Modern to Primal: My Evolution to Proper Nutrition and Elite Fitness

a corpse with muscle.
July 29, 2009, 9:39 pm
Filed under: Celebrity Fitness



This is not an appealing look. For ANYONE. I’m glad she’s got muscles, and she may be strong, but dang. She looks like beef jerky. Is this the result of an ultra-low body fat percentage?


July 28, 2009, 8:26 pm
Filed under: Food, Health and Wellness, Junk Food

hungry-girlI have this well-meaning aunt that knows I’ve struggled with my weight for some time, and has recently been forwarding me some nutrition/diet tips from this website called Hungry Girl ( It’s all the standard CW bullshit, and I cringe at all of the ‘healthy’ suggestions they list. Check out their ‘healthy’ mac ‘n’ cheese (using heart healthy whole grain pasta, of course!):

Serving Size: 1 serving (about 1/3rd of the package), prepared according to classic box instructions
Calories: 410
Fat: 19g
Sodium: 710mg
Carbs: 49g
Fiber: 1g
Sugars: 7g
Protein: 10g

It always makes me roll my eyes when I see dieters trying to justify a sugar/carb binge as healthy when it’s low fat. Check it:

HG News You Can Use! Holey Donuts! makes really great-tasting low-fat donuts & reduced-fat cinnamon buns — and the donut co. is wrapping up a FANTASTIC contest right now. Five winners will each win three boxes of yummy low-fat donuts…

Well, shit…if the donut is LOW FAT that must mean it’s healthy, right?! No mention of the sugar content, because sugar is apparently a non-factor. Always looking for a way to deceive ourselves into thinking we’re making good choices.

And…the worst one:

Post’s Bowls of Hope Program – Want to chew for a cause? Chew on this… Until the end of ’09, Post will donate one bowl of cereal to Feeding America for every purchase of specially marked Post Shredded Wheat cereal (up to 15 million bowls!).

Great! Feed the world sugary, nutritionally-void pseudo food! Thanks, Post! Grr. So now I wonder if I should bother saying anything to my aunt. If she found out that I’m following a high-fat (saturated, even!), low-carb nutritional plan, she’d probably freak out. I haven’t told many people about it, as they tend to give me looks of disapproval and bewilderment and subtle, “Just be careful” warnings. I’ve not felt this good in a very long time, so I’m not worried about the approval of others, but it does get old feeling like you have to justify the way you eat.

July 28, 2009, 12:17 am
Filed under: CrossFit, Fitness

I am chomping at the bit to get started. I know it’s going to put me through hell, but I can’t freaking wait.

stepping out of my comfort zone and into elite fitness
July 27, 2009, 3:04 am
Filed under: CrossFit, Fitness
crossfit-girl-front-squat World-Class Fitness in 100 Words:
Eat meat and vegetables, nuts and seeds, some fruit, little starch and no sugar. Keep intake to levels that will support exercise but not body fat. Practice and train major lifts: Deadlift, clean, squat, presses, C&J, and snatch. Similarly, master the basics of gymnastics: pull-ups, dips, rope climb, push-ups, sit-ups, presses to handstand, pirouettes, flips, splits, and holds. Bike, run, swim, row, etc, hard and fast. Five or six days per week mix these elements in as many combinations and patterns as creativity will allow. Routine is the enemy. Keep workouts short and intense. Regularly learn and play new sports.
~Greg Glassman
My sister and I have decided to join a CrossFit gym in Minneapolis. I found out about the concept online while searching for strength training exercises. I visited the gym this past Friday and had a brief consultation with Tyler, the owner and lead trainer. He ran me through the philosophy and history behind CrossFit, as well as his own goals for the gym and my personal fitness goals. I was apparently supposed to get a workout in, but I didn’t realize it and didn’t bring any workout clothes. But that actually worked out well, because my sister and I are going to come back later this week and have our initial workout/consult together. We’re both really pumped for this, but at the same time, anxious. This is WAY out of either of our comfort zones, as neither one of us is what you would consider athletic. I told Tyler about my own hesitation, and he assured me that the culture at his gym is very laid-back and geared toward everyone being a team or family. His own business goals are to keep the overall client roster small to keep the intimate feel. Another interesting, and comforting element to his gym: there are no mirrors by design. Tyler says he doesn’t want his team focusing on how they look, but rather, how they perform. He stressed that he works his people hard and expects intensity-resulting in phenomenal strength and fitness. I could really see the passion in his eyes, and that made me excited to join his team of, as he calls it, “CrossFit athletes.”
I really can’t wait to get started!

polyface farms up close
July 24, 2009, 5:26 am
Filed under: Sustainable Farming

“Nature, to be commanded, must be obeyed.” – Francis Bacon

blc week 6
July 22, 2009, 7:59 pm
Filed under: BLC Contest, CrossFit, Fitness, Weight Loss

scaleThis past week saw a loss of 1.5 lbs, which equates to .79%. I’m still in the overall lead, having lost 8.09% of my initial weight. I’m happy about this, as each week I look ever more forward to getting my Vibrams!!!

As for the most important part of all this, I still find that I have a lot more energy, and I FEEL like a thin person. I was rather apathetic about exercise until just this week when I discovered CrossFit. I’ve got an appointment at the local CF gym in Minneapolis on Friday afternoon. If there’s one thing I hate, and am notoriously bad at, it’s boring cardio workouts (other than simple walking or cycling). Strength training has been the only type of exercise that I really enjoy, as the rewards are visible. Since CrossFit is geared toward functional strength, I figured this would help me stay motivated as it’s more of a guiding principle for health, wellness and agility rather than a strict and rigid formula for ‘toning’ or ‘sculpting.’

I tried some weightlifting in the gym at work yesterday. After a brief warm-up on the stationary bike, I did some barbell sqats and deadlifts with about 15 pounds on each side. Then I took a 15 lb free weight (the kind that goes on the bar), held it above my head and did 10 lunges. O.M.G. That was about all I could handle at that point. I’m sore as hell today, but I can tell that I worked just about all of my muscle groups in that short amount of time. My whole body is sore (but it feels so good!)

it’s gotta be the shoes
July 21, 2009, 10:36 pm
Filed under: Fitness, Footwear

More on the case for going barefoot.