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September 16, 2009

Chewing the Fat

Filed under: diet — Tags: , , , , — Lady Who Cooks @ 1:59 am

I’m growing. Not spiritually, not emotionally, not mentally, I’m growing….in size. How can this be? I mean REALLY how can this be? I eat clean, I workout 5 days a week, I get enough sleep, my cheats can hardly be called cheats, and through my best efforts I continue to expand. I can hear it now, “Remember, muscle weighs more than fat”. Duh. I know that but my pants, skirts, and dresses say it’s not just muscle weighing more than fat, it’s the sizing of it all and before you try to say something encouraging, let me just say “Please don’t”.

The Great Encourager of our time, aka Micah, says that I should be happy with the knowledge of being healthy and doing something good for myself. Obviously he’s never been a girl with a body image issue. Yes ok I use to be a bit of a ‘hefty’ one in high school. 145lbs on a 5’3 frame with not much of that weight being lean muscle is not much to be desired. So I’m asking the collective group, why and believe me when I say I want facts not pity. I want knowledge not “Oh you look great”. I want to know how I can tell this body fat to suck it and feel comfortable in my skin again. Theoretically, I should be proud of myself but when I see and read all these success stories I just want to scream “WHAT THE F????” I would love to say “Oh, I only care about health but I don’t. Well, of course I care about health but I also care about looking good. Go ahead, call me shallow. Whatev. I know every single one of us salivates at the notion of rock hard abs. I think the main issue is is that I want some visible measure of how this regiment is working beside my ability to do more push ups and lift more weight. I want to finally kick this gnawing desire to go back to my ‘skinny fat’ days because in those days I could actually wear all my denim and not just the really stretchy ones.

This ‘problem’ is above all frustrating. I love Crossfit, I love eating right, and I know that should be enough but in all reality it’s not. Maybe it’s a mental game, and to win I have to persevere but as of right now I’m failing miserably. The only thing I can think of to change is MORE FREAK’N PROTEIN. Ehhh. So check the blog, http://abby-eatthis.blogspot.com/, if you want and feel free to give suggestions. At this point I’m closer to swallowing a tapeworm than being offended by criticism so please, don’t hold back.


  1. I found a good protein list for those who are like me and need more protein.

    Beef (6 oz.) – 54 grams
    Turkey, breast (6 oz.) – 51.4 grams
    Pork Chop (6 oz.) 49 grams
    Turkey, dark meat (6 oz.) – 48.6 grams
    Hamburger (6 oz.) – 48.6 grams
    Chicken, dark meat (6 oz.) – 47.2 grams
    Tuna (6 oz.) – 40.1 grams
    Broiled Beefsteak (6 oz.) – 38.6 grams
    Chicken, breast (6 oz.) – 37.8 grams
    Ham (6 oz.) – 35.4 grams
    Salmon (6 oz.) – 33.6 grams

    Cottage cheese (1 cup) – 28.1 grams
    Yogurt, low fat (1 cup) – 10.7 grams
    Skim milk (1 cup) – 8.3 grams
    Whole milk (1 cup) – 8 grams
    American cheese (1 oz.) – 7 grams
    Soymilk (6 oz.) – 6.7 grams
    Egg (1 large) – 6.3 grams

    Meat Substitutes, Beans and Legumes, Nuts
    Veggie Burger (6 oz.) – 51.4 grams
    Tofu (6 oz.) – 13.8 grams
    Peanut Butter (2 Tbsp.) – 8.1 grams
    Almond Butter (2 Tbsp.) – 7 grams
    Lentils (1/2 cup) – 9 grams
    Split Peas (1/2 cup) – 8.1 grams
    Kidney Beans (1/2 cup) – 7.6 grams
    Sesame Seeds (1 oz.) – 7.5 grams
    Black Beans (1/2 cup) – 7.5 grams
    Garbanzo Beans (1/2 cup) – 7.3 grams
    Green Peas (1/2 cup) – 4.1 grams

    Fruits and Vegetables
    Orange (large) – 1.7 grams
    Banana (medium) – 1.2 grams
    Green Beans (1/2 cup) – 1 gram
    Carrots (1/2 cup) – .8 gram
    Apple (large) – 0 grams

    Comment by Abby — September 16, 2009 @ 2:46 pm

  2. Well, Abby, at least you can rest assured that you do not look like the woman in pink!

    I feel your pain, as seeing the opposite of the results you want when you're working hard at something is sooo frustrating.

    I'm glad you're considering trying to eat more protein. As I've said before, I do think that's key. And as Josh said in his e-mail to you, the key is to eat it EVERY TIME YOU EAT ANYTHING.

    It seems like your problem might be the result of two faults: ignoring the zone and over-zealous paleo eating.

    First, CrossFit recommends first and foremost that you get your proportions in line. They recommend doing this BEFORE you think about the quality. Now, eating high quality (red: primal) is even better, but if your proportions are still way out of whack, this will not lead to the insulin control you/they are looking for. So for a while, you need to start weighing and measuring to get a sense of what you're eating. As a small woman, you should start aiming for 10 blocks of each macronutrient a day, with equal proportions of each every time you eat. You don't have to stay a crazy weigher-measurer forever, just long enough to get yourself on the right track toward your body goals. Josh said he e-mailed you the CrossFit info we have on zone blocks, or there's a decent one online reference here: http://www.mitymous.net/weights/zoneblox.htm. It's really a very easy system once you get started. It will require you to eat protein with every meal/snack, and it will help you keep the other macronutrients from getting out of control too… which leads to my next point…

    There is such thing as too much of a good thing. While it's great for your long-term health to eat tons of fruits, veggies, and good fats, too much of them WILL make you gain weight, no matter how "clean" they are. It's likely that you are just plain eating too much. I know you have been trying to increase your fat intake, but that is something that should happen after you have lost the bodyfat you desire to lose and are having to increase your calories to maintain weight. When you start measuring your fruit, vegetable, and fat intake, I expect you will find you need to limit it quite a bit in order to stay within the 10 blocks a day. Also, cheat foods, like biscuits, should be counted into the blocks for the day. So you can cheat on the paleo and eat whatever, but it should still be counted in your total blocks for the day. For your reference, 1 biscuit is 4 blocks of carbs. 3 almonds equals 1 block of fat. 1 TBSP of avocado is 1 block of fat. It's really easy to go off the deep end with fat if you're not careful.

    Now, when you cut back to the 10 blocks, you're probably going to feel hungry for a while. Your best friend is a fish oil pill with every meal (or 2-3 per meal if you buy the less potent kind).

    Good luck!

    Comment by Maravilla — September 16, 2009 @ 7:49 pm

  3. Thanks Mara! I will keep it in mind. I see after reading the Zone that my fat intake is off the charts. I think I've been reading too many conflicing websites and it's got me all screwed up. I'm excited to try something a little more structured.

    Comment by Abby — September 18, 2009 @ 12:34 pm

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