CrossFit: July 9, 2013

Warm-Up: 800m run, 20 hollow points, 20 pointers, 9 spealler rolls

Strength: 5-5-3-3-1 Deadlift progression to 90% – I went 65#, 85#, 90#, 95#, 100# which means I probably have a new deadlift one rep max PR but I didn’t try for it this morning.

WOD: Ladder of 14# wall ball and push-ups and then frog leg sit-ups until 16min

10min (which is 11 reps) when I got caught – ladder is doing one rep of each activity at zero minutes and then add a rep every minute until you can’t finish the required reps in the minute so my 10 minutes meant I couldn’t finish 11 wall balls and 11 push-ups in a minute.

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Food for Thought

http://loneprairie.net/diet-coke/

“The undeniable facts about the safety of Diet Coke.

I sat down at the table with friends, enjoying our get-together at the diner. The waitress took my order for a Diet Coke. She left. A friend spoke up.

“They say that Diet Coke increases your chance of getting diabetes by a factor of seven.”

“I heard people were getting seizures from the aspartame in it.”

“Today the news said a lady died after drinking 10 liters of Coke.”

“That’s nice. Enjoy your glass of city water filled with chemicals like fluoride,” I replied.

Are you kidding me?

Not much for alcohol. Never smoked. Don’t do drugs, and barely take aspirin. I exercise at the gym three times a week. I walk to work briskly every day, which comes to around 3/4 of a mile daily. When I get home, I try to avoid sitting and work at a standing desk. I go for walks when weather allows. I don’t eat much red meat at all, mainly poultry if any. I drink plenty of water, and often it is in the form of green, white, or herbal teas. I don’t drink coffee. In other words, I’m not health-obsessed, but I do alright.

My two vices?

An occasional Diet Coke as a treat a couple of times a week (and not even full cans!) and chocolate.

There are two important facts about life:

  • I am going to die.
  • You are going to die.

Let’s just be honest: people who point out the inadequacies in my eating and health regimen are merely quibbling over the bet they’re placing that I’ll die first. You’re telling me I’m killing myself and it’s my fault. You almost hint that I can take the blame for any physical ailment coming my way. I propose that cellular degeneration and the natural order of things might get some blame, and not just that Snickers I ate yesterday.

Snow White’s poisoned apple is a metaphor for supermarkets.

“Oh, but it’s a quality of life thing.”

The fact that I’m not fixating on the perfect purity of my food and not doing it to those around me means I have a pretty good quality of life.

When I eat a burger, I am thankful I have food, and that I don’t have to go out and gut the cow myself.

As I’m standing in the grocery store, I think of some of the poorest people in Nicaragua I’ve seen living and scrounging for food near the garbage dump. I get a bit upset at the arrogance that says the strawberries or apples or oranges stacked in heaping piles before me are “not good enough” because they are not organic.

I am repulsed by the idolatry that my body is so precious that I must find something more healthy and pure, that these non-organic fruits lack enough nutritional value for the little god that is me.

How does it work, that having a bountiful supply of food before me is seen as the enemy instead of a blessing?

Do I think I’m better than those people in poverty, so I deserve optimal “natural” food? Or, do I think that everyone deserves it, but because not everyone is in a place to access it, rice and corn mash are good enough for their kids but definitely not mine? When you donate food to the food pantry, do you donate the expensive organic carefully-sourced food that you insist is the only acceptable thing to put in your body and that you feed yourself and your family, or do you get the cheapest canned and boxed food at the store?

If your diet requires it, great. If you prefer it, fine. If you think it’s the only way to go, have at it. But don’t lecture me especially while we’re in the process of eating. I shouldn’t have to defend my digestive history.

The fear industry is the strongest industry at work today.

Out of the fear industry, many things have developed. Like being afraid of our food.

It ends up being an us-against-them battle waged against supermarkets, farmers, and anyone not making that gross runny organic yogurt that makes me throw up in my mouth (true story). It says the hell with “everything in moderation.” It implies that moms who let their kids eat Lucky Charms are basically evil beings inserting a Pixie Stix IV in their arm and laughing maniacally.

It creates Perfect Parent Food Guardian whose kids must not have a drop of corn syrup in their body, ever, until they’re 18. No hint of chemical or artificial anything must touch their lips. The child will glow with good health and surely be a better citizen and thinker because no malnourished human in the history of mankind has ever achieved greatness.

Go ahead. Create a different kind of eating disorder which associates food with fear and danger, and disease solely with choices people make so when someone gets sick they can gently suggest they deserved it because they’d eaten Oreos that one time four years ago.

