Wednesday, May 26, 2010


30 squat snatches for time (Men 135 lbs, Women 85 lbs)

My time: 10:29 @ 75lbs
Compare to 1/25/10: 65 lbs – 6:32 obviously I didn't get faster. But today the point was to not worry about time, and work on getting 30 good quality reps with great form. Out of the 30, I would say I had "good" to "great" form on 28 of them. I'll call that mission accomplished. The snatch is one of the hardest lifts for me, and I believe it is because I didn't really know how to do it properly. Today Breck worked us through the entire lift, move by move, very slowly and it was really helpful - great coaching! So, with improved form, perhaps next time I'll go for Rx weight or even stay at 75 and go for more speed. We shall see.

I've been noticing a few people getting really great results during the Paleo/Zone challenge at CFJ. Linda looks amazing. She said this morning she is down 14 lbs. I don't know how many pounds B has lost, but the girl has transformed her body completely. And Samantha - wow! I haven't seen her in a week or so, but last time I saw her the change was dramatic. Very exciting stuff going on there.

Although I did not enter the challenge (yeah, I know...big chicken!) I have been converting myself to Primal Blueprint eating for about a month now. I'm amazed at how simple and effective it is. I am now down a total of 11 lbs since January. I had previously made some small changes starting in January, but finally letting go of those last hold-outs (rice & grains) made a noticable difference.

For the record, I'm still having my beer and a couple of other indulgence items on weekends. I love the 80/20 principle - it allows me to enjoy my vices without feeling the slightest bit of guilt. And it's working!!!


  1. Good for you for finally letting go of those. You don't have to give them up forever, just cut back on them and make sure that you enjoy them as indulgences and you'll be fine. I drink a beer here and there and I enjoy it. Not a thing wrong with that.

    Mark Sisson's overall approach is fantastic, and I differ with him on a number of things, but the Primal Blueprint - as a method - is pretty much the best thing our there, though I do get some different results when I apply the method myself.

    Congratulations on dropping some of that weight! Can you imagine how much easier pull-ups and HSPUs will be when you're 11 pounds lighter?

  2. Awesome! I'm so glad you're having success! I have been amazed by how much better I perform on a Paleo diet, not to mention how great it is for losing body fat. Keep it up! :-D

    @Dave - I totally attribute getting my "real" pullups to losing my 20# of extra weight. It really helps improve your strength to body weight ratio.