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January 14, 2010

Its ME (Graham), Finally

Filed under: real talk — Tags: — grumbles84 @ 2:21 pm

Soooo, this is going to be a short post but I just wanted to say hey, I’m Graham, I’m new here on the FAHBG blog and “new” to the crossfit scene. A longer introductory post is in the works but this is just a simple, What up interwebs!


October 10, 2009

Goals Revisited

Filed under: real talk, workouts — Tags: , , , , , , , , — joshuaeller @ 10:33 pm


Today was the first of hopefully many gymnastic tutorial sessions at FAHBG.  There’s more to come about the amazing work of Matt Baker, but today was also a time of reflection on our goals as a gym and as individuals.  As an individual, I’ve decided to publicly announce my personal goals – prompted by the fabulous Mrs Abby Vandegrift.  So, here we go.  (Hopefully, this isn’t an exercise in pure narcissistic pleasure.  Members of FAHBG – UNITE!  Post your goals for the world to see and thereby hold yourself accountable!)

By January 1st:

1 – Deadlift twice my body weight, which is currently hovering around 185 lbs, so 370 lbs.  I’ve already made progress here.  Thanks to Graham Wooden, I set a new PR today of 320 lbs.  Just 50 more to go by January 1. Yikes.

2 – Clean and Jerk my body weight, which is currently hovering around 185 lbs.  I’ve jerked 155, and I set a new clean record today of 165 – also due to Graham Wooden.  So just 30 more pounds to go.  Yikes.

3 – Perform 30 Muscle ups for time.  I just want to do them in one setting.  I don’t care how fast it happens.  Completion here is the goal.  Yikes.

Ok, team.  I need your help.  Get me to the finish line.  All by January 1st.  And post your goals on here.  Let’s hold each other accountable.  That’s what friendship and FAHBG is all about.

-Ps- in a somewhat unusual move for fahbg, I’m going to post something on here potentially ‘political’ – actually economic, but potential controversial.  Oh, dear…

1. Greg Mankiw of Harvard on the potential effects of the Baucus healthcare bill (note: you cannot ignore incentives) http://gregmankiw.blogspot.com/2009/10/marginal-tax-rates-from-health-reform.html

2. And Jeff Miron, also of Harvard, on housing policy: http://jeffreymiron.blogspot.com/2009/10/perpetuating-bad-housing-policy.html

My issue with Miron – can’t homeowners who receive a reprieve on their mortgage respond to these incentives in such a way that they acquire the ability to make their mortgage payment due to the extra time they receive to make the adjustment?  Isn’t that something akin to a firm’s short run response?  I know I would, but maybe I’m not everyone.  Any thoughts?


October 3, 2009

A letter from Graham

Filed under: diet, real talk — Tags: , , , , , — Micah Vandegrift @ 11:46 pm

Graham Wooden is a good friend of ours who has been joining us in workouts every now and again. He has also been adapting his diet and wanted to share some of his thoughts. Check it out —

My name’s Graham and I have been asked to write up my experiences with changing my lifestyle crossfit/primal blueprint style.

Let me first say, I have been overweight since freshman year of high school, many many years ago. You see, as a freshman, I played soccer and the near constant exertion of three hours of running in the hot Florida sun kept me lean and mean. I have to say, after playing soccer for a year, I cultivated a deep-seated distaste for exercise. So, over the course of quite a few years of eating like a teenager and being lazy, I came to where I was when I got up the gumption to change my ways. 225 lbs 5’ 7” and 24 years old, barely fitting into my recently purchased size 36 waist pants. On the last hole of the belt I bought in college. A drastic change seemed in order. The question was, what kind of change should I make. I mean, I hadn’t been diligent about my diet and exercising since I was a freshman… in high school.

So, by virtue of the gentle pressure of some new friends, I decided to try eating primal. As most of the readers of this blog are aware, the primal diet puts a high emphasis on upping protein content and sternly controlling daily carbohydrate intake. An arduous task by any standards, especially in light of the choices I usually made, with respect to my diet. Just for an example, I would regularly skip breakfast and eat fast food at least once a day, maybe twice. Granted, this kind of meal decision was cultivated over the course of many years, the masterful culmination of my laziness, which was ingrained in every decision I made. Well, damn it all, I said, I’m tired of buying new pants when I have perfectly good pants that I just can’t wear because they don’t fit me anymore. It was time to try something. So I started, with baby steps at first, but now that I’m a month into my diet (a paltry month) I find myself routinely making healthy dietary choices, involuntarily. I can remember, for instance, ordering water at Chick-Fil-A (yeah yeah I was eating at Chick-Fil-A, so sue me) and being angry when the drive-through messed up my order and gave me a Sprite. As I was driving away I suddenly asked myself this question;

When did that happen? When did I care if someone gave me a free soda when I asked for a water? When did I order a chicken sandwich without fries? When did I want to eat an apple instead of potato chips? When was I disappointed when I went to a house party and the only snacks were chips and dip? Whats happening to me?

Let me tell you what’s happening, in the month I have been trying to eat primal (with sensible cheating) I have lost 12 pounds. My belt tightens to the third hole again! My pants fit comfortably again! I tried on some jeans from college the other day, and they BUTTONED! And that’s not all; on top of these superficial changes I can feel more significant changes taking place. For instance, I don’t need a nap after every meal. I don’t feel like I’m going to murder someone if I don’t eat just RIGHT NOW. I have real energy, I’ve done more chores around the house in the last month than I probably did, in 3 months last year. I want to go out for a walk; I want to exercise. Yeah, 12 pounds may not be a large number with respect to my total weight, but I have to tell you, this is the first time in my life that when I get on the scale, the number is smaller than it was the week before. In my mind, that’s a big deal.

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