It was an eventful week. I somehow stayed on plan, but it wasn’t easy. On Tuesday, we had a surprise bridal shower for a co-worker. She happens to also be on Whole30 so my co-workers made it a point to bring lots of Whole30-friendly options. We were able to enjoy lots of good food without sitting and watching with wistful expressions.
On Saturday, I competed in War of the WODs (more on that later this week!). I loaded up on Whole30 compliant snacks at Trader Joe’s, but I was a little worried that I wouldn’t be properly fueled for a long day of intense workouts. Most of my snacks were lower in carbs, and carbs are essential for energy. Thankfully, it all worked out, but I don’t know that competing while on Whole30 is something I’ll repeat.
How I Felt
Overall, I felt great. Week four coincided with the “hardest week yet” of my weightlifting programming for my meet in a couple of weeks. Tuesday, I hit some really strong, really heavy 3-rep jerks and on Thursday, my snatch was beautiful – I nearly threw 90lbs behind me. Friday was rough, but I think it was a combination of truly feeling beat up from the programming and a touch of a cold. I opted to skip the gym after work and came home to be the equivalent of a sloth. I did throw around a few clean-and-jerks on Saturday morning, but they weren’t pretty. Thankfully, I woke up Sunday morning – competition day – feeling so much better after a couple of low-key days.
What I Ate
Frozen, pre-made meat patties are usually something I stay far, far away from. I prefer fresh meat for it’s – freshness. But after hearing a lot of good things about Trader Joe’s Chile Lime Chicken Burgers, I bought a pack – $3.99 for four patties, not a huge investment. I ended up eating them for breakfast with eggs and some mornings, just avocado and on others, zoodles
Lunch got away from me a little bit. I couldn’t really make up my mind when
For dinner, I went with a big salad topped with more air fryer chicken and Primal Kitchen’s Green Goddess Dressing. I was a little hesitant to spend $7 on dressing I wasn’t sure I’d like, but fortunately, I loved it. I had a big variety of vegetables and enjoyed the meal at first, but by Friday, I was over it. I had Trader Joe’s cauliflower gnocchi,
No one will be surprised to learn there was more monkey salad on the menu. I didn’t snack much at all, however, with the exception of War of the WODs. I ate a chicken burger and egg on the way, then relied on Chomp sticks, Larabars, plantain chips, apples, and oranges to get me through the rest of the day
Week Four Final Thoughts
Week four certainly had its temptations, but I’m proud of how I handled them. I’m also proud of my performance at War of the WODs. These last couple of days happen to correspond to PMS, so it will be a struggle not to eat EVERYTHING. Just today, I struggled with sugar cravings for the first time since starting Whole30. I stayed strong, but the urge to dip into the jelly beans at work was STRONG. We also had a pizza party for a retiring co-worker (his wish, granted!) and while my Whole30 co-worker friends and I enjoyed a salad with chicken and homemade dressing, the desire for pizza and cake was real.
While I’ve been eating a lot of vegetables, eating a large amount of raw vegetables like I did last week did a number on my stomach. I had a hard time digesting them, and that played into my decision not to eat another (raw) vegetable on Friday night. Suffice to say, my body prefers the majority of my vegetables to be cooked.
While I’m only on the second week of the Whole Life Challenge, I do intend to have a bit of a “treat” meal on Friday – currently planning for a cauliflower pizza crust from Trader Joe’s, topped with marinara sauce,
Basically – this is a great time to wrap up Whole30, at the expense of a few nutrition points in Whole Life Challenge.
Just two more days, friends!