
- AB work: alternate every 30 seconds: leg raises / forearm planks. Repeat 8 times.
Tuesday – UPPER BODY
run 800 meters to warm up
3 rounds of the following:
- (10) barbell curl (I used 40 lbs.)
- (10) alternating hammer curls
- (10) weighted dips
- (10) skull crushers
- (10) DB curl to lower
- (10) overhead tricep extension
v-up / push up challenge: alternate exercises from 10 -> 1 and then work your way back up to 10. For example, do 10 v-ups and then 10 push ups, 9 v-ups and 9 push ups, and so on…
Wednesday – REST
Thursday – Orangetheory
Friday – REST
Saturday – Dri tri at Orangtheory
Run outdoors – 3.65 miles