There is a scenario that I often think about and it goes something like this:
Random person on sunny street corner-
"Holy Guacamole! Did you see that super trim and buff woman that just passed us?"
Random persons friend-
"Are you kidding! Who could miss that?"
Now I know that at this time in my life I do not elicit such praise from random (preferably good looking and well built men) people on the street. I look at my body as a work in progress. Sometimes my shape changes daily. I can feel new muscles and bones emerging from their hibernation under my *ahem* chub. My face looks different, I actually have knees instead of dimples and while my body is still in the overweight category I'm happy that I can see my changes, realize that they are taking place and relish in them.
This change is due mostly to my diet. So I have steadily been working out since summer 2010, and working out hard. Crossfit is no small potatoes folks. It is hard and challenging and amazing! My muscles got big and strong, my endurance skyrocketed and my body went from being mostly fat so quite a bit muscle. But, I didn't see the weight drop like I wanted to (think going from Rosie O'Donnell to Jennifer Lopez). So when my gym CFSF at http://crossfitsantafe.com/ started a two month paleo challenge at the beginning of December 2010, I joined in. . . right before the tasty delicious holiday season started.
I dragged my heels on this challenge. I said any diet like that couldn't be good for you. I rolled my eyes, I said no way and then. . .I gave into it and decided to start the day the challenge started. And to be perfectly honest, the first few weeks weren't pretty. I had no idea how to shop paleo at first so our grocery bill was through the roof expensive. I was dizzy, crabby and tired for two weeks while my body detoxified itself. I cried in my car at streetlights, yelled at my family, was constantly ravenous and my workouts really suffered.
The light at the end of the tunnel? After two weeks I felt better, much better. I had lost almost 10 pounds in two weeks and my workouts were getting faster, my weights higher. And my weight loss has continued at a slow and steady pace. No, I haven't been losing weight biggest loser style. And when I had to quit going to crossfit because, well, because I'm broke I decided that there was no way I'm going to quit paleo. It's a lifestyle for me now. I slipped into it like a great pair of jeans. Hard to break in, but once broken in they feel amazing, are super comfortable and make you look like a million bucks!
So I may not be that perfect body, but I have found what works. . .and works well without the ups and downs of dieting!
Curious about what Paleo is? Stay tuned my friends. . .I didn't want to bore you to death with my long windedness (hope that's a word).