Warm-up: CFWU, 10 Pass-Throughs on Parallettes, 10 Max Attempts at Double-Unders
Max Weight Pull-Up: 1RM
MetCon – Isotarded:
L-Sit on Parallettes
Bottom of Air Squat
90° Angle Pull-Up Lock-Off
Top of Superman
How is Paleo going for everyone? I haven’t seen a journal in a while. Don’t forget to bring those in! If you don’t, you won’t be eligible to win even if you lose the most weight! If you have fallen off the wagon then hitch up your pants and get back on. Today’s guest blog post is by our last Paleo challenge male winner: Travis McCroskey.
Also, I want to remind everyone that tomorrow is our last full day of the week and Thursday is just morning classes. Friday and Saturday we are closed due to the CrossFit Games Regional competition.
Wish someone from the gym luck, after all, they are representing KTOWN,
<3 Coach Miss J
My name is Travis McCroskey for anyone who might not know me and I recently had my one year anniversary with Crossfit Ktown. I was fortunate enough to be a part of Ktown’s first Paleo Challenge which took place at the beginning of this year. I know we’re in the midst of another one now and since I was lucky enough to not only survive, but win the first challenge, I hope my Paleo story will help everyone competing now and anyone who is thinking about going Paleo in the future.
I had two huge motivating factors when I began the challenge in January. First, I wanted to improve my overall fitness. I’m a student at UT law school and because of all the stress and law school’s uncanny ability to rob you of your free time (and soul), it encourages unhealthy eating. Also, I’ve always been a little self conscious about how I look (I was husky as a child) and I’m getting married this Friday (editors note: this was LAST Friday), so Paleo also provided the perfect opportunity to get in shape for the wedding pictures.
Well going Paleo helped me accomplish my first goal. I began the challenge weighing in at 186lbs and ended at a slim and sleek 165lbs. Twenty one pounds sounds like a lot to lose and it is. Sometimes I’ll find a twenty pound dumbbell in the gym and imagine what pull-ups would be like if it was still attached to me.
The second motivator I had entering the challenge is a personal one. I have a family history of early deaths related to heart disease. My doctor has told me for several years now that I would probably have to start on cholesterol medication if I could not lower it on my own. With this in mind I embarked on my 10 week Odyssey of red meat and ranch dressing, with nearly everyone (outside of the gym) who heard about what I was doing calling me crazy.
A week after the challenge ended I had my blood tested again, and instead of putting me on the heart transplant list the doctor told me my numbers had actually improved. While my overall blood cholesterol was still fairly high, both my good cholesterol (HDL) and blood fat levels (triglycerides) improved significantly. I say all that to make the point that Paleo is more than some fad diet or quick way to lose weight; it’s a viable, healthy lifestyle.
Now, for everyone who is still in the middle of the newest Paleo challenge, I wanted to think of a way to encourage you guys to stick with it, so I thought I would share some of my experiences and thoughts from doing the Paleo Challenge with you. Here are some excerpts from my food/thought journal which I kept along the way. As a warning I tend to be a little melodramatic when I’m writing things to myself.
Breakfast: 3 hard boiled eggs, cashews, almonds, strawberries
Lunch: Salad w/ranch, hamburger sans buns
Dinner: Turkey, baby carrots, mixed nuts, spinach
Mood/Comments: Defiance. I’m out to prove everyone wrong who said I wouldn’t be able to do this thing.
Breakfast: 3 eggs, 3 pieces of sausage
Lunch: Paleo taco salad
Dinner: Triple Baconator with no bread or cheese, side salad
Mood/Comments: Despair. My numbers have dropped and I’m basically hungry all the time. If someone offers me a diet coke to rob a bank I don’t know what I’ll do.
Breakfast: 2 Italian sausages
Lunch: Oven Roasted Chicken Sub without the bread
Dinner: Paleo Pot Roast
Comments: I feel like I’ve broken through a wall and I can be on this thing for the long run. Also starting to see serious weight loss results.
Breakfast: 3 Pieces Sausage, 3 Eggs
Lunch: Homemade Paleo Tuna Salad, almonds
Dinner: Paleo Tacos, berries with almond butter
Comments: Things are easier every day. People at the law school have started talking about how weird it is that I eat half a pound of hamburger for lunch every day, and yet still lose weight.
From the halfway point on things were easier and it started to become less of a chore to eat Paleo and more of a habit. I enjoyed going to the store and planning my meals in advance, and instead of being jealous of the chubby kids in Kroger sitting in shopping carts filled with diet coke and pop tarts I felt sorry for them. My semi-elitist attitude didn’t end at the grocery store, almost everyone I know has tried to lose weight at some point in their lives and I found the way to do it and it doesn’t involve starving yourself or counting calories.
Paleo is simple, but it’s not easy. You’re breaking an addiction (carbs and sugar) which you’ve had for your entire life. I honestly believe if you can do this you can do anything. I don’t want to sound like I believe that my own willpower and fortitude was the reason I did so well with Paleo, it wasn’t. What helped me succeed was knowing I was going through it with my gymmates. Seeing Scott, James, Ben, Doug and everyone else who suffered through it with me motivated me to stick with it and I’m glad I did. Now that the challenge is done for me I’ll have what I learned with me from now on. I’m in the best shape of my life, I know how to be fit, and I’m going to look very impressive in the wedding pictures.
Your Fellow Carnivore,