30 Day Paleo Challenge Recap
What I loved about my 30 Day Paleo Challenge…
- I love that I feel like I have hope again. The past year has been difficult because even when I tried with all my heart and stayed on track I still was not losing. I was stuck and nothing was working. This made me angry and slightly rebellious. I’d go through short phases of just eating whatever I wanted in whatever quantities I wanted. It was a slippery slope. Luckily I started this challenge right on the brink of falling over the cliff. Turns out the number Chuck took down for me on day one that only he knew was 198 lbs. So close to crossing back over the 200 lb mark. By the end of this challenge I finished at 187.2 (-10.8 lbs). I haven’t been able to lose an increment of that size in forever. I am so hopeful I have finally found a key to unlock this last part of my weight loss journey.
My snack was so yummy! Love it when oranges and strawberries are in season!
Lunch run done!
It’s brisk, clear, cold and sunny today with a great breeze! Of course, just a gorgeous choice for spending an hour running. Now I feel all refreshed and relaxed. Such a great way to start the second half of my day! :)
In other news, today is day 29 of my paleo challenge and I’m getting excited to see the results. I’m pretty sure day 30 needs to be officially in the books before a weigh-in comparison so I’m looking forward to posting my results on Friday morning. :) Mentally I’m prepared for anything. I’m already focusing on all the positive non-scale related pluses that I like about this lifestyle just in case the results don’t live up to my expectations on the scale. Win-Win!
I love weekends because then I have time to experiment making things like these coconut/banana/blueberry paleo waffles! They were delicious and filling! :)
A good sign…
Today is day 24 of my paleo challenge and I was bummed when I realized that this is the last week of the 30 day challenge until I immediately realized — duh… 30 days was just a jumping off point — nothing has to change or end. I guess the momentary disappointment that my 30 days was almost up is a good sign that I’ve taken to eating this way and don’t feel like I’m deprived or missing out on anything in particular. :)
Lunch run done! Thank goodness mother nature noticed I brought my running stuff with me today. Rain cleared just in time. :-)
Cooking is detrimental to my left hand…
Made some great dinners this week, but not without sacrificing the safety of my left hand which currently has a “V” shaped cut from my crinkle cutter (aka ninja star maker), a burn from the grill, and a cut from slamming my finger in a cabinet… at least everything turned out tasty!
PS last night I discovered something magical… fresh pineapple broiled in coconut oil… not only does it smell amazing but it tastes AHHHH-MAZING…
Lunch Run done!
Lunch run went great. We have overcast weather that wants to rain but isn’t quite there yet. Absolutely perfect if you ask me. No watch today so instead used Runtastic on my phone. By the time we got back our office was just getting together for birthday celebration for someone in my office, but I wasn’t even tempted. Partly because I just plain don’t want it and partly because I’ve never been a huge fan of Rocky Road ice cream (marshmallows and ice cream aren’t friends in my book). Today is also officially two weeks on paleo. Still loving it! :)
Just noticed my sweet potatoes resemble tiny ninja stars…
Superbowl Survivor Kit packed and ready to go!
Post run breakfast…holy shmoly…6 mile trail run and it was not easy today. Turns out body pump made everything sore and when running I felt like I was wearing a lead suit. But I did it and am enjoying being sore because it means I put in some good work yesterday. I wish I could afford crossfit but for now body pump will do just fine. :-)
Quick bite to eat (including a homemade paleo muffin), 20 min warm-up on the elliptical, and an hour of body pump! Woohoo! I like kicking my weekend off like this!
Date night at BJs home of delicious pizza and pizookies (that’s a cookie baked and served in a pizza pan AKA heaven on earth). This is why Friday is usually cheat night, but not tonight. Tonight I created my own salad and it was not only delicious but paleo.
Week one done! On to week two! :)
Time has flown by and I’m already beginning week two of my 30 day paleo challenge. I won’t weigh myself until the end, but I have to admit I took a sneak peek at my measurements and have already lost a half an inch from my waist and hips. Pretty exciting!
I will say that it is a strange feeling defending bacon. I got a comment on my dinner I posted last night on Instagram from a friend that said “30 days of bacon?…best diet ever” then I felt compelled to explain why. Going outside the normal view of what is generally considered to be "healthy" is weird. I have been hesitant to try paleo in the past because I was afraid it was a fad to closely related to Atkins and to date I have been very cautious about only introducing healthy lifestyles that aren’t just the latest trend. However, after reading several books, doing research, knowing my running coach is in favor of it and following numerous successful Tumblrs, I feel confident in this choice. I really always thought cutting out grains was something I’d NEVER do — just couldn’t understand it, until now. But this whole journey has been in slow calculated stages that I never really know the magnitude of until I’m there. I don’t think I could have jumped from how I was originally eating to paleo. I had to ease myself into it in stages that each proved to me I was mentally strong enough to do anything I set my mind to. This is the most powerful lesson I have ever learned about myself. It’s diverse and can be applied to many facets of my life — only took me about 30 years to discover it. ;) Oh well, better late than never I say!