It is better to be a human being dissatisfied than a pig

satisfied; better to be Socrates dissatisfied than a fool satisfied.

— John Stuart Mill

Stephen B Whatley

A large part of living the Paleo lifestyle within non-Paleo surroundings is navigating, unscathed, through special occasions. As an example, last night we celebrated my son’s 18th birthday.  As he is a teenager and blessed (for the time being) with (1) a highly favorable hormone profile and, (2) a teenager’s “devil-may-care” attitude, he sees no outward advantage to following a Paleo diet.  Tall, lean and athletic, he just doesn’t see the point.  If I read him correctly(and I’m pretty sure I do), he’s satisfied with me being a repository of knowledge that he’ll tap into “one day”, when he needs it.  A Paleo workout “regimen”, on the other hand, he’s a little more amiable to.  But that’s another story.

So, since it was his birthday, Meesus TTP made one of his favorites — Meesus TTP’s famous sauce-less pizza.

And it is a fabulous, mouth-watering delight, I have to say.   But as the others munched away on Meesus TTP’s masterpiece, I ate rotisserie chicken (purchased at the local food market — a good go-to meal in a pinch) and Brussels sprouts, left-over from the night before.  “But”, you ask, “surely you satisfied a burning desire for the good stuff, no?”

And I did — with just two bites.  One from the juicy, cheesy center and one from the outside edge crust (slathered in an olive oil/fresh herb mix).  It was magnificent, and just enough to satisfy my taste buds.  I used a little self-psychology, noting that every bite thereafter would bring diminished pleasure as my body reacted to the insulin onslaught.  Maybe it wouldn’t wind up being as dramatic as all that, but that’s at least what I tell myself in times like this.  And it works, every time.  I end up happy that I was able to sample and enjoy the goods, and happy that I saved myself the ill feeling that follows an insulin surge.  Give it a shot next time you’re tempted. 

Thursday Morning’s Workout

This was all about power, pure and simple.  I did this workout in 30-minutes, give or take 5.

Squat Clean and Jerk x 5’s

~ superset with ~

Front Weighted Pullups x 3’s

Four rounds, at weight.  Last 2 sets of C&J’s were broken-up in two separate rest-pause sets of 3 and 2

Finished with 3 sets of 7, Elevated Feet, Clap Pushups


The Details

The Squat Clean & Jerk is performed just like an Olympic C&J, with the following exception: start each rep from the high-hang position.  I limit the pause time between each subsequent rep and within each rep transition (i.e., between the “clean” and the “jerk” portions of the lift), keeping the exercise as a whole as “rapid fire” as proper technique will allow.


In Health,


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Keith Norris is a former standout athlete, a military vet, and an elite strength and conditioning expert with over 35 years of in-the-trenches experience. As a serial entrepreneur in the health and wellness space, he is an owner, co-founder and Chief Development Officer of the largest Paleo conference in the world, Paleo f(x) . As well, Keith is a partner in one of the most innovative lines of boutique training studios in the nation, Efficient Exercise. He’s also a partner in ARXFit training equipment, and a founding member of ID Life. In his spare time, he authors one of the top fitness blogs in the health and wellness sphere, Theory To Practice.


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