Jump Out Of The Jar

By February 2, 2011CFMC Blog Archives

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Did you know that you can train fleas? Seriously – they’re actually very smart. Training fleas easy…all you need to do is to get some fleas (perhaps off the nearest CrossFit dog) put them in a jar and close the lid for a few days (air holes would have to be very small). Those fleas will jump and jump and jump, over and over and over, continuously hitting their little heads on the lid until they realize there’s a new limit to how high they can jump.

Very smart, these fleas. They know their limits and adapt accordingly.

When this occurs, you can take the lid off the jar and the fleas will continue to jump and jump and jump, over and over and over, but they will NOT jump out of the jar. They can’t – because now they’ve been conditioned to jump to THAT specific height, and that’s all the hops they’ve got. In fact, they will continue to jump only that high for the rest of their lives.

Very smart, indeed.

Wouldn’t that suck? Knowing that you’re capable of so much more than you’re able to achieve? I know I know…that wouldn’t ever happen to US – we’re humans.

Oh wait… How long has it been since you PR’d on your deadlift? Can you do that free-standing handstand yet? But you’ve been so close to that muscle-up for 6 MONTHS! And seriously – you need to work on your snatch because I’m tired of watching you hover at 10 lbs under body weight.

Are you any better than a flea? Then prove it. No one put you in a jar and screwed the lid on. And if they did, you’d jump right the hell out as soon as they took it off, right? RIGHT?!?

Stop letting what you’re used to doing mandate what you can do. You train with CrossFit. Limits are for someone else.

So do something remarkable for yourself today: try harder than you’re used to and jump out of the jar. Leave the rest of the fleas behind.

  • Ladybug724

    This one takes a little pre-planning, but it sounds really good. You could probably add shrimp or red meat too.

    Moroccan Chicken Skewers
    6 wooden skewers; soaked in cold water for 30 minutes.
    2 chicken breasts, diced
    1 large garlic clove
    2 tsp honey
    2 tbs lemon juice
    1 tbs oil
    1 tsp ground cumin
    1 tsp salt
    ½ teaspoon cayenne pepper
    1 tsp ground turmeric
    ½ tsp ground cinnamon
    Make marinade by combining all ingredients into a small bowl, mixing well. Place diced chicken in a ceramic dish, pour marinade over the top and coat well. Cover and leave in the refrigerator overnight.
    Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees or pre-heat BBQ grill on high heat.
    Thread diced chicken onto skewers and place on an oven tray lined with baking paper, pour marinade over the top of chicken, coating well. Bake in oven for 35-40 minutes or until chicken is cooked through.
    If cooking on a BBQ grill, cook chicken for 5-6 minutes each side.

  • Erik Herick

    After the nutrition town hall meeting on Monday I began looking for a good app to track my calories (to get a handle on my true nutrient intake). Most importantly, I wanted an app that displayed the Protein/Fat/Carb ratios. After searching the CrossFit and Paleo boards I came across the following App with the most consistent positive reviews:

    Tap&Track App (iPhone only, sorry Android users) $3.99

    The App even syncs with a free, online website . It’s easy to setup full meals and save them as favorites for repeated use. The foods are pulled generically from a USDA database, but they also have a wide rage of brand names AND store brands to select. Unfortunately, after tracking our meals, it became obvious that Lindsay is starving me of the calories I need to thrive. (Help! she’s trying to kill me.)

  • Emily

    Ok, I’m totally gonna copy Erik here. But whatever- most of us (Tai included) are android users. So I searched for an Android App. Guess what? Ours is free! Well, you can buy some, but for our purposes of seeing how many calories we consume only over 3 days, this will work fine. I HATE calorie counting and will not make a habit of this but here’s the one I downloaded:

    CalorieSmart Calorie Tracker: http://www.android.com/market/#app=com.coheso.caloriesmart

    Figured out my breakfast is 20% of my daily calorie intake and how much protein/fat it has…pretty cool. I am also trying to starve Jeff, neither of us eat enough! Hopefully that will change!

  • Janelle

    To add to Eric and Emily’s posts…

    For Android users, myFitnessPal is a free calorie counting app as well. It does provide a breakdown of fats, carbs, protein, etc. It also allows you to enter your workouts, current weight, and goal weight. For our purposes, I think it way under-calculates the number of calories to be consumed, but it gives you a good idea of what you are eating too little/too much of. The coolest feature of this app is that you can scan barcodes on products that you are eating (i.e. egg carton, larabar wrapper), and it automatically locates the product in its database.

  • Kevin

    to piggy back on Eric, Emily, & Janelle’s posts…but for none smart phone users…

    a good website (one that Chef mentioned) is http://www.fitday.com. Its free and simple to use. It calculates your total calorie count, breaks down cals from fat/protein/carbs, and displays nice looking pie charts & bar graphs.

    I realized i was eating a ton more cals and fat than i thought… >3500 cals and nearly 55% from fats…

  • michell g fishman

    Jumping on the Android app bandwagon…

    I use a free app called Calorie Counter. You see your fat, protein, and carbs, and can expand to view other nutrients. Like Janelle’s, you can scan in your barcodes, and if the database doesn’t have it, you can manually enter the item and save to the database.

    The app also gives you an exercise counter and a weight tracker.

    I am doing fairly well on my protein/fat/carbs ratio, but definitely need to eat more. No bread and no cheese leaves me with lots of extra calories to consume!

  • Jeff

    I posted this last night but it didnt go though…

    Good while on the “go”

    Chicken Lettuce Wraps

    Chicken mixture

    4-5 chicken breasts

    3 tbsp of Tamari Wheat Free soy sauce

    1/2 cup chicken broth

    garlic powder to taste

    2 zucchini diced

    6-8 mushrooms diced

    sesame oil


    1 head iceberg lettuce cored and leaves removed for wraps

    Shredded green or purple cabbage

    1 red bell pepper finely chopped

    3 green onions chopped

    1 can water chestnuts diced

    sliced or slivered almonds

    2 – 3 carrots finely chopped

    I like to cook the chicken in the crock pot on low for 6 hours or until falling apart. Place the chicken in the crock pot and cover with garlic powder and cover with the soy sauce and chicken broth. When the chicken is done, shred with a fork or throw it in the food processor and pulse it a few times. In a large soup pan saute zucchini and mushrooms in a generous amount of sesame oil until the veggies are tender. Add the shredded chicken and mix well. Serve the chicken mixture in lettuce leaves and add your condiments. Top with more sesame oil, hot chili oil if you like, and San-J makes a good gluten free Thai Peanut sauce if your feeling crazy. I have made my own “Thai Peanut Sauce” with almond butter that’s a tasty substitute as well but these wraps are also great just on their own.

    Also pictured is lunch the following day: I sauteed the left over chicken, chopped veggies, and almonds with some left over steamed brussel sprouts that I found in the fridge. It was a fast and delicious way to make the best of my leftovers!

  • Matt Immerman

    As far as apps or websites that can track what you eat… try http://www.livestrong.com you can use it for free and it has pretty much the same features if you were to pay for it. A couple of friends of mine use it and it can track calories, fats, carbs, proteins, etc… it has a bunch of pre stored food from its database and you can also create your own foods and it will tell you the nutritional value.