My Rough Week

Well, as I started typing this post, I wasn’t sure what the title should be. But then I realized that all I am going to type about is how much this past week sucked. For starters, the Crossfit gym that I was going to changed their schedule starting at the beginning of the week, and the new schedule made it impossible for me to attend regular classes. So I am stuck going back to my old gym. Don’t worry, though – I am still working on my squats because I feel that it is important to be able to do those right. I keep thinking about it and I think that my doing them wrong has nothing to do with how long I have been sitting on my butt. I really think that I have been doing them wrong my entire life.

So I was bummed about the Crossfit thing. Still am. Any time that my fiance and I look into any type of activity like that, it never works with my schedule. I guess that means that I have a really crappy schedule. And it also means that it is back to my old gym for me. My workout partner said that she’ll finally be able to go with me. I may throw some burpees in for good measure.

I had mentioned that I started feeling sick after my very first Crossfit workout, and I fought it all last week, but by this past Thursday I felt like I was about to die. I went to the doctor and found out that I had a sinus infection. I’ve got antibiotics now and this morning I was actually able to smell stuff for the first time in over a week. I’m not sure if that is a good thing or a bad thing, but I do know that the meatloaf that I made for dinner sure smelled good.

I was going to post about my wild weekend last weekend, but the week was so rough that I never did. I spent almost the entire day last Sunday shopping – most of it was for groceries. It really was entirely unintentional because I had a plan and knew what I needed, but there were two items that the stores close to me just didn’t have. So rather than change my plan, I drove all the way across town to another store to get my stuff. Remember, I was sick. I get really stubborn and bitchy when I’m sick, so no one was even suggesting that we change the plan, lest they get their heads bitten off. I did get everything that I needed, though, and I made my pork chili again, and some chicken soup that I thought was going to be awesome but turned out kind of tasteless. Either that or it was the fact that I couldn’t taste anything since I was all stopped up. Not a good week for experimenting with new recipes, anyway.

It is incredibly hard to stay Paleo when I am sick. I did it, but I craved all kinds of stuff. If you’re like me, all you want when you are sick is some kind of comfort food, and by comfort food I mean CARBS. You know, the stuff that will increase the level of endorphins in your body so that you will feel happy and warm and loved and can forget for a moment that your head is about to explode from all of the crap in your sinuses. Whenever I did low carb diets before, I always fell off the wagon when I got sick. Now I see why, because this diet has been the easiest change of my life, but I still craved all kinds of stuff that I couldn’t have when I got sick. It is probably a good thing that I haven’t gotten sick very much since I started doing Paleo, and it is also probably a good thing that I’m not going to be doing Crossfit, since I think that had a lot to do with why I got sick in the first place. I hate that. I hate not being able to do the cool, intense workout stuff. But whatever.

I’ll be back at Crossfit. You just wait and see.

On a more positive note, I lost a couple more pounds, bringing me to a total of 40 pounds lost. I am very happy about that!

 

Crossfit Workout #3

So I had a breakthrough this evening during my last foundations class: I have been sitting on my butt for so long that I have forgotten how to breathe properly! And I used to be a trumpet player, so this is really mind-boggling for me. I haven’t gotten so far as to pay attention to how I am breathing during the workouts, but after the workout was over today, I did nothing but focus on my breathing. It has helped tremendously! I don’t have a sore throat like I have had after my other workouts, and I feel better now than I have after any of my previous workouts. Just goes to show you how important breathing is, I guess.

So I finished all three of my foundation classes, and it has been determined that I have absolutely no flexibility whatsoever. I can’t even do a squat right! I’ve spoken to two coaches about it, and one gave me some stretches to do and the other gave me a modification to do to practice doing squats correctly. So I will be working on those things, as well as looking forward to my regular classes starting next week!

Crossfit Workout #2

I am actually sitting in the parking lot outside of the Crossfit gym as I type this, waiting for my third class to start. I figured that I could pass the time by posting about my second class.

First of all – OMG I am so tired! I am so tired that I called the coach while I was on my lunch break to see what I needed to do to cancel, but talking to him actually made me feel better so here I am: sitting in the parking lot. I know that I wouldn’t be nearly this tired if I weren’t in such bad shape, and knowing that is actually pretty good motivation for me to continue on.

The workout on Wednesday was not quite the same as the one on Monday. The same key points were hit, but we played around with different equipment and the WOD was different. It was more fun, too, because it wasn’t my first time there so I didn’t feel completely out of my element. Mostly, but not completely. It also made me look forward to what they are going to do tonight, because I know that they aren’t going to do the same thing.

I do still feel like I am getting a cold, and the feeling is worse than it was before. Yet another reason, maybe, to not go in those doors tonight, but this is my last foundation class and then I can spend the whole weekend sleeping if I want to. So I am going to tough it out and get through it and then next week I will be taking level 1 classes, which is exciting.

I actually dreamed about bread last night for the first time since I posted about dreaming about bread. This Crossfit stuff is definitely affecting me in weird ways. It was good bread, too – that warm Italian bread like they serve at Carrabba’s, but it was made into a sandwich. I guess that since I’m tired from working out, my body feels the need to throw a sugar tantrum.

Crossfit Workout #1

So last night was my first Crossfit workout, and I have to say that….

I’M NOT GOING TO BE ABLE TO WALK TOMORROW!!!

I am actually surprised that I could walk today. I have NEVER done as many squats at one time as I did in my life. And I know that tomorrow night I am going to have to go back and do it again…

I started feeling like I was getting a cold as SOON as I left the gym, which was aggravating to me because it is the same problem I was having with Power 90. I haven’t felt sick since I started this diet, so feeling like I am getting a cold is not fun! But I looked it up on the internet, and so far as I can tell, I may just need sleep and food. The symptoms I am experiencing now are very mild, so hopefully I will be okay by tomorrow.

