Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Rules Are Meant to be Broken

(Thanks to all that came out for the CFW Christmas Party! Good times!)

Remember all those dieting rules we used to follow?
Don't eat after 7pm.
Eat 1200 calories per day.
Eat only Fat-free stuff.
Have a Shake for Breakfast and Lunch then a "sensible" dinner.
Eat only protein and fat- any kind of fat. (I saw a girl order a pizza one time and eat all the cheese and pepperoni off the top, leaving the crust behind because she wasn't eating carbs.)

If you are laughing right now, you are remembering all the years of trying to get fit/in shape/lose weight according to various "rules" that were supposed to help. What about exercise?

Cardio must be at least 40 minutes for any real results.
Always do cardio first, then weights. (or vice versa)
Alternate your cardio and weight days.
Lift heavy.
Lift light. High reps.

It's enough to make your head spin.

What I've found over the past year is that the principles of Crossfit- both diet and exercise- are so so so simple. That's what we are all looking for, right?


  1. Come to class. Regularly.
  2. Eat clean. If it has a label, don't eat it. Meats, veggies, fruit, nuts, good fats.

Catherine and I were talking at the Christmas Party about how some of our relatives and friends don't believe us when we tell them "No, you don't have to spend an hour on the treadmill 5 days a week." Or even better "You don't have to work out 5 days a week for 2 hours to lose weight."

Maybe that's why so many people don't make long term changes- it's way too overwhelming to commit to that much time at the gym!

The disconnect follows over to eating. To see results, you MUST change the way you eat. Think about this:

We eat 28-35 times per week.

We work out 3-6 times per week.

If you aren't seeing the changes you'd like, look at what you are eating!

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