Day Eleven – Thursday 26 January 2012

Today I worked all day (around 15 hours) and I didn’t eat much.  There’s not much to report, other than I hope I don’t have many more days like this.  My body was freaking out.  I had chest pain and stomach pain, which I blame on the fact that I didn’t eat until about 10:00PM.  The hunger pains helped me realize how spoiled I am.  I can’t imagine the lives of people who are hungry constantly.  #eyeopener

Food:

10:00PM – And then there were eggs

baked shrimp (frozen)
the last of the bacon

Note: I need to buy some frozen vegetables.  You know, those ones that you can just steam in the microwave in the bag?  For nights like this when I have cheap protein because I’m lazy and…lazy.

I skipped crossfit again.  Even eating what I consider to be a healthy diet, missing the workout makes me feel like a slob.  I need to get in there tomorrow.

Day Ten – Wednesday 25 January 2012

My meals are starting to get even more boring, but I’m holding off on grocery shopping.  I went to my dad’s house and ate dinner with him (he follows a Paleo diet so there were no issues with that).  I’m still getting a major lack of sleep.  Hopefully I can start working better hours in the near future so I can see how the diet affects me when I actually have had proper sleep.  I felt very bloated today.  I don’t know what is causing it, but I want it to end.  I haven’t had this much bloating since starting the diet, so we’ll see how this plays out.  Also, I finished off my carrot banana muffins today.  They have been absolutely delicious – I can’t wait to make them again!

Food:

1:00PM – I ate the last muffin!

2 carrot banana muffins
1 cup of orange juice (This was also the last of the orange juice. No more of that until the vegan phase.)

7:00PM – Seafood Gumbo & Tostones

carrots
celery
cabbage
red onion
mushroom
snapper
cod
shrimp
scallops
Andouille sausage

Plantains fried in beef tallow

I don’t know exactly everything my dad uses in his gumbo, but I listed everything I’m sure of.  He also uses a bit of tomato sauce and an array of spices.

I have a pretty bad knee injury, so I’m taking it easy with crossfit.  I didn’t go to the workout today.  I don’t know when I’ll end up returning to it.  I have to see how my knee holds up.

Day Nine – Tuesday 24 January 2012

I am running out of food, so I’m making do with what I have.  I went to bed late last night and woke up early.  I have a bad habit of this, so it’s hard to attribute any energy level fluctuations solely to the diet.

Food:

2:00PM

2 carrot banana muffins
1 cup of orange juice

6:00PM

2 carrot banana muffins
1 cup of orange juice

2:00AM – Drunk food without the alcohol

4 strips of bacon
6 scrambled eggs (with Adobo and hot sauce)

To make this clear, if I don’t specifically list something that I drank, it means I just had water the rest of the day.

Exercise:

5:00PM

How high up the ladder can you go in 9 mins of:
100 m Run
1 Chest-To-Bar Pull-up
100 m Run
2 Chest-To-Bar Pull-ups
100 m Run
3 Chest-To-Bar Pull-ups…

For Rx- do regular Kipping Pull-ups
For Rx+ do 45 lbs Weighted Pull-ups (25 for ladies)

Score: 7+2 Rx-

Snatch Deadlift + Snatch + Overhead Squat 1-1-1-1-1 (unbroken)

I skipped this part of the workout because I had some other stuff to do tonight.

Day Eight – Monday 23 January 2012

Getting back into the diet after a cheat-weekend was strange.  I felt very bloated and sluggish today.  I think it’s the after-effects of consuming junk all weekend.  I hope this doesn’t last very long.  I feel like I need to run 20 miles, but don’t have the energy to do it.  I’m exaggerating, of course, but this is not a fun feeling.  I also had immense cravings for fruit today.  I could have easily eaten nothing but fruit today and been satisfied, but my better judgment was to balance it with veggies, meat and fat.  My diet today still consisted mainly of fruits.  I wonder if all the junk I ate this weekend threw my sugar levels out of whack and that’s why my body was asking for it.  I was also extremely tired today.  I didn’t have a particularly busy day, but I felt fatigued all day.  This is, again, due to waking up at noon after seven hours of sleep.  Seven hours is not too little sleep, in general, but in previous nights I had been getting pretty small amounts of sleep, so my body needs a good deal of rest.  I don’t have anything to do tomorrow in the morning, so I plan on sleeping around twelve hours.

Food:

4:00PM – Carrot Banana Muffin “Breakfast”

2 carrot-banana muffins
1 cup of orange juice

7:30PM – Fruits Galore

2 oranges
1 banana
1/2 handful of pork grinds (I found out these are like paleo crackers!  The only ingredient in them is pork!)
1/2 handful of homemade plantain chips (Paleo chips!  Plantains sliced and pressed as thinly as possible then fried in lard.)
About 6oz of pork shoulder
2 glasses of orange juice

Exercise:

6:00PM

Three rounds for time:

25 Double-Unders
14 Ring Dips
21 Wall Balls (10lbs)

Time: 21:14

*Substituted ring dips for banded ring dips with the thinnest band.

