Today marks the 21st day of the Lurong Living Paleo Challenge 2012. There is nothing particularly special about the 21st day – but every day without a cheat is a success in my book. In the first 2 weeks of the challenge, we completed our 3 benchmark workouts which we will have to complete again in the last two weeks of the challenge.
The benchmarks were:
Randy – 75 snatches for time (Women Rx’d = 55 lbs) – My Time: 8:36
Christine – 3 rounds for time of: 500m row, 12 bodyweight deadlifts, 21 box jumps (Women Rx’d = 20″) – My Time: 16:27
Lurong Living Original – 5 rounds for time of: 20 kettlebell swings (Women Rx’d = 35 lb KB), 20 burpees – My Time: 18:00
I managed to do all of these as prescribed and they were definitely hard. I am hoping they will get a little easier the next time I do them…but I guess CrossFit doesn’t really work like that – I’ll work just as hard, but I will be better at it. 🙂
This week we did a performance WOD called “5 minutes of fun”. It was fun alright. To do this prescribed, you do as many double unders as you can in 5 minutes and every time you break, you have to do 3 burpees. I got 65. If you did the workout scaled, you did 100 singles and then as many burpees as possible for the remaining 5 minutes. What’s worse, right?
Now that you have the rundown on the WODs, I’ll give you the scoop on the diet. Eating the food is the easy part, cooking and preparing is the pits. Convenience food really does have a price and your health certainly pays it. Lately I have been slightly repetitive in my meal choices, which is annoying but it’s hard to stray from what is quick and what works to satisfy your hunger even if you were wishing for something different. So I’ve done two things to combat this – invested some $ in someone local that can make Paleo lunches for me and deliver them to the gym (Olivia Adams – firstname.lastname@example.org) and purchased a book called Paleo Slow Cooking by Chrissy Gower, so that I can have dinner ready when Nick and I get home late from the gym. I’m hoping this will help keep the menu more exciting and take some of the burden off of us in terms of cooking/prepping Paleo food. Don’t worry – I’ll throw some of my fave slow cooker recipes your way soon.
On a rather exciting note, I am down to 144 lbs – which means I have lost 7.5 lbs since this challenge started 21 days ago. I’m not going to lie, I was pretty shocked to see that number so soon. My size 8’s are fitting kinda loose and my size 6’s are fitting kinda perfect at the moment. I’m still eagerly awaiting the appearance of abdominal muscles though…well not just waiting…I’m putting some additional work into them and hoping for their arrival soon.
Even though we are 3 weeks into this thing and it should be a breeze by now, this week felt like the toughest yet. Additional life stress coupled with social events full of cake and brownies can really make this whole thing frustrating. It really made me realize how much I depended on comfort food to get me through stressful situations. “Oh – I’m not feeling good, I’ll have some chocolate! Oh – I don’t have time to prepare lunch, I’ll stop and get some take-out that contains mystery ingredients.” When in truth, none of these “comforts” made me feel any better or less stressed, they actually just made it worse. I would feel even more lethargic, cranky, and stressed after eating them…and as my weight climbed and my health declined – the stress just multiplied. It’s important for me to sit back and reflect on these things as I become frustrated with some aspects of the Paleo lifestyle because I need to remind myself why I am doing this. No, it’s not easy, but the right path never is. As I continue to make this a permanent lifestyle, it will get better and easier and more normal for me. I may still be the odd one out at social gatherings, but I can learn to be OK with that. Fruit tastes so much sweeter when you haven’t had cake, cookies or brownies in 21 days. And the results will be even sweeter too. 🙂
If you missed my previous blogs in this series, please go ahead and catch up by reading them here.