12.17.2012

Paleo Challenge Results!

The 60 day paleo challenge ended on Friday, so I wanted to put a little recap together with my stats and some more info on the challenge! Here's the post I wrote on day 1.  I cannot wait to look back on this post in the months and years to come. I have some big CrossFit goals for 2013 (to do Jackie Rx, HSPUs, double unders, etc.) and I love keeping track of my results. So while I love sharing my story with my readers, I am writing this post for myself.
 
Body fat: 25-31% is acceptable, 21-24% fitness, and 14-20% athletes (for women). I started at 29.53% and my goal was to make it to 24% or below. I am now 22.59% and lost almost 1/4 of my body fat in two months! My next goal is to make it to 20%. I want athlete status!

Weight: Our focus was on loss of body fat and taking time off of Jackie. My starting weight was 130 and I am now 126. I did not have any goals for weight because I don't really care about this number. 
 
Workout Time: As I mentioned in my last post, we did Jackie (1000m row, 50 thrusters, and 30 pull-ups) at the beginning and end of the challenge. Two months ago it took 13:07 to get through Jackie. My goal was to finish in under 10 min this time around. I did it in 9:01. I actually ended up taking more time off than anyone else in the challenge which is insane/proof that the challenge works. I am much stronger and my endurance is clearly better than it was two months ago. Amazing.

Taking a 5 second break from thrusters

30 pull-ups

Pull-ups: When I started CrossFit 7 months ago, I could barely do a pull-up with the green band on the right. I used blue and pink for Jackie 2 months ago and had to finish with the same bands to see how much I had improved. During that time I worked on my pull-ups almost every day. I now work out with just the red and can do 7 unbroken with pink. Hoping to make it to 10 unbroken with pink before '13 and can't wait for my first unassisted pull-up.

Working out: I have changed the way I work out and have some big plans for 2013 (although it all starts now because I do not believe in New Years resolutions–but that's a post for another day). I plan on adding a 1000m row to my workouts at least 2-3x a week (this only takes around 4 minutes and is great for endurance) and I am going to spend a little extra time working on my weaknesses. I just started lifting heavier weights, even if it means a longer WOD time. This would mean working out with 55 instead of 45 even if I know I'll do fewer rounds than normal. Time to work on my strength! It all clicked for me during the challenge, and I am really looking forward to continuing with paleo (and CrossFit–obviously!).

Blame it on the alcohol: We were allowed 1 glass of red wine per day. It is rare that I'll drink during the week and I cook 95% of my meals Mon-Fri. There were at least a handful of times that I had more than 1 glass on the weekends, and this is something I'd really like to keep up. I feel better when I stick with this. I might have the occasional paleo margarita (tequila with soda water and lime–had a few this weekend).

Food/beverages: I made the switch from lattes to iced americanos and had one almost every single day. I missed my lattes so much at the beginning but have learned to live without them. On the challenge, we had to eliminate a few things that are paleo but too high in sugar (grapes and lara bars for example). I don't know how I feel about these things now because a. I want to keep seeing change and b. I am used to living without them. Fortunately, a friend of mine is starting to make (and sell!) bars that are much better than lara bars. I will keep you all posted on them! I've been able to sample two flavors and they're amazing!

We were allowed one cheat meal per week, so I plan on sticking with paleo and enjoying some non-paleo food every so often. At the end of the day, I feel 1000x better eating/living this way. I do not feel like I am depriving myself in any way. This hasn't been that hard because I feel better than I've ever felt before. It is only the beginning!

My thoughts on the challenge: It rocks. Period. It isn't always easy to see changes in yourself and I was really nervous my time wouldn't improve as much as I hoped and had no idea I'd lose 1/4 of my body fat! I feel so good and so motivated to keep going! Aside from moving to Chicago and starting The Everygirl, CrossFit is without question the best thing I have ever done for myself. I realize that it sounds very intense, but it's not as crazy as you think it is. And if CrossFit sounding scary is the only thing holding you back, or if you just think you can't do it, please don't let that stop you! I couldn't do one push up 7 months ago and now wake up and do 10 in the morning–just because I can. There are still so many things that I can't do, but I'm looking forward to getting stronger and making it happen.

