Yesterday I was all excited about starting my new Crossfit adventure through Everyday Paleo Lifestyle and Fitness. I got up early and did my silly little beginner workout. Psh. Please. All I had to do was walk 5 minutes, do 10 deep squats, 10 push ups, and 10 situps twice then walk again for 5 minutes then stretch. Easy peasy.
Wrong! Wrong, wrong, wrong!
I can hardly move today. I told Rachel that I wanted her to do these exercises too. After all, it's my responsibility to teach her good habits now. She says, "That's all I have to do?" after seeing the workout. She completes them and has trouble walking down the stairs. We're both sore.
How sore? It hurts to brush my teeth. My teeth. It hurts to turn on a light switch. To put on pants. It hurts to sleep. And this is just my arms! Walking? Forget about it. I waddle. TMI: it hurts to sit down on the potty. Getting up is also a struggle. I use the walls to help me. My legs are screaming. My butt is on fire. (Ewww. That sounds terrible)
This whole Paleo thing is supposed to mimic how we have evolved to eat. It's preagriculture, pre-Diet Coke, pre-wheat, pre-sitonourassandwatchBiggestLoserwhileeatingpizza.
Crossfit is the exercise that goes along with the eating portion of Paleo. I guess it's supposed to mimic the stuff our Paleo grandmas and grandpas had to do in order to survive. Walk, sprint, climb, lift heavy stuff, etc. Together (the eating method and exercise regime) they're supposed to make for some good looking bods. Oh yeah, and healthy too if you're concerned about that sort of thing and not just worried about how you look in some cute skinny jeans and that tee shirt that hugs the curves in all the right places. So obviously I'm only concerned about health. (*snicker* Yeah right)
I've seen enough before and after pictures to say that these folks do look fantastic. Nice muscles. The guys are ripped. They can do pull ups, for god's sake! I've never even come close to doing one. I'd strut around like a peacock if I could pull my head up above a bar.
All of the paleo mimicry made me wonder how these exercises parallel the lives of my ancestors.
Walking: obviously the hunter/gatherer folks had to walk for miles and miles tracking down food. That makes sense.
Squats: Bending down is pretty natural. Lift with your legs not your back, Captain Caveman. Makes sense.
Pushups: Hmmmm. Well, I guess if you were lying down and need to get up? Or having some hot caveman sex? No idea what the parallel to "real life" is there. But they suck! And so do those squats.
Situps: We all have to sit up! I'm just taking a nap and HARK! What's that? A saber tooth squirrel is eating my stash! Quick sit up and chase him away. Sitting up repeatedly, however, does not make sense.
Stretching: It just feels good. Even animals stretch. Birds, dogs, cats, horses. Stretching is natural. I get that.
I am one sore cavegirl today. The soreness made me realize that I would be a dead hunter/gatherer girl OR I'd be the Queen Cave Bee. I would't have to squat, push up or sit up. The other Crossfit paleo boys would have to bring me stuff in this condition. I'd be like the queen bee that the other bees wait on hand and foot. I'm ashamed that that tiny little workout could do so much to me!
Onward and stronger! I think this is going to be great for my body and for my family as well. I'm looking forward to becoming strong and fit. The workouts aren't long but they are intense. No endless hours of cardio (though I do admit I love Zumba and kickboxing and spinning).
One problem I am having right now is leaning forward with my squats instead of keeping my back in a more upright position. The good thing about Everyday Paleo and Lifestyle Fitness is that they encourage you to send in video clips so they can help you with your form. I like having the individual coaching. And they answer questions immediately. A new workout is posted every two days. All for $20. I'm pretty pumped.
Ok. Enough whining about being sore. (Plus typing this hurts so no more rambling.)
Lunch was some leftover not-paleo or low carb Indian food. I don't want it to go to waste and I'm on a budget so I ate it. And it was soooo good!
I love the spices. I need to make some chicken tikka masala to keep around for lunches.
I had a recipe to test for America's Test Kitchen. Twice Baked Sweet Potatoes with Cinnamon Toast Topping. Please. Do I even need to tell you that this is not healthy? Brown sugar toast topping.
I paired it with spinach and BBQ pork loin. Everything was great but those potatoes were incredible. Mmmm. Can't wait for the recipe to be published so I can share it with you.
Rachel: It hurts to bend over. Are you hurting?
Me: Yes! It hurt to brush my teeth. I can't turn on a light switch without grimmacing. I'm very sore.
Rachel: And it's only going to get worse!
Me: No, honey. This is when the magic happens. We tear those muscles down and while we rest they are building back up but they're stronger this time. This is when it happens.
Rachel: I don't like magic. Magic hurts!
Tomorrow I'll report in. Day three is always the most sore. Yikes! Time to go get friendly with Mr. Ibuprofen.