01/20/2012 Paleo Challenge Day 14
Dinner with Sherri
I met Sherri at the Biggest Loser Resort in Malibu, aka Fat Camp. She was one of the members of the notorious now infamous VAN 5. She’s a liberal who lives in Greenville, SC so don’t share that shit with anyone because I’m sure that means she’ll get strung up with a rope, and don’t worry hillbillies don’t use the internet.
She does a bit of traveling for work, and was in Baltimore, MD which is about 60 miles away from where I live, she made the drive down to see me, which is was very nice. I showed up late, walking into my lobby at 3:45 pm, to find myself being starred at by a woman. Yes this is always a nice thing when a strange woman gives you the eye of recognition, but it turns out I knew this person, it was none other than Sherri. Sherri Underwood from the lost hike on Zuma Ridge, Sherri Underwood better known as week 2 trail runner, and Sherri Underwood’s alter ego Fucking Cussing Sailor During a Workout with Sam.
She’s hardcore, and pushes herself hard always to the point of exhaustion. In this we are kindred spirits, I don’t know if she’s motivated by a self-loathing that borders on insanity, or just naturally is driven.
We had a nice evening first getting coffee at the most obscene, pretentious place in Clarendon, Le Pain Quotidien. I don’t know why I hate this place, maybe it represents some repressed feelings I have about the French, Business, or American Society, or the fact that I had lunch there one time with my girlfriend, not knowing what the fuck was going on and ended up with a hungry stomach, and a $60.00 check.
It is an ok place to sit and talk with someone.
We talked for a while, then walked over to Potomac Crossfit to try and catch the end of a WoD, but I got the time wrong and when we were standing outside to stare, people were starring back at me because it was the start of the next class. Kind of weird actually, I’m sure as Brian waved to me, he was thinking what the fuck is that guy doing?
For dinner we went to DC and a nice time at Fogo de Chao. Yeah, Paleo! I love this place, and it was much easier staying away form the Polenta, and Cheesy bread than I anticipated. The meat is so fucking good! Fuck! Fuck! Fuck! Good!
I found out that they only use salt, pepper, and some seasoning for their beef, so it is good to go. The only thing that has any cheese is the parmesan crusted pork.
After dinner we went back to my place, Sherri met my girlfriend, and we talked a bit more before she left around 9 pm. It was really nice to see her, and see how much progress she has made.
Sherri you look fantastic, keep up the good work, and oh by the way did you hear about this Crossfit?
Nutritional Consult with Aaron
This past week I met with Aaron for a nutritional consultation. There were a few neurotic questions I had to ask him, mainly related to how much I should consume, when and what to consume, and proportionally what my macronutrient intake should be, the last question Ian answered for me previously but I’m an Asian always checking my answers so confirmation from another trusted party reaffirms my belief.
I was concerned that I was eating too much protein, over the last week I had reached almost 300 grams of protein a couple of day, consequently those were days my weight was in flux. Now the two issues maybe related or have nothing to with each other, but it’s hard not to draw some conclusions.
The consensus seems to be about 1 gram per pound is a safe number to work at, Aaron did mention that perhaps shooting for a 1 gram per pound of lean muscle was the better approach. I think I should shoot for 200-220 grams a day.
I also was concerned that my caloric intake was getting too high, on more than one occasion I was getting above 2500 calories. I hope to one day never give a shit about that number but today, in an effort to figure out how much to eat, I should shoot for a number closer to 2000. Aaron suggests keeping a window between 1900-2300 calories a day. He also stressed to me that I shouldn’t freak out if I go under or over, as long as my hunger is in check.
In the past two weeks I have in the even forced myself to eat more to achieve my 2000 number, and then have not eaten despite having hunger because of the number. It’s insanity but I don’t trust myself with food.
In order to reduce my protein intake slightly, I am going to have to eat more fats to make up for the caloric deficit, which is easy considering 1 gram of protein has 4 calories, and 1 gram of fat has 9 calories.
I also asked some questions about pre and post workout, he basically told me that if I feel it necessary I should, and that if I eat within 30 minutes after my workout anyway I shouldn’t force myself to eat more between post WoD and a meal.
This morning we worked on Bench Press, and a Metcon which was three rounds of work 40 reps, 30 reps, and 20 reps.
I was happy today because I reached a couple of personal records. First this was the first time I did 3 sets of 5 at 185 lbs, second at the end I had 205 on the bar, and pressed it twice which tells me that the next time we do this for lower reps I should go up in weight. 205 was a first.
The Metcon was a joyous combination of push presses, lunges with the bar, and sit-ups. I have to tell you my ass cheeks still hurt this morning. The prescribed weight was 95 lbs, which I thought about doing, but I did 5 reps as a warm-up, and I think I could have gotten through most of it, but in attempting to do a lunge with 95 lbs I got stuck at the bottom of one. I had to figure a way to dump the bar without killing myself, I ultimately tipped it in one direction then jumped out.
Here is video from this ugliness. Two things to look for in the video Brian working the 95 lbs bar, which tells me I made the right decision, and Chesley hanging out after she finished an hour before everyone.
I finished in 14 minutes, I am happy to say that I told Chesley how I feel about her…in trying to keep up with her sometimes, I find I don’t like her, she finished early…starting putting stuff away, and I’m sure she could have gotten a manicure and pedicure in-between the time she finished and I finished.
Here is video from the previous days WoDs.