Wednesday WOD – 032013

Paleo Potluck

Paleo Potluck

We know there are other CrossFit boxes in the area, and we are honored that you have chosen Whaling City CrossFit as your gym. We believe that we have created a unique community of strong-willed athletes committed to pushing our fitness to new heights.

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Also, the best way you can show us that we are doing a good job is by referring family, friends and coworkers to WCCF. In class, we will be handing out a few business cards/coupons that you can give to those you feel would love joining our community. Help us take WCCF to the next level, by growing our community to be the largest, and FITTEST, in the area!

Whole 30
Here’s Bethany’s essay: Great job Bethany!

This wasn’t my first run at a Paleo Challenge. The first time around, I was apprehensive to say the least. A few months ago, I “completed” my first 30 Day Paleo Challenge. I say “completed” in quotes for a number of reasons. Most importantly, I went about the challenge the complete wrong way. Though I thought I was “all-in” when it came to eating within the guidelines, I was truly doing everything I could to mimic my former food decisions; I immediately researched Paleo brownies, cookies, pancakes and breads—anything could successfully disguise itself as a carb. I remember thinking to myself, “Wow, this really isn’t going to be difficult at all with a few adjustments.” And it wasn’t tough…for the first two weeks. Eventually, however all the imitations of my former UN-Paleo go-to snacks were DISGUSTING. Let’s face it, they weren’t the real thing. And on top of that, I wasn’t seeing the dramatic results on the scale that I craved so bad. I didn’t realize it at the time, but I was failing because I hadn’t really committed myself to the lifestyle change that is Paleo. You either sink or swim. With the wrong mindset, I sank (right back into my fat clothes). I managed to force myself to stay within the constraints of the rules for the challenge, but never really discovered the true reason behind my decision to try out Paleo. I was done with even the thought of paleo by 12:01 a.m. on day 31. No motivation to continue…no life-changing moments. Completely pointless. Can we say counter-productive waste of time and money?! Post challenge #1, I went back to my days of limbo-dieting. You know, the eat healthy all week/eat everything in sight on the weekend/feel guilty on Monday, so do it all over again thing? Yah, that was my life again.

Finally, after the holidays, I decided, a “new year, a new me.” I am trying to work my @$$ off at CrossFit, but my progress is so much slower than others. What am I doing wrong? The only thing I could pinpoint was my diet; my dedication and attitude had both jumped onboard a while ago. Back came the d word…my DIET. This time I had added “pressure” and extra motivation—being in a bathing suit for vacation in March. I decided to go back to Paleo. Though I was far from impressed with my results the first time around, I had support from my fellow crossfitters that made it much easier to give it another try. Again, I wasn’t perfect, but managed to stay on track and more effectively avoid ALL sweets and treats that took over my last challenge. I was 99.8% Paleo and extremely proud of my willpower.

For this Whole30 Challenge, I was a professional label reader. I knew what to eat and what to walk right past in the grocery store. I knew how to avoid temptation on weekend trips and at parties and restaurants. I knew that I was becoming a Paleo-influenced individual. At the start of this challenge, a fellow WCCF’er anticipated being unhappy the whole month because of the inability to eat all the delicious things we normally consume. I truly believe it was then and there that I had a breakthrough. Most of us equate food with happiness. I was also guilty of this. From then out, I decided that I would find a way to equate healthy eating and decisions with happiness. The natural high that I got after tackling one more day of good eating was my new happiness…NOT that cupcake or ice cream sundae. The power I felt when I sat down with friends that were eating processed, carby, grainy CRAP and managing to avoid it? Priceless.

I can’t say I’ve been perfect since the challenge ended, but my results speak for themselves. Right now I am struggling to commit to eating Paleo when I no longer have the group support on a daily basis. I do, however, understand how effective Paleo is. I long to be back at it 100%. I am re-energized, less stressed and more positive. My skin is clear, my headaches are gone and what are those? Abs?! This challenge required a huge change, both mental and physical and tons of planning, but I gave it my best. Can we do another one!?

WORKOUT OF THE DAY

1. Squat Snatch

2. Kipping Practice

3. 4 RFT:
Row 500m
Handstand Walk 20 yards