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Last Day of Freedom!

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postworkoutnomsToday marks the last day of my nutritional freedom. I celebrated last night by eating a 2 course meal (extravagant) that was, ironically, whole30 compliant until I chucked a knob of butter on the veggies and washed it all down with a glass of wine. But really that says it all: my eating habits are already GOOD and I CAN DO THIS!

Anyway, eating habits aside, although my motivation to take part if this bloody nutcase challenge is for my mental health rather than my physical, I thought I’d take some measurements so that I can see at the end of the challenge what (if anything) has changed. So here goes:

  • Weight: 161.6lbs (73.3kg)
  • Thighs: L: 60.3cm / R: 60.5cm
  • Calves: L: 37cm / R: 37.2cm
  • Hips: 102cm
  • Waist: 84.4cm
  • Biceps: L: 28.6cm / R: 28.4cm

My main concern with this whole30 thing is that it’s going to affect my workouts, especially my lifting. I’m concerned about the effects of the lowered carb intake on my recovery. In an ideal world I wouldn’t really want to be losing much from my biceps, and probably not from my calves either as both are already fairly “toned”, but I can afford to lose fat from my thighs, hips and waist.

I’m also concerned that my main weak point and usual big carby meal — breakfast — is going to be the killer. I don’t have time in the mornings to make myself breakfast, instead preferring to grab a bowl of porridge when I get to work. I really need to be preparing some stuff in advance so that I can grab and run and not worry about it; maybe soups or a stash of hard boiled eggs.

Anyway.. here goes I guess. I start first thing tomorrow. Wish me luck!

Jem Turner jem@jemjabella.co.uk +44(0)7521056376

6 comments so far

    • Jem said:

      I was thinking about that while I was running. I’ll have to be careful what I pick – am sure they could knock up some salad or something :P

  1. Tracy said:

    Wishing you luck!
    One thing I’m looking forward to after the birth is toning my body again by lifting weights :) Anyway, good luck with your food!

  2. Emsz said:

    Hardboiled eggs for breakfast are great :) I’ve been doing it for quite a while now. I do find that they are not very good anymore after the third day, so I only cook six at a time (I eat two every morning)

  3. Sam said:

    If I remember correctly, the book says that starchier veg (like sweet potato) can be eaten in higher quantities for those who train hard. If you experience a dip in energy, don’t be too hard on yourself if you can’t train as hard as you usually would. :)

    Breakfast prep is key for me. I made an egg casserole this week – egg, prosciutto (can use compliant bacon but I can’t source any), coleslaw mix, seasoning; mix together, chuck in oven dish and bake at 180C until the center is set. I have a square of that with pre-washed baby spinach and my coffee with ‘creamer’ (blend coffee, coconut milk, ghee and cinnamon).

    • Jem said:

      I’ve not been able to find any compliant bacon either :( managed to get some prosciutto though. Was going to make some egg “muffin” things which are much the same from what I gather but in individual portions. That and some sweet potato hash which sounds delish.

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