A Matter of Healing Thru Rest, Strength Training & Healthy Eating ….

I’m in a lull between The Go! St. Louis Marathon and the Pittsburgh Marathon.  Three weeks between the two races.  The timing was a strategic calculation to allow my body to heal up a bit from St Louis.  It was a good call. But with this being Boston Marathon week, I’m just restless.  I want to run.  I want to run fast. But alas my chiro body says, NO! 

So I’ll just keep thinking about running fast and well, doing what I’ve been doing …. taking care of myself, eating well, stretching, strength training and running easy. 

Run Easy

But I can certainly think about running fast, right?  I’ve reset my Run Less Run Faster app and am ready to go with some targeted workouts once I get the green light.  I certainly don’t want to backslide and aggravate the Plantar Fasciitis DEVIL who is currently napping.  He certainly hasn’t left but I’m feeling better each and every day thanks to a lot of torture over the last 4 months from my new Chiro

So far, this year has consisted of rest, a lot of strength training and a little running.  There have been a lot of kettlebell swings, hand release push-ups, squats, lunges, weighted sit-ups, knees to chest, ab baskets, side to sides and short bursts of strength workouts both in and out of the gym.   All by myself.  I’m really missing my 5am CF crew in IL!   I also miss being able to swing a kettlebell and not have to worry about some unsuspecting gym patron rounding the corner right into my kettlebell improvised CF area.  I miss having certain equipment, like rings for ring rows, a box for box jumps, a wall ball, and a weighted ball for ball slams.  Yes, I actually miss those torturous things and so much more!  But I’ve improvised and been good about doing a minimum of 2 strength workouts each week.  Even if that means I have to skip a run to squeeze it into my day.  I know that a strong body is essential not only to a healthy life but also injury free running.  So strength training is a priority.  In and out of the gym.

CF at Home

I’ve also made a few changes on the food front.  I’ve always been decent about my food choices but things took a turn south last year.  While I normally favor fruits & veggies, my love of carbs took over and I was eating WAY too many cheese quesadillas & flavored Triscuits!    I tried to balance out my carb intake with exercise.  You know that never works but a carb lover can hope, right?  Then I tried to decrease my carbs and up my protein.  That helped temporarily but I quickly tired of protein powders/shakes/smoothies.  And my body didn’t love all that protein either.  Plus I was still craving those junky carbs!   Then one of the books I was listening to last month (Born to Run by Chris McDougall) mentioned a change he had made that helped him control appetite and lose weight.  Salads for breakfast.  What?  Yep, salads for breakfast.  I figured it was worth a try.  I bought some fresh produce, developed an obsession for kale, and started making a humongous salad every morning after I returned from the gym.  I filled my salads with nutritious items, healthy fats, plant proteins and tons of veggies.  Not a wimpy, “diet” salad but real food that would fill me up!  Every day.  Today’s salad below.  Kale, red onion, avocado, yellow pepper, northern beans, tomato, chia seeds, olive oil, balsamic vinegar & sea salt.

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I eat as much of my hearty salad as I want for breakfast and then put the rest in the fridge for lunch.  Guess what.  I’m on week 3 of salads for breakfast.  And I feel good.  Like really good.  I can’t tell you if I’ve lost weight cuz I “Threw Out the Scales” before I started my salad for breakfast regimen.  But I feel good.  And my tummy is happy.  And I’m full.  I’ve replaced most of the cheese quesadillas with healthy carbs like baked sweet potatoes.  Or in a pinch, I eat the Brown Rice Sweet Potato Triscuits.  Smile  Cuz my love of Triscuits goes beyond the scales!  But overall I’m pretty happy right now and feeling way better than I have in about a year.  So I’ll be buying ALL THE PRODUCE and eating lots of greens with a variety of veggies going forward.  I’m not a vegetarian but I’m certainly going to do some more research about food and specifically plant proteins.  And most importantly, I’m going to enjoy feeling good. 

