1) What goals did you set for yourself at the start of the challenge?
I had been listening to Katie and Ryan talk about how eating Paleo could help
me and was hemming and hawing, and one day, a few days before the challenge
started, Ryan said "just do it" - so i jumped in with both feet! If you don't
know my story, I came to CrossFit not having worked out in any way for YEARS! I
was feeling stronger about 5 months into my membership, but not integrating it
into the rest of my life. So, I did it with a few goals in mind: weight loss,
getting stronger, felling better (stomach problems, IBS, headaches) and to learn
more about the WHY and HOW of Paleo.
2) What was the most difficult thing/things to give up?
The crusts of bread, left over chicken nugget, handful of M&M's. Really
you never realize as a mom of young kids how many times a day you stick a few
bites of food in your mouth while going about the day! I would get my hand all
the way to my mouth with half a cookie that was left on the plate by the girls
and litterally have to pull my hand away and put it down. Took me the whole
first month to stop picking and having to stop myself......
Since I never was
a coffee drinker, and had drank decaf tea since being pregnant / nursing,
caffine was not an issue for me (as it was for many others in the first week or
so!). BUT, the two teaspoons of honey that went in my tea, that was another
story!! In one word, SWEETS. Chocolate, sweet cereals, cookies, honey -
that kind of stuff :) I did not find "bread" carbs nearly as hard as I
thought I would, although I still dream about a nice toasted seasame bagel
dripping with butter............
3) When faced with temptation how did you restrain yourself?
I started by cleaning out my pantry and setting myself up with Paleo freindly
foods. I designated a shelf in the pantry for my new stash (coconut flakes,
nuts, canned salmon, tuna) with a note that said "VEGGIES ARE IN THE FRIDGE, NOT
THE PANTRY - 60 days". Personally, my biggest goal in dealing with temptations
was just not to cheat at all. I know myself and if I cheated once "just a
little" I would begin justifying a reason to cheat "just a little" everyday - so
I made the commitment to myself for 60 days to not cheat at all. I started going
to bed earlier to get past that late night craving time (which turns out is
leading to a better sleeping habit as well), I kept lots of pre prepped snacks
on hand, drank LOTS of water, and started reading blogs and checked out the
Everyday Paleo Cookbook from the library for new recipes. I found that I could
make REALLY delicious foods that were totally satisfying. Having done many
"diets" before, this was a huge deal for me. The food tasted good, I could eat
lots of it, and was not hungry between meals!!
4) Who was your support system and how did they help?
My husband thought I was crazy at first, but seeing how much weight I lost
and how great I feel, he has become very supportive, as long as you don't ask
him to give up his pasta :) - those of you who met him at Bridgettes will
totally get this :) But really, my CrossFit Warwick "peeps" rock!! Going
to 5:30 AM workouts and talking to everyone else doing the challenge was awsome
- knowing you have a community of others working towards the same goal is s huge
inspiration! Having the Paleo Blog was a support as well, Katie and Ryan would
post links and info to help out, and Lori's rants when sugar deprived made me
double over laughing! Food journaling also was a big help for me. It helped keep
me accountable for what i put into my mouth :)
5) What was the most positive aspect of the paleo challenge? What did
you get out of it?
There were a number of positive things that I have gotten from doing this
challenge. 31.4 / 0 / 45 / 6.
31.4 - The weight I lost during the challenge.
I lost 31.4 pounds in 60 days without feeling constantly deprived and hungry,
0 - The number of times since I started the challenge I have
been doubled over with stomach pains (previously a 2-3 times a week
45 - The number of box jumps I did on the second to last day of the
challenge. OK, that might not be a big deal to you, but before that I had done
NONE, not a one! Getting leaner and stronger feels awesome....
6 - The number
of Paleo Blogs I read. I have gotten so much out of learning how and why this
6) How do you plan to eat now and why
I want to lose more weight, continue to get stronger (and run faster - ha!),
and keep my body as healthy as I can. With so much success in such a short
period of time, I can see no reason to turn back now! My plan going forward is
to continue to eat Paleo........probably 90/10. So doescthis mean that 90% of
the time I eat great and 10% I go completely off the deep end ? No it means 90%
of the time I eat great and 10% of the time I cheat "just a little". Personally,
since feeling so good, I am scared to eat gluten, so "planned" cheats: a glass
of wine, occasional honey in my tea, baking some pumpkin muffins once in awhile
- things that will satisfy, but not completely throw me off track.
I had the pleasure of going with my CrossFit Warwick pals to see Robb Wolf
speak in New Paltz a few weeks ago. When he was signing my book, Katie told him
how well I was doing.......and his response "it's like this shit really
works"................It does, try it and see!!