NOVA Strength & Conditioning, NOVA CrossFit, Wednesday, 08.23.2017

By LuLu Geza Kelemen

As I find myself about to make a trip to Vermont to celebrate my dad’s 75th birthday in August, I am already thinking about a strategy to eat clean while I’m in my parents’ house. Now, of course, when visiting family or friends, it isn’t always possible to be in charge of what kind of foods will be cooked, or where you will go out to eat, and I find that being there at those family gatherings and in those restaurants, is the most important part to me, even if it means I won’t necessarily be eating how I usually eat. I mean, competitive CrossFit athletes will likely navigate this differently, but there is no one-size-fits all for how each of us handles these uncertain food situations. Many of us have family who eat differently than we do, or differently than the way we strive to eat, and I truly struggle when I visit my parents. I struggle with eating clean, I struggle with getting a workout or two in, and I struggle with portion control once I’ve inevitably gone off the clean-eating locomotive. None of that is ideal, so I’ve been working on a personal strategy—to not only be forgiving to myself if I eat a couple things off-diet, but to also be accountable to myself for eating clean 80% of the time while there and keeping my portions in check, so I don’t get overwhelmed feeling badly that I ate one piece of pizza and decide to throw the whole day away on ice cream sundaes, soda, beer, and extra slices of cake. Part of what I’ve learned coming to the gym is to take the power away from food, to view it as fuel instead of as a reward, and while I know it on a cognitive level, I’m still getting used to putting that thought into practice. And I think it’s okay to be working on that, just like I’m working on getting my pull-up and double-unders, slowly but surely. 

NOVA Strength & Conditioning, NOVA CrossFit, Wednesday, 08.23.2017


Warm Up


For time:
50 Box jump, 24 inch box
50 Jumping pull-ups
50 Kettlebell swings, 1 pood
Walking Lunge, 50 steps
50 Knees to elbows
50 Push press, 45 pounds
50 Back extensions
50 Wall ball shots, 20 pound ball
50 Burpees
50 Double unders