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Paleo? Why?

Sunday, July 15, 2012

Why Paleo?

When I started this journey four and a half years ago, I was primarily looking for healing... I suppose because, in part, I really didn't realize just how fat I was...

(read more here: I Have a Confession

... though really, being thin was so much less important to me than being well and able to manage my life. The following was on my SparkPage for the longest time, until I copied it over to replace my first blog entry (which wasn't much of an entry because at the time I was paralyzed at the idea of writing... funny how things change):

"I suspect the weight and feeling out of control are related, so I'm looking forward to a greater sense of control in my life, generally, as my weight goes down.... Taking off the weight is the foundation for change in my life. And rather than giving 'what's not working' so much room to roam around on a daily basis, re-focussing on what makes me 'purr' inside is the next step.... I struggle with motivation in all areas of my life - I'm a great starter, an instigator, an animator - not such a great finisher. This is why I believe that losing the weight will be key for me - I think the lessons I learn in this process will be the tools I need to be more effective in my life, generally.... I am now more concerned with the outcomes than I am with the obstacles."

READ more here:

Now, four years later, I can't really separate the two... goal weight and healthy are synonymous... as they should be... my weight has a meaningful context... and to finally be physically moving beyond that beginning point in every respect moves me beyond words most days. Emotionally, spiritually and mentally I am light years ahead, and it's now time for my body to catch up.

It's all part of the reason I'm a lot more quiet than I was for my first three years here. I still read as many blogs as ever (I realized early on that teams and challenges would never really be my best path to success), and I continue to be moved by the stories of everyone trying to find their emotional, physical, spiritual 'sweet spot'. Even, and perhaps especially, when I disagree with the writer I am moved to consider, examine and refine my own steps. This process of continual examination and revision, more than any other, is responsible for my successes at this point. Honestly, if I had known four years ago that I'd still be here still trying to get it all 'just right' I'm certain killing myself would have crossed my mind... and with each stumble on the path I have felt some pretty dark moments. Still working at this four years later was not part of my plan. I wanted it all fixed NOW... I still do some days, actually, LOL!

Yet I've come to realize something that runs deeper than results... my journey to health, well-being and a healthy weight is simply about living and telling my story, and these last four years are the better part. My journey these last four years represents some of the most important struggling I've ever done... and that says something considering the rest of my life. When I'm finally at goal weight - strong, healthy and vibrant - I'm not going to have any more trash to take out, no more insecurities to resolve, no more things to 'fix'... I'm just going to step off these pages and live my life in all it's glory!

Yeah, yeah... I'm aware of how that sounds (true as it is on some levels), LOL... I probably thought similar things four years ago. You might be thinking similar things now.

Here's the thing, though... I'm *already* living that life. So are you!

The life I want is here... NOW... between the lines of my story as I write it. Moment by moment (unless I'm just connecting dots laid down by others to follow), I am becoming, resolving, discovering, healing until the day I die.

I'm already living 'off these pages' because every change I manage to identify, define and refine here is immediately put into practice, and my daily life transforms. This what SparkPeople, and the journey to a healthy weight is all about... having the courage to be transformed... and transformation involves evolving through mistakes, missteps, detours, defiance, challenges, stumblings and imperfection... sometimes it even involves devolving to reclaim aspects of ourselves and our life that got left behind in error and grief. Sometimes transformation involves simply remembering who we really are.

I'm doing all of the above... as well as a lot of devolving and remembering who I am, stumbling, detouring, reclaiming and, as a result, I have a greater sense of control over my life as my weight goes down, and (at the very least) the process of eliminating the fat from my body is a solid foundation for the life I really want (but it will never be my life... don't do to lose weight, that which you would never do to maintain it) and I'm once again inclined to purr more often than not... and somewhere down the road, in a future I can now actually envision, I WILL be a finisher.

This is why Paleo... this is what 'Paleo' (and the journey toward the moment where I could see it as my truth) has brought to my life. This is my story so far.

...And yeah, 'Paleo' is an imperfect term and profoundly inaccurate (don't throw the baby out with the bathwater simply because you can't see it for what it is)... but it's a place to begin (movements have to start somewhere), and asks important questions:

"Who was I called to be before I got distracted with non-essentials and empty promises?"

"How do I live/eat in order to best reflect my true, created nature?"

"What best serves all I am created to be?"

"What frees me to have a full, vibrant, and limitless life?"

Why Paleo, indeed! I offer some of my favourite stories written in the context of 'Paleo'... I pray you are further inspired to write your own:

Fom Cancer Back to Health

Primal vs. The Pyramid – My 20 Year Weight Loss and Body Transformation Story

Paul & Cynthia
What Does It Mean to Be a Fat-Burning Beast?

