I would like to announce and congratulate the winners of this current paleo challenge! Contestants’ food logs, workout performance, fat loss and lean muscle gain over the eight week challenge were all considered in the final score tabulation. The male and female winner will both receive a $145 cash prize for all their hard work!
Without further ado:
- Congratulations to Theresa Costanzo and Steve Cherewaty! They are our challenge winners!
- Placing a close second were Nina Blakey and Brad Gross.
Between all competitors, 25 lbs of pure fat were lost, and 11 lbs of lean muscle gained over the 8 week challenge period.
My joints stopped popping two weeks into the challenge and I feel terrific! I definitely got stronger and I feel like I have more energy. Now the real work begins as I try to keep it going.
– Steve Cherewaty
I’ll just start by saying I love food and I love to cook, especially new recipes. So the Paleo challenge sounded like an 8 week cooking experiment with the added benefits of potential fat loss and an increase in athletic performance. Although I had a few recipe failures (cauliflower tortillas and Singapore crepes come to mind), I feel the experiment was a success.My 3 favorite foods are bread, yogurt and peanut butter. Those are the 3 top reasons I never tried Paleo before. I’ve also had issues with low blood sugar, feeling shaky and sometimes mentally foggy and short tempered if I went too long between eating. So eliminating carbs seemed like a bad idea.I was pleasantly surprised at my body’s reactions to Paleo. I won’t lie, the first 2 weeks were rough. I had many bouts of shakiness and brain fog but I just ate another turkey lettuce wrap and stuck with it. I After those first weeks I found I didn’t need the between meal snacks, I wasn’t getting shaky anymore. I also found that my stomach and digestion were working better. I never realized how frequently my stomach was uncomfortable until after eating Paleo and it started feeling good. I used to feel wiped out after a 4:30 WOD, barely got through prepping dinner and the evening routine before crashing into bed. Now I still have energy in the evenings and less muscle soreness after workouts.I am really pleased with the measurable results too. I had a decrease in my body fat percentage, an increase in muscle and an increase in my WOD performance. I’ve also been able to set several new PR’s in lifting. I followed the Plan to letter for 8 weeks but I plan to continue keeping my food log so I can introduce some of my favorite foods and be able to track my body’s reaction. I certainly don’t want to lose any of the progress I’ve made.– Theresa Costanzo