WOD 01-16-2015

Last testimony before the challenge starts! I’ve been so impressed with all the changes Shannon has made in her diet. If she can cook and prepare Paleo meals with 3 kids running around, the rest of y’all have no excuses! Thanks for sharing, Shannon!

It took 36 years, but I finally feel the best I ever have in my life. I joined CFR in January 2014 and it’s one of the best decisions I’ve ever made. I have played sports and exercised my entire life, but I have never seen results like I have at CFR. So as my body started to look and feel better from the outside I decided it was time to concentrate on the inside.

During the summer of 2014 I developed a rash behind my knees. I wrote it off as heat rash but a wellness doctor I see suggested it was related to something I was eating, like gluten and dairy. I started following a paleo diet and within a few days the rash was completely gone. A few weeks later I was at the beach with my family and decided to just eat whatever everyone else ate; within 2 days the rash was back! This was my true turning point, realizing that what I put in my mouth has such a profound effect on my body. This was in August 2014 and I have been pretty strict paleo since then. I did decide to cheat this past Friday night and ate some pizza. I will never do that again; I woke up with swollen eyes and huge bags under both eyes. GLUTEN!!! It can cause swelling and fluid retention. Pizza was good, but not worth looking like I’d been in a fight the next morning 🙂

When I first started looking at paleo recipes and reading about it I was totally overwhelmed – foreign ingredients, and looked like a lot of time. However, once I got my pantry stocked with some staples it all seemed to get a little easier. My two pieces of advice are: 1) stock your pantry appropriately and 2) plan ahead. Although I am a “stay at home mom”, I don’t find myself at home much with free time. So I’ve learned to chop veggies the night before or early in the morning in preparation for the next meal, and I love to use my crockpot. I also like to bake in bulk. If I want to make banana bread, I go ahead and make 2 loaves – 1 for now and freeze the other one for weeks when I don’t have time to cook. I think it’s really important to always have paleo foods on hand, either fresh or frozen, because when I don’t is when I am tempted to cheat.

In my opinion, once you go paleo there’s no turning back. I look at all foods so differently now. I read labels of foods I’ve eaten forever and am appalled. They don’t even taste good now that I know what I was putting in my body. I’ve also gotten to where I LOVE eating at home and creating amazing cuisine. I still go out to eat some but I’m having so much fun in the kitchen discovering new foods I’m not tempted to eat out as much.

I could keep going and going . . .

Partner Battle
6 Cycles
10 Step Ups with a plate 24/20″ 45/35#
KB swings53/35#
One partner completes 10 step ups while the other partner completed Max KB swings. Each partner will complete 6 sets of step ups and 6 sets of max KB. Score is total KB for each person. The partner with the most KB swings wins. Loser has to complete the difference in the scores with hand release push ups.

Mobility: 3 drills from the squat chart.
Foam roll legs for 4-5 min.