I stopped weighing myself when I was close to 250 pounds. I had high cholesterol, low blood pressure, and was pre-diabetic. My hair was falling out, I had no energy, and I was menopausal. I thought all my health issues were due to massive stress. But, like most, there was a moment when I realized something had to change. For some, it is getting winded while playing with their kids. For others, it is their challenge getting up a flight of stairs. For me, it was my ex-husband telling me I was fat. What?! That was a big light bulb moment for me. Why I got so unhealthy, suddenly, did not matter. What I would do next did.
Like Adam and Eve realizing they were naked, I suddenly saw the truth about who I had become physically. In every mirror and with every hard to zip pair of pants, I saw my reality. I purchased a treadmill and ran my way down to 180 pounds. There is where I sat for a couple of years, give or take 5 pounds here and there. It was not until recently I was able to break the plateau and see a change in my health and physical appearance. I had to do something different to get a different result. Here is my simple 3-step process.
- 1. First, free your mind. We have been so brain washed by the commercial weight loss and fitness industries all fighting for our dollar more than our lasting results, that we do not know what to believe but are willing to try anything as long as it requires next to nothing from us. That will not work. Whether you are trying to lose weight, break a plateau, break a food addiction, or just get toned, it is going to take effort, planning, and discipline for you to meet your goal. Be open to learning new things about your body and about your food. Trust the process and you will succeed. Having the support of those closest to you helps but, unfortunately, many will look at you like you are funny. Stay the course. Stay disciplined. Join our SexyMomsMove group on facebook and we will support and encourage you.
- Regular exercise is necessary whether you are over-weight or not. You heart is a muscle and must be strengthened through exercise and your lungs as well. A minimum 3-5 hours of exercise a week must be a part of your routine. It is important to get your heart rate up for a consistent amount of time and yes, ladies, you have to sweat. There are too many products and wraps that will keep your ‘do done. And do not be afraid of weights. If used properly you will not bulk you up but will build lean muscle and muscle eats fat.
- If you cannot kill it, pick it, or plant it, then do not eat it. This is the Paleo way. It is not a diet. It is a lifestyle; a way of nourishing your body with real food. Our body is sore and tired from chemicals and food causing inflammation. Our daughters are plump and beginning puberty early because of hormones pumped into the meat. Our body chemistry is out of whack from added sugar, salt, and preservatives that let food sit on shelves for months. We have sold our health out for the convenience of processed and packed food that can be microwaved in 5-minutes. Give yourself 30-days, just 30-days, eating nothing but real food and you will see the difference in your body.
The Whole30 Challenge Snapshot
YES. Eat real food. Eat meat, seafood, eggs, tons of vegetables, some fruit, and plenty of good fats from fruits, oils, nuts and seeds. Eat foods with only a few, pronounceable ingredients, or better yet, no ingredients listed at all because they’re totally natural and unprocessed. Drink plenty of water.
NO. Do NOT eat during the duration of your Whole30 program. Omitting all of these foods and beverages will help you regain your healthy metabolism, reduce systemic inflammation, and help you discover how these foods are truly impacting your health, fitness and quality of life.
- Do not consume added sugar of any kind, real or artificial. No maple syrup, honey, agave nectar, coconut sugar, Splenda, Equal, Nutrasweet, xylitol, stevia, etc. Read your labels, because companies sneak sugar into products in ways you might not recognize.
- Do not consume alcohol in any form, not even for cooking. (And it should go without saying, but no tobacco products of any sort, either.)
- Do not eat grains. This includes (but is not limited to) wheat, rye, barley, oats, corn, rice, millet, bulgur, sorghum, amaranth, buckwheat, sprouted grains and all of those gluten-free pseudo-grains like quinoa. This also includes all the ways we add wheat, corn and rice into our foods in the form of bran, germ, starch and so on. Again, read your labels.
- Do not eat legumes. This includes beans of all kinds (black, red, pinto, navy, white, kidney, lima, fava, etc.), peas, chickpeas, lentils, and peanuts. No peanut butter, either. This also includes all forms of soy – soy sauce, miso, tofu, tempeh, edamame, and all the ways we sneak soy into foods (like lecithin).
- Do not eat dairy. This includes cow, goat or sheep’s milk products such as cream, cheese (hard or soft), kefir, yogurt (even Greek), and sour cream… with the exception of clarified butter or ghee. (See below for details.)
- Do not consume carrageenan, MSG or sulfites. If these ingredients appear in any form on the label of your processed food or beverage, it’s out for the Whole30.
- Do not try to re-create baked goods, junk foods, or treats* with “approved” ingredients. Continuing to eat your old, unhealthy foods made with Whole30 ingredients is totally missing the point, and will tank your results faster than you can say “Paleo Pop-Tarts.” Remember, these are the same foods that got you into health-trouble in the first place—and a pancake is still a pancake, regardless of the ingredients.
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While there are a lot of resources, I suggest you go through the Whole30 website and the Paleo Diet website to further help acclimate you. Do not forget to take a before picture and also to join our SexyMomsMove facebook group. Whether you are a mom or not, all are welcome.