Saturday, June 18, 2011

Day 6: CrossFit Norwalk

Prior to leaving for the wedding this weekend, I knew I needed to find a way to work out.  The hotel gym wasn't going to cut it so I took to the internet to see if a CrossFit affiliate was close.  Luck would have it that there was one in Norwalk just a few miles from Karen's house.  Most CrossFit affiliates have a great program where all you need to do to participate in a WOD is to bring a T-shirt from your home box or pay a small fee (usually $20 or less).

I got a fantastic workout at Crossfit Norwalk.  The trainers (Susan and Khaled) were really great and even though I was just visiting they took the time, and effort, to watch my form and give me some valuable tips on improving.  I think this may be the final nail in the addiction coffin, to know I can do this anywhere with a friendly community of crossfitters is really reaffirming. If you're ever in the Fairfield County Connecticut area (Stamford, Norwalk, Greenwich, Darien...)  I highly suggest visiting CrossFit Norwalk.

Push Press, My left arm looks funny.
Warm-up: 400m run, 10 each of kb swings, PVC OHS

9 Deadlifts
30 Air Squats
9 Push Press

Warm-up: Went well, figured out I may be too tight in my shoulders while doing kb swings
Deadlifts: 135 lbs (Weak! But it was my first time doing deadlifts since elements so read this post)
Push Press: 75lbs (up from 65 lbs earlier this week)
Time: 14:16
The double chin makes an appearance!

I will write about some tips I received today in tomorrow's post.


Eating well while traveling can be difficult because of a lack of familiarity with restaurants in the area.  Eating out, even eating healthy out, can come in wrong portions or sometimes the menu is not all that accommodating.  Below are some of my own practices that help.
  • Rather than eat at a restaurant, go to a local supermarket and grab some fresh fruits and pre-cooked meats.  
  • Nuts are expensive!  If you have a stipend, use it all and buy some nuts that you can bring home with you.
  • Sides can make or break the meal, look at the sides and if they are vegetables and french fries just ask for a double serving of vegetables.
  • Get a to-go box in the beginning of the meal.  This way you will always have it in the back of your mind to NOT finish your meal and eat it later.  This will save money too because you can get 2 meals out of 1.
Even with those tips, there are some occasions where you just have to bite the bullet and have some dessert.  Dieting does not have to be horrible, allow yourself some cheats.  If I'm at a wedding and the cake looks good then I'm going to eat it, if there is a champagne toast I'm going to drink it.  These special occasions are important and you don't want to look back and say you missed out because of a diet, just enjoy it in moderation.

Although the day is not over, I know how it's going to turn out so below are some of the meals.  I've had breakfast, lunch and a snack...I'm going to have a piece of cake at the wedding and likely a champagne toast.

Breakfast (2 points)
2 eggs

Snack (post workout) 2 points
Protein Shake

Lunch (2 points)
Flat steak Salad with Walnuts

Snack (3 points)
HB egg
Half Apple

Dinner (-2 points)
I'll have the healthiest option for the main meal, but I'll get the negative from the cake/dessert.  It's a wedding, cut me some slack.  I'll edit this tomorrow with what I eat just to show that I did well during dinner, but not so hot on dessert.

5 meals +1
water +1
8 hours sleep +1
<5 hours +1
Champagne Toast -1

10 Points on the day. +20 for the 5th workout of the week!

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