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Craving the Good

So I know Malachi already posted a link to the blog I did during my Whole 30 Challenge but I wanted to officially throw my hat in the ring and thought I should summarize my experience myself.  This challenge was probably one of the most intimidating things I have ever done.  I am a fairly disciplined person but for whatever reason I have always been an unhealthy eater and resisted my husbands attempts to convert me to the paleo diet.  When this challenge was put forth I really kind of saw it as the new frontier to be conquered in my life.  I started at Crossfit Strong this past November and on top of getting stronger and more fit I have gained a lot of confidence because I have been able to do things I never thought were possible.  I think this confidence coupled with the support of everyone else doing the challenge really gave me the courage to give it a shot.  

If you want to read my entire blog, Craving the Good, you can definitely do so.  Here is the link: but for those who want a shorter version here is the bulk of my last entry that sort of sums up my 30 days.  

My thirty days are up! Every time I think about being done I cant help but start singing the theme song from Dora the Explorer (those of you without kids may be completely lost on this one) but when Dora, Boots, and Backpack accomplish whatever mission they are on for the day they sing this song that starts off, "We did it, we did it, we did it!" I can demo for you if you need me to:)

Anyway, I did it! and Malachi did too so I am so super proud of us both. Overall, this was an amazing experience for me. I definitely learned a lot about discipline, receiving grace from the Lord during challenging times, and being able to achieve things that I didnt think were possible for me.

Some of my highlights from this Whole 30 Challenge are:

1. Actually completing the 30 days without cheating once

2. Learning new recipes for meals (we all remember the 2 hour chicken)

3. Doing pull ups Rx

4. Discovering that it is possible to make a grilled cheese sandwich for your son without taking a bite

5. Seeing more definition and tone in my body

6. Receiving so much love and support from my family and friends

7. Feeling more energized and less need for naps during the day

8. Dropping body fat-I lost 4%

9. Being able to do 100 burpees in 5:56 and intimidating my husband with my fast time so he doesnt try to do the WOD:)

10. Getting to share with a few people at the box that the Lords grace is what is getting me through this challenge.

So, the take away is that this diet plan truly has a lot of benefits. I feel stronger, fitter, more energized, and overall just more in control of my eating habits. I really feel my view of food has changed from something that I indulged in to more of a fuel source for my body. I absolutely will stick with eating a Whole 9 diet, probably not 100%, but most of the time. Thanks for challenging us all Crossfit Strong! It has been an awesome 30 days!!!

Viewing 1 - 8 out of 8 Comments

  • JoshuaL 02/23/2011 16:16:25

    Can I get your recipe for the two hour chicken please?  =P
  • PaShunD 02/23/2011 12:51:26

    Your aswome Shelby! Great blog!

  • CharlieN 02/22/2011 14:22:44

    Sub 6' for burpees.....Pretty amazing!!
  • DeveneyW 02/21/2011 19:22:20

    You are very disciplined!!!  I love #4....I am so guilty of those little bites but they DO add up!!!! 
  • BeccaR 02/21/2011 13:01:17

    I am so glad you kept a blog about it throughout the 30 was really fun to follow it:) 
  • MikeB 02/21/2011 11:38:15

    Good job Shelby!  "Good things happen to people that work hard" - and you definitely have been working hard on all of your goals!
  • PaulF 02/21/2011 11:27:49

    Great work Shelby! There is nothing better than the sense of accomplishment and hitting a goal. I think today was the first time we have had a WOD together. I must say, your pullups and burpees are quick! A little Whole 30 advantage perhaps?.......
  • manthony 02/21/2011 09:16:36

    Great work! Your perseverance and discipline is inspiring!


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