Thursday, January 19, 2012

No Excuses

January 18, 2012

Hubs and I DVR Biggest Loser. One of the reasons we love to watch it is because its "real" reality. Meaning, these people are working their asses off (literally) in front of the entire nation week after week. There is a purpose behind the reality show and its all real the contestants HAVE to do the work to get the results. While yes, they are on a ranch secluded from everything and everyone that they know, they are forced to follow the rules and go to the gym... but it starts them on their "journey" (hehe Hubs)... to a better life for themselves. Most of the contestants are not in it for the money, but for a better life. Some are of course... but I believe most just want to make a change and they know that this kick start it.

This season the theme is "No Excuses." Think about it. There are a million excuses people use every day in getting to the gym or trying something new. I have heard 1000 times from friends or women at a conventional gym that they "dont want to work out with the men," that they are "embarrassed" or that they "look funny doing things." What an excuse! These obese women on Biggest Loser are putting themselves on television, they are puking, crying, sweating... you name it... AND they are in sports bras and shorts at the weigh in. I am sure that these women are just the same as those who were "too embarrassed" to work out in the gym because of their size, or lack of knowledge, but there they are... no excuses.


What totally blows my mind is that there are people on that show who are STILL making excuses. People giving up, people saying "I cant" and my biggest pet peeve of all "I should have pulled a higher number." Well, it is what it is folks... right there in front of your face. Just because you are on the Biggest Loser dosent mean you are going to drop 10lbs a week, just because you have a trainer telling you what to do dosent mean you are going to increase your strength in a week... you have to WORK, you have to WANT... and its all up to you... no excuses.

I know what I am saying isnt anything I havent already said, but I watched the episode tonight and its fresh in my head. There is lots of "CrossFit Hype" going on right now... in fact they aired the new Reebok CrossFit commercial during the episode, Bob Harper has a bunch of interviews floating around about how he loves CrossFit and it was cool to see the contestants doing some CrossFit exercises, but that still hasnt changed anything. When I talk to someone about CrossFit and/or the Paleo Lifestyle the first thing they typically say is "I could never do that...."  Well why not? No excuses.

So, before I jump off my soapbox I will say one thing. Everyone has to start somewhere. The CrossFit community is supportive, encouraging and will NEVER make you feel inadequate. Understand that "most" people go to the gym for themselves (including crossfit boxes) so please please please, dont use the "I am embarrassed" excuse. No one is going to judge you... If you really want to go to the gym, get a trainer to show you some things and do it!! Lastly, there is no magic pill, magic machine, magic whatever that is going to get you where you want to be physically without work. Most of all... no excuses.

WARMUP:
2 Rounds
- 25 Double Unders
- 10 Inchworms
- 10 Spidermans
- 10 Shoulder Dislocates
2X 9 Fundamentals
Lax Shoulder Mobility

WOD:
Row 2K for Time
(8:01, 4 seconds slower than my last time... no excuses... I ghost rode the last 5 meters and it caused me to go over... not happy at myself for that)

SKILL/STRENGTH:
Clean 3-3-3-3
115, 125, 125, 130

WEEK 2, DAY 3: Paleo Challenge
Post Workout Shake - 2 Scoops Protein
Morning Tea
Morning Snack - 2 Egg Muffins
Morning Snack - 1 Teaspoon Almond Butter
Lunch - Leftover Crock Pot Chuck with Mushrooms, Onion, Carrots and Celery
Afternoon Tea
Afternoon Snack - Lara Bar
Dinner - Skirt Steak with Brussel Sprouts
Late Snack - Half a Paleo Banana Bread Muffin

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