fitness

6 weeks….and counting

A whole 6 weeks ago I started a challenge involving both Crossfit and the Paleo Diet. The Crossfit class that I took wasn’t “standard” Crossfit. It was actually called “Crossfit Lite” and was more of a HIIT bootcamp that used Crossfit moves. Along with that, they asked us to stick to the Paleo diet to get the best results.

Disclaimer: I’ll be completely honest and say that throughout the whole thing, my goal was to go by the 80/20 rule. I ate 100% Paleo, but allowed myself to drink. It’s summer, I like alcohol, I’m human, whatever.

I stuck to the Paleo food plan 99.8% successfully and missed one Crossfit class throughout the entire 6 weeks (I was on vacation).

On the first day of Crossfit we did a “benchmark workout.” This consisted of 5 burpees, 10 step ups and 15 sit-ups. Your “benchmark” is however many rounds you can get through within 10 minutes.

First class I finished 3 rounds + 5 burpees.

Last class I was 8 situps away from finishing an entire 7 rounds.

That’s more than double what I did during the first class – INSANE. I have a new love for benchmark workouts because those are results that don’t show on the scale; those are the results that matter. Faster, stronger, better.

As far as my weight goes – I lost exactly 6 pounds throughout the 6 weeks. Paleo eating for me was actually a lot easier than I thought it would be. The first few days were rough, and whenever I went out to eat, I felt like I was annoying the waiter. Other than that – no big deal! I’ve learned how to solve my cravings without cheating which I think was the most important part.

This past weekend I decided to go “off Paleo” for 2 days to celebrate and enjoy some foods that I missed… TACOS…and lots of other goodies. I’ll tell you though, I have felt like garbage ever since. My body doesn’t like all the processed food anymore, that’s for sure. I think my plan from here on out is to stick to Paleo majority of the time, but if I want something else, I’ll have it. It’s all about balance.

I also re-signed up for the Crossfit Lite class and started it again today. I plan on taking the “Crossfit Basics” course in a few weeks so that I can learn the moves and start doing the regular Crossfit lifts on a normal basis.

I never in a million years thought that I would be the person to go to a group class. I’ve always been super against it, just because I like to do my own thing. I typically hate HIIT – I hate jumping and I hate bouncing all over the place. I hate knowing other people are watching me work out. This Crossfit class has completely changed my perspective. I’ve made friends – friends that understand dedication and have the same goals as me. I’ve been pushed past my limits and I’ve done things I didn’t know I could do (helllllo, 87 burpees in a row). It’s definitely been quite the experience and I hope to push my limits and continue to get stronger throughout the process.

Life lesson? Go outside of your comfort zone. Allow yourself to try new things and have new experiences. You never know what you will learn, what may come from it and you never know how much it could change you.

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