If you’ve been a regular reader, most of you know that for the past 30 days I have been eating strictly Paleo. I had tried the Whole 30 in November, with a little luck, but not much, so when we started a 30 day challenge at my CrossFit box, I was more than excited for it.
The challenge consisted of 3 parts:
- Daily food log to be sent to our coach each week, and daily mobility
- Bench-mark workout “Fight Gone Bad”
- Inches lost
I was able to stay Paleo strict the entire 30 days, even while traveling to Phoenix and to New York City. Everything is possible if you prep, plan ahead, and ask questions when eating out!
It was very easy for me to eat Paleo, and not once did I have a craving that took control of my mind. Sure, when I spent 14 hours traveling home, I did want everything in sight when I got home, but I just chose to demolish an entire bag of grapes and nuts.
I definitely had days where I ate too many nuts or nut butter, because hey, that stuff is wayyyyy to hard to portion control. I started portioning out nuts in little containers and baggies, and that definitely helped, as opposed to just mixing nuts and raisins in a big container (mindless eating).
For the 2nd part of the challenge, we used a benchmark WOD (workout) to mark our progress. Coach Mat did this so we could see how smart training and eating Paleo would help our strength and progress. Yesterday we completed Fight Gone Bad, and it was baddddd. I also did the workout sick and feeling not as strong, because who ever feels strong when they’re sick? How’d I do? I managed to increase my number by 11, which was definitely disappointing, but I still did better and coincidentally got stronger. Had I been healthy and not sick, I think I could have at least improved by 20. An improvement is an improvement though!
And now my favorite part… inches lost! I haven’t stepped on a scale in months. I think since November, and I don’t have any plans to step on my scale again. I firmly believe it’s all in how you and your clothes feel. My pants have been fitting a lot better recently, and want to know why? That’s because with 30 days of eating Paleo and being smart with rest days, CrossFit, and running, I lost the following:
Amazing right?! After my measurements, I went over and sat next to Brian on the rowers, and he asked if I was happy with my results. I told him I wasn’t sure because I didn’t ask Coach Mat my numbers. Mat yelled across the room and said that I should be. When he told me what I lost, I was floored.
3.5 inches lost on my waist and almost 2 inches from my hips?! Not only did these past 30 days fly by, but I lost inches in an extremely healthy way. I didn’t over-train. I’ve had more rest days this past month than I’ve ever taken, and my running mileage is down a lot. When I only run 3-4 days a week, I’m happy with that, and I actually fully embrace non-running days. Who would have thought, right?
It’s safe to say that pretty much everyone at the box who was part of the challenge feels the same way, and to answer the most sought-out question, yes, we all want to continue with this lifestyle.
For me, I feel better, I sleep better, my skin complexion has cleared up A LOT, and I love the foods I get to eat. The only food I’m wanting to bring back that’s non-Paleo is greek yogurt. I haven’t craved it, but it’s the one food that I wish was Paleo. I haven’t decided if I will do another 30 days strict Paleo before bringing greek yogurt in, or if my version of Paleo will include it, but for now, I’m going another 30 days.
I’m curious to see how many additional inches I will lose over the next 30 days, especially given the fact that I won’t be traveling all month!
Some people hate the Paleo lifestyle, and I respect all of those opinions, but I found something that works for me. I saw results not only physically, but also emotionally. I hope to never “preach” a certain lifestyle to anyone, because different things work for everyone, but if you ever have any questions with the Paleo lifestyle, please let me know and I will most definitely answer all of your questions!
Do you follow the Paleo lifestyle? What would be the hardest food to give up?