I admit I was a little nervous going into this holiday season. I’m a sucker for my mom’s Christmas cookies and was curious how my self-control would fare with all of the treats, snacks, appetizers, and homemade food that would be placed before me. For my fitness challenge group that I’m a part of, we weigh ourselves and measure ourselves every 2 weeks. We had a weigh in before Thanksgiving, a little after Thanksgiving, then right after Christmas. I’m not one to obsess over the scale, but I was curious. 1 pound. I gained 1 pound…and a half of an inch in my thigh. Everything else stayed the same. I guess my emotions were surprised and happy.
A few thoughts on this…
I realize that after 1 year of Paleo, it has become the way that I eat. I am amazed at the things that I resisted over Christmas. For instance, I chose to eat a HUGE salad instead of a hot delicious cheese and pepperoni pizza. I tried to get full with good stuff so I wouldn’t be tempted with the bad stuff. Actually, the Christmas goodies didn’t really appeal to me at all. I saw gut rot on that plate instead of sugar and cinnamon and chocolate chip tasty goodness. I would rather have fruit. Crazy. I did bring a few things with me while traveling. I made sure to pack some easy paleo snacks for my road trip home. This kept me from getting hungry which could result in pigging out on whatever the stab n grab convenience store had in the warmer. I also took along a few Paleo staples from home. Almond flour, almond milk, sweet potato chips. I didn’t want to be thatgirl. “Sorry, I can’t eat that” or “Is that Paleo?” I knew it would be a time for a few treats, but also didn’t want to set myself up for failure. Another thing that I did was take along some workout DVDs. The nearest CrossFit box to my hometown is about an hour and a half away. I chose to stay home and do a few “Hotel WODs” as well as some T25 (workouts by the creater of Insanity).
I guess the main theme during Christmas and Thanksgiving was self-preservation and setting myself up for success. Strategy played a HUGE part in this. I know what my weaknesses are. I also knew that I couldn’t stay 100% Paleo. I picked out a few favorite meals/treats and planned for them. Everything else was off limits.
With all of this in mind, I look toward 2014. I’m not one to make resolutions…never have been. I choose to set goals and make lifestyle changes throughout the year, not just January 1. Although, I suppose now is a good time to evualuate how I’m doing at reaching my goals. This past year, I have reached about half of my CrossFit goals. That’s ok, they will be moved to the 2014 goal list. This year, through my eating and dedication to the gym, I have become stronger, faster, leaner, more toned, and I have more days without pain than days with the pain. I feel good. I plan on staying on this track. Also, I have more sick days in my sick day bank at work. My immune system is healthy. I don’t get the bronchitis/laryngitis/influenza bouts that I have had in the past. In fact, in 2013, I haven’t been sick once from an actual illness other than food poisoning (that chicken was just a day or 2 too old. oops.). I call that a success.
I hear various versions of “I could never eat the way you do….I like my (insert your choice of sugar/starch/grain here) too much. I could never give it up. You must have a lot of self-control” ALL.THE.TIME. I eat the way that I do so that I can feel good. It’s not easy by any means and I’m tempted constantly. I have self-control because I MAKE myself have self-control. The long-term reward of resisting those treats outweighs by far the immediate reward of eating those treats.
The other day, I heard “Oh, Paleo is just a fad.” To that I say, clean eating is not a fad. I think we’re onto something here. Now if the rest of the world would just hop aboard the train to cleanfoodville, we’d be set.
Happy Eating and a Happy New Year! Cheers to 2014