Tracking my calories

I have eaten Paleo for about two years now. I’m not perfect, far from it, but that is the basic structure to which my nutrition is built. I generally eat what I want and however much of it is I eat as long as it is Paleo. I cheat once or twice a week (meals, not days) and I have found that eating this way has helped me maintain my weight. I go on binges on vacations and maybe add a few pounds, but when I return to my normal Paleo way of eating the few pounds drop back off. I tend to hover around 207-212 pounds.

I have known this is a bit heavy for me, but I haven’t figured out how to lose the additional 10-15 pounds I could stand to lose. People don’t think I need to lose weight, or that’s what they tell me, but most of them haven’t seen me with my shirt off, either! They would most likely then agree that I could stand to lose a few additional pounds.

I will be one of the first to say to not listen to the scale to determine your health. Your health can be seen in other numbers. As I mentioned at the end of my entry yesterday my performance in the gym is still trending towards the good side with numerous PR’s in the past few months. I started to regularly buy medium sized golf shirts and they fit me comfortably (I remember when I could fit into a large how happy I was). My waist size is still the same, but I have started buying bigger jeans simply for the comfort of my legs. All signs point to continued health except the scale, and more importantly the fat around my mid section. My wife thinks it is loose skin from the 100+ pounds I lost in about three years, but the more I read on that the more I don’t believe that is what it is. That “loose skin” is actually a certain type of fat that is hard to lose.

Enter a blog post that Rudy from The Outlaw Way linked to last week. Continue reading

Comp results

Boy oh boy do I think I am fitter than I really am! In nearly every event I did worse than I predicted I would do.

And I cannot sit down today. I fall down when attempting to sit in any chair. Falling onto the toilet is not fun. Going UP stairs is OK, going DOWN stairs sucks. My quads are lit up. Bending over to pick something off of the ground isn’t the best, either, but my hammy’s aren’t as sore as my quads.

I did do my walk yesterday, as programmed, but am not sure if it was a good idea at this point. I thought a light walk (albeit a little long) would be good to loosen up my muscles, but they are f-u-c-t this morning. No pain, just really sore. My walk yesterday was 1:50 for about 6.5 miles. From my house to the gym to run an Olympic lifting class.

Anyway, onto my results from Saturday.

WOD 1: AMRAP6 – one C&J (you pick weight) and four over the bar burpees Continue reading

My first comp this year…I need to put my thoughts on “paper”

Last year by this time I had probably completed in two or three competitions, but this year I just haven’t had time or found the right one or whatever, until this Saturday. This Saturday I am doing the Battle at the Rock again. I did this one last year and it was a well run competition and some nice challenging WODs. Looks to be the same this year. I want to strategize and I guess I am going to dump my thoughts on this blog.

AMRAP6: 1 Clean and jerk and 4 bar facing burpees. This event is scored twice – first is total number of reps completed in 6 minutes and second is total weight lifted, so the athletes choose their own C&J weight.

I tend to think that I will be one of the stronger athletes there, even though I don’t feel that I am that strong. I have noticed that at these local comps I tend to be at least in the top third or quarter of the male athletes at the events. With that being said, there will definitely be guys who can C&J more than me, and do so easily. I am guessing at least a few guys will go with 225, which I cannot do. So do I use a light bar and try to just go balls to the wall for six minutes or do I go heavier and try to pace? I think if I go heavier and try to pace I have a decent chance of finishing higher than at least half the field in total weight lifted, and, at the same time, finish higher than half the field in total reps. I won’t go super heavy, but not really, really light either. I want to be able to rip that bar off of the floor and overhead almost immediately after doing the burpees. I will pace the 4 burpees somewhat.

What if I use 135 on the bar (fairly light for me, should be able to C&J when severely fatigued) and do 2 full rounds every minutes? That would be 12 reps at 135 or 1,620 pounds lifted and 60 total reps. I tend to overestimate my ability, but I think 1 round every 30 seconds should be very doable at that weight. Continue reading

First NPGL match has happened

Hyperbole. Patting yourselves on the back a little too hard.

Hyperbole. Patting yourselves on the back a little too hard.

I tried to watch the NPGL match last night between the New York and Los Angeles teams. I tried, I really did, but I just couldn’t get interested.

I follow all of the teams on Twitter and a few of them on Facebook. I have watched videos of them marketing themselves by spontaneously breaking into a WOD in Central Park. I have really been curious how the athletes will continue to participate in the NPGL and CrossFit sanctioned activities or if soon one entity will ask that they strictly perform for that said entity. I see some of the athletes are particpating in large national competitions like the Granite Games – how does that interfere with their team practices or matches? What about that some of the athletes live hundreds or thousands of miles from where the team is located? Is that really being a professional? During football or baseball season the players don’t live somewhere other than where their team is located and they certainly don’t participate in other competitive football or baseball competitions or games outside of their league. Could you imagine players in the NFL playing Arena Football, too?

Just doesn’t feel like a pro league. But, hey, it is still only year one, right? This could all change in five or 10 years.

What I think needs to change:

  1. They need a main lineup that is used 95% of the time. All the rotating makes it seem so much less impressive. What makes the CrossFit Games so impressive is that the same guy that can clean 350# can also walk on his hands for 50 yards or meters at a time. In the NPGL “players” (aka exercisers) are rotating so often it just doesn’t seem as impressive.
  2. And to dovetail on #1 – what’s the point of a “starting lineup” when you rotate between people so often?
  3. If #1 is not on the table to change – how about limiting the number of substitutions per inning or round or whatever they are calling each five minute race. Using 10 people (that’s what it feels like) to complete a WOD that typically is completed by one CrossFit athlete takes away a lot of the challenge.
  4. If the scoreboard is going to show a team in blue and a team in red, don’t let the team represented on the scoreboard by the color blue wear red shirts. God damn that was confusing. For all the thought supposedly put into the fan experience that was a huge whiff.
  5. And, finally, the biggest thing they need to change is the Grid itself. It is such a limiting factor to what they can test. Rope climbs, handstand pushups, Olympic lifting, bar work, ring work….then what? Sure other sports have a defined playing field, but this isn’t really a sport yet, is it? It feels like that at some point this limited set of movements will be mastered and just cannot be performed faster/better. There has to be a ceiling of sorts, right? If they have 10 people per team they could have one person that can fly through HSPU, strict, deficit, free standing, whatever. In other sports you are directly competing with someone else and they can PREVENT you from doing whatever it is you are trying to accomplish. Maybe in the NPGL needs some sort of defensive option? Maybe the other team can shoot their opponents with water guns to make them slip off of bars or loose their balance/concentration with other work? I guess this is why they moved from the Pro Fitness League as it really isn’t testing fitness in any way. It’s which team can perfect the movements limited to the GRID.

Number five is the main reason why I don’t think this is going to catch on, in my opinion. Then again, I don’t like soccer and that is doing pretty well, ain’t it? Maybe this does take off. Maybe this is just the first year and there will be some serious changes and it will get better. I love watching CrossFit competition – local or national. I love watching team competitions more than individual, but I just can’t get into the NPGL. Again, I think the size of the team and the frequent substitutions makes it so much less impressive. Cut the roster to five or six and now maybe we have something I will watch.