This would normally be the post where I sum up the previous month’s experiment and list my stats along with the pros and cons. However, seeing as the Primal Blueprint was a rather spectacular failure (my fault, not theirs) – I’ve spent the last week or so licking my wounds and pouting – this will be a little bit different. But hey, if I’m going to go down at least I went down in a blaze of glory. Or ignominy. Whatevs.
The Food Plan
I should know better than to mess with my food. After years of living in this body, you’d think I would have learned to trust it over what someone else tells me it needs. I like being vegetarian. And it turns out I have a lot of reasons besides my health for not that much eating meat. I feel good eating some grains. I’m sorry that some people suffer from Celiac’s disease. I totally get that the Primal Blueprint’s low-carb, high-fat plan works really well for a lot of people (Hi Reader Gretchen!!). It didn’t work for me. I felt like crap on it. I seem to need some carbs to help me regulate my mood and perhaps, if I’d been able to stick with it the whole month, my body would have acclimated. But two and a half weeks of being an exhausted, cranky wench was enough for me.
I should also know that any diet that requires strict restriction triggers my disordered eating. (And apparently I’m not alone in that as that was the #1 reason cited by those of you who dropped out as well.) The end result was several weeks of full-on crazy and a promise to my therapist to not do any more Experiments that require huge changes in my eating.
I did learn some really good things though. I think I will continue to incorporate some meat, especially fish, into my diet on a semi-regular basis. I also did better about planning my meals around the vegetables first. And of course I loved the “cleanness” of it all and the whole foods emphasis.
Going back to CrossFit was like the New Kids On the Block Reunion – fun, nostalgic and made me feel like I was 12 again. However, the songs get kinda old and after doing it for a month I’m remembering the little things that bug me (like Joey’s falsetto – aieee!).
Bulking Up. I know, I know, girls can’t bulk out from weight lifting. Here’s the thing: Girls may not bulk up like men seeing as we have so much less testosterone but girls CAN get bulkier than they like to be. I know that for MizFit and some of the rest of you, bigger is always better. And I am not afraid of some muscle but I like my legs to look lean and toned. Not Olympic Barbie. And I gained two (!) inches on my thighs. This is where I need your help – CrossFit works great for my torso and upper body. Couldn’t be happier with my back and waist. But what can I do for the legs? Any ideas to lean them back out? Don’t want to lose strength, just the bulk.
Wrist Pain. I forgot how joint intensive, especially in the wrists, CrossFit is. I’m already crippled that way from all the typing. Owie.
Disaster on all fronts. Weight gained. Fat gained. Inches gained. Sigh.
I think Family Man said it best: “I think your experiment has been a success. You’ve shown that this doesn’t work for you, and you’ve done it in only two weeks! That’s half the time it ususally takes for you to decide something doesn’t work right? So all you’ve really done is save time. Great job. I’m impressed.”
I want everyone to know that I am not knocking the Primal Blueprint. It works and works well for some people. I’m just not one of them.
Tune in tomorrow for August’s Great Fitness Experiment!