Category: Musings

The last few days have been a real roller coaster for me. Right now I feel like I got the crap knocked out of me with the workouts this week. That should not be a surprise as I did mention in an earlier posting that the serious season will be starting up. We got the first warning when the post on the gym site stated not to do the strength rotation before the WOD. That is usually a great harbinger of nasty things waiting for you when you arrive. So far the two WOD’s have been ones that on paper you say “that can’t be that hard” and then when you have completed the first round you feel like it will be a long workout if you kept that pace up.

On Tuesday I almost puked after the workout and that is the closest that I came to feeling like that. The WOD today was a simple 3 minute AMRAP of a 3-6-9 set and then we had to do 5 cycles of this fun bad boy. I can tell you I was not a pretty site when I finished today.

The good part of the roller coaster has been the loss of weight and the increase in speed on some of the events. I have seen in 30 days since starting my wheat/gluten-free lifestyle. I have lost 7.4 lbs during the 30 days and have not had the usual craving for something to stuff my face into after I finish eating for the night. The loss of approximately 2 lbs per week is very encouraging as I don’t want to drop pounds like I was bulimic or anorexic. Ideally if I can keep up the number up around 1 pound per week in one year I would have lost 52 lbs.

The speed at which I now move if measured against my pre-W/G free time period has improved so now I don’t look like the geriatric in the gym. Do I expect to be on the same level with some of the people at the gym? not really, but I am not going to give up because it is the younger people that makes me want to go harder when the workout starts.

My goal for the crossfit games this coming year is to get into the top 200. I know even that will be putting me through my paces as I have to get a few movements completed i.e., skipping, pullups, toes to bar or I will be dropping like a stone out of the standings when we start the games probably in February 2013.

With the weight loss I have found that moving during the WOD is getting easier and the AMRAP workouts are much less tiring since changing my diet. I have had people at work stop, and ask me questions about the diet I am on and what I do after work. When I mention I workout doing Crossfit they just give me the blank stare as they try to figure out how and why am I doing that crazy type of workout and then the diet that eliminates bread made from wheat, all I get is “ooh! I can’t do that, no bread and working out”. All I can say after that is “how bad do you want to lose weight?” if you are serious then you will find time to prepare the food and get to the gym and work the diet like most of the diets out there, which is try it and if it starts working then maybe you need to get more information and start considering it, if it doesn’t work then don’t do it.



Today is Thanksgiving in Canada. It is a time for family and friends to get together and celebrate the wonderful harvest that the year has brought to us.

That harvest can mean many things to different people. The farmer thinks of the food he has produced, a new mother may think of the child that was welcomed, as for me, I am a practical person.

I think that every day that I wake up is great and I am thankful that I get to spend that day with my wife. I have told her that she inspires me to do things that at times I would not think of doing. She has been through two complete hip replacements (left and right) and one revision (left) and still manages to do things without complaining, alright she does but not that badly, and do them without using a cane, walker or wheelchair. In fact if you saw her having a coffee or waiting in line for something you would not even know she had the surgery. It is her attitude of “I got these hips so that I can be normal”  to do things that before I could not even think of doing. Walking was difficult for her before and now she tries to make it to our Crossfit gym as many times as possible, that is if work does not get in the way. She makes it not possible for me to say I am not feeling great so I think I will pass on going to the gym. If she can fight through the pain, then so can I, and trust me when I say there are times when my knees, Achilles tendons, shoulders and back have made me wonder what the hell I am doing.

This Thanksgiving, our neighbours decided to invite us over for dinner along with George, who lives by himself with his dogs, also from down the road. It was nice to have a meal with friends, as the five of us are all true empty nesters and we would usually have Thanksgiving by ourselves. This was also a perfect time to get all the preserves we made over the season and had an overabundance of to them.

This Thanksgiving like most others, I am thankful that I have people in my life that are not selfish or self center, that care about others and do things that make me want to be better. This includes the people at the gym who make sure that we take care to do things correctly, people at work who want us to succeed, family that are miles aways who call to see how things are going even when they are swamped with the family and circle of friends.

All I can say is that I have a lot to be thankful for and I don’t want it to change.

The Tale of the Tape for the record

When I started this adventure of getting fit I did not think it would take as much of my time as completing university. I have researched more information on diets, regiments, nutrition, recovery, injuries, techniques, etc., that I care to admit. It comes down to this, I am in better shape that I have been in a long time even with my injury time off, and do I want to continue what I am doing.

The answer is YES. I feel better and it has affected the way I work. I tend to have better focus and more confidence in what I am doing. That it radiates from me when I talk to people, the way I walk, and even my body language has changed for the good. I dress differently now that I am in better shape. SO… why change what has been working before I decided to go wheat/gluten-free. My answer is that I need to find a way to reduce the paunch I still have, yes it is smaller that over a year ago, but it is still there. I can see it when I sit, and when I do my pants up I still have the belt overhang, it may not be like before but it is still there. Enter the wheat/gluten-free journey.

