I think I've shared that I grew up in Cincinnati, Ohio. Home of the Reds, Bungles, Greater's Ice Cream, Larosa's Pizza, and Skyline Chili. While Indianapolis is home, I remain connected to a few of my roots. I'm not a huge baseball fan, but I love the Reds. As I near the end of my 30 Day Paleo Challenge, I can hear Joe Nuxhall with his famous line saying, "This is the ol' left-hander rounding third and heading for home" as he did every.....single....game.
I remember listening to games on the radio and watching t.v. just to hear him say that.
Well, I'm rounding third and headed for home. I feel like I'm heading for home like this......
Man....for a jerk who messed up, he was a great player to watch.
I feel great after eating so clean for 30 days straight. I set out to go 100% Paleo and log all the food, snacks, workouts, etc. for the entire time. I did have one night, one meal where I was......
Beer and cheesy potatoes with the bbq sauce on the duck. Click here to see and scroll to Day 14.
So I have to say. I followed the Paleo Way as prescribed by The Whole 30 (part of The Whole 9 Website) 99%.
The first time I did this I made several observations about my eating habits and the impact of the 30 days on my health and fitness as I was a guest blogger for Crossfit Carmel. You can see what I had to say here.
That post was dated December 6th, but I had already completed my 30 days several weeks prior. A couple of months later, I have the following thoughts:
1. I just flat out feel great: no stomach bloating. I'm full most of the day. No major food cravings.
2. I have more energy, and I see it in my workouts. To note (and not bragging here): Just yesterday at CFC the workout was the baseline. That is the workout you would first do if you were just joining Crossfit. Aside from rowing, the exercises are all bodyweight stuff. It's a "baseline" of your fitness.
500 meter row
40 air squats (to a medicine ball)
30 sit ups
20 push ups
10 pull ups
My time a couple of months ago was 4:57. My time yesterday: 4:09. Huge, huge gain. Now....I work out 4-5 days per week, and that has something to do with it, but I've also paired that with an almost impeccable diet the past 30 days.
3. Paleo is not hard. Feeling like crap every day is hard.
4. This is a sustainable way of losing weight. I started these 30 days weighing 246 lbs. Today, as I'm rounding third and heading for home, I weigh 237 lbs. A lot of that was water weight, I imagine, and remember....I work out consistently. For some of the four weeks, as you can see in my journal notes, I did not work out as much as others.
5. While there are many ways to eat well and be successful, this is just one way. I believe it's a good way to go if you can commit yourself to it....if you are ready. Again, check out the Whole 9 if you think you may be ready. I can't say enough good things about them as a resource!
My plan is to allow some foods back into my diet to see how I react to them. I can see some pasta and other grains, legumes, and alcohol in infrequent, small quantities making their way back. The trip to Chipotle, out for sushi, drinks with friends, etc......all those things that I found ways to avoid or politely say no to can have their place. The weekly cheat meal is also a must. Food deprivation only leads to food yo yo'ing in my opinion. But the old me would string too many of those cheats together. I've come too far to let that happen anymore.
Well......rounding third and heading for home makes it sound like there is an end to this. Quite the contrary. The key for me now is to take this momentum and live it. It really is a long term lifestyle. The goal I have is to determine what foods I absolutely will stay away from because they impact me negatively while finding the others I can add back in that work for me.