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 21
WOOT! It was a kickass day because the universe smiled upon me: my energy was great, and I knocked out my last chapter of the Dummies book. My working vacation is thisclose—and by “working vacation” I mean I’m going to visit my parents in Pennsylvania for their 45th wedding anniversary, then heading to Philadelphia for sight-seeing and a book signing at CrossFit Center City. I’ll be blogging while I’m there, and honestly, none of that sounds like work. All of it sounds like fun!
Kundalini Yoga: Whenever Robin says we’re focusing on the second chakra, I know that’s code for “We’re going to be doing a lot of core work, and you’re going to get sweaty.” The Sanskrit name for the second chakra is Svadhisthana, and it means “dwelling place of the Self.” Located just below the belly buton, it’s associated with creativity and procreation, so it governs our emotions and creativity… which is why Second Chakra Day always means lots of poses that challenge the abs (and the mind).
Man! There is nothing like a 3-minute kriya for the core to make my brain want to chant, “Stop! Stop!” Among other things, we did table pose and kundalini lotus pose (mine looked nothing like this) and fast donkey kicks with breath of fire. By the time we’d donkey kicked on both sides, I was sweating from my scalp, my eyelids, and my elbow creases. Then we meditated, and it was groovy, baby.
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, 8:00 a.m.
4 ounces chicken breast + 1 cup collard greens + 2/3 cup sweet potatoes + 1 teaspoon coconut oil + Ras el Hanout
Lunch, 1:30 p.m.
4 ounces Lava Lake Lamb Italian Sausage w/ red, green, and yellow bell peppers
1 cup cooked cauliflower florets w/ garlic + crushed red pepper flakes
1/2 cup blueberries
Dinner, 8:00 p.m. — Firebowl Cafe
beef + zucchini + broccoli + onions in Thai basil lemongrass sauce
2/3 cup blueberries
2 teaspoons Sunbutter
Filled with joy and relief to have completed the Dummies manuscript.
Photo of the Day
mentioned gushed in my Tuesday 10 post, I’m going to a Jennifer Lopez concert on Thursday night. I can’t compete with La Lopez physique, but I do have a gold metallic dress.
Song of the Day
Let’s Get Loud, Jennifer Lopez
There’s been a lot of diva-tastic music coming out of my speakers for the past few days. What? It’s fun. Don’t judge.
How was your Day 21?
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