IRONMAN Boulder 2014

IRONMAN Boulder 2014
IRONMAN Boulder 2014 - Photo Courtesy of Nils Nilsen @N2PhotoServices
former professional couch potato and dorito eater with no fitness background to 4 x IRONMAN triathlete. blogging so you can be inspired to be active in your life! there's no 'can't' - just think of when you will take that first step!

Saturday, February 16, 2013

when #paleo becomes a #fail-eo

i have to be honest...

i am a rebellious person.

when i'm told not to do something, i typically want to do the opposite because i want to prove that i'm in control and not you. the same can be said when it comes to food.

 

since moving toward a paleo "lifestyle" in november 2012, it has definitely had an impact on controlling weight gain through the holidays and winter, coupled with non-ironman training type cardio.

going paleo, to me, has different depths. you can go ALL in (or have to due to medical conditions), where you are looking at specific chemicals in the products, how the animals you're eating were fed, etc. or, you can go a little simpler, as i am. what are the key elements of paleo that i, personally, try to keep an eye on?

avoid sugar.

avoid grains.

avoid dairy.

avoid processed foods.

too many items in the ingredients list = no no.

notice how i said "avoid" above?

it all sounds pretty easy, right?

NO!

 

i WANT that bag of chips. i WANT that cupcake in the office kitchen. i WANT those french fries! i WANT that sushi! AND, I'LL HAVE THEM! those are the times that you DON'T see me posting pictures on Instagram because i'm ASHAMED!!!

but, there you have it... i'm human! i have those cravings and the fact that i'm not SUPPOSE to have them, makes me want to have them even MORE! REBELLION!

 

but once you read Paleo Diet for Athletes, you learn that those "non-optimal" foods are typically "ok" during stages III & IV of recovery! so, workout and ye shall be rewarded! the longer the workout, the longer stage III is! read the book so you fully understand!

 

so, ken... what's your point?

my point is that it's perfectly fine that i rebel. yes, i should do less of it. and, that's a work in progress. i'm working on focusing on those foods as "rewards" and "integral for recovery" post-workout. so, i don't really HAVE to rebel as much as i want to, especially because my training has started to ramp up significantly lately with the LA Marathon in March.

 

how do YOU rebel? what's YOUR weakness?