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Whole 30 Chronicles: Going it Alone

By admin | In Athlete Profiles, Nutrition | on March 23, 2012

This will be the first of the Whole 30 posts written by people in the gym who have participated in the Whole 30 Challenge either with the gym or on their own. Corrine was kind enough to write this about her current Whole 30 experience:

I stared coming to Crossfit Intrepid October 2011 and in the six months I’ve been here, I’ve seen some amazing transformations. I’ve witnessed people pushing themselves to their physical limits and beyond. I’ve experienced a team atmosphere and caring and smart coaches.

In January I watched as a group of people took on the Whole 30 Challenge and transformed their eating habits, their minds, and their bodies. I saw the results and I wanted what they had. So I jumped in. I decided I would complete my own Whole 30 Challenge solo.

I don’t typically have superhuman will power when it comes to food choices and I’m no different than the average everyday coffee drinker who likes cream and sugar. In fact, I’d even say that pre-Whole 30, I loved sugary sweets (especially ice cream) and cheese was my weakness. But the Intrepid Whole 30 participants lit a fire in me so I downloaded the Success Guide, I made a grocery list, and I told my partner about the challenge I was going to take on (and subsequently she would be submitted to since we eat at least two meals a day with each other).

I started the very next day. I figured, why wait? What was I holding on to? Just jump and the net will appear. So I did. The first few days were full of headaches and cravings and more headaches. I had to keep reading the Success Guide to really pull me out of it. Turns out drinking your coffee black really isn’t that hard.

Some of the nitty-gritty: I added black tea to my morning routine instead of coffee which helped with the headaches. Going out to eat with friends was difficult. I said I had an allergy to gluten and dairy or that I was on a strict doctor ordered diet to satisfy touchy wait staff. Of course ordering sparkling water with a lime twist isn’t nearly as fun as a dirty martini but I knew that my cause was greater than having a drink with friends.

After the first week and a half, my choices almost became second nature. I enjoyed cooking my lunch ahead of time and bringing it to the office. My energy levels jumped and my Crossfit training intensity increased.

End results: My deadlift began increasing in weight in massive jumps for a total of a 30 lbs increase from when I started Whole 30 and I hit my first unassisted pull-up last week! I noticed my face thinning out and my stomach becoming flatter which says a lot because my belly has always been my trouble spot, seriously, for years! I lost 9 lbs in 30 days and I LOVE to eat! I enjoy my food, I appreciate the energy it gives me. I have a new found control over toxic thoughts about food and the way I relate to it.

Going it alone is no joke, but really, I had a supportive and encouraging partner at home routing me on, and a whole gym supporting my efforts. I never thought I would be able to accomplish something like this, but I have and I’m still going. I have no doubt in my soul that ANYONE could do this at ANYTIME. And you’re really never alone.

Thank you for all of your support, Viv, Ruth, Sean, Jenica, Celina, Mercy and CFI. Hey Marcus, this chick finished strong! Boom!


WOD 03.23.12

Bench Press 3×5 or Wendler

Partner WOD:

Partner WOD:

  • 100 Burpees
  • 170m Sprint
One partner does burpees while the other partner runs. Repeat until you complete 100 burpees as a team.
CrossFit Open Competitors:

12.5 Open WOD
AMRAP 7
3 Thrusters (100/65)
3 Chest to Bar Pull Ups
6 Thrusters (100/65)
6 Chest to Bar Pull Ups
9 Thrusters (100/65)
9 Chest to Bar Pull Ups
12 Thrusters (100/65)
12 Chest to Bar Pull Ups

9 Comments to "Whole 30 Chronicles: Going it Alone"

  • Amy says:

    March 23, 2012 at 7:39 AM -

    Awesome job Corrine!!

  • Randy says:

    March 23, 2012 at 7:43 AM -

    Great Job Corrine, take it from me Whole 30 changed my life..not only physically but mentally as well. Keep up the good work and drive.

  • Kevin E says:

    March 23, 2012 at 8:41 AM -

    Well done Corrine! Double kudos for going it alone, too. Three cheers for you, your new dead liftin’ abilities and a good set of before / after pics!

  • becky says:

    March 23, 2012 at 9:43 AM -

    Helluva job Corrine!!
    Your will power is super duper!! I remember being with you at a party with all kinds of Whole 30 no-no’s, and you stuck it out liek a soldier. You rock!!
    (Who is this partner you speak of?? Is she lil? I think I know her.)

  • Corrine says:

    March 23, 2012 at 10:58 AM -

    Thanks CFI’s! Your support is exactly what I needed to pull me through. Yes, Becs, she lil. :)

  • Alice says:

    March 23, 2012 at 11:34 AM -

    Nice Work Corrine! I did my first Whole 30 solo-ish too. There were a few people in the gym we did it again last Sept and I jumped in half way through. I normally take a break from alcohol from Labor Day until the end of my Ultimate season so I figured that was the best time to start. I got lots of complements from my teammates of how toned I looked at Regionals. Then I did the Whole 30 again in Jan with everyone in the gym and you know what…the 2nd time is a lot easier than the first!

  • Holley says:

    March 23, 2012 at 12:42 PM -

    Nice work Corrine! I’m excited to watch that will power translate to even more results at the gym. Keep up the hard work! You rock!

  • Laura says:

    March 23, 2012 at 6:19 PM -

    Awesome job Corrine! Such an inspiration to read and even more so see!

  • Michael H says:

    March 23, 2012 at 9:10 PM -

    Way to go Corrine! Lookin good keep it up.

    The Whole 30 changed a few of my habits too. That initial adaptation was the hardest but as I progressed it became easier and I started to be more aware of what I was eating.

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