With a new job comes a new diet and a new training program. I’m not saying it’s required, just that my new schedule (up at 7:30, writing from 8-10, work from 10:30-7PM) leaves little time or energy for 2hour weightlifting sessions, and that the cafeteria in my new office contains nothing but cookies, chocolate and a surprisingly large selection of chips. And then there’s the Tim Horton’s on the corner. Long story short, the first three days of work started with good intentions and ended with donuts.
Something needed to happen, so I jumped on the 30 day Paleo Challenge. Cutting all dairy (except butter, I need my butter) is hard. Ignoring my pavlovian reaction to the sound of a timbits box being opened is harder, but after a week of this, it’s getting better. I don’t even want to murder the girl next to me in order to eat her granola bars anymore. Result!
The training is the part that’s really good though. I’ve started doing crossfit again, getting my workouts of the day (WODs) from crossfit.com. I’ve talked about pushing yourself before, and I firmly believe that crossfit is the busy person’s perfect challenge. The WODs hardly ever take more than 30 minutes, and even for us overworked, minimum wage people with overtime and writing schedules (not to mention dwindling social lives and the slim hope of actually talking to our significant others), it’s much easier to add in a 10-30min workout every morning or evening, than it is to do the normal 1-2hours three times a week.
In addition, there’s the fun of it. Crossfit taps into my inner child, the one that could always be tricked into doing stuff she didn’t want by one short phrase: “I’ll time you!” As soon as the words were out of my father’s mouth, I’d be on my feet, sprinting in the direction of the chore, ready to show them how fast I could clean that kitchen; brush my teeth; take that trash out. My brain realizes that this was nothing more than a clever ploy, but my heart still believes it, which is why timed workouts are ideal. Even if I’m the only one who’ll ever know my time, I still go all out as soon as the clock is ticking. That’s gotta work on other people too, right?
My body already feels better from the change in diet, and my mind feels better from the short-and-fast training, so I’ve decided to extend a challenge to you guys: try the paleo challenge. It’s just thirty days of your life. (Unless you love it, as I do, in which case it might be for life. But in a good way!)
Bonus points if you try crossfit as well, just remember to read up on the techniques and get help to scale the workouts to your individual level (This page does that very well). It takes very little time to do them, and it’ll work that stress right out of your body. That’s a guarantee.
Tell me what you think: will you try the paleo challenge? Have you tried crossfit? Am I crazy?