My Paleo Zone Experience: One Month In
I’ve been living in the Zone since February 25th and I can safely say I am mostly used to eating in blocks and eye-balling measurements. The beginning was rough having to measure EVERYTHING. I’ve noticed there isn’t that much support on us in the Paleo Zone community (tons for regular Paleo and regular Zone), so i thought I’d weigh in on my experience so far in hopes that it’ll help someone on their journey.
The Stupid Scale
I am not one to get crazed over the scale numbers because I am fully aware about lean muscle mass versus fat mass, and when us ladies are on our period and how the scale can simply go up and down up to about 3lbs give or take throughout the day. BUT that doesn’t make it any less annoying when things don’t go your way when you’re doing things right. You’re supposed to weigh and measure yourself but I am lame and don’t have a tape measure at home, so just the scale it was for me, and with the help of my coach, we decided on my blocks:
High activity level of 4-5x CrossFit per week
Starting weight: 156lbs
Lowest weight: 149.8lbs
Total loss to date: 6.2lbs
Blocks: 11 blocks per day
There it is, folks. Roughly between 1-2lbs loss per week, which I know is ideal in keeping weight off in the long run- I have previously lost about 45lbs in the past if you check my Progress page. Yes, I realize I am up about 6lbs from my lowest weight at the time - I never finished this journey and plan to finish now. Okay, back to my Zoning life now. Taking into account my activity levels, I SHOULD be having more blocks but I simply can’t fit that much into my belly. It’s a lot of food.
Results of Living in the Zone
Clearly, the weight loss has been slow and I’m trying to come to terms with that even though I can get so frustrated. Specially because I’m also dealing with medical issues (very low Vitamin D, possible allergies to we don’t know what, and low immunity because of these things) that aren’t clear yet if they’re causing a slower weight loss than it would be if I was completely healthy.
I still wake up fatigued (highly due to medical woes it seems), but not as much as before. Which again, hard to tell if it’s the high dosage of Vitamin D doing its work, or if the change to Paleo Zone did it. Maybe both.
Few things I’ve learned so far:
- Sugary fruits and starchy vegetables (aka “unfavorable” carbs in Zone) mostly satisfy the appetite for a moment before hunger rears its ugly head again. I’ve cut my fruit intake by a LOT since starting zone. I usually only have fruits in the “favorable” list such as berries, apples or oranges.
- The portions per block for “favorable” vegetable carbs are RIDICULOUS. At first, I was FLOORED at how much food it is. For example: 4c fresh spinach = 1 carb block. 1 whole 9in cucumber = 1 carb block. But I now kind of understand why. These are “favorable” for good reason. They keep you full longer and never hungry in between meals.
Coming from a primal/paleo background, I was used to eating far more protein and fat per meal than Paleo Zone allows. But perhaps that was part of my problem. And on the other hand, I feel like I am literally STUFFING my face with vegetable carbs. I’d say I was a decent veg eater before this but I have never eaten this much per meal. Oinker status. Or dinosaur status.
This is how my 11 block day is spread out:
3 block breakfast
3 block lunch
1 block snack
3 block dinner
1 block snack
I’ve been considering switching my blocks for days that I CrossFit to:
1 block snack (so that I actually have something in my belly by 6 am)
3 block breakfast
3 block lunch
1 block snack
3 block dinner
And if you take a look through my blog you’ll see the typical kind of 3-block meals I eat regularly. As far as snacks go, my usual go-to’s are 1 egg, 3 almonds, 1/2 apple or 1/2 sausage link, 3 almonds, 1c cherry tomatoes or 1oz chicken deli meat, 1/4 avocado, 1 cucumber. There are days when i feel it’s almost too much food but on the bright side, I am never hungry.
If you’re thinking of going Zoleo (another term for Paleo Zone), here are a few tips to remember:
- Wait it out. The first week or so are pretty tough with all the measuring and planning of meals. It’s an adjustment period but you learn to eyeball it.
- Plan your meals if you can ahead of time. It can be tedious but it will only help you to have a plan of what you’re going to eat (like packing your lunch for work) than not having enough blocks to eat or eating too many of one zone category without realizing. I’m one month in and still have to make sure I count out all my blocks in my head when packing my lunch for work.
