As you know, I decided to start eating paleo again a few weeks ago. I was really seeing some results from it too but it’s hard when you are doing it alone. My husband will eat whatever I cook for dinner but sometimes still wants something with the meal that would be considered a “cheat” for me. It gets tough. So when I saw that my box was hosting a 60 day paleo challenge for our members, I was so excited. I thrive on accountability!
I was mostly sticking to the paleo on my own but was definitely allowing some cheats. What does the famous paleo shirt say…”100% Paleo, 80% of the time” – yes, that sums it up. And I was seeing some losses but the cheats were killing my progress.
One of the coaches at my box decided to challenge us to a 60 day paleo challenge. He is huge promoter of eating clean, REAL food, and essentially paleo. So for this challenge, he set up an accountability group for us on Facebook and gave us some tools to help along the way (yummy recipes, helpful tips and suggestions and material to read). So far (granted only 4 days in) it has been a tremendous help to me to have others doing this with me along the way. Whether its because we are “struggling” together or sharing food ideas and recipes, it just makes me more motivated to really stick with it. I am happy to say that other than my 2 tsps. of creamer with my coffee (sorry, but not sorry) I have not cheated! It may have something to do with the burpee penalty for cheating….maybe, just maybe….
One of the things I love most about Crossfit is the community feel of the box and the people you work out with that you learn to know and love . And taking part in a challenge like this, together, just solidifies that aspect for me. A group of people from all walks of life, all levels of fitness, encouraging and motivating each other to be healthier and strive for a goal – pulls out the warm and fuzzies for me for sure!
The biggest thing I find with paleo is preparation. If I do not plan out meals, it is nearly impossible to just go somewhere quickly and grab something. If I am prepared for the week with meals and snacks, it’s a breeze. Another thing is eating enough. It’s tempting sometimes to just “not eat” if you feel you are going to cheat but that is the worst thing because then you allow yourself to get so hungry that you end up grabbing junk when starved. At least that is true for me. Being prepared this week has made for a perfect week of good, clean food and let me tell you, my body likes it. The scale shows basically the same weight, but I can feel a difference in clothes and I look and feel less bloated. Win-win right there!
I wanted to share a few places that I have been getting recipes from:
PaleOMG - she is AMAZING and I have never once made something of hers that I didn’t love.
Our Paleo Life - this was a recent find for me but I am loving their site. The periodic table of the paleo diet is so helpful (I’m a visual person). And with recipes like Paleo Maple Bacon Pecan Coconut Milk Ice Cream - be still my heart! They also offer a weekly menu that is extremely helpful and can take guess work out for you.
The cookbook Practical Paleo is a great resource.
I have reviewed Kona Kase before and really love the concept behind their product and service. Basically think Birchbox for the active lifestyle. It’s a monthly subscription to the service and each month you get a box with a sampling of items to fuel your activities. You also receive discounts toward your purchase of any of those items from the respective companies. In July, I was given the opportunity to review the July Kona Kase and that is where I discovered Caveman Cookies (the July box was amazing besides just my discovering these cookies. You should really give Kona Kase a try if you are looking for healthy fuel alternatives). The Caveman Cookies are gluten free, peanut free and kosher and made with all natural ingredients and are paleo friendly – and they were SO GOOD! Check them out use the coupon code KONA to save 15% on your order.
My coach encouraged us to not be a slave to the scale and really focus more on how we look and feel in our clothes. I am going to TRY to do that – no promises. Although I do agree it’s not about the number, I do feel my “number” is too high right now and to be the healthiest I can be, I need to drop some LBs. So although I am going to try not to stress the number, I’ll still give you my progress weekly in the operation slim down department! Right now, I am holding steady at 168. I really want to get back to how I looked and felt at 152…we’ll just see how this goes.
Are you motivated by accountability or does it scare you? What are some ways you stay accountable when striving toward a goal?