I have a jam packed to-do list, you guys. Seriously. It’s bursting with pre-Florida errands and tasks (I fly there at the end of this week). I’m actually getting a teensy bit nervous because I seem to be packing my last few days with a whole lot of stuff to do… You know what they say about procrastination, right? Ironically I have several post-it notes worth of lists scattering my bedroom and bathroom, and yet I’ve still managed to put off much of what I’d like to get done pre-flight.
Shorter hair! Don’t mind the extra large sweatshirt and messy bathroom/Myspace-esque photo please.
I’m not exactly running a glamour shots studio out of my apartment.
But let’s get to the point of this post, shall we?
To recap, my last day – day 30 – was Friday.
Over the last month, at times it was rough.. like when I was dying for a waffle or some peanut butter and jelly toast in the morning instead of having to stand over the stove making eggs….. again.
But for the most part, it was a really positive experience. I learned a lot about myself and my body.
The good news is that I never ended up attacking anyone eating a sandwich while walking down the street or punching a waiter for having the audacity to mention there were pancakes on the menu.
That’s something, right?
I may be dramatic at times, but I’m not one to exaggerate or fluff things up when it comes to the actual effects of different products I try or experiences I’ve had, so please know I’m serious when I tell you saw real changes these past 30 days being 100% Paleo.
Since I like lists, here’s one of the positive changes I noticed throughout my Whole30. Okay?
- Sleep improved.
- Lost weight, toned up.
- Increased, sustained energy – in other words, no crash at 3pm when I’d normally be ready to put my head onto my desk.
- Overall noticeable glow, even when feeling under the weather.
Like I said, it was a very positive experience. I will admit, there were also a couple of results that I was/am not pleased with, such as the fact that my skin didn’t actually clear up like many folks who undergo a Whole30 tend to celebrate. (I don’t think I noticed much of a change in that side of things back last summer when I first tried Paleo either.) Not to mention the fact that most people I discussed my Whole30/Paleo eating habits with there on referred to me as being on a diet.
Trust me – if I was trying to diet,I, I’d be the first announce it. Yes, I had wanted to lose a few pounds that I’d gained in the fall, but that was not my sole intention for starting the Whole30, or for decided whether or not to stick with it.
I also was unhappy with how Paleo seemed to affect my running ability. My endurance was not quite what it used to be, and since I haven’t really changed anything else within my routine, the only thing I can associate the harder runs to is the Paleo diet. Short spurts have been fine, but even two miles has seemed like some effort. I used to be able to bust out 3-4 miles, no problem (when not injured, anyways).
Any other runners who noticed something similar while on Paleo? Maybe I needed more carbs? I ate a sweet potato a day (at least!) though.
The most obvious question now is, obviously, if I’m going to stick with the Paleo lifestyle. Well kids, I think I am! At least for a little while. What really tipped my hat in that direction was the awful way my body reacted this weekend after enjoying some non-Paleo foods, like ice cream and yogurt. I’m not saying I’ll be 100% Paleo all the time, because that’d frankly be impossible for me and I have no misconceptions about my personal eatings preferences – I never turn down a good stack of pancakes when they are presented, and as someone raised in a traditional Italian household, it’s sort of impossible to forever shun pasta and pizza.
But will I make a concious effort to stay on the Paleo side of the street more times than not? Yes.
We’ll see how it goes. 😉
Off to work! Have a great day!
Anyone else just finish their Whole30 and want to share their story??