- In planning your meals, be careful at the grocery store when buying produce. Considering how many veggie carbs are required eating this way, it’s easy to get out of control and buying A LOT of veggies all at once. But veggies also go bad fairly quick. Don’t make my mistake by going crazy and buying all the cucumber, kale and spinach in the world. If not used within few days, most veggies go bad.
That’s all I’ve got right now folks, I hope it helped someone out there for I know the info out there on Zoleo is either rather outdated (pssst….I hear that there have been updates to the CF Journal Paleo Zone block counts on some of the blocks listed) or not very useful. Once you nail the measuring and block counts then you’re golden. And you’re ahead of the curve if you already eat Paleo/Primal as I was.
4. “Know when to hold’em, know when to fold’em.”
When you start hitting the weights, certain days you feel like the weights are made of foam and you could lift the gym. Other days, the weights seem to be made of adamantium. Realize on the days when the weights are light, go for broke and set a new personal record regardless of what the program says. On the days when the opposite is true, all you need to do is survive and realize the weights will be there tomorrow.
It was recently reported that the fashion industry considers a Size 6 Plus-Sized.
Here are the thoughts of very fit and healthy CrossFit men and women on this claim.
Thank you Journey TV for creating this and Paleo OMG for posting it.
I posted this to our box’s LiveFit 310 tumblr, but I wanted to share it with all my fitblr people. A ridiculous claim. Honest and hearty answers from fellow CrossFitting men and women.
I’d rather be strong than a stick. Just sayin’.
Did I Forget to Mention?
That I’ve pressed play again on this journey of mine?
If you’re on my blog and you see my “Progress” page, there are “before” and the current (at the time) pictures, but I was always careful to not say “after” because wasn’t done. I more so pressed pause and maintained. I have been back and forth between roughly 5-10lbs give or take within this past year.
I had been eating fairly well, sticking to primal/paleo nutrition (the occasional small cheats), but not so much watching portions as carefully. I hadn’t been keeping a food log either. Overall, I did well on maintaining but I had started to feel myself getting a little fluffier than I was comfortable with. So the day after Thanksgiving I decided, I need to press play again and proceed with my journey that I never finished.
If you’ve been following me since back when I was full on this journey, then you know that I never had a goal weight. Mostly going by how I feel and look until I get to where I am happy. If I had to pick a number it would probably be about 130lbs. I have no intention to be a stick figure. I don’t even think my body frame would allow that. I want to be lean and fit.
Another thing that kept me in journey limbo was me feeling so down about working so far away and not making it on time to CrossFit. Anytime that traffic was a big bitch or when I’d get off work late, I would get so pissed off that I wouldn’t make it on time to CrossFit. And I get it. I know I could just do a WOD at home, and I would at times. But it’s just not the same. Going from always being at CrossFit, with the people, that energy, that intensity, to lonely WODs at home? Not my cup of tea.
Needless to say, I was feeling down overall. But then, moving closer to where my box is, Redondo Beach, I made the decision to begin going to 6 a.m. classes, dash home, get showered and clean, then head to work. And I have been doing that for the last month. And down 7lbs since I decided to keep going on this journey.
Many Many Many Thanks
The journey of getting healthy, losing weight, losing fat, building muscle, and eating right has by no means been easy all the time, but it was most definitely worth every tears and sweat shed. And I have many people to thank for that. In no particular order, I thank:
- My family: I declared to my mom (as I have done in the past and failed) that I am going to start eating healthy and if she can help me since back then I’d go to her place for my lunch break) and she happily obliged. I’m sure int he back of her mind she wondered how long this would last this time, glad I proved those possible thoughts wrong.
- Your Nutrionista: Poor Leah patiently dealt with my million questions about health and exercise for the good first half of the year. I tried to do as much research on my own, but when I’d get stuck, it was her I went to with questions. And then, like a miracle, she picked me as one of her “guinea pig” students for nutrition consulting, and it was her who tuned me to “primal/paleo” eating lifestyle. She sent me tons of links and research and challenged me to try it for 2 weeks and see how I like it. Needless to say I haven’t looked back since.