Food You Eat_Ann Wigmore

The point of this post isn’t to start a movement where everyone should eat salads for breakfast but rather to suggest that if you’ve been doing what your doing for a long time and it’s not working  ……. maybe it’s time to try something new.   Be open to change.  If you are tired and run down, what type of food are you using for fuel?  Exercise will always help us feel and look better but the FOOD that goes into our mouth is the main source of our energy and health.   I’m trying to make sure that I’m eating what my body NEEDS rather than what it immediately wants.    As a result, I want less and less of the foods that are “not so good for me”.  I’m still not perfect.  Never will be perfect.  I mean, we have a standing order with the pizza guy for Monday nights but now we get a salad with that pizza too.  Winking smile

If you are struggling, don’t give up.  Cuz that will put you further back than where you are now.  Keep fighting the fight.  Change things up.  Don’t’ forget to Hide the Veggies from the family and yourself in some of your favorite meals.  And please, try to find a way to fall in love with good, clean foods.

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** Eat Your Veggies ** Amanda – TooTallFritz

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CrossFit Day 12 – WOD Blake & CrossFit Day 13

The 12th day of CrossFit brought me the Blake WOD. 

blake_David Blake

From CrossFit.com

Blake

Four rounds for time of:
100 foot Walking lunge with 45lb plate held overhead
30 Box jump, 24 inch box
20 Wallball shots, 20 pound ball
10 Handstand push-ups

Info on Blake below:

U.S. Navy Senior Chief Cryptologic Technician David Blake McLendon, 30, of Thomasville, Georgia, assigned to Naval Special Warfare Group 2 Support Activity in Norfolk, Virginia, was killed September 21, 2010, in a helicopter crash during combat operations in the Zabul province of Afghanistan. McLendon is survived by his wife Kate McLendon, his parents David and Mary-Ann McLendon, his brother Chris McLendon, and his sister Kelly Lockman.

Of course, our class had to be modified for us newbies.  We did 3 rounds for time:  100′ of walking lunges (body weight only), 30 box jumps (18” box), 20 Ring Rows & 10 Push-ups.  I’m at the bottom of this photo doing crappy  push-ups in my pink shoes & green compression socks.  Took me 10:43 for all three rounds. 

CrossFit_FNRC pushups_Blake WOD

We then got to try a few new things.  Thrusters.  Bar only.  You can check out this stud gentlemen from the Reebok CrossFit Coastal Carolina page demoing the thruster below.  Just imagine us doing them without the giant muscles or the big ass weights on the end of the bar.  Since we are still relatively weak new, we have to put in the time learning the moves, proper form, etc. so that we don’t hurt ourselves. 

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The second “new” move was the Wall Climb.  LOL!  This was just entertainment at it’s finest.    We started in a push-up position with our feet against the wall, then started to back up with our hands while our feet were “climbing” (walking up) the wall.  As this is happening, your feet are walking up the wall and your hands are walking toward the wall so you “should” basically be in a handstand position facing the wall once your feet are in the full “up” position.  Yeah, right.   Not my finest hour.  Then you return to the push-up position by walking your hands back out until you are at a 45 ish degree angle.  At that point, you are “supposed” to let your feet slide down the wall back to the floor.  Controlled motion.  Not me.  I about broke my toes each time.  #WallClimbFAIL  Demo from CrossFitFire below:

CrossFit_wall climbs_CrossFitFire  

CrossFit Day 13 – Partner up!  I think he may have been taking it easy on us Tuesday, which scares the crap out of me thinking about tomorrow morn. 

10 Rounds 

  • 20 Wall Balls (14# ball, I think)
  • 20 Abmat Sit-ups

Since we were with a partner this time, the two of us had to complete the 20 moves together.  I had a great partner so each of us did 10 of each move (or half of the set).  It went fast.  Only one partner could move at a time.  I started with the Wall Balls, did 10.  Handed off to her, she did 10.  I then moved to the Abmat Sit-ups, did 10.  Then she did 10.  Repeat x10.  Fast workout.  Took us 15:40 to complete.  Done.

What will tomorrow bring?  Hmmmm, I “may” have asked about handstand push-ups and they “may” have been added to the board.  Hehehehee!  Smile  We’ll see!

** Getting Stronger, One Workout At A Time ** Amanda – TooTallFritz **