Tuesday, January 15, 2013
I've reached the halfway mark in my Paleo challenge. Verdict...not so bad!
The biggest hurdle for me has been eating the amount of food during the course of a day! Many days I didn't.
As far as craving those food items that I cut out of my diet....I don't miss the foods (i.e., yogurt, peanut butter, protein bars, bread), in and of themselves, but I miss the convenience! I miss being able to grab a yogurt as I'm running out the door...or eating a quick PB & J sandwich for dinner when I'm running short of time...or having a protein bar handy when my errands take longer than I expect!
Eating Paleo calls for a very disciplined and organized person...me, not so much! Lol! But, I'm slowly getting the hang of it. Meal planning & prep has become easier ... or I have become more efficient. LOL!
Since starting the challenge, I feel lighter and more alert...not bogged down, foggy or lethargic. I cannot tell if my athletic performance has improved or not. I won't know that until I complete the benchmark WOD we did at the beginning of the challenge. But I can report that I have already met one of my goals for the year...my 155 lb. deadlift goal! Not only did I meet it...I surpassed it by 30 lbs with 4.5 months to spare! BOOYAH!!! Or should I say, AROOOOOO as a good Spartan Chick would!!! ;-)
Weight-wise, I have not seen a drastic drop in the numbers on the scale. I did lose the 4 lbs I gained during vacation, but that's all. BUT...I have also lost 1/2" on both my waist and hips! HAPPY, HAPPY, JOY, JOY!!!
All in all...not a bad showing so far. Is this a permanent lifestyle change? It's too early to tell. But I'm satisfied with my progress to date.
Here's to the next 2.5 weeks!