Day 18

Weight: no weight recorded today

Sleep: 7.5 hours straight through; woke up a little tired

Yesterday I made a pretty good snack, it was bacon wrapped dates. It only took maybe 20 minutes and you can make a ton of them and save them for later. It was a sweet and salty combination with a nice crunch.

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Crossfit Workout:

WORKOUT:
Perform the following for 6 total rounds for TIME & MAX LOAD…
10 Lateral Barbell Jump Burpees (Has to be a two footed jump, not a prance)
1 Overhead Squat (No Rack Allowed)
* There will be a 60 second time cap for each round and a 3 minute rest period between each round for you to decide how much weight you would like to add onto the barbell.

Round 1: 125#; 38 seconds

Round 2: 140#; 42 seconds

Round 3: 145#; 46 seconds

Round 4: 150# 48 seconds

Round 5: 155#; failed

Round 6: 155#; 58 seconds

I felt good throughout the workout. I rushed round 5 when I had a ton of time left so I think that’s why I ended up missing that rep. After the workout my cousin and I did some back squat work.

3 x 5 reps: 205#, 215#, 225#; I haven’t squatted since before break so it felt weird. I will need to max out my back squat next week to figure out strength program weights.

For about the past week I’ve felt pretty tired throughout the day. I think this feeling is finally going away (I hope), so I’m happy about that. Also, from NYE to Thursday I had a lot of cravings for non-paleo food. Yesterday these cravings seemed to subside and they are nonexistent today.

Day 16 Crossfit Workout

Weight: 157.5#; if I get to 155# I think I will start adding milk back in. No matter how much I eat I still seem to be losing weight.

Sleep: 8 hours; sleep has still been great since starting paleo.

Crossfit Workout:

20 min AMRAP

  • 5 Power Cleans (145lb)
  • 10 Toes-2-Bar
  • 15 Wall Balls (20lb)

Score: 6 rds with 5 Power Cleans on the 7th

It was a pretty disappointing workout. I felt tired really quickly and didn’t pace myself well at all. I went into it knowing it would be a tough workout but I had set a goal for at least 7 rounds and I didn’t even get close really. I’m sure it was a combination of things, not just diet.

Also, I’ve experienced my first soreness since starting paleo. After Monday’s bench workout my chest has felt awful. Even today it took forever to warm it up. I knew this was going to happen though, since 5 repeated sets of max reps bench press is pretty intense.

Day 13 Crossfit Workout

Weight: 158.5; same as yesterday, still lower than I’d like

Sleep: 8.5 hours; for some reason I’m still always tired when I wake up even though I’m getting plenty of sleep

Crossfit workout:

5 Rounds For Max Reps of Each (7 minute rounds, BP at very start of round and then pull-ups can be done within the rest of the 7 minute time limit):

Bench Press (@bodyweight)
Pull-ups (Round 1 – Weighted / Rounds 2 (chest to bar) & 3 (regular) – Strict / Rounds 4 (chest to bar) & 5 (regular) Kipping)

Round 1:

  • Bench Press: 11 reps at 160#
  • Weighted pull-ups: workout way up to 45# DB for 1 rep

Round 2:

  • Bench Press: 11 reps at 160#
  • Strict chest-2-bar pull-ups: 9

Round 3:

  • Bench Press: 8 reps at 160#
  • Strict pull-ups: 10

Round 4:

  • Bench Press: 7 reps at 160#
  • Kipping chest-2-bar pull-ups: 11

Round 5:

  • Bench Press: 6 reps at 160#
  • Kipping pull-ups: 14

This workout felt good but I realized my upper body doesn’t have as much endurance as I’d like. I’m happy I was able to get 11 reps for the first 2 rounds but then it was a huge drop off from there (down to 8). With pull-ups I wish I would’ve gotten more but I wasn’t really sure what to expect. After the workout I felt fine, but I’d be surprised if I’m not sore tomorrow.

Day 12 Reaction

Day 12 Ratings:

Energy:  7/10 (1 being dead tired; 10 being off the walls energetic)

  • I was a little less tired today but still didn’t feel 100% throughout the day.

Quality of Workout: 7/10 (1 being a horrible workout; 10 being a fantastic workout)

  • I felt great throughout the whole workout. I was disappointed that I ran out of time but still think it was a good workout. Even after it I felt fine.

Hunger: 8/10 (1 being starving throughout day; 10 being fully satiated)

  • I didn’t have much hunger today, but I had a big snack (sweet potato chips) in between lunch and dinner. I also added a snack after dinner.

