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Whole30: Day 11 Recap

Posted Aug 12 2012 1:19pm
Aug 12, 2012 Posted by on Aug 12, 2012 in Blog | 13 comments

From August 1 through August 23, I’m documenting my Whole30, including the when, what, where, and how much of my sleep, activity, food, and mood. Read about why I’m doing the Whole30 right here. Not familiar with the Whole30? Learn all about it here and get extra help with the Whole30 Daily.

I slept like a champ last night and woke up ready for a kickass Saturday. Happily, today totally delivered. Way to go, Saturday, August 11. Good job!

Sleep 8.5 hours — 10:15 to 6:45

Walk: I had just enough time before yoga to hit the trail for 30 minutes. I walked at my “I really mean it” pace, which gets my heart rate up to 70-75% of max (between 120-135 beats per minute), and sprinted up some stairs for fun. It was very satisfactory, especially because I saw a ginormous black and white Great Dane. (He looked a lot like this.)

Hatha Star Yoga: Our most favorite hatha teacher Kim is back from her summer adventures in (cool, crisp) Maine, and we were so happy to have her leading us through our Saturday morning ritual again. We did a sh*t-ton of work on our feet, calves, and hamstrings, and it was brilliant. All of the walking and sprinting on the trail is thrashing my feet, and I have perpetually tight calves and ankles. Her instructions reminded me that I need to do some remedial work on my feet/ankles when I’m just sitting around reading and watching TV. Note to self: Care for your feet; they carry you everywhere. (If you want to work on your ankle mobility, here are some good drills.)

At the end of class, for fun, we tried crow pose. I remembered my intention from the beginning of class to be present and try whatever came up with an open heart — and I did it! I actually held crow pose for the first time EVER. Twice! For 3 seconds each time. I have a lot of practicing to do on that one, but now I have a starting place. (Good instructions for crow pose here if you want to try it.)

I’ve found my appetite is less ravenous, and I feel better if I eat in a 11-hour window — usually between 9:00 a.m. and 8:00 p.m. so I can stop eating about 2-3 hours before going to bed — and don’t snack between meals or before bed. Because I’m dealing with my thyroid experiment, I’m measuring and tracking my food right now. I aim for 40% fat, 30% protein, 30% carbs.

Pre-workout snack, 7:30 a.m.
2 ounces boneless, skinless chicken thigh

Brunch, 11:00 a.m. — Woodpile BBQ
beef brisket
pork ribs
(Sometimes on Saturdays, I give myself a break from weighing and measuring, and I just eat. I try to eyeball my amounts to make sure I don’t go overboard, but once in a while, I just eat super clean and don’t stress too much about quantity.

Dinner, 8:00 p.m. — Alamo Drafthouse (Bourne Legacy)
Salad: grilled chicken, a few cucumber slices, black olives, romaine lettuce, lemon vinaigrette
watermelon when I got home

Awesome sauce.

Photo(s) of the Day
From outside the vintage shop near the craptastic gym and the Alamo Drafthouse:

Meet Frances Bacon. She can be yours for $950.00.

Disco Klingon! This is clearly the outfit Worf will wear when he visits Vegas.

Song of the Day
The lyrics are tongue in cheek and cheeky, cerebral, dorky, and infectious; lyrics here. The video is eighties-tastic: giant chessboard, cute guy in skinny tie (and white suit!), leggy dancers in suit jackets and stilettos… what’s not to love?!

Bonus: Check out this awesome blog post from Elaine at Handful of Health. She just completed her Whole30, and it was pretty great!

  1. aseafish says:

    I love Francis Bacon. I also feel a bit silly that I started trying to justify acquiring her.

  2. aseafish says:

    Oops, that’s Frances, my mom’s first name as well. She would be so ashamed at my use of the masculine spelling the first time.

  3. UKalltheway says:

    You mention your ‘thyroid experiment’…I am going to try to read back to find out what this experiment is.. but am interested in this. I was diagnosed with Graves disease then went from hyper to hypo, had radiation and now am taking synthroid daily. I like hearing suggestions….

    • Mel says:

      Hi, there! Here are some links to help you find my thyroid-related information. I recommend that you read the book The Thyroid Diet Revolution () — it includes the best explanations I’ve read about all the different treatment options and things to look out for, for people who are hyper (then hypo) and hypo.

      This is a link to all my thyroid-related posts. If you start at this link and click “Next entries” at the bottom of the page, you can see everything in order, as it happened. It starts with the discovery of a thyroid nodule and goes on from there. Blech.

      This is the post about my latest thyroid adventures, when I started working with Dr. Sebring. Ultimately, I’ve been frustrated because I eat paleo and workout regularly, and have slowly gained 15 lbs. Not fun. He’s trying to help me get all of my hormones working properly so I can get back to my ideal weight AND feeling energetic.

      A post about Wilson’s Syndrome Protocol that I’m doing now

      An update on my experience so far with the Wilson’s Syndrome Protocol

  4. Laura says:

    Was the line at Woodpile BBQ long? Like Franklin’s long?

  5. Amie says:

    Worf could probably get away with wearing that on Risa too, since he will likely never strip down and blend with with the locals.

  6. Levi Smith says:

    Great to meet you and your husband out at the trailer. Look forward to seeing you out there again.

  7. Lydia says:

    Congratulations on holding crow pose! That’s fantastic! What did you think of the Bourne Legacy?

  8. elaine! says:

    That Disco Klingon photo looks like something I can expect to see in Reno in a few weeks, as Burning Man people start trickling through on their way to the playa. ;)

    Good luck on the thyroid issues. That’s actually kind of what triggered me to discover paleo. I felt like total crap and couldn’t control my weight, so my doctor did blookwork for me… and it all came back normal. Thankfully, my issues appear to be pretty pedestrian.

  9. Samantha says:

    I’m glad the great dane sighting made your walk better! I have a great dane (blue with black spots) and he brightens my day everyday!

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