Measurements – the numbers don’t lie

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At the beginning of this Paleo Challenge, it was suggested that before and after measurements should be taken.  I understand that it is important as it is a starting point to take a benchmark. However, it doesn’t mean I have to like it.  Why?  Because those numbers don’t lie.  A scale can lie, but that little fabric tape can’t.  We can go through the same routine of weighing ourselves naked, before a shower after using the washroom, just to get that 0.1 of a pound difference from the last weigh in.  Or we can do the jumping on jumping off the scale routine and whatever number is smaller we take.  I am sure a few of us have done that one before.  But, the tape, it doesn’t lie.  It is like math.  The number is right or wrong.  Same goes with the tape.  We hunt through the house for our sewing kit that holds the tailor’s tape or we use the tape that came with the diet plan we previously had signed up for so we can find out those numbers.  Regardless of where we get that nasty tape we find ourselves in front of what seems to be the biggest mirror known to man.  We are aligning and making sure that the tape is placed precisely to the diagram’s specs.  We are laying the tape flat, struggling when it keeps falling off our bicep – I like to think because it is so muscular, alright who am I kidding?  We are then pulling and tugging to get those infamous numbers perfect.  Oh, of course, you can pull a little harder to get that smaller number.  But remember, at the end of the day when we do it again those damn numbers are there again showing us how we did on your journey.  I am a firm believer to take the numbers as is, might feel like a sucker punch at the time but we can reap all the glory at the end when we have kicked butt and lost all those trillions of inches.  I do understand the need for measurements, but I won’t lie, I love my scale with my daily routine.  Still, I do see the need to measure.  But as I said in the beginning…..doesn’t mean I have to like it.  Oh, sorry, no before pic either.

Happy measuring………

30 Day Paleo Challenge

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I am currently trying out this new app on my phone “Paleo Challenge “.  I always need a challenge or a purpose so this fits my needs.  It is quite interesting as I have the choice of finding or creating a challenge. I can also go into a group challenge or individual challenge.  I chose individual.  I also had the choice of Intro, Primal or Strict. As I know Paleo and have followed Paleo half heartedly before I decided to give “Primal” a go. The app has you lay out your goals, areas where you think you you will have short comings, and it wants you to take the dreaded measurements so you have a benchmark to go from.

The challenge is on a point system. You want the least amount of points.  Everytime you go out of the paleo parameters,  depending on the category it’s going to cost you points. Points are bad.

What I like about the app is you can do an in app purchase for a 7 or 30 day eating plan. I chose 30 as I don’t want to think about what to eat each day. It gave me all my meals, how to cook them and the weekly grocery list for grocery shopping. The only thing is it doesn’t give substitutions just in case you dislike or can’t have something. But really, just throw in a different piece of meat if you aren’t a fan of the one suggested.

The cost to sign up for the challenge was $9.99 and $4.99 for the menu.  Day one is complete and I have 3 points for going over the required coffee count and I ate half of a  left over potatoe (russet).  I would say for the first day it was rather easy. Let’s talk in a week when I haven’t had any chocolate or I need a huge coffee fix that goes beyond the average coffeeholic. Then we will see if I am dancing to the same tune.

If you are into challenges, search for Paleo Challenge in Playstore and it should pop up. I am not sure if it is on IPhone.