Week 1 is down and, up until lunch yesterday, I thought things were going pretty well. Uh, wrong! Hello headache and low energy. It’s not that I expected to be riding high for 30 days but jeez Louise, I needed a nap. (I took one at lunch, another after work, and went to bed at 9:15.) I can’t say that I wasn’t expecting this. Coach Mike Winchester was the first to be brutally honest with me about the energy dips and spikes he experienced when going Paleo. On Saturday, both Erika and Melicious shared their experiences with me of the nitty-gritty-not-so-pretty side of going Paleo. What I heard from all three was that while some lucky people do get that soaring high feeling and crazy energy from going Paleo, (Coach Jessica Sharratt seemed to be one of these lucky ones) others don’t (me). Instead, it’s a rollercoaster of up and down days until, at some point, the energy levels plateau a notch above pre-Paleo levels.
Energy goes to just a notch above pre-Paleo levels? Is that even worth all the change? Please, someone tell me that it is because there’s a Brooklyn Chocolate Stout in the fridge that keeps whispering sweet, delicious nothings to me every time I open my fridge. I’ve made a commitment to my friends, and we put it on the internet, so I’m not going to waiver. However, the low days really bite. Last night I was on the phone with my best friend for an hour complaining about my current predicament. She deserves a medal sometimes, putting up with me the way she does.
Fortunately, it does, turn around. While Day 9 was low energy, Day 10 is super high energy. If there’s anything I’ve learned in the past year it’s to be gentle with myself. On Day9 I got diddly-squat done all day. Seriously, I stared at my computer screen and prayed no one would email or call. Today, I’m attacking my workload (personal AND professional) with purpose & enjoyment. What a difference a day makes! Lesson: Keep the faith and stay the course.