Month: November 2015

Church or CrossFit?

New York Times article:

When Some Turn to Church, Others Go to CrossFit


and my experience…..

It’s Sunday morning. I decided to come into my office to get some work done (after I did a CrossFit workout). My office is within site of Levi’s stadium, and there is a 49ers game today. The front parking lot is packed full of people wearing red jerseys and cooking and sharing food.

After said crossfit workout, several people had gathered together to sample different banana nut bread recipes (because banana nut bread)

Is crossfit a substitution for religion? For the community aspect I would say it absolutely can replace religion. Once upon a time the church was a cultural hub. I don’t see that aspect too much where I live with the exception of Mormons, Muslims and Hindus. Most other churches don’t seem to offer the immersive community experience – generally speaking. We seek people we can connect with. While crossfit is nowhere near being a religion it is community.

That’s my $0.02.

Day 1- RP diet

Today I’m officially kicking off the RP Diet. It’s a little confusing and a lot of meal prep, but I hope it’s worth it.

Most of the time I am pretty good with food. I tend to eat decently, and I’m well aware of how food fuels me. The challenge that I often fall into is “am I eating enough?” When stress kicks in, 14 hour days, no workouts, I stop eating. Then I go into a caloric tailspin. Not to mention an emotional tailspin. Looking at the clock at 3:00pm and realizing that I have drank 6 or 8 espressos and eaten no solid food and then grabbing a cup full of M&M’s just doesn’t work for long.

Trust me. I know this firsthand.

I also don’t do well with vague plans. “eat 150g of protein during the day” works less well for me than “when you wake up eat XXoz of protein, a cup of greens, and and an avocado” works for me. That’s just me, and since I’m the one living in my body I’ll go with it.

My goal is to have a steady supply of good calories that I eat regularly. I looked around a bit, and RP seemed like a good way to get some structure.

They offer 2 choices – cut and gain. I have no desire to lose weight. I’m already starting 7 pounds down (now at 193# instead of 200#), so I went with the gain plan.

The structure is pretty solid. Macro amounts based on how hard you work out and at what time of the day you workout.

If I can get back to 200#’s, I’ll be happy. If I can get up to 210#’s while staying lean, I’ll be ecstatic. If I can maintain a solid energy level and eat healthy while work blows apart around me….. I’ll be happy AND ecstatic. Or something like that.

Here’s a sample day.

Screen Shot 2015-11-23 at 3.17.58 PMWe’ll see how it works.