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3rd round of Whole 30 or Whole45 2013


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Here are the goals I set on January 1st and my self-evaluation:

Nutrition - I will complete the full 10+-day reintroduction schedule after completing this Whole 30. [Although I've had a comprehensive blood panel for food sensitivities, I'd like to experiment on myself to see how my body reacts to reintroducing dairy, gluten, non-gluten grains, and legumes, as well as eggs and yeast.]

Tough to evaluate, since I haven't done the reintroduction schedule. I'm still deliberating about this, and this may be a drawback of going 45 days instead of 30. I'm a little burned out right now. We'll see what tomorrow looks like.

Active Recovery - I will practice yoga at least three days a week, including one restorative practice.

Hit this one! I've been on my mat at least three days a week, and I think I only had one week where I didn't get to a restorative class. Moving closer to my half-marathon, I see a whole lot more yoga in my future, and with vacation this week, I'm going to finally go to the Deep Stretch class I've been eyeing!

Exercise - I'm thinking bigger than W30 here, more like 2013 goals:

1. I will complete the Rock n Roll Half-Marathon on March 16th, preferably under 2:30.

2. I will complete the Polar Bear Triathlon on May 4th in 1:40.

3. I will complete the Tri for a Cure on July 21st in 1:45 (that is, if I win a spot in the lottery at the end of the month!)

4. If I remain injury-free through the half-marathon and the Polar Bear tri, I will register for an Olympic triathlon. I've got my eye on the Lobsterman Tri - 1-mile swim, 25-mile bike, 6.2-mile run - on Sept 14th, and my only goal would be to finish.

I'll get back to you on this ;) For real, though, even with my nagging calf injury, I'm still on pace to complete the half-marathon on March 16th. I'm hoping that a few more weeks of treatment with my new chiropractor make the training a little easier. And I won a spot in the Tri for a Cure - 3rd year straight - and am ready to kill last year's time!

I'm not setting a SMART goal for sleep, but.... The Whole 9 encourages an absolutely dark sleeping space, which I tried during my September W30. OMG!! Who knew how much light my alarm clock gives off?!?! I'm continuing to keep things as dark as possible and am trying to somehow keep ambient light from my living room out of my bedroom.

In addition to turning off the alarm clock light, I've added black-out shades in my bedroom and started pulling the bathroom door closed at night to cut down on ambient light. The only other source of light comes in from my living room windows through the bedroom doorway, where there is no actual door, so I open my closet door to cut out as much light as possible.

And?? I have been sleeping like I'm dead. I pass out on my couch, sleep solidly at night and bound out of bed in the morning ready to attack the day. Honest to God! Except for the morning after bowling night.... even without drinking, I want to stay in bed until 8am. Unfortunately, 1st period begins at 8 ;)

In addition, my skin is clear, my nails look awesome, and my immune system is firing on all cylinders. I got a little bit of a cold during the blizzard. It disappeared without me ever getting a sinus infection, bronchitis or even a headache. I was sniffly for two days, then it disappeared. I also woke up yesterday with a cold sore :( I immediately doused it in the miracle cold sore cream I picked up in Argentina - great story there! - and it would normally be a disgusting eye sore and incredibly painful, causing me to want to hibernate for the next 5-7 days. Nope!

And last but not least, here are the numbers:

I lost 12.6 pounds (possibly more - going to check weight again when I'm not retaining water) and a mind-blowing 5.5% body fat!! This has me down 37 pounds since June - the lightest and leanest I've been in at least 8 years. So happy :)

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I may be more proud of today than of any day on my two W30s and my W45 :)

In my entire time of dieting (roughly 15+ years), my periods of weight loss have been followed by periods of bingeing, when I let things completely spin out of control. And this isn't just with food - I'm an all-or-nothing kind of person with work, exercise, relationships, and eating. I don't do well with moderation, but I'd love nothing more than some moderation in my life. Well, today I took my first steps toward moderation.

After my morning run, I jumped on the scale and recorded my progress. YES!! Then I ran off to a restorative yoga class with a cup of coffee with cream & sugar in my hand. Normally, this would then lead into a full day of sugar, pizza, junk food, etc... which would then turn into a week or two off plan. Because I enjoy the structure and the way I feel on W30, I'd then go another 30 days, then repeat the cycle all over again.

Instead, I came home after yoga, ate the leftover pork-butternut squash-apple hash in my fridge with some avocado and W30-compliant hot sauce. I little while later, I went off to my shift at the yoga studio, did 50 minutes of heated vinyasa yoga, then came home for lunch - a couple Applegate Farms hot dogs and a green juice (kale, spinach, romaine, cucumber, celery, lemon, apple) from the local vegan juice bar. I lounged around this afternoon, ran to the grocery store to pick up food to make compliant meals, then cooked a steak with coffee-mocha spice rub, sautéed mushrooms (in ghee), and half a sweet potato mashed with sour cream. For dessert, I had some ice cream - not because I'm bingeing but because I'm testing how my body reacts to dairy after 45 days without (and if I'm going to test dairy, I'm going to test it with stuff I'd eat). Other than the addition of dairy, this was a pretty typical Saturday for me on plan.

And my reward for completing a W45? A beautiful new lululemon yoga mat. Not a pizza. Not a bag of Swedish fish. Not a bottle of wine. And definitely not an entire pint of Ben & Jerry's (but a serving - yes, it's possible to eat just one!). Instead, I gave myself a promise to continue down this path to health and wellness and yes, maybe even moderation.


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