04 June, 2012

Two Weeks of CrossFit & Paleo...and I'm in Love!

So I've officially finished two weeks of 'official' CrossFit classes.  Plus I've stuck to the Paleo eating plan for those same two weeks.  I seriously seriously love it!


The classes have totally kicked my butt.  Big time.  I love that I can get a great workout in usually under 30 minutes and am completely dripping sweat when I'm done.  Granted there is a warmup workout that isn't included in that 30 minutes but everything goes by so quickly.  I know I'll come across a few WODs (Workout of the Day) that I despise but so far I haven't stumbled upon any.  As I get more in the groove of things, I'll go into more detail!  I'm still trying to figure out how to post my training/food info without boring everyone to death.  Maybe just highlights every now and then. 

As for running, I still haven't done much of it.  However I did run a 5k yesterday with the box crew and did semi-ok.  3rd best 5k time for me.  It was HOT those last two miles plus I haven't ran a 5k in over a year.  I guess I'll take it!  There's also a 10k lined up as one of the WODs this week (Wednesday I think), and I'm running in they NYRR Mini-10k this Saturday.  Nothing like diving back into running head first, right?  :) 

And then there's the whole Paleo thing.  It's really NOT as hard as I thought it would be at all.  Obviously I'm not perfect and have had a few 'cheat' snacks & bites here and there but it's really only been 3 meals out of the 2 whole weeks.  If you guys haven't heard of Paleo, it's pretty much grain free, gluten free, dairy free, soy free, bean free, and sugar free (usually, small quantities of honey and stuff is allowed).  Sounds crazy and impossible, right??  It's really not!  The main staples of the plan are lots of healthy protein (lean grass fed beef, free range poultry, uncured/nitrate free bacon, etc), veggies, and some fruit.  Plus a few added caveats.  Whole Foods has become my new best friend.  My wallet hated me after that first 'stock up' trip but after that, it really hasn't been that bad.  Yes, the meat is slightly more expensive but I've found myself eating home a LOT more, which saves me a ton of money.

 I scoured the interwebs for amazing recipes and have struck gold in a few of them.  PaleOMG  in particular.  This girl is hilarious and makes some seriously delicious Paleo food.  I mean seriously...how good does this look?!  (And yes, it's amazing...it's the Pistachio Pesto Chicken 'Pasta'...link in my recipe section and the caption of the photo!)

Souce:  PaleOMG

 So far eating Paleo, I feel really good.  I definitely have more energy, I'm not as bloated, I've dropped between 5 and 7 pounds.  I sleep better and I usually wake up before my alarm.  When's the last time THAT ever happened??? I know there's a period of time early on in going Paleo that some people feel run down and exhausted so I'm waiting for that to hit.  

A few people have asked me to post my favorite Paleo recipes and items, and I always want to remember my faves, so I created a new tab at the top of the blog for Paleo Recipes.  None of these are my own (yet!) so I always link back to the original site for the recipe itself.  I try to attempt at least 2 or 3 new recipes a week so keep checking back.  I'm constantly updating it! 


  1. The husband and I just started CrossFit and a Semi Paleo diet last week and we are loving it so far too! It's really not as hard as it sounds! Keep it up!

  2. @Courtney... thank you, same to you! Will definitely check out your blog, love reading about people in the same boat :)

  3. Great job. you will not regret it. I haven't in 3+ years.

    Another resource to look at for Paleo is RobbWolf (www.robbwolf.com) he covers science behind the lifestyle. Has your family and friends declared you crazy for not eating bread/pasta yet?

    What box did you end up joining?

  4. @Mossy... Thank you! I need to go buy Robb's book but have been looking at his site and subscribed to his podcast. Some of it is way too technical for me but I'm definitely learning a lot! And yes, my friends have definitely called me crazy but they're holding their judgement until I let them know how I feel in a few more weeks! My family will get to see the craziness this weekend. :) Can't wait!

  5. Hi Jenn, CrossFit sounds great, I've been wanting to try it and just saw that a box is opening in my town in the next few weeks! Definitely going to look into it. Hope all is well!

  6. Wow! I'm still scared to try Cross Fit but everyone I know that has tried it has loved it. And great job with the paleo!

  7. @liverungrow... you should definitely check it out! Unfortunately I've heard of a ton of new box's opening up where the owners aren't that experienced. Just make sure to ask a bunch of questions and that these guys know what they're doing! I go to a box that isn't the closest to my house but it seemed the most legit. :)

    @Emily... Thank you! It's definitely intimidating but I have seriously fallen in love with it. Everyone is so nice and helpful that the intimidation goes out the window. Even the big burly meat head looking dudes (and dudettes) are pretty friendly, haha!