- CrossFit 310: The love of my fitness life. I discovered CrossFit through how I began eating (primal/paleo). I noticed everyone’s blogs that I researched that ate like I do, did CrossFit and it sparked my curiosity. Tried a couple of boxes before coming across Kris (owner of CrossFit 310), and again, haven’t looked back. Kris is an amazing and inspiring coach. He has a way of bringing us all close together and working together all the while pushing ourselves. And he has this non-tyrant way of pushing you to your limits as well.
- Mark Sisson’s Primal Blueprint and Marks Daily Apple Site: This was my nutrition bible! Anytime I wondered if a certain food is “primal” I used the search function to find out and 90% of the time I’d get my answer. Beyond that there are some fantastical recipes on there as well.
- Fitblr Community: And last, but most definitely not least, my fitblr community here on Tumblr. When I began to focus my blog on health and fitness in January, there were only a handful of health and fitness blogs out there. The main one that caught my eye was Theodora’s Losing Weight in the City. She had lost 50lbs, maintaining, and staying fit. A true inspiration. Before I knew it, Tumblr developed a Directory where there was a Health & Fitness category. Sadly I find the directory to have gone downhill, promoting unhealthy weightloss and whatnot. But the unconditional support received is truly one in a million, and not sure if I would have gone as far as I have without it.
And apparently being a stressed mess (i also think I had bad chicken the night before last and feel icky and queasy) and going through a break up and adjusting to new work hours equals some weightloss.
Lowest number I’ve seen to date at 138.1lbs.
It Seems Like Yesterday
Warning: It’s a long one! (this warning goes to you Paleo Whiskey haha)
So had the idea to slowly go through my archives or my healthy adventure since when I started in January. Almost 40lbs lost later and I am looking back like it is a diary. I would get so impatient. So frustrated. Ups and downs. Friend of mine had gone through my old posts when she was bored one day and mentioned that that is motivating, to look at my old posts. And she wasn’t referring to pictures, but to what I wrote, because everyone can relate to the frustrations, being impatient and not thinking you can do it. So if this helps anyone, that’ll be enough.
January 29, 2010
"I mean look, I sweat this much (actually more because this is after getting home from gym already), and eating right yet results are super slow! It’s been 3 weeks of exercise for least an hour 5-6 times a week and eating right. Bleh! Am I just super impatient?" [link]
February 7, 2010 - My 10lbs lost post [link]
February 15, 2010 - “In the beginning I was so frustrated because I was eating healthy and working out a lot and seeing little to no results.”
"And I’ve been on this journey by myself. Friends and family have been supportive, but they’re not going through it WITH me, all they can do is support."
"Deep inside I have this fear that I will somehow get derailed but on the other hand also know I am a strong person and this is the most effort I have EVER made and progressed through and it is more of a lifestyle than a diet now." [link]
February 15, 2010
"Getting there slowly but surely…..
“The difference between the impossible and the possible lies in a person’s determination.”
- Tommy Lasorda” [link]
February 26, 2010 - A jeggings victory [link]
March 3, 2010 - The beginnings of my consultations with Your Nutritionista and how proud she was….back when it was still all low key hehe [link]
March 11, 2010
Me, second to last, feeling good and eating healthy at a restaurant for a birthday. [link]
March 14, 2010
"Me and my sweet, lovely, hip grandma. Can you believe she is 90????" [link]
March 16, 2010
March 17, 2010 - Down 22.6lbs at this point [link]
March 20, 2010
"This a Jean skirt I have from last summer!" [link]
March 27, 2010
"These jeans used to give me a major case of muffin top that I could only wear loose tops with them…not anymore!" Side note: These jeans are now way too big on me. [link]
March 28, 2010
"BUT…can’t help but think with all my hard work that I should be seeing MORE results. Being in my bikini today while I sunbathed made me think of this." [link]
April 1, 2010
"Hopefully soon I’ll be able to start selling tickets to the gun show because they’re [slowly but surely] forming!" [link]
April 4, 2010
Still had the thighs there! [link]
April 4, 2010 - “…that I am thisclose to getting out of the 150’s” [link]
April 5, 2010
The day I FINALLY fit into those Seven jeans! [link]
April 11, 2010
Completed the Warrior Dash! [link]
April 12, 2010
I was so happy to finally see my collar bones [link]
