Ok, so I am NOT the type of person to post bathing suit pictures of myself at all! I have one purpose for doing this! I did it! I accomplished a goal that I have been working on for 3 years! I have posted about this before but I will share again in case you didn’t read that post. (By they way, sorry for the bad picture but I don’t have alot of pictures when I was heavy, I DID NOT like for my picture to be taken) I gained 65 pounds with my last kid. Once Brainna (last kid) turned 2 I knew that I was tired of carrying the extra weight. I joined a woman’s only bootcamp class at 6am in the morning! I started working out again and boy was it HARD. That is the only word for it. I hadn’t really been working out since I started having babies but I was tired of not wanting my picture taken, tired of having a closet full of clothes that didn’t fit, but most of all I was tired of being tired and not having the self confidence I once had. I started counting calories for the first time in my life and starting workout out. I did this for 2 years. Granted I lost 10 pounds but I still didn’t have the definition I wanted and I still had another 10 pounds to lose. After 2 years I just couldn’t get past the hump? Know what I am talking about?? I realized I had 3 years til I turned 40 and I was determined to be in the best shape of my life! I wanted to turn 40 and be proud. Strange thing happened, I got the flu and I was stuck in bed for 7 days. The only thing I could do was read and watch TV because I was so miserable. I love food and recipes so I stumbled upon this website that was talking about this Paleo diet and lifting Heavy (weights). My girlfriends started telling me about this “diet” and I thought she was nuts! Who gives up gluten and dairy, processed foods and sugar?? How do you survive?? Well the more research I read and the recipes I found I realized that I had to try this, plus I knew in the back of my mind the goal I had set for myself. Once I felt good again, I hit the gym with gusto and started this Paleo lifestyle. It was the best decision of my life! I have never had more energy, have never felt better and I am stronger than I thought possible. I have to say that I am not 100% Paleo, I do believe in moderation when it comes to dairy. I eat organic, grass fed dairy about 3-4 times a week. But I have not have any gluten in 3 years. That is something I will never do again. I have seen the difference in my body and I don’t miss it one bit! I still eat dark chocolate, I still drink red wine just in case you think I went off the crazy bin. People ask me all the time what I do, here it is. I lift heavy weights 3 times a week and I run 1 time a week. So 4 total workouts (if I am not training for a race). I eat clean and healthy. No secret pills, no secret protein powder, nothing but clean foods and my weights (my happy place). I understand this is not for everyone but it is something I believe in and on Januray 13, 2016 I turned 40 and I am in the best shape of my life. Bring on the 40’s!!!
If I can do it so can you!!!! I hope you follow me, my recipes, and my crazy life this year!