Wednesday, June 20, 2012
So I'm now over 2 weeks into the paleo challenge. Weight has bounced around a bit, but shows between 176-178 most days for the last week. Brian told me I was looking slimmer, but I thought he was just being encouraging, so I decided to check the tape measurements. Holy cow. He wasn't kidding. Two inches off my waist in 2 weeks! And similar or slightly smaller losses everywhere else (except the arms -- guess I'm getting guns!) Excelente!!
Now to the food. I've noticed the last couple of mornings that I was feeling a little stomachache in the mid-morning. Now, I am a HUGE proponent of a high protein breakfast. It sets up the whole day for success, I'm convinced, and I LOVE not being hungry until after noon. But I started to wonder if I was eating too many eggs. So I've been researching other ways to get a high protein breakfast. While I'm strictly paleo for this challenge, I'm a little bit limited. But I may have greek yogurt some days and see how that goes (I'm allowed 1 serving dairy daily on the challenge.) I'm also going to try to temper the straight protein with some veggies and fruit in the morning, too. That takes more time and effort, which I'm not great at in the morning, but I think it's worth it. I'll keep you posted, and am also going to track for a few days here. I think I may have been getting too much protein and not enough fat to go with it. But we'll see. Today I had the last of the good bacon, plus cottage cheese and blueberries. Still high protein, but no eggs.
All in all, I'm enjoying seeing how my body (and mind and stomach) respond to different things. I think in the long run, I'm going to be happiest and healthiest with a more varied and higher carb (though still "low" -- 100g/day) diet - more of a primal approach, with dairy and fruit as much as I want. But I'm dedicated to sticking with the paleo challenge through the full 7 weeks. I don't think it's fair to make conclusions after two weeks.
I'm having a great time at crossfit. Mon, you're right to remind me about rest days. But my grand plans for working out 6 days a week are a bit premature anyway, I think. I got home last night and was not interested in running. I was famished and sore, probably due to the kick ass workout we did monday at crossfit:
back squats: 3 sets x 5 reps, 20 sec rest on the rack, 5 reps. 90 sec rest between each set. The coach (who I love, they're all great) decided to pick on me. He was basically like, your form is perfect. And you're not lifting nearly enough weight. He got me up another 30lbs from where I'd started. that's an 88 lb back squat!
Then the wod:
12 minutes AMRAP (as many reps as possible) of:
20 jump rope singles
10 medicine ball cleans (I used a 12lb ball)
I did 7 rounds. The med ball cleans got HARD. And I wasn't great on the form on them to begin with, so it took some mental energy to remember how to do it each time. :) Once I got the form right, it got a lot harder. Again, the coaches were watching all of us relative newbies really closely on those, which is really helpful.
So that's the latest. :)