I thought I would document my diet journey in this week’s blog, which will tell you how I got to the paleo lifestyle, which I was much better at sticking to this week, I might add!
I have been heavy pretty much all of my life. I knew it wasn’t acceptable, based on the teasing I got in school and, even at home, as I was the only one in the family with ‘exercise’ on my list of chores.
So, I half heartedly did exercise on and off, but still had to wear bigger clothes than my siblings. Does anyone remember when they had ‘chubbies’ sizes? Yes, I wore those. In grade 6, I remember that we all lined up to be weighed on the scale. I was the only one, at 11 years of age, that was over 100 pounds. It was only 100.5 pounds, but none-the-less, I was the heaviest in the class--even heavier than any of the boys! It was embarrassing, but I never really did anything about it until college.
I moved away to attend college and because I could only afford to eat once a day, my weight actually went down to 132 lbs. I actually don’t remember what my weight was when I started. When I started working after college, my weight went up into the 150s and someone I was working with wanted to go to Weight Watchers. I joined and actually got down to 123 lbs.!
I didn’t last at that weight very long, but didn’t go crazy. It crept up until I was getting married and then I took weight off for that and then again before I had my first child. I put on 50 pounds with my first child and didn’t take much off between my two pregnancies. I weighed 204 lbs both times I delivered. My husband left after our second daughter was born, but there was a gym in the building I worked in and I got down to 184lbs.
I continued to struggle with my weight and discovered in 2002 that giving up wheat helped not only my weight, but I felt better. I didn’t stick with it. In 2009, I was at my highest weight of 222 lbs! I lost 20 lbs. that year and then Cavan and I both stuck with the ‘cookie’ diet and I lost an additional 40 lbs. by the end of March 2010. Eating only 300 calories a meal was not sustainable, so the weight crept on again, although I maxed out at 218 lbs. that time.
In 2015, I ‘played’ at the paleo lifestyle. I was good most of the time and I lost 20 lbs., most of which was in November, when I lost 11 lbs., between the first and the 18th of the month. That was the month I got laid off, though, and then, of course, there was Christmas. Mind you, I was at least paleo-ish and only gained 2 lbs.
This month, I have been trying harder and adding exercise. I have lost those 2 pounds and 4 more, so I am trying to stick to this lifestyle. It is tricky, but doable. So, I am increasing the exercise a bit each week. I will work with the Bowflex and free weights this week, along with the Tzone and stretches! I’ll see how it goes.
I made a paleo chocolate mug cake yesterday, for a treat, and I’m going to do a paleo shepherd’s pie this week. I need to find the recipes that are reasonably easy to work with and I think I should be okay. I’ll blog about it from time-to-time as I go along.
Well, folks, I pray that everyone can meet their own lifestyle goals! God bless!