Hello again sugar.

So today was the last day of the Whole30-esque Real Food Wellness Challenge! We did the same workout as the beginning, which was:

AMRAP in 12 minutes

  • 10 burpees
  • 20 squats
  • 100 meter shuttle run

Last time I got 4 rounds + 10 burpees + 9 squats, but this time I got 5 even, so definitely an improvement there (although last time I was sore and now I’m not). Overall, I didn’t see a huge change in my mood/endurance/sleep/etc., but I did lose the 5 pounds I’d gained over the holidays and appreciated the kind of “reset” it gave me. My face also cleared up after a couple of weeks. Maybe I’d been eating well enough beforehand to not notice much, but oh well. I’m still glad I did it, and learned a few new recipes too! Most notably, this one (everyone at the gym is obsessed with it): Almost 5 Ingredient Pizza Spaghetti Pie

And I can’t lie — really looking forward to eating things like bacon (affordable sugar-free bacon is impossible to find), coffee creamer (at least until NutPods are available), Lara Bars with chocolate, chocolate in general, cheese (my uncle gave me some Wisconsin cheese for Christmas that I can finally open), apple cider, and honey in my tea.

I also took the obligatory before & after pictures:

Real Food Wellness Challenge: Before & After

Not much difference as you can see, but at least it didn’t go the other way!

Rest/no lifting week.

inverted row 4×10

AMRAP in 10 minutes of

  • 10 calf stretches per leg
  • 10 banded hamstring stretches per leg
  • 10 bench lat stretches

AMRAP in 12 minutes of

  • 10 slam balls (15#)
  • 10 meter lunge walk
  • 10 dumbbell push presses (15#)
  • 10 meter lunge walk

It’s the last week of the nutrition challenge — yesterday was really bad due to work moving to a new office (bagels & sandwiches), but just gotta get back on the wagon.

Weird week.

Holidays, snow days, anniversaries, and hives … oh my 😮

back squat 1×3 (100#)
back squat 2×2 (105#)
back squat 2×1 (110#)


  • EMOTM for 12 minutes
    • 4 dumbbell snatches per arm (#20)
    • 10 front rack dumbbell squats (20#)
    • max reps jump ropes (rounds 3, 6, 9, and 12)
  • 2 minutes max reps burpees

My company’s holiday party is tonight, which means cheat meal for the nutrition challenge (we get one per week)! I also somehow broke out in hives when I was sleeping Wednesday night, ’cause when I woke up on Thursday I had a million spots all over my arms (no idea why). Went to the doctor yesterday and she took a skin biopsy, gave me a prescription for some cream, and told me to use hypoallergenic bath products (Vanicream) and take antihistamines 3 times a day for 2 weeks. So far it seems to be helping … but definitely will be wearing a sweater to the party.

1 degree outside to 130 degree sauna.

Another freezing cold morning.

clean 2×1 (60#)
clean 2×1 (65#)
clean 2×1 (70#)

AMRAP in 4 minutes x 3

  • 2 turkish sit-ups per side (#20 dumbbell)
  • 50 jump ropes
  • 10 burpees

Rounds: almost 2 for each

Went in the sauna for 20 minutes afterwards for the first time — we’ll see if it helps with soreness! The nutrition challenge is still chugging along … I still want creamer in my coffee and honey in my tea lol, but everything else has been pretty good. I’m not as tired as I was the first few days.

Forearm killer.

Oww my forearms lol.

AMRAP in 10 minutes x 2

  • 5 wall balls (10#)
  • 10 kipping pull-ups (red band)
  • 10 meter broad jump
  • 60 meter farmer’s carry (30# dumbbells)

Rounds: Wasn’t really keeping track, maybe 3 or 4 each


  • ankle flexes
  • elbow-to-instep variations
  • 8 minutes of
    • 20 seconds plank
    • 10 seconds superman

Gonna be sore tomorrow! And the nutrition challenge is still going well, except I had some gluten-free pasta yesterday at work for free lunch day (the only other healthy thing was salad). But besides that, my eating has been 100% compliant 🙂