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Unknowingly Finding Strength and Consciously Pushing Creativity

I have two pretty big personal observations over the past couple of days.

First, a story of strength at the gym this morning.

There are two different weighted bars at my gym: 45 and 33 pounds. Normally I use the the 33-pound bar as it’s got a slightly smaller width for female hands. While in class this morning I grabbed my bar and did the strength portion of the workout, a 5-rep-max dead lift. I challenged myself to hit 203 and didn’t think I’d be able to hit it. I powered through and crushed it. Feeling really accomplished afterwards.

Afterwards we did some Clean & Jerk work and I decided on 83 pounds. The workout was supposed to be full squat cleans but a little more than half way through I had to switch to power (removing the squat aspect of the lift) and I was a little down on myself for doing so.

As I cleaned up and put the bar away I noticed mine was bigger than the bars around it. Little did I know I was using the 45-pound bar instead of my normal 33. Everything was 12 pounds heaver than I thought, which means I hit 215 pounds for 5 reps on dead lifts (my one rep is only 223) and used 95 pounds for the clean and jerks!

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I was smiling ear-to-ear after realizing my mistake. It proved my suspicion that I put more mental limitations on myself than I realize.

It also gave me a boost as I’m stronger than I thought I was.

On the other side of the healthy living coin, I have yet again found myself in a slight food slump. This is going to sound crazy, but I kind of miss Whole30! There was something about the constraint of the food list I found comforting and, in a way, inspiring.

The past ten years I’ve been against diets and plans that demonize food groups. Making something off limits always backfired for me. It was like as soon as you told me I couldn’t have something I wanted it even more.

Something in me must have changed.

Now, I welcome the beauty of simplicity. I find solace in having fewer things to choose from. The limited food choices force me to get creative again and I like it.

I won’t say I’m ready to do another round of Whole30 as I really have no need right now, but I’m consciously using the food groups to push my creative side when cooking. Yesterday I made this amazing stew, thickening it with almond butter instead of flour or cornstarch.

Chicken, Sweet Potato and Apple Stew

Using the almond butter is something I would have never though of if I wasn’t trying to make a compliant dish and the result was fantastic!

I know it seems silly, but if thinking in terms of Whole30 inspires me I’m all for it. Completing those 30 days really helped curb my mindless snacking and reduce my dependency on things like cheese and condiments but I don’t really see the need to eliminate them completely. I’m still an everything-in-moderation kind of girl when I’m in the right state of mind and being honest with myself.

In other news… 

  • I’m having a blast practicing the guitar and take my second lesson tomorrow.
  • I need to start running but I twisted my ankle playing with the kids on Sunday so it’s setting me back a little. I’ve been easing off it a bit.
  • I had to preregister The 4-Year-Old for kindergarten today!!
  • I bought and shared these a few days ago on IG but I can’t ever buy them again. I simply can’t stop eating them!!
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  • Tomorrow Fit Kids Club with the 10-Year-Old. It’s 40 kids having fun and working out before school. Normally we warm up, learn a new skill, complete a shore workout and then play a game but tomorrow is a special game-fest. The kids are going to love it!
  • Right now I’m watching The Husband play Zelda and having college flashbacks.


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About Mehmood Esmail

Mehmood Esmail
Hi, I am Mehmood Esmail, there have been severe health issues in my family, like cancer, heart attacks, stroke, kidney stones, IBS, etc. Where we live, in Africa, health facilities are basic. Thus it becomes imperative that we hnow what is happenining to us and how to look after ourselves, and where possible, how to prevent serious illnesses.

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