Saturday, December 1, 2012

It's Time to Move On...

My entire perspective on life, my body, my nutrition and health has certainly changed since I first started this blog in 2007. Looking back now, I was so unfit and unhealthy but I made a decision to make my first few steps back into the land of fitness.

Nutritionally, I tried many different things in the last 5 years including Weight Watchers (hated that!) and Michelle Bridge's 12WBT, where I essentially starved myself down to 68kg while doing insane amounts of cardio workouts on a daily or multiple times per day basis! But I was still unhealthy. I was still eating foods that my body did not approve of and I felt sluggish and horrible after eating them, even though they fit into my 'allocated calories' for the day. Sure, it worked and got me to be really thin, but thin doesn't necessarily mean healthy. I was 'skinny fat'.

And then I discovered Paleo. I've done several posts on it now and the transition was gradual. For the past few weeks I have been 100% Paleo and I am never going back. My body is full of energy ALL the time with no fluctuations in blood sugar levels, so I never have my 3pm crash every day. I can eat and immediately train and I am never bloated. The food that I put into my body is healthy and nutritious and fuels my training well. I no longer count calories or weigh foods or fuss about anything other than whether I have had enough protein to support my muscles. And yet, I am losing body fat and gaining muscle like I never have before.

A huge part of that is from CrossFit and lifting heavy weights. From the moment I walked into the Box on my first day, I felt like I had come home. There is no other place I would rather be and on a daily basis I feel like I have trained harder in 20 minutes than I ever did doing 3 consecutive hours of cardio. I love being around like-minded people that don't look at me strangely when we discuss nutrition and training. On top of that, my body is changing and I love it! I am so much stronger and on a daily basis I am discovering things that my body is able to do that I never thought possible.

So for me, it feels like my journey to this point is at a close. My blog titled, "Get Off The Couch" speaks a lot about where I was 5 years ago when I went for that first run, scoring only 3.3 on the Beep Test! I am not sorry that it has taken me this long to discover this lifestyle, because I think the journey has made me into the person I am today. But I don't feel the need to write on this blog. It just isn't me anymore.

I have started a new blog about my journey into CrossFit and Paleo and I will continue to track my progress there.Thank you to everyone who supported me up to this point. I wish you all the best in your journeys.