Monday, February 1, 2010

The End of the Diet!

Well, I survived! Pretty pleasantly in fact. I feel great, I look a lot better than I ever have before and see no reason to stop now. I will not be nearly as strict as I have been these last 31 days but I figure I'll stay paleo about 85% of the time. Ideally, I like to have really defined abs simply because I've never had that before and I'm totally vain. Anyway, my goal from now is to blog about once a week about whatever fancies me. Hopefully I'll be able to keep it up. Below are the pics taken on day 31. Can you see a difference?



Thursday, January 21, 2010

Log for 1/21

Breakfast:

2 strips bacon
2 eggs
1 apple
1 banana
handful walnuts
4 fish oil pills

Lunch:

Brisket
Raw Jalapeno Sauerkraut
Baba Ganoush
4 fish oil pills

Dinner:

Brisket
Raw Jalapeno Sauerkraut
baba ganoush
walnuts

WOD:

100 burpee pull ups: 14:05

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Whoops

Don't worry, I stayed on the diet for the last two days, but I was unavailable to blog about it. Here's todays food:

Breakfast:

2 strips bacon
2 eggs
1 pear
1 slice melon
handful of pumpkin seeds
4 fish oil pills

Lunch:

Brisket
roatest brussels sprouts, beets, rutabaga, sunchoke, onion, parsnip
Chicken wing
4 fish oil pills

Snack:

1 apple
Carrots w/ baba ganoush
Apple

Dinner:

Brisket
roasted rutabaga, parsnip, sunchoke
raw jalapeno sauerkraut.

Dessert:

Honeydew melon slice

Workout:

6 x 300 meter runs (rest 3 times as long as each rep took)

55 sec, 56 sec, 56 sec, 57 sec, 57 sec, 58 sec

Saturday, January 16, 2010

Food log 1/15

Breakfast:

3 strips bacon
Pineapple
Cantaloupe
Walnuts
4 fish oil pills

Lunch:

Seared tuna
Roasted beets, celery root, carrots, turnips
4 fish oil pills

Snack:

Almonds

Dinner:

Salmon Steak
Swiss chard
Arugula salad w/ avocado, tomato, onion

Dessert:

Carrots w/ almond butter

Workout:

As many rounds as possible in 15 minutes of:

21 sledge hammer swings (left side)
21 sledge hammer swings (right side)
7 strict pull-ups

4 rounds + 21 swings on each side + 5 pull ups

Thursday, January 14, 2010

HALF WAY!



That's me on day 14 of this experiment. I see some slight changes in my body composition, which I am very happy about, but more importantly, I feel great. I never crash in the middle of the day, I don't eat much outside of my main meals and am never starving like I was prone to when I ate lots of carbs. I also generally feel strong when I hit the gym, and it shows in my numbers. Supposedly, days 15-31 are when you really start to see drastic changes from the paleo diet. I cannot wait.

Breakfast:

4 strips bacon
1 banana
handful walnuts
4 fish oil pills

Lunch:

Arugula salad w/ turkey, bacon, avocado, Brussels sprouts, beets, asparagus, onions, EVOO, balsamic vinaigrette
4 fish oil pills

Snack:

Carrots w/ almond butter
Chicken heart/liver fried in duck fat
Pineapple
Cantaloupe

Dinner:

Chicken leg/thigh
Roasted beets, Brussels sprouts, onion, tomato, green bell pepper, zucchini
Beet greens sauteed with onions and bacon

Workout:

Today's workout involved a ridiculous amount of handstand work, which I suck at. So I drilled handstands progressions all day. Nothing too intense, so I'm going to skip my rest day tomorrow and work on my SNATCH.

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Day 13

Breakfast:

1 lamb chop
1 banana
Handful of Walnuts
Handful of blueberries
4 fish oil pills

Lunch:

2 lamb chops
spaghetti squash
grape tomatoes
baba ganoush
4 fish oil pills

Snack:

Apple
Carrots w/ Almond Butter

Dinner:

Smoked Salmon w/cucumber, onions, capers
Walnuts
Carrots w/ Almond butter and baba ganoush


Workout:

5 rounds of

150 lb bench press max reps
Pull-ups max reps

Bench: 7, 4, 3, 4, 3
Pull-ups (kipping): 12, 10, 13, 7, 10

Food and work from yesterday

Forgot to update yesterday:

Breakfast:

2 eggs
1 chicken sausage
Strawberries
Pumpkin Seeds
4 fish oil pills

Lunch:

Pork chop
roasted asparagus, beets, parsnips, carrots, garlic, onion
4 fish oil pills

Dinner:

1 can of tuna
carrots w/ baba ganoush
strawberries
walnuts

Workout:

3 rounds for time of:

50 meter walking lunges
100 meter broad jumps
200 meter sprint

Time: 15:09

Monday, January 11, 2010

Day 11

Breakfast:

2 eggs
Chicken Sausage
1/2 avocado
banana
cashews/pecans
4 fish oil pills

Lunch:

London broil
spaghetti squash
Cabbage and carrot slaw
baba ganoush
4 fish oil pills

Snack:

Carrots w/almond butter
baba ganoush
walnuts

Dinner:

Pork chop
Roasted beets, asparagus, parsnips, carrots, garlic, onion

Dessert:

Blueberries

No exercise today, hitting it hard tomorrow.

