Workout of the Day for Thursday 10/01/09
Hang Power Clean (185/135)
Knees to Elbows
The CrossFit Placer Paleo Challenge
by Faith Goss (Inspired by Heather Peterson)
We all know the motto of Crossfit Placer where the key words are, “effective fitness”. How effective are your workouts? Are you achieving your goals? Are you noticing changes in your performance? Are you seeing results? I would say around 70% of achieving results is done outside gym time. We must not only workout to our full potential, but we must eat to achieve our full potential. What does eating for full potential mean? The power we get to exercise is fueled through the food we put in our body. We get energy buy burning this fuel. Think of your body like a classic ’67 Mustang. You wouldn’t put cheap regular unleaded gas in the Mustang if you knew it needed high-octane gasoline would you? NO! The car would breakdown and never be able to perform to the best of its potential. Like this car we need to put the highest quality food in our body in order to get the best results. When we pull up to our figurative gas station, the supermarket aisles, when faced with the different options we need to always pick the correct one to fuel up on to ensure we are running efficiently. Over the next 30 days I challenge the rest of CFP to make sure they are fueled up for peak performance and are participating in effective fitness by joining me in the Paleo Challenge.
The Who, What, Where, When, How:
You and the rest of CFP. Come one come all! You don’t need to be young, old, experience xfitter, novice xfitter, or a xfitter at all (get your family members in on it)!
Super strict, no cheat, by-the-book Paleo for the next 30 days.
We will be following the plan below (from Melissa Urban’s site):
1. Eat real food – meat*, eggs, vegetables, nuts, seeds, fruit, oils (like EVOO or coconut). Eat foods with very few ingredients, all pronounceable ingredients, or better yet, no ingredients listed at all because they’re fresh and natural.
2. Do not eat dairy. This includes butter, cheese (hard and soft), yogurt (even Greek) and milk (including cream in your coffee**).
3. Do not eat grains. This includes bread, rice, pasta, corn (I count corn as a grain), oatmeal, and all of those gluten-free pseudo-grains. That’s not real food, right?
3. Do not eat legumes. This includes beans of all kinds, lentils, and peanuts. (No peanut butter, kids.)
4. Do not eat sugars*** of any kind, real or artificial. No maple syrup, honey, agave nectar, Splenda, Truvia, Stevia, etc.
5. Do not eat processed foods. This includes protein shakes, processed bars (like Zone bars), dairy-free creamers, etc.
6. Do not drink alcohol, in any form.
Our very own Paleo blog. Post your progress, your results, share good recipes, ask questions. Share success, share struggles, share support, share rants, share raves. Whatever it is…WE ARE IN THIS TOGETHER!
Right now! Start today. Dedicate yourself to change for the next thirty days. It has been shown to change peoples lives, how they view food, how they think about fitness.
Start by ridding your house of all non-Paleo foods. Acquire a food list and restock you kitchen with Paleo approved foods. Keep a food log and break down every crumb of food you put into your body. I suggest either keeping a written journal or tracking your diet on FitDay , and posting to our blog so we can track each others progress and get some ideas for meal plans. Take some baseline measurements, which might include taking some “before” pictures of your body, weighing yourself, and measuring your waist. Throughout the challenge it will be nice to tract your physical progress. Don’t forget to keep tract of your mental well-being, sleep schedule, and general outlook on the whole process.