Category: paleo

Whole 30 Start Line

Posted January 6, 2018 by Hillary in getting healthy, getting personal, Goals, paleo / 3 Comments

My starting point on the #whole30 challenge

I know I know you are wondering how my going paleo is gonna help me write books and to write for clients. I will tell you. When I follow a strict paleo diet and lifestyle, my anxiety is nil. I mean it is GONE, and I will be the first to tell you that I write so much better without anxiety. I focus way better. I mean I can concentrate now, but when I am taking all my supplements and stuff, i can concentrate for hours. I feel so good. My depression lifts entirely. When I exercise, I feel so good. In general, I feel like a million bucks, and I write like a million bucks. The way you FEEL affects the way you write. I am not here to say that the paleo life is for everyone. It is not but for me, and I have seen a lot of people it works.

I have decided to be transparent about my journey to getting healthy. At the moment I eat crap, and I feel like crap even though I dressed up for the pic and got my mom to take my good side. I weigh 280 pounds. I WAS up to 320 that is a small improvement. I plan to eat a Whole 30 diet and to do some form of exercise every day. I am in the hills of southeastern Ky and would you know there is nota gym within 100 miles of here. I googled that and was like damn. I was not to be defeated, so I went and Got me a Subscription to Beachbody on Demand. That was before I was introduced to the whole wide world of online fitness videos. I was reading some blogs and came across BBG and Blogiliates among others. I honestly had no idea those existed. I prefer an actual gym with an actual personal trainer as I have in My apartment in Cleveland. I need the accountability to show up and do the actual workouts.I have found here at home I am tempted to sit my lazy ass down and WATCH the video, but alas this is the best that I can do here in the mountains. I try hard to complete each video. I do like that Beachbody on Demand has hundreds of programs to choose from so there is that. If for some reason I can get to the gym I will have this as a backup. I want to make sure that I do some form of exercise every single day.

I also need to watch what I eat. I have printed out the whole 30 food list so that I will always know what I can eat. I went on the whole 30 a couple of years a gap and had great success with it, so I know I can do it I just need to put in the effort. I am hoping that being transparent with my struggles and journey that I can maybe encourage someone else going through the same thing

Here is a picture of what I look like now at 270 pounds. I cant find a picture of me at 320 pounds. I think I hid from the camera when I was at that weight. I am hoping to be at least 140 by December of this year. Wish me luck!

That thing around my neck goes to my implant. I was rocking out to Kesha while taking this pic!

A change is in the air…..

Posted April 1, 2015 by Hillary in paleo / 0 Comments

As you may remember, I went paleo a couple years ago and lost 65 pounds in 4 months. I fell off the paleo bandwagon and I now regret it. I have been trying Weight watchers since January and it has been a big fat failure. I have only lost about 15 pounds and I have brain fog, my depression and anxiety is back, my face is a mess, I am tired and cranky all the time among other things.

Trish started paleo a couple of weeks ago and reading her posts has inspired me to go back to paleo. I start today. I am doing a whole 30 for April. From my last experience, I know I will feel like crap for about a month until my body detoxes. Then I will feel amazing again. I have a support system in place to help me through the first month.

I will be using My Fitness Pal to keep track of what I eat. I will limit myself to 50 carbs a day. I know from experience I do better with fewer carbs. My body REALLY can’t handle an overload of carbs. Especially refined carbs. I feel sick and tired and I do not get much done. I can’t wait for the brain fog to lift and I can use my full creative powers again. I remember the last time after a couple of months on paleo, I was brimming with writing and blog posts ideas and even my writing was so much better. It was clearer and had more depth.

One of the reasons that I fell off the bandwagon was that I was not really prepared. I would wait until I got hangry and then scramble around for something to eat. This really threw off my eating. This time I am gonna stock up on foods and snacks and have them ready so I won’t be tempted to go to Burger King. I am going to go through restaurant menus in my area so I know what I can and can’t have before I go. If I go to a social outing where there will be food, I will bring my own. Being prepared in advance is the key to making this lifestyle work.

I have wanted to learn how to cook for a while now and this is the perfect time to learn how to do so. I have lots of recipes I want to try out. There are a gazillion paleo/primal recipes on the web. I have a few favorites from last time so that will be a good place to start.

I am also going to do meal planning. Last time I didn’t and I made it her than it had to be to stick to this lifestyle. You can do this on My Fitness Pal so that will make it easy.

I am really excited to embark on what will now be a permanent lifestyle. Losing weight is only one of the many benefits to this way of living. I can’t wait until I feel at the top of my game so to speak and start living life abundantly!

Paleoing Again

Posted August 19, 2014 by Hillary in paleo / 0 Comments

I was going to wait until I got back to my apartment to resume my Paleo eating, but I can’t wait. I have work to do and between the brain fog and the exhaustion I am running on pure willpower. I can remember last year when I was on paleo I felt amazing and my creativity was through the roof. So tomorrow I will begin the paleo lifestyle once again.

Last year I followed paleo for 8 months and I have never felt so good in my whole entire life. I used to think that the exhaustion and depression and anxiety that I felt was just a normal part of life. I thought wrong. I followed a strict version, otherwise know as whole30 and I lost 60 pounds, I had abundant energy and the brain fog faded away. I had so many ideas for my freelance writing business I could barely keep up. I slept like a baby verses now when I wake up a million times a night. I feel that my waking up so often is contributing to the feeling of exhaustion so deep that even my Death Wish Coffee cant help me. All my life I have been struggling with anxiety and depression but on paleo they both just dissipated. It was a huge blessing. The holidays last year threw me for a loop and I fell hard in a big way. I also felt like I did not have the support that I needed to stay the course. Willpower will only get u so far when you are surrounded by junk food and family members pushing said junk foods on you. Now that many of my in real life friends are on Paleo I feel that I have the support that I need to carry through. While I know I will lose weight, it is not even about that anymore. I just want to have abundant energy, a clear head and no more depression and anxiety.

I have already made a meal plan on My Fitness Pal. I find that if I plan my meals in advance then I am more likely to follow through and not eat crap at the last minute.

I would be happy but as I said I am so exhausted that I just want to crawl in the bed and wait until my body detoxifies and the resume living. I can’t afford to do that so instead I will draw up on my willpower to get me through the next 10 days then I will feel AMAZING! I cant hardly wait!