Often I feel I’m in a bubble of wellness. I go to Hoosier CrossFit and I’m around seemingly happy people (I don’t know if you see that at your local gym). Then our happy people do a CrAzY hARd workout and they’re laying on the floor dripping in sweat, proud of what they just accomplished in a small amount of time. They are stronger with better cardio than any one of their friends. I can guarantee it. They are part of a large community of people who don’t compartmentalize wellness, but they realize the connection of it all.
When you CrossFit your workout is timed and archived. Your friend’s workout is timed and archived. And another person your age has a timed and archived workout. You start to feel that healthy competition. You want to keep up with your friends. You set goals and hold yourself accountable to showing up to the gym. You begin realizing that the better you eat, the stronger, faster, leaner you’ll become in your workout. Then, because you’re eating better, you mood is better, your energy is better, your sleep is better, your cravings are better, your threshold for stress is better, your sexier….you’re now a new person. WOW. I love these stories.
I forget that this isn’t reality for most of the world. Most people eat badly, then go to the gym to help them feel better about what they just ate. When they go to the gym they’re there for a couple hours. Roaming. or Running. or Figuring out the equipment. Then they’ll take out the phone and text while on the elliptical, read magazines on the treadmill. They’ll see some weight loss or some toning after a while but the routine is the same. The results are the same, not much results.
I was looking around online and Self Magazine is making strides in helping people lose 10 pounds in order to win a trip to the Bahamas (hell! i’d gain 10 pounds just to lose 10 pounds!). There’s a blogger, Courtney Rubin, who wrote, “I ate my usual breakfast (2 whole-grain waffles, 2 tsp of almond butter, 2 tsp of raw honey, plus half a banana) and straggled in to work. All day I struggled not to overeat.”
I understand all of that. And I’ve been there. I went through that even with Paleo because it’s hard to make new habits after a lifetime of bad ones. BUT The GOAL with paleo is not to just lose a quick 10 pounds, the GOAL is to RID yourself being a SLAVE to food. RID the idea of “a quick 10 lbs.” Grains and sugar are a big factor. Courtney’s breakfast was grain-sugar, honey-sugar, and a banana-sugar. Quickly your body uses it up and wants more. You get hungry faster. and you get Grumpier Faster. Your energy goes down the drain and it’s hard to lose weight. In addition, the grains in her breakfast cause inflammation all over the body which lead to greater problems than having a little fat to lose.
Get back into your paleo routine this week, and make wellness 100% it part of your lifestyle.