Tuesday, June 21, 2011

This would be day 21

But I am so over it. I LOVED loved Paleo the first 2 weeks, I felt great plenty of energy and the meal planning was a breeze. Then week 3 came along and suddenly I was very lethargic, crabby, STARVING, and afraid to workout b/c I didn't feel like what I was eating was nearly enough food. My body was missing carbs in a bad bad way. Friday I said I can't take this anymore and I ate a bowl of baked oatmeal. It was the best bowl of oatmeal I had had. Over the last 3 days I added more grains/carbs back in and my energy perked back up and I began feeling great again, like I did on week 1 of the whole30. I got in a great workout today and can't say I plan to look back.

While I was doing this diet I stumbled upon the 17 day diet. It's actually not 17 days but each cycle is 17 days until you get to cycle 4 which is maintenance. I could see following this plan starting on a rest week since cycle 1 is calorie restricted but what I live is that it doesn't take away my greek yogurt or protein shakes and I can enjoy oatmeal after the 1st cycle.

So could I see doing paleo as an everyday lifestyle diet? Not a chance. Could I see doing the whole30 as a way to kick off a diet, bust through a plateau, and/or detox? Most definitely.

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

1 week in and feeling fine!

Here we are at day 7 of Paleo and Day 5 of Insanity: The Asylum and I feel GREAT! I could see moving to a paleo diet as a lifestyle change although I do think I'd add back in my daily coffee or latte and probably my greek yogurt too although I have not missed them as much as I thought I would. Sugar has been the easiest to give up and I only miss dairy when I am making something cheesey for the kids.

My energy levels have been insane! I spent time in the kitchen Sunday cooking all of my weeks breakfasts and stuff for my husband as well. Lunches are easier to prep but we did precook all the meat needed. I am actually surprised that while it seems like a lot of meat it's less than I was eating before as the portions are smaller.

Asylum has been an adventure. I lack a good amount of coordination needed for speed/agility but loved the strength and back to core workout. Vertical plyo, while it sounded scary wasn't so bad. I did have to modify some due to my knees but otherwise I kept up pretty well. I will say I detest jump roping and I do not find it to be an "active rest" type of activity lol I can't wait to try out gameday and overtime in another week :D

Friday, June 3, 2011

Day 3 of Paleo

My initial thoughts on this "diet" is "wow this is so much easier than I thought it would be" and it's true! Now I admit I forked over $10 for a paleo book that has a 30day meal plan to make life a little easier and it's been well worth it! Day 1 I was a little tired, lacking some energy that I would normally get from coffee or carbs. Day 2 I had a huge increase in energy which was a good thing since it was 3rd grade filed trip day and I was running after 3 girls and my boy. I even did push ups during breaks, ha! It's now day 3 and I practically leaped out of bed. Got up and cooked my breakfast and drank some water then it was off to my first Asylum workout.

Now here I sit bouncing off the walls practically and wanting to get out and do . . .something, anything! I wonder this day will lead me too. So, so far I am really enjoying this diet and can see sticking to it, maybe not as strictly after the 30 days but definitely close to it.