Well... it hasn't been easy so far... but I'm not sure it's been as hard as I thought it would be either.
I have lost almost 5 pounds since Day 1 and my clothes are noticeably looser. I should be ecstatic, but I've actually been a little worried. The weight loss seems somewhat extreme, and I've been feeling weak during my workouts, even a little woozy and nauseous. I'm lacking stamina. Other people who have gone paleo report that this is normal. Apparently the body enters some kind of gluten-purging fog and it makes you feel crappy for 2-3 weeks.
That I can accept, but there is another issue that I need to work on for the rest of the month... When I mentioned my performance woes, my trainers at Quantum advised me that having given up many of the high-calorie foods I used to enjoy, there is a danger now that I'm just not eating enough. There's certainly truth to this, and it would account for the dramatic weight loss. The problem is I've largely lost interest in food because the go-to things I used to like (pasta, wraps, bagels, Mr. Spring's amazing home-made pizza) are not longer an option. When I open the fridge there just isn't anything that I'm super excited about having, so I don't bother eating as much. For example, I've caught myself at dinner time thinking, "I can't face another plate of broccoli and chicken, I'll just dip a few grapes in almond butter. It'll be time for my breakfast oatmeal soon anyways, and I actually like eating that. I can wait."
So clearly there's some room for improvement in my nutrition plan. This week I'm going to work on getting organised so that there are always things around the house (like burgers and yummy soups) that I actually want to eat. I'm still on the bandwagon, and I will persevere! Big thanks to the trainers and clients at Cross Fit Quantumfor all the support .
I'll update again in a week... hopefully I'll be feeling stronger, and more energetic!