I’ve been going to my CrossFit affiliate, CrossFit Addiction, since they opened the doors. I’ve attended through my superfit stage back in 2008. I made it to classes all through my pregnancy in 2009. I went back there as soon as I got my doctor’s clearance after having C-Section in 2010. CrossFit and running helped me whittle off 80 ridiculous pounds of baby weight over the next 1.5 years. Even though I’m currently in love with trail running and ultras right now, I still love CrossFit and try to go at least 2x a week.
CrossFit is a constant for me. The Paleo diet seems to be a constant with CrossFit (except for that time when they were pushing The Zone Diet). The CrossFit angle with Paleo is not necessarily to use it as a weight loss tool, but more as a tool for optimal health and energy sort of thing. Still, if you walked into any CrossFit box and mentioned wanting to lose weight, I guarantee you would be pushed towards Paleo.
I resisted. I really didn’t want to do it. I feel like there are 100 ways to lose weight. Some are more effective than others, say Weight Watchers vs insert crazy fad diet like the Banana diet. I don’t feel like you need to give up all grains and dairy and be gluten-free to lose weight. I am loathe to universally label any one food group as evil for everyone. That’s why I’ve resisted the Paleo thing for so long.
I feel like I know how to eat well, and find it fairly easy to do so, when I am more of a weight lifter and less of a runner (halfs and below). When I trained for a full marathon back in 2008, I gained weight. In spite of my best efforts to prevent it, when I started training for an ultra, I gained weight. It’s clear that I simply don’t know how to control myself when facing the odd surges of appetite that come with running a lot of mileage. It is hard to lose weight when you focus on “extreme” endurance sports. I think it is even harder when you aren’t the naturally skinny type either. I can never not be conscious of my diet. I just don’t have that sort of body, no matter how much I exercise.
So even though I’ve been sort of anti-Paleo for years, I’m starting a strict Paleo challenge today. They do it at the gym every so often as a challenge, but they aren’t doing it at the moment. I’m going solo. I feel like I need to hit the reset button hard. I’ve been trying to moderately get back into my healthy habits all the time, but that isn’t working. It’s time to go cold turkey for a while to get back to normal. Then I can go about trying to moderate.
The program is technically called the Whole30. I signed up for the Twisted Ankle Marathon on May 12th though, so I don’t have 30 days. I keep waiting to find 30 free days to try the full program, but I can’t seem to stop signing up for long races! In the meantime, the scale keeps spitting a higher number at me. So I’m just going to do the “Whole15”, re-introduce grains for the 3 days prior to my race, and then get back on plan.
Shortening the program will interfere with all the inflammation healing that the evil grains cause. Whatever. I don’t really care about that. I’m never going to be gluten-free or dairy free for life. I can’t live that way and I don’t want to live that way. I do want to get diet back under control as far as sugar and carb intake. I want to eat less random junk. I want to stop craving dessert so much. I want eating healthy 90% of the time to not feel like such a freaking struggle.
The next week is going to be rough. I’m anticipating having the most trouble with caffeine. The program doesn’t allow sugar of any kind – natural sugar like honey or unnatural sugar like Splenda. It also doesn’t allow fake food and drinks so my Coke Zeros, Diet Lipton Teas, and sugar-free Red Bulls are out. Coffee and tea are both allowed, but I don’t drink coffee and I won’t drink tea with no sugar.
On Sunday, I made a batch of roasted chicken, roasted squash & zucchini with onions, and a sweet potato hash as a breakfast alternative to eggs. I’ve got ropa vieja in the crockpot and ingredients for another hash type meal on tap for Tuesday’s dinner. I also clarified my own butter because dairy is out.
I’m ready to make the next 15 days a success. I guess I better get some sleep so I won’t need the caffeine I can’t have, huh? Here goes nothing!