How I Benefited from Goals and Planning

Had it not been for finally setting some goals and doing some better planning, I have no doubt I would not be where I am today, down 30 pounds and looking better than I have in years.  When I first heard about the Paleo lifestyle, I read some articles and blogs and decided I was in.  I would start eliminating all those bad carbs, eat more fat and watch the pounds fall off.  But then I ran into days where I hadn’t planned dinner and didn’t have any healthy choices in the house.  This left me to either go with some non Paleo options I had or go out to eat and hope for the best.  I also had days when lunch and snacks were also an issue having not shopped for anything. read more

A Year and a Half of Paleo!

I cannot believe it has been over a year and a half since I began this Paleo “diet”.  I cannot stress enough that this is not a diet!  I know, because I’ve done diets before and nothing compares to the ease and benefits of Paleo.

For one, I have been doing this a year and a half and nobody diets for that long.  Diets are a way to lose weight fast but rarely do you keep the weight off.  I started out weighing 214 pounds and have been at 183 – 185 for almost a year.  This has not been a roller coaster of losing weight, putting it back on, losing it again, etc.  I have been able to keep the weight off without adhering to strict rules, calorie counting or points.  I simply eat the foods I know are good for me and by doing this, I rarely get hungry.  Also, I feel different.  My constant back pain is no longer, which I attribute to both losing weight as well as reduced inflammation.  The way I was eating before (lots of carbs and bad food choices) included so many foods that were inflammatory and Paleo foods are VERY anti-Inflammatory. read more

What Are You Willing To Give Up

I was watching a new Facebook series that follows Tom Brady around, (sorry about last nights Super Bowl, Tom, but awesome performance!) showing us a little of what his routine looks like.  In the first scene, Tom asks a question I think we all need to honestly answer.  He states, “If you want something bad enough, you’er going to have to give up some things.  What are you willing to give up?”.

That question really hit home and got me thinking about, not only things that I have given up but things I also need to work on giving up.  And I don’t mean I have to give up these things completely, but at the very least, cut down on them. read more

It’s the Food, Mars!

I remember a commercial in which Spike Lee played a character named Mars Blackmon and he was asking Michael Jordan what made him so good.  “Is it the shoes?” , Mars asked. Michael replies, “No, Mars”.  He went on to ask him if it was the shorts, the socks, the jersey, etc.  And while thousands of kids spent hundreds of dollars on shoes they were sure would make them better basketball players, truth be told, they were no better than if they had been playing with an old pair of Chuck Taylors.. read more