Reminder for the CFD Memorial WOD tomorrow!!!
Rest Day/Make ups or…
rest 1 minute
rest 2 minutes
Rest 4 minutes
Rest 8 minutes
Rest 4 minutes
Rest 2 minutes
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This time last year… Alex wrote on “Getting Certified”
Gusto or Bust!
Since I won the paleo challenge a few weeks ago I have had several people ask me what my secret was. How did I manage to stick to it, and how I was able to get such amazing results. The simple and not so secret answer is Paleo. I did exactly as I was told and ate only what the Paleo diet allowed me to eat, went to CrossFit 3 times a week and did some sort of cardio the other 3 days a week. Sounds easy enough right?! As many of you know….wrong! The first week was easy for me because I was all determined to win and “smack” kept my competitive spirit going. But the next two weeks were brutal! People stopped with the competition on the blog and I was left to being honest with myself and my choices. Sugar was screaming my name, and I started to stare at people as they ate ice cream and drank beer. But I set my mind to 30 days and decided to put my foot down! Here are a few simple tips I used to get my through.
ALWAYS have prepared paleo foods accessible. Every Sunday night I would bake a mixture of chopped broccoli, cauliflower, onion, tomato, avocado, spinach, turkey bacon and 18 eggs (5 yolks). This would be my lunch every single day. I don’t need variety for lunch so this was fine with me. Keep boiled eggs, home cooked or raw nuts (limited though), avocados, cooked cut up chicken breast and tons of veggies with you to munch on at any moment. (Jimmy Johns #12 beachcomber unwich with no mayo or cheese, add bacon – lifesaver on the road!)
Dinners were a different beast for me because I eat out 5 out of 7 days – but this is no excuse to eat crap. I always asked my server what they put in the food and then made smart choices about what was put in front of me. If you don’t order the cream spinach or fries, you can’t eat them. Often to avoid server misunderstandings, I would say I have a gluten allergy and was lactose intolerant. This is a language that all restaurants understand.
Drink a TON of water!! More often than you think, you are dehydrated – not hungry. I drank a lot of herbal tea as well for some flavor, but that was it. No artificial sugar and no diet sodas or flavored waters – funny thing, water starts to taste good again!
Remember Zack’s words and ask yourself, “are you hungry for another piece of chicken or for junk food?” If you don’t want more chicken, you more than likely aren’t really hungry. It works better than you think.
In paleo you hear that it’s not about calories in vs calories out, but if you are in the weight loss portion of Paleo, you still have to be mindful of what you are eating. Just because burgers and bacon are paleo doesn’t mean you should eat it for every meal. Make smart choices, eat a lot of veggies, and mix it up on the protein – lean meat, fish, steak- have a little of it all!
And last but not least, find a partner! Huge props to Nay for dealing with all of my text messages and to my boyfriend for agreeing (for the most part) to eat paleo during the 30 days. I couldn’t have done it without them.
I’m not going to lie and say I was 100% perfect during the challenge (I couldn’t resist red wine completely), but with these tips and pure stubborn will power (and $500 calling my name) I was able to lose 16 pounds and drop 2 and a half dress sizes. Just try it! 30 days is not that long….