Weigh in on February 1, 2013: 198.8
Weigh in on March 2, 2013: 194.0
4.8 lbs lost! Made my DietBet.com goal!
Total loss since Jan 2013: 11 lbs
(Note: Dubya has lost 20 lbs on the "not-so-much-paleo" diet too!)
I did 15 workouts out of 30 days, which is pretty darn consistent. And in some cases I didn't count things like "housework" or "yardwork" which happened on the weekends. My workouts consisted of 2-3 mile runing sessions (about 1-2x per week) and 2 High-Intensity Interval Training sessions per week. I also did my best to do a 1:00 #plankaday and yoga poses each day.
So this wasn't as hard as I thought it would be. I actually struggled most of the time to meet my calories per day. I missed some logins (mostly on weekends). Some "free days" were allowed - living by the 80%/20% rule, so overall I was happy with the way I maintained the #paleo lifestyle.
- New veggie cooking! I took the opportunity to learn how to cook spaghetti squash, rutabagas, kale, etc. I really went out there and learned recipes, tried new things. Some worked, some didn't but I have a whole new arsenal of veggies to add to my repertoire.
- Bacon, meat, fish, protein protein protein! It was nice to be able to cook steaks, eat bacon (in moderation), and generally enjoy good ol'fashioned meat.
- The energy. My god, the energy. A couple of minutes into each workout I would feel a jolt of energy. I feel like my workouts are filled with more power. Also, I found that instead of having ups and downs of blood sugar levels, my energy was more even-keel through out the day. This really helped at the office.
- Better digestion. And knowing what my body can digest and what it can't. The first week or two my intestinal tract was thrown for a loop, but now it's an efficient machine.
- Happier. I'm not sure if it's the diet, the exercise, or just feeling like I'm doing something better for myself. But it's like I'm taking happy pills.
- Food preparation. It does take a bunch of forward thinking, prepping, and eating leftovers. So if that's not your cup of tea, it'll be tough. I got into a good rhythm prior to paleo of being my lunch everyday anyway, so this wasn't a hard transition. But stress days can be tough when you have no time for it.
- Female hormones. My hormones went haywire during the month. Perhaps it was paleo or the amount of weight loss, or both. Suffice it to say that the last thing I need is to be moody and suffering with cramp days on the wrong days.
- Tough to rebound from a "off day." Especially for social events it's nearly impossible to avoid all the food. So when I allowed the days where I had sugar, grains, etc. The very next day I craved them. And craved them hard.
- Expensive. Grass-fed beef costs a lot, y'all. Coconut milk isn't cheap. While veggies and fruit aren't that bad, it can get pricey. depending on hardcore you want to go, the price goes up.
- People will think you're nuts. I can't count the number of raised eyebrows and "You mean , NO bread!?!" statements I received. People really thought I was an extremist and scoffed at my "experimental" food. I had one co-worker tell me what I was eating was "disgusting." So yeah, there's that.
Overall I'm pleased with my ability to sustain this the whole month. I won't stay I did it 100% of the time, but every effort was made to cook fresh, avoid processed foods and really commit to the paleo lifestyle. Now for your next question? Will I be continuing with the paleo lifestyle?
You're damn right I will. Did you read those results? The proof is there. Not only am I becoming a lean mean, paleo machine, but I'm feeling outstanding. I enjoy eating whole foods. I enjoy the energy. And I'm slowly learning the science behind this way of eating makes sense.
As with any lifestyle choice - this works for me so far. So I'm gonna commit for another 30 days.
To wrap up, thanks to everyone who supported me and gave me great advice during this month! I appreciate everyone tweeting, commenting, and really being there as my support during the 30 days. It takes a village.
Big huge THANK YOU to my fellow Paleo Challenge ladies:
These gals rocked it this month and take a moment to congratulate them too!
So DubyaWife continues in the great health journey! Keep reading as this month I go for a round-two and have some upcoming races!
|Bacon and Eggie baked in Avo|
|California Pizza Kitchen - Salmon with veggies!|
|Look at those loose jeans!|
|Dinner at a friends house - they cooked paleo for me! |
Tomato Salad, Asparagus, and Chicken Curry
|La Madeline's - roasted chicken and veg for lunch|
|Paleo Shepherd's Pie with Broccoli and Green Lemonade|
|Eggs, Cauliflower, and Smoked Salmon with capers|
|Salmon, Spinach and Mashed rutagbag|
|Getting ready for HIIT class!|