April 14, 2010 - First CrossFit session with Kris at CrossFit 310 [link]
April 23, 2010 - Found out I have a good squat [link]
April 29, 2010
Getting out of the 150s! [link]
April 30, 2010 - Video of me climbing the rope! [link]
May 5, 2010 - First handstand by myself - no assistance [link]
May 13, 2010
Those Seven jeans starting to get big at this point [link]
May 22, 2010
Climbed the rope all the way to the top! [link]
May 25, 2010 - Old Me vs New Me [link]
June 9, 2010 - My one and only vlog I’ve made post workout [link]
June 13, 2010
Well into my primal life [link]
June 24, 2010
"Guess who’s actually going running outside of crossfit training?" [link]
July 1, 2010
The group of girls I train with and have grown to adore [link]
July 8, 2010
July 12, 2010 - Level 1 Bad Ass in push ups with 22 strict chest to floor push ups! [link]
July 15, 2010 - First chin up from hanging! [link]
July 25, 2010
Feeling much more comfortable showing my legs at this point…. [link]
July 29, 2010
Was so happy to find that I fit into size 9 jeans! [link]
August 20, 2010
Fairly current and what I still am at in regards to weight and toning [link]
September 13, 2010 - First overhand pull up from hanging! [link]
So there you have it, my healthy adventure in posts! Like anyone, I’ve had my ups and downs, moments where I’ve felt discouraged and unmotivated. And I still have those moments. Because like I have mentioned before, I’m not quite done. I still want to tone some more. But looking back on what I have accomplished thus far really does help.
Just read Theodora from Losing Weight in the City's post about body image and this part of her post stood out for me:
I still have fat days sometimes. (Dude, nobody told me that fat days never go away, no matter how much weight you lose.) I still want to tone up my abs. But I try to love my body and myself more often than not, just like I try to eat more healthy than not.
These are exactly my thoughts! I mean, I’m not quite done with my journey yet as Theodora is, but I’m almost there and yet there are days when I wake up and look in the mirror and think, “I’ve really got to tone this mess up.” For me it’s mostly the need to tone and lean out my abs and thighs more. I’ve still got jiggly bits and I think once those are toned is when I will be happy with my journey (on most days haha). And I still get self-conscious with the boyfriend sometimes but I can usually tell myself I’m being paranoid and stupid, that obviously he likes me for me, and in the end, we are our own worst critics.
When Size Matters
Depending on how long you have been following me, but you may or may not know that I have refused to purchase any new jeans since starting this journey 7 months ago. Needless to say, my once fruitful collection of jeans has dwindled down to me being left with about only two pairs, and even those are pushing it (as in they’re borderline going to drop off my waist). People keep asking me what size I am now but I don’t know because I hadn’t even gone to try on jeans, it made me nervous. The pair I mentioned that I bought without trying on? Ended up returning them before trying them on. But then a few nights ago the boyfriend kindly said…
Babe…[as he fits his whole hand down the back waist of my jeans] look how loose these are on you….you need jeans that fit.
Fiiiiiine. But since I am not done, I decided to go the cheap jeans route so Target it is! When I started this journey I was a size 13…sometimes a 15. So I grabbed a few pairs, some 11’s and some 9’s…was pretty certain that I’m in no way a 7 yet. 11’s were first…and they were too big! Then the 9’s….nice! Slightly, very slightly big, but I know there is no way I am a 7 yet so I guess I’m in between technically so I got the 9’s!
I did end up going with a different color than the ones pictured though! I ended up going with dark charcoal skinny jeans in a size 9! You guys, do you have any idea how long it has been since I was a single digit size?????!!!!
The Weightloss Talk
I’ve been dating this same guy for almost a month now and we’re….going steady? Hahaha….let’s just say neither of us are seeing anyone else. Well I hadn’t discussed my weightloss history until today. I was scared to tell him. I kept thinking, “Today I’ll tell him,” and then I wouldn’t. I think I was worried about what he would think considering how recent it was.
He first confessed to me that he was heavier 3-4 years ago and has maintained since then…and let me tell you, he has an amazing body now! Broad shoulders, very nice arms, that V-shape body. So I decided, now’s the time, he confessed to me, so it’s only fair.
I tell him. And he says:
Wow!!! Baby that is amazing!!! I’m so proud of you!!! Can’t wait to keep working out with you!!!
