Creating our Environment
People say (ok, my Dad and Mom) that people years ago didn't have to watch what they ate because they worked hard and so avoided many of the problems that many attribute to what they eat, specifically being overweight. To a certain degree they are probably right but physical exertion cannot protect one from what they eat. I see two issues in this sentiment that relate to the fitness goals many people express. The first is that working out can make up for a bad diet, and second is a kind of wistfulness for the "good old days" when daily life was filled with labor and we were healthier for it.
On the first point lets be clear: a person's weight is determined by what they put into their mouths. Only in an abstract way can one "work off" a candy bar. In real life if you eat less you will weigh less. Don't think for a moment that CrossFit or any other physical activity will reduce your weight. In many instances your appetite will increase with increased physical activity. This isn't just me saying this there is science behind this assertion check out this report.
From my experience I'm certain of this. Last August I weighed 245 this morning I weighed 188 and heading for 180. Sure I CrossFit but while that gave me incentive to lose the weight (pull-ups are much easier at a lighter weight:), and motivation from a desire to improve my performance only with improving my diet did my weight begin to go down. Now losing weight is effortless. Something I've never experienced in my life. I'm now at a lower weight than I was in High School, and that was more than a few years ago!
On the second point, I'm certain that my grandfather, who except for one trip to Florida never left the farm, wouldn't have chosen that his life be hard as it was just to improve his health. Thanks to people like him we have choices that he didn't have and we, also thankfully, have a better understanding of what it takes to achieve fitness. We block an hour for a CrossFit workout of the day but it often takes less sometimes much less. In that hour you will do things that some think impossible, maybe even you before you do them!
Today's WOD: Angie
100 Push ups
100 Air Squats
Do each set until complete and for time.
Elizabeth - Scaled 35:00 - Trebor would be proud! A great first Angie.
Teresa - Scaled 35:17 - Hurray! No knee push ups! Good Job! Getting better all the time.
5 medicine ball cleans
5 ohs w/pvc
Mike completed his first Foundations session this morning early and is on his way.
Yes, I know still no pictures. Soon!