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2014 Lurong Living Paleo Challenge

Have you been wanting to get your nutrition back on track?! Hoosier CrossFit is inviting you to participate in a world-wide paleo challenge starting Sept 15th – Nov. 9! For only $50, you’ll get a free tee, have online software to track your food, challenge benchmark scores, and earn bonus points for trying new recipes and experience reflections, and much more. Registration is live through the lurong challenge website on August 11th.

August 11th – Athlete registration is live. Lurong has thousands and thousands of dollars’ worth of early bird prices on the line for affiliates and athletes, so make sure you register early.

September 15th – The 2014 Lurong Living Paleo Challenge Begins

November 9th – Last day of the Challenge

Get excited the Lurong Paleo Challenge is coming soon!

New Challenge Begins November 16!!

Paleo Seminar:   Attend our seminar to learn the details of the paleo challenge, plus learn a few reasons WHY you should be a part of it!

  • When: November 3 @ 2:30pm- 4pm
  • Where:  HCF
  • Cost: Free!

Paleo Challenge: We’ve made awesome changes to help you have success with the challenge

  • When: November 16-December 28
  • Cost: $50/individual or $90/team of 2
  • Reward:
    • If 5 teams participate, the winner gets $150.00
    • If 10 teams participate, the winner gets $375.00
    • If 15 teams participate, the winner gets  $600.00
    • If 20 teams participate, the winner gets $825.00
  • How to Register: Register on Mindbody Events Tab.


Week 1: Start touching up those baking skills, on November 16 (day 1 of the paleo challenge) we will be having an ALL GYM PALEO THANKSGIVING! As a paleo challenge participant your weekly challenge will be to bake a paleo pie!

Week 2: On November 23 we will have our first paleo challenge meeting. We have these meetings to keep our participants engaged, share recipes, and collaborate solutions for new lifestyle challenges. During this time we also like to have a pitch in: your challenge will be incorporating a new vegetable you have yet to try into a side dish to share with the other participants.

Week 3: We will be meeting November 30 after the Oaken Bucket WOD at Upland for dinner and describe how to eat out and not fall off of the paleo wagon! Exact time TBA

Week 4: During week 4 we will not have a meeting but instead a Facebook challenge. You will try a new meat you have never had before and post a picture of your meal to our HCF Facebook page by Saturday, December 7.  In CrossFit we encourage you to get comfortable being uncomfortable, same here in the paleo challenge!

Week 5: We will be having meeting December 14 before our Tacky Sweater WOD! Our challenge will be to make your favorite Holiday side dish paleo!

Week 6: During our final week of the challenge we will be meeting on December 21. This weeks challenge will be to make any kind of dish with Chocolate in it! There will be more details to come with what can and cannot be used for this challenge, not all chocolate is paleo.

* Our final meeting will be January 4 at HCF (time TBA) where the winner will be announced and given their cash prize!

Fischer Farms Trip



We were so grateful for the hospitality Dave Fischer, owner of Fischer Farms, showed us this past Saturday!  Our tour began in Celestine, Indiana where green, rolling hills with plenty of tree shade are masking the hectic and busy lives of cities surrounding.  We first met at Sander’s Processing, but the tour began on his farmland.


Paleo Challenge Calendar

Before The Start

  • Register for Measurements Here!  Wear tightly fitted clothing including shorts and tank top or bathing suit. – please no underwear. We are available on Wednesday  3 and Friday 5
  • Register for your penzu online journal.  Your username is your email address and your password is your first and last name.  If it requires a number, use 1.
  • Email your username and password to

Week 1: July 7-13

  • Sunday July 7 @ 12:01 am Paleo Challenge begins!
  • Sunday July 7 @ 2:30pm The Makeup Benchmark WOD!  If you cannot attend on Wednesday, today is the day to make it up!
  • Sunday July 7 @ 3:30pm 1st Paleo Meeting @ HCF. No pitch-in Today.
  • Wednesday, July 10 Complete ‘before’ WODs
  • Register for Measurements Here! Wear tightly fitted clothing including shorts and tank top or bathing suit – please no underwear. We are available on Monday the 8. *email with schedule conflicts

Week 2: July 14-20

  • Sunday, July 14 @ 3:30pm Grocery Store Tour.  Meet at South Walnut Kroger By the entrance
  • Wednesday, July 17 at 7:15pm. Paleo Meeting at 7:15pm w/ pitch-in!  Special ingredient challenge will be Released  soon!
  • Saturday, July 20 – Fischer Farms at 10am! We’ll leave the gym around 8am!  This will include a tour of the farm, plus a meal!  All gym Event @ 3pm- Rowing with Olympian Jen Kaido! Learn to row on a lake for only $10. Go to mindbody for details and registration.  You CAN do BOTH!

