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Let's Do This! Why I'm doing a Paleo challenge (and blogging about it)

Monday, September 16, 2013

Now that summer has died down, I have made the decision that it's about time I get more serious about writing. Not a post you expected to read on a fitness site? Read on.

Writing is something I have always loved to do, but it's not something I've always been consistent at. It's not the only area of my life in which I've had trouble with consistency, if I'm being completely honest with myself.

I recently found an article on Pinterest (something I am consistent with is searching for new things!) about a 30 day Paleo challenge. To me, this is nothing new. I've heard of the Paleo diet before, I've heard of its supposed benefits, and its difficulties. It's something I've been interested in for quite a while, but I've never actually fully committed to it. And I've decided, what better time than now?

But then I thought to myself, who will hold me to it? The Paleo diet is not necessarily something that is easy to follow, especially when you like to get together with friends and loved ones as much as I do. And nobody wants to be that nagging person who is always "on a diet." But I do know this - I am tired of feeling like I owe myself something. I am tired of feeling like I am not at my optimal health level. And then I thought of the Sparkpeople community, and I realized I had the perfect solution. It might be hard for my friends and family to understand that I'm trying something new for my own health, but the Spark community is all about that.

And so with that in mind, I tried to make some guidelines for myself. Without further ado, these are the reasons why I am doing a Paleo challenge, and why I've decided to blog about it.

1) I want to reach my optimal health level. I have been great about training and exercising regularly for the past few years, but I have not been so good about making healthy choices when it comes to food. I have an emotional attachment to it, and I believe that doing a 30 day challenge may help break that.

2) I want to eat nutritiously, and fuel my workouts appropriately. The Paleo diet is full of proper nutrition - plenty of healthy fats, proteins, and fruit and vegetable based carbohydrates. I'm currently in week 4 of training for a half marathon, and I want to see results from that. In order to do that, I need to change my diet. Seems logical.

3) I want to complete a challenge, any challenge. Blogging about it seems like a great way to obtain a level of consistency I haven't yet been able to achieve.

4) I want to have fun with it. I am a social creature at heart, and I love to write. Maybe by sharing my story with you, I can reach more people and make new friends with similar health-oriented goals.

5) I want to feel comfortable in my own skin. I have been battling with my weight for the last 5 years, and I'm done with it. I want to be a happier, healthier version of myself, right now. For this reason, I am also choosing NOT to weigh myself or log my food for the next 30 days. I just want to make consciously healthy choices, without crunching numbers. I have had an obsession with the number of calories I eat and the number on the scale, and it makes me feel uncomfortable. I know that Sparkpeople encourages logging your meals and weight in order to stay on target, but I just find that, for me personally, this leads to nothing good.

That about sums it up for now! Until later, Sparkpeople!
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    Awesome idea & challenge!! I love that you wrote out/down the reasons why you want to do the challenge, & think they're clear & motivating enough to keep you on track! I've been "looking" into paleo more myself lately - it's always been something I've read about & enjoyed learning, but never thought I would do. Just stayed in the back of my brain. Lately though I'm realizing I could probably help clear up some body things if I switch to paleo. If you want an accountability partner for the challenge, let me know!
    1683 days ago
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