Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Day 30...aka The Finish Line!

Well that was the fastest 30 days of my life...I cannot believe it is already over!  I made it through and lost a total of 18 pounds!!!!!

Sooo...I have some major decisions to make.  When I began this 30 day journey I most certainly did not think it would be a life changing experience.  I have done diets off and on for years and have joined and rejoined gym after gym.

But I kind of feel like I have gone through a cleansing of sorts...obviously of body - eating only meat, veggies and nuts, along with a regular fitness routine, can certainly be considered a cleansing.

And of the mind - I have gotten up and gone to the gym....done workouts that I didn't think I could do - went without sugar (including chocolate!) and processed foods, said NO to mashed potatoes, and given 100% for the last 30 days.

I feel stronger mentally and physically and, the biggest thing for me is the fact that I do not feel sick.  I didn't even know how sick I felt before I started this diet.  I cannot believe that I was willing to live my life that way - upset stomach, cramps, etc...pretty much all the time.  yuck.

Now...it certainly has not all been easy - donuts at work, going out to dinner with friends, celebrating special events, having to eat differently then my family, etc.....I have cried more than once over the last 30 days because of the frustration of it all.....

But I feel like I cannot stop now.  As soon as I added it all up and realized I lost 18 pounds, I started thinking about trying to top that next month!  If I can keep up even almost that amount of weight loss, think where I will be for my brother's wedding in 6 months...I will not be avoiding the dance floor like I used to!

Now, I am not saying that I will never eat dairy again - I just may have a bit of cheese once in awhile...and, on my birthday, if I decide to have a cupcake, I will do it.  But I vow to spend another 30 days living at least 90% Paleo and dedicated to Crossfit.  The 30 day commitment thing really seems to work for me.  I am just not ready to proclaim a lifestyle change...I am just doing 30 days at a time.

I am trying really, really hard to not sound sappy...it is just that this is so incredibly emotional for me.  I just cannot express in words how much all of this support means to me - from the comments left here on my blog...to the ones left on Facebook....from dear friends and family to people I have never met......the support of my family on a daily basis...Kelly P - how can I be so lucky to have a friend that, instead of calling me crazy when I talked about going paleo, you said, "when do we begin?"  My doctors who are totally supporting me through this and acknowledging my successes.....and Geaux Crossfit - who knew a gym could change your life?  Certainly not me...and, of course, Catherine ...I just don't know what to say.  You are more than a trainer....you are a friend and a mentor and a role model.....I am so lucky! 

I do not think I could be better set up for success!  So, I choose to embrace it...I can barely wait for Month 2...Day 1!


  1. Wow way to go girl. So proud of you. And I'm glad you are feeling better, that's most important.

  2. Bethany, great job! You are an inspiration, and I know you'll do fantastic in the next month. I look forward to your posts.

  3. Fabulous! Way to go and for sticking through the tough parts. I love the 30 days at a time mentality. "Lifestyle change" sounds so great, but really, it's intimidating, so I'll reserve that term when I can safely say I've been Paleo for "X" amount of time. I'm with ya for the next 30. Let's go!!!


  4. Great Job Bethany! I'm so glad you are staying on board with us at Geaux CrossFit.

  5. I knew you could do it from the start :)

    Here's to the next 30 days! Congratulations.

  6. Wow, you're amazing. You've been an inspiration to us. George and I are trying to keep up with you. I think dedication towards anything hard is truly a sign of a strong individual. Your success and the group at Geaux Crossfit has brought us one step closer to Paleo.

  7. I came across your blog through the Crossfit site, and I just wanted to say congrats!
    Keep it up, you are doing great!