The jogger still dies young of the heart attack. The vegetarian still gets cancer. The butter-eater and wine-drinker and cigar-smoker lives to be 98. You can’t predict.

Typhus wasn’t much fun.

We had a discussion about a similar topic at work, while on break, and a coworker came up with probably the best summation I could say in response to those who are hardcore anti-any kind of modern food, anti-vaccine, back-to-the-pioneer-times ideology: Typhus wasn’t fun.

Here’s a list of other things that aren’t fun:

  • Diptheria
  • Whooping Cough
  • Polio
  • Measles
  • Tetanus
  • Malaria
  • E. coli and other gut ripping illnesses
  • Hand-washing clothes and hanging them on the line even in the dead of winter
  • Living on the northern plains without fruits like oranges and bananas (among other delicious foods) technically not being in the “locally sourced” category
  • Killing a buffalo and using its guts for string, making pemmican, and creating a house out of its hide
  • Starvation
  • Trichinosis
  • Using ice-boxes instead of modern chemical-supported refrigeration
  • Non-electric sewing machines for all of your clothing needs
  • Butcher a pig, cure the meat, make your own lard
  • Chinking your cabin walls with animal dung and mud, and twisting prairie grass for heat because hey, let’s be honest, your home has a lot of toxicity built into it.

It’s easy to decry technology and its evils from your comfortable perch in the midst of it.

FYI: Honeybees were introduced to North America by Europeans, and tomatoes introduced to Europe by explorers. Do you really wish the Italians hadn’t gotten their hands on tomatoes? I love marinara. I love honey. I’m glad food hasn’t remained locally sourced only.

Pretty glad I can just go to the store and buy butter instead of doing this.

Pretty glad I can just go to the store and buy butter instead of doing this.

I don’t know if you’ve ever bothered to talk to someone who’s really old and had to do some of that live-off-the-land stuff, but you ask them if they want to go back to doing things by hand and they, like my grandma told me once when I asked if she missed the “good old days”, are probably going to come out in favor of automatic dishwashers, cake mixes, and Crisco. It wasn’t an alt-lifestyle option, but the only option, and given modernity, they leapt for it.

It’s called progress, because it is.

Yes, we have some diseases that are a result of the excess of our modern diet low exercise levels — that’s not the argument I’m making here — but the lack of progress had its own diseases and they were really ugly, too, with shortened lifespans overall.

Is it possible that I might make small choices and choose some chemical-free home products and eat more vegetables and try to buy locally and avoid GMO here and there when viable and still dig into a bowl of mac and cheese or douse the bathroom with Febreze when times call for it? That I might enjoy making my own bread but once in a while, buy a loaf from the store or order a pizza? That having a Diet Coke once in a while when I go out is a treat? Or is this just an all-or-nothing proposition? It seems that every moment is a lecture moment for the food police, whose forgiveness and grace policies are non-existent.

What goes in your head?

Maybe people ought to be more concerned about what they’re allowing in their head, rather than just their mouth. Shall I get after you for what you do and don’t read? Shall I lecture you on the shallow life of pursuing bodily health and not a robust mental existence?

Turn the TV off, unplug the internet, and shut out the voices convincing you that a world of unimaginable plenty isn’t good enough, isn’t healthy enough. Eat the food you have in moderation. The quality of my life, and my health, is fine. Someday it might not be. The same is true for you. Whether I drop over dead tomorrow or live to be 104, I’m not going to enjoy it any more by skipping the Diet Coke or excessive chocolate consumption. Keep your own guilt.

If I’m not in need of a drug-abuse intervention or confined to my bed because I weigh 900 pounds, it’s not necessary to say something about what I should or should not be eating, unless I ask you. Just about anyone eating overtly unhealthily isn’t doing so from a lack of knowledge, but other reasons. You’re not helping with those other reasons, I promise you. You might even be making them very much worse.

Enjoy the food you enjoy. Don’t enforce that on anyone else but yourself, especially when you’re sitting down to eat with them

CrossFit: July 8, 2013

Warm-Up: 2 min single unders, 2 min double unders, 30 sec plank hold, 30 sec L hold, 30 sec plank hold, 30 sec L hold, 30 sec plank hold

Strength: 3-3-3-3-3-3 squat clean with three front squats to find a challenging weight (not necessarily a 3 RPM) – I finished at 65# which is fairly light but I didn’t want to push the shoulder

WOD: Elizabeth 21-15-9 cleans and ring dips

7:12! Cleans at 55# and box dips instead of ring dips but I feel good about it. It was 6 hours ago and my shoulders and upper arms are already sore 🙂

CrossFit: July 4, 2013

Love America WOD

100 burpees

Run a mile

100 squats

Run a mile

100 SIt-ups

Run a mile

100 Push-ups

Run a mile

100 Pull-ups

Run a mile

Capped the workout at 1.5 hours which meant I was short 30 burpees and 1.5 miles worth of running. I chose to break them up into 10 reps of each activity and then run a half mile. At the end of the time, I just started finishing up the repetitions of the activities without running in between.