By the way, my meatloaf has officially gone to Heaven!  I accepted the fact that I am never going to finish it.  It was about 2/3 of the way eaten, which is good enough for me.  I sent it down the disposal this morning and don’t miss it at all.  Although I enjoyed the meatloaf for a few days, I don’t think that is a recipe I will be returning to any time soon.

Day Seven – Sunday 22 January 2012

Yes; I cheated today as well.

Food:

3:00PM – Almost Done

2 pita bread loafs
A few tbsp of hummus
A handful of baby carrots
A slice of leftover cake
A glass of milk

8:00PM – Heading Home Soon

A bowl of spaghetti with meat sauce and mixed veggies (it had peas in it).
Another slice of leftover cake
A scoop of tiramisu ice cream
A glass of milk

The weekend splurge is over.  Back to business.  I’ll be heading back to Gainesville in three weeks to celebrate another friend’s 21st.  I have every intention on cheating up a storm that weekend, but I have three full weeks between now and then during which I have no reason whatsoever to cheat.

P.S. Even if I had been in town, my Crossfit gym is closed on Sundays.

Day Six – Saturday 21 January 2012

I’ll just tell you up front.  I cheated this weekend.  I gave into the pressure of my surroundings.  My friends I was visiting in Gainesville have healthy eating as a last priority.  I could have avoided the foods they were eating, but, as childish as this sounds, I just wanted to fit in.  They threw a small belated birthday party for me involving pizza, chex mix, pancakes, bacon (the only paleo thing there), birthday cake, soda, and probably some other items I’m forgetting.

In a way, I’m actually glad that I cheated.  Not because I was able to indulge in comfort foods, but because it showed me that I don’t need to indulge in comfort foods.  As I was eating the junk food in front of me, my body didn’t really want it.  It’s not that the junk food wasn’t tasty, but I found my body craving vegetables in a major way.  I know my body hasn’t undergone a significant change in only five days, but I do believe it has already begun to adjust.  I genuinely couldn’t wait to get back home so I could get back on this diet.

Just for the record, the AT&T internet tech woke me up at 9:00AM and fixed the connection in about a half hour, which would have given me ample time to go to Crossfit.  Honestly, I just got lazy and didn’t go.  I went ahead and packed up and drove up to Gainesville.

Food:

12:30PM – English Breakfast Tea & Carrot-Banana Muffins

1 black tea bag
1/2 cup of coconut milk
2 carrot banana muffins

3:00PM – The Disaster Begins

A handful of homemade chocolate-peanut-butter cups
2 packets of Welch’s fruit snacks

9:00PM – Party Time

3 slices of pizza
Somewhere around 6 strips of bacon
Almost the whole bowl of Chex Mix
A hefty slice of chocolate cake
Around 4 cups of soda

So that was that.  Don’t judge me.

Let’s get up close and personal

Other than a bit of exhaustion, the only notable difference in my daily behavior (and this is potentially related to the diet) is I urinated a heck of a lot more today than I have in the days since beginning this diet.  I know I’ve been drinking more water – probably due to the salty meatloaf – but I haven’t been urinating much more, until today.  I had to hit the bathroom every hour or I thought I would burst.

I noticed yesterday that I hadn’t had a bowel movement since beginning the diet.  I didn’t even think about this diet causing constipation, but it makes sense because I’ve been primarily eating the meatloaf for protein and the breakfast smoothie for fat, but I haven’t eaten a lot of fruits and vegetables to get my fiber.  Last night, I tried to force myself to have a BM.  I ended up just sitting on the toilet until something came out, and it worked.  If you remember, I said I felt quite bloated yesterday.  Well, that went away when my body got rid of all that waste buildup.

Day Five – Friday 20 January 2012

My roommates and I went to Downtown Orlando tonight. I avoided alcohol, because that’s technically a cheat. Even though I’m 21, and it’s tempting to go downtown and party drunk on a Saturday night, I partied sober. We also went out to eat beforehand. This was my first test of eating out on this diet. We went to the Japanese restaurant Ichiban, so I looked for sushi rolls without tempura, mayonnaise, soy sauce, rice, and any fish with the word “spicy” in it (i.e. spicy tuna, spicy octopus). I even had to watch out for the mixed vegetables, because they are stir-fried with soy sauce (everything in a sushi bar is made with soy sauce). As much as I love experimenting with sushi, I stuck to the plain rolls to guarantee my safety.

