“Be a warrior and kill desire, the powerful enemy of the soul.”
Recovering alcoholics are always rambling on about “working the program” meaning no matter where they are in recovery, they still have to keep at it. Once they do, it works. Paleo-holoic’s are no different. No matter what you want from Paleo, it’s there for the taking if you work the program.
This past weekend a valued athlete and trainer at PCF took the physique stage like many have before her. It’s likely she was the only one on that physique stage to ever hear of CrossFit or Paleo much less use them both exclusively to earn a very high placing in her first show ever.
The Hot Body Process
I never want this blog to sound like a broken record, and sometimes I feel as though I try to say the same things differently, but damn some poeople are good at hearing what they want and missing what they don’t. And let us not forget the others who have, actually, lived a lie so long that they actually believe it.
If your goal is a rocking physique, or just a better one for that matter, then you need to realize everything matters. Yes, that one cookie matters. That single slice matters. Those handfuls of extra almonds matter. No, you are not doing really well. You are cheating and comparing yourself to overweight friends or unhealthy strangers and then exclaiming “Well I am way better than them, so this shouldn’t hurt”. That isn’t progress, it’s justification.
Jen had to give up all of those things that Paleo excuse-makers cloud my email with everyday. The proof is Jen, and all the other athletes who just set a goal and worked a program. Paleo produces killer athletes, unrivaled health, and if geared appropriately, a trophy-worthy physique if the user works the program rather than fakes it.
The Paleo physique program is not slathering almond butter all over your 12th paleo pancake and thinking that just because you tagged Paleo in front of it’s magically fat burning.
Paleo results may be easier and healthier than any other program but it sure as shit isn’t playing chemist in your kitchen making weird food-ish treats and then naming them Paleo so you feel better about it.
Everything counts, so count on looking nothing like Jen until that bite you just have to have everyday is gone, and those justifications are a memory.
Experiments Don’t Talk Back
For the most part Jen was a great Paleo patient. She did what she was told after recruiting the help of nutrition and stage coaches, and it worked. Some things seemed radical, some odd, some trivial.
Personally, I played Scientist and experimented on myself and still do, but I’ve gotta say, you must be one detached, lifeless soul on occasion to coldly look at yourself and edit your program. Most folks do well by turing the reigns over to someone else and sitting back, taking the needles rather than deciding what’s in the syringe and giving their own injection.
Experiments mean doing whats on the list, nothing more nothing less. It’s very simple; do what your told, get what you want.
Become a Buddhist
I doubt Jen’s secret to Paleo success was chanting “The Jewel is in the Lotus” while meditating, but Buddhists have some insight into this whole thing we call life. The first noble truth is “Life is suffering”.
I don’t mean suffering in the crucified way or anything more severe than just “change”. And for some of us change is more frightening than anything else in our lives.
You may very well suffer your family questioning your motives. You may suffer your fatass Doctor telling you a healthy diet is “balanced”. You may suffer your friends getting pissed because your ass looks better than theirs. You may suffer all this in the name of health, longevity, fitness. If you’re not ready to suffer such trivial, bullshit change, then you’re not ready for the rewards of Paleo.
Jen was ready. I asked Jen what her feelings were about the program. Jen said “All I had to do was remember I started this all for me, and no matter how difficult it got I can’t feel sorry for myself for trying to make myself better and reach my goals. Soon after that I started to feel there might be someone watching, and that my discipline may be an example they needed.”
For Score and Time:
“The End 1,2,3 (CF Games 2011 with modification)”
20-Toe 2 Bar
30-Box Jumps 24″
20-Sumo Deadlift High pull 75/105
20-Shoulder to Overhead 95/135
A. In three minutes go as far through chipper as possible. Log last number and station.
rest 2 minutes
B. In six minutes go as far through chipper as possible. Log last number and station.
rest 2 minutes
C. Complete Chipper For Time.
Post all three WODs to comments scored separately.