Today marks Day 1 of week 2 of mine and Rick’s Paleo/Zone nutritional journey.
What a week it’s been! I started this journey because I have always tried to be the fittest I could be whether it is with recreational sports, long distance running, and now CrossFit. After being a member of CrossFit West Sac for a little over 9 months now I knew that I wasn’t making ample gains in my fitness. Am I stronger then when I started? YES! However; I knew the pattern well, and I knew that it was going to lead me down a path of regression. Work really hard, see some results, get bored, then move on to the next popular fitness craze. I had put all this work in, made so much progress, and was about to hit a wall. For those that have done any long distance running you know what I mean when I say, “I hit my wall.” We are still running the race but we’re gassed, we aren’t working at 100%. So for me, my diet was my “wall.”
I couldn’t let that happen again. I told Rick one afternoon “I need to clean up my diet” his response, “Lets do it.” I had always heard “Your diet goes hand in hand with your workouts.” I thought, “This time, with this workout, I’ll out train my diet.” Errrr!!! WRONG.
So I began this journey! Week one started off easy and Saturday morning is when I experienced my first “Crack” withdrawal. I woke up with a pounding headache. I tried to shake it off but ended up having to take a little snooze that afternoon in order for it to go away. If thats the worse thing to happen to me thus far, I’ll take it!
I have been taking the time to measure and weigh my food everyday which helps me stay on track with the Zone portion of this diet. I’ve heard people say “Ughh that must take forever, and that’s so much work.” But really once you know how much chicken you can have, or how many cups of romaine lettuce makes a block it’s not as tedious as it sounds.
Mid week I realized I was not eating enough food. Shocked? Me too! I wasn’t consuming enough carbohydrates. I had to make a slight adjustment in the foods I was consuming in order to get the correct amount in every meal. Everything else has been pretty simple I find that the only reason I crave the foods I was once eating is because I just can’t have them right now. Not because they tasted so good, or because I loved them that much. Just because of the simple fact that once someone tells you, you can’t have something you automatically want it.
I woke up this morning and took my Day1 of Week 2 picture and it brought a huge smile to my face. Didn’t think I’d be able to see such a noticeable difference so soon. Keeping food in my fridge has definitely been a challenge I can’t stop eating it all. I laugh when people ask me “Are you hungry all the time” I respond, “No I’m full all the time, and when I start to feel un-full (if that’s even a word) its time to eat again.” Thankfully I have a really supportive girlfriend that is excited about the challenge so she has been coming over trying to come up with new creative dishes to make. Her first idea was Turkey Veggie muffins. Yep they’re just like they sound! We used a large muffin pan in order to get the correct portions for my 4 blocks of protein. It worked really well.
I’ll check in again soon.