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Too Much Fat in My Diet


I was talking to Coach Jerry this AM about my re commitment to being more mindful of what I am eating and see if It moves the needle. He said something that struck me — he asked me how many nuts i eat on a given day. I think that may be the key! I eat too many almonds and am getting way too much fat in my diet. Because the quality of the food I eat is pretty sound –and exercise, check – got that under control to say the least! So I definitely think that may be they key –starting yesterday, I am being ultra conscience of what I am eating and not deviating from the Paleo plan. Let’s see how that works!

I am a tight/pulled muscle in my upper back/neck area that reminds me its there any time I do overhead exercises. So today’s Push Press was a great reminder. I have to go get a massage to the kink out because someday it will not just be a pulled/tight muscle.  Staying healthy is key!


Pull Up Progressions
800m run

Push Press


  • Push Press – failed at 115# although I have done that before. The pesky muscle strain was in the way today!
  • Max Situps 2m -76! My abs should be feeling that later!



Your work is making you fat


Workplace Cited as a New Source of Rise in Obesity

Looking beyond poor eating habits and a couch-potato lifestyle, a group of researchers has found a new culprit in the obesity epidemic: the American workplace.

A sweeping review of shifts in the labor force since 1960 suggests that a sizable portion of the national weight gain can be explained by declining physical activity during the workday. Jobs requiring moderate physical activity, which accounted for 50 percent of the labor market in 1960, have plummeted to just 20 percent.

The remaining 80 percent of jobs, the researchers report, are sedentary or require only light activity. The shift translates to an average decline of 120 to 140 calories a day in physical activity, closely matching the nation’s steady weight gain over the past five decades, according to the report, published Wednesday in the journal PLoS One.

Today, an estimated one in three Americans are obese. Researchers caution that workplace physical activity most likely accounts for only one piece of the obesity puzzle, and that diet, lifestyle and genetics all play important roles.

Let’s talk about being Skinny Fat


Skinny Fat

This post from CrossFit Soutbay was so right on — I struggle with this sort of issue myself and I know I am not alone. A few years ago, my general doctor held up a pencil and said to me — some people are born like this, showing me the pencil, and some people like you will never be pencil like. It’s not how you are built. Something about him saying that to me – stuck with me. He’s was right. I am not a skinny, pencil like woman. Never have been, never will be. And because of that — I have to take care of myself and make the best of what I have. And most importantly – define for my self what fit and healthy means.  I will never look like those models in magazines — and heck, those models don’t like like those models in the magazines!  I am strong, getting stronger every day.

When I first saw this picture of me taken at CFI — my knee jerk reaction was oh man – i look like a dude!  But the more I thought about it, I realized look how strong I look in that pic. I hated wearing sleeveless anything a few years ago and now – I wear sleeveless to workout every day with no cares.  And ya know what? I am a strong chick who works hard — and it’s something to be proud of! And I clean up real nice outside of the gym too!  I would rather be strong fit than skinny fat any day!

Disclaimer: I have been getting a ton of questions about this topic from both inside and outside the gym, from lots of different people, so this isn’t directed at anyone in particular.  Although, if this topic resonates with you, take the time to read it.  This post is more a psychological and analytical approach to body image, Sean has the scientific approach in the comments.

One of the most difficult things to fight as a coach is the thought that “Lifting weights is going to make me ‘bulk up’” from women.  My first response is to shake my head and contemplate shoving my hand in a toaster to cure the frustration… Yet, when I stop and think about it, I honestly like the way CrossFit makes my body look.  And I know there are many of us in the gym that wouldn’t be as enamored with CrossFit if we didn’t see aesthetic results in combination with fitness results, so I do think it is a valuable question that needs to be answered. 150 148 94 48 23

The first thing you need to do is look around the gym at girls that have been CrossFitting for a long time. If we created “bulky bodies”, you would see them at CFSB.  All the above are CrossFitters that have been with us a long time… Strong, not bulky, don’t you agree?? (Sorry for not including all our awesome girls, but I only went back three pages on flickr).


Fat Stigma Becoming the Norm


Fat Stigma Spreads Around the Globe

What are your thoughts on this –Do you feel anger or annoyance at overweight people? Do you feel that it’s their fault and deserve no understanding or empathy?  It’s interesting reading this that it’s not just a feeling pervasive in the Anglosphere — but is becoming world wide. Is it because it represents someone out of control or does it bring out the fear that people have within themselves? Lot’s of questions —

At a time when global health officials are stepping up efforts to treat obesity as a worrisome public health threat, some researchers are warning of a troubling side effect: growing stigma against fat people.

Madonna's Hard Candy Fitness Center in Mexico City. A Mexican public health campaign shows fat people eating greasy food.Mario Guzman/, via European Pressphoto Agency Madonna’s Hard Candy Fitness Center in Mexico City. A Mexican public health campaign shows fat people eating greasy food.

