What’s Next?

That’s exactly what I’m trying to figure out. My Whole30 was so eye opening. It was successful. I made in 30 days staying as on plan. Whole30 is really, really strict – even for Paleo. I gave up chocolate for 30 days – that right there is a big deal. I lost 14 pounds. Even though in the midst of it all I didn’t feel like my GI symptoms improved – as soon as I had my first non-Paleo meal, I felt the difference. And, oddly, my lactose intolerance has been minimal since I finished the cleanse. That’s crazy.

I’m still doing my circuit training classes twice a week. Pretty soon it should be more than me and the trainer du jour. My main trainer – who is also the club’s fitness director, is going to really start pushing the classes and having some cool things going on. He wants to do one class a week out on the beach volleyball court. Circuit in the sand! So, it won’t be (basically) personal training twice a week anymore. But being with others will probably be really good for me. I’m pretty competitive, so this might really kick my butt.

I’ve started wearing my Fitbit again. I have yet to make it to 10,000 steps in a day but I’m easily getting in my 10 flights of stairs. I think that I just have to make a bit more effort with the walks. Fitbit is a really great way to see how you are doing. I’m a data person, so being able to look at a chart at the end of the day that says how I’ve been doing, it’s powerful.

Planning is something I pretty much suck at when it comes to meals. I don’t keep lists for shopping, I really go off my whims easily. I picked up a meal planning pad at Marshall’s the other day. I’m going to see if I can make it work.

Picked this up for $2.99 in orange.  It's on Amazon for $8.99! It's simple, but I think it could work for me.

Picked this up for $2.99 in orange. It’s on Amazon for $8.99! It’s simple, but I think it could work for me.

For awhile now I’ve been thinking about Shakeology. I follow a Beachbody coach named Jamie DeLorme on Facebook and she offered some free sample to try. It’s not bad, and I like how it’s pretty packed with nutrients. I think I’m going to give it a try, along with a 60 day challenge. One reason Weight Watchers worked for me in the past is the accountability – the support. So I think that this will fill that role for me. Especially now that my husband and I spend 5 days a week apart (and he’s totally on another fitness level as me, anyway!) and I really don’t have close friends around me that are in my same situation. It will be good to connect with others in my tribe.

We're doing fine with the distance, but that doesn't mean we don't have bad days, or bad weeks.

We’re doing fine with the distance, but that doesn’t mean we don’t have bad days, or bad weeks.

I’ve also decided to embrace obsession. I obviously want to keep a balance in all things, but I can’t deny that I could use some single-minded focus right now.

My Paleo Diet: Day 31 – WHAT THE WHAT?!?

I stuck it out. It sucked sometimes. But I finished. I had a deal with myself, if I lost under 10 lb, I would integrate a lot of the Paleo practices in to my life and diet. If I lost more than 10, I would seriously commit to this at least 80% of the time.

I lost 14.


I really don’t understand it! Things are fitting a bit better, but 14 lb lost isn’t what I thought it would be. I don’t care, I’ll take it. All. Day. Long.

How did I celebrate? I did a 5k! I also, had my first non Paleo meal afterwards and it sat in my stomach like a load of bricks and I got crazy gas burps.

The 5k was good – I didn’t run as much of it as I wanted, and I probably didn’t PR, but I beat people, and I got to run across the 50 yard line at Qualcomm stadium to see myself on the Jumbotron of the Chargers. Not a bad way to start a Sunday. And I got a new medal.


My Paleo Diet: Day 29 – The Hardest Mile

I am *almost* done the Whole30/Paleo cleanse. Honestly, this whole thing has been easier and harder than I imagined.

I haven’t felt awesome this whole month. Most proponents of primal eating say that you will feel awesome, have energy, focus, and tiger blood. That hasn’t happened, but there have been a few good spots. I think my GI stuff in generally improved. Being so diligent has made me much more aware of mindless eating patterns and cravings. My sleep has been pretty good overall. And smells don’t bother me quite as much. That sounds really strange, I know. But the natural body products area of any health food store gives me a stomach ache and a headache at the same time. I always have thought it was because I’m allergic to patchouli. But even though my sense of smell is the same, the smells aren’t hitting me the same way. Randomly I have my c reactive protein tested at the start of this, and I had to repeat some tests. At the beginning it was 1.1 and now it’s 0.9. It’s still higher than the desired range, but I have to think that 30 days of this diet has helped my internal inflammation.

