Nutrition overhaul- 28 day challenge

Monday, October 15, 2012

So far, Sept and Oct have been good on the work out front. Consistent running 3 days a week (two 3-4 milers and 1 long 5-6 miles or more) and 2, maybe 3 days of circuit/strength training a-la-Zuzka Light or others. I love my workouts. I WORK IT till sweat stings my eyes. My major downfall is nutrition, food, eating. Especially since summer. It’s getting the best of me and sabotaging my workout efforts cause we’ve heard it a million times: YOU CAN’T OUT TRAIN A BAD DIET. Last month I lost 4 lbs in the 2 weeks I tracked. The moment I stopped, it came back. When I was losing, I tracked diligently for the 4 months. And it is 100% how I lost 25 lbs. After 2 years in maintenance and not tracking, it’s VERY hard to go back to counting every bite and calorie. There’s gotta be a better way for these stupid last 10 pounds. I HAVE to do something different. Something I haven’t tried. How else do you know if something works if you don’t TRY? So I am attempting a 28 day food challenge. A low-carb, modified Paleo/Primal plan if you will. Modified for me. I am going to give up dairy (milk, yogurt, cheese) and grains (oatmeal, cornmeal and all the white carbs like rice, pasta, bread, flour stuff, tortillas, pastries, etc). My only source of carbs will be fruits and veggies. Lots of fruits and veggies, lean meats, nuts, eggs, and legumes (beans). The only sugar allowed will be the 2 tsp in my coffee- no creamer! Hey- it used to be more!! Nothing out of box, processed junk, etc. Clean eats. Healthy snacks always on hand (I let this go big time which lead to bad grazing). This means serious planning and batch cooking, which I did last night. Last week I was testing it out and I already lost 1 lb. This is totally doable for me. Sure I will allow a cheat meal- eventually. I just haven’t determined when. And depending how it goes this may be a lifestyle for me. If not I will slowly incorporate some of those things back. We’ll see. But first- I am doing this and I am excited and positive.

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