Paleo Challenge Part Three (the Part After)

I completed four weeks of clean eating (Paleo) and maintained my workout regimen with CrossFit. This afternoon, I went in for my post-challenge body composition. I am thrilled with the results.

As you know, I’ve been maintaining accountability with my posts throughout. So, I will structure this post a bit like my Part One post with sections.

How did the food part go, really?

Honestly, it went pretty well. I refused to allow myself room for cheats. I simply didn’t allow my brain to entertain options that weren’t Paleo. Because this was my mindset, I believe I did very well sticking to the plan. If you read my “Part Two” posts, you probably saw that I ate a lot of eggs and bacon for breakfast (and sometimes for dinner), and I ate a lot of salad with no dressing. I learned to put guacamole or salsa on my greens. I also learned to eat tacos without sour cream, cheese or taco shells/chips. And it was good!!

Did I miss anything? Yes. No lie. I missed cheese. I missed margaritas. I missed cookies and chocolate. But the biggest missing took place in the first week to ten days. From there, I was so focused on how big my size 6 work pants were, that I started thinking I might never eat another cookie, piece of cheese or taco/chip!

I did “cheat” after getting my numbers taken today. We needed to use some leftovers at dinner and I decided to allow myself one evening to have some chocolate and a bite of pasta.

However, I plan to be back on the Paleo wagon tomorrow morning and through another 30 days. I am signed up for my first CrossFit competition (scaled) on November 1 and I think maintaining the clean eating and exercise regimen will help me be as prepared as I can be for that.

How did the workout part go?

The best part of this challenge was the strides I took in the fitness area. I posted four PR’s on the board at the box this month. I PR’d my Front squat by 20 pounds. I PR’d my Clean & Jerk by 5 pounds (I had been stuck at 115 for about 3 months, and just Saturday I got 120 pounds!!) I PR’d my mile run by 54 seconds by running it in 7:12. And, I got my first pull-ups! (more on that in another post 🙂 )

But the PR’s are only part of the story. I didn’t miss a single workout that I intended to make and I actually made it to a couple I hadn’t banked on. I was tired at times (mostly because I switched up my workouts to early mornings after doing evenings for almost a full year). But the feeling of fatigue didn’t carry over into the workouts — once I got going in the warm-ups, my body responded and worked as hard as I wanted it to. 

Body Composition Numbers — AFTER

As stated in my initial post, the goal was to lose four pounds of fat without losing any lean body mass. You can see my initial numbers in this post, but you can also see them in my photo here:

My total mm measured on 8/28 were 137. On 9/28, total mm were 107. So I lost 30 millimeters. The biggest change was in my back area (just under my shoulder blade) going from 21mm to 15mm; my waist (losing 7mm in high waist area and 6mm in the lower waist area) and my thigh where I lost 10mm.

My body fat percentage on 9/28 is 22.9%, which is down 4% from 8/28. My weight is down from 162 to 156. I lost 8 pounds of fat while gaining 2 pounds of lean body mass. 

I’m not gonna lie: those numbers make me want to go Paleo 100% of the time forever.

Results (cont’d)
While I’m happy with how I felt diet-wise, and ecstatic at the progress I made fitness-wise, I’d be remiss if I didn’t mention how happy I am with the aesthetic results. Sarah and Helen went with me to buy an outfit to wear on a date night with Craig. I’m a terrible shopper. I have no idea what sort of clothes look good on me. This is a result of two main things. First, most of my adult life has been spent living in an overweight, out-of-shape body that I hated trying to find clothes to hide in. Second, there’s rarely room in the budget to buy clothes for me — there’s always something a kid needs and that typically takes priority.

Craig and me before our Date Night!

Sarah and Helen helped pick out a pair of jeans, a top and some flats that really looked nice on me. The jeans were “skinny jeans” — my first pair! And while they feel close, they don’t feel tight and they look nice on me. The shirt fits to the shape of my body and I didn’t feel self-conscious as I would have before losing weight. 

When I came down all dressed for our date night, Helen told me I was the prettiest mommy in the world (which absolutely made my life). The boys begged to get their picture taken with their “beautiful Mommy.” Sarah said, “Wow, you look nice. I like that outfit so much better than the stuff you normally wear.” (That’s 13-year-old speak for “Way to get with the program, Mom.”)

Helen insisted on taking a pic of me by myself — football game
in the background…
My baby girl and me

Even Dani agreed to a photo!
My boys and me, football game still in the background

Now, I was most of the way here before the Paleo challenge. I only lost a total of 6 pounds while doing the Paleo Challenge — but I’m sure the combination of 8 pounds of fat lost and 2 pounds of lean body mass gained makes a difference. But, I feel even more “in control” of things now than I did even before the 30-day challenge. For the first time since I made Lifetime with Weight Watchers, I am not sweating out my weigh-in at the beginning of October…I know I’ll be well under my goal weight, no worries about paying that $10!  

