Well, folks–it’s almost time. I have one more day to go of the Whole30. Just one more day. Honestly, it feels weird to imagine life without this program. Drinking on the weekend with friends, what?? Seems foreign now.
Thought I’d share with you my Whole30 After Action Report (AAR). The organizers were kind enough to provide this helpful work sheet as a part of today’s Whole30 Daily newsletter and it will hopefully walk you through some of my reflections:
What Went Well
- Planning my lunches (I can’t stress enough how key it was to plan a COMPLETE lunch)
- Cooking dinners at home (I quickly learned that dining out on the Whole30 was mission impossible)
- Reaching for mineral water during social outings (I felt kind of sophisticated too)
- Eliminating temptations at work and home (Thankfully, Dave was supportive and basically did the program with me)
- Sticking to a routine
- Talking to others about the program (At a certain point, people began to notice my changed physique and it felt great to explain what I was doing/how I was feeling)
- Making my own mayo (Should explain itself)
What Could Have Gone Better
- Packing more complete lunches (There were a few times when I half-assed my lunch and I considered chewing my arm off at 4:00 p.m.)
- Eating less fruit (I never thought I’d say this, but my body would feel heavy if I had more than two servings of fruit per day)
- Staying dedicated to my original outlined notes (i.e., made it to more yoga classes, read more or meditated)
What I’ll Do In The Future, To Keep Doing Better
- I’ll keep focusing on being the best possible version of me
- I’ll be more mindful of how certain foods make me feel (both good and bad)
- I’ll avoid drinking more than twice a week
- I’ll virtually eliminate beer and gluten consumption
- I’m planning to take up other “30s” (i.e. Sister30, Double-Under30, Blogging30 – dedicating myself for 30 days to something that will improve my life)
I’m really looking forward to seeing how these “after” pictures turn out…Stay tuned.
Today’s WOD was exactly what the doctor ordered:
- 400m farmer’s walk with two, 1-pood kettlebells
- Split jerk 5-5-5-3-3-1
If you’ve never done a farmer’s walk-type work out–I highly recommend it. Aside from the extreme forearm and finger pain, it’s a rather therapeutic exercise–sharpens the mind as my dad would say.
The split jerk was also kinda fun. It’s an awkward oly lift, but I think most people will surprise themselves — go heavy and you’ll be amazed at what your hips can do for you…
Today I managed 75lb/85lb/95lb/113lb – pretty spicy, yet I’m eager to try this again soon.
Here’s a great video of Coach Burgener teaching one of our NorCal coaches, Pat Barber, the split jerk. I just love how this guy coaches and I hopefully I can take his oly lift cert class early next year.
Insightful, right? Are there any movements that you find initially awkward, but you eventually get the hang of?