I said I was going to blog every day during the Whole Life Challenge, and I definitely haven’t been. But I’m now on Day 10 and still have many more days to go, so I figure it’s better late than never! The Whole Life Challenge is basically a modified version of the paleo diet, in which me and some friends are following a regimented diet, fitness, and healthy living challenge for 8 weeks.
Unfortunately, the challenge started 5 days before a planned trip to Las Vegas, which definitely set me back. My friend Caitlin (who is also on the WLC) and I definitely had a few cheats, but how do you survive in Vegas while on a rigorous diet? Honestly, I think we did pretty damn good. Our first night I had a blended fruity rum cocktail. The second day, I had a slice of banana bread, a mini donut, a red sangria, along with a little bit of tasty marshmallow sauce. The third day, I had a chocolate cake dessert at a restaurant, and a chai tea latte. But honestly, there were many more meals I could have cheated on! I ate omelettes and eggs for breakfast, steak and veggies for dinner, a hamburger without a bun, nuts for snacks. I mean, I could have went ALL OUT but I behaved. We did a lot of walking/standing as well. Unfortunately, now I’m strapped with a brutal headache again because I’m craving sugar. Ugh.
So yeah, my week 1 statistics aren’t that great. I’m hovering around ~2 pounds lost, which is not shabby at all considering how much I cheated. I’m feeling a bit guilty for it, but I know that the next 7 weeks there is nothing standing in my way. I’m going all out and going to make the most out of this challenge.
In other news, I got a new one piece swimsuit from ModCloth and I love it. It’s cute and comfy and I feel good in it — which is a total rarity when it comes to squeezing my ass into a swimsuit. Obligatory picture time:
I’m getting a little sick of cooking already, but I know it’s good for me and it’s something I should be doing anyway. That’s the biggest downfall with paleo: the sheer amount of cooking that has to be done. Luckily, with only two people eating, there are often leftovers so I can eat lunch the next day without having to prepare something. I’ve done a few things so far: a grass-fed red curry brisket, a breakfast skillet with sweet potatoes, braised chicken with artichokes & pearl onions, proscuitto-wrapped pork chop, and more. It’s kind of fun to experiment. 🙂
Finally, I had a new personal record with running last night. I ran for almost a mile and a half at 13:34. It’s not fast for some people, but that’s pretty damn fast for me! I think it was actually helpful that I didn’t have music and I wasn’t following any kind of ‘plan’ like C25k. I was just running to run, and that naturally increased my speed. 🙂
Anyway, that’s the update in my world. It’s helpful to see a before and after, which motivates me to keep this up. 🙂
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