I’m confident as I move forward that I can continue to live at least a 90% Paleo lifestyle. And I’m shooting for 100%.


Paleo Challenge Part Two (the Part During) – 9

Accountability post in 3…2…1…

So, the weekends are getting easier and easier to get through on this. I have even thought (GASP!) that I could potentially stay Paleo indefinitely. I suppose that is the point, right? And no matter what I think I’m definitely going to be going for 90% Paleo regardless. I think it’s unrealistic to believe I would go the rest of my life without beer or my margaritas.

Saturday Food
Breakfast: After getting up and getting a run in (a run which really kinda sucked, by the way) I had a terrific breakfast of 3 eggs, 3 slices bacon, blackberries and a sliced avocado.

It was  YUMMY!

Breakfast was late and also big AND I was getting my hair done over the lunch hour…

This color and style has really grown on me — I love it!

So, I SNACKed on almonds.

Dinner: Taco night! so I had my taco meat with lettuce, tomatoes, salsa and a few olives.

Saturday Workout: 3 mile run that, as I said before, really sucked. My legs were sore and I think I was trying to go faster than I should have. But, I was glad to have done it anyway and I resolved to have a Sunday rest day.

Sunday Food
Breakfast: 3 slices of bacon. I made Sarah an omelette, but I wasn’t all that hungry so I didn’t eat one myself.

Sunday Lunch — was kind of just water. We took the kids to the ballpark to watch the Royals last home game of the season. Needless to say, nothing there is Paleo and I can’t afford to buy it anyway!! I’m rather surprised, however, that I really was not hungry. Water was about all I needed.

Sunday Dinner — To start off I had a bed of romaine lettuce with salsa mixed in. Then, I cooked our asparagus in bunches of 5 stalks wrapped in a piece of bacon. My kids enjoyed it and yes! — my new favorite way to eat asparagus!! I also cooked a ribeye steak and ate the whole thing. I put the other one away for Monday’s breakfast.

Sunday Workout: Rest

10 more days of the Paleo Challenge!!



Paleo Challenge Part Two (The Part During) – 8

Accountability post (again).

Wednesday Food
Breakfast: 3 slices of bacon cooked crisp, 2 hard-boiled eggs and raspberries
Lunch: Banana (pickin’s were slim and time was short)
Dinner: Chicken Breast, Romaine with salsa

Wednesday Workout: CrossFit which included some gymnastics work, climbing the rope again (yay!) and then a Benchmark WOD which was pretty much awful, but a good workout, and I was glad when it was over!

Thursday Food
First of all — I weighed in with WW even though I am not required to do so. I dropped 2.0 pounds! Yay! I am sure that is the Paleo kickin’ in on the weight front.

Breakfast: Banana and 2 hard-boiled eggs
Lunch: Lunch meeting, but they bought us Chipotle, so I had my salad that is all Paleo!

Thursday workout: Rest day

Friday Food
Breakfast: 3-egg omelette with diced tomatoes and black olives, 4 slices bacon
Lunch: Chipotle salad (romaine, steak, mild tomato salsa, guacamole)
Dinner: raspberries, banana
Snack: almonds

Friday Workout: CrossFit, did a 3-rep back squat up to 170 (1RM is 175), and it was a nice 10 min AMRAP for the WOD.


Paleo Challenge Part Two (The Part During) – 7

Accountability post following.

Monday Food
Breakfast: 3 hard-boiled eggs
Lunch: had another lunch in the Executive Dining Room at work. Chicken, cauliflower, fruit bowl.
Snack: Almonds
Dinner: 4 slices of cooked, crisp bacon, Avocado and tomato slices, romaine lettuce with salsa

Monday Workout: CrossFit which included me climbing the 15′ rope in about half the time as the last time I did it. Then we did what is called a “benchmark WOD” that was pretty much awful, but a great workout.

Tuesday Food
Breakfast: Banana and 3 slices of cooked, crisp bacon
Lunch: Made a salad of all fresh veggies at Jason’s and added 3 hard-boiled eggs for the protein part (no dressing)
Snack:  Almonds
Dinner: Romaine with salsa and strip steak

Tuesday Workout: CrossFit which included a good 30 minutes of strength training (Push Press, Push Jerk and Front Squats) and then a WOD that was more like a sprint that had rowing, pushups and front squats. It was a good fast workout, which I like to have — especially when I need to rush home to get ready for work!

I am gonna go ahead and let you know that my size 6 work pants are feeling awful loose these days. I’m surprised because as of last weight check, I haven’t lost any weight. So maybe I’m using up fat stores and my body fat percentage is decreasing? I hope so!!

One of my favorite quotes from a movie, ever.