CrossFit: July 3, 2013

Warm-Up: 3 rounds of 200m, 10 kettlebell swings, 10 single arm kettlebell swings, and 20 grasshoppers

Skill: clean warm-up

Skillz: Hand stand push-ups – we walked thru how to properly do a push-up (hand shoulder width apart, first fingers pointed straight ahead, elbows rotated to point straight back, flat back, on your toes) and then how to progress to a handstand push-up

WOD: 15 min AMRAP of 5 walkout push ups, 10 kettlebell swings (25kg), 15 box jumps (24″)

I finished 5 rounds which meant I was contintually moving at a consistent pace for the entire 15 minutes. I’m ok with it. My hamstrings need to be less tight, my push-ups still look like inch worm dance moves more often than they look like planks, and I still step off the box (instead of jumping off which is faster) but I’m there and I’m working on it. 🙂

CrossFit: June 28, 2013

The muscles in my shoulder and neck started spasm-ing during CF on Monday so today was my first day back. I spent Monday and Tuesday at the chiropractor and then Tuesday and Wednesday laying on bags of ice but felt better Thursday.

Warm-Up: 3 rounds of 250m row, 100 single unders, 30 sec static hold

Strength: 500m row for time (2 mins flat :))

WOD: 3 RFT of 10 manmakers, 30 frog sit ups, 30 supermans

19:42 but I did deadlifts at 75# instead of manmakers because of my shoulder. It felt good to be back at the box and I talked with Jim for awhile afterwards about my shoulder. I’m going to start focusing on my posture. Jim let me borrow a PVC pole to put behind my back and hook my elbows around while I watch TV/hangout at home to try to help me built up some basic posture muscle in my shoulders. I’m also going to focus on it at work.

CrossFit: June 19, 2013

Warm-Up: 3 rounds of 400m run, 25 hollow rolls, 20 knees to elbows, 20 pointers, 100 single unders

Strength: OHS warm-up without weight

Extra: Timed mile – 7:55!! (I typically run much closer to 11 mins)

WOD: Helen – 3 RFT: 400m run, 21 kettlebell swings (25kg), 12 pull-ups

12:00 🙂

I was so proud of my times this morning, especially since I crossed something off my bucketlist last night which meant I was out and about until 1am (on a Tuesday school night!!). I told myself I wasn’t allowed to sleep in this morning or slack off once I got the box because I was going to be exhausted.

CrossFit: June 17, 2013

Warm-Up: 400m run, 200 single unders, 30 sec box hold

Strength: clean warm-up twice (once with weight, once without)

WOD: CrossFit Matters Benchmark

3 RFT (noting the split times, not the total time)

  • 500m row
  • 40 squats (butt to ball)
  • 30 frog leg sit-ups
  • 20 push-ups
  • 10 pull-ups

7:21, 7:14, and 9:15 – the first two rounds were good but I slowed down on the row the third time thru and then didn’t pick back up. I also went home a puked in the bushes (first time in my life I’ve ever throw up because I was working out). I’m calling it a win 🙂

CrossFit: June 12, 2013

Warm-Up: 250m row, 10 kettlebell swings, 10 single arm kettle bell swings, 10 kettlebell squats

Strength: 5 x 5 x 5 x 5 x 5 Back Squats from the rack

I have a new PR! 135# (which is currently higher than my 3 rep max is haha)

WOD: 3 RFT of 10 hang cleans (55#), 10 step lunges (with the bar still), 20 kettlebell swings (25kg)

7:43! First WOD under the 8 minute mark 🙂

Maybe this actually going three times a week to crossfit thing is starting to pay off…

CrossFit: June 11, 2013

Warm-Up: 250m row, 10 kettleball swings, 10 single arm kettlebell swings, 9 spiller rolls

 

Strength: 3 x 3 x 3 x 3 x 3 to deadlift max

I have a new deadlift PR!! 115# for a 3 rep max 🙂

 

WOD: 4 RFT of 10 push press (55#), 15 burpees, 200 single unders

19:55 and I am super proud of that! The volume of each exercise is what kills you. Each round by itself is fairly easy but combine all of them for 40 push presses, 60 burpees, and 800 single unders and you’re going to be sweatin!