Overall today was an improvement over the last two days. My workout felt good and I wasn’t quite as tired throughout the day.

Day 12 Crossfit Workout

Weight: 158.5#; uh-oh

Sleep: 8.5 hours; woke up once

Crossfit Workout:

AMRAP 10 Minutes:
30 Snatches (65#)
20 Snatches (75#)
10 Snatches (95#)
5 Snatches (105#)
1 Snatch (115#)
1 Snatch (125#)

I got to 66 reps (115# once) and ran out of time. It’s disappointing because I could’ve gotten the 125# snatch easily enough. I felt good throughout the workout though and it really didn’t take a toll on my body afterwards.

Day 11 Reaction

For dinner today I made a bacon, grape, and broccoli salad (http://paleodietlifestyle.com/bacon-grape-broccoli-salad/); I also used their paleo mayonnaise website and made it a bacon mayonnaise since I already had the bacon fat from the salad. It was pretty good, not great though. I think it’d be better as a light snack or something. It didn’t have enough protein for my dinner meal so I ended up eating a few eggs as a snack.

Day 11 Ratings:

Energy:  6/10 (1 being dead tired; 10 being off the walls energetic)

  • I was pretty sluggish all day today. It’s kind of disappointing because I’ve been like that the past couple days. I hope getting a good night’s sleep tonight will help but really I haven’t been lacking sleep so we will see.

Quality of Workout: 6.5/10 (1 being a horrible workout; 10 being a fantastic workout)

  • Not being able to string together DU’s really hurt me on this workout and made it so I didn’t get as good of one. 

Hunger: 7/10 (1 being starving throughout day; 10 being fully satiated)

  • I got hungry pretty quickly after lunch and then again after dinner. I’m thinking I’ll eat more for my snacks to help with this so I’m eating a consistent amount throughout the day.

Yesterday and today were a couple of bummer days. I didn’t feel 100% even though my diet has been pretty clean. Now that the holidays are over I’m hoping to get on a more consistent schedule and I think that will help.

Day 11 Crossfit Workout

The prescribed workout was:

4 Rounds For Total Working Time
Every 6 Minutes A New Round Will Begin

500m Row (If the temperature cooperates, we may Run 400m)
20 Pull-ups
30 Wall Ball Shots to 11′ & 10′ (20/14)
40 Double Unders

After the earlier class tried this we had the option to scale it and I did.

Round 1 (5 minute round, rest 1 min before next)

  • 400m Run
  • 15 pull ups
  • 25 wall balls (20#; 11′)
  • 20 DU’s

Round 2 (5 minute round, rest 1 min before next)

  • 400m run
  • 10 pull-ups
  • 20 Wall Balls
  • 15ish DU’s

Round 3 (5 minute round, rest 1 min before next)

  • 500m Row
  • 10 pull ups
  • 15 wall balls
  • 10ish DU’s

Round 4 (6 minute round)

  • 400m Run
  • 10 Pull-ups
  • 20 Wall Balls
  • 15ish DU’s

It was definitely a hard workout but it would’ve been better had I been able to get my double unders down. I really could only string a few together and that made the workout kind of stink for me.

Day 10 New Recipes

Yesterday for dinner I tried out a couple new recipes. The first one was spiced chicken with peaches and pineapple sauce (http://www.paleoplan.com/2010/01-04/spiced-chicken-with-peaches-and-pineapple-sauce/). It was pretty good. The chicken was a bit tough but other than that the flavor was great. Along with that dish I made baked butternut squash (http://www.paleocupboard.com/baked-butternut-squash.html). This stuff was great and so easy. Really had good flavor and a crisp texture. I already put another butternut squash on my grocery list to try it again.

Overall yesterday I felt pretty sluggish and tired. I feel that way again today but am hoping that it will eventually go away.

Day 10 Morning

Weight: 160.5#; this is the first day I’ve seen an increase in weight since I started. I’m hoping to stay right around 160# but even if I gain weight I’ll be fine with that.

Sleep: 8 hours; I was really tired when I went to bed last night and basically just passed out for the full 8 hours, not waking up even once.

Breakfast:

Last night I stayed up and made a meat crust quiche (suggested by Claire; http://paleomg.com/meat-crust-quiche/). I had some strawberries, an avocado, and a slice of the quiche for breakfast. The quiche is really good. It’s got a sweet and salty thing going for it with the meat and the sweet potatoes.

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Today is kind of a forced rest day from Crossfit (since the gym is closed). I’ll just be doing some light mobility and stretching exercises.