I mean, wow! Don’t know why I was so fearful to tell him, he has been great about everything else and always so supportive! Huge relief that he was also supportive about this! No, I did not mention my blog, because I try to keep it close to me so I can talk about anything without worry of who may see it.
I went on to explain that that is the reason why I’m as careful with my eating as I am, because I don’t plan to go back to how I was eating before. And he totally understood! Relief all around! He’s so great!
Well, here it is folks! Let me walk you through.
June 2009 There are ??? for the pounds because I had no clue, I wasn’t weighing myself and not really watching what I was eating. I would watch what I ate for couple weeks, fall off the wagon, start again, fall off, it was a vicious cycle. And this picture was taken at Runyon Canyon in Hollywood and I remember nearly dying climbing it. Had many moments where I questioned if I could make it to the top, but I pushed on. Look at the thighs…yikes. The cheeks….eek.
January 2010 I was at about 180lbs here, could be a little more. It was soon after this picture that I began getting serious about getting fit and healthy. This was hiking the Hollywood Sign trail which was brutal at the time for me. I have yet to go back to this trail, though I want to, to see how much better I can handle it now. Again, the thighs….the cheeks…..ahh.
May 2010 Roughly a 4-5 month jump from the previous picture and at 149.8lbs, therefore, a 30lbs weight loss accomplished at this point! I’m feeling great at this point, clothes are fitting much better and loose! BUT, still not done with my journey, knowing the last few pounds are the hardest to shed.
July 2010 This is me today at 143.8lbs, now down 36.2lbs. Since I see myself everyday, I don’t see as much difference as others may who don’t see me daily. But looking through these pictures helps me see just how far I’ve come and how proud I really should be.
I’m still not done, but I know I can do it, even if it’s slowly. I had been so frustrated but haven’t stopped to think that in reality I haven’t been doing this THAT long and I have to be patient. And I have to play around with my eating when necessary. Like my trainer says, "the body is like a Rubix Cube, you have to keep changing things to make it work for you at this time, right now".
Someone asked me what I have started to do to tweak my eating. Well, after speaking with my trainer, Kris, and my fitness aspiration, Maria, we decided that I should try to lower my fat count, but still keep the calories around the same. To definitely not stray from fats, and definitely not go to Low-Fat, Fat-Free or processed foods, but just lower the fats and even out the ratio of fats, proteins and carbs. For example, if I am having lean chicken breast, then I could add some avocado to my salads or butter to my broccoli/zucchini, but if I’m having a fattier meat like steak, then to just stick to piling in the nutritious veggies as the side, no extra fats. It’s exciting to experiment with my eating and see the outcome!
I have not posted my weight in a while because I usually only post when there is a change and my weight has been in the constant same range of 3-4lbs, the lowest having been 146.9.
-3.1lbs? I’ll take that and run with it!!!! I actually hadn’t even been weighing myself for the last couple weeks out of frustration of it not moving much! I was glad I wasn’t gaining but I wasn’t done, so it was frustrating!
Hopefully I can just proceed with lower numbers from here on out! I have done some tweaking in my eating thanks to my trainer Kris, Maria, and Liz (all fellow crossfitters)!
Congratulations to all you fitblrs!
Here is a poem by JackFit that I dedicate to you all:
You’re well on your way.
On the road to your Goal Weight!
You’re a loser, I say!
You have your head in the game,
And gusto in your gut.
You have made the decision
To work off your butt.
You know what to do. And you know that you know.
And YOU are the person who’ll make those pounds go.
You’ll look up and down menus. What care you’ll be takin’.
You will order the salad, not a cheeseburger with bacon.
With your head in the game and your guts full of gusto,
You’ll take this journey down the path that it must go.
And you may find exercise
Will help manage your stress.
Will amp up your energy
And make you weigh less.
It’s easier now
You are movin’ and groovin’.
Others can do this
And frequently do.
They’re getting it done
You CAN do it, too
And soon things’ll start happenin’
If you keep doing well.
You’ll see good results
When you hop on the scale.
THE WEIGHT YOU WILL LOSE!
You’ll be on your way down!
You’ll be wearing new clothes!
You’ll join all the others
who reach for new lows.
Your behind will not lag, you’ll be feelin’ less flabby
You’ll find yourself thinkin’, “Hey, this ain’t too shabby.”
