It’s another milestone to celebrate. I have just made it past 60 days on a Paleo diet and I’m down a total of 35.5 pounds! I updated my pictures and I can really see the changes now…much more than before…especially in my profile.
Let me continue this posting with some Q&A:
How was the second 30 days? Did you have any new challenges?
The second 30 days was great. I didn’t take a break after the first 30 days. I just went right into the next month. My weight loss did slow down, but my losses were somewhat consistent. I think I really found my groove in days 31 to 60. I came to realize what foods I really liked (grapefruit) and what foods I didn’t really care for much (fennel root). I experimented less with recipes in my second round. I repeated a few that I really like and that my body seemed to like in terms of responsive weight loss.
The only real challenge was keeping up with my food journaling / tracking…but not for any reason you might think. I had trouble writing down what I ate because what I ate was pretty much always the same…well, it was always the same in terms of variety of what I consumed in the Paleo realm. I really did eat 100% Paleo. When I say I was perfect, I mean I was perfect…not even a sugary breath mint! I think if I was 80% Paleo, I would have tracked my food to see how my body was reacting to certain foods. However, I stayed consistent and just took notice of how my body was reacting to clean eating and weight loss.
Any significant changes to your body in this round?
Yes, a few. Something I’ve noticed is that my posture has become much improved. I have always tried to have good posture, but that becomes more difficult when you are carrying extra weight at your core. A few people have mentioned that I look taller…lol. Another significant change is that my sleep has just been stellar. I haven’t had one sleepless night since I changed my diet. As you know, you can’t cheat sleep. A sleepless night means a weary and less productive day. Getting great sleep has helped me with focus and productivity. That alone is such a big win.
How have you been doing with your exercise regime?
I’ve been good but I could have been better. To my credit, I have been exercising 5-6 times a week (spin class and walk/sprints). That is huge and a great thing. You can never underestimate the value of any exercise. What I have been lacking is a commitment to weight resistance training. I started to get on track with my friend and business partner Michael, but our schedules keep conflicting. I am on track to work with him this week and I have several appointments lined up for the future, so I hope that this will kick-start my desired exercise plan. To really lose body fat you need to build muscle. Cardio will only get you so far. Lean muscle equates to a lean body.
Are you going to do another 30 day challenge?
Yes, but no. I can’t say I’m going to do another 30 day challenge because I plan on maintaining this Paleo lifestyle, in some capacity, for my the rest of my life. Will I always be at 100%? I’m not sure…hopefully. I’ll take it day by day. Each day I wake up and recommit to my pledge to living a healthy lifestyle. In years gone past, I have tried various diets which did get weight off and allowed me to gain muscle, but I always struggled with hunger. This Paleo lifestyle is the first way of eating that has completely erased my overpowering appetite and allow the weight to just fall off.
I will continue to post about my weight loss on this blog and share my journey with you. I do post my weight everyday no matter what. In that way, I am posting daily. I would love to hear what YOU want me to write about. Please send me an email or post a response here to let me know what topics you would like me to discuss or share. If you have any questions, I will gladly answer them. Just ask.
That’s it for now, I’m going to go enjoy this beautiful day and go take a long walk in the sunshine. Okay, here I go now…