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60 Days and 60 Nights cont.

8 Feb

I’ve returned from South Africa, and thankfully our emergency has stabilized.  I will admit I was not able to eat paleo those two weeks; it was almost ethically impossible.  But since my return I’ve been very strict.  My primary goal was better performance, then to feel better with potential weight loss being a positive bonus. 

I’ve lost 5 pounds since I left for Africa on January 14th without counting calories.  The biggest change in my eating habits has happened on the weekends.  I don’t reward the long hours at work during the week with poor food choices on weekends.  I take the time to find quality foods while out rather than settling for what’s readily available.  I’m also finding that the craving for junk food vanishes as soon as I eat anything, so it might as well be high quality foods!

My performance has yet to match my weight loss.  So far I either have a really good workout, at least equal to my efforts prior to the change in eating habits, or I pretty much bonk.  I’m needing to eat closer to my workout time, an hour or less before, than in the past.  But I think I’m on the verge! I’ll keep you posted.

60 Days and 60 Nights

15 Jan

Where to start…We have many conversations in the back office at FIT about work, training, life, and of course nutrition.  My philosophy about nutrition has always been that I can out work and out train any and all of my poor eating habits.  But in this industry, and frankly in life, you can’t just talk the talk.  Your actions define you.  So, with a little shove from my friends and the desire to improve my health, my performance and my life, I’ve taken on the challenge to eat using the Paleo Diet for 60 days.

While I’m excited for a challenge, I have a few reservations.  Culturally I eat a lot of corn, beans and rice.  As you know that’s not part of the diet, so Sunday dinners at Mom’s will have to be modified.  I’m also concerned about weekends.  We like to eat out at least once on the weekends, trying new foods and restaurants.  But I’m determined and I will succeed, especially since I’ll be recording my journey and be held accountable by you.

Day 2 of My Paleo Diet

13 Jan

I’m proud to say that I haven’t cheated on the diet, even though it’s only been a day and a half.  My cravings for sugar and more carbohydrates isn’t too bad, but again it’s only been a day and a half.  I did feel light headed and weak during my workout today.  I did 15 rounds of “Chelsea” (5 pull-ups, 10 push-ups, 15 BW Squats, one set every minute on the minute for 30 minutes) before I had to stop and after resting continued with  6 x 3  snatches at a moderate weight.  Hopefully tomorrow will be better.

60 days and 60 nights!

12 Jan

Where to start… We have many conversations in the back office at FIT about work, training, life, and nutrition.  My philosophy about nutrition has always been that I can out work and out train any and all of my poor eating habits.  But in this industry, and frankly in life, you can’t just talk the talk.  Your actions define you.  So, with a little shove from my friends and the desire to improve my health, my performance and my life, I’ve taken on the challenge to eat using the Paleo Diet for 60 days.

 While I’m excited for a challenge, I have a few reservations.  Culturally I eat a lot of corn, beans and rice.  As you know that is not part of the diet, so Sunday dinners at Mom’s house will have to be modified.  I’m also worried about weekends and eating out.  All the free bread, chips and salsa, etc. will have to be out.   But I’m determined and I will succeed, especially since I’ll be recording my journey and be held accountable by you.  Just a couple of stats before beginning.  I weigh 175lbs and my Baseline time is 4:10. Wish me luck.

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