Whenever you weigh, you’ll feel like the boss
Whenever you weigh, you will show a big loss.
Except when you don’t.
Because, sometimes, you won’t.
I’m sorry to say it
But I’m just being real.
Yes, bad snacks
Are part of the deal.
So you may find there’re days
When your ass will be draggin’.
In that case, of course,
You will fall Off the Wagon.
You may head off to Lunch
With a plan not to stray
Then eat your weight in shrimp
At a Seafood Buffet.
And while off the Wagon
You can gain back a ton.
And re-wagoning one’s self
Is not easily done.
You may come to a place where you want to give in.
Where you think you’ll just live with your big double chin.
A place you’ll know that you’ll never know peace!
You don’t want to diet. You don’t want to increase.
How long can you live while you’re living obese?
And IF you give in, should you just try to forget it…
Forget that you tried once and just didn’t did it?
You couldn’t succeed, though you really did strive to?
Now you need something else to revive you.
Do you truly think you’ll find it there at the drive-thru?
You can get so down and out
That your heart will start racing,
And you’ll wonder if it’s a heart attack that you’re facing.
If not, you’ll continue to feed your fat face,
Headed, I fear, toward a most useless place.
The Weighting Place…
…for people just weighting.
Waiting for a flash of light.
Waiting until the time is right.
Til’ your job eases up or the kids are grown
Or until you don’t feel so all alone.
Waiting around ‘til it’s just about too late
And piling more and more food on your plate.
And you’re starting to lose it.
Losing your will to start making a stand.
Losing your ability to do what you’ve planned.
Sitting there watching your waistband expand.
Or losing, perhaps, a big part of your future
Just begging for food like some beggy moocher.
Losing yourself, though that sounds kind of strange
Losing a chance that you can make a Change.
Everyone is just losing it.
That’s not for you!
Somehow you will do it
The only losing you’ll observe
Is when you step on that scale
For the loss you deserve.
With your spirit still soaring,
Once more weight’ll be dropping.
There’s nothing that’ll stop you.
For you there’s no stopping!
Oh, the weight you will lose! There are goals to be met.
There is work to be done. There’s still sweat you can sweat.
And you will do great in your quest to be small.
Why, you’ll be the losingest-est loser of all.
Success! You’ll be as fit as a fiddle
With a whole lot less mess stuck ‘round your middle.
Except when you fail
And things don’t go so well.
I’m afraid that some weigh-ins
Will show a big gain.
And you’ll feel that this whole
Rigamarole is in vain.
Big and fat!
Whether you like it or not,
You’ll feel that you’ll never
It’s so frustrating, but there’s a very good chance
That you’ll one day be wearing your not-so-fat pants.
There is no reason at all this weight has to haunt you.
All it will take is some will and some want-to.
And so on you will go
Though your stomach will growl.
On you will go
You won’t throw in the towel!
On you will go
And it’s time to go now.
Downward you’ll go
Past milestones and goals.
We’re losing our backsides
And saving our souls.
On and on you will go,
And I know you’ll achieve it.
All it takes is a plan
And that you really believe it.
You’ll have bad days, of course,
As you already know.
You’ll stumble and struggle
You’ll stub your fat toe.
But you’ll get to your feet
And you’ll get back on track.
And if you don’t believe that
Then you don’t know Jack.
Just never forget the advice that I’m giving
Get fit and enjoy this life that you’re living.
And will you succeed?
Yes! You will, indeed!
(100 and 27 percent guaranteed.)
KID, YOU’LL LOSE TONS!
Really Urban Outfitters? This is what you’re putting out? Some are saying this shirt promotes an eating disorder…on the other hand some are saying it’s just a shirt.
Urban Outfitters has the description as:
"Eat less or more or however much you’d like in this seriously soft knit tee cut long and topped with a v-neck."
What do you think?
This is disturbing on so many levels! At the Heart Attack Grill in Phoenix, AZ, if you weigh more than 350lbs you can eat for free! All you can eat "flatliner fries" which are cooked in real lard. All their burgers are named after heart surgery procedures such as the single, double, or triple bypass hamburger! All the servers are dressed as nurses and all the customers are referred to as patients and the owner happens to be a real MD.
Wow is all I have to say…surreal.