Pish Posh (one of my favorite awesome blogger writer friends) is hosting an 8 week challenge, and I’m totally jumping in on it! The aim is to cut out something from your diet/life that unhealthy and add in a healthy replacement. Everyone who joins the challenge posts once a week about their successes (like NOT consuming an entire pint of Blue Bell Cookies & Cream in one sitting) and bellyflops (like consuming 3/4ths a pint of Blue Bell Cookies & Cream in one sitting).
What? That wasn’t you?
Nope, it was me. Awesome.
But I figure since I post about CrossFit or PPC at least once a week anyway, this is a great reason to join in the fun, meet some of my own goals and cheer on the rest of the challenge participants!
What I do now:
…Or so it seems. Cutting out all grains, starches, legumes, dairy, alcohol and unnatural sugars has been SO HARD, y’all. I think I’d fall down and weep if someone handed me a just-out-of-the-oven crusty baguette and some goat cheese right now. Or an entire pizza. But alas, I will stay strong. I’d say right now, I’m about 90% Paleo. My cheats are: cottage cheese, greek yogurt, frozen yogurt/ice cream, half & half, and alcohol.
Exercise – I started Project Peach Cadet in April, so technically I’m on month 6 of my journey. Wow! Hard to believe. Since then, I’ve quit smoking, gotten back up to a healthy weight for my height (history on that is here), and run a 5k and a 10k. I also transitioned from a big-box gym with a trainer to CrossFit and couldn’t be happier. These workouts push me beyond anything I’ve ever asked my body to do. I typically go on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, rest either Thursday or Friday (depending on what my body feels like), and then do one day on the weekend. If I’m feeling really great, I may go 2x a day… but no more than 1-2 times in a week. I finally have some muscles!! And a BOOTY! NOTE: Due to my past struggles with weight (on the high AND the low side), I try NOT to pay attention to the number on the scale. My only focus right now is being strong and healthy.
What I want to cut out:
Considering my family history of osteoporosis, and my battle with my hormones/immune system, while doing this much intensive exercising I do not want to completely cut out healthy sources of dairy-based protein such as the greek yogurt and cottage cheese. My brands of choice are Fage 0% fat or Siggi’s and Breakstone’s 2% Lower Sodium. However, I can and should do without the 3-4x a week trips to the froyo place or face-eating entire pints of Haagen Dazs and Blue Bell (<–ashamed. so ashamed.) Ditto to the the half & half in my daily cup of joe. And I certainly can cut out the little alcohol that I do consume. Oh, dammit, one more thing – I seem to have no self-control anymore over my jar of almond butter. Spoon + jar + me = EAT ALL THE GOODNESS. Down, girl. Down!!! It’s only 8 weeks. I’ve got this.
What I want to add in:
Diet – More veggies. More water. Stay strong with the rest – lean meats, veggies, nuts, fruits, and a teeny bit of greek yogurt/cottage cheese.
Lifestyle – MORE SLEEP. I am not recovering from workouts nearly as well as I should, and I am always fatigued in body and mind.
Continue on the same path I’ve established with Paleo and CrossFit… but better. Keep building muscle by feeding my body well, resting more and working hard. Do not obsess over the number on the scale.
Funny story of the week:
I am running a race on Sunday. In a tutu. A bright neon, candy apple green tutu. You think I’m kidding…. Pictures next week. Promise.