AH! It’s your last day of the challenge and I bet some of you have been dreaming of this moment for 30 days!
But Let’s Reflect on What the Last 30 days has meant for me, for you:
If it’s your first time doing the challenge, my goal for you is to be SOLD on the IDEA of paleo because of the possibilities; you may have felt more energy, gain in strength, increased sleep, and your spirit may feel more settled throughout the day. You may have felt no changes at all, and this shouldn’t deter you. Firstly, stress plays a MAJOR role as a silent killer. Secondly, I can’t shove portioning down your throat any more than I already have. Third, if you’ve raised the bar so high for yourself (or comparing your results to others) you may not see the little accomplishments you’ve made over the last 4 weeks. My goal for you wasn’t perfection or extreme changes in your body type. CrossFit and Paleo are not 6 week cardio bootcamp programs for you to shred fat RIGHT NOW; you can’t be that demanding if you want to see long-term changes without burning out completely. Maintaining an 80%/20% paleo lifestyle is a great place to start; eventually and naturally you will stay away from shit food because you just won’t crave it anymore. If you lie and cheat yourself (like say your 80% when you’re more like 50%, and 25% is fruit. . . which is why you maintain a journal) then you’ll wind up back where you started. One Day You Will Not Feel Like You’re Missing Out On Life just because you skipped the doughnuts brought into work. You will most definitely feel that everyone else is missing out on the opportunity to truly live life.
If it’s your second time doing the challenge my goal for you was to fix some of those mistakes you made the first time around. From my observations, it appears there are many positive changes that were made. My expectations of 2nd timers is, also, not perfection but to continue making progress. From my personal experiences, I’ve always taken away something to improve my habits in between challenges. For instance, after my first paleo challenge I didn’t buy milk anymore (but I still ate cereal w/ almond milk, macaroni and cheese, and pizza). After the next challenge I didn’t go back to cereal; the challenge after that I didn’t go back to macaroni and cheese, a few challenges later – pizza, this last challenge in October – peanut butter. After this one, my goal is to stop eating the free bread and tortilla chips at restaurants.
For everyone: If you’re stressed or lacking sleep FIX IT. Sometimes (and, i’m speaking mainly to women because we are nurturers) you give so much of yourself to others that you often put your health and wellness needs in the backseat. The worse part is that sometimes these reasons because excuses. Caring about people is cool, but not if you use that as an excuse to welcome stress, workout less (or feel poor results when you do), eat worse and emotionally, and then start hating yourself for all of it. Fix It.