Weight Lost During Challenge:
Lost 6# of Fat
Benchmark workout percentage improvements:
9.3% increase in lifts, 30% increase in Cindy rounds, :09 second lower time for a 2K row
Here’s something you should know about me. I’m a sucker for a 30 day challenge. I’ve done more Paleo and Whole 30 challenges than I can count on two hands! And don’t even get me started on the 30 day squat and ab challenges you can find on Pinterest. Fortunately, after attempting each one I at least learn something (like, no more Whole 30s. Really. Stop me if you hear me saying I’m doing one).
For your reading pleasure, here are 4 things I learned over the course of this Paleo challenge.
1. Don’t do it all on Sunday (unless that works for you)
I think we’re all aware that we have to meal plan to get through a Paleo challenge. When I do it, I usually spend all Sunday grocery shopping and cooking all my meals until the next Saturday. Then, lo and behold, Thursday hits and I don’t want to eat anything I cooked! Supposedly, the definition of insanity is doing the same thing, over and over, and expecting a different result. So, after doing this at least 50 times over the past year, I decided to stop the insanity!
I cooked meals though Thursday lunch and would prepare meals for the back half of the week. Rotisserie chicken, premixed salads, and Tessamae’s dressings were my friends. I’d turn on the grill and make pork tenderloin and burgers. Add those to a big batch of mashed sweet potatoes and there’s easy food for the end of the week!
2. Eat, eat, eat
One of my goals for this challenge was to keep up my strength and endurance. I can’t do that if I’m not eating! But usually, after eating a meat and vegetable I was pretty full… for TWO hours. So I ended up eating like a hobbit. #nerdalert First breakfast, second breakfast, elevensies, luncheon, afternoon tea, dinner, and supper.
I did keep track of my calories, too. And unfortunately, I only ate around 1900 per day, which is barely enough to keep muscle on. Some days, I just didn’t feel like eating, which led me to the next concept I learned.
3. Not in the mood to eat? Eat comfort foods that fit into the challenge!
After finishing a WOD, I just don’t want to eat sometimes. I know I need to fuel my body, but the idea of choking down pork tenderloin with sweet potatoes and brussel sprouts didn’t seem appetizing. In. The. Least. After moping around, lamenting the loss of awesome foods, I would finally realize that I could still eat bacon and eggs. Or an apple with almond butter. And, surprise surprise, it stimulated my appetite to chow down on those sweet potatoes.
4. Be flexible
One of the things I always worry about during a Whole 30 or Paleo challenge is having special occasions come up. Will I fall face first into a slice of chocolate lava cake at a friend’s birthday dinner? Will I be able to stay “good” when I’m eating out with my parents? This time, I didn’t stress about it! Before going out, I took a quick look at the menu. I didn’t obsess over each entrée to determine which would be the MOST Paleo. And guess what? I didn’t go off the rails! I made the smartest decision and then enjoyed myself (and that banana cream pie from Longhorn).