So last week was my first week back with Andrew and it’s time to get back in the groove. Especially since we are living in a hotel for the next month with no kitchen. We bought a crockpot and are using that most days a week to make our food despite the hotel telling us not to. Risky? Maybe, but after three weeks of junk food, minimal workouts because I was so sick, and boozy celebrations with friends and family, I feel awful! I briefly wanted to touch on my immediate health and food experiences and observations since coming back to the United States from living in Spain for a little over a year.
The majority of food in Spain isn’t my favorite. I will be the first person to tell you that I don’t like churros, fried everything and an awful excuse for a beer known as Cruzcampo, which seems to be the only alternative to Heineken in Chipiona. However, that is the food in the restaurants. The local produce that they grow is exceptionally tasty. When is the last time you just bit into a tomato and really tasted it? Like it was from your mom’s or grandmothers garden? It had been a while for me until Spain. I will say their seafood is very fresh, just lacking in flavor most of the time.
The vegetables we get in the States is usually shipped from Mexico, or even further south on ships and then on trucks before it arrives somehow magically beautiful and perfect even though it was picked weeks before. There is something wrong with this picture. In Spain the fruit and veggies are in season and aren’t picture perfect and yet they are fresh and cheap! It is not expensive to eat healthy in Spain, which is amazing for us!
Day one back in the states I couldn’t help but notice how stressed, tired and overall unhappy people looked. I sat in a Starbucks at a Safeway waiting for my friends to pick up me and I watched as people paced the aisles up and down buying box upon box of crap we are told is healthy because it has low-fat, less saturated fat, low sodium or even 25% less calories!! And yet, we are sicker, more overweight, more unhappy than we have ever been. Most are constantly on some new diet fad. And I get it, it is expensive to eat ‘healthy’ and there is so much misinformation out there, how would one know anymore what is good for them and what isn’t? I was immediately frustrated for everyone. Then I started getting frustrated with myself. I’m home, I can indulge right?! Well I have and I have to say, almost every single meal I have eaten here in the states made me almost immediately feel sick, for hours! Even the milk tastes like sugar here! I can’t finish one full plate because of the abundance of chemically laden crap piled on it. I am not trying to be elitist, trust me I know the struggle is real. But this is something I am passionate about. I don’t keep certain things in the house because I know they are tempting. But I cannot express how shitty I feel being back, physically and emotionally. I am lethargic, my digestion is off, my sleep is crap and anxiety is creeping its way back in. Weird right? Well not really. What you put in your body directly effects you on every level. Cellular, hormonal, emotional and of course physically. And yet, we are told soy, grains and low fat everything will get you looking and feeling great! It’s crap. I haven’t looked and felt so awful in over a year as I do in the last three weeks. It only took one week to really start to notice.
Okay, while I will stop ranting, I would highly recommend the book ‘Eat the Yolks‘ by Lizz Wolfe. If you are in complete denial, very confused or simply don’t know where to begin, this is the book for you! Not only is it information but it is funny and super approachable. I don’t like feeling like this, and I know we don’t have to. I’ve done it.
Getting back to working out this week has been painful, I’ve lost many of my gains, and day one was so defeating it made day two daunting. I complained all night to my husband about how gross I am, how crappy I feel and how I am not sure I can do this because it’s so hard starting over. But after day two I was more than ready for three and I am already feeling so much more positive simply by taking back control of my food and just moving again! Don’t get me wrong we will still go out to dinner with friends but I have to accept the consequences of my choices, or simply make good ones. I have at least three months worth of work to do to get rid of all the awesome things I’ve certainly earned being back in the states, but it’s worth it. We all start somewhere right? I am doing my best not to be hard on myself, though that is very taxing at times. Today I was exceptionally hard on myself for my lack of strength, energy and of course, cellulite. But for every down thought I’d say to myself I would say one positive. It’s amazing how harsh we can be when we should be our own #1 fan! Day one sucked, and now it’s passed. Also, I am working out at a standard “globo gym.” They have a functional fitness area that is always packed, so I often have to get creative. So here we go!
