About 2 weeks ago I signed up for an intro class to a local cross-fit box. I’ve been itching to do this for a while now, but really needed to wait until my daughter went back to school. So September 1st is the big day … I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t extremely intimidated. I have a hefty amount of stubbornness, though, which trumps intimidation *most* of the time. I’ve been doing kettlebells for 3 months now, but I really want to ramp up my muscle definition.
Muscle definition brings me to the second half of my leap … the paleo diet. I have never been on a ‘diet’. Never. I’ve scaled back, stopped the daily sugar overload, etc., but I’m not one to hop on a fad diet bandwagon. I’ve always wished to be about 10lbs lighter, but I haven’t wished it enough to stop baking cupcakes on a weekly basis. All of this crazy running and kettlebell swinging is making realize that if I don’t alter my eating habits … I’m never going to really see the results of my hard work. So, after much (much, much, much) research, I began the paleo diet.
I’m 3 days in, and I can honestly say this (well, so far) has been less painful than I was expecting. There is definitely something to increasing animal fat and staying full for much longer. I’ve been logging my food every day as a frame of reference, and it’s been enlightening to say the least. My breakfast with bacon and ribeye dinners are still leaving me with almost too many calories to spare in day. Today, I had to go ‘looking’ for something to eat to put me at least at the 1200 range. Did I mention that I had a lot of steak and bacon?? I am rarely hungry. I don’t crave sugar. I don’t crave bread. So far, so good. My energy level is really low, and, from what I’ve read, is normal within the first couple of weeks. Tomorrow will be my first run on the new eating regimen, and I’m hoping I can hack it!
I should add, I’m not 100% pale … eh, maybe a good 80, though. I put milk in my coffee, eat greek yogurt, and god forbid this Italian give up her romano and parmesan cheese. I’m going to give it a good two weeks and see how it goes. Would love to hear any experiences (good or bad) with this WOE.