Posted by Becca Borawski : Wednesday, May 15, 2013
Sometimes it's easy to get caught up in rules and trends. You dive headlong into paleo and you get all super strict. Or you do crazy things like put butter in your coffee. (Seriously, people, you're killin' me with the Instagrams.) And you do these things, and maybe you feel some benefit from it, but really you're caught up in rules and concepts. And I'm not making you wrong for doing that. I'm saying we're all human, and sometimes we get excited, and it's okay to take a step back and ask yourself, "Why AM I doing that?" and "IS this useful to me?"
And maybe the answer is "yes" and you keep going exactly how you're going. But also know it's not "wrong" for someone to eat rice sometimes. And it's not wrong to put cream in your coffee. And, in fact, you can even do those things and be healthy. And you can do these things and still be "cool."
Each body is different. Literally, each human body works differently. And each human brain works differently. So to imagine that we all have to eat the same way or we all have to respond the same way to a food, supplement, or stimulus, is kinda crazy. So it's okay to not follow the "rules" of paleo and it's okay to drink your coffee however the heck you want to drink your coffee. These ideas are just starting points from which to experiment. Maybe for your body and your sport you need it a little different. And maybe for your emotional well-being you need cream in your coffee. Or maybe you actually really like the butter!
None of it is wrong. And to experiment, to go to extremes and come back and refine, is actually fantastic. But make sure you come back to YOU. Your choices should reflect what's best for YOUR body and YOUR mind, rules and trends be damned.
Becca Borawski served as Program Director at CFLA for seven years and is now part of the extended coaching family. She is the managing editor for Breaking Muscle, a website designed for real athletes and real coaches. She lives in Portland, Oregon and is most likely preparing a paleo meal at this very moment.
In 45 minutes, exactly 15 min per lift:
1RM Back Squat
AND COMING THURSDAY
A) In 15 min - Deadlift 3x5 @ 87.5%
B) AMRAP 5:
5 Overhead Squat @ 77.5% 1RM Squat Snatch
C) 5 rounds for reps and distance:
:30 strict chin ups