The last few days have been the hardest since the first week because I know it’s almost over. Not only is it over, but I’m going out of town for a week. I don’t want to stock up on lots of fridge food that will go bad, and I’m just losing my kitchen creativity and drive. And things are starting to look REALLY good. Hamburgers with buns look delectable, I’m dreaming about pizza, and in the back of my brain I hear “Well, screw it, you’re almost done. It’s not like you’ve had huge changes. Let’s just do whatever we want.” 2 more days, I’ve promised to hold out for 2 more days.

I can’t say if I’ve lost weight. I think clothes are fitting better, but the plan doesn’t let you weigh yourself until the end. So, that’s where I’m at.

You little devil, you.

You little devil, you.

My Paleo Diet: Day 23 – Coooookies

Here I am, I have ONE week left. And last night I had a disturbing dream about cookies. In my dream, someone asked me to hand them some cookies. I handed them a few and put one in my mouth. Then I remembered I’m paleo and spit it out! That wasn’t enough, I then washed my mouth out with water several times.

I think my GI stuff may be improving a bit, but honestly, I want a freaking cookie.

Diet Overhaul: Brought to you by the Paleolithic Era

I mentioned that I’ve been working with a group of trainers this Spring, rather than just my normal, awesome, usual kick ass trainer. It’s been great working with these other 2 guys as they have a lot to teach me and challenge me in different ways. One of the trainers is also in school for nutrition and has lost a great deal of weight. At one my sessions we started talking and he recommended a Paleo Cleanse for my diet. At least 30 days of straight up Paleo eating. I considered it for a long time. I did some planning and I picked my date to start.

That day was last Monday after returning from a trip to Northern California that I called “My Farewell to Carbs (and Booze).” I was also nursing a very sore back that had been angry for a week. But, jumping in full force was a bit too much for me, and I didn’t have a lot of structure in place to make it happen. So I ate as Paleo as I could without being totally committed for 4 days. Basically, I had something non Paleo each day, but tried to keep the rest in check. I did some research, I asked questions, I solicited advice from Paleo masters and ended up signing up for the Whole 30 plan and bought the book “It Starts with Food.”


I’m on Day 4 and I was able to walk into the grocery store today and not feeling like gravity is bringing me over to the bakery. I’m not going to lie, this is hard. Obviously I miss being able to eat whatever I want without much thought, but I also miss things that I always consider healthy and this program has you avoid for 30 days. Yogurt, peanut butter, soy products, corn, beans, and potatoes. Okay, I knew potatoes would be banned, but I’m Irish, so it’s basically like telling me to loose a finger to not eat a potato.

Okay, why am I doing this? There’s a million diets out there, and untold other healthy eating options. Why so extreme? Well, I’m really sick of my GI trouble. I’m lactose intolerant and while that knowledge has been a big piece of my puzzle, I still have issues even when I avoid dairy. I can’t keep Iron and Vit D levels up. My colon is kind of like a water park. Things go through really fast, too fast. The purpose of primal eating is to get back to basics and let your body do the healing that it needs to do. I’m looking forward to reintroduction – not gonna lie! But also to figure out what else makes me so sick. I’d like to see how much weight I can loose. With no additional sugar and starch in my diet, am I going to turn in to a fat burning furnace?

I also am doing it because it’s hard and I want to conquer it. I’m a badass in the gym, now I want to be a badass in the kitchen. I hate being a slave to food. That’s my #1 complaint about all the diets I’ve been on in my life. To be successful, I have to pretty much be obsessed and breathe the program. This plan emphasizes cooking for yourself in a whole new category. So yes, I’m volunteering to be in the kitchen most of the day, and to be obsessed with my food. But this time it’s healthy food. Sure, it’s easier to make up my mind 20 min before I eat about what I want. But now I’m giving myself what I need. And I want to see what happens.