Megan Claydon

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  1. early morning workouts

    @jacki what a good idea! I have never thought of doing that before but it sounds like a good idea especially in the winter!
  2. If you are interested in lifting heaving then I highly recommend barbell work. If you could find access to a barbell and plates then a Wendler 5/3/1 program is a great progression for starting strength protocol. If you aren't interested in barball work then kettlebell's are another great option for building strenth. Tom is a really good resources for KB quesitons
  3. Trouble Eating Enough

    the emphasis on 3 full meals is more important for those who are coming from a place of skipping breakfast because they just aren't hungry. Because you are eating a hearty breakfast first thing upon waking, I wouldn't worry about forcing down a third. I find this especially true on weekends when we are off of the normal week-day routine. If I wake up late on weekends and eat a late breakfast, it's not uncommon for me to just have 2 big meals. I wouldn't worry about it. For post workout, you can combine the PWO meal and a regular meal. Some people can't stomach the idea of a full meal right after a workout, but if you can than go for it. Certainly saves time! I will do this from time to time as well. It just depends on the workout and time of day. The only caution I have for combining, is that you could possible under-eat, so just keep an eye on energy levels throughout the day and going into the next workout. If you are dragging I would add in more food to your big meal, if not, then you are good to go! Hope that helps!
  4. Heavy Cream Substitute

    ghee or clarified butter....that won't taste bad!
  5. Beer & Pizza night

    I typically like to eat ahead of time. Pizza doesn't smell as good when I'm nice and full!
  6. Early morning workout and breakfast

    Have you read the Whole30 Timeline? You are smack dab in the middle of "kill all things" and "i just want a nap" stages! There is nothing wrong...your body is just adjusting. I wouldn't worry about one wod going awry. Take a deep breath. Your energy will return full force soon enough. In the mean time if you still feel the need to WOD, do it with the understanding that you will not be breaking any records during the first few weeks of a W30. Take your time, keep your wits about you, and move through the work as your body allows. Keep at it girl!
  7. Early morning workout and breakfast

    sounds like a plan jordan! Let us know how it goes!
  8. Crossfit for a lean muscle?

    Yikes honey! Did you take a breath while typing all that out! lol Yes a lot of people in the crossfit community eat paleo, but there is also a fair amount who don't. Crossfit and paleo is a good match. You just need to do your research in finding a good gym with good coaches. This is especially true given your knee. A good coach will be able to slowly ramp up your intensity as needed and put you into safe movements that don't jeopardize your knee's stability. Might I also add, eating habits alone make the greatest impact on body composition. You are what you eat. You can crossfit all you want but if your food isn't dialed in you are most likely not going to see any changes. And NO, women do not get bulky from lifting. The women that you perceive to be "bulky" on the crossfit games are eating, training, and supplementing with the intention to carry around that much muscle. They also have genetics on their side. My point is, you would have to intentionally have a lot of lifestyle changes to add that kind of muscle.
  9. I get days like this. Personally I will try going on a nice long walk and see if that kick starts my appetite. Usually it does and then I will enjoy a moderate size meal. If it doesn't, I don't really worry too much about it either. Just keep hydrating. Maybe take a nap, your body just needs rest.
  10. Early morning workout and breakfast

    If your schedule/time allows for you to have another meal, which would be "breakfast", then I would recommend eating a traditional breakfast maybe and hour or so after your post workout meal. If that's not feasible for you, then I would increase the amount you are eating post workout. Don't sweat it too much, if you are getting a quality amount of protein and carbs in post workout and you easily make it to lunch before getting hungry...then you already had the right idea with fueling.
  11. Now Super Enzymes and Now HCL

    So Now Super Enzymes and Now HCL are basically the same thing. The HCL just has a little extra to aid in digestion. I would NOT double up on the two. If you are looking more digestive aid I would try looking into fermented foods like sauerkraut or kombucha. I have added these into my diet daily and it has made a huge difference in my gut health and they are super tasty.
  12. Too much meat on day 1?

    carb flu can definitely start to take its toll by within the first few days. Stay the course and in a few days you should see the switch
  13. I second the salt and water intake...My muscles (especially calves) will let me know when I have been negligent of these two items. Salt your food and drink plenty of water. These two things are easy to forget about when you are traveling.
  14. How do you take Greak Lakes Gelatin?

    I use the orange label kind, so I pour the gelatin in my cup, mix is the a little COLD water to absorb it and make a little gel at the bottom. Then I add my tea bag and fill the cup with hot water. If you don't do it in that order it won't miz properly