Paleo update

I’ve been at the paleo diet for a month now, so I thought it was time for an update.

Just as a clarification, I didn’t go strictly paleo. I mixed in a little bit of what Mark Sisson has termed “primal.” So, I ate a little dairy in week three and then found that it may not agree with me, so I dropped it in week four. Other than that, I stuck to eating meat, fat, vegetables, nuts and some fruit.

First to the important stuff: did I lose any weight? Yes, I lost eight pounds and an inch and a quarter off my waist in the first week. And that’s where the weight loss and fat loss stopped. At one point, I’d lost 11 pounds, but that was after fasting, and the three pounds came back, added a friend, then dropped back.

I ended up fasting three times, the longest fast lasting 36 hours. That was bad idea. I felt like crap the next day. So, I’ve found that I need to limit my fasting to 24 hours or just skip meals when I’m not hungry.

As far as hunger goes, that’s probably been the best part. My hunger level went from unmanageable, where I was always hungry, to tolerable, where there were days when I wasn’t hungry at all.

One of the claims of paleo/primal/caveman living is that you’ll have boundless energy. That didn’t really happen for me. I am probably ever so slightly less tired, but I’m still groggy when I wake up in the morning, and there are evenings where I am totally spent. But I also have a mild form of narcolepsy (Don’t laugh. Ask my co-workers how many meetings I actually manage to stay awake during. They can count the total on one hand.), so tiredness is just part of being me.

How’s the food? Great, actually. With the exception of some really lousy almond flour pancakes I tried, everything has been good and filling and tasty. Before this experiment, I hated cooking. Now, I find I actually enjoy it and look forward to it. I ended up “cheating “three times with a couple of adult beverages, some ice cream and some gingersnaps. I didn’t have any horrible reactions, but the ice cream and cookies did make me hungrier later.

My performance at CrossFit also went to crap until recently. I think part of it is the fact that it just takes my body longer to react to changes. I’ve been eating the “Standard American Diet” (you can Goggle the term for more information) for 30 years, so obviously, a month of eating differently isn’t going to undo all that.

This has been a bit of an expensive experiment. Things like almond butter and almond flour and coconut water and lots of meat and organic food don’t come cheap.

Overall grade: Probably a B+. I would have like to have seen more weight loss and little additional energy, but the food choices and lack of hunger have been pretty terrific. I’m going to stick with this new way of eating for the foreseeable future, so I’ll keep you posted on my progress.

Drop me a line or post a comment if you want more info. There are a ton of great resources on the Web and in print.

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Road to the Combat Challenge

As many of you are aware I have been competing in the Fire Fighter Combat Challenge for almost ten years.  My first competition was in Oklahoma City in June 2000; my time was a blistering 2:28. I lay on the ground for about 45 minutes after that run. It was about 95 degrees that day, and as I was laying there half unconscious my dad thought it was a good idea to dump ice cold water over my head.  I thought my heart was going to come out of my chest. After that I was finally able to stand and walk around. I was hooked and loved it. 

Over the last few years I’ve had moderate success running the competition. I placed in the top 5 at various events and got invited into the “Lions Den” which is a club for people who have run the competition under 100 seconds.  My best time is 1:35 in which I ran in 2008. I did not run the competition in 2009, because I was busy getting involved in setting up Black hills Crossfit.

Now it is 2010, the gym is growing and the Firefighter combat competition is coming to Rapid City. This will be a regional event that will on July 17th and 18th. As you can imagine this puts the spotlight right on me to step up and run well.  Not only am I going to be running in front of all the firefighters and friends. It was decided to have our family reunion that weekend in Rapid City. No pressure at all.

 Over the last year I admit I have let my training slip. I go to the gym every day to work out but I find myself doing other things at the gym and the next thing it’s time to go home and I didn’t do the W.O.D. Starting  Monday April 5th  my days of excuses are over. I am putting this out there so that Crossfit clients/friends can hold me accountable and push me.  This is the main reason I don’t put up my time on the board during the daily WOD because I am ashamed of my time. Now I have no excuse and want to work in order to achieve the best that I can become as a trainer. So let it be at 3:00 pm or 3:00 am.

One of the reason I love CrossFit so much is because each and every workout is like a small competition in itself.  During the warm-up you look up constantly at the WOD written on the board and thinking “why do I come and put myself through this hell”.  The music gets cranked up and you hear it   3-2-1 GO and all the doubts goes away and you start cranking out reps.  Before you know it, the rounds are done; you are lying in a pool of sweat wondering what happened?  Everybody around you is talking about how the workout sucked but wonder to themselves what will the WOD be tomorrow. This is the same exact feelings, I get when I run in the Firefighter competition.

