Mar 29th, 2011

Category: CrossFit


This has been one loooong paleo challenge. I know there is a solid group of people who have stayed strong journaling over the weeks. Those individuals likely will have have the most drastic results and will be in the running to win (there will be 3 winners). However, there are some members who gave up on the journaling in the early weeks but have stuck to the paleo principles and look fantastic. For example, my mom! My mom has lost 14lbs since the beginning of the challenge and she isn’t crossfitting as often as the rest of us.

Taking part in the challenge has drastically effected my eating habits. I used to say I was eating paleo, but I would have diet coke here and there, marinated meats (lots of salt and sugar), cheese in my omelets, and lots of scattered random “cheats” on a weekly basis. The challenge has definitely kept me in check and prevented me from the unnecessary slips here and there.

How has the challenge effected you? Share your thoughts.


5 rounds
6 Toes to Bar
12 Burpees
Sprint 200m
Rest 1 Minute

Level 2  6 Knees to elbows/8 burpees
Level 1 6 Knees to elbows/6 burpees


  1. Jaime 03/29/2011 at 10:09 pm

    haha good point Joe! I won’t be able to sleep

  2. Joe 03/29/2011 at 10:07 pm

    2 hours until the WOD is posted…8 hours until we can actually see it.

  3. Jaime 03/29/2011 at 9:28 pm

    oh yea who else is counting down, 2.5 hours ’til WOD 2 is posted on the games site!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  4. Jaime 03/29/2011 at 9:27 pm

    WOW you guys are all awesome! Good work! Alec, I love that you used the work “tinker” like 5 times in your post lol
    I do love eating paleo and I was journaling everything and doing really well up until a couple weeks ago. I fell off the wagon and got run over ooppps. I haven’t written a single thing done since. 🙁
    I don’t know what else to do to keep myself in check and this seems to be a recurring habit in my life. I am definietely eating more veggies and less fruit and only having dairy once or twice a week with a greek yogurt. I have stopped eating grains on a normal daily basis, where before I would eat oatmeal every single morning, brown rice with dinner, whole grain breads, etc. Cutting that stuff out was easier than I thought. It’s dinners out that screw me and once I get sugar in my blood, forget it. I am a sweet addict, and I need help 🙂
    But I totally feel a difference when I eat paleo. When you don’t eat the bad stuff, you don’t crave it. I also tinkered with Zone a little, but it was too much calculating for me or something. Well, I guess I should have just gone on Oprah. Good luck to everyone else!

  5. Nick 03/29/2011 at 8:38 pm

    Last week!

    Before the challenge I was eating pretty strict zone with about 1-2 cheats a week. The thing with zone was that dairy was fair game so I was eating A LOT of cottage cheese. I did however stay away from all grains so that part was not a huge adjustment for me. There was also a fair amount of alcohol built into my diet. I mean I don’t have class on Fridays…what else am I supposed to do?

    The hardest part of this diet was to get all my macros in check so that I felt great while cutting weight. Like Alec said, I also felt gross when I ate too many nuts or nut butters. I also used to get my carbs mainly from fruit but all the sugar didn’t make me feel too hot. Now I get all my carbs from veggies and throw in about 2 apples a week. I started off zoning everything at 18 blocks total for the day then tweaked it…a lot. It changed to about 25 blocks of protein, 8 blocks of carbs and 40 blocks of fat. This ratio seemed to be the best for me. Now that the games are here im starting to up my carbs a little…probably only up it 2 blocks and add that those to my post workout drink.

    Iv lost 17lbs during the challenge and am now right at 200lbs.

    I still dream about pizza every night.

  6. Cris O 03/29/2011 at 8:38 pm

    Hi, I’m CrisO and I’m a paleo eater.

    Major Wins:
    – the challenge definitely helped me fight off the desire to cheat.
    – I gained a deep deep deep appreciation for Tequila!!!!

    epic fail:
    – After every workout, all I think about is cold beer. Then I have to wait until the right time to use my cheat points

  7. Joe 03/29/2011 at 7:46 pm

    I’m in the same boat as Amy and Alec: I was eating Paleo before the challenge, but used the challenge to really tighten up. Before the challenge I was still putting ketchup on eggs- little things that add up over time- and cheating a few times a week. At the start of the challenge I weighed in at 156- definitely a little underweight. Since January I’ve been housing Paleo-friendly food and have put on around 10 pounds with no significant change in body fat percentage.

    It’s ironic but, when I wasn’t eating Paleo, I ate the same foods. I would always have cereal for breakfast, a coldcut sandwich for lunch, and pasta for dinner a few days a week (you need those complex carbs, right?). Now that my diet is so much more restricted, I find that I do so much more exploration within the Paleo diet than I did when I could eat whatever I wanted.

    The most valuable change, though, has been keeping track of my WODs and what I eat in a journal. There’s so much more accountability when you have to write down everything you eat and track your performance. I can’t wait to see everyone’s results at the end of the week!

  8. Greg 03/29/2011 at 7:15 pm

    Nut butter. Lolz.

  9. Alec 03/29/2011 at 5:53 pm

    Yah Mrs. Ferro! Great work! Great stuff also Emily and Alexis!

    I ate paleo before the challenge but have tightened up the belt since starting the challenge. Just cutting down on cheats I feel much better. My strength and fitness numbers continue going up even though I’ve been doing this a long time and I know clean paleo makes a huge difference. I also have less cravings for beer, pizza, and other crap that I know makes me feel bloated.

    What I’ve been trying to do is tinker around with my diet and see how I feel differently. One thing I’ve noticed is when I eat too much nut butter I feel crappy. I don’t know if it’s the omega-6 in the nuts, the lectins, phytates, or other things present in nuts, but too much nut butter is no bueno for my stomach.

    So I’ve tinkered and now only do some whole nuts here and there and I feel great. That’s the great thing about paleo- there are so many ways to tackle it and tinker with it so it works for you and your food preferences.

    Dinner tonight: Grassfed bison burgers / roasted veggies and salad. Like the Kool Aid guy says – “Oh ya!!”