My New Journey

I am so proud of myself right now. I actually took the plunge and called one of the coaches at Crossfit. I had a great conversation with him, and he told me that he usually allows people to take the first three foundation classes for free. Well, since I am absolutely obsessed with starting Crossfit right now, and I feel like I would majorly regret it if I didn’t at least give it a shot, I went online last night and registered for the three foundation classes.

Once I actually registered for the classes, I became almost giddy with anticipation and nervousness. That feeling has carried over to today, as I experience butterflies in the pit of my stomach every time I think about going to my first class TOMORROW. But between the butterflies I realized that I really need to define my reasons for doing this. Obsession for the sake of obsession is simply ridiculous, and will probably not get me very far as far as motivation goes.

So I started at the beginning. The Paleo diet has dramatically and completely changed my view on eating, health, and nutrition for the better. I have had no desire to cheat since I started this diet because I know how I will feel if I do. The benefits in energy and a feeling of overall health are so substantial that I don’t ever want to go back to the way I ate before.

So my question has become: how can I transfer these benefits to my fitness? I have seen the benefits that my weight lifting has had, but I have gotten out of the habit of going to the gym. Just the other day I wrote about how I didn’t want to go to the gym because of all of the people that were there. I have recently felt that I am at a crossroads when it comes to my fitness and fitness goals, and one of the reasons why is that I recently used the phrase “I’m going to make myself go to the gym.”

I don’t ever feel like I have to make myself eat this way. I just naturally want to.

I remember when I did sports as a kid. I loved softball, and I loved hitting balls back and forth on the tennis court when I was in high school. I was proud of my skills, and I have such a competitive streak that I constantly want to improve. I tried to recapture that when I became an adult. I played in practice sessions with a men’s softball team about ten years ago and that was really fun, but it didn’t last long. Since then, I haven’t had many opportunities to do anything competitively like that since, mostly because I haven’t felt like I am in shape to do anything like that.

What I have learned through my obsessive research into Crossfit is that it is highly competitive and focuses on many different skill areas. Focus seems to be on personal improvement, as well as competition between members. While this is true to an extent through the workouts that I was doing at the gym, there will be an entire community at Crossfit that is dedicated to the program, as well as to eating Paleo. The coach told me that right now they have a Whole 30 competition going on, too.

With three free classes, I will be able to find out of Crossfit is everything that I think it will be, and I will be able to tell if it is right for me. I will be posting about my experience soon, I’m sure.

Uh, Oh

So last night I cooked a Paleo enchilada recipe. It was pretty good. It wasn’t enchilada-like, as I didn’t have anything that resembled a tortilla anywhere in the house. But the flavors were good and I really enjoyed it.

Until the middle of the night.

The sauce for these enchiladas was mostly made up of tomatoes, something that I have been thinking may cause me some issues. The thinking stage is over; I now know that tomatoes cause me issues. I was so looking forward to making up some sleep last night, sleeping in today, and waking up ready to take on my homework.

I woke up at 3 o’clock and could not go back to sleep.

I know that I am good as long as I don’t have too many tomatoes. The other day I had a slice of tomato with a chicken breast and I had no problems. But this recipe called for four tomatoes, and I easily ate half of what I cooked. So it is very likely that I had two tomatoes worth of enchilada filling last night.

I can’t really complain too bad; one of the hallmarks of the Paleo diet is experimenting and finding out what works for your body and what doesn’t. It is an exercise in actively listening to your body, and it works well. I now know things that I wasn’t sure about yesterday, and I can move forward being aware of that knowledge as I find other new recipes to try.

On another note, I have become completely obsessed with the idea of starting Crossfit. I can’t even do homework for watching Crossfit videos and reading Crossfit websites. I am doing this post on my iPad because I know that I am less likely to get sucked into the Crosfit madness on here than on my laptop. Maybe I will actually get some homework done!

The Best Thing I’ve Done

I have determined that the best thing that I have done on this diet is cooking all of my meals ahead of time, from scratch. I have been going to the grocery store across the street from where I work and getting a few pieces of their baked chicken every day: “Three baked thighs, please.” The hot bar at the grocery store broke the week before last, so they pre-packaged all of the baked chicken. This is how I found out that the baked chicken had sugar added. Sugar really seems to be my mortal enemy, because I have noticed that I haven’t been sleeping as well (although that is the only thing that I have noticed). I really didn’t think that I was having that issue. My weight loss had stopped, which was aggravating, but it wasn’t creeping upward, so I didn’t think about sugar.

This week I have eaten nothing but food that I prepared over my long weekend, and I can tell a huge difference in how I feel. I have lost two more pounds, and I am sleeping fantastically. My motivation to work out has returned. I went to the gym last night, and I am still thinking about trying Crossfit.

All of these things make cooking ahead the best thing that I have done. It will require more work during the weekend, but I am willing to bet that I am saving money as well as getting my weight loss and motivation back on track.

One thing that I did make this week was mashed cauliflower. My fiancé and I used to get the bags of steam-in-the-bag garlic cauliflower for mashed cauliflower, but once I was eating Paleo we couldn’t because it has sugar in it. So I took a head of cauliflower and cut it into florets and stem pieces. I threw it in my steamer with some minced garlic and steamed it all for about 10-15 minutes. Then I threw it all in the food processor with a little bit of butter and some salt. That was some of the best mashed cauliflower that I have ever had; it tasted a lot like what I used to make, but it was creamier.