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The Requisite Testimonial

I am in the process of finishing up the Lurong Living Paleo Challenge, and opted to include a little video testimonial on how the last 2 months have worked out for me. Woo! Watch it: I was also asked to write a guest blog for my box's website, SouthingtonCrossfit.com. Because the vlog and blog can't be the same, here's the same stuff, said in a different way! 9 weeks ago, I stood there after a 6am WOD musing about the sign that was posted on the wall about some 60-day paleo challenge. I said it was insane and there was a snowball's chance in San Diego I would ever be able to eat Paleo for more than 2 hours. I love cheese. Goldfish crackers are seriously addictive. As are plain M&M's. Cupcakes too. You get the point.

8 weeks ago, I signed up for the Lurong Living Paleo challenge anyway. We can credit an overdose of mini hors d’oeuvres at a wedding 2 days later for this impulsive decision. So, I proceeded to throw out and/or quarantine all of the delicious paleo-unfriendly items in my kitchen and give it a try. I got my butt kicked by 3 benchmark workouts shortly thereafter.

Those first 2 weeks, I spent a lot of time on the Internet wondering when I would start noticing the benefits of shunning Ben & Jerry. There were a lot of fajitas without the beans, cheese and tortillas. The ‘carb flu’ hit for about a week and a half, during which I couldn’t think straight or do any sort of efficient workout. Suddenly… After 2ish weeks, I felt better. Maybe, just MAYBE Caveman Grok was on to something after all.

PR’s began to get smashed like clockwork. I discovered PaleOMG.com. Suddenly I was crazy enough to brave the Whole Foods parking lot (Last week, I almost got hit by some unobservant woman barreling around the corner in a Jag… this place is no joke), because I WANTED to eat well, and start experimenting in the kitchen with new ingredients.

Did I cheat during this challenge? You bet I did. (Birthday cake!) Do I regret it? For the most part, no. So maybe that In-N-Out burger in Vegas didn’t need to happen. If anything, small cheats along the way taught me that I don’t need to give up my favorite foods FOREVER, but cookies, candy and ice cream can’t happen every day. Not if I want to keep setting new PRs in the gym. I’ve learned the valuable lesson of self control.

I trained consistently 5-6 times a week, whether at home, or out of town in places like St. Louis & Las Vegas. 2 months later, I’ve been measured, photographed and benchmarked again. I’ve lost inches, but I haven’t really lost much weight.

Do I consider myself a failure because the scale hardly moved? Absolutely not. Overall, I chopped 11:01 off my cumulative time for all 3 benchmarks. Flipping through my WOD book, cleaning up my eating habits has helped to increase my strength more than I ever thought it could in such a short time.

To everyone who’s been doing this challenge with me, keep after it for the next 10 days. You haven’t come all this way to fall off the wagon now. Smash your benchmarks, say cheese for your ‘After’ photos.

Then… call me on November 19th. We all need to head out for a celebratory post-WOD pizza.

[Permalink to the post on the Southington CrossFit site]

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