Every day I go to the gym, I see the athletics at the gym pushing themselves and constantly reaching their goals. This week alone I saw Hillary D go 10 feet up the rope and Christina do a 1 min plank without stopping.  Other things that make me proud is watching Marquis’s son do burpees and watching my 2 year old daughter grap on to a kettlebell and start doing kb swings with perfect from. These are the little things that keep me pushing forward towards my goals.

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The turtles are laughing

I am slow.

I’m not talking mentally, though that’s actually up for debate. I am slow at CrossFit W.O.D.s. Still. After three months.

In fact, I’m so slow that I’m almost always the last person to finish the W.O.D. Even when new people start.

Does this bother me?

Hell yes.

Should it bother me? I don’t know.

For years, I convinced myself that I was not a competitive person, that competition was somehow beneath me, something that lesser people did because they had inferiority complexes and the only way they could feel better about themselves was to best someone at something.

I was fine thinking and feeling that way until we did a weight-loss competition at work last fall. After the first week’s weigh in, I was in dead last place. And I was not happy. There was no way I was going to lose at something I’d been battling my whole life, that thing being weight loss.

So, I became a woman obsessed and fought through six weeks of constant work outs and scrutinization of everything I ate. In the end, I won the competition.

But did it matter?

It was fun to win at the time, and the $100-plus bucks shelled out by my co-workers was nice. But these many months later, I can honestly say, if I had not won, it really would not have mattered.

So, why do I care that I’m the last to finish? There isn’t even a competition, really. CrossFit members generally compete against themselves, pushing themselves to be better and faster than they were the day before or the week before or the month before.

I don’t really know why I care. Part of it is probably because I want to know that these three months have been worth it, that I have something to show for it other than sore muscles and the ability to do a handful more pullups than I could before.

Part of it is because of who I used to be. When I was overweight, I felt like I was in last place in most things that mattered in life. I’d rather not repeat that scenario.

Will I ever get faster? Maybe. Probably. There are no guarantees. If I’m forever the slow one in class, I’ll learn to deal. Or I’ll figure out a way to get faster.

Regardless, if you haven’t tried CrossFit, you should. Don’t worry; you won’t be the last one done. The turtles and I will still be in the corner, pumping out burpees.

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Moving day.

Thanks today for all your help moving over to the new suite.  With your help we will continue to grow and improve in all aspects.  thank you for making this possible.  See you on Monday.

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By the numbers

My CrossFit numbers …

Times gone to CrossFit: 34

Total deadlift: 205 pounds

Total back squat: 105 pounds

Total overhead press: 75 pounds

Box jump height: 20 inches

Kettlebell: 35 pounds

Pushups without stopping: 20

Pullups without stopping: 6

Wallball weight: 10 pounds

Times I’ve wanted to die after a workout: 34

My paleo/primal/caveman numbers …

Number of days on diet: 17

Pounds lost: 8

Inches lost from waist: 1.5

Times cheated: 0

Times fasted: 2

Longest fast: 36 hours (FatGirl note: Highly not recommended. This only occurred because I’m not so good with clocks.)

Number of almonds eaten: Roughly 3.6 zillion

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Workout Of the Day

Wednesday March 24 2010

For Time:

15 Reps for:  Decline pushup___Wall Balls 20# 10’___Box Jumps___K.B swings________6Rounds

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Workout Of the Day

Tuesday March 23 2010

For Time:  10 Push Press___15 Situps___25 Squats___30 Parallett jumps________4 Rounds

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CROSSFIT TOTAL RESULTS

CROSSFIT TOTALS

FEMALES         TOTAL WEIGHT           SCORE

1.    KELIE                485 LB                      412.638

2.    JAMI                  415 LB                      378.065

3.    SUMMER         510 LB                      354.756

4.    MELLISA          375 LB                      317.325

5.    AMANDA         365 LB                      303.023

6.    HILLARY D      385 LB                      297.874

7.    BETTY              340 LB                      285.94

8.    PAULA       395 LB                      284.242

9.    KATHY             355 LB                      281.089

10.  TAMMY            390 LB                      275.886

11.  HILLARY M     285 LB                      265.990

 CROSSFIT TOTALS

 MALES                    TOTAL WEIGHT    SCORE

1.    WALTER          920 LB                      567.364

2.    SHAWN             660 LB                      558.492

3.    YANNI              965 LB                      531.136

4.    MARQUIS         895 LB                      506.301

5.    SCOTT               785 LB                      482.304

6.    KRIS                  725 LB                      461.462

7.    TIM                    765 LB                      455.481

8.    RYAN                695 LB                      416.583

9.    DAN                   685 LB                      416.274

10.  KAI                    595 LB                      405.909

11.  PEDRO       680 LB                      402.288

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SCHEDULE CHANGES

I wanted to remind everybody that, there will be no evening classes today or any morning classes on Monday March, 22nd.

