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.

Friend Makin’ Mondays: 10 Simple Questions

Yo! It’s that time again. Things you never thought to ask me! Back for another round of Friend Makin’ Monday. Tomorrow I have news to post about my recent developments.


If you’ve taken part in FMM then you know the rules. If you’re new, please take a moment to answer this week’s question on your own blog then add your link in the comments section here at: so we can all see your FMM questions and answers. Please invite your blog readers to add their links here too so everyone has to opportunity to be seen. The idea is to connect with other awesome bloggers so take a moment to post your own FMM post and comment on a couple of other posts. Now it’s time for this week’s topic!

Ten Simple Questions

1. When you looked at yourself in the mirror today, what was the first thing you thought? I honestly can’t remember looking in the mirror this morning! It was probably a thought about my hair as I changed the elastic position from pineapple ponytail for sleeping to pull through bun for showering.

2. Do you prefer to pay for things with cash or plastic? Plastic. Way easier. I hate change, I don’t have room for it in my wallet and it smells funny.

3. What is one word that you use too often? “RIGHT!?!” This is totally my fault. 2 of our friends say this all the time when you say something they agree with, and my husband and I started saying it to each other gently in jest. And guess what? It took. Gah!

4. Who is the last person outside of your family who said “I love you” to you? Probably my dear friend Amber over text. The two of us have been in a support vortex lately with each other.

Letter writing

5. When was the last time you wrote a letter to someone and mailed it? Probably, Amber! She was my college roommate and since then we always have written letters to each other when we are apart. Sometimes they are epic letters with many pages, taking place over a series of days. It’s just our thing.

6. Have you ever been called upon for jury duty? I’ve been called to the jury pool, but not selected for service. Here in CA, you WILL get called, along with hundreds of other people on the same day. On my day no trials started so all of us went home. It was like a bizarre waiting area in an airline terminal.

7. How many keys are on your key ring? Just 4, an d 2 dongles. Car, mailbox, house, storage area. I don’t like lots of keys on a ring.

8. List two characteristics that you want to change about yourself. My employment status would be a good change and maybe the state of my fingernails? I know this is weird, but this is what I came up with!

9. Do you bring your own shampoo and conditioner when you travel, or do you use what the hotel provides? I use WEN, so I bring that in a special little travel bottle that squeezes it out perfectly. My hair only sees shampoo when I go to the salon. I’ve been a WEN girl for 2 years now, and my hair has never looked better.

10. What is your birthstone? Do you like it? Mine is a diamond and of course I like it. But, it’s also annoying because it’s a diamond and it’s expensive! And if you got a birthstone ring, it looked like an engagement ring. I like colored stones too. I always wanted emerald or ruby when I was a kid.

Friend Makin’ Monday (on a Tuesday night): 2013

Maybe I missed the Monday release, but it’s never too late. I wanted to do an end of the year/start of the year post anyway, and this really sums up what I want to say.

Thank you for reading my blog this year. It really means a lot to me that people read what I write here. This has become a great avenue for me to keep track of myself, get my feelings out, work things out in writing, and be more transparent about my health and fitness reality.

It’s been a big year for me. I’ve done a great job in my training in 2012. And as a result of seeking help through a therapist in 2011, 2012 was been a mentally healthy year. I see my value now. I see that everyone has the same body image issues, the same feelings of low self worth. You are never alone. My situation is unique to me, but it’s okay. We all are in the same boat, just trying to find ways to be happy. I’ve stopped with the negative self talk, I’m taking time to be kind to myself. It’s making an incredible difference.

So this is Friend Makin’ Monday. These are my answers. Take a look and then answer them on your own blog. Head on over to All The Weigh to share with everyone else.

Happy 2013 everyone!

Happy 2013 everyone!

1. Share one thing that you plan to do for yourself in 2013. I’m going to cut out negative influences and emotional vampires out from my life. There are a few that I care about, but I care about myself more.

2. Share a good habit that you will continue doing into the new year. I’ve really got myself in a good head space this year. I’ve stopped beating myself up mentally. My self esteem is great, my insecurity is low, and I want to make sure I keep that up.

3. Do you make new year’s make resolutions? If so, do you typically stick to them? I am not a big resolution person, but I do believe in goal setting. New Years Resolution is a lot of pressure. I’m looking at it more of a reboot period. The only one I’ve ever stuck with is in 1999 my resolution was to balance my checkbook. I did this for one year. And then not again!

4. Do you have any health goals for the new year? 2012 was the year I got in to healthy gym habits. It was also the year I got strong. My strength training has been phenomenal, and I’ve lost around 20 lb. But, I’m ready to kick it up. 2013 is going to be about building on all I’ve done and really kick the fat burning into high gear.

5. Share one thing that you plan to do in January. I’m doing a 5K next weekend and I intend to set a PR.

6. Do you have any travel plans for the coming year? If so, where are you most excited to go? I’m planning on going back to Maine in April for my birthday, a dear friend’s birthday, and the 50th anniversary party for my sorority chapter at my college. I’m looking forward to catching up with family and my incredible friends and sorority sisters.

7. What are your plans for New Year’s Eve? Since I’m writing after the fact – we threw a small party at our home for some friends. We dress up in formal wear and play fairly raunchy party games. This year was Cards Against Humanity.

8. What are your resolutions for 2013? Keep up at the gym. Lose some fat. Eat cleaner. Give myself the tools I need to be happy.

9. What are you looking forward to most over the next 12 months? I’m looking forward to starting my business. And I’m also excited to be the President of my sorority’s alumnae chapter here in SD.

10. Share something unique that you hope to do in 2013. I’m going to do a sprint triathlon.