I want to take a side step for a moment to state how incredibly proud I am of myself that I have officially completed 30 days of Paleo and a full 2-week introduction to Crossfit (aka on-ramp / elements)!!!
Where it all began…
I began my journey in the beginning of February after being extremely sick for 2 weeks straight. At one point, I was so sick that I thought I was having a heart attack, but it was just severe heartburn. I had GI problems like no other (my gastroenterologist told me I was “too young” to be in his office) and constant headaches and migraines (I had almost convinced myself to get a head CT or MRI to make sure I didn’t have a tumor!). I was extremely lethargic and I hadn’t done any physical activity besides yoga in a long time! My parents have been telling me for years how unhealthy my lifestyle is, but of course I never listened. However, hitting my low in the beginning of 2012 and realizing I was turning 30 really put things into perspective. I realized I needed a change and the only one who could do that was ME.
All my friends thought I was crazy to start eating Paleo and doing Crossfit because they thought I would either lose too much weight or become manly looking! To paint the picture this is me 1-week before I started everything (amidst being sick I managed to bust out a smile):
I was in no way shape or form doing this because I wanted to lose weight (I was only 105 lbs and 5’4″)! Instead, I wanted to get rid of all the toxins in my body causing GI problems and to convert my fat into muscle in order to gain weight. I was looking for more of a long term solution rather than a quick detox (because personally, I think those weird lemon juice and honey detox plans are horrible for your body). Strong is the new skinny right?
Week One didn’t seem too bad (minus the coffee withdrawals and attending one of my bride’s tastings that included lobster corn dogs and truffle mac n cheese!). I stayed strong. It was so exciting and new that it didn’t seem real yet. My grocery bill, however, was a little steep (thank you TJs, Sprouts and WF) and I think I went overboard with cleaning out the kitchen pantry and buying new appliances & cooking ingredients, but at least I was prepared! No temptations allowed!
Also, for those who know me, I don’t cook, but I love to bake. It’s not that I don’t know how to cook, I just prefer going out to new restaurants or ordering take-out over sitting in the kitchen for an hour. So, this whole “cooking” for every meal was a whole new experience in itself! Good thing we bought a slow cooker… that thing has saved my life!
Week Two I was already feeling 100% better as the headaches had subsided and I hadn’t had gas every minute (yes, overshare, but GI problems suck!); however, it was Valentine’s Day and I had to work an event. Good thing the boyfriend and I were both on Paleo so we stayed strong and resisted all the Funfetti cupcakes and an amazing dessert bar (sigh).
Week Three I started Crossfit. In my entire life I don’t think I have ever touched a barbell. Scared, nervous and nauseous were only mild understatements on my first day of class. I literally tried not to throw up during the last 350m run… good thing I had an awesome coach (Jenny at Crossfit South Bay) who never judged me for my ridiculously girly attempt at Crossfit. She definitely had to put up with a lot of complaining and whining! By session 3 I already felt stronger… but maybe too strong that after a couple gin on the rocks and demonstrating wall balls on the dance floor, I ended up ripping a hole in my favorite skinny jeans (whoops)! This week I also discovered Coconut Bliss “ice cream”… delicious!
Week Four I spent too much money at Lululemon (j/k… well sort of). Working out 4-5 times a week requires a whole new wardrobe! Anyway, by last week the diet was a no brainer although I still haven’t fully figured out how to eat out at restaurants. I’ve become “anti-social” apparently. Not only did I have to attend a wedding event in which mini sliders and lots of non-Paleo things were tempting me, but it was also my mom’s birthday and we went out for traditional Japanese food. Sadly, I could only get sashimi while watching them devour tempura and soba noodles 🙁 Then my friends decided to re-live college and have an “Edward 40-hands” night in which I drank water and a glass of red wine.
Where I am 30 days later…
Besides being done with 30 days of Paleo, I just finished my 2-weeks of Crossfit “introduction” training so it’s now time to join the big kids in class!
I have decided to continue eating Paleo, but I will allow myself a cheat here and there for In n Out (they have gluten-free & dairy-free options), Yogurtland, and sushi (with rice). During the 30 days I tried to be super strict, but I did make exceptions on occasion for some red wine, a little gin, 73% dark chocolate (but with no milk, sugar or bad ingredients) and gluten-free soy sauce (aka Tamari).
People ask me how I feel now and to be honest, FANTASTIC. For some people (like the boyfriend), a change in diet barely affects the way he operates, but for me it was life-changing. I feel more energetic, stronger, healthier, and most of all… my tummy doesn’t hurt anymore!!! And to those who wonder if I lost any weight, I actually gained a couple pounds, but in a good way. My tummy is flatter, my waist is more defined and my butt is perkier 🙂
Stay tuned for more personal updates in the upcoming months!