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For 23 years I lived in an overweight unhealthy body.  I had suffered from migraines, allergies, IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome) and back pain for years.  It all started during my first pregnancy, I gained 60 plus pounds. It seemed I just spiraled out of control after that, and ballooning to my all time high of 262.  I came to a place in my life in November of 2012, that I had enough and I decided I needed to lose the weight.  I had made a decision to get the lap band at that time.  I shared this information with my niece who had been Paleo for 3 years at that point and had for 2 years tried to get me to do Paleo as well. Needless to say she was “disappointed” in my decision.   She asked me “to please think about doing Paleo before I had the surgery and if I was not happy with the results than to do what I wanted”.  On February 2, 2013 I started the Whole 30 program.  Within the first year I lost 50 lbs. and over 27 inches. And surprise…surprise no more daily back pain, I have far less issues with headaches and allergies and my IBS (irritable bowel syndrome), is non-existent. I still have a way to go, but I realize that it took me 23 years to gain it, it’s going to take time to lose it. And haven’t we all learned that slower weight-loss is weight-loss that will be easier to keep off. I continue to move towards my goal in weight loss and getting fit.

I am amazed everyday at how easy this Paleo lifestyle really is. When I really looked at all the food I was eating and realized all the chemicals I was ingesting I was so disgusted. Don’t get me wrong I still have a sweet tooth and fight that addiction everyday. I have learned however that my sweet cravings are triggered by stress, therefore if I keep a handle on that than I should be ok. But I will admit at times this gets me into trouble. However, fortunately, with all the tools available to me, I have learned I am able to rein it in and usually pretty quickly. It’s always about self-control. Hey I got this…. I have successfully quit smoking since August 2013, I eat Paleo… I can handle the sweet tooth.

A year after seeing the results I had, my husband embarked on the Paleo journey as well. He has to date lost over 70 lbs. and dropped 3 sizes. It’s absolutely spectacular to be going through this journey with my husband.

I am so grateful to my niece for educating me on Paleo and even more grateful that I did not have major surgery, which could have resulted in horrible complications.

There are many skeptics out there that think this is just another phase, or another diet fad. I have been Paleo for 2 years now, this is not a diet, this is undoubtedly a lifestyle change. I think differently about food, eat differently, and feel better than I ever have before. Eating clean healthy food is exactly what our bodies were built for. If I could go back in time I would have certainly raised my children this way. There are so many toxic processed foods now and they are a huge culprit in contributing to many childhood issues, i.e. ADHD, Bipolar, OCD, sluggish tired teens, weight issues etc. Hindsight is 20/20 I guess. We live and we learn by getting educated and using that to our advantage.

My hope with this page is help keep me on track and accountable for taking care of me, and while doing this hopefully inspire others to be healthier as well.