If you have been doing the 25 Day a2a challenge with us, we are in the home stretch! Only 2 more days left! This challenge means different things to everyone and no matter what your reasons were for starting the challenge, we are glad you joined us! So now, what’s next? Well, we have some tips and suggestions for AFTER the challenge. Hopefully these will help you continue on the healthy path you have been on these past few weeks!
1.) Evaluate how you feel and Recognize how far you have come. Take notes about any changes that you’ve noticed with your weight, body comp, energy levels or allergies/irritation from food. You may find that you love this way of eating!
2.) Don’t jump back into your old eating habits all at once – If you decide to add back dairy, grains, processed sugars etc, don’t add it back all at once. Try adding one thing at a time and evaluate how you feel. You may find that dairy or processed sugar really makes you feel crummy! But if you add it all back at the same time, you won’t be able to identify what it is that makes you feel that way.
This goes for alcohol too! With the Holiday weekend approaching, it’s important to remember that you haven’t been drinking for almost a month! Definitely enjoy yourself, but take it easy…moderation is key! Don’t let one Holiday weekend sabotage all of your hard work!
3.) Avoid the “because I can” mentality – To Piggy back off the last tip, try to avoid eating something just because you haven’t had it for 25 days. If it’s something you have been craving the whole time, then go ahead and allow yourself a meal or 2 to indulge…but DON’T have it just for the sake of having it. Before you splurge, evaluate and make sure its something you really want!
We have noticed that it’s become much easier to stay away from some of our old favorite cheats…the cravings have pretty much disappeared! Before you allow yourself to return to an old unhealthy favorite, take a minute to think back about how much harder it was in the beginning of the challenge to eliminate these foods. Now that your body has changed and craves healthier foods, do you really want to return to your pre-challenge habits?
4.) Make a plan – We have said it before and we will say it again, “If you fail to plan, then you plan to fail!” This applies to how and when you will reintroduce food, how you want to eat going forward and when/if you will have your cheat meals! If you have a plan for all of these things, you will be less likely to slide down that slippery slope.
5.) Set Goals for the long-term and short term – Having something to work towards, even small goals, will help to keep you on track! Write them down and keep them somewhere you will see every day!
6.) Maintain the Support of family and friends – Make sure they know that this new way of eating is important to you. Who knows, it might even rub off on them!
We hope that you have noticed some great changes over the past few weeks! We love how this challenge has made us feel and plan to continue with the idea of eating Paleo 80% of the time and non-paleo 20% of the time. If you decide to adopt this idea, figure out how many meals/days a week that is for you and plan ahead! The occasional cheat meal can be an important part to staying on track and keeping your sanity, but there are a few things to keep in mind!
Keep us posted on your progress this week! If you took before and after pics, send them our way! Let us know your weight loss, body fat % loss or just improvements in how you are feeling! If you have a blog or want to share your story, send us the post or entry and we may feature it here! Leave a comment, shoot us an email or just tag us on instagram @average2athlete.
If you haven’t seen on Facebook or Instagram, we are doing a giveaway this week for the best challenge recipe. Share your favorite a2achallenge recipe on your social media page before Thursday at noon and tag us @average2athlete, the challenge #a2achallenge, and the giveaway #a2agiveaway for your chance to win! (More details on out Facebook & Instagram.)
-Kayte & Julia