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1 Clean & Jerk, 70/45
5 Pull Ups
10 Push Ups
15 Air Squats
2 Clean & Jerks
5 Pull Ups
10 Push Ups
15 Air Squats
3 Clean & Jerks
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10 Clean & Jerks
5 Pull Ups
10 Push Ups
15 Air Squats

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Lisa

Lisa shares her thoughts on taking part in PaleOctober…

I would sum up my experience of a month on the Paleo diet using an analogy from the Matrix– which pill do you want to take – blue or red? I’ve gone through my whole life eating bread, cereal, pasta, rice, grains, potatoes and getting my 6+ servings from the bottom of the food pyramid that the Department of Health recommend (blue pill) but then the Paleo Diet tells you that this is all wrong and that were being misled so even though I wasn’t quite sure what lay ahead I decided I owed it to myself to embark on the October Paleo challenge with CrossFit Ireland (red pill).

I’m not gonna lie, it was tough. I threw myself into the first week unprepared and ended up hungry and thinking about things I couldn’t have. I definitely felt a lack of energy and struggled with the workouts. By the time I hit the first weekend I knew I was gonna have to get organised or I would never last. So I made soup, I precooked chicken breasts, I made extra dinner the night before to have for lunch in work the next day… slowly but surely eating began to come naturally and things got easier but more importantly I was beginning to see results on the scales and in the gym.

At the end of the third week I headed on a long planned trip to New York with Mum. I was really stressed about this as I associate my previous trips in America with burgers, chips, and free refills but I had come this far that I didn’t want to stop now. I decided to do some research, I found that there was a Whole Foods store just around the corner for breakfast (eggs&bacon) and for stocking up on snacks (fruit&nuts). I stuck with salad options for lunches and meat&veg for dinner. I operated at about 90% paleo for the 5 days and was delighted with myself.

All in all, my 30-day challenge was just that – a challenge. It tested my patience, my will power and it called my preparation/organisation skills into question. I really drew on the other girls doing the challenge for support when I needed a new recipe or just some motivation to keep going! Was it worth it? Definitely – today I’m 5kg lighter. I’ve been doing Crossfit for just over a year now and correcting my diet as I went but its not until a challenge like this comes along that it really throws you head first into it. My advice – do a 30 day challenge – take the red pill.