Yay! I did it! I achieved my goal for the Paleo Challenge: 12 (consecutive) Kipping Pull-ups!!!
Ok, so now that I achieved my goal for the Paleo Challenge, I’m officially cashing it in with the diet part of it. I was never super strict with the diet to begin with (hence, the peanut butter, French fries, cake, and wine), so I was getting super low scores every week and just not really into it. I hate putting labels on things and drawing lines about what I can and cannot eat. It’s just not for me, so I’m done with it.
I know I’ve been all over the place with what I’m eating and not eating (Project Get Better —> Paleo Challenge —> Enjoy Your Life), but it was only because I felt so crappy [insert colitis joke here] and just wanted to feel well again. The drugs weren’t working as quickly as I wanted, so I thought maybe changing my diet would help things along. Eating more of a Paleo diet definitely made me feel better and I think it helped my digestive system, but there’s no way to really know since I’m taking drugs now. (Maybe they just took awhile to kick in? I dunno.) At the end of the day, I just want to be healthy and happy, so thanks for bearing with me through my adventures with diets. Let’s hope it’s a thing of the past!
Last night’s workout was killer on the legs. Yowsahs! My quads were screaming for mercy during it!
8 BW Back Squats
Double Alternating Tabata:
Score = total hollow rocks
Rx: BW (bodyweight)
L2: 3/4 BW
L1: 1/2 BW
Beg: 1/4 BW
The WOD was EMOM (Every Minute On the Minute) BW (body weight) Back Squats. So every minute for 8 minutes, we had 60 seconds to do 8 Back Squats using our body weight. Body weight was the prescribed workout, so the majority of the class scaled down to Level 2 (3/4 body weight) or Level 1 (1/2 body weight). I went with 85-90% of my body weight, which was 115 pounds, and, boy, did it kick my butt!
I was okay for the first 7 minutes””I rested briefly here and there on the 6th and 7th sets, but I didn’t need to rack the bar or anything like that. During the final minute though, I mentally checked out and the very last rep almost did me in. I got stuck in the down position and really struggled to get up. I actually sort of panicked for a second because I wasn’t sure if my legs would be able to get me up again. Thankfully, I survived and everything was okay, but, wow… killer quad workout!
The second part of the WOD was a double Tabata of alternating Air Squats and Hollow Rocks, so we did as many Air Squats as possible for 20 seconds and then rested for 10 seconds. Then, we did as many Hollow Rocks as we could for 20 seconds and then rested for 10 seconds. We did this for 8 rounds and counted the Hollow Rocks for our score. I did 91.
My quads were totally smoked after class!
After that workout, I knew my muscles would probably needed a little help with recovery, so I drank some BCAAs from GNC. The GNC Pro Performance RapidDrive BCAA 5000 is fruit punch-flavored and tasty, but it’s really sweet if you use the recommended serving size, so I often water it down when I drink it.
After dinner, I snacked on some grapes while catching up with our DVR with Mal and Murphy. (This week’s Parks and Recs and New Girl episodes were hilarious! Haha!)
A bunch of you guys said Wednesday’s plank workout was tough, so I hope your core has recovered and you’re ready for a time trial today! The goal is to beat your time from Monday, so try to squeak out those last few seconds. Feel free to leave your time in the comment section!