Thank you to everyone at RNCF. My friends, the coaches, and the biggest thank you to John–my paleo challenge coach! He set up some great team workouts for us and was there throughout the two months to answer my questions and provide support. John even set up a time to come cheer us on as we completed Jackie. I love my CrossFit family! As coach John said, this is only the beginning. I am so excited to start 2013 as a CrossFitter and can't wait to see how far I go this coming year.

14 comments:

  1. I wish I could try this way of life\eating. You look amazing. My friend is doing the paleo challenge. She has lost so much weight and is raviing about it. -Jessica L

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  2. I would be curious to see what a standard week of Paleo meals looks like - I have seriously thought of trying this lifestyle but am overwhelmed by the lack of recipes I have to try! Or is there a recipe book you have tried and could recommend?

    Congrats on your progress! Its been very inspiring! - Suzanne A.

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    1. I can share some favorites on the blog soon! PaleOMG is one of my favorite blogs. Juli (the author) is in the process of publishing her first cook book! Anything by Robb Wolf is great. And Civilized Caveman is a great resource. It's honestly really easy (at least for me). I'll usually mix up two crock pot recipes for the week. Working on branching out a bit more though.

      Here's a typical day for me.

      Morning–2 eggs (organic, free range, grain fed) and some organic turkey sausage or some form of protein

      Lunch–some form of protein and veggies (chicken stew or another paleo crock pot dish)

      Dinner–same as lunch.

      I will often throw in a snack. Some berries and a few almonds. Sometimes a lara bar but they're high in sugar so I avoided those on the challenge.

      And I usually have a venti iced americano every day. No lattes. No dairy. Lots of water. Sparkling coconut la croix is my favorite!

      Hope that helps a little!

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  3. Congrats on all of your success! I've considered trying paleo or the whole 30 challenge, but it just seems a little bit overwhelming for me. You're clearly proof that it works and is doable, so maybe I'll give it a try in the new year!

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  4. If you are considering a Paleo challenge, you might like the progressive plan, as prescribed by one of my local boxes http://www.crossfitcu.com/paleo-project-overview/

    I haven't been brave enough. The CF group I work out with just affiliated in November, so we are still in the beginners phase. I'm hoping we do a challenge in 2013 though, I'd need the accountability to stick with it I think.

    You're progress has just been amazing. I lost a lot of weight for my wedding that was in September, and now I'm just trying to become a better athlete. Of course, another 5 lbs would be nice too. :)

    Great work!!!



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  5. I wish I could try paleo and cross fit, I would love to see more strength and endurance in myself, unfortunately Crossfit is very cost prohibitive for someone just out of college

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  6. Congrats Danielle! That's really fantastic that you've found something that has made you feel so good! Finding workouts that click for you are just the best!

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  7. Great Job D, I knew you could do it and now you're one of the crazies just like me! hehe. What a difference a year makes, right?

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    1. It's amazing how much CrossFit has changed my life. I am SO HAPPY you hired me and not some other person to design your blog. Let's talk about how great it's been.

      First, there's us. Life without you would be so sad.
      Buddy and Minnie = true love.
      CrossFit. The best thing EVER.
      But mostly Buddy and Minnie.

      Now that I have my pull-ups I just want to keep doing them. You've created a monster and I love you for that.

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  8. Congrats! Seriously amazing progress :) My box is starting a Paleo challenge in Jan and I'm so excited!!

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  9. If Crossfit isn't paying you, they should be.

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  10. Awesome Danielle! You totally inspire me to exercise...to just move!!! Thank you...

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  11. Congrats on the progress! That is great. Since I started Crossfit, I have definitely gotten stronger but I know I can get better so I think with the new year, I am going to do my own 60-day Paleo Challenge. Is there a specific place you found this or did you box put it on? I just want to make sure I get the guidelines, the more specific it is, the easier it is to stick to it. Can't wait to hear of some more recipes!

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