People. I am in major need of getting back on the not-eating-crap bandwagon. The biggest culprits in my life right now are chips (to go with guacamole, obviously), cheese (who let me buy a block of cheese? come on), and juice. Surprise! Fruit juice is bad for you… it spikes your blood sugar just like soda does. We drink green juice sometimes, but lately I have been actually buying things from the store like cans of sweetened iced tea and Odwalla lemonade. Organic? Doesn’t matter. Still really, really full of sugar.
Posting my grocery list didn’t work, constantly complaining about how little willpower I have is obviously ineffective, so I am going to try a month-long, low-sugar personal Paleo/CrossFit Challenge of sorts for August. Is Paleo the only diet that would work to help keep me from eating crap? No, but it’s the one I’ve found that keeps me withing guidelines that are realistic for my life. I like that it focuses on keeping your body balanced and giving you fuel that your body is less likely to store as fat, and I also like that it emphasizes organic meat and produce. Is it perfect? No. But my current diet is definitely way less perfect.
The GOALS (which I like better than calling them rules, which they also sort of are):
1. No grains of any kind
2. No added sugar of any kind
3. No dairy of any kind
4. NO! Alcohol
5. No Progenex (instead I am going to recover using real food like pieces of chicken or fish)
6. Drink at least 64 oz. of water per day
7. Take at least 3g of fish oil per day
8. Eat out 2 meals or less per week
9. Have at least 2 weeks with 4 or more WODs
10. There is no 10th rule. But lists look better when they are in multiples of five, don’t you think?
This personal challenge will go from August 1-August 31 (yes I just definitely had to look up how many days are in August). I am not going to weigh or measure, but I am going to keep a very detailed food journal.
But more importantly, I hope that maybe some of you out there would be interested in doing something like this with me in August! If you want to do this little challenge, you can use my rules or modify them if you’d like–the biggest thing is just about sticking to Paleo principles and maintaining some restrictions while making it doable for your life! If you are thinking about doing this, leave a comment and I would love to be able to post some of your daily food journal entries and/or creative recipes throughout the month!
In other news, I apparently was too busy wallowing about my knee yesterday to talk about the really cool and scary thing that we saw this weekend! The BF, the dog, and I were walking through a marshy field across from Summit Lake on Mt. Evans on Saturday, heading back towards the car after hearing some thunder approaching, when I turned around and saw a funnel cloud about a mile away from us. It was pretty crazy, not only because it was so close, but also because we were at an elevation of about 12,800 feet, and I had no idea tornadoes could even form that high up! Also, you should know that as a child I had a legitimate panic-attack-inducing phobia of thunderstorms… and while my fear is not as debilitating as it once was, I don’t think you ever really fully get over a legitimate phobia. On the other hand, The BF used to be an amateur storm chaser. You could not have had two more opposite people standing in that field at that moment. So I stood there shaking, trying not to hyperventilate… while The BF took pictures.
Anyway, we survived, and apparently this funnel cloud actually touched down as a legitimate tornado at about 12,500′, making it the second highest altitude tornado ever recorded. Pretty crazy that we were right there for it!