Aye yie yie

My back is officially in serious pain. Went to the docs yesterday and they gave me some pretty serious pain and muscle relaxers and then referred me to a spine doctor… that’s pretty crazy, but for now I’m taking a few days off from the gym and hopefully I will be able to seriously mod workouts soon. I think I may have pushed it too hard with cleans/ jerks/ push presses.

7/2, Day 2

Here’s the daily break-down…

OM NOMS:
B- Coffee, prosciutto, olives
L- Rotisserie chicken, cauli rice, zoodles, olives
D- Rotisserie chicken, salad, olives

W- 112oz.
Sup- Probiotic, liver care(2/day), milk thistle/ dandelion/ yellow dock(2/day), magnesium, idoral, multivitamin, N-Acetyl- Cysteine Dock, D-3 (2/day), Liquid B-12 (25 drops)

WOD:
3 RFT
5 Muscle-Ups
7 Thruster (135/ 95#)
9 Handsand Push-Ups
11 Box Jump (30/ 24”)

I modded this ENTIRE workout. For MU’s I did 25 box dips, thrusters I did push press (back limitations), HSPU I did push ups, box jumps I did box step ups. Even though I modded the hell out of everything in this WOD, it was still super hard. My shoulders just didn’t have it in them!

MOBILITY:

15 minutes of various spinal mobility movements. My lower back is jacked up, so this sucked.

REFLECTION/ PAIN:
I’ve been really freaking hungry lately. Maybe it’s a metabolism thing?? Here’s to hoping! My arthritis is feeling okay- I have a bit of pain in my right pinky, but everything else is pretty good. I have to say, this weather’s been insane and definitely not helpful. You can read about additional pain up top if you haven’t already!

BOOZE?!

This blew my mind. Don’t hate, it’s for a good time sustainable paleo. Obviously everything in moderation, but I have to say that I’m quite excited about that little article! Not that it’s an excuse to drink every night, just that I won’t feel so guilty when it happens.

7/1, Day 1

Here’s the daily break-down…

OM NOMS:
B- Coffee
L- Chicken thighs, salad
D- Cauliflower rice, rotisserie chicken, zoodles, salad with olives

W- 96oz.
Sup- Probiotic, liver care(2/day), milk thistle/ dandelion/ yellow dock(2/day), magnesium, idoral, multivitamin, N-Acetyl- Cysteine Dock, D-3 (2/day), Liquid B-12 (25 drops)

WOD:
Elizabeth
21-15-9
Power Cleans (135#/ 95#)
Ring Dips

Since I hurt my back, I took it easy and did 58# for the PC’s. I also did box dips instead of ring dips. I found that I really like the box dips because it helps with shoulder mobility, too! I finished in 5:40.

Capone did not get a walk or a run from me yesterday. Mike had to take him because my foot was so effed up.

MOBILITY:
15 minutes of various spinal mobility movements. My lower back is jacked up, so this was pretty uncomfortable! I’m hoping that it’ll get easier throughout the month!

REFLECTION/ PAIN:
I was SO hungry yesterday. I definitely need to get better with eating breakfast and more substantial lunch to hold me through the day. I really sucked at that yesterday, but did much better today (reflected in om noms tomorrow). My foot still hurts, but is significantly better today. I can actually walk on it. I continue to have twinges in my back but it’s feeling better for the most part. I’m excited about the mobility because I’m hoping it will strengthen and mobilize parts of my spine that were crunched in a car accident in 2005.

New Nutrition Challenge!

Some Kindling ladies and myself have decided to do a nutrition challenge starting July 1. So basically I will be continuing the Whole30 through the end of July. Hey, self! You figured out a way to make up the cheats! This challenge is slightly different from the Whole30-  we’re allowed to determine what diet we’re going to follow (I will be doing AIP), we are allowed 5 cheat days, and everything is based on a point scale.  We will receive daily points for mobility/ exercise/ diet. It’s basically a modified Whole Life Challenge that is slightly more flexible with food decisions (some girls are including dairy/ certain grains). I’m excited to continue on with this new challenge!

So where does that leave me with the Whole 30? I’m going to continue with it until July 1 then hop on the other challenge. Not much will change- I’ll still record my progress on the blog, it’ll just restart! … Aren’t you super excited about that! 

6/26, Day 14

Here’s the daily break-down…

OM NOMS:
B- Coffee
L- Beets, Chicken, Kale
D- Grilled Chicken, Asparagus, Portobello, and Paleo broccoli salad (freaking delicious)

W- 96oz. Supplements- Probiotic, liver care(2/day), milk thistle/ dandelion/ yellow dock(2/day), magnesium, idoral, multivitamin, N-Acetyl- Cysteine Dock, D-3 (2/day), Liquid B-12 (25 drops)

WOD:
Rest day! It was fantastic.