Starting in April we will be eliminating the 5am class.  But we will be adding a 1100-1200 class on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday’s.  I encourage people to look at the schedule at the beginning of each week to make sure there are no changes. From time to time we have to close classes.

We strongly urge people to show up on time for classes. This way we dont have 4 different stop watches going all at the same time.  If nobody shows up by 15 after the hour for the 7 am class or the 6 pm class, the gym is closed up. Everybody needs to start signing up for class. You can go in at the beginning of the week and sign up for the week.  In the very near future there will be a (burpee punishment) for not signing up for classes.

Everybody did excellent in the CrossFit Total.  Some very impressive numbers were posted, and I think some of you even suprised yourself. The numbers will soon be posted. Just a reminder that if you want to be in on the prize money, it is a $15.00 buy in. Most of the money will go towards new equipment.

Thanks

Justin

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Workout Of the Day

Thrusday March 18 2010

For Time:

20-15-10-5-10-15-20

Incline Pushups___Deadlifts___Knees to Elbows___Wallballs

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Trainers Log

Weds March 17 2010.                       

I have to give a shout out to the Lady’s today.  Great job way to show up and represent.   Enjoy your st. Patty’s day.

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%*#@$ paleo …

So, I caved.

Really, I thought joining CrossFit would be the last time I gave in to peer pressure. But here I am, almost one full week into trying the paleo diet.

It’s not that I have any particular beef (horrible pun gleefully intended) with the paleo diet. It seems like a sensible way to eat and live. But it does involve change and some very substantial change at that. And I don’t like change. Good change, bad change, doesn’t matter. I like my comfort zone, thank you very much. And that goes double for my carbohydrates.

So, why bother? Because I’m tired. Tired of being hungry. Tired of being tired. Tired of counting every calorie that passes my lips. So for two weeks, I’m giving this caveman stuff a whirl.

Granted I have concerns, some of which are valid and others of which are vanity. One of the valid trepidations include the annoying array of definitions of what constitutes paleo … or caveman … or primal. Each has its own set of rules, and sometimes, they flat out contradict each other. As far as vanity is concerned, I don’t like feeling like a sheep, like I started doing this because everyone else was. And I don’t know whether this counts as valid or vanity, but I mentioned I liked carbs, right? A lot?

But I have to say that so far, it’s going pretty well. I haven’t cheated, and my hunger level has gone from “Oh holy crap, feed me now before I eat my shoes” to a more polite “ahem, excuse me, but it seems to me that I appear to be a bit peckish.”

That alone just might be worth forgoing cereal in the morning.

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The social aspect

I went to my old gym for two and a half years and never met anyone new.

I’ve been going to CrossFit for three months and have met at least a dozen people.

It’s amazing what you find in common with someone who’s siting beside you, dripping sweat after burpees and lunges and pull ups and and kettlebell swings. Like how much both of you would really like to return to breathing normally.

Granted, the point of CrossFit isn’t to make friends, but the contrast between CF and regular gyms as far as the social aspect is concerned provides nice side benefit. At least for me. I’m not the most social person, but I enjoy some friendly conversation. I never got that at my old gym. And I can understand why gyms intimidate people. Huge, buff dudes grunting and straining. Skinny chicks, huffing and puffing on the elliptical machines. Not the most inviting of environments.

What’s great about CrossFit is that everyone there is pulling for everyone else. It isn’t just Keith and Justin being encouraging and supportive — it’s all the clients, too. Slow, fast, beginner, rock star … everybody wants to see everybody else do well. Sure, there’s some friendly competition, but at the end of 20 brutal minutes, there’s never a shortage of “nice job”s.

Making friends, one pushup at a time.

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Trainers log

Trainers Log March 11, 2010

Well the Crossfit total challenge is off and running with big numbers already posted. Look forward to seeing all of our clients improve over this next month.

Also the Dublin dash is just around the corner. I heard that bloody marries never tasted better then after the dash.

Justin and I are look at opening an 1100-1200 hr. Mon-wed-Fri. these are very busy 1200-1300 classes. What do you think? Does this time work for some? We will continue to improve refine our schedule.

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