Back after another long break. I’m really not very good at this whole blogging thing. It’s been pretty rough with everything that’s been going on. But since my project at work is now largely behind me, I should hopefully be able to spend a bit more time here.
As you might have read in the last post, I took part in a Paleo Food Challenge along with a bunch of people from Village Crossfit. As I predicted, it wasn’t fun a lot of the time, but I have to say, I was pretty surprised at the results.
I’ll be honest, during that period, I was not very good about making working out a priority. I was traveling a lot, and I didn’t get my act together to sign up again at Crossfit Mobile (partially because I started working a midnight-noon shift that didn’t jive real well with their class schedule). Regardless, I should have done more. However, I was pretty good about sticking to the diet rules.
I think I should probably take this opportunity to share my personal philosophy on paleo. I figure I follow it about 90%. I skip the processed food, the cereals, the grains, the dairy, etcetera. However, I will still use a condiment like ketchup or mustard, and I don’t insist on organic, free range meat. While I’d believe that eating grass-fed beef is probably better for you, I also would like to spend some of my free time NOT at the grocery store. Also, when I would go out to eat (as I did a fair amount while working out-of-state), I just could not bring myself to be the guy asking the waitress if the salad dressing contained any canola oil.
Anyway, at the end of this challenge, despite the reduced gym schedule and less healthy food, I still lost 10 pounds. I couldn’t believe it when I stepped on the scale. And while I was happy to see that result, I was also a little disappointed. I guess I was hoping that all this healthy eating was a load of hooey, and that it wouldn’t really make a difference. Wrong. Also, when I went on a little binge afterwards (burger, shake, queso, mmmm), my body let me know that it didn’t appreciate the sudden change.
So I think that from here on out, I’m going to try to maintain the paleo lifestyle 5-6 days a week. I may have a beer after a rough Wednesday at work, and I might go to a Thursday happy hour, but I am going to try to maintain the gains I’ve realized. And to keep me honest, I went and got a body composition test so I can check in a month or two to see if I can still improve. I’m a huge nerd, so having numbers that I can through into a spreadsheet and create graphs is a huge bonus for me. Oh, and I’ve also signed up for 5 days a week at the gym for the month of May. I’m sure it’s gonna hurt, but let’s see where I end up June 1st.