I suppose we could start at the beginning of this journey.
I was thin my whole life.
That is, until I had my two sons and BOOM. My identity changed as fast as my body, and my mind was trying hard to keep up. As I struggled with post-partum depression after my second child, I was medicated with a drug that helped me gain 60 pounds, and it didn’t help that ate my way to 220lbs in mere months.
After a bout with pneumonia, I was put on a codeine elixir and found out the hard way (as in, my throat closed) that I am very allergic to codeine. It was at that point that I quit smoking, (that day!), hired a trainer, and tried to get in shape. That was about 6 years ago.
During the last six years, I have yo-yo’d between 168 lbs (looking very fit after running A LOT to train for a half marathon) and 193 pounds. Every time I get to the 190’s, I freak out and crash diet.
This past Christmas, I was 193 lbs heading into the New Year. I had read a blog post somewhere about the book Practical Paleo: A Customized Approach to Health and a Whole-Foods Lifestyle, and ordered it through Amazon. It’s definitely not the first book I had bought with hopes of losing weight.
My husband was the one to pick it up in December 2012, and he kept reading snippets to me every time he found something surprising. Soon we were reading it together in bed. He attempted several of the recipes over that week and by the time we all returned to school and our jobs, we were both down several pounds in just that first week.
We began running together – I had run on and off for years, but he had never attempted it, and we supported each other through some winter runs that left us feeling powerful and happy.
As of today – March 4, 2013 – it’s been 63 days since we began our paleo journey. We can’t imagine eating any other way. We certainly can’t imagine going back to heavy bellies, GI issues, headaches, joint problems, and feeling sluggish.
D has lost 16 pounds and 5% body fat, and I’ve lost 20 pounds and 6% body fat. (Pictures soon, I promise!)
I’ve been going to the gym nearly every day, and can’t wait to go again the next day. It used to be that I would force myself to go, and feel tired and headachy after. Now I’m surpassing goals I never thought possible. My 5K used to be over 30 minutes – now my record is 23:38!
I could go on and on – and I tend to do just that. So while this paleo thing is a learning curve, and I feel like we have so much to learn beyond what we’ve already soaked in, I hope you’ll join us on our journey as we set new goals and try new things.
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and yes, my internet moniker is also Karen Sugarpants. Oh the irony. 🙂