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Created March 09, 2013 at 2:57 AM

I compete in physique /figure and am preparing for my first competition of 2013 in 5 weeks. I have really been struggling with my food and training thus far. What worked for me last year I just can't get my head around it,hours of cardio, lifting, measuring every bit of food, counting macros and eating at scheduled times etc. In the last month I decided to just try something different. After reading and reading about paleo and cross fit I jumped in about 3 weeks ago. In the past my diet was close to paleo with the exception of not having much fat in it and I would eat oats and Greek yogurt. I know I need to get over the scale but I do have a stage weight goal in my head which I am about 7-8 lbs from at 5 weeks out from the contest. With that said i wouldnt care about the # on scale if I could lean out and get my body fat down...I'm 115 lbs at about 16.5% according to my inaccurate tanita scale. I am now in love with crossfit been going 3-4x per week, I love eating paleo, so here is my question..is it possible to lean down enough in 5 weeks? Nothing has changed in weight or bf according to that same scale in a long time! What can I do? The only things that I can see being the reason my body hasn't responded is too much nuts (3-4 palmfuls a day) and not enough water? This past week I cut out fruit. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated!

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on March 09, 2013
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Post what you were planning on eating today.

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at 04:34 AM

Thanks Joanna! I'm just struggling mentally more than anything else...lol because nov 3 2012 I was 105 and 11%, that is not uncommon bf. So now I have these #s in my head. You are right and appreciate you saying so, I shouldn't force my body to go where it doesn't want to.

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on March 09, 2013
at 02:41 PM

The scale is not your friend here. A female friend of mine transitioned over to paleo from SAD after watching me lose weight on Paleo and she actually gained a few pounds over the first month but she was absolutely losing fat. I don't think she was getting enough good carbs and protein to support her workouts and once she did she gains some quick muscle while losing fat. I'm guessing you've probably been getting more protein than she was but my point is still that the scale can't always be the best measure of progress especially short term.

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at 03:10 AM

your BF is crazy low for a girl. are you sure you really need to lose 7-8 more lbs? i've never been in competitions so i'm not sure how low BF goes in there, but paleo is a healthy way to eat and you shouldn't force your body to do something it doesn't want to.

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on March 09, 2013
at 04:34 AM

Thanks Joanna! I'm just struggling mentally more than anything else...lol because nov 3 2012 I was 105 and 11%, that is not uncommon bf. So now I have these #s in my head. You are right and appreciate you saying so, I shouldn't force my body to go where it doesn't want to.

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