Another Paleo Challenge?

Two posts ago I spoke about my frustrations with food and all the garbage I had been eating as a way to rebel.  Well, my CrossFit coaches have decided they want to do a 30-day paleo challenge to introduce new members to the lifestyle and to help get existing members back on track.  For the month leading up to the seminar, I had no idea if I wanted to participate.  Whenever someone would ask me if I was going to do the paleo challenge, I said I don’t know.  Boyfriend D was gung-ho about it.  Having never gone strictly paleo before, he wanted to see what being paleo was all about.  He also wanted to eat strictly paleo so I wouldn’t have to do it alone, if I chose to do the challenge.

The challenge began Monday, June 9.  The Saturday before, Trainer J had a 90-minute seminar for anyone interested in participating.  Using a PowerPoint, he went over the could-eats and the could-not-eats and the why’s.  He went over the scoring– a perfect day has 5 points: 2 points for WOD-ing, 1 point for a clean diet, 1 point for hydration (drinking half your body weight in ounces), and 1 point for at least 7 hours of sleep.  You can lose an infinite number of points: -2 points for each serving of non-paleo food, -1 point for each unwanted beverage, and -1 point for not eating breakfast including not having a cup of water in the morning.  By attending the seminar, you were committing to the challenge.  At this point, I had no outs.

The benchmarks this time:

  • 1 mile run
  • Max wall balls, CrossFit Games standards
  • Max push-ups (chest to ab-mat)
  • Max strict pull-ups

For those of you who don’t know, this is what an ab-mat looks like:

I ran the mile in 10:10.  I had to stop twice to tie my laces.  I hit 8 wall balls using the 14-lb ball because I missed the catch after the 8th rep.  I completed 23 push-ups (GASP!).  I did 1 strict pull-up.

Even after committing to the challenge, I had my doubts.  Boyfriend D and I went grocery shopping on Sunday to make sure we were stocked on meat and produce.  We agreed to share recipes and cook together, motivating each other every step of the way.  Now that I’m in, I’m in all the way.  As I am a perfectionist, my worst days will be +3 (no WOD).  Here’s hoping Finn lets me get that 7 hours of sleep each night.

I’ll check in soon to let you know how it’s going.

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