Monday, March 23rd
Warm-Up 1000M Row Leg Swings Pass-Throughs with PVC
WOD (Workout of the Day) 6 Minute AMRAP (As many rounds as possible) 5 Kettlebell Swings 30 Double Unders (DU’s) 10 Kettlebell Swings 30 DU’s 15 Kettlebell Swings 30 DU’s Etc. As far as you can get in 6 minutes. I got through 20 KBS
SWOD: 6×2 Back Squats 65# – 75# – 85# – 95# – 95# – 95# Weight light because it’s day one, I’m out of shape and light headed. Not a fun time.
WOD #2 – Back to the gym in the evening with the hubster. 20 Bulgarian Split Squats (ea. leg) w/ 35# bar 20 Step-Ups (ea. leg) w/ 35# bar 20 TRX Crows: Feet in TRX, plank position, bring knees to right elbow, middle, left elbow = 1 rep 20 TRX Crows: Regular Repeat all with 15 reps each this time.
Tuesday, March 24th
Warm-up SWOD 1 Rep Max – Power Clean & Jerk I got 90lbs. I couldn’t stand up 95lbs. I certainly haven’t improved, but I also haven’t trained in three weeks. At least I didn’t get worse. That was my previous 1RM a few months back.
Then I went a little old school training: Bicep Curls: 20 @15# 20 @10# Shoulder Raises 20 @ 15# 20 @10# Flys 2 x 10 @ 10# Amazingly they really hurt. I think its very important to still work these elements. Just because you Crossfit doesn’t mean other methods don’t work or can’t be benefitted from! Sure I can overhead squat 95#, but a 10# shoulder raise really exhausted my deltoids. Go figure. 😉
Wednesday, March 25th
Warm-Up SWOD Front Squat 5-5-5-3-2-1 45#-55#-65#-70#-75#-85#
WOD 2 x Hang Clean @ 95# (I did 75#) 30 Jumping Air Squats 300M Row This took me 21:40
After this I was talking to my husband about getting back into body building. No, not crazy roid popping, let’s get pumped! body building, but getting back to the basics. So we are starting to incorporate that back into our training, because while some people can get the body they want strictly with Crossfit, that isn’t everyone. So why not incorporate different modalities? We are in the middle of reading Joe Manganiello’s book: Evolution: The Cutting Edge Guide to Breaking Down Mental Walls and Building the Body You’ve Always Wanted. I highly recommend this as well! So here’s my second workout of the day.
Circuit 1: Repeat 4 Times – Rest 1min between each set 20-15-12-10-8-5-16 Bench Press (light – medium) – I did 30#, which was VERY light, but I was listening to my body and how sore I already was Lat Pull-Down (Wide) – 30# and it was a bit of a struggle, not gonna lie.
Circuit 2: Repeat 4 Times – Rest 1min between each set Dumbbell Incline Press (light-medium) – I did 10# One-Arm Dumbbell Row – 10# this was too light for me, good to know
Circuit 3: Repeat 4 Times – Rest 1min between each set Peck Deck: 50-45-45-45 – This felt heavy, but I never work pectorals strict Low Row: 50-57.5-57.5-70 – This felt pretty light
Thursday March, 26th
I have to say, I am so sore! But I also feel alive and happy today!
Friday March, 27th
Forgot to write down my time. But this was one of my favorites because those are my two favorite things to do in a workout!
Saturday March, 28th
Unplanned rest weekend! My husband and I went on a little Naval history tour with his classmates at Battleship Cove. It was very interesting and I highly recommend it if you are in the Newport/Fall River area in RI. After lunch we drove to NY to see friends! We stopped at Mystic Pizza in Mystic, CT on the way and it was amazing! My Julia Roberts girl crush will never die. Haha. I have the best husband! The drive was very snowy and took us a lot longer than planned. So no workout time.
Sunday March, 29th
I’d like to call this an active rest day! We walked all around the Upper West Side of New York City with some of our best friends we haven’t seen in a year! We went to brunch at Spring Natural Kitchen. It was a great little farm to table restaurant with amazing organic food! I would recommend getting there before 10am to avoid the wait though!