*Note from Sarah: Jason Seib is back with another awesome post!!!
Ashley is a dream client. We have the perfect coach/client relationship. My trainers and I lay down the guidelines, she follows them. Her life is far busier than most and she could be making plenty of excuses that would all sound quite legit, but she chooses to get results instead. Wonderfully awesome person that she is, she kept a photo diary of a recent 30 days of paleo and she has agreed to share it all with you. She prepared every single meal herself, she did not eat out once, and she only missed two photos (the missing meals are listed with the photos). Before we dive into the pics, let’s take a look at what she is up against in her day to day life.
I asked Ashley to break down her schedule for me. “For the month I was doing this I was doing 16hrs of internship per week and 12 credit hours (full-time) on school. For the sake of avoiding putting my 15 month old in formal childcare I did this all in two days (and took one class online). Tuesdays and Wednesdays I did 12-13 hours days (often after a 6am workout and making breakfast, packing lunches and dinners) and the rest of the week I did the stay-at-home mom thing, except with coursework hanging over my head. I have a now a 16-month old daughter (I started paleo when she was almost 5 months) and a 4.5 year old daughter. I go to 6am workouts almost exclusively because that is my only opportunity, on the days I’m at home my husband typically is gone from 8am until 5 or 6pm and then it’s the dinner, bedtime rush so night workouts have never been a possibility. My youngest also does not regularly sleep through the night and I am typically up with her at least once. The last thing that makes things difficult is that my husband and older daughter are SAD (Standard American Diet) all the way, despite me being strict paleo for almost a year. There’s always candy and ice cream and chips etc. in my house. This doesn’t help changing ones habits but reaching the point where you literally don’t even notice these things (or acknowledge them as food) speaks to the fulfillment of eating/living this way. It can be done, with or without cleaning out your cupboards.”
Those are some serious hurdles, and yet she never once mentioned any of this to me, except that she was in school, until I asked. Many people would be advertising these difficulties to anyone who would listen so that nobody would be shocked when they struggled with their nutrition or fitness. Not Ashley. She put her nose to the grindstone and got down to business.
Here are Ashley’s 30 days of paleo.
Day 15 (The missing meal was leftover chicken soup.)
Day 22 (The missing meal was leftovers from breakfast and an egg “muffin”)
Ashley didn’t take before and after pics of this particular 30 days, and we don’t want anyone to get the impression that 30 days of paleo will get you 100% of the results you seek, but her results have been quite impressive overall. She joined my gym in April of 2011. When she came to us she looked like this.
This picture was taken last week.
Here are her results in her first 90 days of paleo.
She also got a 40 lb deadlift PR (personal record) this week and took her 1 rep max to 215 lbs. Serious business!
So this is the part where you must ask yourself, “How bad do I want this?” Some of you may actually have obstacles in your life that are more insurmountable than Ashley’s, and you may have a legitimate need to sort those things out before you can make this paleo lifestyle thing work, but many of you are allowing your obstacles to beat you down when you could be succeeding in getting fit and healthy. Why not go hard for at least 3 weeks, nailing your nutrition and exercising responsibly, and see where you end up? The odds are pretty good that you will look/feel/perform a little better and you will have found the motivation you need to stay the course. If you are lost and don’t know where to begin with proper diet and exercise, the exact methodology that Ashley uses can be found at Everyday Paleo Lifestyle and Fitness. Our 21 Jump Start plan and beginner modules will walk you through all the basics. If you already know what you are doing and don’t need EPLifeFit, maybe it’s just time to get serious. Hunker down and make your goals a reality.
For those of you who want more details about Ashley’s life, she writes a blog detailing her journey.
Go forth and be awesome.