Here we go again…

Another Paleo challenge except this time it will be different. I will make it all 30 days without a cheat meal, snack or drink. Last time I did a CrossFit Paleo challenge was in August and of course, it happened to end the day after my birthday. Needless to say I cut the challenge short and ultimately, missed out on winning the challenge by a short amount (I see a pattern here).

We officially started the challenge yesterday. This time around, I am keeping a food log on our CrossFit’s message board and took before pictures and my weight. I am not proud nor happy with where I am currently but I do know that I allowed myself (ample) slack due to moving, starting a business and the holidays. This slack has resulted in loss of muscle, definition and added weight. I know I will start to see results soon, my stomach already feels better, there’s no grumbling and rumbling going on from gas and general discomfort. Its amazing how the body responds to what we put in it.

So here is a review of the challenge for those of you new to Paleo:

  • Eat-vegetables, lean meats, seafood, eggs, nuts (moderation), fruit (moderation)
  • Do not eat-sugar, processed foods, wheat, grains, soy, starches (potatoes), dairy (milk, cheese, yogurt), alcohol

This document was provided to us and outlines nicely the things to eat and drink and vise versa.

There is a pot of money and a free month’s membership at stake for this challenge plus of course feeling and looking better so I’m really going to put my all into this.

So here we go, below are my “before” pictures, taken this past Wednesday, January 16


Weight: 161 lbs.

I will also start to keep my workout details for the week like I used to do when training for a triathlon. I put this info out there to show a number of things:

1. Your body is in constant change and you need to do these to get back on track (such as posting pictures publicly)

2. Even though I work in the health and sports field, I’m not the best at keeping my body at tip top shape though I am constantly working on this

3. The change you will see in just 30 days can be remarkable. Imagine what you could if you kept it up for 60, 90, 120 days! Maybe there’s a “new” challenge in there

4. Public accountability is a great motivator to by pass the Dunkin’ Donuts

My personal goals this year include keeping my body healthy not just reaching a certain point and then allowing myself to backslide. I may even strive for adding some actual abs you can see! I may not be able to train and race in triathlon until later this year so this is my new “race” to complete and it is certainly ironman worthy. Another goal, which I publicly posted at our box is to clean and jerk 130 lbs. which is about 20 lbs heavier than my last PR so I’ve got two worthy goals to accomplish for the beginning of the year.

So instead of raising my glass of Dos Equis with the Most Interesting Man Alive, I will salute you with my glass of almond milk…


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What a month it has been since I last posted! I made the move from Jacksonville to Vero Beach and as of today, I launched the e-commerce site! It has been an exciting time both personally and professionally as this is my first entrepreneurial venture and even more meaningful that I’m launching it in my hometown.

I hope you will help me promote KickStart Endurance as we will be providing top notch endurance sport nutrition as well as the best in training and racing accessories. We’re more than a retail store though, there will be blog posts from fellow age group athletes sharing their training and racing nutrition tips and products as well as providing customers a space to share their goals and inspirations for not only racing and training but personally and professionally as well. Finally, KickStart Endurance will continue to aim to provide services which will benefit our customers nutritionally, physically, and emotionally.

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I promise I will get back to actually training and racing blogging soon but for now, lets KickStart the New Year!



Getting back on track. Public Accountability

Why do I do this to myself? I wake up with a puffy face, congested sinuses, and an unhappy tummy. I had to walk for several minutes during last night’s run because my stomach was cramping so bad that I thought it was going to give way at any second. I have vivid dreams and wake up tired.

What have I done to do this to myself you ask?

Simple. I have been eating breads, specifically a delicious, yummy Domino’s pizza the past two nights for dinner and a half of a sandwich during a work event.

Sure, I have been busy, busier than usual (I will address this issue in about a week and a half) but I know its no excuse for slacking on my diet and trying to adhere to Paleo guidelines. I know better! Especially less than 2 weeks before a half marathon.

I try to justify why I can eat certain things like “well last time it didn’t upset my stomach so why not” or “its cheap, fast and convenient” or “I don’t have time to cook and it will take away from precious time spent on other things”. Seriously Jaclyn, you know that doesn’t pass muster.

I’m posting this publicly to hold myself to a higher standard and to keep me accountable. I should not need a 30 day challenge at CrossFit to keep me in-line rather I should have the will power to not indulge in pizza and if I do, I should probably get the gluten free crust next time.

No one is perfect, no one’s diet is perfect, but I know I can do a better job and by doing a better job, I will feel a million times better.

Here’s what I need to stick to:

Primal Pyramid

Notice there are no whole wheat or grains listed on the pyramid unlike our lovely government’s pyramid they try to sell us on.

Now don’t get me wrong, I have not been eating poorly every meal its just that the meals I do eat poorly at stand out that much further. When the meals get in the way of my training, I get pissed and when I get pissed, I like to change things.

So here’s to changes and getting back on track.