Sunday, January 10, 2010

Bleh

This weekend did not turn out as expected. It started off really well, peaking on Saturday, where I destroyed my old “Fran” time by over 2 minutes. Very awesome. I still didn’t do it at the prescribed weight, but next time, you better believe I will. Then, I had a 2 hour private training session with this guy (Link). We worked on the snatch (link), clean (link), and jerk (link). At the time, the lifts were incredibly confusing for me, but thanks to the trainers expertise, I felt immensely more confident in the technique involved. Awesome.



Also, before I post my diet and workouts from the last two days, here is a picture of me when I started this diet. I’m now ten days in, and I feel fantastic. I don’t think I look that much different yet, but supposedly days 14-30 are when you really start to notice some changes. I’ll post pictures of days 14 and 31 when they come up so you can decide for yourself.



Food from 1/09

Brunch:

2 eggs
3 bacon strips
roasted vegetables

snack:

apple w/almond butter

dinner:

smoked salmon w/ tomato and onion
2 small pieces of London broil

WOD:

"Fran"

21-15-9

Thrusters
Pull-ups

6:08

Food from 1/10:


3 egg scramble with red bell pepper, chicken sausage, avocado, cholula
carrot with almond butter

Lunch:

Can of tuna
Carrots and celery with almond butter
Red bell pepper slices

Dinner:

Spaghetti Squash
Homemade slaw w/ cabbage and carrots
Sauteed beet greens and onions
Homemade baba ganoush
London Broil

Saturday, January 9, 2010

SOBER WEEKEND

Did cleans this morning:

95lbs, 115lbs, 135lbs, 135lbs, 135lbs, 155lbs (F), 135lbs.

I know I can lift more, but my technique has some serious flaws. Thankfully I'm taking a two hour olympic lifting class tomorrow.

Breakfast:

Can of tuna with EVOO
Blueberries
Pineapple
Banana
Pecans/Cashews
4 fish oil pills

Lunch:

Salad w/ spinach, mushrooms, onion, avocado, blueberries, tomato, garlic vinaigrette
Spaghetti squash "pasta" w/ chicken, pumpkin seed pesto.
4 fish oil pills

Dinner:

Rotisserie Chicken
Rustic Cauliflower
Fennel, Grapefruit, Onion salad

Dessert:

Thursday, January 7, 2010

TGIF!

I'll keep this one short, but expect a much more detailed update this weekend, complete with photos, thoughts, and predictions all from successfully completing my first week of PALEO LIVING! WOOOOO!

Breakfast:

Apple with almond butter
Pineapple chunks
pumpkin seeds
4 fish oil pills

Lunch:

Small piece of steak
Chicken thigh
roasted veggies (squash, eggplant, onion, garlic, zucchini, bell pepper, tomato, beets)
4 fish oil pills

Dinner:

Salad w/spinach, tomato, blueberry, avocado, onion, garlic vinagrette
Pumpkin seed pesto
Spagetti squash "pasta"
Shrimp

Dessert:

Blueberries

No gym today, a boy needs his rest.

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Roommate's Awesome Paleo Surprise Dinner

Today's workout was absolutely brutal. 5 rounds of 50 wall balls and 25 pull ups. I finished it in 38 minutes and change and was basically going through the motions by the end. Terrible. The good thing though, is that my hands did not rip, which is a first for pull ups of this volume. Thank god tomorrow is a rest day. On the good side, when I woke up from a late evening nap it turns out my awesome roommates had made this:



Needless to say it was an amazing treat.

Paleo day 6:

Breakfast:

1 small piece of sliced steak
Apple with Almond Butter
Banana
Cashews
Pecans
4 fish oil pill

Lunch:

Salad with arugula, steak, tomato. carrot, baba ganoush
Cauliflower
4 fish oil pills

Snack:

Cashews and Pecans

Dinner:

Small piece of steak,
carrots, almond butter,
baba ganoush

Dinner 2:

Chicken,
salad with carrots, tomato, broccoli, onion, and garlic dressing,
roasted beets, squash, garlic, tomato,

Tuesday, January 5, 2010

On the 5th day of Paleo....