Paleo Challenge Part Two (the Part During) — 6

The Next Paleo Accountability Post 🙂

Saturday Food
Midday (went to CrossFit so didn’t eat until later): Bacon and fried eggs

Dinner: Strip Steak over lettuce with salsa

Saturday Workout: CrossFit WOD with Craig. I PR’d on the Front Squat at 140#. Then I went on to do a 3 rep-max at 135# making me think I could probably do a 1 rep max higher than 140#. Go Figure.

Sunday Food
Breakfast: 2 hard-boiled eggs, bacon, tomato and avocado slices. Yum!

Breakfast was late, then I went for a run, so I had an early dinner…

Dinner: Rotisserie chicken with Romaine lettuce and sliced tomato

Sunday Workout: 3.0 mile run that was pretty rough as my legs were very sore!

Paleo Challenge Part Two (the Part During) – 5

Another few days sticking to Paleo. It’s funny, I’m tempted at times to “cheat” and have something that isn’t Paleo. But then, I think…”nah, don’t do it…make it one more day” and I pass on it. I still miss cheese though. And Margaritas. 🙂

I guess when I think about veering, I can remember this…

Wednesday Food
Breakfast: 3 pieces of crisp cooked bacon

Lunch: 2 hard boiled eggs, fresh salad veggies with no dressing and some grilled chicken

Dinner: 4 oz hamburger with Romaine lettuce with salsa

Wednesday Workout was CrossFit. A WOD called “King Kong” and yes…it was hard like that. 🙂

Thursday Food

Breakfast: Banana (I was running late)

Lunch: Chicken breast, Romaine and another banana

Dinner: Tuna Steak, grilled along with some bacon (6 pieces) and romaine with salsa.

Nighttime snack: raspberries

Thursday Workout — I took a rest day from working out.

Friday Food
Breakfast: New York strip steak and 3 eggs

Lunch: I went to Chipotle and got a salad that had no rice or beans, but did have the grilled vegetables and the steak along with the tomato salsa and guacamole. How much do I LOVE that Guacamole is Paleo? (very very much, actually)

Dinner: Craig had made tacos, so I had taco meat on lettuce with tomatoes and salsa and a few black olives.

Friday Workout was CrossFit which included lots of Split Jerks and Push Presses, then a double-WOD. It was a good/hard workout!

Paleo Challenge Part Two (the Part During) – 4

30-day Paleo Challenge Accountability post.

Monday Food
Breakfast:  3 hard-boiled eggs, 3 slices of bacon, 2 sausage links (17 PointsPlus)

Lunch: A bunch of romaine lettuce, 4 slices of cucumber, some bacon, black olives (no dressing) and a small piece of chicken breast (about 4 oz) (7 PointsPlus)

Dinner: Totally missed dinner. Can’t believe that! But I fed the kids, then went to a school board meeting. by the time I got home, the kitchen was still a mess and kids needed to be put to bed. So I did all that and just thought, “Screw it” because I had just cleaned up the kitchen and didn’t want to make another mess to clean up.

Monday Workout: CrossFit Hero WOD “Abbott” which was included a 1 mile run, 21 Clean & Jerks at 95# (Rx was 105#, but I wasn’t feeling that brave), then 1/2 mile run, then 21 Clean & Jerks at 95#, then another 1 mile run. That was a hard workout. I was very happy it was OVER!!

Tuesday Food
Breakfast:  3 hard-boiled eggs, bacon (12 PointsPlus)

Lunch: I am actually pretty proud of myself about this one. I had a lunch meeting with our executive vice president and it was served in the Executive Dining Room. AND I was able to stay Paleo! I had a bowl of fresh fruit and then ordered the 6 oz filet. The steak was served with a pilaf, but I left that alone. They brought plates of cookies to pass around for dessert, but I simply declined. Water and iced tea (unsweetened, thank you very much) to drink. I had been sweating this particular meeting not knowing if my options would serve me to stay Paleo, but they did! woo-boo! (14 PointsPlus for the Filet)

Snack: Almonds (6 PointsPlus)

Dinner: baked chicken breast and steamed broccoli and carrots. (10 PointsPlus for 10 ounces chicken)

Tuesday Workout: CrossFit. Did a bunch of snatches, working on form, so I’ve lowered the weight. The WOD was a combination of ladders, one descending and one ascending, doing Overhead squats and Ring Rows (a scaled version of pull-ups).  Later in the evening, I just got on the treadmill while Dani was at swim practice. It didn’t go too well, so after a couple miles, I just did a few dead hangs to work on my grip strength and called it a day.

It’s officially been a week. I don’t think that I have lost any weight, but my stomach is not as bloated. I am not sure if I’ve noticed that when I’ve gone Paleo before. 

I have my monthly weigh-in at Weight Watchers tomorrow. I will not have any problem maintaining my Lifetime Status I am pretty certain and that makes me happy!! 🙂

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