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Making Progress and Dealing with Stressful Times

Monday, May 13, 2013

It has been a while since I have written anything but I am still doing really well with my journey. I am down 17 lbs and still following my paleo lifestyle. I have been feeling great and have so much more energy than I have had in a long time. The last few weeks have been very busy and I have not been able to update my blog. It has also been a very stressful time.

April 30th at 5:30 am I received a call from my daughter school stating that the school was on fire and classes were canceled. As the day progressed we found out that someone had intentional set it and that they could not have classes there if the rest of the year. It was very hard to have to sit down and talk to your child about what happened and that they would be having school somewhere else for the rest of the year. My daughter burst into tears and for the next hour cried in her room. She came down after that and asked that we go for a walk to take her mind off of things. We walked 3 miles that day just talking as she was trying to get a grip on the days events. This has now turned into a frequent event. We had talked prior to this event about starting to train for a 5k but just had not started. This has pushed us to start training and also gives us a great opportunity to talk about her feeling. The school was able to set up for the rest of the year at a Girl Scout camp and they also made an arrest in the case so our kids are feeling more at ease. So even though the events over the last couple of weeks have been difficult I also was able to help my daughter deal with the stress of it in a healthy way.
We are now more determined to do a 5k now. Just this past Friday night we walked/jogged 4 miles without even thinking about it. Now it is time to sign up for a 5k and make this goal really happen.
I am also really amazed that I have been able to stick to my paleo lifestyle also. It has been 6 weeks and I am not looking back. I feel great and don't have any cravings anymore for sugar. I have not eaten any processed foods and don't even miss it. I have been working on a healthier diet for my family as well. I have not made them go paleo but I have been cutting out a lot of the junk food that they get and I am seeing improvements in them as well. I took them to McDonalds last week because they were begging me and I hadn't done that in quite some time. It was funny even they are finding they don't like that kind of food anymore, they all complained about it and don't want to go back anymore. They are all starting to understand why I am eating the way I do and want to eat more like me. I now see how much influence I have over what my kids eat and how active they are. My oldest daughter made a comment to me a couple of weeks ago that has stuck with me. We were out playing football and running around and she turns to me and says "Mom I have never seen you run before." Wow what a eye opener, I was hurt at first but then was proud of myself for now feeling well enough to be able to run around with them. Just the motivation I needed to keep me going.

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ANASARI 5/13/2013 10:15AM

    That is crazy that someone would set fire to a school! I am glad it sounds like nobody was hurt, and that you two found something positive out of it!

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Weight loss Challenge and Lifestyle Changes

Sunday, April 07, 2013

So yesterday I weighed in for the weight loss challenge. I am so excited to be part of this. The money is a great incentive to push myself even harder. It has been 3 weeks since I started my lifestyle changes and it has been going great. This week I started working out again (slowly). I was not sure how my ankle would handle it. It went pretty good. I was able to do 4 days this week of working out. My goal is to start running again. My daughter wants to run a emoticon with me. We are hoping to be running one in June. This gives us 8 weeks to get ready.

Following my paleo lifestyle has been going great. Everyday gets easier and I have been trying a lot of new foods that I thought I didn't like. This week I downloaded a bunch of cookbooks to help me try new foods. I have even been able to get my kids to try some of it and most of the time they don't like it but at least they are trying it. My youngest daughter(4yrs old) loved the spaghetti made with spaghetti squash (she devoured it). Yesterday I sat down and talked to all of my kids about how we are going to try and cut back on all the sugar and processed foods they eat. They said they are willing to try. I am hoping this will help with some of their issues. My oldest daughter (9yrs) suffers from severe seasonal allergies just like I did. My have are not as bad since I have gone gluten free last year. So I am hoping for the same for her. My son (5 yrs) has terrible mood swings when he eats sugar so I want to cut him back on his sugar intake (not so easy when you have so many holidays that involve candy) but we are going to try.

Goals for the week:
1. Go for a walk/run at least 4 times this week and do my bootcamp workout at least 3 times this week.

2. Try 2 new recipes and involve my kids in cooking with me.

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AALLEY2 4/27/2013 6:15PM

    How are you doing? I read a little about the paleo lifestyle and it looks tough for me! Congrats on making positive changes in your life! emoticon

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THOMS1 4/7/2013 1:49PM

    emoticon Sounds like you are on the right track. emoticon

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Week 2 - Feeling the changes

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

So I made it through the first week. I will admit I had a few lows during the week and was very moody but I did not give in and I made it (and lost 7lbs in the process emoticon ). I have now been back on the paleo for a week and am already feeling the changes. Within just the first few days my joint pain was gone, the fog that I am usually in is gone, I am still tired but that would be due to sick kids and no sleep but even with that lack of sleep I am still more alert then I had been. Since this is the 2nd time doing this I am convinced this is how I need to be living my life. I now know that carbs are an issue for me.

