Several weeks before we moved, I cyber stalked Matthew’s coworker (and very good friend), Kim, whom I had built a fairly awesome internet friendship with.
Through my stalking, I found out that Kim was a beast at the gym and did a weird freak show lifestyle called “Paleo” where you eat like a caveman. (Who even does that? Right?)
Thinking she had always been this way, I looked at her previous posts and found that they dated back almost two years!! In which time she had lost a ton of weight and gained a ton of muscle. Seriously. Beast.
I wanted to know how she got started on this insane lifestyle of never eating bread or cheese. Who does that?
Well, it turns out she started with just switching to basic whole foods. Why not just eat healthy? Of course, I researched (as I always always do) and though it sounded awesome, I wasn’t sold. We didn’t have a farmer’s market and organic stuff is so expensive. I didn’t want to say goodbye to carbonated beverages and tacos.
Once we moved, I started feeling really convicted about what I was putting into my body. I looked at our grocery bill and our budget and realized that we spent so much money on food, but it wasn’t even really food. It was just junk that we consumed to meet a momentary desire.
So, I talked to Matthew (who still is totally skeptical of this) and we agreed to do a challenge for one week to eat nothing processed. Only REAL food.
This WAS NOT a diet. That was the number one rule, because I didn’t care about weight, I was just tired of feeling tired and crappy all the time. We made the switch for our ENTIRE family. That was rule number two.
So, that’s where we started. I shopped at a local grocery store/farmer’s market called Sprouts (Sprouts is awesome) and realized that their produce was SO cheap… even compared to Wal-Mart, which has cheap produce, but it also doesn’t taste very good. I’ll never forget the first watermelon I bought from Sprouts. It was the sweetest, most delicious watermelon I’ve ever consumed… and I bought the whole thing for a whopping $2.99! Amazing right?
Since then, we have made the switch to a mostly real food diet. Matthew still eats out with friends at lunch and I occasionally slip a green tea latte from Starbucks in, but at home, we’re eating real food.
I’m starting to challenge myself more and more with my lifestyle. I started doing a daily workout and even Zumba (which kicked my glutes.) I have been mostly silent about this journey because sometimes it seems like when people know you’re making a change and you fail, you feel like you’re failing other people, too.
I have to say this is the only time I feel defeated… that and when I eat sugary food, but I’m almost certain that I feel worse about it because I now know that my body feels worse, too!
We’ve made healthy changes as a family, but when I stepped on the scale three days ago, I was NOT pleased with what I saw… a five pound weight gain.
After the initial feeling of total self pity, I realized that working out and all the soreness likely meant I had gained some muscle and that probably accounts for SOME of the gain.
But I thought eating healthy real food would make me lose weight?
The fact of the matter is, before the human race was a farming society, they were hunter gatherers. I highly doubt they took a bread machine around spending all of their time baking bread over a campfire and eating mammoth sandwiches and they didn’t take around cows to milk so that they could churn butter and make cheese either….
So, I’m willing to give it a shot… if I can give up coke, I can do this. Honestly, I want to. I want to be an example to my boys and lead them to live a healthy lifestyle as well. I know that it’s going to be difficult, but I think that it will be worth it.
Matthew is still on the fence, but has agreed to go 80/20. I am going to transition going Paleo and then doing the Whole30 Challenge. I feel that this option will help me be the most successful on this wild adventure! Read more about the Whole30 challenge at their website.
Matthew is so supportive of my decision and has agreed to make his 20 OUTSIDE of the house!
I tried to put his picture on there but I couldn’t figure out how. Whatever.
The kids are still going to be real food, not paleo for now. For me one of the biggest challenges with the kiddos is easy snacks that are real food. So, for all of your moms or non-paleo people out there, I am excited to announce our very first giveaway!
Someone recently introduced me to subscription boxes. They are so much fun! We’ve tried several with discounts and cancelled them, but one that I will probably always keep is Nature Box!! Every month you pay a small fee and they send you a box full of yummy goodies! We especially love the dried fruit (and that’s paleo approved). The very best part of the box is that you can choose to be surprised or even pick what you’d like in your box for the next month! Carter LOVES getting the package and seeing what we get inside! The snacks are truly delicious and I’ve never been dissatisfied with it!
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Also, keep your eyes peeled for a blog documenting our Paleo Transition!