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Paleo Challenge #2, and back in the gym

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

well, I'm very sorry to say that I'm in about the worst shape (weight-wise) I've ever been in. It's ugly. I have very little to wear, and refuse to buy more at this size. I'm embarrassed of myself.

How did I get here? I just read my last blog entry, which was at the end of July, right after I'd finished the paleo challenge at my gym. Well, I've gained 20 lbs since then. And lost muscle. It didn't happen that fast -- I was happily going to crossfit through about mid-October 3x a week, and not eating badly. Then my fiance went through some tough times and was away from home, and it became too cold to ride my scooter to work (and therefore, my ride to the gym disappeared), and I just... didn't try hard to maintain my progress. In fact, I did the opposite. I soothed myself with food and laziness. Not smart, I know. But at least I recognize that's my downfall. I need to do some work on how to break the habit of using food as comfort. Thoughts about that are for another blog.

For now, I'm back. Thanking goodness that my gym set up another paleo challenge. I really need some peer pressure to get my eating right. So I'm on day 2, and already happy to be doing something. I've now been to CF two weeks in a row (it has been awhile since I've been more than once every couple of weeks. eek.) I've lost a lot of strength and a lot of cardiovascular fitness, but am determined to get it back.

Also, I signed up for a half marathon with a friend! We're making a trip of it to DC, it's on April 28th. Pretty excited. Inaugural Nike women's half in DC. Which means I'll also be running from now. So between the CF 2-3x a week, running 2-3x a week, and paleo diet, I expect to be putting health front and center in my non-work life. The first couple of weeks should be hard, but I am hoping I spring back into shape soon.

I don't promise to blog every day, but I will be tracking every day. I have to keep a journal for the paleo challenge anyway, so why not do it on spark? I'm curious about the calories anyway.

So that's the scoop. I doubt many people will see this blog since it's been so long since my last, but I wanted to let my chickens know that I'm here and getting revved up!
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    Hey, your chickens have been here all along! (Haha - okay, no, we just beat you back to the January punch, I think.) Glad to see you back, Mar.

    I feel you on the worst-shape-in-ages thing. I'm one week into a beginner's learn to run program, have done one yoga class and one very minor strength training session since the fall... I'm up at my starting weight and although I've been tracking the last few days, it hasn't made my eating habits any better - I've eaten a cookie, two mini chocolate bars, and a mini cheesecake so far... this morning. (A sick day pity party, yeesh.) Fortunately that's just about the last of the sweets and treats in my house, so I'll be safe soon, haha!!

    So cheers to fresh beginnings. I'm glad you've got the paleo challenge, because you know that will make a difference. I need to jump on some weights too! However, I would encourage you to also think about longevity, and finding a nice sustainable balance between CF, paleo, and "the rest" of your life - since perhaps it was a one-time slip, but likely maintaining a paleo challenge level of intensity forever isn't going to work. Would you have managed at a happy middle ground if family stuff hadn't come up? I hope all's well with you two.
    1918 days ago
    Hey, it happens. I really like your new plan. It sounds a lot like my own journey. A few stumbling steps are not going to hold us back. RAWR!
    1918 days ago
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