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

My Top Six Mental Tricks for Eating Healthier

I think we can all agree that everyone is capable of eating healthy.  It’s not like we are being forced to indulge in bad foods.  But day after day, for whatever reason, we eat too much, eat bad foods, have too much sugar, etc. Research indicates that those who have a positive outlook on life are more likely to lose weight-and stay thin.  But how do we stay positive when all the magazines we see showcase rail thin women or lean, muscular men and we are neither?

Well, the good news is that there is hope.  Why is it that someone who has been out of shape for years and always complained about it is now suddenly fit?  Or that overweight person who felt terrible about their body for years recently celebrated dropping 100 pounds?  The answer is, it was nothing more than changing their thoughts.  First, they made a decision (as they had many times in the past), convinced themselves they could do it, and went out and did it!  And so can you.  Below are six mental tricks that helped me along the way to better health. read more

Six Tips for Staying on Track

I can’t tell you how many times I dreaded going to the gym, didn’t want to cook, REALLY wanted a bowl of ice cream or didn’t feel like getting out of bed.  Which is normal for just about everybody.  But I always feel great when I do get a workout in, do make a delicious, healthy meal, avoid the bowl of ice cream (confession…not every time) and get an early start to the day. All of these decision have lead me to a healthier, happier life.  Admittedly, it can be hard at times but hopefully these tips can help keep you staying on track. read more

Learn Something New – Starting Today!

Follow my blog with BloglovinI often find myself looking back at so many things I wanted to do in years gone by. Things I wanted to learn or try but just never got around to it. And then, with thanks to my children, I learned the wonders of YouTube. Now I know most people view YouTube as a web site that shows funny clips of people getting hit between the legs or maybe a place you can find a clip from an old TV show or music videos. But one day I ran into an old friend of mine and through conversation, he asked me if I wanted his old guitar. He was purchasing a new one next week, an upgrade, and didn’t need the old one. Well, I know as much about playing guitar as I do Mandarin Chinese but I took it from him with hopes of one day being able to sit by the campfire and effortlessly belt out a few country love songs or perhaps an acoustic version of songs my kids might recognize. read more

Five Ways to Keep Your New Years Resolutions

I was at the gym just prior to the New Year and overheard a discussion about how crowded the gym will soon be because of New Years Resolutions.  “Yeah, but it will be back to normal by Valentines Day” was the reply.

We all know one of the most popular Resolutions is to lose weight or get in shape.  And we all know those seem to die out as quickly as it took to write them down on paper.  But it doesn’t have to be that way and here are five helpful hints to help you reach those goals. read more