Sunday, August 26, 2012

Why, hello again!

Hello dear readers!
I am so sorry for the sudden blogging hiatus.  I was doing such a great job of daily posts to update you on my Whole30 progress and puff...no mariza!

Well, good news, all is alright! Bad news, I have gotten a bit off track with my Whole30 challenge.

As I have said here on my blog and to anyone that has talked to me about Whole30, I truly believe in the program and the science behind eating good, clean food.  I am living proof that eating food that is not processed or filled with sugar can change your health and body composition. I have and will continue to eat a diet that is filled with fruits, vegetables, meats, nuts, and healthy oils, but the other thing I truly believe in is listening to your body.

The combination of marathon training and Crossfit has been pretty demanding on my body.  While I was doing a great job eating 3 full meals and having a snack whenever I was hungry,  I could feel my long runs suffering and my recovery taking longer. So I listened to what my body was telling me and incorporated a bit more carbohydrates into my diet.   If I have a long run scheduled or long Crossfit WOD, I have been adding in some type of starchy carbohydrate.  It isn't something I am adding to my regular meals during the day but in my meal before my big workout.

I have found that it does make a difference in my endurance of I have some type of whole grain and/or starch in my pre-workout meal.  I have more energy and I don't feel completed depleted after my workout.

Now the only reason why I know what I need to eat and what I need to add to my diet is because I have done the Whole30 before.  When you take things out of your diet for a long period of time and start to slowly add them back, you know exactly how they make you feel. For example, I know that dairy makes my stomach hurt and brings back my allergies. So dairy is not an option for me.  I know that having some brown rice or oatmeal the night before a long run will give me the energy I need to run over 10 miles and still have a full day of activity after. I would have never known these things had I not gone through the Whole30 once and recognized the effect that different foods had on my body.

I will still eat a paleo diet 90% of the time, but will listen to my body when it needs a bit more for energy.  No one knows your body more than you, so it is important to listen and take care of your body, especially when you are asking so much of it. (ie. running a marathon!)

So stick with me as I experiment with balancing my nutritional needs with my physical demands.

Speaking of physical demands, I have some exciting news to share with you!

I recently signed up to compete in the Crossfit Capital Affiliate League.  This is a league of area Crossfit gyms that compete against each other for 5 weeks and ends with a tournament to name the champion.  I am on the lower division team with Crossfit South Arlington.   This weekend was our first competition and we won both our WODs (work out of the day)! There are two WODs for each competition and each team competes again one other team.
I was so very nervous for this competition. This isn't something I normally do, so I was completely out of my comfort zone. Up to seconds before we got started, I kept telling myself I had no business being around these other athletes that were super strong and fast!

Well,  nervous feelings aside, I committed to my team and I needed to compete.  4 of my other teammates competed in the first WOD and I competed with three other teammates in the 2nd WOD.  Once my WOD started there was no time to think about my nerves, I just focused my strength and energy on getting through each movement. It was a 20 min WOD with rotations after each minutes. It was HARD but also fun! The gym was full of spectators, many from our gym, that were yelling and helping each athlete get through each movement. Everyone was giving their all and pushing through the pain.

At the end of the day, yes we won both WODs, but there was no boasting or gloating. Rather everyone congratulated each other on a job well done. It is so fun to be a part of something where your competitors push you to be your best but are also there to have fun and make new friends.  Here are some great pictures from the day, courtesy of Becka Grapsy.





Can't wait until next weekend!

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