The greater American population is just plain ignorant

These have protein! Buy them!

These have protein! Buy them!

Before people get all worked up in a tizzy here is the definition of ignorant from

a : destitute of knowledge or education ; also : lacking knowledge or comprehension of the thing specified

b : resulting from or showing lack of knowledge or intelligence
: unaware, uninformed

My title says American’s are ignorant, it does not say that dumb or stupid, but that they are uninformed and, more than likely, don’t care that they are uninformed.

Now that I have that out of the way; check out this article on Yahoo! finance. If consumers see the word “protein” on a box they are more likely to buy it. How silly is this?!

A mother believes food with protein will give her child energy before soccer practice and help her lose weight by making her feel full, according to consumer research from several large food companies including Kraft, Kellogg Co. and General Mills.

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“Healthy” online courses at work

I am guessing most everyone has some programs at work where you can earn points or credits and then these credits are exchanged for some sort of benefit. At my work if I earn enough points or credits I can make an additional $400.

Some of it is really silly, like I talk to a health “coach” about once a month. Some are really good like how I can earn points for getting a physical and blood work done. And after eating Paleo now for about six months I would really like to compare my blood work to pre-Paleo. I just so happened to get a physical maybe a month before my first Whole 30 which is when I went Paleo.

But the silliest of the ways to earn points is to take online courses….which of course I can skip completely and go straight to the quiz. What sort of benefit this does for me, I am not sure? Here are some of the choice questions I found:

2. Tony is feeling hungry and wants to eat a small, healthy snack to help fill him up. Which of the following snacks is the best choice for Tony?
A. A banana
B. A candy bar
C. A bag of potato chips
D. Half a whole wheat bagel with a teaspoon of peanut butter
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Sunday afternoon cooking

If you read my blog with any regularity you know I like to use Sunday afternoon as a time to jump start my week to ensure I eat healthy. The biggest obstacle to healthy eating is not being prepared. Packing your meals for work is the ONLY way to be successful at eating clean. No matter how hard you try at any restaurant to eat clean you truly really never know what is in that dish you are eating. Did it mix with buttered ingredients? Did it come in contact with gluten? Are those even REAL EGGS?! You can always make extra food every night so you have leftovers, but even in those circumstances sometimes life gets in the way. After work, even if you have time to prepare dinner, you don’t want to prepare extra…or worse you find yourself preparing something in 10 minutes to feed yourself and the kids. Often times those last minute meals, for myself, are eggs or something really quick and easy to make. Can you say burgers with sauteed mushrooms and home made mayo?

Never fear, this Sunday I took a good two to three hours to prepare some food for the week, making dinner for last night and cleaning/cutting vegetables for lunch for the next few days. I am sure to have a solid week eating thanks to Sunday afternoon.

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Damn you double-unders! (and muscle-ups!)

Goal: 190 reps.

13.3 is a repeat workout from last year (I think that is A-OK) and last year I was essentially a newbie at CrossFit. Unfortunately I haven’t made much progress in two-thirds of the movements in this workout in the past year.

In my blog linked above I said that my Karen time was mid seven minutes or low eight minutes. I was wrong. Way wrong. My previously recorded Karen time was from July of 2012 and it was just over 12 minutes. In my first go at 13.3 on Thursday afternoon I finished my 150 wall balls in 8:17. So, that’s a positive!

Then came the double-unders and muscle-ups – ya, right, muscle-ups…

My strategy on Thursday was to just get one double-under and then stop. Not even attempt at linking multiple double-unders in a row. My thought was to not even waste time trying to link and getting frustrated and just getting as many single double-unders as I could in a row. I got 28 in what amounted to about 10 per minute. Even though my wall balls finished at 8:17 I don’t think I could catch my breath and start those double-unders until about nine minutes into the workout.

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13.3 is what?! Shit.

The scene before 13.3 was announced

The scene before 13.3 was announced

I was in Boulder last night for the 13.3 release party, if you will. CrossFit Roots is awesome. Their location is sweet; nice and big, lots of space and plenty of fun looking equipment. They had free food from Moe’s BBQ and the bathrooms were tip top. The crowd was wild, the bleachers were packed (and swaying) and the show put on my Talayna Fortunato and Kristan Clever did not disappoint.

A bunch of my pictures from the night are below.

To make the night even better we went to Twisted Pine after for a beer. Billy’s Chilies is some spicy beer, which was perfect after hearing about the spicy 13.3 WOD.

13.3 is a repeat of 12.4 from last season. Some might view this as boring programming but it really exemplifies what CrossFit is about. For CrossFit to claim that it makes you fitter you need to be able to explicitly demonstrate that you are getting fitter. After six months of any exercise regimen, if someone was to ask you if you are fitter, how would you answer? You would probably say “yes”, but when they asked you to give them proof that you are fitter, what would you say? Well, in CrossFit you SHOULD be tracking your workouts and your benchmarks and then when someone asks you to prove it you could show them your workout log and show them how you have improved in a myriad of workouts. In my little black book I track max lifts, the girl WODs, hero WODs and other WODs I find either fun or challenging and re-do them once or twice a year to see improvement. Not only can I show my improvement in my 5k time (indoor and outdoor) but I can show how I am getting stronger by my deadlift max increase. Continue reading