2016 – A Year in Review (Bird’s Eye)

A lot happened in 2016. So much so, I am only writing about health and fitness goals I completed in 2016. I started off the year doing beginner’s class at my local Crossfit box. My wife asked me if I would join the class with her and so I did. I was skeptical about it because nothing at that point (January 2016) had worked for me. Before that, I was working out at the local Y or in my garage doing the same old tired routine of body part splits and treadmill “cardio” most folks are resigned to; getting no where. I spent about 4 years going through different Men’s Health and Men’s Fitness programs like “Your Biggest Shoulders…Now!” or “The Curls for Girls series”and I personally did not benefit from any of it. That stuff might work for other people, but not me.

So, my wife asked me to start Crossfit with her. I had no idea what “cross fit” was. The only time I heard about Crossfit was in an article about WWE’s Cesaro and Seth Rollins. After the beginner’s classes were over, I had to start the regular classes. I remember being nervous and skeptical still, but after my first “WOD” (which involved a lot of thrusters – yikes!) I was both humbled and exhilarated and slightly nauseous. More importantly, I was hooked. After that I started going multiple times a week.

There were ups and downs throughout the year. I started off with a bang. Like I said, I was hooked because in just a few months, I had already built strength and went heavier on weight than ever before. Just an example, before Crossfit, my max on bench-press was 125.

Yeah.

By March, I was at 135. At the end of December my bench-press max was 195, which is just awesome for me. Starting off with a bang was great, but for a little while I plateaued in conditioning. The MetCons were very, very, rough on me because I have zero background in sports. In High School I didn’t participate in kind of sports. So, my conditioning was equivalent to that of a sloth. Because I didn’t do so hot in the metcons, I felt down and so, for a while, I only went to my box a couple of times a week. During the “down” period, I would get encouragement from my fellow crossfitters to “just keep on” and “you are doing great”, which is the best. My wife also encouraged me (she’s awesome!).

The community part of Crossfit is critical. I love that part of Crossfit. We all know that we don’t do Crossfit only to get stronger, faster, and leaner. Those three things are part of it, but we treat Crossfit like preventive medicine. We want to be healthy. We want to have a higher quality of life. We don’t want chronic disease. Those three wants are solved by Crossfit and a solid diet. There is an article over at Crossfit Journal that explains this in detail. Check it out.

One of my 2016 goals was to do Crossfit for a year. I did it. There were times when I wanted to throw in the towel, but I didn’t and I am glad I stuck with it. Another goal I had was to eat more fruits and vegetables. I met that goal, but with some qualification. I can eat fruit all day long. I have no problems with getting in 3 – 5 servings of fruit a day. However, getting in 3 – 5 servings of vegetables? Nope. Not going to happen. So, I started drinking my greens: Amazing Grass Green Superfood. Amazing Grass Green Superfood is a drink-mix product you can mix in water, smoothie, etc.   The taste is mediocre at best, but the benefit is killer. From the FAQs on their website: A serving of our Green SuperFood or Berry Green SuperFood provides approx 4 to 5 servings of fruits and vegetables. A serving is one scoop.

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All in all, 2016 was a good year. My health goals for 2017 are to increase by 100 lbs in basically all barbell movements and to slash my carbohydrate intake. Will I do it? Maybe. Maybe not. I will try though. You only fail when you don’t try.

Check it out
Fitness, Luck, and Health article

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