After some long inner battles I decided to close the site down temporarily.. It may or may not be back, I don’t know. I just need to focus my attention on other things at the moment and realign myself to get my mind right and really tackle this weight problem I have.. In the meantime, enjoy the song.
So I’ve been reading up lately on something called The Paleo Diet or sometimes known as The Caveman diet. Some people believe it refers to what our ‘ancestors’ or cavemen ate during the dawn of life on earth. Whatever beliefs you have thats fine but if you look at the jist of it its simple. Eat foods that are in their most natural state. Ok, I know that grilling a chicken is no longer in its natural state but then again eating chicken raw is pretty bad for your health. No, what this means is that you consume the foods without the use of preservatives, additional sugars, nitrates, hormones, etc.. Basically if the animal is wild and the food is wild eat it! Some call it a fad or a unsustainable but if you take a look at what you can eat its pretty amazing.
You can have things like chicken, eggs, beef, pork, leafy greens, nuts, seeds, berries, etc.. are all great sources of food and energy for your body. The secret which is no secret at all is that you do not add the ‘artificial elements’ that take it out of its natural state. Adding sugar, or dairy (dairy is a big no no in Paleo) add an element that some nutritionists say is not sustainable for your body. Those ingredients are not needed and your body will thank you once it starts burning off that excess fat revealing the real you.
Paleo has also become almost synonymous with Crossfit. Many top crossfit athletes follow a strict Paleo that is used to fuel their performance The person who first introduced me was my old Crossfit trainer Laura Dowdey from Crossfit Copperfield. She swears by it and it shows. Many of her students partake in Paleo and they do find that it serves the purpose of leaning out your body and providing the energy needed to perform.
I’ll be making my first Paleo conscience meal today for lunch. The recipe below was taken from http://agymlife.com/butternut-squash-soup/
I’m hoping the flavor of the butternut squash in itself is satisfying as I really only had it doused in butter and brown sugar.
- 1 Peeled/chopped butternut squash (frozen works well)
- 1 chopped onion
- 1 quart chicken stock
- 2 TBSP coconut oil (or other Paleo-friendly oil)
- 1 TSP cinnamon
- 1/2 TSP nutmeg
- 1 TSP sea salt
- Saute Onion in large pot
- Add cinnamon, nutmeg, and salt
- Add squash to pot and pour in stock
- Boil squash until tender
- Puree soup until smooth
- Garnish options: Fresh herbs, green onions, nuts/seeds, Olive oil
The meal itself looks divine and probably tastes amazing. We’ll see tomorrow!
So in a nutshell (almonds are great for you too!) eating better is actually pretty simple. There are many exceptions to Paleo so research and see if this is something that you and your family could do. Paleo can be summed up in a single phrase; “If man made it don’t eat it”
New Years Resolution
So its been 14 days into the year 2013 and many of us/you/folks, etc.. have started to fail at your New Years Resolutions. Don’t sweat it because you haven’t sweat in atleast 14 days so why start now. But seriously its never too late to start so if you have started and failed start again.. however! Try something different since your previous resolution was obviously not working. Instead of saying “I want to lose 65 lbs” try “I will give up sodas for 3 months” or “I wont eat carbs past 6pm” etc.. If you start making easier resolutions its more likely that you will achieve success.
So I challenge you to make a list of 5 things you want to accomplish within the next 3 months, and be realistic. Seeing as this is a fitness related blog my goals are fitness related. Here is my list that I compiled, whats yours?
- Lose 20 lbs
- Do not drink any regular sodas
- Take a multi vitamin every day for a month
- Be able to run 2 miles without rest
- Avoid fast food
So far so good and on the regular sodas LOL. It will take some time but its not unrealistic and can easily be done. Just put some effort into it. So do it and kick ass!