REFLECTION/ PAIN:
I have a bit of pain today and my body is extremely fatigued. I imagine it’s the crazy weather/ pressure of the storms that have been rolling through. I was feeling fantastic yesterday, not so much today. Now- the pain is significantly better than when I started this round of Whole30, but I’m slightly annoyed that it’s lingering.

Autoimmune Protocol

A Kindling girl of mine, Robyn, posted an article by Robb Wolf called The Seven Shades of Paleo. It’s a good read about the different Paleo types out there! I figured that I should clarify that I follow the Autoimmune Protocol (AIP), excluding nightshades, nuts, and eggs (for the most part) although this round of the Whole30 is turning out to be more like the 80/20! I do have to say that when you have an autoimmune disease and are allergic to gluten and dairy (like I am) this program is easier to follow (from my perspective). It’s not like you really have much of an option besides suffering stomach and joint pain. Sometimes it’s totally worth it to do a swan dive into some wine and cheese, but I ignore the urge more often than not. Practical Paleo does a fantastic job of describing eating to accomplish certain goals. It’s the best that I have seen so far on outlining what to avoid and why for autoimmune diseases.

6/25, Day 13 

Here’s the daily break-down…

OM NOMS:
B- Coffee
L- Cod, Broccoli, Salad
D- Beets, Kale, and Chicken Thigh with Adobo seasoning (Om nom nom)

W- 96oz. Supplements- Probiotic, liver care(2/day), milk thistle/ dandelion/ yellow dock(2/day), magnesium, idoral, multivitamin, N-Acetyl- Cysteine Dock, D-3 (2/day), Liquid B-12 (25 drops)

WOD:
7RFT
400m Run
15 T2B

I modded with 400m row and 15 T2B lying on the ground and finished in 23:20. Sweat was falling into my eyeballs on this one. Holy HOT.

RG

REFLECTION/ PAIN:
I am happy to report that I have hardly ANY pain today. It’s a pretty big change from yesterday, and I’m super thrilled about it! There is some very slight joint stiffness in my fingers and toes, but it really only hurts when I poke it.

THIS. Because it’s amazing.

Holy crap I’ve been slammed at work today. Usually I’ll write my blog around my lunch time, but it was a work straight through kind of day!

I’m going on an overnight sailing trip tonight on my boyfriend’s new boat, so that should be fun! Though, once again, there is a major happy hour involved (freaking alcohol. I love you but I hate you.) but I’m better prepared to stay on track this time. I even have soda water with me so I’ll LOOK like I’m partaking.

We’re also demoing our bathroom when we get back from our over-night! I’m REALLY excited about that! I love demolishing shit and I’m thrilled to get rid of the nasty ass blue bathroom. OH! I’ll post before and after’s when it’s finished. That’ll be pretty sweet!

6/20, Day 9

Here’s the daily break-down…

OM NOMS:
B- Coffee
L- Spinach salad with chicken and olives
D- Kielbasa, Sweet Potato, Kale

W- 160oz. Supplements- Probiotic, liver care(2/day), milk thistle/ dandelion/ yellow dock(2/day), magnesium, idoral, multivitamin, N-Acetyl- Cysteine Dock, D-3 (2/day), Liquid B-12 (25 drops)

WOD:
3 RFT
40 Double-Unders
20 Box Jumps
10 Handstand Push-ups

I modded 15” box jumps, push presses with 20# dumbbells, and 80 single unders. We were given a time cap of 10 minutes so I wasn’t able to really push my limits but it was a great workout. Rowed 1000m right after the WOD (with a lot of encouragement from Robyn – THANK YOU!) because there were sprint drills as the after party and the shins just aren’t having that.

I took Capone for a nice long walk when I got home.

REFLECTION/ PAIN:
Shin splints are feeling a bit better- still there, but I spent the whole night icing them. I think I need to find a more suitable shoe for sprints/ stability etc. I have separate running shoes, Vibram Five Fingers, and general minimalist shoes, but I need something more substantial for running that will offer me a minimalist feel for lifting etc. Either that, or I just need 8 thousand shoes just for CrossFit. I’ve heard the Reebok Nano’s are a pretty well-rounded shoe in that respect. I’d also like to look into lifting shoes, my own jump rope, wrist straps- as if it’s not expensive enough for the membership!

My right foot is still giving me issues as well- really annoyed with it, but it typically feels better in the afternoon, so I guess it’s just super long, lingering morning stiffness.

