The Collapse (My Experience at CrossFit, Part 4 of 4)

The last day sucked.

My last day at CrossFit I faced a serious case of muscle fatigue. I could barely get into a full squat, let alone lift weights or drag myself across the floor doing bear crawls. To put it simply, my last day I sucked. Continue reading

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I Could Wrestle Then Eat a Bear If I Had the Energy (My Experience at CrossFit, Part 2 of 4)

I is ded kitteh. Ded kittehs don't need to do CrossFit.

It was really hard to go back to day two of training. My thighs have been especially sore from the squats and rowing that we did yesterday, and I had no idea what was in store for me. Thankfully, the program was a little more lenient, but not by much. Continue reading

Sweating Blood, Dying, then Returning to Life as a Fitter Suzie (My Experience at Crossfit, Part 1 of 4)

Thank god for deal sites like Groupon, Living Social, and in this case, Facebook. Crossfit is expensive, and that had always deterred me from trying (I have seen prices ranging from $150 to $250 a month). However, through the power of social media, I came across a deal that advertised,

Two Weeks of CrossFit Fitness Program for 2 at CrossFit O-Zone in Lawrenceville, GA
Purchased Sunday, June 5, 2011 at 7:55pm from Facebook Deals
$39USD

So Christine, my now workout buddy, and I are trying this out for the next two weeks. Yesterday was our first day.

We have the pleasure of a personal trainer working with us through the introductory class, which runs from yesterday (Monday) through Thursday. He started us off with a light jog, about a quarter mile. Fine, I can do that. Then, he stretched us out. No big deal. Next he showed us what we were going to try to do as a workout.

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An Introduction to Free Climbing Pt1: Equipment

As many of you know, I enjoy climbing as my sport of choice. I’m not fantastically good at it—I definitely need to drop my body fat a bit more and I’ve never taken a class—but it’s something that I love and enjoy doing a few times a week. Today I start a several-part series on what rock climbing is, how people can participate, and a bit of technique.

Despite the above picture, most of the climbing I do is at a gym. I am lucky enough to live four minutes away from Stone Summit, USA’s largest climbing gym. Thus, this perspective will be given for indoor climbing, otherwise known as free climbing. Continue reading

Accidental Chocolate Fondue Recipe

Yesterday, I was attempting to make some Paleo whipped cream to put over my berries. Unfortunately, after leaving my coconut milk in the refrigerator for 24 hours, it didn’t thicken. Turns out it was a blessing in disguise.

Primal Chocolate Fondue

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Is it Possible to be Strong and Feminine?

Gina is the editor of “The First Fifteen Pounds,” a blog documenting her introduction into the paleo lifestyle and her progress in Taekwondo. She is a former roommate of mine, a close friend, and has been a fantastic blogger since 2008. 

Grr!

Ah, the age old question of the feminist movement. But here we aren’t talking about psychologically, financially, or societally, we’re talking about physically. It is possible to build muscle strength and still fit into whatever your definition of feminine is?

Since this is something that has been on my mind a bit lately, I decided to keep my eyes open for information about the issue.

There is an excellent post on one of my favorite blogs, Everyday Paleo, about this very question. The guest poster, Jason Seib of Primitive Stimulus, details the capabilities of one of his female clients, who can pump a ridiculous amount of iron but still looks pretty standard-fare feminine (and beautiful!). In the interest of keeping this woman’s picture at least somewhat under her control, I suggest you look at the post to see her before and after pictures. Pretty awesome!

Additionally, a simple Google image search of women who do cross fit shows a lot of really feminine-looking women. Here are a few for examples: Continue reading

Acupressure, NAET, and The Most Delicious Primal Omelet Ever

While doing NAET, I’m expecting to do a little of at-home therapy. While the treatment is (hopefully) working, just doing the small amount of acupressure tires me out. I plan to go to bed at 10 tonight, which is unusually early for me.

Today I tried to keep my polarity normal. Polarity treatments are based on the concept of people having a natural energy field that needs to be balanced. I balance my polarity through a spray.

No kidding.

While I’m not sure how 15 sprays of this sucker 3x a day will help me, I can only have good faith.

In addition to righting my polarity, I have to do about a half-hour of acupressure daily. I push on the 13 defined points for 30 seconds a piece, and then rest for 15 minutes. While I do this, I hold a vial of extract that I am trying to treat; this week, the vial has latex.

The vial and the front-facing pressure points

The rest period after acupressure is peaceful. In the future, I plan to do the acupressure right before bed… it is certainly calming.

Food today was good, though I didn’t get a picture of all of it. Most notably, I made the most delicious Primal omelet ever. The recipe follows:
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Beginning NAET Treatments

Allergies suck.

Allergies suck.

Today, I continued to amble further down the nontraditional lifestyle and medical path. I started NAET, or Nambudripad’s Allergy Elimination Treatment.

I have always had allergies. Some less severe, some very severe. The list that I am treating is at the bottom of this post.

While the list is extensive, I realize (and pray) that this treatment could change my life. No more eczema. No more hives. No more fear of eating at buffets, visiting a latex-using doctor, or biting into a chocolate bar. This could really change my life, forever.

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Okay So, It’s Been A Few Weeks (and Cow Tongue Too)

Vacation, doing a bit of work, and general laziness have all deterred me from updating this blog. Never fear, dear readers, I’m back!

I went out and bought three books on Paleo and Primal eating. Currently I’m reading The Primal Blueprint by Mark Sisson over at Mark’s Daily Apple. His blog is fantastic; I highly recommend checking it out! I also purchased The Paleo Solution by Robb Wolf and The Paleo Diet by Loren Cordain. All of these books are “classics” in the online paleo community, so if you haven’t read them, definitely check them out.

I’ve also decided that I am done counting days that I am on this diet/lifestyle/whatever, because unlike 4HB, I’m really enjoying the food that I am eating. I want this change to be permanent. Nevertheless, I plan to update every day with new recipes, thoughts, insights, and maybe a bit of food journaling.

The first recipe I bring you is: delicious cow tongue. Continue reading