My journey at Crossfit Como began in September of 2013. With my husband being in the military, crossfit had been part of his training regimen for years, and he finally convinced me to try it out. I’ve always been a competitive person and enjoy intense workouts. I was hooked on crossfit immediately. Once I got past the initial shock from workouts, I started to get stronger, but gained weight like crazy. At one point I was up almost 15lbs from my starting weight! After 6 months of crossfit, I knew I had to change my eating. I wasn’t eating terrible, when you compared to the general population, but it was keeping me from getting where I wanted to be.
I started the 100 Days of Real Food challenge on April 31st. I really liked this challenge. I started to see immediate results in my body. I had energy, I was losing weight/inches, but my stomach was almost always bloated and unhappy. On May 19th I transitioned to a Whole30 challenge. I really hated it at first. I struggled to eat vegetables and my sugar addition was much greater than I thought! The Real Food challenge did not allow you to have refined sugar, but it did allow natural sugar like honey, agave, etc. Once I started Whole30, my stomach problems were gone immediately. I was also extremely tired and slept almost 10 hours a night. I did not love any part of the Whole30 at that point. After the first week, things started to get better with my energy level, but food was getting really boring. Around day ten I was about ready to give up. I realized that I did not want to live my life exactly by the rules defined in the challenge, so it really felt like a waste of time. I became very hungry/angry…hangry! The change to my body and energy is what kept me going. By day fifteen, I was feeling great, workouts were going awesome, but my emotional connection to food was really starting to show. I caved and cheated for my first time shortly after day 15. I got right back on track and didn’t slip up again until I was put into a really pressured work situation where I had very little time to sleep or eat for a several day period. Coming out of that weekend, I felt terrible and my energy was gone. It made me really realize that food does make a difference in my mood, energy and the ability to perform high intensity workouts.
Through the Whole30 challenge I have realized that I do not want to live my life by the Whole30 rules. I really like a lot of the ideas from the challenge, and plan to follow a lot of them, but some are not the most practical for everyday situations or circumstances you may run into. There are a few key things I took away:
1) As much as I hate eating before and after WOD’s, I really like the way the snacks make me feel and will continue to eat pre-wod and post-wod snacks.
2) My emotional connection to sugar is more apparent than ever. When I first started crossfit, it wouldn’t be uncommon for me to eat a candy bar 4 or 5 times a week…and then who knows what else on top of that to keep my sugar high going! I would always tell myself that I ate really well, and I did for the most part, but I also ate an insane amount of sugar when you really calculated it. I now know that refined sugar cannot be a regular part of my life for me to get the results I want.
3) My body likes meat and veggies and does not like dairy or gluten products. Deep down I’ve known that for a while, but I really know it now. It’s time to start listening to my body and stay focused on meat and veggies.
I am very happy I decided to participate in the Whole30 challenge. Although I didn’t make it the entire 30 days, I feel like I’ve learned a lot about what my body needs and how it reacts to different foods. So far I have dropped one pant size and shirt size! I have less than 20 days left on my 100 day challenge, and I hope to have some “abs” by the time it ends! No matter how my final results end up, I know my lifestyle has been forever changed!