Today I completed my 7th day of Crossfit at Crossfit Copperfield and wow this was a hellacious workout! We did something called the ‘Whittman’ which is the following;
Seven rounds for time of:
15 Kettlebell swings (53, 35 lb)
15 Power Cleans (95, 65 lb)
15 Box jumps (24″, 20″ box)
This was the hardest workout so far. I keep saying that for the previous days WOD but it does get more difficult. The only difference is that I had mine scaled to 4 rounds instead of 7. If I were to complete 7 it would have taken me a very long time. The Cleans are not difficult to perform but doing 15 at a time is grueling on the body and can mentally fluster you. With true grit and being ‘dialed in’ on the workout you can really pull out those last reps with precise form.
Overall I am seeing some great results. My clothing is fitting better and less snug. My stamina has improved a lot and I do see some more definition in my arms. Very happy with where I’m headed. Although this was a 1 month Crossfit session I may have to get rid of my 24 hr fitness membership and continue with crossfit! Stay strong!
I’ve started a crossfit routine from today to get my body back into cardio burn mode for the big race. I do notice that afterwards I did not feel lethargic as I did the first few times. I do believe that my current diet as well as my current endurance and stamina levels are allowing me to do more and go hard then before. I’m VERY happy with my progress for the race. My goal is to continue with crossfit until the Thursday before the race, October 4th. I want to get in atleast 3 workouts per week and incorporate some more running into my regimen to compete with the runners during Tough Mudder!
Short post this time but its almost time. Tough Mudder is coming up FAST.. faster than I imagine and my mind is mentally prepared but my body and stamina need work. Of course my mind can only get me through some of the obstacles but ruthless aggression will allow me to conquer all. With Bobby playing catch-up to me its going to be an amazing adventure.
What I need to focus more on is running stamina. The more I run the better my chances of completing with a solid time. I have no goal necessarily other than finish. I wouldn’t mind a strong time but my main goal is finishing. Stay strong and don’t lose sight of your objectives
Well, it wasnt a good month mainly because its taking more time and it being a lot harder to adjust to eating cleaner. Its obviously not an excuse as I am not putting blame on anything but myself. I’m just having trouble making that transition that was difficult to do the last time.
According to the office scale I’m
Which is a loss but about 10 less than what I wanted. Again, no excuses, just poor performance on my part.
My home scale reads
I guess I can say its a drop or am I just kidding myself? I heard from a close friend who is preparing for Tough Mudder as well with me just performed free ring upside down handstand pushups! Wow! Those are extremely tough as they require every muscle to do. I have big time catching up to do but I will be ready.. I have to be! I will do it!
This past Saturday I finally took the plunge and dove into the world of Crossfit. I recall seeing different workouts and regimens on YouTube and didnt think it was that difficult. It was more than I could have imagined! The intensity and pace was something I havent experienced in years. I was literally sweating from head to toe after the warmup. Either I was more out of shape than I thought or it was difficult.. probably a combination of both. In my opinion Crossfit trumps any other workout program, regimen, etc. As of this writing, Tuesday February 21st 3 days after the workout I am still having trouble moving quickly.
Every Saturday at Crossfit Copperfield at 9:00am Trainer Laura provide free Crossfit classes that last approximately 1 hour. I suggest grabbing a bottle of water, your guts and determination and hitting it up. The ‘box’ what crossfit folks call it is located on Hwy 6 and Cherry Park Drive, about 2.5 miles south of 290. It is located right next to Tuesday Morning, its the only business with garage doors in the strip center. Exact address is:
7520 Cherry Park Drive
Houston, TX 77095
Tell Trainer Laura that Adam sent you. Hope to see you guys there!
Theres a relatively new trend going on in the industry that is taking the fitness world by storm! It’s called CrossFit. It is a workout system that combines weightlifting, sprinting, gymnastics, powerlifting, kettlebell training, plyometrics, rowing, and medicine ball training.
I can certainly stand by this system. Some call it a fad or something that wont catch on but if you look at the ripped bodies of the men and women that participate you can see that this is 100% legit.
Here is a great video ADIDAS made showcasing some really intense Crossfit workouts.