Archive for April 12, 2011

Gluten Free and Be Done With It


Will a gluten-free diet improve your health?

( — Sarah Cooper was a new mom in her mid-20s, busily juggling her family and a career as an electrical engineer, when everything came to a halt.

She lost all her energy. She developed acne. And she began experiencing gastrointestinal problems: bloating, diarrhea, cramping, constipation. Her doctors, thinking something must be missing from her diet, put her on various vitamins, none of which helped.

“It was all I could do to go to work,” she says.

After years of failed treatments, Cooper’s luck changed. She saw a doctor who suspected she might have celiac disease, an autoimmune disorder that can appear at any age and is caused by an intolerance to gluten.

A protein found in wheat, barley, and rye (and countless food products — like bread and pasta — that contain those grains), gluten gradually damages the intestines of people with celiac disease, preventing the absorption of vitamins and minerals and setting off a slew of related health problems, which can include fatigue and bad skin.


CrossFit Gymnastics Workout – Love It!


Today has started off great already. Coach Jerry is back — i love doing the WOD with him and all his gymnastics stuff. I think I found an inner gymnast in me — who would have thought that at 40 years old, I found something that really makes me giddy!


Ever since we did those OHS, my wrists have been achey. A week of rest will do me good on break next week, but that’s assuming I’m not going to check out some local CrossFit gyms during my trip.


But if I can’t – a friend told me about this: CrosssFit Travel doc —  a list of 75 bodyweight-focusedCrossFit WODs that you can do at home or on the road.  NO EQUIPMENT needed (except a jump rope)… Even if you aren’t traveling – you can use these to do WODs at home!

Today’s workout was very much Gymnastics — and my shoulders were feeling the Toes through Rings that we did yesterday.

20 DUs
10 Ring Rows
10 OHS
10 KTE


5L Pistols
5R Pistols
10 Pull ups
15 push ups
20 Sit ups
time: 20:02

I also did a few handstands against the wall. I am trying to do a few each day to work on my strength and comfort with them which is what I am doing with kip swing as well. I figure the more I do them, the more comfortable I get and stronger — eventually I can do them without thinking about it. Also — I noticed that when I close my eyes during Double Unders, I seem to be able to do them — which is hilarious to me. My mind/vision are so tied that if I take one away, I can just let go. Maybe I’m on to something….

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