For our strength work we did cleans – bar from floor to chin.  I did 100 lbs which is a new PR for me.

The workout was 15 reps then 12 – 9 – 6 – 3 of:

  • Thrusters – squat with the bar at your chin then stand up and push it over head – I did 55 #.
  • Push ups
  • Body rows

I did it in 10:38.  Thrusters always kill me.


The Whole Life Challenge started.  This is an 8 week diet and exercise challenge.  The diet is:

  • No grains – except brown rice, quinoa, buckwheat, wild rice, and amaranth if you are a vegetarian – We Win!
  • No sugar – no artificial sweeteners – no honey, agave, fruit juice etc.  You can have stevia.
  • No starchy vegetables like potatoes or corn.  You can have sweet potatoes.
  • No dairy except small amounts of butter are allowed.
  • No soy except miso and tempeh for vegetarians
  • No processed food.  If it has any chemicals in the ingredient list you can’t have it.

So for me this means mainly fruits and vegetables.  I love the fact that we can have rice this year.  We didn’t have it last year.  I had such bad cravings for rice the second month.  I don’t even eat rice all that often but I was dreaming of it.

The first weekly challenge is to drink 1/2 oz of water per lb of bodyweight daily.  I hate water challenges.  I always get headaches.

We also need to do 10 minutes of working out every day, 10 minutes of stretching, and take a supplement of our choice daily.  I’m taking B12.

I went swimming for my workout.  I also stretched in the whirlpool.


I drove for about 8 hrs but still got in a 10 minute walk when I got home.  From now on assume a 10 minute walk on days I don’t post a real workout.


We did back squats again.  The reps were 30-20-10-5 like last week but we had to do heavier weights this week.  My pounds were 75-85-95-110.

I did the Whole Life Challenge baseline workout today.  It started with 2 minutes of 25 yard sprints.  I did 10 lengths.  Then there was a 1 minute rest and then 2 minutes of 5 push ups and 10 squats.  I did 4 rounds.  Rest one minute and then 2 minutes of sit ups.  I did 37.  Rest one minute and back to the 25 yard sprints.  I did 9 lengths that time.