I just tweeted this:
And then I got to thinking…….when I ended the Paleo challenge back in August, I decided to take a break from Paleo, which also led to a break in blogging. That may have proven itself to be a mistake because I have had a very hard time getting back on Paleo since then. It’s amazing how eating clean had such a positive impact on me, yet I so easily let it go. The great news here, however, is that eating clean also proved something to me……when you lose weight the right way; it is more difficult to pack it back on. Because of this, although I have been off of Paleo for several months, I am happy to say that I have not truly gained weight. I do “yo-yo” over the weekends because of the increased salt intake from Fridays – Sundays 😦 but I always end up balancing back out. Yet, I also know that this is not good for me. So, today, I did something that I have not done since the end of August……….I woke up inspired to do this again, so I cooked my breakfast for the week and I am defrosting enough meat for the week.
Back when I was on the Paleo challenge I noticed that what truly worked for me was preparing my meals on Sundays. This helped me not use the excuse that I was too tired to cook when I would get home from work, or when I would stop working on the days that I work from home. I tried for months to convince myself that it is just as easy to cook on the same day, but I knew I was lying to myself.
What’s worse is that now the holidays are upon us and if I don’t jump back on the Paleo bandwagon now, I know I will be in trouble. I personally think holiday foods need to be banned – hahaha. Actually, what I need to do is stay away from them or if I must have a taste, have just that, a taste. So I figure, what better time to jump back on Paleo than now? The challenge will be staying away from my ever-so-damn-delicious Coquito. It’s basically Puerto Rican eggnog and this year I am making a whole bunch of it because I am selling it. Imagine the sin……..it’s made with rum, egg yolks, condensed milk, evaporated milk, cream of coconut, and the only truly healthy thing in it…..cinnamon.
I think back to when I was 20 pounds heavier. When I started all of this and truly sat to understand why I was doing this, why I was going to dedicate myself to a healthier life, I recall thinking of my kids. What better reason, other than doing it for myself, should I have to want to be healthy? MY KIDS……I want them to look and me and at their dad, my husband, and know that exercising and eating right is important. They are not the best of eaters but if I can continue to lead by example, then as they get older, they will understand. So far I have gotten them to eat chicken, without it being breaded, and thankfully they love broccoli. My daughter loves skirt steak, but hates bacon, yet my on loves bacon, and hates steak. Go figure.
The great news is that I have continued Crossfit. It has truly become part of my daily routine on weekdays and when I cannot go to the box I miss it. A lot of haters say that it’s a cult. In my eyes, it’s not a cult, its addictive ways are truly just a result of all the good it has done to so many. For ten years I struggled trying to find myself again. I had lost the energy and the passion I had for exercise after I had my kids. Spinning could not take me back, Boot Camp couldn’t either, Step Aerobics bored me, P90X lasted only so long, but Crossfit did. It’s different, yet definitely not for everyone. To be almost 37 years old and see myself accomplishing fitness goals that I never thought I would even try is so rewarding. To know that I am now stronger than I ever have been….rewarding. To know that I wake up at 6:15 every morning during the week, excited to go work out….rewarding. To see that every day I am closer to being able to do things that I may not be able to do now, such as pull ups….rewarding. To see how close my toes are getting to the bar when doing “Toe to Bar”….rewarding. To see that I am barely “worming” when I do push ups (unless we have like a million to do- lol)….rewarding. To see and understand how happy I am with myself again….rewarding and forever grateful!