September 5, 2011

So, I’ve decided…I’m trying the Paleo thing. (Mark’s Daily Apple is a great reference for those getting started.) Though I won’t eat meats other than fish and eggs (just something I cannot bring myself to do), I know for a fact that my body does better off of dairy. I was a vegan for about a year and a half. Boyfriend and I decided to live a more health and environment conscious life style while we lived together one summer. He dropped thirty pounds in just a few months…and his stomach (sensitive to dairy and gluten) was a lot happier–for a while. I didn’t lose much weight, but I did drop body fat.

Boyfriend has been building up muscle. And where I was once able to kick his ass in an impromptu wrestling match (I’m about 5 inches taller than the guy), I’m now finding that the only way I can win is to fight dirty. This must change. Boyfriend has made the mistake of sending me a link to NerdFitness stories, which has sent me into a research spiral (wooo, scientific minds!) and left me with the intense desire to start getting more serious in the gym. Not only is NerdFitness a hilarious mixture of nerdgasms and weight lifting strategy, it’s an empowerment minded community filled with people who want you to succeed. It’s full of message boards and well-cited information.

I’ve mentioned before that I am, technically, a tri-athlete. I have finished a sprint triathlon, though my time was complete shit. Coming from a very overweight past, this was a huge accomplishment for me. However, Boyfriend and I want to take part in something bigger and badder: The Spartan Races. And they’re going to be hard….really hard….like, so hard that the high school me would have sat down in a puddle of urine and cried–that kind of hard. And it’s going to be awesome.

So the Paleo diet it is. I’m going to try and make it less of a diet in my mind by leaving the scale out of the bathroom for a while–at least the first 30 days. It’s going to be difficult to stay away from cheese (it was the hardest thing for me to shift out of when going vegan) because my roommate (an incredibly fit woman) is a total dairy whore. I do have to admit that she really helped me get healthier during our senior year of college. I was running a lot and eating too little- hardly a strength training recipe of success. . .

So here goes. I might post before and after pictures later, but I’m still much too self conscious about it now. For a parting gift, I give you a shake recipe and some success stories. Okay, honestly, because nobody reads this…all of these links are more for me than you. I’ll lose them (or forget about them) if I don’t put them all in one place. And here you thought you were special.



Update: Paleo is NOT the way to go as a vegan. I seriously hated eating tofu so much by the end of the first couple weeks that I gave up and just stopped eating sugar in most forms. That in itself made a world of difference. Now if I could just break my potato addiction…

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