And THIS.
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Because it is amazing.

Ahoy Rants

The amount of readers I had yesterday was pretty awesome for my baby blog. I’m hopeful that my story will eventually inspire people (not just with RA) to make changes to their eating habits. It’s amazing what it does for your life. It makes you feel stronger, leaner, faster, happier… just a better you, which is what we should all be striving for!

Okay, sappy rant over. So I’ve been having these two issues lately which are unbelievably annoying:
1. I can’t seem to EVER get home before 8pm… even on rest days when I’m not WODing. Once I get home, I typically spend an hour or so prepping/ cooking dinner and am finally eating between 9 and 10pm. Annoying. Take yesterday for example- Rest day means I should be home between 6:30 and 7, but I got stuck in massive traffic and had to go to the grocery store (I forgot something the day before) so I walked in the door at (you guessed it) 8pm. Shit.
2. I hit every light on my way to CrossFit in the evenings. Every. Single. EFFING. Light. This has been happening for three weeks now. I’ve even tried leaving at different times but the lights just don’t cooperate. It’s like they see my little Jetta, giggle to themselves, and freaking turn red. Bastards. Last week I saw a green light and floored it- I was going about 80mph to get through the green light! So close I could taste the victory, and oh what a victory it would have been! Alas it turned yellow then red and I zoomed through it. Oops. It also has a red light camera. Double oops. We’ll see if I get a ticket!

Annoyed rant over.

6/19, Day 8

Here’s the daily break-down…

OM NOMS:
B- Coffee, watermelon
L- Flank Steak salad with olives prosciutto bits and Tessemae’s lemon Chesapeake dressing, cucumber watermelon mint salad
D- Burgers, grilled yellow squach/ zucchini, and grilled banana (Holy shit. Grill a banana. Do it, do it, do it)

W- 160oz. Supplements- Probiotic, liver care(2/day), milk thistle/ dandelion/ yellow dock(2/day), magnesium, idoral, multivitamin, N-Acetyl- Cysteine Dock, D-3 (2/day), Liquid B-12 (25 drops)

WOD:
Rest day!

My shin splints are back from the sprint drills/ run with Capone from the other day. I’m going to rest on the running until they go away and then pick back up. I’m making sure to write the alphabet with my feet and do appropriate resistance exercises to build up the muscle- I wonder if this is an arthritis thing?? I can’t seem to get them to go away.

REFLECTION/ PAIN:
Shin splints. My foot also hurt pretty badly yesterday. I’m surprised some of my pain is still lingering, but it’s probably from the weekend rendezvous with wine and feta cheese!

Here it is…

I fell into a WordPress hole yesterday and did a ton of reading on other people’s blogs. When I did my search on Rheumatoid Arthritis it made me very sad. A lot of the posts were about how depressed individuals are because of their pain levels. What really struck a chord with me is how people said that they felt as though they’ve lost themselves. I’ve felt that physical and emotional pain before; there is a certain amount of desperation that comes along with it so I have decided to share my story with RA. I wrote this a few months ago, since then like I have mentioned in my blog thus far, I had a several week hiatus from the Paleo lifestyle which has caused some of my pain to come back. Part of this blog is documenting how my pain subsides throughout the Whole30 program. If you have RA or are just looking for inspiration, please read my story.

6/18, Day 7

Here’s the daily break-down…

OM NOMS:
B- Coffee, prosciutto chips
L- Turkey leg (yuck), roasted beets, roasted cauliflower
D- Homemade White Truffle Aioli/ Almond flour broiled cod (Holy crap- definitely eat this), watermelon cucumber mint salad (this is a work in progress but will definitely be having again soon), and cauliflower tahini mash

W- 128oz. Supplements- Probiotic, liver care(2/day), milk thistle/ dandelion/ yellow dock(2/day), magnesium, idoral, multivitamin, N-Acetyl- Cysteine Dock, D-3 (2/day), Liquid B-12 (25 drops)

WOD:
DT
5 RFT
12 Deadlift (155/ 100#)
9 Hang Power Clean  (155/ 100#)
6 Push Jerk (155/ 100#)

I did 62# and completed the WOD in 12:31. My shoulder gave me hell on the push jerks, but it was an excellent WOD. We did sprint drills for the warm up which triggered my shin splints. I also took Capone for a run in the evening.

REFLECTION/ PAIN:
I was incredibly pleased with my meal last night! I mixed my white truffle aioli with some almond flour, covered the cod with it, then baked/ broiled until the fish was cooked and the mixture was golden brown. I also am infusing watermelon and mint water! It should be a delicious treat tonight. My pain was manageable yesterday; my right foot still hurt quite a bit.