News and Notes
- Have you signed up yet for the 2015 CrossFit Open? We’re so close to Open Workout 15.1! There will be Rx’d and scaled versions of each workout, so you can only help CFSBK’s team by signing up. Sign up here, and after you complete your registration, make sure to join CFSBK’s team (you can see everyone who has already signed up here).
- Want to work out on Sunday at 9am and bring your kid/s? Now you can! Sign them up at the Front Desk for CFSBK Kids Club, and learn more here.
- LOTS OF NEW ITEMS UP IN LOST AND FOUND! Check the photoz in Flickr, and claim your stuff by 2/26 or we’re donating it.
- Coach Nick wants you to know about new job opening at Row New York, a great organization that teaches kids rowing and provides college prep. Here’s their mission: “The mission of Row New York is to transform the lives of NYC’s under-resourced teens through the discipline of rowing combined with rigorous academic and college readiness support.” Learn more here.
Stomachs and Eyeballs: The End of the LFPB Challenge
By Chris Fox
I hope you’ve had a great first few weeks of the year and have learned a thing or two about how the food and lifestyle choices you make affect you personally. Even if you didn’t participate in the Look Feel Perform Better Challenge, we hope you’ll find the following notes useful.
Many of the principles that we use to structure the Look Feel Perform Better Challenge come from the folks over at Precision Nutrition. I learned about the work John Berardi was doing years ago through Eric Cressey and have been a fan ever since. Even though nutrition, sleep, and recovery can seem like complicated subject matters (and to be sure sometimes we bring complicated feelings to the game), PN does a really good job of utilizing the K.I.S.S. method (Keep It Simple, Stupid). I found out about Barry Sears and The Zone Diet years ago as well when I became involved with CrossFit. That book taught me that quantifying foods made sense. I mean, we quantify our lifts and WOD times and journal diligently—why not food?
The fact is though that counting calories or blocks can be a nightmare for some folks. It can bring about neuroses about food and generally make some people nuts or worse, depressed when they don’t “get it right,” which brings me back to PN. I came across this chart that I think really helps with quantifying food/calories using my favorite method of K.I.S.S. You can find it here. It lays out pretty plainly how to eyeball portion sizes when eating either at home or out. If you were freaking out with the Level 2 eating or want to refine Level 1 a bit, you should really check it out to help you plan better. Which brings me back to the title of this post…
It’s been said before that if you don’t plan to prepare, you plan to fail. If you think about the times when you are most likely to go “off plan,” they are likely times that are preceded by the statement “I’m starving!” You skipped lunch, worked late, and now it’s Happy Hour. Or you skipped breakfast and now its lunchtime and a burger with fries and a soda sounds amazing. Your eyeballs become bigger than your stomach and you go for instant gratification. Planning ahead and eating regular meals at somewhat regular times is one of the most important steps you can take toward being lean, fit, and healthy.
If you didn’t do the LFPB Challenge with everyone else, it’s never too late to jump on board and start cleaning up your eating habits. Learn more here.
For those who did participate: Don’t forget to submit your post challenge write up here. Please get it in by Monday so we’ve got enough time to go through them all. The point of this is to help you assess how you did and what your plan is moving forward. I’ve had so many people come up to me or send me emails about the progress they’re making. The LFPB challenge was just the start of a much larger plan to continue with your progress, refine your approach and keep your momentum. At the potluck we’ll expand upon this idea and talk more about how CFSBK would like to support your progress moving forward.
Come To the Potluck and Awards Ceremony!
On Saturday, February 21nd, at 7:00pm, we’ll be hosting our community potluck and LFPB Challenge awards ceremony. If you participated in the Challenge, this is a great opportunity to close it out with all the other folks who joined in over the last 6 weeks. We’ll be presenting awards to everyone who went above and beyond with their commitment and consistency and there will be a short presentation about what to do now that the Challenge is over with some ideas to help you keep the momentum moving in the right direction. This event is open to everyone, regardless of participation.
Who: The entire CFSBK community is invited!
Date: Saturday, 2/21/2015
Time: 7pm-9pm or so
Kid Friendly? Yes! We’ll have the bouncy castle back. Sorry, no four-legged friends.
RSVP Here (WHY AREN’T YOU PEOPLE RSVP-ING???)
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