Short post today…

Long day at work plus jiu jitsu class.  I love going to JJ – even when I struggle with it (and today was a struggle), I walk out feeling better.

What I ate today: same as yesterday.  The last time I lost weight, I found that consistency was key…plus making meals for a week in advance kept me from ordering takeout after long days at work.

Tomorrow I go to boot camp again at 6:30.

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Short post today…

Internets, I am torn

On the one hand, this challenge is something I am honestly trying to do my best at, because I think it will help me to get healthier and get me back on the mat more consistently.

On the other hand, I am an incorrigible cynic full of snark and bile.

I am actually quite comfortable with this contradiction.  I am vast (I know, because I stepped on the scale today!).  I contain multitudes.  I have reservations about both paleo and crossfit, but I am using this challenge as a way to shake up my routine for a month and hopefully break some bad habits.  Amid a sea of positive people and cheery facebook status updates, I am a perpetual sad trombone noise, played on loop.

I am this way because I have a strong aversion to getting conned, and I deeply suspect that much of the weight loss industry is a long con. This is a multi-billion dollar a year industry that preys upon the fears and insecurities of anyone who struggles with their weight (which, according to the industry, is almost all of us).  Every year, we are fed an endless buffet of conflicting information about health/weight related issues.  Chocolate is good! Chocolate is bad!  Wine is good!  Don’t drink wine, you lushes!  Carbs are bad!  No, fats are!  No, we’re back to carbs being bad again!  Many of the studies published are industry sponsored, and it is difficult for the average person to tell good science from bad.

So, I’m a skeptic.  I’m personally of the persuasion that the best way to lose weight is to eat “well” and exercise.  If this challenge can help me to do that, great!  Half the reason I am writing this blog is so that I can use it as an outlet for my snark and skepticism without raining on anyone else’s parade.  The other half of the reason is to document what I do, so that I can look back on this with some objectivity (hopefully) while I try to figure out what works for me and what doesn’t.

Internets, I am torn

Things I can’t do, apparently…

…include running 400m without getting gassed.  Once, let alone 3 times.

Today I did one of the two “benchmark” workouts that will be used to measure how my fitness has increased at the end of the challenge.  I took the “beginner” level workout, which was three rounds of…

  • 400m run
  • 10 sit ups
  • 10 burpees

There were 7 minute intervals, so when you finished your set, you rested until the next interval mark.

I am…not in good shape.  Let’s just put it that way.  Even the warm-ups pushed me.  One of the things I have been struggling with is the fact that, post-injury, I lost a lot of conditioning due to my recovery time.  I spent about 5 months doing little to no exercise (outside of the 3 or so months of physical therapy), so when I started to get back on the mat…I felt it immediately.  That, plus the heat, kept me off the mat for most of the summer.  And so here I am now, with terrible conditioning.  Oh, I am sure it will get better with time, but right now it is super frustrating.

I pretty much ate the same today as I did yesterday.

Things I can’t do, apparently…

Fall down nine times…

…get up ten.*

Here’s the skinny: I was pretty fat, found martial arts and got thinner, then got injured and got fat again.  I am back on the mat now (taking it slow), but wanted to do something to kick start my weight loss, so I joined a 30-day nutrition/weight loss challenge at my gym.

The nutrition component is Paleo.  If you don’t know what that is, it’s that thing where you eat like a caveman, if a caveman could shop at Whole Foods.  I’m biased against it to start with, but I decided I can try just about anything for 30 days (except Clown College. that’s a non-starter). The nature of my bias will be explained in a future post.  The exercise component is a stripped down version of Crossfit, 3-5 times per week.

Today was Day 1 for eating.  I’ll try my first workout tomorrow.  I’m not a stranger to exercise, or hard physical activity, but I am a bit nervous, due to Crossfit’s extreme reputation.

Anyway, here’s what I ate today:

Breakfast: Fritata (egg, sausage, peppers, zucchini)

Lunch: Chili (beef, carrots, onion, celery, peppers, tomatoes, tomato sauce)

Dinner: Chicken (lemon/garlic, herbs), spinach (sauteed with garlic), broccoli (steamed)

This was supposed to be a short intro post.  More tomorrow.

*That’s the saying that inspired this blog.  The Internet attributes this to Jon Bon Jovi, which just can’t be right.  But as a practicing martial artist, it’s the definition of “success” that matches most closely with my own experience.

Fall down nine times…