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Week Three of the Paleo diet and still going strong plus I have a new convert.

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Image of a pizza I destroyed right before the diet!Two weeks have come and gone, and now I’m on my third. The diet has been tough at times, but having a goal in mind has helped tremendously. My goal is 4 lbs a week for twelve weeks. It’s a little lofty but I’ve been doing fine so far.  This last Tuesday I did another weigh in and I dropped even more weight. My total two-week weight loss is 12 lbs. Yep I started at 254 and am now sitting at 242. Obviously my goal isn’t just to lose weight, but to lose fat and not muscle, which I think I’m accomplishing. I highly doubt I’m losing muscle because I’m not starving myself and still working out daily.

 

The hardest part of the diet is not eating all the stuff I have grown to love, ice cream, chocolate milk, pizza ( See photo of pizza I destroyed before the diet) and bread. I remember watching family members tearing up cinnamon rolls last week while I had eggs, it sucked at the time but I stayed strong and exceeded my weight loss goal for the week. Finding the ingredients for a lot of the Paleo recipes at the local store is a pain. To date we have yet to find almond flour and a bunch of other ingredients, but we’ve made due. Paleo can be expensive; almonds, walnuts and coconut oil ain’t cheap. Let’s say you can’t find the ingredients you need, almond flour for example and want to make your own. You’ll need a large bag of almonds ($$) and a nice food processor ($$$), which even when purchased at a bulk store like Costco will set you back some cash. My opinion is that Paleo can be done, but if you want variety and don’t want the same stuff every day its gonna cost you.

 

Image of a pizza I destroyed right before the diet!Two weeks have come and gone, and now I’m on my third. The diet has been tough at times, but having a goal in mind has helped tremendously. My goal is 4 lbs a week for twelve weeks. It’s a little lofty but I’ve been doing fine so far.  This last Tuesday I did another weigh in and I dropped even more weight. My total two-week weight loss is 12 lbs. Yep I started at 254 and am now sitting at 242. Obviously my goal isn’t just to lose weight, but to lose fat and not muscle, which I think I’m accomplishing. I highly doubt I’m losing muscle because I’m not starving myself and still working out daily.

 

The hardest part of the diet is not eating all the stuff I have grown to love, ice cream, chocolate milk, pizza ( See photo of pizza I destroyed before the diet) and bread. I remember watching family members tearing up cinnamon rolls last week while I had eggs, it sucked at the time but I stayed strong and exceeded my weight loss goal for the week. Finding the ingredients for a lot of the Paleo recipes at the local store is a pain. To date we have yet to find almond flour and a bunch of other ingredients, but we’ve made due. Paleo can be expensive; almonds, walnuts and coconut oil ain’t cheap. Let’s say you can’t find the ingredients you need, almond flour for example and want to make your own. You’ll need a large bag of almonds ($$) and a nice food processor ($$$), which even when purchased at a bulk store like Costco will set you back some cash. My opinion is that Paleo can be done, but if you want variety and don’t want the same stuff every day its gonna cost you.

 

In addition to the lack of ingredients it takes a lot of work to searching the web to find unique meals ideas so were not eating the same stuff every day. The web is full of great recipes, but if you don’t plan ahead and have the ingredients you’re screwed. Luckily Mayra is on board, plans ahead and kicks out some great meals each day, which makes the diet a lot easier to stomach.

 

This past week I finally found my first convert, Gary. I guess he’s wanted to start working out for a while, so after a day of shooting B-Roll for the new movie we did a workout. He hadn’t worked out for a long time so we decided to let him do a benchmark WOD, a 500 m row, 40 air squats, 30 sit ups, 20 push ups, 10 pull ups.

 

It was a killer for him, but he left loving CrossFit. He loved the fact that he could do a workout with minimal equipment and that he didn’t have to spend hours in the gym each day. In the week since his first WOD, he’s ordered some of the basic equipment and began setting up his own garage gym. I’ll keep you posted on my diet progress and hopefully Gary’s progress as well.

 

Wish me luck with my diet!

See you in the hills.

Lance

 

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