Ancient Wisdom Confirmed by Modern Science

Life is Great

James, Scott, James, Marc
World’s Toughest Mudders

Gabriel's Dad
My Son is Growing!

Amy & Ed
The “Aha” Moment: When Clarity Happens and Real Change Begins

You Want to Eat Like a Hunter-Gatherer

Grok the High Schooler

Finding the Person Within: A Mother and Daughter Journey

Donna, her daughter and her mother
Three Generations Living Primal

Suicide: One Bite at a Time

A Primal Woman Looks at 50+

I Didn’t Just “Manage” My Condition, I Beat It, and Wiped the Floor With It

25 Years of Health Struggles Overcome

When Eating Healthy is Making You Fat!

Don't You Just Love Making Doctors Speechless

Tons of Doctors and No Solution

Primal Girl in a Modern World

Paleo for Women


...Because you have a story to LIVE!



'BEFORE' Pictures (May 31, 2009 - September, 2011) & Continuing PROGRESS (February 2012)! Next pictures September 1, 2012!

(I'm now keeping these right under my nose... in addition to being part of every blog I post, they are printed off and taped to my bedroom mirror)

Measurements, Musings & Motivation to MOVE!

(UPDATED/rewritten: JUNE, 2012)

I've Reached My Goal Weight!!!!!!!

NOTE: My weight tracker is NOT a truthful representation of my weight. Instead, I am using it as a tool to help me visualize my goal as though it's already been achieved!
(Tom Venuto)

UNTIL. (My 'Just Do It' blog)

DONE Girl Love...

(the footsteps into which I place my own feet)

Leaving NORMAL

Why I'm STILL here... my SparkJourney Saga

Words CAN Be Enough... page 3

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  • -LINDA_S
    Thanks for strengthening my resolve! I've read more of the links, and they are compelling. Your blogs are always so thorough and thought-provoking! Oops, seems I commented on an old blog!
    1232 days ago

    Comment edited on: 6/8/2013 7:59:25 AM
    Lots to think about... again! Thank you!
    I recieved my Paleo books, and I am carefully reading and praying. God is showing me what I need right now. What "good sense" these books contain!
    1553 days ago
    Great recap on the success stories on MDA! I remember the one titled "When Eating Healthy is Making You Fat". That one resonated with me because I was eating 'healthy', active, and still had a couch potato physique. It wasn't due to lack of activity. Just looking at my Spark gallery should show I love activity. I already had momentum in my personal journey at that point, but reading his story in particular put an exclamation point on "it's the food, not the exercise" for me.

    Nice job collecting all these MDA stories into a blog post!
    1555 days ago
    This blog and the last one on Paleo are fascinating. It wasn't too long ago that I first hear of the Paleo diet for the first time. I downloaded a small ebook from somewhere about it. It seems that God has been leading me to many habits that are included in this form of eating. I can't eat fat free products because I get bad Bipolar episodes from it. Same with any artificial sweeteners. My body seems to have rejected dairy on it's own, so I can't have those products anymore either. Lately I'm having other issues, but I'm having a very difficult time narrowing down what the culprit is. It seems some fruit, and possibly potatoes (though I'm not certain) cause me extreme bloating. I mean, there are times when my belly is so bloated that I look like I'm 9 months pregnant. It is to the extreme that it hurts - the muscles around my belly are in pain from being stretched so far. It could be fructose, though I'm not certain. I've cut out apples, and a few other things that fructose intolerant people don't / can't eat; and it's helped. I also know that some things that normally help people, don't help me all the time. A bran muffin will cause constipation for days. Strawberries or a slice of whole wheat bread helps relieve it. I have to ask my doc to do some testing and to refer me back to the Dietitian that I saw one before. This way of eating sounds fascinating but there's so much info it makes my head spin. LOL

    1555 days ago
  • IAM_HIS2
    So much information to read and digest...I joined the Paleo Team. I am now on my real journey for healing. Also bought the Paleo diet book.

    Have learned something. No more writing blogs for a while about eating healthy. There is much too much I need to learn as well as experience personally.

    May God continue to bless you with you wisdom and sharing what you have learned in your journey.

    1558 days ago
    More food for thought! emoticon
    1558 days ago
    I feel so honoured that you "found" me here on SparkPeople, Ramona! Your blogs are beautiful and just full of love. This is another wonderful post! Hope your weekend has been fantastic! emoticon
    1559 days ago
  • -LINDA_S
    Thanks! Gonna check out those links! Amazing journey!
    1559 days ago
    Wow - lots of food for thought. I have great admiration for you!
    emoticon for sharing so much of yourself, and thanks for the links to the stories of others too.

    Hugs, Leslie emoticon
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    Great blog Ramona hope you and the divine Miss O are having a fantastic weekend emoticon
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