Saturday, September 22, 2012

I Eat to Live

Here we go again.  I've blogged before about eating, weight loss and working out, and yet here I am doing it again.  The gym that I go to, Crossfit Pittsburgh, entered a 9 week Paleo team challenge.  Since I just started to get back into a routine of dropping the kids off at school and heading down to the "box", I begged off the challenge.  I'm not particularly competitive and I especially didn't want to let anyone down.  See, we've created a delicate balance at home concerning Trey.  Right now, today, he's doing fabulous.  Who knows what's going to be happening next week, month, tomorrow?  I didn't want to commit to a team challenge if I wasn't going to be able to hold up my end of the bargain.  But, my sweet friend Jenn called and said simply that she wanted me on the team with her regardless of the outcome.  How can I say no?  So, I signed my life away up.

Strangely, though, this challenge presented itself at the exact time that I had been lamenting to Jay that I needed something to kick my (ever growing) butt into gear.  This past year, my size has fluctuated about 10 pounds either way several times.  Some people eat to comfort themselves during stressful times.  I don't eat at all during these times.  Then, when I feel better, I make up for the lack of appetite by eating...everything.  Not healthy.  And right now, I'm just not comfortable, especially since I know what to do to be in shape.  When I had to go into my bin labeled "pre and post pregnancy clothes" for the next size up in jeans, I knew something had to change.   Do you need something in a size 2?  I have it.  Size 16?  Yep, that too.

Another factor holding me back from initially signing up is that I just don't care about food.  That's it.  I don't want creative or fancy.  I don't want to spend time cooking or shopping or preparing food for just me.  I could seriously eat the same thing everyday.  By 'the same thing', I mean processed, easy to make, comes in a box type food.  I own the phrase "I eat to live" not "I live to eat".  A couple of years ago, I did The Zone diet and had really amazing results!  But, sadly, that only lasted a few months.

What is Paleo?  Some people call Paleo the 'caveman diet'.  Basically (in THE simplest form), Paleo is eating only the things a caveman would eat.  Lean meats, fruits, veggies, nuts and eggs.  No dairy, carbs, processed food or sugar.  As per this challenge, I must adhere to a strict Paleo diet, record my before and after pictures and measurements, and 3 'benchmark' workouts (I do 3 different workouts for time at the beginning of the challenge, then do the same 3 workouts for time at the end of the challenge and calculate the improvement)

So, here's where it's gonna get real. In the pictures I'm going to post below (be nice!), I'm wearing a pair of skinny jeans that I wore comfortably in the summer of 2011.  They're not so comfy now, but I hope they will be!!!

Please be kind!  And, check back to see how this challenge goes.  After these pictures, could it get worse?


Melissa823 said...

You are gorgeous already!! Excited to see your journey!

Jennifer said...

Oh boy. Paleo. That's no joke. Good luck! Not that you need luck, because you are awesome!

Happy said...

Is Paleo a friend of Galileo's? A cousin perhaps? Is he in the Tao Cruz song, too? ("I throw my hands up in the air sometimes, Galileo, gotta let go!")



Well, first of all, even in the last picture where you are jutting it all out, there isn't anything to "jut." (I made that word up. Just now, for you because I am quick like that). Anyways, I think you are forcing it out.

However, if you are going with the health aspect as opposed to weight loss alone, I say get on with your Paleo self. However, you will miss the Super Burger at Eat n Park. And that is a tragedy.

You are beautiful, Rachel Mitlo. Just the way you are. :)

Rachel said...

Thanks girls!! I'm excited to stick with it and since a team is counting on me...I'll do it! And sorry, "jutting" happening, that's all me. But, seriously, I KNOW that I'm dealing with single digit size issues. Other people have it far worse than me, so I don't complain too loudly. But, I'm just not comfortable! So, I'm not counting pounds, but rather how stuff fits!

Courtney said...

1: I live to eat. Truly. I don't know any other way. I kinda hate exercise, but I'd rather workout than diet any day.
2: You're a brave girl putting your biz out there...Good for you!
3: Good luck! I know you can do it!