Week 3July 21-27

  • Wednesday, July 17 at 7:15pm Meeting + pitch-in #1 Secret Ingredient Challenge: zucchini theme

Week 4: July 28-Aug 3

  • Sunday, July 28 @ 12:30pm All-Gym Bryan Park Picnic  – Food Challenge #2 Secret Ingredient Challenge: BBQ theme

Week 5: Aug 4- Aug 10

  • Wednesday, August 7 @7:15, Pitch-in Meeting @ HCF.  Food Challenge #3 Secrete Ingredient Challenge: Peaches theme
  • Saturday August 10 @ 5:30pm Olive Leaf Outing.  Learn about Olive Oil!

Week 6: Aug 11-17

  • Saturday, August 17 @ 11:59pm is the end of the paleo challenge!
  • Saturday, August 17: $60 to be a part of the Plane Pull Challenge!   Pull  HUGE plane for TIME!
  • Complete After WODs TBA: These will be happening the week of August 12-16
  • August 14 & 16th from 5:15pm-7:30pmSchedule your post-Measurement Here
  • Wednesday, August 21 @ 7:15pm Final Meeting w/ slideshow and winner results!

New 6-week Paleo Challenge starts July 7



Get ready for our next 6-week paleo challenge!   We challenge you to eat meat, veggies, nuts, seeds and fruit in a variety of creative ways to increase your athletic potential and lose inches!

Details about the Paleo Challenge

  • June 30th is a Free Paleo Meeting at 5pm to learn WHY PALEO INCREASES YOUR WELLNESS and MORE ABOUT THE CHALLENGE
  • You will eat strict paleo for 6 weeks!!! Go to the “What to Eat” page to learn about what you can eat during our challenge.
  • Before and After we will take measurements,  before/after pictures, a strength workout, and a conditioning workout.  All these (except for pictures) need to be posted in your Journal under a new journal post named “Results.” You’ll register for 15 minute appointments the week before the challenge.
  • You will earn Nutrition points by recording daily food intake everyday through Penzu online journals!
  • Heather and Jenna will provide feed back 2-3 times in your Journals in how to improve portioning, etc.
  • You will earn Lifestyle points by attending class, playing sports, doing mobility, and practicing skills.
  • Every other week we will host a paleo pitch-in and group meeting.
  • Every other week we will host a community outing with a local business
  • You’ll earn small prizes throughout the challenge for your engagement and participation!

What’s in it for you?

Other than gaining strength and endurance and losing inches around your whole body, the paleo challenge is an opportunity to do this 100%.  Anyone can do it on their own; anyone can do CrossFit on their own, too.  We achieve greater results when we work together.  Plus, Heather and Jenna make the whole process engaging from start to finish with community programs, paleo pitch ins,  raffled prizes and great guidance on your paleo path.

Cost: $50 per person.

Reward: At least 6 need to register for a reward of $100; the more people that register, the larger the cash prize.

How do you win the challenge?

What if you lose inches but lose no weight? What if you get stronger by 10 lbs in your benchmark strength and lose 2 minutes off your benchmark cardio workout?  What if you get stronger by 20lbs in your benchmark strength but lose 30 seconds off your benchmark cardio workout.  In the past, we made the best educated decision with all the facts.  This time, we will have a mathematical spreadsheet that will take in your measurements from the Before and After results and pointing system so we dont’ have to make educated guesses, but have real data to expose the winners!!

Hey Guys! The paleo challenge is winding down with 1.5 weeks to go!!  I want you guys to stay focused and charge through until the end.  This means that we’d like you to keep up your journaling, double check your points, and get in some sports, mobility, and skills!

POINTS!  By this Saturday, I want everyone to see how many points they have accumulated.  The maximum points accumulated from 1/19 until this saturday 2/23 is 400 points(80 points a week). This includes perfect meals, and all weekly bonus points.  If you feel like you are WAY off and you shouldn’t be, double check your points!!   If you feel like you are WAY off because you should be, get some extra credit in this last week by doing extra skills, mobility, and play a sport with friends!  You can also get 20 extra bonus points for releasing a video testimonial of your experience.    Be on the lookout for more info about end of challenge details!!

End of Challenge Calendar!!

February 23: Olive Leaf outing at 5pm! Taste the many flavors of olive oils and vinegars!