I’ve been saying the last few days how I’m eating the meatloaf I made in an attempt to get rid of it. This morning a thought hit me: maybe my body is rejecting the meatloaf because I’ve been eating too much of it. Maybe if I take a day off and stick to veggies and lean meats, my body will crave the red meat again tomorrow or the next day. So, that’s exactly what I did today. I skipped the meatloaf, and stuck to fruits and veggies all day (with a little bit of fish in the sushi). I initially thought one day off would send my body into beef-inhaling mode again (that may sound obsurd, but it’s happened to me before), but I’m going to take the rest of the weekend off of red meat and see if the meatloaf is more appealing on Monday.

As for rest, I pulled an all-nighter last night, so sleep is irrelevant to this post. I didn’t drink any energy drinks to treat the fatigue, thank you very much. As you’ll see below, I opted for a few cups of tea.

By the way, I won’t be heading out of town until tomorrow afternoon to visit my friend in Gainesville. I was supposed to leave this afternoon, but the internet in my apartment is down, and the tech guy is coming out tomorrow morning. Since both of my roommates have work tomorrow, I have to be the one that stays home and waits for him to come between the hours of 8AM and 12PM.

Food:

9:30AM – English Breakfast Tea

1 black tea bag
3/4 cup of water
1/4 cup of coconut milk

11:00AM – Smoothie and EBT

1/2 cup of blueberries
1 banana
1/2 cup of coconut milk
1 capful of macadamia nuts

1 black tea bag
3/4 cup of water
1/4 cup of coconut milk

3:30PM – Garlic and Thyme Pan-Grilled Asparagus

1 bunch of asparagus (about 15 pieces)
3 cloves of garlic
some thyme leaves
about a tbsp of coconut oil
about a tbsp of bacon fat

6:00PM – 2 Carrot Banana Muffins (with dates and walnuts)

See the recipe here.

10:00PM – 2 Sushi Rolls

Rainbow Roll:
California roll (crab, cucumber, avocado) topped with:
tuna
salmon
whitefish
yellowtail
more avocado
*wrapped in cucumber instead of rice

Volcano Roll:
real crab salad & cucumber, topped with:
grilled scallop mixed in with:
avocado
fish egg (caviar)
spicy mayo (I skipped the spicy mayo)
*wrapped in cucumber instead of rice

I hated the aspargus I made. I’m sure I didn’t make it right, but whatever I did wrong made it taste awful. I won’t be revisiting that recipe. I finally made the muffins and they turned out delicious! I didn’t mix the batter as well as I should have, so there were a couple of chunks that were pure carrot, and other chunks that were pure banana. None the less, they curbed the horrible sugar cravings I’ve been having. The cravings were especially strong today, as one of my roommates baked chocolate chip cookies.

I skipped Crossfit today. Not really on purpose, I just had a lot to do today and the time ended up getting away from me. I also won’t be able to go tomorrow, because the only Saturday workouts are at 10AM and 11AM, both at which I’ll have to be hanging around waiting for AT&T. In the off chance the worker shows up and finishes the job before 10:30, I will go the workout.

Day Four – Thursday 19 January 2012

This is officially the last day of the apple-avocado smoothie!  I honestly wasn’t a huge fan of the smoothie, but kept making it until I ran out of avocados (I actually ended up running out of avocados, apples and coconut water all today, so that worked out well).  I woke up at 6:00AM after six hours of completely restless sleep.  I think I couldn’t fall back asleep because my mind was racing with all of the things I had to do today.  It was one of those days where you leave the house and don’t come back for about 18 hours.  I also noticed that I felt particularly bloated today, which has not been the case the past few days.  I attribute that to two nights of only six hours of sleep.  It’s only day 4, so I’m really not crediting the diet for anything positive or negative happening with my body.

Food:

10:00AM – Smoothie

1/4 cup of coconut water
1/2 cup of coconut milk
1 Granny Smith apple
1/2 of an avocado
3 whole eggs
*I opted for the whole eggs instead of just the yolk because I usually use a half of a cup of coconut water.  I only had a quarter of a cup left, so I didn’t want the smoothie to be too thick.

Also at 10:00AM, with the smoothie, I had a cup of green tea with spearmint, lemongrass, peppermint and 1/4 cup of coconut milk.  I knew I would need the caffeine from the tea.

2:00PM – Zero Carb Zero Sugar Rockstar

10:00PM – Chipotle Salad Bowl

lettuce
fajita vegetables
chicken
mild tomato salsa
medium salsa
1 slice of Primal Meatloaf
*They were out of guacamole! What?!

