When I first started this challenge I was skeptical about whether or not I could last 7 weeks with out my favorite foods such as sushi, orange cup desserts, and chocolate brownies dunked in milk. People would ask me, “what is paleo? and why do you need to do it? you don’t need to lose weight!” Well true- I don’t need to lose weight. And I did not sign up for this challenge for that. I wanted to learn why I always felt bloated after I ate and why certain foods made me sleepy, and why sometimes I was just too tired to go to the gym. THAT’s why I decided to try Paleo. My end goal was to lean out, get definition in my stomach, and get stronger and faster… and the ultimate goal—– to graduate away from the pull up assistance band and be able to do pull ups on my own. Even for a petite girl like me, I wanted to see myself in better shape. To never settle. Because one day my metabolism will slow down, and my genetics will kick in. I would rather start preventing some of those possible future hardships now by continuing to challenge myself now rather than later.
The first 2 weeks of Paleo were eye opening. I took my first step into Whole Foods and saw all of the new available options to me rather than a list of things I couldn’t eat. I learned that I prefer coconut milk to regular milk, that I enjoy having a multitude of fruit options to snack on, that I love not feeling bloated after I eat a meal. I began to look forward to going to the grocery store and seeing what new paleo recipes I could try. I made paleo spaghetti squash, paleo brownies, cauliflower rice, beef stew, paleo chicken curry…. all delicious! and what else?? the meals are good for me too! Sure it was rough seeing my boyfriend eat chocolate cake, macaroni and a bunch of other things I couldn’t. But in the end, I was the one seeing results every day. I noticed that my face got leaner and that my arms started to have some definition, and my stomach!!! what I have abs??
During the 7 week process, I began to crave an almond butter banana shake before a chocolate bar. Whenever someone spoke of burger and fries all i thought of was grease… and how I would feel afterward. I lost 5 lbs during the challenge, totaling 10 lbs in 2 months. I graduated from box steps to box jumps. I graduated from modified pushups to CF pushups. I have increased my weight in almost every area! 135 lb deadlifts, 65lb SDHP- which may not be a big deal to some, but it is to ME! and my opinion is the only one that matters. As long as I am happy with how I look and feel, no one can bring me down. Even though the Paleo challenge is done, I will continue to incorporate it in my lifestyle along with my Crossfit workouts. This challenge has opened up my eyes in regards to what I was eating before EEEEK…. no more of that for me!