My results and what I’ve learned from this experiment might surprise you ~ at least they surprised me!
“The greatest wealth is Health.”
The experiment was to complete seven days of a Paleo inspired diet (with a little intermission between the days). There were some ups and downs along the way (like learning what qualifies and what doesn’t, and running out of food in the fridge, that sucked. LOL).
“To keep the body in good health is a duty, for otherwise we shall not be able to trim the lamp of wisdom, and keep our mind strong and clear. Water surrounds the lotus flower, but does not wet its petals.” ~Buddha
Results (drum roll please…);
- I’ve lost one pound, but I’ve also lost an inch off my hips and thighs and that’s better than anything! **happy dance**
- My energy is more consistent during the week. 🙂 No afternoon slumps!
- I’ve been in a great mood all week. No blues, no negativity!
“Health and cheerfulness naturally beget each other.” ~Joseph Addison
The irony of end this experiment is that I’ve decided to continue. Not with the experiment, but with implementing a Paleo inspired diet into my clean eating ways.
What I’ve learned;
- Sugar is effin hard to quit. She puts up a good fight and although I didn’t win the battle, I will win the war (I sound mighty now…but just watch me cave with the next craving *sigh*). At some point (in my near future darn it!) I’ll have control over my sugar cravings and intake. It’s ridiculous how much of an issue this is for me, I’m beyond annoyed (and seriously craving ice cream right now…) that I let it be.
- I don’t miss diary or grains in my life. I’m surprised (very) that I don’t really crave nor need them. According to my entries in my fitness pal, I’m getting enough calcium and carbs without them. 🙂 Sa-weeet! I do enjoy sharp cheese (ummm, hello, who doesn’t?!?!) and Greek yogurt (best EVER) as toppings from time to time (especially in soups!).
- Preparation, preparation, preparation…without it, I’m lost (as in my willpower is lost – yikes!). I really need to stock up on healthy choices, keep them handy (in the car and at work), and to choose wisely when out socializing (just say no to the deep fried pickles already!).
“Our bodies are our gardens – our wills are our gardeners.” ~William Shakespeare
- Money is NOT a factor, but it is (of course!). Eating healthy, especially Paleo means that I had to learn how to be thrifty with my purchases and how to maximize with what I’ve bought. Sure, eating all those vegetables might be a little pricier (especially when out of season) but getting sick costs more. Invest in your health.
- A strict Paleo diet is not for me. There are a lot of aspects (like the amount of great greens you get daily and adding seeds/nuts) that I love and will absolutely implement into my daily diet. However, true and true, I’m a clean eating gal at heart.
So what now? Well, I have two immediate goals. 🙂 They are to;
- Look (and feel) great on our upcoming Vegas extravaganza so that I can shake shake shake ma booty on the dance floor with confidence! and;
- Achieve my lifelist goal of mastering my own health (nutrition) by 2013 (oh, it’s on like donkey kong!!!).
Achieving these goals means that I’ll need more gym time, steady sleeping habits, better nutrition (sticking to Paleo/clean eating habits) and a really positive attitude (check and check!) to carry me through.
Yup, I got this (Although admittedly a little nervous!).
I posted daily as the experiment went on, complete with meals pictures/descriptions and workouts. Here’s a recap of the 7 days for those interested;
- The Experiment Explained
- Preparation Day
- Day 1: Starting Strong
- Day 2: Steady Does it
- Day 3: Sugar Is Paleo Right?
- Day 4: Redemption
- Day 5: The Joke Is On Me
- Day 6: Kickin’ A**
- Day 7: Strong Finish?