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30 Day Challenge

  • Better Than That   I remember it like it was yesterday….(Well, it WAS only last week) Day 4 of the 30 Day Paleo Challenge. As I passed by the 3rd Wawa on my way to the gym, I had a moment of misguided clarity and sheer stupidity:  I thought to myself “If I pulled into that Wawa and got a ...
  • 30 Day Challenge Announcement! We are less than 4 weeks away from our next 30 Day Challenge!! Starting January 3rd, we’ll all be eating clean and abstaining from alcohol for 30 days. Sounds like a party, right? At this point, you are probably having some type of reaction to this news. FIND YOUR REACTION AND READ ON! IF YOUR REACTION IS,     ...
  • Fall 2012 30 Day Challenge: Week 3 Despite what you’ve been told in the past, eating fat won’t necessarily make you fat. Some of you already know this, some of you don’t , and some claim to know it, but they still eat a low fat diet. It’s ok. We understand how difficult it is to separate the fat you eat with ...
  • Fall 2012 30-Day Challenge: Week 2 Welcome to Week 2 of the challenge! We’re hoping that everyone made it through week one without any major disasters. Congratulations – the hardest week of the challenge is over. You might be starting to experience your energy levels rising up and staying normal-to-high for the entire day, rather than dipping like they used to. You ...
  • Fall 2012 30-Day Challenge: Week 1 Throughout each Real Food 30 Day Challenge, we try to provide online and in-gym support to those who are new to this whole ‘cooking and eating real foods’ thing. This time around, I’ll be posting weekly blog posts in which each participant is encouraged to talk back and forth in the Comments section, swapping stories ...
  • A (Delicious) Day in the Life Of: Kate Eckert This is Kate’s second 30 day challenge. During the first challenge, she did a fantastic job of documenting her food here on her blog, Kate vs Food.  I’m reading over it now, and she has some really great photos, personal stories and recipes. Check it out! Kate has had a lot of first’s a CrossFit. She ...
  • Week 4: Spring 2012 30 Day Real Food Challenge Welcome to the last FULL week of the challenge! Next Wednesday, May 23rd will be the first non-challenge day! By now you should have started to see some physical, mental and systemic changes. You might be sleeping better, you might have more energy throughout the day, and maybe something in your digestion has cleared up. Either ...
  • A (Delicious) Day in the Life of: Jamie DePolo   Here’s Jamie’s day of food. Notice that she eats a lot of food. Also, notice that she’s the strongest female lifter in our gym (she wasn’t always). Want to get stronger? Eat more food. Jamie is also on the Autoimmune protocol, which includes the elimination of eggs, certain spices, peppers, tomatoes, potatoes and eggplants. See how ...
  • A (Delicious) Day in the Life of: Liz Levinson Liz Levinson is an endurance athlete, mother, and family doctor…and she has some of the most impressive musculature in the gym. What an overachiever! She frequently goes on long runs in addition to CrossFit and her body demands the proper nutrition to help keep her going – in training, and in life.   Breakfast:  Omelet with kale, ...
  • A (Delicious) Day in the Life of: Brooke Convento Brooke Convento is stealthily making a name for herself at CrossFit Aspire. She came to us at first as “Ron’s wife” and is slowly but surely sneaking up on all of your PR’s.  She recently learned how to do unassisted pull ups, and her form on most lifts is near perfect. She will be the ...
  • Week 3: Spring 2012 30-Day Real Food Challenge It’s week 3! You’re more than halfway through the ‘hardest’ part of your transition from Standard American diet to actual, nutritious, delicious, home cooked real food. For most of you, other than some annoying coworkers and the occasional bought of sadness over all of the beer that’s not being drank by you at the bar, most ...
  • A (Delicious) Day in the Life Of: Eric Allen This is a day in the life of Eric Allen, man about town.  Those of you who live alone know how hard it is to muster up the energy to cook for yourself.  Also, “cooking in bulk” usually means eating the same damn thing every day. Here’s a great example of how to eat well, ...
  • A (Delicious) Day in the Life of: Alex Carrese Alex is a strong CrossFit athlete and has recently become a CrossFit coach. He is studying for medical school while working multiple jobs to save money and learn more. He has hopes of working in orthopedics, to help athletes like us! Alex is a big guy, and therefore, needs lots of protein, fat and carbohydrates to ...
  • Week 2: Spring 2012 30-Day Real Food Challenge Welcome to week 2. Start posting your comments HERE! This week, you should be concerned with using NEW ingredients and making NEW dishes. You know that meat & veggies are your best options, but have you branched out? Are you still eating chicken and peppers/onions every night? Have you tried brisket yet? kale? parsnips? brussels sprouts? endive? bok ...
  • A (Delicious) Day in the Life of: Cathy Innes The following is from Cathy Innes, dedicated member, a great athlete, and kickboxing instructor (in her spare time).  She also takes our gymnastics and Olympic Lifting classes. She is very active and has a high energy output on any given day. Check out the pictures from her day! She has a great substitute for tortilla ...
  • A (Delicious) Day in the Life of: Jordana Ginsburg The following meals are by Jordana Ginsburg, member and gymnastics trainer at CrossFit Aspire. She does a great job of eating the same foods in different ways throughout the day. Cooking in bulk isn’t always the ‘sexiest’ way to have you meals, but it sure is the easiest and usually the healthiest!     Breakfast: Paleo hash, 2 eggs and ...
  • A (Delicious) Day In the Life of: Julie Toone   Julie Toone has been coming to the gym since last summer. This is her second 30 Day Challenge.  She had quite the transformation after the first challenge, and continued to eat Paleo(ish) since then. She’s using this challenge as a way to tighten things up a bit, and eliminate the booze and extra ingredients in ...
  • Week 1: Spring 2012 30-Day Real Food Challenge Welcome to Week 1 of the 30 Day Real Food Challenge! My email inbox is empty, which means that hopefully all of you have completed your food shopping for the week, and have a pretty good idea of what constitutes a ‘real food’. The goal for this first week is to get some new habits in place. ...
  • Challenge Kick Off with Guest Blogger: Steve Kirsch! The first post of the challenge comes from Steve Kirsch, a member at our gym, lover of heavy deadlifts and drumming, and general ‘real food’ enthusiast. He writes about his experiences with food on his blog, The Paleo Drummer. Here is a message from Steve to all of the first-time challengers: As someone who eats paleo/primal and ...
  • Top Ten Reasons You Should Do a 30 Day Real Food Challenge 10. You aren’t 100% happy with the amount of body fat you are carrying, or your reflection in the mirror. 9. You get tired throughout the day. 8. You are stressed – work is busy, the kids have practice & homework, and you barely have time to make it to CrossFit more than 2x week. 7. You have ...