CrossFit On Ramp: Food and Fitness.

Crossfit-forging elite fitnessThis morning I had my first CrossFit On Ramp class. I’m really excited and, well, ready to embark on this journey.

If you read my blog regularly, it has likely become clear that exercise is very important to me. Now, that doesn’t mean that I’m fit. In fact, the opposite is closer to the truth. But I know, and honor, that physical activity is not optional for me. Not for my optimal me.

I’d heard of CrossFit in a few different places before it popped up on Groupon last weekend. The workout-y daily deals always appeal to me but then I check the location. Twenty minutes away. Forty minutes away. Nope and nope. If I am going to get out of the house regularly for anything I must use that time as efficiently as possible. The CrossFit gym is less than 10 minutes from my house. The CrossFit philosophy is all about working at a high intensity for less time. Yes and yes!

paleo diet, caveman dietWednesday afternoon I went to the introductory session. And was told they recommend the Paleo (Paleolithic) Diet. This is also referred to as the Caveman Diet. Basically it’s only things that our ancestors could have eaten, following the belief that this is the lifestyle our bodies were built for. It’s a lot of meat, eggs, good fats, veggies, and some fruit. No grains. No dairy. No legumes. No way in hell.

At least not right now. I can’t speak for my for my future self, but in the present I could not imagine eating like that. Not to say that I’m not open to change. I will be embarking on a grain-free diet for the next four weeks. I will not be giving up dairy. I will not be greatly limiting my fruit intake (in fact it will probably increase, duh) and I will not be giving up all beans. I will be going “off sugar,” something I’ve considered for years but never followed through on.

There are a few caveats here. I have to live my life. I have to breastfeed my kid. I need energy, sanity, and pleasure. If there comes a point where I feel like this change has pushed me off balance to the point I may fall down I will stop. I do think you can eat healthy with grains. I will resume doing so.

Also, this is also not about weight. Yeah, I’ve got a few pounds of “baby weight” to lose, but I’m within 7-10 pounds of when I got pregnant so that is far from a major concern. I would like to get some of the muscle tone I had then back. Mostly this is about seeking fitness, trying new things, and walking the never-ending path to a balanced and robust life. I’m curious to see how my grain consumption may alter my energy. I’m eager to kick my mid-afternoon sugar cravings. I’m looking forward to this journey, even if it’s temporary.

This morning it became clear to me how out-of-shape I am. My upper body strength is nil. I can’t run a quarter-mile without wanting to vomit. Oh my improvements in the next month will be many! Starting Monday I will be sneaking out of bed (and boy do I hope I’m successful in this) between six and six-thirty so I can attend CrossFit from 7-8am three mornings a week.

And I’m looking forward to it.

After this morning’s baseline workout (200m, 15 squats, 15 push-ups, 15 [jumping] chin-ups, 12 squats, 12 push-ups, 12 chin-ups, 9 squats, 9 push-ups, 9 chin-ups, 200m) I can barely lift my arms. But it’s the best kind of pain (though you may want to ask me again tomorrow morning). It’s the pain of change, the pain of exciting new things, the pain of it paying off.

More on this to come I’m sure 🙂

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