Yes; I know.  I know.  That’s the third time in three days I’ve gotten a Chipotle salad bowl.  The thing is, I’m trying to get rid of this meatloaf, but my body is already over it so I need a shit ton of vegetables to help get it down.  I don’t have the ingredients to make a salad, and I don’t want to go grocery shopping until I run out of the food I currently have, so it’s easiest to just pick up a salad.  Maybe I’ll go a little wild tomorrow and get a Subway salad instead.

I’m sure you also noticed that I had a Rockstar energy drink midday.  Let me explain.  By noon, I was already falling asleep at the wheel of my car, and I knew I had at least ten hours left in my day, so it was either option A: collapse at some point throughout the day, or option B: slightly cheat on the diet and have an energy drink that’s as close to paleo as you can get.  Coffee and tea are paleo, assuming you don’t add milk and sugar to them, but I didn’t have time to get home and make myself a cup of tea, or stop at a shop and have them make me something.  As you can see, I went with option B to get myself through the day.  I had previously researched energy drinks that are closest to paleo, and the Rockstar products in general were the winners (the ones that are zero carb and zero sugar, of course).  I don’t plan on drinking them often – only when I genuinely need the energy and I don’t have the time to make or buy some tea.

My mom actually caught me off guard and surprised me with dinner because she knew I’d had a long day.  I hadn’t told her about this paleo thing, so it’s not her fault she brought me what she did.  She brought me battered and deep fried chicken fingers, corn bread, potato salad, a doughnut, a muffin, and some pound cake.  I’m not sure where this came from, because even before I started paleo, I never ate that much food at once, especially not that much junk food.  The gesture was so nice, I almost ate the food.  Not because I couldn’t resist the craving (four days in, I have no intentions of cheating any time soon), but because I felt like the biggest asshole in the world for not eating it.  She was understanding, though.  She’ll end up eating the food herself.  If not, my 17-year-old brother would swallow it whole.

Just a heads up – I’m going to visit a friend out of town for the weekend.  My birthday was a few weeks ago, but since she didn’t get to see me, she’s making me a birthday cake.  I really don’t want to eat it, but I’ll feel like even more of an asshole for turning it down than I did with my mom.  I’m going to stand my ground, though.  I’d want to eat a piece just to taste it, but even if I take it home for a cheat day, I know it will go bad before I ever cheat on this diet.  I’m pretty strong-willed.  I hope she won’t be too offended…

Sorry this turned out so long!  I’ll stop now.

Exercise:

12:00PM

For time:

800m run
21 Sumo Dead-lift High Pulls (55lbs)
21 Box Jumps (20in)
21 Burpees
800m run
15 SDHPs
15 Box Jumps
15 Burpees
800m run
9 SDHPs
9 Box Jumps
9 Burpees

Time: 34:00

Day Three – Wednesday 18 January 2012

I woke up at 9:00AM after 6 hours of good sleep.  I was tired for the first few hours of the day, but that is more likely because of not getting enough sleep than the diet.  I contemplated drinking an energy drink, but refrained.  I felt fully awake by noon and that was sustained for the remainder of the day. After having all of that meatloaf yesterday, just the thought of red meat made me nauseous today. Regardless, I want to eat the meatloaf so I can get rid of it. I managed to add it to a salad at the end of the day.  I’m still craving desserts. I bought some bananas and pitted dates today to make some muffins tomorrow. Hopefully that will help curb the cravings. I’ve read some articles saying that 100% cocoa is considered paleo, and others saying that it’s not (same deal with raw honey, pure cane extract, and stevia extract).  I’m going to stay away those those items just to be safe.  I’ll stick with vanilla extract if I want to sweeten anything.  Also, I’ve read that fruit juice is not considered paleo.  I can see why that is the case for juices that have added sugar or are artificially flavored, but the only ingredients I see on my carton of orange juice are oranges, so I’m not sure I understand this.  I plan on finishing up this carton of orange juice and then not buying it again until the vegan phase.

Food:

10:30AM – Smoothie

1/2 cup of coconut milk
1/2 cup of coconut water
1 Granny Smith apple
1/2 of an avocado
3 egg yolks

6:00PM – Chipotle Salad Bowl

lettuce
fajita vegetables (sautéed red onions and green peppers)
mild tomato salsa
medium salsa
guacamole
1 big slice of Primal Meatloaf
3 eggs fried in bacon fat

As you can see, I’ve already opted for a Chipotle salad twice. Next time I go grocery shopping I will pick up the ingredients to make it myself.  I put the eggs on top of the salad just to give it a try and I liked the flavor it added.

Exercise:

7:00PM

How high up the ladder can you climb in seven minutes of:

1 handstand push-up
8′ handstand walking
2 handstand push-ups
8′ handstand walking
3 handstand push-ups
8′ handstand walking
…etc

Score: 3+1

Squat Clean: 15/1, 35/1, 40/1, 45/1, 50/1, 53/1, 58/1, 63/1, 68/fffff