CrossFit Thursday 7/21
50ft Farmer’s walks (150lbs)
Conditioning: (I was able to complete 8 rounds + pull-ups and 9.5 push-ups. Side note: my knees are SO messed up from all those push-ups on my knees... all the more motivation to be able to do real ones!)
Four 3-minute Rounds of:
5 Pull-Ups (gray and red bands)
15 Kettlebell Swings (1 pood, about 35 pounds)
CrossFit Friday 7/22
Overhead Squat 3×3 (50lbs)
AMRAP in 10 (I completed 7 rounds just in time. Went a little light with 10 lb dumbbells, and was doing step-ups instead of jumps)
1 Man maker
2 Box Jumps
2 Man makers
4 Box Jumps
3 Man makers
6 Box Jumps
(Add one Man maker and two box jumps each round.)
CrossFit Saturday 7/23
Partner Workout - 10 total rounds (we each did 5, plus 2 tire flips while the other person was working) of:
7 Power Cleans
5 Front Squats
3 Push Presses
It was really hard for me to choose a barbell weight for this one... my front squats were holding me back. I did my first 4 sets with 45 lbs and the last one with 50 lbs. My partner and I finished in 10:11.
CrossFit Monday 7/25
“Fight Gone Bad” –ish
3 Rounds - weights I used after the dash
1 min Wall-balls (20/14) - 10lbs
1 min KB Swings (53/35) - 35lbs
1 min Box Jumps - step ups (I should probably start getting comfortable with box jumps soon)
1 min Push-presses (75/55) - 55lbs
1 min Row (Calories)
1 min Rest
Your score is the total reps/calories completed (272. The push press bar was a little heavy for me, but I'm happy that I was almost able to do this workout as prescribed)
Check out a video of what we did in July at CrossFit Aspire! See if you can spot me self-correcting my knees coming in during a front squat.
Okay now on to the crunch time talk.
To us teachers, July is like a Saturday before a week of school. It's our time to rest and not stress about what's coming up. August, however, is more like a Sunday before a week of school. There is just so much to do in so little time! August is rapidly approaching, which means September will be here before we know it.
How does this relate to my Paleo diet journey? It has come to my attention that if I don't lean up by September I will have 2 options:
a) Be just as painstakingly uncomfortable in my barely fitting clothes this Fall as I was last Spring.
or b) Spend money I don't have on a larger wardrobe... that I
If you couldn't tell by that info, I haven't seen the drastic weight loss that I was hoping for. I know I'm eating right, working out right, and actually getting enough sleep. I'm starting to get a little stressed that this may not happen as soon as I want it to, but I refuse to lose hope! I checked with my new best friend Mark Sisson about why I'm not losing weight. He gave me not just one but 17 reasons... lots of information to "chew" on! Here's my new game plan in association with Mark's reasons:
#2 You're Under Too Much Stress
I seem to voluntarily stress myself out way too much. Even though it's not the school year, I'm still finding ways to stress about September. I need to cut this out and find healthy ways to de-stress.
#8 You're Eating Too Much
I should watch my portion sizes of meat and veggies, maybe I'm just eating more than necessary. I'm also going to be more careful in making sure that I'm only eating 1 nut serving a day... bye-bye mindless extra handful of almonds! I may even need to try cutting out my serving of fruit a day to lower my carb intake, as reason #3 suggests.
#16 You Haven't Given it Enough Time
Mark says that some might get instant results from dropping sugars, grains, and processed foods from their diets, but others won't. My diet was not that different before starting this, so maybe I just need to wait for everything to kick in.
if all else fails...
#7 You Still Haven't Tried IF
Intermittent fasting. Skipping meals is not my idea of a good time considering how hungry I am come meal time, but who knows. Maybe it's the kick start I need, especially if I'm trying to curb my hunger and eat less.
A final word from Mark because he can sum this up much better than I can: "Also, know that The Primal Blueprint lifestyle is about long term goals. Though you can lose weight quickly on the PB, keep your head straight and remember that the emphasis should always be on a healthy, Primal lifestyle – not a get-fit-quick routine. You can do it, but it may take time."