I’ve alluded to what’s been going on behind the scenes in several posts, but today I’m dishing on what I’ve been up to.
I joined a local CrossFit gym back in May.
I love CrossFit!
In fact several years ago, Mark and I owned a CrossFit gym in San Antonio. CrossFit became our life and we burned out. Burnout was mostly due to the fact that Mark was still working a full-time job, we had 2 small kids, were the only coaches and that all made for long days and nights and loads of stress.
CrossFit was an all-consuming work for us and in the end, we decided we couldn’t sacrifice our family or our time to make it something full-time. So we liquidated the business and moved to South Dakota.
I longed for the day I could work out in a “box” (aka CrossFit gym), again.
4 kids and a hectic schedule stopped me from being able to make it work up in SD. But when we moved to Fort Walton Beach, friends of ours were going to a gym that had a spot for the kids to play/wait during classes.
Which brings me to 30 days ago.
The 30 Day Challenge.
The gym started a 30 Day Paleo Challenge in June. Since I’m doing this Trim Healthy Mama thing I decided to do an unscientific study on the effectiveness of Trim Healthy Mama compared to Paleo.
Only problem is I didn’t check the rules to the challenge.
I told a few ladies that I wasn’t going to actually DO Paleo but instead follow a program I was using. No one tipped me off to the fact that if I wasn’t following Paleo, I’d never win.
You see, the gym is really awesome and they know that you can’t JUST look at weight loss.
They look at:
- Eating Paleo
- Workout Stats
- Before & After Photos
- Weight Loss
So every day you can earn up to 5 points towards your final score. 3 points account for eating in accordance with Paleo, 1 is for working out, & 1 for stretching.
Everyday for the last 30 days, I’ve had a 3 point deduction from my 5 potential points.
Outside of this numbering system, they also have you do a 1 rep max on back squats and a baseline workout. You do both at the beginning of the 30 days and again at the end. This is all designed to measure your progress.
Lastly, weight loss and your improved appearance are taken into consideration.
I was SUPPOSE to take a before picture against a PLAIN background. FAILED.
By the middle of week 2 of the challenge, I finally remembered to ask for the info the rules. At that point, I realized I’d never win but pressed through to see where my progress was for the month.
So here is how my month on Trim Healthy Mama and CrossFit panned out.
Weight-Loss & Exercise Stats.
The workout I did was an 8 minute AMRAP, which means you do As Many Rounds As Possible
6 Power Cleans (I chose 65 lbs)
8 Chest to Ground Pushups (I was on my knees)
10 Air Squats
The 1 Rep Max movement was Backsquat
During the 30 days, I had 4 days that I DIDN’T follow the Trim Healthy Mama plan. To give you an idea of one of those days, one included 4 pita chips. Not a horrible cheat, but a cheat nonetheless. Another day, I had a cookie.
Suffice it to say, I ate very well for the 30 days, much better than I had been before the challenge began.
Before & After Pictures.
Now I will tell you that I was hesitant to post these. My change was not as noticeable as I had hoped it would be. My body changed yes….but it is very subtle.
Like I said, not as drastic of a change, but for 30 days I’ll take it.
I’d be deceiving you if I didn’t tell you I was disappointed with my weight-loss and the physical change. Part of me thought I should have done Paleo. Maybe I would have gotten better results.
I’ve done Paleo, for 2 years in fact, and it did work for shedding pounds. But Paleo wasn’t something I could sustain. By the end of my Paleo stint, I hated Paleo. I found it to be too restrictive and I had oodles of cravings much of the time. No yogurt, no butter, absolutely no grains, no legumes.
With Trim Healthy Mama, I do feel so deprived (because I can have a wider range of foods in moderation). I’m not over-eating and I’m losing weight.
And on the weight issue, the reality is that the scale is so misleading. I know for those 30 days I gained a lot of muscle. My love handles are gone and my clothes are looser. The scale doesn’t tell you that. In fact the scale can make you feel like a big fat failure.
So there you go….that is how I successfully failed at the Paleo Challenge. I’ll take that kind of failure any day.