AMRAP (As Many Rounds As Possible) in 16 Minutes:
8 Chest-to-Bar Pull-ups
8 Pistols (4 per leg)
8 Deadlifts (185#/135#)
Nan and Melissa getting it done:
Attention “Slop Stoppers!”
We are almost 2 weeks into our “Stop the Slop” Nutrition and Performance Challenge! The efforts at better reps and better eats are going to pay off. Believe it and stick with it! Your coaches have been reviewing food logs, fielding questions, and hearing very similar experiences. These topics range from weight loss, body comp changes, recipes, falling off and climbing back on the wagon, energy swings, and more. It’s all good to talk about and all things that have happened to those who have cleaned up their diet before. If we haven’t given you feedback on your logs yet keep documenting and we will follow up.
Stay strong, don’t reinvent the program and don’t “okay” each cheat meal or slip. Simply acknowledge it, get strict and test your willpower. Watch the video below and imagine how much willpower USA Weightlifter Zach Krych must have to come back from such a devastating injury. Think about how much discipline and “never” quit attitude this guy must display. If he can do that then you can give up bread, beer, and pasta and eat meat and vegetables, nuts and seeds, some fruit, little starch and no sugar. Oh and drink plenty of water.
Read Lindsay’s insightful and humorous email she sent us about her recent “Faileo” Weekend and the “aha” moment she had. If you have fallen off the wagon, take Lindsay’s advice and climb back on and drive that damn wagon off into the sunset!
“What I Learned When I Fell Off the Wagon”
What I’m about to say is mildly shameful, and certainly an admission of guilt. This past weekend was the first time I ventured out of my Paleo bubble since my husband and I have made some major life changes. I started a new job, we both started Crossfit (he re-started; I was brand new) and both made the choice to eat (and live) cleaner, healthier and more simply, with the most recent declaration coming in the form of our “Stop the Slop” challenge.
My guilty admission? The slop stopped me. I had a near-total failure of a Paleo weekend.
However, I say near because, while I ingested an obscene amount of inflammatory factory food, I learned a valuable lesson. And as I traveled home last night, I thought that maybe this lesson would be good to pass on to my fellow Slop-Stoppers.
My lesson: In the midst of my Paleo nose-dive, my new “way of life” was affirmed. I had a moment of clarity. For the first time in memory (maybe ever), I looked into an everyday, run of the mill pantry and didn’t find a single thing that was worth eating. I recalled what I had consumed in the last 2 days (broccoli cheddar soup being one of the worst offenders) and felt total shame. In that moment, I realized the difference between food and fuel. If I had looked into that pantry 3 months ago, I would’ve grabbed that box of Smart Start cereal or that whole grain bagel and peanut butter jar and told myself “Great choice! Healthy choice! One point for Team Lindsay!” Tasty? Yes. Wholesome? Duh, yeah. Now…well, I know better. After rummaging through my friends’ fridge (and not finding a single piece of fruit or vegetable) I found a lone banana on the kitchen counter and ran away with it.
This Faileo weekend could derail me and send me into a deep fried potato bender. I could drown my missteps in a pool of maple syrup or at the bottom of a Coke can. But I don’t want to. I want to be better than that. It isn’t failure that defines you; how you chose to recover from it defines you. So I am choosing to use my cheese and sugar whiplash as motivation to not only get back on the wagon, but to drive that damn wagon into a fiery red sunset.
Shake it out, re-grip and 3, 2, 1, go!”