Tomorrow morning at 6:30am, Spin City is offering a complimentary 30 minute spin for CrossFitters.
In the last two and half weeks, Ryan, aka “St. Louis” has been eating strict Paleo and counting every gram of food he eats. I gave him my version of the Paleo diet and how I modify the Zone diet. He took the info and ran with it. His goal was to lose 10lbs. He’s already at 16lbs gone. Now he’s looking to rip out at sans 25lbs of unneeded fat. Get some Boy!
St. Louis on going hardass Paleo…
When you first begin, going strict Paleo seems impossible to maintain. After you get the basics down, it begins to just come natural and you don’t have to even think about it. If you think about what you can’t eat, that’s all you are going to want to eat. Don’t think of it as a diet, but a way of life.
Weight loss is only a small benefit of the Paleo Diet. Since becoming Paleo I have felt less fatigue, and more alert. It isn’t just a diet, it is a way to improve and shape your life.
I thought not drinking alcohol or energy drinks was going to be terrible and unattainable for my lifestyle, but I have not felt deprived of them. I don’t wake up sluggish or have a hard time starting the day.
It’s not impossible to eat this way. It’s quite simple if you tackle it in the beginning of the week, no matter your schedule. I think the secret to it is to pre-weigh all of your meals, pre-cook in some situations, so that whenever you are coming home from work, and starving you don’t just grab junk. Another thing is getting the things that are labeled “junk” out of your cabinets/fridge because you are less likely to get in the car and drive to the store and get the JUNK. Take it back to when you were little and pack your meals for the day.
On my 24 hour “fasting days” I have been eating my last meal at 5-530, and by the time I wake up I have already been through half of my day of fasting. Most of us have busy schedules so if you just focus on other things it’s not that difficult. I definitely recommend you having a gallon jug of water with you, throughout your day. Whenever you feel hungry, drink your water (if you aren’t crazy about water, then you could always squeeze a little lemon in it) … and then get your mind on something else. It is basically all in your head, and you just have to have the right frame of mind. How bad do you want it? If you want it bad enough, nothing is going to stand in your way.
I have been doing 24 hour fastings twice a week, I usually do Tuesday and Thursday, right in the heart of the week. If you try to do it on the weekend, it’s more difficult because you have more time on your hands/less structure in your schedule.
I have been doing my WODs at the end of my “fasting days” and I feel a lot more energized and almost l like I have a jolt of energy.
If you want more, then you just have to do more. It all depends on how bad you want it. I want it. Do you??
Suck it up, you’re capable of more than you think. Just prove it to yourself. It will not only improve your life, but it will change your life.
Love, St. Louie J
“Colin” (Modified) In honor of Colin Thomas, NAVSPECWAR – KIA Afghanistan, 18 AUG 2010
Six rounds for time of…
Run 400 meters (50lbs Sandbag optional)
12 Push press (115lbs/75lbs)
12 Box jumps (24 inch)
12 Sumo deadlift high-pull (95lbs/65lbs)