“Of all the things we could be exporting to help people around the world, really negative body image and low self-esteem are not what we hope is going out with public health messaging,” said Alexandra Brewis, executive director of the School of Human Evolution and Social Change at Arizona State University.

Dr. Brewis and her colleagues recently completed a multicountry study intended to give a snapshot of the international zeitgeist about weight and body image. The findings were troubling, suggesting that negative perceptions about people who are overweight may soon become the cultural norm in some countries, including places where plumper, larger bodies traditionally have been viewed as attractive, according to a new report in the journal Current Anthropology.

The researchers elicited answers of true or false to statements with varying degrees of fat stigmatization. The fat-stigma test included statements like, “People are overweight because they are lazy” and “Some people are fated to be obese.”

…Dr. Brewis said she fully expected high levels of fat stigma to show up in the “Anglosphere” countries, including the United States, England and New Zealand, as well as in body-conscious Argentina. But what she did not expect was how strongly people in the rest of the testing sites expressed negative attitudes about weight. The results, Dr. Brewis said, suggest a surprisingly rapid “globalization of fat stigma.”

Justin Stoneman: America: A Big, Fat, Stupid Nation


Thanks once again Mel for giving me more enlightenment:

Latest figures confirm the ridiculous: three out of four of you will be ‘overweight or obese’ by 2020. To gauge perspective: there are now more ‘fat’ people than ‘white’ people in America. Perhaps our bigots of the future will swing their hatred away from ‘race’ to the slim and healthy.The shrinking minority are, indeed, the shrinking minority.Stupid? Welcome to a population who know less about what they put into their mouths than they do about, well, take your pick…celebrities or cars or American Idol or iPhones? Animals have the intelligence to know what to eat and to never get fat except the ones fed by humans. Yet that simple challenge, gaining nourishment without destroying the body, is beyond your capabilities?

via Justin Stoneman: America: A Big, Fat, Stupid Nation.

Here’s another explanation for the obesity epidemic: Body size misperception


Here’s another explanation for the obesity epidemic: Body size misperception –

This is probably true — so many people say that they decided to make a real change in their lives after seeing a picture of themselves. We get so wrapped up in raising our kids, living our hectic lives that we don’t stop and really see ourselves. I bet we all know people who have not yet come to terms with the physical changes that have happened to them for whatever reason…

Researchers have identified another cause of the American obesity epidemic – too many of us don’t realize that we’re overweight.

In fact, the doctors and other experts who published this hypothesis this week in Archives of Internal Medicine have a clinical name for this problem: body size misperception. And about 8% of adults in Dallas have it, according to their study.

The primary symptom is that when shown pictures of nine figures – ranging from very thin to morbidly obese – these adults selected an “ideal body size” that was the same or bigger than the image they thought best reflected their own body size. The result is that they failed “to recognize a need for weight loss,” according to the study.

NEEDED: Intensive, comprehensive and ongoing efforts to address obesity


70 Million Obese Americans: What’s the Solution?

Its a national issue that will have lasting repercussions if not seriously looked at and serious action taken. We are a nation of smart people from all over the globe – surely we can put our heads together and come up with a plan to address it. Yes – sugar tastes great, yes – McDonald’s is fast and cheap, yes – it’s easier to sit on the couch and watch TV but it’s killing us – heart disease, cancer, alzheimers, you name it – it all can be in one way or another linked with diet and exercise. There is no magic bullet and we all have to do our part for our family’s sake.

Between 2007 and 2009, the obesity rate actually increased by 1.1 percent. That might not seem like much, but in a nation as big as ours, that’s 2.4 million people who crossed the line from overweight to obese, about the size of the city of Houston. In all, 72 million Americans are obese, and the issue is most prevalent among certain groups of people, including African Americans, Hispanics and those without a college education. African American women are most affected by obesity — at an alarming 41 percent rate.

What’s also startling is the rate at which obesity has risen in the past decade. “In 2000, not a single state had an obesity prevalence of 30 percent or higher,” Thomas Frieden, the director of the CDC, said in a statement. These days, nine states have at least that amount. “Obesity continues to be a major public health problem,” Frieden added. “We need intensive, comprehensive and ongoing efforts to address obesity. If we don’t, more people will get sick and die from obesity-related conditions.”

Is Your Diet Making You Gain?


Is Your Diet Making You Gain?


If you’re trying to slim down, you’ve probably amassed a menu full of calorie-cutting tips and tricks. So it may come as a shock to learn that many of the ones you’ve sworn by are actually keeping you fat. “In their quest to lose weight, many women unknowingly sabotage themselves,” says Elisa Zied, RD, an American Dietetic Association spokesperson and author of Feed Your Family Right! Here, six well-intentioned approaches to weight loss that can go awry, and the expert and research-proven ways to drop pounds for good.

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