You guys! It wasn't as bad/difficult/gut wrenching as I thought it would be! As for the diet aspect, I kept it simple...the wildest recipe I tried was making breaded chicken with almond meal instead of bread crumbs. For breakfast, I absolutely ate the same thing almost every day. For the rest of the day...there was a lot of grilled chicken, steamed veggies, sweet potatoes, eggs, bacon, tuna, fruit and almonds.
I never craved anything...though at one point after Halloween, I was cleaning the kitchen and picked up a chunk of a Hershey bar! Oh my stars! I covered my mouth with one hand and threw the chocolate at the garbage can! Get behind me, satan!
I'm sure I could go on and on about the diet, but I'll just hit the high points. I exceeded my weight loss goal! I lost several inches! This sounds weird, but my fingernails are the strongest they have ever been! My belly feels good all the time, which wasn't always the case previously. Someday, I'll tell you what happens when I eat the turkey sandwich at Eat N' Park...The only time I felt hungry is when I didn't or couldn't plan ahead. *There were a few hospital days with Trey when I just could not eat in front of him* My skin is clear(er)! Though, as a life long picker, this makes me sad. Maybe I should include it under 'low points'. But, truly, even Jay has complimented my skin several times...and this is the same husband that (years ago) didn't notice that I had taken out my nose ring for 3 weeks. My times for each of the benchmark workouts improved!
As for low points, not too many. However, we went to a wedding and let me tell you...I love, love, love weddings! I knew that this day would be a "cheat" in my entries and I was okay with that. I was eying up that wedding cake! Seriously? I DIDN'T like the cake! It was too sweet! (I know, I know! Wah! And my diamond shoes were too tight!) But, really! I was looking forward to that cake! Bummer. Another time, I went to dinner with friends. Knowing that I wasn't going to use a "cheat", I looked up the menu ahead of time to find something Paleo friendly. What did I end up with??? A stinkin' chicken salad with all the good stuff (cheese!) taken off. I could've had that at home and not had to tip anyone!
Now that the challenge is over, I plan on sticking with the Paleo, though not as strictly as per the challenge. And maybe on the weekend, I'll enjoy a "free" meal. Since we rarely go out to restaurants (I mean, come on! I went to ONE in nine weeks!), I will choose freely from the menu.
But now, I know you've all been waiting for them...The after pictures!!!! Let me refresh your memories with the before pics, too...
Hooray! Can you tell by the pictures that I hate, hate, hate having my picture taken? Ugh! Anywho...look into Paleo if you're thinking of changing things up. It's a challenge, but isn't anything that's worth it?