Thursday, July 29, 2010

Whole30 - Here I Come!

Yes, I'm back after a long hiatus from blogging. . .

Long story short: I fell off the Paleo Wagon big time, and my Oly Lifting has suffered as well over the last 3 months because of a lot of unexpected business travel, making it difficult to find locations that would let me do my "own thing" during an Open Gym time.

No Excuses, and I'm right back up on the wagon. . . I just hope Coach Wilkes will take me back. . I've literally fallen off the face of the planet . . .

So I have a two-part game plan to address both nutrition and training.

Part One: Nutrition

I'm jumping back in head-first, no excuses, and balls-to-the-wall Nazi-style hard core Paleo! I saw such great results when following a Paleo nutrition plan previously, that it blows my mind that I ever stopped. . .but the past is the past!

I started the Whole30 Plan today, as detailed by Melissa Urban and Dallas Hartwig on their website:

Basically, this means 30 days of Paleo, but stricter than I've ever gone before. I'll also be cutting out all artificial sweetners and Protein Powders. Nothing but whole, natural food for the next 30 days. . . and then some.

While this is a 30 day program, I fully plan to continue past the 30 days. I know that I've done a ton of damage to myself over the last 4-5 months by pigging out on Junk Food, Fast Food, and Sugar. . . I am using this 30 day program to spring-board me back into the "routine" of eating right, and plan to continue the lifestyle at the end of the 30 days. I'll be posting regular updates here througout the month.

I have learned my lesson in the past about just "jumping into something" w/o preparing first, so I made sure to fully stock my fridge and prep most of my food last night, so that there will be no moments of "Crap - there's nothing to eat"!

I've chopped up and bagged Fresh: Broccoli, Kale, Collard Greens, Brussel Sprouts, Zucchini & Squash, Scallions, Jicama, Artichokes, and Spinach

I've cooked & portioned: Sweet Potatoes (for post-workout), Lean Ground Turkey (to mix in w/ my SP Post Workout - YUM!!), HB Eggs & Red Beets (for salads)

I've stocked up on Avocadoes, Olive Oil, Olives, Unsweetened Organic Coconut Flakes, Coconut Milk, Almonds, Walnuts, Strawberries, Blueberries, FISH OIL, Omega-3 Eggs, Bagged Spinach, Baby Carrots, Mushrooms, and Wild Planet Canned Tuna

My Freezer is now full of: GrassFed Steaks, GF Stew Meat, and GF Ground Meat, Wild Fish, and "Natural" Chicken

And Lastly, I have THROWN OUT all: Salad Dressings, Splenda, Stevia, Coffee Syrups, and Junk Food

My husband isn't doing this with me (I tried. . . . trust me!!), but he's agreed to let me put all of his bread products, cereals, ect on a single shelf in the pantry so that I don't have to rifle through it when reaching in for almonds or olive oil . . . he also has a dedicated shelf in teh fridge for his milk, soft drinks, ect.

I'd say that I'm about as prepared as I'm gonna be!!!

Part Two: Training

The first thing that I need to do is get in touch w/ Coach Wilkes and see if he would be willing to continue to provide my Oly Lifting Programing and Coaching. . . I kindof fell off the face of the earth on him with no notice (and feel horrible about it), so I'm hoping he'll take me back.

I haven't been consistantly Oly Lifting for the last 2-3 months b/c of all of that travel, so I know that I will have to back-track a little bit to get back to the level that I was at before my hiatus.

I plan to spend the next month getting back "up to speed" using the programming that was working for me just before I disappeared. Then I will re-evaluate w/ Coach, and go from there.

I plan to WOD at CrossFit XLR8 M, W, F, and Sat mornings. REVISED 8/3 - Will only do MetCon on M, W, & F. Cutting Saturday out so that I can spend more time on Saturdays doing skillwork.

I'll be Olylifting/Squating and doing Skill Work in my Backyard Gym in the evenings M - F.

I plan to run 1 day a week, either on Tuesdays or Thursdays in the morning. I am going to limit my running b/c I don't want it to hold back my stregnth gains, but I need to start running a little bit because I'm slower than a tortoise, and have got to improve my speed a bit. I'm not talking long runs here - just 2-3 miles, with some sprints thrown in the mix occasionally. REVISED 8/3 - I will only run 1 -2 times per month, rather than once per week. I want to focus on stregnth gains right now, and I'm worried that too much running may slow that down.
Well, that's the plan! Now I just need to put it into action. I'm not making any promises about how often I'll update here, because training and nutrition have to take priority over blogging. . but I'll do my best to update regularly. . if nothing else, it helps to keep me accountable!


Monique said...

Christie! This is an awesome blog! Thank you for your encouragement. I too have fallen off the wagon..two weddings, a honeymoon and four other trips have just destroyed my progress! Day one almost done.....and not so bad. Do have a killer headache, but I got that last time I went shall pass! Looking forward to new gains (and not on the scale) :-)

Christie said...

Hey Monique - Thank you!

I'm so glad that we're doing this together - it helps to have someone else who is going through the same kind of "withdrawals"! Hope your head is feeling better today - I'm feeling suprisingly good :)