Paleo Challenge Results

Even though I eat Paleo all the time I decided to sign up for the Cornwall Crossfit Paleo Challenge.  Here are the results after just 3 weeks.  Keep in mind there was Easter weekend in there and my Nickelback show along with 3 days and beers in MTL and my new job celebration boozefest!

April 3, 2010

Weight: 276, Waist 45.25,  Hips 46.75,  Chest 49…Baseline WOD 6:50

April 27, 2010

Weight: 270, Waist same,  Hips 45.25,  Chest 49.5…Baseline WOD 5:23

So after 3 weeks I lost 6 pounds, gained a half inch in the chest which is great, lost in the hips and status quo for the waist.  I managed to shave 1:27 off my baseline WOD.

Say it with me…”THE POWER OF PALEO”.

You see how well one can do with a good mix of healthy eating and a regular workouts that are not routine and keep the body guessing.  Short and intense workouts are the best way to go if you want to shed some pounds and build muscle.

I also discovered a new treat which is off the hook!!!!  I call it “Paleo Poor Man’s Pecan Pie Bites”

It’s real simple, you just buy some dates, cut them open and remove the pit and stuff them with 1 or 2 pecans and voila…pop it in your mouth and it tastes like pecan pie.  Now don’t go nuts and live off of it but when you need a treat, this is great!  You can also substitute the pecans for walnuts or pine nuts or whatever your favourite nut is.

Be Great!



Food Show And A Night Out Can’t Stop This Progress

Remember last week when I was worried about this 3 days at a food show in MTL?  Well it went extremely well with very little cheating at the show.  In fact, aside from the not so dark, dark chocolate I had I really was able to resist everything since it was mostly processed stuff.  The problem came in the evening when I had great mexican food and beers and then on Thursday night a half pound deluxe McKibbon’s burger on Bishop street and some McAuslan’s Rousse brewskies.  I managed an 18 hour fast on day two of the show after my mexican fiesta.  Overall the food show was not as bad as I thought it might be and helped me realized I am becoming more and more entrenched into my modern day caveman lifestyle.

A first in a looooooooooooooooooooooooong time happened while in MTL also.  I forgot my black belt at home so I needed to head downtown on day 2 and buy a new one.  I went into old navy after purchasing my belt and something amazing happened.  I tried on size 38 pants and shorts and they were too BIG!!!!!  I had to go to a 36 and they fit perfectly….the only problem is I was alone and had nobody to celebrate with.  The sales girl was probably saying to herself “he’s a little giddy about his new pants and shorts and they’re not even on sale, tourists!”.  You see my memory doesn’t go back as far as size 36 pants so it may even be since grade 8 or 9 since I fit into something that small.  Needless to say I was over the moon and had another reason to behave at the food show.  I still wanted my new pants to fit come Saturday.

Me presenting my Team Cornwall card via my blackberry to Aline at the food show in MTL. Showing her the results of Crossfit and caveman mentality.

Saturday night I did wear my 36 jeans out with a tucked in golf shirt and my shiny new belt out to the Paleo meal at Fusion Grill.  There were over 50 Crossfitters enjoying the end of a challenge with a great non-cheat meal.  I had 2 glasses of wine with dinner and was on water the rest of the night.

I’m pulling a Pulp Fiction moment here and am bringing you back to Saturday morning.  I did the Run to End MS 5k event with my friend Sophie.  I did a personal best 37:51 and managed a good sprint at the end.  Thanks Sophie for running with me, I’m sure she could have left me in her dust but she kept her word and stayed by my side the entire time.  A bunch of us followed the run up with a good breakfast.  I had 3 scrambled eggs, 3 slices of bacon, 3 sausages, 2 slices of ham, a bowl of mixed berries and 2 cups of coffee. 