Day five has come and gone and I have no complaints. I had to buy my lunch at Whole Foods and as far as I can tell, the only non-paleo thing about it is the salt (which I cook with anyway), and the canola oil in the salad. I feel good in general, I find that I am eating a lot less, and when I eat stuff that I haven't cooked myself (only happened for two meals so far) that it is way saltier that I ever noticed before. Oh and I have another goal that I'd like to maintain for this month and even the rest of the year, 8 hours of sleep each night. Might not be possible, but lets give it a spin.



Breakfast:

2 eggs,
2 strips bacon,
banana
apple

Snack:

Sunflower seeds

Lunch:

Chicken leg,

fennel, onion, grapefruit salad,

"Rustic cauliflower": cauliflower , green pepper, tomato, kale.

Dinner:

Steak
Arugula salad with tomato, carrot, EVOO, pepper
baba ganoush

Workout:

Five rounds for time of:
Run 400 meters
25 GHD Sit-ups
25 Hip Extensions

Time: 24:48

I had to switch from GHD sit ups to weighted abmat sit ups after the first three rounds because my back was killing me. Otherwise, I felt pretty strong throughout. Tomorrows work out looks like a real beast though. Wall balls and pull ups. Super.

Monday, January 4, 2010

Day 4

Breakfast:

Banana, Apple, Cashews, 3 Eggs, 3 strips bacon

Lunch:

Two chicken thighs, roasted veggies (beets, tomatos, parsnips, butternut squash, garlic, onion)

Snack: Pecans, Cashews, Pumpkin seeds

Dinner:

Can of tuna with EVOO, carrots, baba ganoush, pineapple, cantaloupe, pecans almond butter


Today’s Workout:

3 rounds for time of 12 muscle ups, 75 squats.

Time: 16:29

I think I discovered a new goal for 2010, get a muscle up! I had to jumping muscle ups for this one and they were pretty tough. Revised 2010 goals: 1 muscle up, 1 back flip, 1 hand stand push up, 6 pack. WooWoo!

Sunday, January 3, 2010

Parkour and Paleo

I skipped yesterday’s Crossfit workout because I tore my left hand a couple days ago doing “Angie.” My grip strength has definitely improved in the last couple of months, but 100 kipping pull-ups is still murder on my hands. Today I went to a Parkour class in Greenpoint. It was a lot of fun, but I didn’t get to do any of the cool drills, as it was my first class. My goal is to be able to do a back flip. I’m not sure what a reasonable time frame is for something like this, so I’ll just give myself until the end of the year. I accomplished two of my three goals from last year, 10 consecutive dead hang pull-ups and a sub 20 minute 5k, but I am not at all close to a handstand pushup. I can get into the handstand against the wall, but moving down is near impossible at this point, so I’ll add hand stand push up to my list of goals for the end of year as well. Back flip, handstand, and six-pack. Not too unreasonable. Food from yesterday and today:

Saturday January 2nd

Breakfast:

4 eggs
4 strips bacon
Leftover roasted vegetables

Lunch:

Seafood tom yum
Cashew chicken

Snacks:

Carrots with almond butter, handful of pecans, pieces of cantaloupe and pineapple, small handful of cashews

Dinner:

Arugula salad with avocado, carrots, tomato, pecans, grilled salmon, EVOO and lemon dressing.

Sunday January 3rd

Breakfast: steak and 3 eggs, pineapple and cantaloupe pieces, small handful of cashews.

Snack: Carrots with almond butter, baba ganoush, pecans, cashews.

Dinner: Can of tuna with EVOO, carrots, pecans, apple

Friday, January 1, 2010

Today marks the beginning of my first time ever going on a diet. For the next 30 days I will be eating strictly Paleolithic. The paleo diet calls for lean meats, fruits, vegetables, nuts, and healthy fats. Grains, legumes, sugars, and refined or processed foods are strictly forbidden. I have been looking for an excuse to start using the blog again so here it is. I’ll be posting what I eat everyday and also the workouts that I do from Crossfit Brooklyn. If I am motivated to post other thoughts I’ll be sure to let you know.

Crossfit:

Cindy:

AMRAP in 20 minutes of

5 pull-ups
10 push-ups
15 squats

11 rounds plus 5 pull-ups and 7 push-ups.

Not a PR for me, but considering I did 100 pull ups yesterday for “Angie” and my left hand tore a little, I think I did alright. My goal for the next time this workout comes up is 14 rounds.

Food:

Lunch: Spinach salad w/ tuna, beets, asparagus, Brussels sprouts, onion, broccoli, hearts of palm, EVOO and balsamic vinegar

Snack: handful of raw pecans

Dinner: Steak, roasted vegetables (Brussels sprouts, tomatoes, garlic, butternut squash, eggplant