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Whole30: Day 20 Recap
From August 1 through August 23, I’m documenting my Whole30, including the when, what, where, and how much of my sleep, activity, food, and mood. Read about why I’m doing the Whole30 right here. Not familiar with the Whole30? Learn all about it here and get extra help with the Whole30 Daily.
Whole30: Day 20
Monday, man. I don’t usually have the stereotypical, horror show Mondays now that I’m no longer working for the corporate overlords. But today was less than awesome. My workout was Sir Lame-O McLamerson, and I kept sliding my toes across the border into Crankytown all day.
However, there were two small triumphs for which I’m grateful:
1. I made good headway on my final chapter for the Dummies book and should knock the rest of that sucker out tomorrow.
2. I made appointments for Dave and I to get a DEXA body fat scan and a basal metabolic rate test on September 6. I’m starting my new thyroid treatment in the first week of September, so I want to get some hard numbers of just what my body is doing so I can figure out if I’m eating enough in general (or too much) and eating the right amount of protein. SCIENCE! (I will feel energetic and lose 15 pounds, damn it. I will!)
Terrible! I had menstrual cramps on and off all night, and the Pamprin which usually alleviates the cramping sometimes messes with my sleep. I was zonked out from 10:00 until 1:30 a.m., then I was up reading Jasper Fforde’s The Big Over Easy —which was thoroughly charming — until about 4:30. Then I conked back out until 7:30 when I woke up like this: BAM!
Strength Training: And a super sucky training workout it was, too.
Walk: Sigh. I didn’t much feel like walking because it was hot and I had cramps and I just didn’t want to. I almost made it out the door anyway, but then I did “just a little more work” and ran out of steam. Today=sub-par.
I’ve found my appetite is less ravenous, and I feel better if I eat in a 11-hour window — usually between 9:00 a.m. and 8:00 p.m. so I can stop eating about 2-3 hours before going to bed — and don’t snack between meals or before bed. Because I’m dealing with my thyroid experiment, I’m measuring and tracking my food right now. I aim for 40% fat, 30% protein, 30% carbs.
Breakfast, 10:00 a.m.
4 ounces grass-fed stew meat + 1 cup broccoli + 2/3 cup sweet potatoes + 1 teaspoon coconut oil + Ras el Hanout
Lunch, 2:30 p.m.
chicken salad: chicken breast + 1/4 cup raspberries + 1 scallion + 1 tablespoon homemade mayo + 1 teaspoon pecans
1/2 red bell pepper
1 cup jicama
1/3 cup blueberries + 1 cherry
Dinner, 9:30 p.m.
4 ounces ground lamb + Middle Eastern seasonings over 1 cup spaghetti squash
1 cup yellow squash + 1 teaspoon ghee + garlic
1 cup strawberries
Meh. I’m frustrated with my thyroid situation. I have about 8 more days of this experiment, then I start my new treatment, which—in theory—should make me feel good. I hope. Fingers crossed. Knock wood. With luck. All that stuff.
Photo of the Day
I love this pic of Jude and Dave. It’s a lovely reminder of a just-about-perfect summer afternoon.
Song of the Day
Every Time I Think of You, The Babys
John Waite’s voice. So good! I saw him live here in Austin last year, and he sounds just the same. Lovely. (I cannot, however, endorse the hair in the video. And good golly! The pink-clad backup singer! Hell, yeah, 1979! Stick around until 2:51 for a shirtless twirly guy in silver pants and suspenders. For real. This whole thing is all kinds of badass with awesome-sauce on top.)
Here’s a newer song. Same kickass voice, different questionable hair. This song is so so so melancholy, but damn! it’s beautiful.
How was your Day 20?