So, I was interviewed this weekend about my experience in last year's Paleo Challenge at my gym, CrossFit Ero. We are currently having another paleo challenge and I'm actively participating, but not officially IN the challenge. I haven't been updating much because I'm focusing on healing. I have a sprained thumb, dislocated my knee last week (my coach put it back in place!), and yesterday, I fell and ate it hard at Ross and landed on the knee I dislocated so it's pretty swollen. Although, I did PR on my mile run! 8:56, lol. I haven't had a fast mile since I was in high school. Anyways, here's what was featured on CrossFit Ero's page yesterday!
Hope everyone's first week on the Paleo Challenge went well. Last year's Paleo Challenge winner was Stacy V. Her strong discipline in eating clean and working out have helped her transform exponentially in losing weight and building strength. Have you seen how much she back squats?
We want to share Stacy's experience winning the Paleo Challenge. Here's what she said:
1. Your first Ero Paleo Challenge was last year, how was it for you? It was definitely a struggle transitioning from eating whatever I wanted to eating clean for 30 days. It was a frustrating experiment finding which foods I like to eat and foods I needed to eat. After about the first week, it started to become fun because I ended up finding delicious recipes that were easy to prepare. It also forced me to learn how to cook! I find myself enjoying grocery shopping more than retail shopping!
2. What kept you motivated to stay eating clean during the challenge?
A few things kept me motivated to eat clean during the challenge, but in no particular order: being diagnosed with PCOS and told that I was also borderline diabetic; I liked the feeling of how "light" I felt after a big meal; my brother's encouragement and guidance; the changes to my hair, skin, and sleeping habits; the desire to win the challenge, of course.
3. How was your workout performance during the challenge? I felt weak at first but once I incorporated more fats into my meals and increased my fruit intake, I found myself getting stronger, and getting faster during metcons. I was PRing almost every WOD! Just don't eat a super fibrous meal before you work out, lol.
4. You were the winner of last year's Ero Paleo Challenge, do you have any tips for the new people who are just starting? Don't cave in during the "carb flu." Maybe it's just me, but just smelling the foods I craved, satisfied my cravings. Find a good support system. Eat nutritious foods that make you happy! Meal plan and meal prep for the week. Finally, just remember that good nutrition is the best gift you can give yourself.
Thank you, Stacy V. for your participation in this interview. She said it best – good nutrition is the best gift you can give yourself.