This is Seth. He's been a CrossFitter for a few years & he's strong. But could taking a 30 day break from beer improve his performance on Metcons and increase his strength? Will it change his body composition? Read this piece for details below from Seth.
On May 5th, 2016, I will be embarking on a 30 day sabbatical from alcohol. To some of you this may seem easy or trivial, but my job is literally the epicenter of beer. I'm currently the Craft Beer Market Manager for downtown Des Moines with Doll Dist. I drink beer with people for a living. I share beer at every meal, meeting, etc. Beer makes my job and financial well being possible. To say this will be a challenge is an understatement.
This week and next I'll be attending the Craft Brewers Conference in Philadelphia, where I'll sample 100+ beers over the course of 4 days. It's essentially the Grammys of the craft beer world. I return May 5th and start the "detox".
The initial reason behind the 30 days was to reset my palate of sorts. Over the past year I've sampled, tasted, or drank every beer style available. Sometimes this was done 5oz at a time, others in mass quantities. The more I've thought about it the less it becomes about a reset, and more about how it will affect me. I've had at least a beer a day for going on a year, and no more than 3 days between a beer since I was 19.
(I promise I'm not an alcoholic.)
Soooo...Jess has decided to turn this into an experiment. For me, I want to see how my beer tolerance is affected, and how my beer style preferences change. I'm also curious about the social aspect of being in this industry and not consuming beer.
For Jess, she wants to track performance, weight, eating habits, etc. I'm not going to drastically change my diet, however, I assume the poor food choices made during late nights will cease.
Please don't take this as some "look at me" stunt. This was something I wanted/needed to do but with some public knowledge comes accountability. Cheers people!
"Beer is proof that God loves us and wants us to be happy."
As a box, we are going to support Seth through the next month. If any of you want to join in on this challenge to reset your self (and it can be anything, removing coffee, or ice creams or pizza or candy. Whatever your vise is) there will be a simple sheet to fill out at the front desk. Acting as a pledge to yourself and the box. Fill it out and put it in the folder at the front desk. It's a perfect opportunity to kick off your summer.
Seth will be tracking his progress and struggles each week for us beginning May 5.