Posts Tagged ‘paleo diet’


MP_challengeWLC Challenge results:
I am finally done with the Whole Life Challenge. Although, I would of placed higher if I would have logged my daily score more often and did not give up for two days. Also there were for days where I recorded my score and it did not register I probably should have had 40 more points. It was a good experience but I do not think I will do it again or do it but ignore the food. I can eat healthy but not clean. I workout, take fish oil, and stretch every day. The final workout might have been better if I did not have an infection. I felt like I was going to vomit at the end. Well the inches around my waist are the lowest since 2009 so I am doing something right. Lost over 7 inches total. I cannot contribute it all to It Works body wraps.

20 (65) Dawn Johnson   
CrossFit Progression 150 174 24 16% (1)            7.25 8% (4) 395 (30)

Led the gym in workout improvement. I was going to not do the workout because I thought I would score less than the pre challenge workout but I ended up scoring 24 reps more and probably could of had more without technical difficulties in my rowing machine.

New workout schedule:
I am working on a new 14 day workout schedule to accommodate my work hours and spring athletic goals.

Chemo on hold:
My chemo is on hold for a few weeks so I can have surgery to remove an infection in my jaw next to a tooth. I do not know how I got it nor does the Dr. because my tooth is completely intact and cavity free. The infection may have been introduced with flossing then combined with steroids and low normal blood counts increased where the bacteria is eating away my jaw. This came as a shocker because I went to the dentist for tooth pain that started to radiate to my ear three days prior.

Bumps in the road and life could be better; however, I have to remember to be thankful for what I have. The challenges in life make us stronger.


My motto for the next 8 weeks

My motto for the next 8 weeks

Today I did the WOD for the next Whole Life Challenge. Tired after a night shift,  I went to CrossFit Progression at 10 AM to complete the WLC WOD. The WLC is a lifestyle game that requires one to eat clean, my healthy lifestyle choices including exercise. One records their score for the day on a point system. One loses points for eating unhealthy items not on the accepted list. One gets a point for exercise, mobility, supplement, and completing each healthy lifestyle activity. The final score is based on points, improvement in body measurements, and WOD score improvement. One competes against others in their box (gym) and ultimately against oneself.   For more info on the Whole Life Challenge go to



CrossFit Progression and Whole Life Challenge

CrossFit Progression and Whole Life Challenge

10 minutes of
500 meter row
50 air squats (butt must touch med ball)
40 sit-ups (hands must touch heels)
30 walking lunges (knee must touch ground)
20 hand release push-ups (knee push-ups OK)
Row for calories to finish out 10 minutes (each calorie=1 rep)
My result=150

Next I went to the Rochester Athletic Club (RAC) and went 1x through my upper body strength circuit. Next I went to my first day of tennis lessons. I went with my $15 dollar racquet I got a few years ago at Wal-Mart. I found out that I was the only person in the class. Individual lessons-cool! The last time I played tennis was in one of my phy ed skills classes in college-a while ago. Learned forehand and backhand and how to put spin on the ball. The RAC is known for its tennis programs so I feel good about my choice. It was fun, but I still need a lot of work before I can play in a league.

My day ended as a soccer official (AR) for a girls varsity game. It was a good game to practice and improve my skills. Got a workout running up and down the sidelines. The hardest part of the game was driving the 20 miles back home in the dark, on a one lane highway, and with little sleep. It was, the longest I had driven since last December. Made it home safe. Do you think I slept well that night?

paleo pyramidIt is Monday time to go back to “work” in my current job as a cancer patient. This morning, I had my visit with my radiation oncologist. I left home but I wanted to have coffee on my way to the appointment. When I got tot desk “R” I was in luck. A Mayo volunteer came over and asked if I wanted coffee or juice. I said, “yes”. Before I got my coffee I was called back to my appointment but the medical assistant waited until I got my coffee. As I sipped on my coffee, the doctor and I discussed risk and benefits of radiation. I have to wait 3 weeks after my surgery to begin radiation for head to heal better. He told me that I would have 33 radiation treatments over 6.5 weeks. These treatments would start June 17. Radiation would cause hair loss on my head in the front on my left side and possibly the opposite side where the radiation would exit. We talked about the medication study that I would be possibly entering. My simulation appointment would be tomorrow and I would meet with the radiation oncology social worker to discuss “social issues.”

After my appointment with the, radiation oncologist I attended a class about nutrition during cancer treatment. I will have to stop taking certain supplements and vitamins because they will interfere with the action of chemo. Those substances include mainly extra antioxidants. The instructor, a Mayo Clinic dietitian, had a whole slide committed to sugar and cancer. This slide stated that sugar does not cause cancer growth. No studies have supported any side of the argument so I still plan to maintain a low carb, semi-paleo diet (see above plaeo pyramid) during treatment and have my AdvoCare protein shakes.

Next, I stopped by the Erickson Skin and Hair Care Center to get a dressier hat or scarf than my TriRochester hat. Then I went for lunch but I forgot my wallet so I had my mother drop it off. By the time she got there, all I had time before my next appointment for was Jimmy Johns.

At my next appointment was with the fertility clinic to talk through my options about having children after my therapy. They included in vitro fertilization including embryo or egg preservation or hormone induced menopause.

By the time I got home I was so tired that I decided to stay home and forget about my workout. So, my mother and I had a deep discussion about my chances of making her a “grandmother”.