Challenge? Ok. Challenge Accepted.

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First things first.  Tonight is Kindergarten Roundup!  We are so excited in this house!  I know, I know the love of school everyday will probably wear off faster than the love of a diet but for now my boys are beside themselves that they finally get to go to kindergarten.  Um, I’m not so sad either.  Except for the fact that I’m going to lose my hour to myself every morning.  That hour between my workout and when they get up is glorious.  Oh well.  Wait!  I’m sitting here ruining my own excitement.  Ok I’ll stop.  Still excited.

I’m assuming you can tell from my amateur graphic at the top that I have a Paleo challenge going on.  Let me tell you all about it.  In Crossfit world they have these food/workout challenges.  They are always different to some degree. The big picture, in my experience, has been centered around eating Paleo food and ideally getting leaner and stronger over the course of a specific time period.  Most of the time it’s a competition with different ways to score and a winner at the end.  Let me just say that I LOVE that they do this.  It does help folks understand the Paleo lifestyle and see the progress they can make when eating well.  Selfishly, I also love that I have a group of people I can talk to about the way I eat.  The Bearded Husband and I actually started Crossfit because they had the same eating ideals that we did. 

Now, let me also say that I have been in this Crossfit world for almost two years and I’ve never actually participated in one of these challenges.  What?!  I know.  Here’s the thing, one thing I don’t like about this sort of set up is it does make it feel like a diet.  A way of eating that has an end date.  The idea is the date ends and you love it so much you keep going.  Some do, some don’t.  I am NOT on a diet.  I eat the way I eat because I get to actually eat tasty food and it makes me feel good.

I mean seriously.  Sooo good.

I mean seriously. Sooo good.

 It cures what ails me I tell ya!  Another simple reason is I’m usually training for a race so I have to tweak my diet.  I know what works and I go with it, as opposed to what the rules say.  Now, if you’ve read other posts you know I’ve done my own “challenges” but I made up the rules…

This time is different!  I’m not technically training for a specific race so that excuse is out and I’ve gotten a little stale with my progress.  I’m eating Paleo and doing all of the same stuff but I feel stale, plateaued, paused…whatever you want to call it.  I need some excitement!  I paid my buy in and signed up.  I’m going to let my trainer tell me how to eat.  I’ll try not to punch him in the throat.

One other big difference I have mentioned before is our Crossfit box has changed.  We are not Crossfit any longer, it’s called Form and Function Fitness.   Besides Crossfit workouts he’s added other classes that encompass other types of fitness.  As far as the runners go he encourages us and works with us to run a billion miles a week.  I like it.

So I’m telling you all of this craziness as background to my morning.  It was lightening and we couldn’t run.  I like to eat fries, not be one.  Duh.  So I had two choices, back to bed or Crossfit.  Well…in the challenge you get an extra piece of fruit and a starch (sweet potato) for workout days.  Guess which one I did?  Yep, I went to Crossfit at 5am for extra food.  I’m no different than my dog.

deadliftcollagefrontsquatApril2015I’m glad I went.  You never regret a workout right? Hmmm?  Anyway, I was finally able to do deadlifts without my hamstring screaming!  Yay!  We also did front squats and strict press.  Thankfully, he didn’t get a picture of the strict press.  I suck at those, and whine and complain.  I probably looked a crybaby struggling to get not that heavy of a weight over my head.  But I’m trying at least!  Trying not to punch him in the throat…Who am I kidding?  I don’t even punch that hard.

You’re thinking oh yay now we get to hear all about her meals everyday.  Don’t worry, I’ll try not to go too crazy.  I do have to tell you my recipes will be missing maple syrup and honey for a while.  That’s ok.  We can certainly live without it folks!