Week 3 of Paleo/Primal Diet and Week 5 of Crossfit are done. I think I can truly say I am loving crossfit. It is no longer a distraction. It is now part of my life. I love that each time I go into the gym I have a plan and I do it and then I am done. It’s that simple. It may not be the “prescribed” weight or exact exercise but it is the equivalent of what I can do right now. Plus, I am seeing progress. Each week I can do more and guess what? I can touch my freakin’ toes!! Seriously! This is something to be excited about as a non-flexible runner. I was so far away 5 weeks ago it was pathetic. So, I count that as a major bonus. It also is perfect for my OCD. Instead of how many miles, hours, laps do I need to swim today? It’s one more round of this many reps. Does it suck? Sure it does but hey I only have 2 more rounds to go. I can totally do two more rounds. That is heaven to me.
The BIG question is how does this fit into triathlon? Well, that remains to be seen. I started at 2 days a week with CF, then 3 and now I am doing 4 days a week. I want to do at least 3 times a week and then fit in a few runs, swims, a spin and a long bike around it all but not sure exactly how that will happen. I just got the beginning schedule for Eagleman and so far this week I pretty much ignored every bit of it. Ooops! Spin will start back next week, I seriously need to swim and once daylight saving occurs I plan to run to the CF gym and home when I can. I hope it will be enough! For now I am a convert!
Now for the Paleo update. I am actually following the Primal diet since I am not restricting things like butter, aged cheeses and some dairy. You can see the differences here:
My energy levels are better this week but no weight lost and no weight gained. ZERO lbs lost. I guess that is not terrible (at least I didn’t gain anything) but I am hoping to shed those pesky 5lbs I put on since Louisville. I am sure it will come but I thought radically changing my wheat intake would do something. Anything! John lost a bunch of weight immediately. One thing I have noticed is that I am much more thirsty, sometimes overwhelmingly so. Other than that, not much is different. No weight change, no clearing of my skin, no healthy caveman glow. I am not giving up yet but I am hoping the grocery shopping gets better. It is really hard to find good gluten free products or ingredients at my local stores. I despise grocery shopping so having to visit 3 different stores trying to find one or two items is not making me happy. I definitely feel like a hunter gatherer now! I hope once I work these wrinkles out I will begin to enjoy the effects.
The other hard part is finding things to eat for lunch and breakfast since I am such a picky eater. Dinner seem to be OK since we typically cook some sort of meat and vegetables so I am covered. Breakfast has been gluten free toast or smoothies. Lunch is either a sandwich with gluten free bread, some fruit and nuts or salami and cheese or something similar. I just hope I don’t get bored with these limited choices and can find something else I want to eat.
For now things are going pretty well. I can’t believe I made it this long without real bread!