I went to the gym this morning at 6am since my day is pretty full with meetings today.  I normally hop on the scale at 1:30pm, so I wasn’t sure what to expect.  I did the workout and maxed out with a set of 2-205lbs thrusters, I couldn’t get the third but I jumped from 175 to 205.  Did some handstand practice and then made my way to the scale.  Got on and looked in amazement that the needle stopped at 270lbs.  That’s a 2 pound loss from last week.  I’m really close to being in the 260’s which is great!

Back to my 36 inch waist for minute.  Some of you may remember me losing 90lbs on Revolution years ago.  My lightest on that program was 250lbs.  My waist size then was 38.  I am 20 pounds heavier but much leaner with muscle mass and tone I might add.  So you see a good mix of healthy eating and an honest effort at the gym to push yourself goes a long way. 

It took me a long time to connect all the dots but now there is no looking back and I want to see what I will look like at 250 this time!  I still have some belly fat I want to lose and I think 240-250 might be the range I’m aiming for, if it’s less than 240 I’ll get there too.  Remember I have a vision of what I want to look like, and until that guy is staring back at me in the mirror I will not rest or change routine too much.

Celebration And A Loss On The Scale Makes For A Happy Danimal


I had to start the week off with my tribal yell since I got a new job, lost weight and feel GREAT!

I wish everyone could feel what I feel right now because it feels awesome.  Remember last week when I felt lean and mean but there was no loss on the scale but it didn’t matter (you can’t lose every week!).  This week stepping on the scale feeling good it stopped at 272lbs as per Troy V. (thanks buddy).   That is 4lbs less than last week.

Here is how I got there.  It was a regular week food wise (full Paleo) then on Friday night after I accepted my new job with Mad Moose Television it was off to dinner for Preben’s Bday then over to BoJangles for Brad’s birthday celebration.  We had supper at Schnitzels and I had 3 glasses of Shiraz, a shrimp cocktail, sautéed mushrooms and a side of veggies.  I then stole a slice of my beautiful wife’s Tour of Rome pizza.  Paid the bill and left.

Danimal eating the smallest corn on the cob on earth...or is he just a beast?

At BoJangles I started drinking Diet Coke and Vodka.  Not sure how many but lots with a few shots of black sambuca in there.  It was packed and I had a blast.  A big shout out to the Trench Town Oddities for letting me come up and sing Santaria with them, even though I was beyond tipsy at that point and forgot most of the words.  Bottom line is when these guys play somewhere, go see them!

Truth be told there we a couple other cheats, though small ones, the rest of the weekend.  I ate about 1/4 of my daughter’s chocolate chip cookie from The Grind with my coffee Saturday.  Go check out The Grind if you like coffee and a warm cozy atmosphere.

On Sunday I had 3 Timbits in the afternoon during a visit by my sister and brother-in-law.  Sunday night after hockey our year end party had us at the Knights of Columbus and while the boys drank beer and ate pizza and poutine I was drinking water and Diet 7Up and eating beef jerky giving Paleo lessons to everyone who would

This week will be a bit tougher since I am in Montreal Wed to Fri at a booth for work representing Ontario East.  The booth is at an International Food show…Yikes.  Will Power don’t fail me now.

Have a good week and be GREAT!


A Cheat Night with Shinedown and Nickelback Well Worth It

I walked into the gym Monday feeling AMAZING and full of energy.  I was also feeling very lean as I walked through the Crossfitters in the middle of a WOD to get to the scale at the back of the room.  Confidently I stepped up on the scale to see how much weight I had lost despite beer and fries and….well you get the picture from Friday night.  The needle begins its move towards 280 and stops at 276….same as last week.  No biggie, I feel great and lean so that number does not phase me. 

You see, Friday evening I was in Montreal at the Shinedown/Nickelback show and consumed 5 delicious Quebec mirco-brews, spinach dip w/ tortillas, a bacon cheeseburger and fries at Baton Rouge.  After the show, which kicked ass by the way, I had a Grande Caramel Machiato from Starbucks. I enjoyed it all and had a fabulous night with friends.  I got up Saturday morning and went to Crossfit to gut out a WOD to try and erase my cheat the night before, you want to play Mr. Danimal, you gotta pay!

