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Rants Raves

Ok it’s going on three weeks and I still have a cold, or flu or whatever. It started out a couple weeks ago with a stomach flu that wound up putting me in the hospital with severe dehydration. While I was getting over that, I started catching a cold that is still kicking my butt. I have never been sick more times than during this past year. I can only blame one culprit, Montana, who for some reason is hardly affected by the illnesses she brings home. My theory is based on a simple fact, before Montana zero colds and flu’s and after, well you know.

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Well summertime is coming and I looked at my ever shrinking but still visible gut this morning and figured I best do something about it. If not just for the looks, but for my health as well. Over the last couple days I’ve received a couple e-mails blasting my last article. Basically they said I was picking on certain diets, specifically PALEO, which in my defense I never specifically named, only alluded to.

Anyway I stand by my earlier post because I don’t believe they can prove claims about early man and what he ate, but I have to give them credit, that their diet or whatever they call it must work. But I can’t say it’s unique since most diets seem to work as long as people stick with them. Diets are normally based on one fact; you use more than you take in and you lose. Sadly most people don’t stick with anything they try for long enough to see results. So is PALEO different? We’ll see.

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With all the diet fads and tips out there these days I wonder if I’m missing the boat. I hear things like, gross I can’t believe your eating that, and ick do you know what they put in that. So I sat down the other day and imagined life without an occasional cheeseburger or French fry and it looked pretty boring.

Not to offend all you grass fed, health food, supplement taking, I gotta try this latest fad diet or I’ll die people. I am not knocking you or you’re ways, cause I have been there and done that, but in the long run the fads never last. I’ve tried it all and in the end I went back to eating regular stuff that normal everyday people eat. Maybe not in the same portions and maybe with a few changes here and there, but basically the same food. As time goes by I have noticed that each new fad diet comes with a larger and more restrictive set of requirements. Some are so restrictive its ridiculous to think that anyone but a few could sustain the diet for a short time let alone for life. For example what ever happened to the last fad diet Atkins? I really don’t hear about it much, not saying it doesn’t exist in some form or other, but it’s not the latest rage. I remember going to dinner one night with my brother, who was on the diet, and we ordered a pizza. When he got his slice, he pulled all the bad stuff like cheese, grease, pepperoni and sausage off the pizza and ate that! He discarded the crust, saying that the carbs were bad for you. Well I’m no nutritionist but that just sounded whacky. He sort of explained that too many carbs, when not used, could make you fat. My naïve thought was that he had just cut out the middleman and had ingested straight fat.

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A couple days ago I clicked a link on my Facebook page, which led me to a video describing the new relationship between CrossFit and Reebok.  I immediately began scouring the web looking for reactions to the breaking news. It took only a few minutes for me to realize it was anything but fresh, damn! People have been posting about this since November, so much for my breaking news story. Any way I think this post is still relevant, even if it’s old news.


Is CrossFit doomed?

No it’s not doomed, not even close. The “Coach” as they call him has built a small empire and it is about to get even bigger. I don’t think he’s going to get bulldozed by Reebok like people think. In the video he states that he retains all control and to my amusement will still able to drop the “F” bomb, meaning CrossFit is still his. Some changes are coming, but I think the changes will benefit CrossFit as a whole. Some people in various forums have cried that this is the end of CrossFit, but I don’t think so. Here’s what I think.

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Picture of Drug Free Zone Sign on BrickWhen I saw a post on Facebook last night regarding this topic I was floored. Really? I thought someone felt the need to use illegal substances to win a CrossFit competition? I immediately posted a response that was poorly thought out. It said something like, “Way to go CrossFit for testing and boo to the cheaters”. I then read the article and had to back pedal a bit on my first comment, because after I read why the team was disqualified the waters seemed a little less clear.

The explanation given by the two athletes who tested positive for a banned substance was that it was due to an energy drink sold at GNC, which you can read here. When I read the post and comments, I had a mixed reaction. I came away with two thoughts about the matter.

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