Whole30 Week 3: Happy Dragon Year!

Happy Chinese New Year and welcome to the year of Dragon for those of who are celebrating 🙂

I won’t post bunch of details of my Whole30 Week 3 eats but here’s a glimpse:

Yesterday Hubby K and I went to his parents’ place for Chinese New Year’s Eve family dinner. As I’m doing Whole30, I had to make sure to keep my food intake clean, so I contributed some dishes for the dinner.

One of them was Mashed “Cauliflower” which fooled people thinking it was an actual mashed potatoes.

Sweet Potatoes Chili inspired by Mel’s Chili recipe 🙂 – this turned out SUPER YUMMY!

My ultimate favorite Roasted Curried Cauliflower

We were having a hot pot dish. Technically, this dish could be Whole30-Paleo friendly if there weren’t any of those gluten-MSG laden meatballs *sigh*

Deep fried shrimp balls

More gluten-MSG processed meats *sigh*

But don’t think that I was a total outcast! I still had a bowl of the seafood soup – not exactly sure in there but for sure there was crab and some fish.

Seriously, if I weren’t doing Whole30, I’d totally love to have some bites of this dish (yes it’s full of sugar and gluten-MSG oyster sauce but it’s not like I’m consuming it on daily basis). It’s one of my favorite dish, abalone and sea cucumber with mushrooms..OOOH I LOVE mushrooms!

Or some deep fried egg rolls….but oh well I didn’t feel too tempted anyway. It’s a good thing to bring dishes that I could actually eat! That’s one strategy to keep up with clean eating when going to some party 🙂 People happy that you bring dishes so at least you feel like you contribute something.

I can’t believe I’m almost done with this Whole30 challenge and so far I’m good with it. On the other hand, my fitness hasn’t been too great. I am not sure what but seems like I might reach my burnt out state and I would like to step back a bit. That means I will take complete REST for a couple of days which also means I will have to postpone 50 Burpees for 50 Days challenge as well (currently on Day 21). It sucks, YES. It will drive me mad, YES. But I’m telling myself to start listening to my body closely. I’ve been paying closer attention to my performance lately and I am not quite happy with it. Just a few string of burpees I’ve already wiped out PLUS I have been having lack of motivation to workout in the morning. It might be that I just need more sleep or could be I haven’t had enough sleep lately.

Last week I think I always woke up in the middle of the night for no reason. From what I’ve read, that was one sign of overtraining. Not sure if it’s completely true, but after a few thoughts, it sounds like what I am.

It’s actually hard to believe that I overtrain myself especially I’m only working out 12-15 minutes per day but the fact speaks louder than any theory so I’m going to give myself a little break. Resting could do wonder and I want to believe in that as well. And technically speaking, I’ll still be active by my daily commute to work. That’s one good thing of taking public transportation so I’ll still be walking, standing, sprint once in a while and climbing stairs. Of course in the back of my mind, I *still* have that “fear” that I might lose all my muscles, strength and the will by slacking. But one thing for sure, I WILL CONTINUE keeping my eats clean, even post Whole30. This one is NO EXCUSE. I might not keeping it as rigid as Whole30 style, but I won’t be chugging down bunch of snacks just because they are there.

Anyway, that’s my story for now and it feels good to write these down so it actually eases me up a bit.

Have a great week!

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  • Skippie22

    Hi Jos! I’m in the little BodyRock (smaller) facebook group and have also been battling overtraining. I’m curious if you can connect your bout with overtraining to your stringent diet, and if the ensuing weeks of easing up on the food rigidity has had any difference in your body’s ability to recover?
    I also found it impossible to believe that Zuzana’s (or BR’s) 10-15 minutes per day had resulted in “overtraining”, which is why I didn’t believe it and didn’t do anything about it for 4-5 months (oops!)….but I’ve tried again and again to ‘get back into it’ and all 10 symptoms of overtraining just keep crashing down on me (it’s so awful, I can’t begin to describe it).
    ANYWAY, are you better? Do you know what worked? Did you “ease back” into 5(6?) days a week of BR-type workouts (I also do Angry Trainer, Jess, Kyla, YouAsAMachine…whoever has a BR-style workout posted anywhere for free!) or did you just dive right in to as-hard-as-you-could every day?
    Your blog is wonderful — good for you and thanks for sharing all your great recipes and advice!

    • http://delightfultastebuds.com Jos

      Hi Deanna!

      Yes I’m also in the Bodyrockers FB group you mentioned..thank you for visiting my blog 🙂 About the overtraining, I know it’s hard to believe BR style workout can result in overtraining while it’s only 15-20 minutes. I’d say the better way of saying it is being “burnt out”. After a while my body might get “bored” with the similar routine thus refuses to cooperate with me. What I’ve done, I stopped BR completely and just continued with 50 burpees per day for 50 Days Challenge which I joined that time. I did that for an entire week and sooner later I started to “miss” the usual workout then I eased back in and actually I came back stronger than before.

      RIght now I’m doing my own March Challenge, which you can read about details here if you are interested: http://delightfultastebuds.com/2012/02/29/march-challenge/. I am back to BR again, but not completely. Some days I just composed my own workouts, some might be from ZWOW, some from BR etc…I guess variety is the key. 🙂

      Thanks again for stopping by 🙂

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  • http://myfunnylittlelife.com/ Kath (My Funny Little Life)

    Happy Chinese New Year to you, Jos! I have this waking-up-at-night as well, but also I don’t actually train … Perhaps I should train more? 😉 But you seem to train a lot, so probably your body wants more rest. 🙂

  • http://myfunnylittlelife.com/ Kath (My Funny Little Life)

    Happy Chinese New Year to you, Jos! I have this waking-up-at-night as well, but also I don’t actually train … Perhaps I should train more? 😉 But you seem to train a lot, so probably your body wants more rest. 🙂

  • http://cookiesandcrafts.wordpress.com/ Katie

    Interesting.  I wake up in the middle of the night 4-5 nights a week.  I never really thought about it being connected to overtraining.  *gearsturning*