As I look back and reflect on 2012, I can't believe how far I have come! In 2012, I discovered Paleo. It started with food and ended up being so much more. I started Paleo to change my body and found that my mind changed also. What started as a diet, changed into a lifestyle. Yes, the changes in my body were wonderful but the changes in my mind were even better. I became happy. It is hard to describe because I have always been an easy going happy person. But, when I took out grains and sugar, my mood was so much better. I found myself talking to people I didn't know (I have always been very shy), and just being more friendly and outgoing. I cared more.
I decided to take a leap and start my own Paleo page called Butterflies, Peace, Paleo. I started this page thinking I would share with my friends what I was doing without clogging up my personal page with pictures of food and all the "crazy" stuff I was doing. To my surprise, only a handful of my friends have liked my page. I was a little hurt at first but decided to carry on. As my page grew, I started getting nervous. What if people realized I don't really know what I am doing? Ha, ha! What if they asked me a question I couldn't answer? At first, I posted on my page what I thought people would like but as I grew, I realized I had to be me. So, I post things that I like in hopes others will like it too. I have had a few unlikes, but that's ok. Not everyone likes the same things and I try not to take things personally. I am really having fun with my page and never imagined it would grow to over 700 followers. That is crazy!
I have learned so much the past year. I attended the Balanced Bites seminar by Diane Sanfilippo and Liz Wolfe which was amazing! I have listened to hundreds of Paleo podcasts. Have read tons of books by various Paleo authors, and I have learned just by doing. I have also been able to connect with other pages and found their is a whole community of us! How cool!
So, all in all, 2012 was a great year! I am so thankful for everything and everyone in my life! I am looking forward to an bigger and better 2013.
Happy New Year!
Thursday, September 13, 2012
Back in 2008 I decided to do the Avon Walk for Breast Cancer. This is a two-day, 39.3 mile walk where each walker raises $1800. A good friend had recently been diagnosed with stage 4 breast cancer and I wanted to do something in her honor. I trained for it and had a great time. Not long after, a friend told me if I could walk 26.2 miles in one day, I could run a 1/2 marathon. It seemed like a daunting task since I was not a runner but the race was in Las Vegas so I decided to give it a go. I started my training and ran a few short races before the big day. The big day came and I had a blast! No, I did not run the whole thing but I felt good for finishing. Through my training my weight stayed the same, no loss no gain. In the next two years, I ran 4 1/2 marathons, did the Avon Walk every year and still trained in Taekwondo. What happened the next two years was... I gained 20 pounds. It crept on slow and steady. I could not figure out why. When I look back, I realize that for two years, I was always training for something. No rest for my body. I finally got sidelined with plantar fasciitis and took 4 months off from running. During those 4 months I felt better each month and the weight started to come off. During this is when I found Paleo and that really helped me learn that my body needs rest. I was pushing to hard for me. Now, I have friends who are runners and they are in great shape but I have decided to hang up my hat on the long distance running. It was just too much for my body. I do have several 5k's planned for the fall (Dirty Girl Mud Run- http://www.godirtygirl.com/ and Color Me Rad) which should be a lot of fun. I still train in Taekwondo and do Crossfit one day a week. I usually do take off 2 days each week so my body can recover. I feel rest and recovery do my body good!
Thursday, September 6, 2012
It all started with a picture. I was on vacation and used that as an excuse to eat anything and everything. I remember feeling horrible the whole trip, bloated, fat and miserable. When we got home, I looked through my pictures and saw one that just made me cry. Who was this person? This was not a healthy, happy person. I had to do something but what? I worked out everyday, I ate a "healthy standard american" diet. Why was I so bloated and miserable? One day, I came across the Paleo Diet on the internet. Meat, veggies, healthy fats, some fruits, nuts and seeds. It seemed so easy but where were the carbs? How would I have energy for my workouts if I didn't eat bread and pasta? I started eating less carbs and sugar and then Christmas came and I got lost again. You see, I am a sugar addict. For me, there is no such thing as one bite. One bite turned into months of only eating sugar and feeling sick most of the time. I finally did Diane Sanfilippo's 21 Day Sugar Detox. The first two weeks were really hard. It was almost like I had the flu, now I know I was detoxing from sugar. After the first two weeks, things changed drastically. The fog lifted. I woke up one morning and realized, I am HAPPY!
Getting off sugar and grains was so much more than losing weight. I feel like a new person and I want to shout it from the rooftops how wonderful I feel. I want to help others feel the happiness that I feel. When my 21 days were over, I continued for 90 days. After the 90 days, I did have a paleo treat or two but I don't have them very often anymore. I took my before and after 90 day pictures and I could not believe the difference. I try not to weigh very often because I don't want the scale to dictate my mood. I now workout harder than ever. I train in Taekwondo and Crossfit and love every minute. My energy soars!