Just Limping Along

Today I am literally just limping along. Monday was Kelly, Tuesday was med ball cleans and lunges, and today was front squats. Are you joking? Every time I try to stand up I pretty much have to roll over and push myself up because my quads just can’t do it anymore, and I have to walk down the stairs sideways. It’s a party.

Anyway, I read the above quote somewhere yesterday and totally loved it. I think it’s so true that many people view their bodies as something that just needs to look a certain way, instead of worrying about how it can actually perform–and I think that disconnect is the root cause of many people’s self-esteem issues and the reason most people who are overweight just bounce around from diet to diet. They are worried about losing weight and looking a certain way, but if they just focused on improving their overall health, the rest would take care of itself!

Alanis Morisette is not the first person I think of when I consider fitness inspiration, but this quote reminded me of reading an interview of hers a few years ago after she had run her first marathon. She talked about how she had always struggled with body image and food issues, but when she started treating food as a fuel, her relationship with food and her body totally changed. I can definitely relate. I used to pretty much just eat whatever was convenient–including but not limited to McNuggets, entire blocks of cheese in one sitting, and entire 2-liter bottles of sugary lemonade in one day. And then I would wonder why I had no energy and felt like crap. Surprise! I was filling my body with crap because I didn’t know any better, and I thought, “Well, I’m reasonably active, so I can eat whatever I want.”

Turns out this is really, really not true, and I am especially reminded of this today as I am about to start a 4-day juice “fast” tomorrow and then begin the Whole30 next Monday. I am really interested to see how this goes, because I know an equal number of people for whom the Whole30 has been an amazing experience as those who had a terrible time with it. So we’ll see!

That being said, tonight I am planning on going out and eating lots of crap because, let’s face it, crap food generally tastes amazing, and since I am going to be pretty restricted for the next month, I figure why the heck not. I am planning on eating a huge plate of nachos at the Mexican restaurant down the street, then heading to a nearby French restaurant for some insanely delicious chocolate mousse.

Question: What is your go-to cheat meal? Also, what is your favorite green juice recipe that I should try this week?


  • Mal

    2 apple, ginger, celery, cucumber, parsley and a couple carrots. Good luck, you’ll do great! :)

    • clairechapman

      Ok everyone is telling me parsley and I have never even considered that before! We usually do kale, apple, lemon, and cucumber. I will definitely have to try celery and also get over my fear of carrot juice, I think… Thanks for the suggestions!

  • Kelsi

    1 bunch kale (3-4 leaves), 1 handful spinach, 2 golden delicious apples, 1 nub of ginger, 1 lemon, 1 small handful of parsley, 1 cucumber, and I like to add chunks of honeydew melon to make it taste a little more mild. I also like this recipe: 6 oranges (or 1 cup pure orange juice), 2 bananas, 1 pint of strawberries. YUM. I have several other recipes I’d be happy to share. NEVER juice lettuce, even if you think you won’t taste it… you totally will.

    • clairechapman

      Haha oh we juiced cabbage once, actually… it was horrific. I’m shocked that everyone seems to be suggesting parsley! I NEVER would have thought of that! I might very well hit you up for another couple of recipes… have you ever juiced beets? I tried once but just couldn’t quite get into it, but maybe I was just doing it wrong…

  • http://twitter.com/winetoweights Jennifer

    I know that’s not the healthiest way to think of things, but I felt the same before I did my Whole30: Let me eat everything NOW that I won’t be allowed to later.. and then in the back of my mind, have a list of what I was going to eat once I finished.
    It was a surprising transition after though.. I have allowed myself plenty of “cheats” after the Whole30 but I can honestly say I do not typically overindulge, and I can have “Just a bite” and be satisfied.
    My go-to cheat meal is probably chips and salsa.. yummy… or chicken shawarma sandwich with a side of pita bread/garlic sauce.

    • clairechapman

      It’s interesting to hear that, even though you didn’t have a super positive experience with the Whole30, it still positively impacted your overall eating habits. I’m excited to just be forced back into the mindset of really, really paying attention to what I put in my body, because lately I have stopped caring as much, which is not good.

      Also, I’m pretty sure that if I were on death row, my last meal would be chips and salsa… :)


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