Giving Up Paleo

A few weeks ago I came across this article: 

http://www.healthylivingheavylifting.com/how-clean-eating-made-me-fat-but-ice-cream-and-subway-got-me-lean/

And thought it made some valid arguments… paleo lets you eat as much as you want of “good foods” but somehow it can still make you fat… it’s so restrictive that it’s not realistic… so when I saw that my awesome dietician friend who also does crossfit and lifts had also read this article I asked her about it.  We came upon the same conclusion as the author.  The biggest take away was that the Paleo culture encourages a limitless eating of excess calories through fat consumption.  While a gram of fat is 9 calories, a gram of protein or carbohydrate is only 4 calories- so while the food might be natural and healthy, at some point calories do count.  Weight loss and weight gain in its simplest form is cals in/cals out, so all those excess fat grams do make a difference.  Additionally, the diet bases itself off foods that you can and cannot have, which tends to make it 1) rather unrealistic and 2) rather punishing.  Nothing makes you feel worse than eating something you’re not supposed to eat.  

So overall, it’s been nice to have a couple birthday cake oreos every day.  I revel in my morning bowl of oatmeal.  I was feeling pretty gross lately eating nuts, coconut butter, fatty pork and olive oil.  I thought the key to success was cutting out carbs and sugar.  But I’ve learned (through my friend and a macros approach) that diet, just like the rest of life is all about balance.


Learn this from the waters:
in mountain clefts and chasms,
loud gush the streamlets,
but great rivers flow silently.

-The Buddha

I start my new assignment for Mariano’s tomorrow.  The more I work in management the more I see that completing the tasks of the job is the easy part; the hard and distinguishing part is the ability to lead and deal with people.  So here’s to a fresh start, a chance to be better, a chance to be a silent river.


Failed 82kg attempt. My biggest weakness is not being patient enough in the pull! Same thing for the snatch. I constantly am trying to remind myself, one more second, one more second, one more second. I get nervous when it gets so heavy so I rush the pull. So I try to remind myself that no one has ever over pulled a lift! I need to give my self the opportunity to get to full extension. But I did hit 80 in the clean and 55 (blues!) in the snatch. That gives me a little more confidence!


We will advocate for you, but you need to advocate for yourself first. So when you work up the guts to tug on one of our shirt sleeves, rest assured, we WILL listen.
Bob Mariano, speaking on top of a register to the new staff at Mariano’s Ukranian Village

Getting some air with 80 kilos.

Getting some air with 80 kilos.


Overcome the angry by non-anger;
overcome the wicked by goodness;
overcome the miser by generosity;
overcome the liar by truth.
The Buddha

Love this pic.
105 back squat pr, followed by 109.

Love this pic.
105 back squat pr, followed by 109.


How to DKB: up and back; scoop thru; top of the thighs; BAM!

How to DKB: up and back; scoop thru; top of the thighs; BAM!


With good will for the entire cosmos,
cultivate a limitless heart:
Above, below, & all around,
unobstructed, without hostility or hate.
The Buddha

So in the last week I’ve been a donut fryer, a barista and a sushi chef.  One of the amazing things about my job is that I’ve been trained in every department of the store.  Mariano’s has an incredible teaching and learning culture.  If you see that maybe your not right for a role or feel like you can excel elsewhere, you’re encouraged to do so.  We have some amazing people that work for our company and leadership loves to develop from within.  Chairman Bob himself encourages workers to be flexible.

"You need to be flexible," Mariano said of career decisions. "Try different things, see what you love and who you love doing it with."

I used to not be much of a risk taker.  But since working at Mariano’s, and especially with my fellow OGs, I’ve developed this i-can-do-anything-you-challenge-me-to mentality.  No challenge has been too outrageous, and no obstacle has been to high.  Most of it is thanks to working with Crystal and Monika.  Those girls are FEARLESS.  For example, yesterday a sushi chef didn’t show up for their shift.  So instead of just closing down the station with Crystal’s rolling skills and my knife skills we opened up the recipe book and just started rolling maki and spring rolls.  When we went to put them in the case, they looked just as good (if not better!) than the morning sushi chef.  After Crystal left I kept going.  I saw what was missing in the case, read the book and continued to roll.  I made items to order; I was unstoppable!
It’s no secret that people are nuts over our stores.  They want a store in every city by tomorrow.  With our acquisition of the Dominick’s stores, plus our original builds planned, this year is going to be crazy- there will be a demand for some serious labor.  I feel so honored I’ve been asked to help; and proud that my attitude has gone from “I don’t know how to do that” to “show me how to do that and I will help you get it done”.
In the presence of some people we feel as though nothing were to great to undertake; we are uplifted; we are inspired to do great things, to accomplish; we feel strong, steady, sure.

