Anyhow, remember way back when I made CrossFit goals? Here they are again:
- Master the overhead squat. STATUS - I can do them, but still not very well. I'll give myself this, however. We don't practice this much and I don't practice it on my own very much.
- Pull off 10 kipping pull ups in a row. STATUS - I can do this! I can do 4 strict chin ups in a row (when I feel good) and 1 strict regular pull up. I'm working on the butterfly technique now and it's coming along!
- Get away from the 6 meals a day/bodybuilding eating habits. I'm looking to create more ease in my life. STATUS - This has been achieved for the most part. I plan on 3 meals a day and snack on stuff if I'm hungry.
- Continue stepping away from actions and thoughts based on vanity. STATUS - I've noticed very clearly, my direction with CrossFit and just normal eating (still very healthy) have been my main focus. I don't exercise or eat to look a certain way anymore. I do what I do because I like it and because it keeps me healthy inside and out/mentally and physically. I also had kind of an "ah ha" moment while my in-laws were visiting last week and it was this fact: I feel pretty great about myself. I don't know if it's a fluke like having a good hair day, but I feel good about my body, which is a huge thing for me. I mean, I tore apart a deck with handtools, deadlifted large pieces of deck, and hauled it over to our scrap pile on the other side of my lawn. How awesome is that? I also went shopping with mom-in-law. I don't know if you've noticed in these recent photos, but I have thighs and a bum now. So basically, I like to wear leggings or spandexy workout pants. Well, I finally found a pair of jeans that fit the waist, butt, thighs, and calves! (You'd be surprised how many jeans I can't fit into just because my calves don't fit!) But that along with some non-workout clothes made me feel pretty awesome. (Now if I could just as easily find nice shirts that fit my arms but are small enough for my waist...) Usually, I dread the disgusting mirror in changing rooms but I was happy this time! The best part about it is I've done nothing to purposely "fix" my body with diet and exercise. It really is a mind set change and I've come to appreciate my strong and healthy body. I do what I do because I want to be healthy for my family, to enjoy my life, and not be limited because I didn't take care of myself. I'm sure there will still be bad days from time to time, but right now, I'm doing good over here.
- Bonus: I created another goal during all of this and it was to be able to do handstand walks and handstand push ups (kipping). Status: check and check! :)
- New goal: butterfly pull ups and 1 muscle up (I keep practicing the motion but it's difficult!)
Also, remember when I did the paleo cleanse? Here's what I learned about myself:
- Sometimes I have issues with nightshades...SOMETIMES. But I can't live without tomatoes and peppers. They are staying!
- Eggs and I are friends.
- Dairy is not my friend. So basically I've cut out yogurt and cheese, which were the only dairy products I was consuming. I actually don't drink the whey protein shakes anymore either. I'll have the occasional treat out with friends/family at the great frozen Greek yogurt place or something, but unless it's worth it, I'm not having it.
- I can handle beans/legumes. I don't know if it's a Korean thing or not (I'm half btw), but things like rice, beans, and soy were part of my diet growing up and I never had issues. You know what I didn't eat much of growing up? Dairy, lol.
- Gluten gives me slight issues, but not significant. I like to eat bread because it's delicious, but as far as starches go, I might still opt for something other than grains simply because that other thing might be more nutrient dense, like sweet potatoes.
- I learned that I can't and shouldn't eat a low carb diet. This is specific to me. I think it's also a little more specific to women and athletes, but the paleo cleanse or just eating paleo by nature, tends to mean lower carbs and higher fat. My body doesn't like it very much and that's totally okay. My husband can handle the lower carbs better than I can, but because of his body type, he can basically eat as many carbs as he wants.
- Lately, I've been eating less meat. It's not because I'm becoming vegan or vegetarian (not that there's anything wrong with that and not that it couldn't be an option in the future), but I just want to eat less meat. When we eat meat, it's almost always organic, but meat, to me, is tricky. Sources are always a little questionable and I know most producers do things to animals to fatten them up (among other things) and I'm not sure if that's a good thing for us. I don't know...I'm still doing a bunch of research, but either way, I only eat meat at dinner most nights or it's "sprinkled in" in broths or within a stirfry that is mostly vegetable based. So basically, breakfast, lunch, and snacks look vegetarian. Dinner is always up in the air but one thing is for sure, the fact that I eat vegetables and a lot of them has not changed one bit!