This Quest is more than just about losing weight, it’s about feeling good about myself, feeling good period and finding a balance between eating the way I was designed to eat and enjoying some of the nastiness evolution has helped us create like beer and pizza.  You will rarely find me in a bad mood, I am very positive and energetic and have a great outlook and what lies ahead for me.

My performances at the gym have been improving as well since I have been eating clean.  My pullups are getting easier and I can almost to a handstand without using the wall.  My new obsession is getting rid of my bands for dips.  I will chip away much like I did with the pullups and get there sooner than later.

The boys I workout with at 12:45 deserve some props for their energy and enthusiasm which help me push myself harder than I might if I was working out alone.  The team atmosphere is amazing to keep the motivation up and has me looking forward to getting to the gym everyday.

Until next week….BE GREAT!


The Gains Of A Committed Crossfitter Who Discovered The Power Of Paleo

I was getting the house ready for Easter with my wife and I found my original Crossfit log book with the original weight and measurements taken the day Tyler started Crossfit and I began to train alongside him.  After today’s weight in and the recent Paleo challenge measurements the numbers are as accurate as can be.  Before I reveal the results, let me tell you how I got here today April 5, 2010. 

I met and began training with Tyler in January 2008.  The early days saw me commit to 3 workouts a week (Mon/Wed/Fri) and somewhat start to watch what I ate.  My passion for the kettle bell workouts and just being at the gym in general were immediate.  I loved working out and getting stronger.  The BIG hurdle was getting my eating habits down pat.  If I had a dollar for everytime I heard Tyler say to me “You need to get your food on lock down” I would be able to ride around in a Ferrari.  BUT he was right, for the first 9 months my wight was like a yoyo, I’d lose some get cocky and put it back on, the only constant was my workouts.

I started there at 346 pounds.  After 9 months I weighed in at 336lbs that day we began the Crossift journey in his garage 5 days a week.  My strength and stamina were up but I was only 10 pounds down because I wasn’t eating a healthy diet.  Cue Tyler “You need to get your food on lock down”.  He was right I was in denial, still thinking I could outwork those bad meals since I was now doing Crossfit 5 days a week.  MAN WAS I WRONG!

That was the toughest lesson for me to learn was you cannot outwork bad eating habits.  I was on and off Paleo and the biggest results last summer slimming down and getting stronger.  I went on a 2 week vacation and BAM, right back into bad habits.  Then on September 12, 2010 I tore a bicep tendon playing Hoover Ball and went into a depression and started eating like a defeated man.  I slowly healed and got back into things in late November into Christmas and then over the holidays I fell right off again.

Between Christmas and New Years I decided enough was enough and as of January 6th I became a modern day caveman and haven’t looked back since.  The lifestyle switch has been made and I have NEVER felt better.  I was able to go on holidays for a week and fall off the wagon on purpose and get right back on upon my return home, not just back on, anxious to feel in peak shape again.  So, you see, it took me a while to put it all together but now sky is the limit and I feel amazing.

The best part of this journey has definitely been all the people I have met through Crossfit.  Everyone at the gym whom has spoken to me even once has helped me in this journey and I am arguably the proudest Cornwall Crossift member there.  Anyone who wants to talk Crossfit or Paleo has me for as long as they want.  Thanks to all of you who offer words of encouragement or just a friendly chat now and then.

Cornwall Crossfit in more than a gym, it’s a community of great people who strive for better health and fitness not just for themselves but for those around them as well.  Knucks to all of you!  Keep up the great work.

OK.  Enough of story time, get to the damn results will ya….here they are.

September 1, 2008: Weight 336lbs; Hips 49.5; Waist 55.5; Chest; 52.5

April 5, 2010: Weight 276lbs; Hips 46.75; Waist 45.25; Chest 49

Results after 20 months of Crossfit: Weight Loss 60lbs; Total inches lost 16.5.

There they are folks.  It took me a while to get it all together but I am there and not looking back. 

Be Great!