Day One of FEP… and running… and CrossFit


So, no big insights today.  Tonight, I am just pure, unadulterated exhausted.  I received an e-mail yesterday that kindly let me know that I needed to begin attending Command Physical Training (PT) for failing the body composition portion of the PFA.  This is called FEP, or Fitness Enhancement Program.  Since we have paid for one month of CrossFit and signed up for the Honolulu Marathon, my intention was to keep doing CrossFit four times a week and running four times a week for training….. AND attend FEP.

My schedule will look like this:

  • Monday: Run in the morning, CrossFit at 5:00 p.m.
  • Tuesday: Command PT in the morning, CrossFit at 5:00 p.m.
  • Wednesday: Run in the morning, Command PT at 11:30 a.m.
  • Thursday: Run in the morning, Command PT at 3:00 p.m., CrossFit at 5:00 p.m.
  • Friday: Command PT at 3:00 p.m., CrossFit at 5:00 p.m.
  • Saturday: Long run
  • Sunday: REST

I will be the first one to tell you the marathon training plus the CrossFit might be pushing it a little.  Maybe overtraining a bit?  Then throw in some Command PT might just throw it over the edge?

Fortunately, as many folks will attest, Command PT is weak sauce (I mean, really, six people showed up today).  So it really shouldn’t be too hard on me, unless they start throwing in some strenuous exercise.  It really is kind of sad.  If you are going to put someone on a weight loss program, shouldn’t you actually do something that will help them?  Some real workouts with some actual planning involved.  But here is the real crux of the matter.  I would suggest to you that most people who are out of body fat standards don’t have a fitness issue.  They have a diet issue.  They eat crappy food and drink the beer.  I know, I’ve seen me do it.  That is why I am where I am right now.  80% of fitness is diet, right?  Somebody back me up here.

So that I can cut out an extra four workouts a week that I feel like I don’t need, I have to get off of FEP.  To get off of FEP, I have to get my fat butt back in standards.  And like I said, diet is the biggest part.  I have already been losing weight (hopefully mostly fat), but it is time to kick it into high gear.  My answer?  I am going to Zone my Paleo diet.  I have done this before, and the weight fell off.  Because to get enough carbs out of raw spinach, I have to eat 6 cups of spinach.  That is a lot of spinach.  The key to making this work is preparation.  Preparing the meals well in advance.  Jaime and I like to do this by weighing the food, placing it in small baggies, and grabbing it whenever we are walking out the door.  If anyone is interested, I will write an entire post on the Zone plus Paleo.  I will even post my list of good, whole foods and they blocks they represent.  The only thing I need to figure out now is if I am doing Medium to Hard 3-4x per week, Medium to Hard 4-5x per week, or 1+ hours aerobic 6-7x per week.  That is a difference of 3 to 6 blocks of food.  Jaime’s suggestion is to stick with the lowest intensity choice and see how it feels for a day or two.  So that is what I will try.  This should be awesome!

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