February 27/28 4:30pm-8pm: Measurement Benchmarks with IB. There will be an online registration, TBA when it’s up and running.  These are the time frames to sign up. Do not wait until the 26th to tell me you can’t make it on the 27th or 28th.  If Cara performed your measurements, I’ll send an email to everyone to let you know where to go from there.

February 29: “Jackie” post benchmark WOD.  Sign up for Class this day!!! If a class you need is full, waitlist it.  If you can’t come anytime on Friday, then come to any open gym and complete it on your own time.  CrossFit total is TBA  but will take place the following week post challenge.

March 1: At 11:59pm the paleo challenge is officially over!!

March 3: Cooking seminar with Damian! 5pm!!  You get to Eat food and Watch Damian cook!!!

March 8 at 5pm: Your Journal needs to be complete, testimonial video uploaded (20 bonus points), WOD and  MEASUREMENT benchmarks must be updated in your journal,  your Points Tallied on the results page of your journal.

The Testimonial video needs to include the following:

  • Thoughts going in to the challenge
  • Lifestyle struggles? Are you student, parent, work
  • how you prepared their kitchens before the challenge
  • How you adapted to the struggles
  • Results

On A Side note, keep your testimonials as positive as possible.  Hard working CrossFitters are sometimes disappointed in small achievements, wishing for bigger ones.  If you lost 5 inches in your body, but lost no weight, thrive off the success from losing the inches! Don’t you think inches are more important than pounds!!    Maybe you only lost 30 seconds off “Jackie” but wished for a whole minute.  Let’s keep it positive!

March 10 at 5pm: Final Paleo Meeting @ HCF!!  The winning team will be determined this evening! Your attendance is important! I expect nearly all participants to attend!!  The cash prize is $750 for that team to share!

Fat Re-Cap



Many of you Might already have paleo pinned down! Yay Success! But others may still be struggling with weight loss, cravings, WOD energy , losing too much weight etc.  Heather and I have pushed for these Major Factors: 1) Build your meal beginning protein first, vegetable second, fat, then fruit. 2) vary your meat and vegetables for a variety of nutrients 3) Less stress + More Sleep 4) eat when you are hungry.  These points need to be achieved, in my opinion, before fiddling with your diet. What I mean by this is you need to make conscious effort not to sabotage your paleo experience with apple, bananas, and almond butter for breakfast, snack, and after noon snack.

This week, focus on each meal AND snack meals to include Major Factor 1).  Your snack should include 1 oz. protein, 1 handful carb, and 1 thumbs-worth of fat.  Mind you, 1 handful of carb is not 1 WHOLE banana or 1 WHOLE apple.  It’s more like 1/2 apple or 1/2 medium sized banana. 1 thumbs worth of fat is not 1 WHOLE jar of almond butter. It’s more like 1 TBS.  Having NO protein with this little snack will leave you craving for more food and, possibly, become bloated.

Need more energy?  Keep reading below from Nerd Fitness to learn how fat plays an important role in our bodies.  On a side note, They say fat is a large % of our diet, but please follow my MAJOR FACTORS listed above before fiddling with your diet. Not eating enough carb and protein while eating more fat (especially in the form of nuts) will sometimes leave you unsatisfied, bloated, and make it possibly more challenging to lose weight.



Keep it simple: Try to get a really good protein source with each meal (eggs, steak, chicken, fish, pork) with each meal along with some vegetables or fruit. That’s it.  If you’re having trouble getting enough calories daily, add some healthy fats to the equation: avocado, a handful of almonds or walnuts, almond butter, olive oil, etc.

Now, fruit does have quite a bit of sugar in it, and nuts have quite a few calories…so if you are following the Paleo Diet but not losing weight, check your fruit and nut consumption and see if you are loading up on those at the expense of vegetables and healthy protein.

What I’m trying to say is this: fat should make up a big percentage of your diet.

Pooooooor fat. It’s gotten a bad rap over the past number of decades, so companies have been doing everything possible to make everything low fat and “healthy!” (while adding all sorts of preservatives, chemicals, and sugar).  Yup…cut out the fat, increase the carbs….and look where THAT has gotten us.

Why has fat been vilified? Rather than get into the politics of it myself, I’ll let Gary Taubes, author of the incredibly thorough and well-researched Good Calories, Bad Calories take over.  Here’s an article he wrote for the New York Times a decade ago: What if its all Been a Big Fat Lie? Take the 15 minutes to read that article – it could radically redefine your thinking on fat and carbohydrates.

So, feel free to eat healthy fats, and stop buying ‘low fat’ garbage.