Thanksgiving week woes

From October 25 through November 26, I will be challenging myself with the Whole30 in order to change my lifestyle and live a healthier life. Throughout those 30 days, I will be posting my daily progress, food, activities, mood, and sleep. This is more for my own personal accountability, but I would be more than happy for you to follow me on my journey or even try it yourself.

Not sure exactly what I am talking about? Learn more about The Whole30 here.

This week has revolved around food for me, as I am sure it has for everyone else as well. It has been a hectic one at that too. Did some Thanksgiving day food shopping for my mostly Paleo items I was planning to bring to Rob’s brother’s house for Thanksgiving dinner, along with a very un-Paleo green bean casserole I was asked to bring. I knew I had to bring some W30 dishes for myself so I wouldn’t stuff my face with the less healthy items that were brought to the table.

I didn’t work out as much as I probably should have this week either, especially since I ate a crap load of food. (well, for me at least). I did the CFIV WOD only twice this week. I planned on more, but didn’t quite make it. Sorry to all the men reading this, but my ovaries were battling it out this week. It even got so bad that as soon as I stepped into the gym on Tuesday, I had to drop to the floor and curl up into fetal position to try to ease the pain of my cramps. I felt like I had just donated my eggs all over again! I had every intention of doing the WOD that day, but couldn’t seem to uncurl myself, even after the three Advil and two Aleve pills that I took an hour before. The worst part, this lasted all day. When I was at work, my co-workers found me tucked into a corner sitting on the floor with my knees hugged to my chest in pain. It was awful!

I was feeling better throughout the rest of the week. I did my WOD on Wednesday, went to a late lunch with Rob, then got my butt to cooking for tomorrow’s feast. Luckily I was able to prep most of the dishes the night before Thanksgiving, but I was still up at 8 a.m. on Thursday cooking away and making sure everything turned out ok. I made a Whole-9 approved cranberry waldorf salad from The Clothes Make the Girl, Paleo “pumpkin” pie from The Whole9 Life, sweet potato biscuits from PaleOMG, and my only unhealthy dish, a green bean casserole from Also joining my dishes on the table were: prime rib, a bacon covered barbequed turkey, baked beans, corn, crescent rolls, mashed potatoes and gravy, jalapeno AuGratin potatoes, a cheesy hash brown potato dish, marshmallow covered baked yams, and stuffing. I did toss a serving of baked beans onto my plate– I mean, I had to, they were topped with bacon! I also tried a bite of Rob’s potatoes that were on his plate, a few marshmallows from the yams, some stuffing, and a crescent roll. Whoops! I am definitely paying for it though and it is not pretty.

turkeyBacon-covered barbeque turkey


Of my dishes, the biscuits were my favorite. Everyone else seemed to like the casserole, which I was actually not too fond of at all (Yes, I did try my unapproved Whole30 dish as well). I didn’t think there was enough flavor. The “pumpkin” pie was the biggest let down of the night though. I was under the impression that there were going to be other desserts there. I was wrong. I made the Paleo pie mainly for my uncle and I, and whoever else wanted to give it a try, so we would have a semi-traditional treat to eat after dinner rather than the other sugar-laden desserts. This was the only pie that made it to the table. I felt so terrible for those looking for something sweet. Neither me nor my uncle found it very appetizing, so I cannot imagine what everyone else must have thought. I will definitely have to try out a different recipe for next year before bringing it out for everyone to eat.

Now on to my day today…

Saturday, November 24, 2012:

Sleep: Only about six hours of sleep last night. Got off work late and had to be up early this morning to take care of the animals. I am house sitting this weekend while the family is away for one of my little brother’s hockey tournaments.

Activity: None. Still recovering from all the bad food I ate on Thanksgiving. I’ll be back at it tomorrow.

Mood: Feeling a bit lazy today. I think I am just tired from this week and from work last night. It was a little bit crazy after I got off work at 1:30 a.m.


Breakfast: Half of a leftover roasted chicken with mixed frozen vegetables

Snack: None

Lunch: Leftover prime rib with a cup of homemade sweet potato basil soup

Snack: None

Dinner: Grilled lemon and dill salmon with a hefty portion of broccoli to hopefully clear my system of all the turkey day crap food I ate

Sweet potato basil soup

I am extremely lucky! Starting next Monday, my gym, CrossFit Inland Valley, will be starting a 50 day burpee challenge! Yay! (*note my sarcasm*)

Let me ask, who in the hell likes to do burpees?! Um, no one. Doing burpees and running are the only two exercises that make me feel like I am going to throw up sometimes. Hopefully this challenge will make me a faster burpee-er.

This is how it works.  It’s actually quite simple (not easy, but simple).  On day 1 (Monday the 26th):  Do one burpee.  Day 2:  two burpees  Day 3:  three burpees.  All the way up to day 50 (January 14th) when you’ll perform 50 burpees.  If for some reason, you miss a day.  YOU MUST MAKE IT UP!

CrossFit Inland Valley website

Wish me luck!


Carina Jaynes


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