Tomorrow will start the 2nd week of the Lurong Living Paleo Challenge! Woohoo! I made it through Week 1 with no cheats. 🙂 This week was full of activity. I prepared several meals and snacks – and I feel like I was eating constantly. I underwent some withdrawals from grains and sugar – which was no fun, but expected (mood swings, irritability, fatigue, cravings). I also experienced some positives – very restful sleep, early morning alertness (no snoozing), weight loss of 1.5 lbs, and happy digestion.
The thing that is most difficult about this diet is the preparation involved. If you aren’t prepared, you’re hungry – so it’s important to think ahead and plan your meals for at least the entire day (if not the entire week). And if there’s any question that you MIGHT end up forgetting to bring your lunch, you better have a backup plan – like a restaurant or grocery store where you can get something Paleo-compliant on the fly.
The easy part of the diet is the food. I am a big food lover. I can probably name the foods I refuse to eat on one hand (radishes, celery, pretzels…I think that might be it). So if you tell me I can still have meat, veggies, fruit, nuts and seeds – I’m cool with that. Changing it up is key though…I’m not fond of eating the same thing day after day after day.
This week’s meals were something like:
- Chorizo pork burgers with mushroom cap buns and cauliflower mash
- Crock pot chili with tomatoes and avocado
- Pot roast with carrots and green beans
- Butter lettuce tacos with smoky ground beef, onions and red bell pepper
- Baked chicken thighs with baked sweet potato fries and green beans
- Boiled eggs with chicken sausage and fruit
- Meatza (ground beef “crust”) topped off with tomato sauce, pineapple, bacon, and jalapenos
To name a few…
Another component of the Lurong Living Paleo Challenge are the benchmark workouts. I have three of them to complete within the first 2 weeks of this challenge. Thomasville CrossFit completed the first one on Monday – which was the Lurong Living Original: 5 rounds for time of 20 burpees and 20 kettlebells swings at 35lbs (Women’s Rx’d). I managed this one in 18 minutes flat – and I can tell you that I am already dreading doing it again at the end of this challenge, but I do plan to get it done faster 🙂
Something else we did this week – take before pictures and measurements.
- Waist = 30 1/8″
- Hips = 39 3/4″
- Chest = 31 1/4″
- Thigh = 23″
- Arm = 11″
- Total = 135 1/8″
- Starting Weight: 151.5 lbs.
- Height: 5’6″
I wasn’t 100% sure if I wanted to share my before picture over the world wide web, but I think it’s important to share as much of this journey with the world as I can. Some will look at my picture and think – “why is she on a diet?” and some will say “wow, she’s really pale…” among other things. It’s not as much about vanity as you think. While being able to see my ab muscles is a goal of mine, it’s more about health and protecting myself from illness and injury. I don’t want to be skinny – I want to be strong inside and out. I don’t want to “bulk up” – I want to have nice, lean muscles. More importantly, I don’t want to suffer with diabetes, osteoporosis, arthritis, fibromyalgia, heart disease, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, obesity, cancer, digestive problems, or any other disease or condition that seems to be affecting so many people in this world. If I can knowingly prevent these issues with my diet and continue living a very happy and active life – then that is exactly what I want to do. That’s why I am on this diet. Weight loss – sure, I’ll probably lose 10 pounds just with the diet and be in great health – but then when you add in doing CrossFit 5 – 6 days/week…it’s icing on the hypothetical cake. 🙂 I’m ready to chain some pull-ups together, baby.
I’m so proud of my fellow CrossFitters for going on this adventure with me and hanging in there through the first week of withdrawals from grains and sugar! Cheers to Week 2 of the Lurong Living Paleo Challenge…I’m ready (with my nightly allotment of 6 oz. of red wine)! Look for another update next week!
If you question whether or not any of the previously mentioned issues are related to diet, please conduct your own research. I recommend visiting Robb Wolf’s website and checking out his book The Paleo Solution. Another good resource is Practical Paleo by Diane Sanfilippo. Feel free to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org with any diet or CrossFit questions.
If you missed my first blog in this series, please go ahead and catch up by reading it here.