I forgot to list the tale of the tape at the beginning of this journey:

Waist: 40 inches

Blood Pressure: 133/89

Heart rate resting: 55

Weight: 220

BMI: 32.7 – (obese) anything over 30 is considered obese

Water % – 44.7

Random Thoughts

Whoever thought up burpee squat cleans should be shot.

When I am in a paleo challenge, people at work should not be allowed to bring in Subway sandwiches, pizza or any other food that leaves a lingering smell.

How hard is it to flush a toilet?

Aston Martin Vanquish

My dentist’s chair is very comfortable

Do dental hygienists/assistants just touch your fillings with a metal probe just to see how high you can jump?

Finally someone figured out how to reduce calls to city hall – pave a road or two and get rid of the pot holes.

They hire people to tell me to move over in construction zone when there is a huge tractor parked in the lane that is blocked.

Why do electricians have to tell people the switch is not working – why do you think you were called?

does anyone know how to train a cat?

older people(+75) driving have only two speeds – OMG and WTF both can be followed with “get retested”

how hard is it to put a sewer opening at the lowest point in the road or parking lot – is that not where the water will collect

We have a sign at work on the washroom stall door that says “Please be considerate of others when using the facilities” – I still have not figured out how to be considerate when I am taking a crap.

Commitment. The state or quality of being dedicated to a cause, activity, etc.. It is also known as a pledge or an undertaking.

Why is this one word so hard for most people. I never realized that it would that difficult. I have been married for 30 years I have made a pledge and have kept it, so why is it that committing to something like fitness or anything else it is such a tough thing to do.

No matter what place you do your fitness thing you have to make a commitment to yourself on what you wish to accomplish. If you don’t, then in less than 3 months you will not be doing it. I say that because people join the various places, yoga, Pilates, spinning, crossfit, body building or whatever for any number of reasons but they don’t have the commitment in place to finish reaching their goal. The main reason I believe is that they do not know what their goal is, how can they commit to something if they do not know what it is?

In working out you must commit to being there. Yes, there are times when family commitments override personal ones but you come back after you have fulfilled that duty. At our box I have learned to make the commitment to endure the pain and sometimes the personal humiliation of defeat to get to where I want to be. While I have stumbled along the way with injury, it has not stopped my commitment to reach my goal. In fact the injury gave me time to reflect on what I have done in that time plus time to refocus and rethink what weak points I have that needed attention. Now I have a different road that I am following but the commitment is still there. I cannot think when the last time I actually ran with a purpose without someone coaching or racing with me.

I am now making the commitment to write at least 4 days per week. They do not have to be consecutive days as long as it is 4. I must check regularly the blogs of people who visit and like my site and read at least two of their posts that I have not read before. Thank goodness I am a fast reader. I may have to retool that one if I get lots of readers but it is doable at this time.

Now I am going to ask anyone who reads this to make a commitment to post a comment – even one word.

Can you commit to that?


Are the they the first day of the week or the second? Either way, most people are not fond of them as it usually means the first day of work or workout for the week. After a weekend of finally getting to clean out the 15 ft by 30 ft shed with a loft I think I like Mondays this week. There is a purpose to this related to crossfit, 1) I want to change the shed into a home gym 2) I need to get more organized 3) I need some space to work to finish the kitchen reno that has been delayed due to my recent injury and finally 4) the weather was lousy and I really had to do something instead of sitting around.

My clean up workout consisted of deadlifts, farmers carries, push presses, stair climbing, power cleans, and lots of vacuuming. The one thing I have noticed since joining crossfit 2 years ago is that a lot of the movements from lifts to gymnastics can be related to everyday life. When I was doing the floors I noticed myself getting up via a burpee, picking things up was a power clean, putting heavy things down I used a front squat and various others. The best part was that I did not injure myself as I instinctively knew through repetition how to lift and keep core muscles tight, back straight and use the big muscles of the quads/glutes to lift heavier objects.

If nothing else comes from joining a crossfit box for the average person then learning proper technique for lifting may save many people trips to the chiropractor, doctor and physiotherapist. I know the feeling it gave me when my neighbour asked for some help with their project. He needed someone to help him lift an 8 in x 8 in x 25 foot beam in place 7 feet up so he could get the next phase started and I took my end and in two quick moves had the sucker in place as he tried to manage his end of the beam. I did a smile to myself and then went to help place his end on the ledger board. He is 5 years younger than me.

This is one of the reasons why I will continue to go to my gym and why I am making sure I do not do anything stupid again, even though no one could find a reason for the shoulder to shut down like it did.

Next up for the week… dragon boat practice and racing this week.