I have been doing a lot of research on paleo and looking for recipes that not only I will eat but my family as well. Who would have thought you could make cupcakes, muffins or scones? I got my kids involved as well. My 5 year was sick this last weekend but wanted some cupcakes and chocolate chip cookies. I was able to find a few recipes for treats and they were good. You don't use grains for flour you use coconut or almond flour. also you don't use sugar you use honey or maple syrup as a sweetener. I will be doing a lot of experimenting and tweaking recipes. I can't eat a lot of this stuff but at least when I want something special I can and I feel better giving my kids a treat that is better for them.

Now to look at my next goal, getting back to working out. Sunday I went and bought myself a new pair of running shoes to get ready. I know I need to ease my way back into exercising and have to see how my ankle handles it. 3 weeks ago I sprained my ankle pretty bad so I will be taking it very slowly to start. I will be working out indoors since it appears around here that we may never warm up or see spring. I had pneumonia and bronchitis this winter and it took a toll on my lungs. I have always had issues breathing in the cold but it is now so much worse and I am not going to press my luck. So I am working on setting my work out routine and will post it as soon as I get it figured out.

So my next goal is to try to post to my blog daily to track my journey down this long road. Please feel free to join me in this journey and help me stay motivated.

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ROSENCRANTZ811 3/27/2013 2:06PM

    Just keep remembering how much better you feel, it will help you get through the temptations. This is a FANTASTIC paleo muffin recipe:


I add some orange extract and bake in tin foil muffin "papers" to prevent sticking. Even my non-paleo relatives love this recipe! The kiddos will def. love it, and you can have one, too!

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AMIEE376 3/26/2013 11:24AM

    Good luck! emoticon

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Long Winter

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Back again! So it has been a few months since I last posted and am trying to get back into the swing of things again. After my surgery last summer I had a hard time getting back into the exercise routine and all winter I have been plague with being ill or injured. Now that I am back healthy again I am really working on getting back into the swing of things. I am starting to go back to the paleo way of eating again because it is the only time I don't get sick, have stomach issues or joint pain. Up until winter I was doing a great job of going walking but since winter I have not been walking. I am trying to get motivated to start working out again at home but seem like I am always feeling so bad that I just don't want to. This week I started eating better and have already seen some improvements but I am also going through carb withdrawals as well. I decide this next couple of weeks to concentrate on my diet and then start adding working out.

Goal for the next 2 week is to just get my body accustom to the Paleo again. I started this weekend so it has been 5 days and I have been suffering from moodiness and headaches. I know this will only last a couple more days and just hope my family will be able to deal with this until then.

My 2nd goal is to start working out again by April 1st (and no this is not an April Fools Joke). If I can I will start sooner I will start before then but I need to get through my carb issues.

This year I am making other changes in my life as well. I am heading back to school and am trying to organize my household. So I am really trying to focus on all of me and not just my weight issues. I want to approach this as improving the whole me not just the outside.

I am frustrated with myself that I let myself fall back into old habits and lost all the progress I made last year. I gained back all my weight I had worked so hard to lose and have to start all over again. I am letting go of that failure go and am looking to the future. So wish me luck and I join me on my journey to make a new me.

"Our greatest weakness lies in giving up. The most certain way to succeed is always to try just one more time."
Thomas A. Edison

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Getting back on track!

Friday, August 31, 2012

So the last few weeks have been tough on me. I had been doing great about watching what I ate and was in a routine of exercising daily only to run into a detour but now I am slowly coming back.
On August 11th (Our wedding anniversary) I woke up not feeling well. Anytime I ate I would feel ill and could only eat a couple of bits and then feel over full. I then started running a fever. The next day thinking it was a bladder infection went in to minute clinic only to find out that it wasn't a bladder infection and that I would need to go to my regular doctor on Monday if I wasn't feeling better. So Monday comes and I was doing worse so I went to see my doctor. She did some test and of course everything came back fine. When she did my exam she was pushing on my upper right side abdominal and I was very tender. So she set me up to have an ultrasound done thinking it may be my gallbladder and again this came back normal. The doctor was not convinced that this was still not the issue and ordered a test called a Hida scan, this test the to see if your gallbladder is functioning. I had that test done Wed am and was to get my results on Friday at my follow up appointment. But Wed afternoon I receive a call from my doctor explaining to me that my gallbladder is not working and that I need to see a surgeon on Friday instead. I was had surgery on the 21st and now am recovering. I guess the good news in all of this is that I have maintained my weight and am down 23lbs.
The hard part will be once I am cleared by my doctor is to get back into working out. Wish me luck.

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FRAN0426 8/31/2012 5:46PM

    Wishing you luck in having a fast and healty recovery. Follow the doctors orders and start back exercising when they give you the ok; remember not to go full steam ahead when your oked to resume workouts.

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JO28352 8/31/2012 4:01PM

    Wishing you the best. Hang in there! emoticon

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