So in the last week I’ve been a donut fryer, a barista and a sushi chef.  One of the amazing things about my job is that I’ve been trained in every department of the store.  Mariano’s has an incredible teaching and learning culture.  If you see that maybe your not right for a role or feel like you can excel elsewhere, you’re encouraged to do so.  We have some amazing people that work for our company and leadership loves to develop from within.  Chairman Bob himself encourages workers to be flexible.

"You need to be flexible," Mariano said of career decisions. "Try different things, see what you love and who you love doing it with."

I used to not be much of a risk taker.  But since working at Mariano’s, and especially with my fellow OGs, I’ve developed this i-can-do-anything-you-challenge-me-to mentality.  No challenge has been too outrageous, and no obstacle has been to high.  Most of it is thanks to working with Crystal and Monika.  Those girls are FEARLESS.  For example, yesterday a sushi chef didn’t show up for their shift.  So instead of just closing down the station with Crystal’s rolling skills and my knife skills we opened up the recipe book and just started rolling maki and spring rolls.  When we went to put them in the case, they looked just as good (if not better!) than the morning sushi chef.  After Crystal left I kept going.  I saw what was missing in the case, read the book and continued to roll.  I made items to order; I was unstoppable!

It’s no secret that people are nuts over our stores.  They want a store in every city by tomorrow.  With our acquisition of the Dominick’s stores, plus our original builds planned, this year is going to be crazy- there will be a demand for some serious labor.  I feel so honored I’ve been asked to help; and proud that my attitude has gone from “I don’t know how to do that” to “show me how to do that and I will help you get it done”.

In the presence of some people we feel as though nothing were to great to undertake; we are uplifted; we are inspired to do great things, to accomplish; we feel strong, steady, sure.



Sayre Saturday

I secretly love working too many days in a row and too many days at the start of the week; it normally means I get to lift on Saturday at Sayre. Nothing gets me more excited. Today I had two PRs:

Snatch at 54 kilos (missed 55 three times): http://m.youtube.com/watch?feature=youtu.be&v=ydxOr8t5fx8

Clean and Jerk at 80 kilos: http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=5UdkbjdWznA

Although we are clean and jerk specialists at Sayre, my snatch is definitely not were it should be. I lack some serious ankle flexibility and probably don’t get enough full snatch reps during the week. They only time I’m doing full snatches is on Saturday. The snatch is such a delicate lift! Technique has to be flawless for execution. I need to: (1) work on making sure my hips rise at the same rate as my shoulders so I can let my quads do the majority of the work (2) keep the bar close after I get it to the top of the thigh and (3) improve mobility and comfort in the bottom position. Never settle!


What I’m Learning…

  1. When you’re true to what you love, you can live freely. I used to think I had to go out, make every party, work a desk job, coach, live up to what everybody else wanted from me.  I have found that when I do only what I love and enjoy I am my best self and the best person to be around.
  2. A can do attitude will make you shine in high pressure situations.  Complaining about something only takes time away from a creative solution.  Some of life’s best results come from holy shit, OMG, high pressure moments.  People value people with a can do, get it done attitude.
  3. There simply is no time for assholes.  I used to get really upset if someone didn’t like me or was mean to me. I now realize that it’s probably their own personal hang ups as long as I’m acting mindfully. I’d try so hard to get people to like me. Now it’s one and done.
  4. Don’t encourage or participate in negative talk about others.  People will always be ridiculous.  …head down, don’t you make a sound…

Front Squat PR! 100 KG

Life is always an interesting journey- from heavy to crossfit skinny and now back to heavy (but strong). I was beginning to doubt it all- but tonight I walked away with a new PR, a 30 pound increase since I started down at Sayre. 100kg, up from 91kg in the last cycle.  I hit 93, 95, and 97 before this attempt.  Thankfully my best pal Janet was there to 1) let me wear her head band, 2) yell at me, 3) trap slap me and 4) hug me and pick me up when I was done.  Friends are the best.

 http://m.youtube.com/watch?feature=youtu.be&v=DHzDqDuRZpI

"A PR should be so heavy that if a fly were to land on the barbell, it would be too heavy".