Tuesday, July 09, 2013

My New Adventure

So, since going back to work after my mat leave last August, it's really been a struggle to pick up my weight loss journey. I couldn't figure out how to get it all done: work....family....me. I felt like things really started to get out of control. It wouldn't matter how many times I tried to put a plan together for myself, it just wasn't working. I was struggling. MEGA struggling. I knew something really had to change. I was in a rut and a big one at that.

So I've written about my PCOS before. I've come across a couple groups on Facebook and I seemed to notice a constant between the two: Shakeology and Paleo. Well, I'm not interested in Shakeology. It's a protein powder sold by the BeachBody brand. Paleo, on the otherhand was something I wanted to delve into a little further. I've seen Paleo around for a couple years now, it's really strong in the CrossFit world. I didn't really know a lot about it, so I thought I'd look into it a little bit more before making my decision. Another thing I've been seeing a lot lately is eating more and lifting heavier. Eat more and lose weight...say what?! After years of pounding it into your head that you've gotta eat less to lose weight, this is something that seemed so foreign and something I'd really have to wrap my head around.

So what exactly is Paleo? It's the principles of a pre-historic diet and Robb Wolf explains it here.

The decision didn't come lightly. But, after talking to a couple people, reading some articles and self-reflection...I came to a decision. I was going to do this. There were some MAJOR changes that needed to be made. I recruited D. I said, let's do this for 21 days. It takes 21 days to form a habit, so this was my minimum for this. And if I was doing this, it was going to be done with 110%. As much as it was going to be hard for me, I knew it was going to be even more so for D. So there was going to be no half-ass'ing it. We were going cold turkey. We were about to eliminate grains, refined sugar, and processed foods.