I think this is one of the scariest and best things I have ever done for myself. I lost 70 pounds and have kept it off. How, you ask? Lots of trial, error and sweat. I lost my 70 pounds in 12 months, but in my first two months of Paleo, I lost about 25 pounds.
My nutrition is and will more than likely be the hardest aspect. It is really mind over matter and saying no to myself is super hard. Some people have a sweet tooth; well, all of my teeth are sweet! Sugar is my kryptonite, cookies, frozen yogurt and chocolate to be exact. I still struggle with this portion daily. I have tried Atkins, found it to make me feel sluggish and heavy, even while the pounds were falling off. So I went to a balanced carb, protein, veggie and fruit plan set by a nutritionist. It was alright, but I plateaued during this and that’s when I found Paleo. I ate to the Paleo guidelines holistically for six months and never felt better. I have lots of energy and the pounds continued to come off. I have had so much fun recreating my comfort foods with healthy Paleo versions.
The most important two things I did during my weight loss was keep a food journal and exercise. I didn’t start the food journal for calorie counting, but I wanted to know what was sneaking its way in. What was surprising to me was how much I was consuming in condiments and juice like beverages. Secondly, I tried everything, yoga, personal training, crossfit, boxing, rowing, belly dancing, small group training, pilates, large group classes, rowing and hiking. Yes. I have spent money. and it was worth every penny. I viewed the expense as education, an education on how to be fit. Every pound for me was like getting an “A” on a test. They are professionals in their industry and I needed help. I am also a variety girl and in doing all of these different activities, I found classes that I really enjoy and more importantly movements that my body enjoys. Not to mention all the new friends that frequent these classes. That is the key for me and my sustainability: it has to be fun and social.
For my success in both the nutrition and being active was just never giving up on myself and owning where I’m at physically and in my nutrition. Being connected to my body and knowing what works, what’s fun and what doesn’t work for me.