“I’m in the ZONE…”

This quote is one of the more memorable from my all time favorite movie White Men Can’t Jump (go ahead and judge me). For those that have never seen this movie it comes at a point when Billy Hoyle (played by Woody Harrelson) is explaining to Sidney Deane (Wesley Snipes) that he is in the zone and can’t be stopped during a basketball tournament. Their argument stems from HOW Billy gets himself in the zone, but it doesn’t matter Billy is in the zone and he is trying to get Sidney in his zone.

The zone is an area of prime performance and there is a “diet” (I hate the term diet) titled the Zone. I had heard of it before and seen the Zone bars in stores, but never paid too much attention to it. I’ve never dieted and I thought of the Zone as a diet for someone looking to lose weight. Cue CrossFit…

As a part of our Paleo Challenge we have been encouraged to use the Zone principles with out new diet. For the first 20+ days I have not counted my blocks, but I’ve decided at the almost half way point it is time to add the Zone blocking principles. I plan to do a quick summary of the blocking required to get you in your Zone, but that won’t be today. I’ve decided to start blocking my food to make sure that I am eating enough throughout the day. Since focusing more on what I am eating I find myself not snacking as much, which is a good thing, but I’m pretty sure I haven’t been getting the amount of fuel that I need. Hopefully by measuring my portions I’ll get all of the food that I need to continue to progress in my CrossFit workouts and stay energized throughout the day!

Breakfast was my first blocked meal, and I now KNOW I wasn’t getting enough food at breakfast; and the pic doesn’t include the almond butter I ate to get my fats up to 5 blocks.

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Paleo Challenge – Day 26 Journal (2/8/13)

Today’s summary:

Workout (6 AM): Strength workout-Power Snatches and WOD (visit www.crossfitfishers.com for the workout details)

Meals:

Pre-workout snack: 1/2 protein shake, 1 tablespoon almond butter

Post-workout: Protein shake (mixed with water) and 32 oz. of water

Breakfast: 3 eggs scrambled with turkey sausage, 3 strips of bacon, 1 tsp. fish oil, multivitamin

Lunch: Skipped (excuse: at Children’s Museum and didn’t want to eat the crap food served there)

Dinner: Tilapia tacos with peppers, onions, cilantro and avocado (no tortilla and no cheese) and water

Dessert: Raspberries

Paleo Challenge – Day 25 Journal (2/7/13)

Today’s summary:

Workout (6 AM): Strength workout-Deadlifts and WOD (visit www.crossfitfishers.com for the workout details)

Meals:

Pre-workout snack: 1/2 protein shake (water), handful almonds, and pre-workout drink

Post-workout: Protein shake (mixed with water) and 32 oz. of water

Breakfast: 3 eggs scrambled, 3 oz. turkey sausage,  2 strips of bacon, 1 tsp. fish oil, multivitamin and water

Lunch: Patachou turkey chili and water

Dinner: Bacon wrapped steak, sweet potato, peppers, fish oil and water

Paleo Challenge – Day 23 Journal (2/5/13)

Today’s summary:

Workout (6 AM): Strength workout-Front Squats and WOD (visit www.crossfitfishers.com for the workout details)

Meals:

Pre-workout snack: 1/2 protein shake (water) and handful almonds

Post-workout: Protein shake (mixed with water) and 32 oz. of water

Breakfast: 3 eggs scrambled, 3 strips of bacon, 1 tsp. fish oil, multivitamin

Lunch: Skipped (Shame!!)

Dinner: Spaghetti squash with shrimp, tomatoes and spinach, water and fish oil

Paleo Challenge – Day 22 Journal (2/4/13)

Today’s summary:

Workout (6 AM): Strength workout-Hang Power Cleans and WOD (visit www.crossfitfishers.com for the workout details)

Meals:

Pre-workout snack: 1/2 protein shake (water), almonds and pre-workout drink

Post-workout: Protein shake (mixed with water) and 32 oz. of water

Breakfast: 1 McDonalds breakfast burrito with no cheese, no shell (opened up and ate out of the tortilla) and additional sausage patty added (bun thrown away), water, and vitamin

Snack: 1 handful almonds

Lunch: 6 oz. turkey, green and red peppers, and water

Dinner: Homemade vegetable soup, water

Dessert: Homemade Chia Seed Pudding (meets Paleo standards)