So…as far as my Paleo Challenge, yeah… it is still going! Two weeks down, only five more to go!
First, I’ll start with my stats. My current weight is 186.5 pounds, so I’m down 4.5 pounds from my starting weight at 191. I should be down more… but the challenge has not gone perfectly –whoops!
So here’s what’s been going on along with a few tips. First….
My Paleo Challenge and Alcohol
It can be a great thing, but it can also be a problem, especially when it comes to eating well. My will power is fairly strong in general, but after a couple of glasses of wine, it can degrade quickly.
So after some wine on a Sunday afternoon, all of a sudden those Honey Nut Cheerios start looking gooooood and hey…it’s not so bad to have one little bowl. Except it is. Whoops!
Confession time – this has happened a couple times during my challenge.
So, lesson learned, keep alcohol consumption to a minimum during any challenge. Wine would be the only remotely Paleo-ish option in this department anyway, but really all alcohol should be avoided if you’re trying to be strict.
Getting Back on the Wagon
We say this a lot at FitnessHQ, but it is an important reminder: this is a marathon, not a sprint! We are working toward long-term lifestyle changes, not quick hacks that will fizzle out quickly.
When the wheels come off and you wake up to a new day, get back on the wagon! This will happen. When you wonder off the path and wake up surrounded by several empty Dairy Queen Blizzards cups (all with extra Butterfinger of course) put it behind you and try again.
It is part of life. We get knocked down. The key is to always get back up, pick up the gauntlet and keep moving forward. There’s your Paleo pep talk for the week.
We are leaving for a 3-day ski trip today. In case you didn’t know, traveling and vacation can make it hard to stick with a Paleo diet. I’m going to do my best and hopefully I’ll learn some things that will help.
The current plan is to hit the grocery store when we get there and make sure to have some good choices in the hotel room, where we’ll have a small refrigerator. We’re focusing mainly on some simple protein and keeping nuts handy.
A ski trip could be a net overall positive given that I’ll be very active, as long as I can stay away from the Dairy Queen cup graveyard!
I’ll update you again in a week, hopefully a few pounds lighter and closer to CrossFit Open shape! Ha!
Until then, just ask yourself… (or not!!)