MY JOURNEY

My journey started when I was 12 and I told my parents I didn’t like the way I felt about myself. I knew nothing about weight or health, but I knew I wasn’t happy. I had terrible stomach pains after many different foods I ate. My parents were so helpful and supportive and we decided to go to WeightWatchers together. They helped me learn how to watch what I ate… but the stomach pains didn’t go away.

Slight success: After keeping track of the foods I ate and how I felt after eating them, I found out I was lactose intolerant. Currently, I also believe I have a mild sensitivity to gluten. I feel my best when I eat less products with wheat and dairy.

But the weight? I spent the last year fighting through a second round of WeightWatchers. My weight constantly goes up and down. Through a constant battle of counting calories and points, I realized I was eating too much at work and than starving myself at the end of the day to make up for it (all my WW points were used up by the time I got home, that meant no dinner for me). I was doing it wrong, I had to be… all that frustration and hard work was going nowhere! I was constantly hungry and bitter about my diet, using any possible excuse to make room for cookies and candy – If I don’t eat this chicken, I can have a glass of wine. That is NOT how it should be done! We KNOW all calories are not created equal, and replacing good choices with bad choices was only doing harm.

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Photos from 2010-2011, before I made any health or weight goals.

So, I regrouped and researched online. I learned from people who taught the paleo lifestyle, and my wonderful group of of WW SOP ladies (online forum), and focused my attention on healthy plants, cut out processed food as much as possible, and filled up with lean meats, nuts and oils, and tons of veggies to keep full. I learned to think about food differently, and feel so much better and more IN CONTROL of my eating habits. I’m following the paleo lifestyle; I learned a great deal from their ideals and think it is an amazing start to getting back to your basic health food. For me, it’s no longer about losing weight and counting calories in an unhealthy way, it’s about being healthy and feeling great!

Currently: I feel my best when I eat REAL food, not loaded with chemicals. I try to keep myself healthy. Instead of focusing too much on the way I look or that number on the scale, I focus on being happy with myself because scale numbers don’t tell the whole story.

before and after, weight loss

Most current photos from 2013.

FUN FACTS:

Fav. Whole Foods: BACON, mango, banana, eggs, avocado, asparagus, raw salmon
Least Fav. Foods: Shellfish, raw kale, GMO foods
Fav. Bands: Nine Inch Nails, White Zombie, Depeche Mode, AFI, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, The Kills, Queens of the Stone Age, The Beatles, Led Zeppelin, Queen, Rolling Stones (This list can go on, but those are a select few). Check out my selections for each recipe to get a taste of some music!
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My sugar gliders: Little Darkness (male) and Aurora (female). We can all learn from the healthy lifestyle of the sugar glider. They eat SUPER healthy, lots of meal worms, fruits and veggies, eggs, and yogurt treats. They love to run, jump, and play around – without activity and healthy foods, they get sick. Hmm….

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Puppy: We just adopted a puppy from a local shelter and named her Tesla! She has a lot of personality and energy and I know she will make a great running partner this spring/summer :)

2 thoughts on “MY JOURNEY

  1. You look happier and prettier after your weight loss, I am not saying you were not pretty before, but I think a healthy diet helps exude a certain energy that enhances a person’s qualities. My best wishes for your journey, mangoes are on my list of favorite foods too :)

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