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Life After 30: Week 2 Recap

Have you ever seen the Biggest Loser?  Where week one, they lose 15, 20 and 30+ pounds.  They are amazed and so happy.  Then comes week two and the weight loss goes down significantly.  Two pounds.  One pound.  Or even no weight lost at all!  And everyone is so shocked.  What happened?  Why such low numbers?

I feel like I’m on Biggest Loser.  Last week I lost a crazy amount of weight.  This week not so much was lost.  But a loss is a loss.  And I’m grateful I didn’t gain anything.

As the saying goes, slow and steady wins the race.  So my initial goal was to lose two pounds a week.  So I am defiantly still on track.

I started the week out sick and work has gotten super crazy.  And it will probably be like this until the school year ends.  I feel like my work load has tripled since before Christmas break.  I say all this to say I didn’t get much exercise in this week.  Actually that would be none at all.  I just couldn’t take the time from my planning period to walk, too much to do.   Though I know it is an excuse.  I am still planning to do the boot camp workout because it is quite effective.

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Slow Cookin’

I made a goal to cook more.  I have so many reasons why I don’t cook.  Being too tried being the main one.  I made a point to try some new paleo slow cooker recipes.  I figured if I spent 10 minutes prepping dinner the night before, I could come home to an already prepared meal.  (Just remember to take the Crockpot out of the refrigerator and turn it on in the morning! Something I totally did this week.)

I’ve tried four new recipes this week.  Two of which weren’t very successful in the fact that I really didn’t like the taste of the veggies in them.  Ended up just picking the meat out of the pot and adding it to salads and steamed veggies instead. But I am still proud of myself for trying something new.

However there were two recipes that I loved.  A beef stew that I made up with things I had on hand and I forgot to take pics of and this:

Marvelous Meatballs

From: http://www.everydaypaleo.com

I did make some changes; I halved the recipe and used seasonings I had on hand.  AndI used a jar of organic marinara sauce from Martins’.

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My Way: The Paleo Way

So this all began because I came across the book by Gary Taubes, Why We Get Fat and What to Do About It.

The point of the book was to give the research into the best diet for humans, turns out it is a lower carbohydrate diet.  He mentioned in it the Paleo Diet which lead me The Paleo Diet by Loren Cordain, Ph.D.

I read this book from the cover to the end.  I was hooked.  I decided that because of my family history of diabetes, this was the perfect lifestyle for me.  Over the holiday break I read everything I possibly could to get ready for the change.  I found many great blogs and articles.  Before heading home I stocked up at Trader Joe’s and Martin’s.  Then I did something I’ve never done before, which was completely clean out my fridge and cabinets of all non paleo foods.

Take a peek inside my stocked fridge:

Eating all organic costs more but I already feel a difference.  I’m not craving sweets as badly or wanting to snack late at night.  But it still is the first week.  Old habits die hard.  So far I can only say good things about eating the paleo way!  Anyone wanna join me?

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Life After 30: Kim’s Story

I’ve never been what one would consider skinny.  My ultimate goal isn’t to be skinny.  The ultimate goal is to get to a healthier weight and live a healthier lifestyle. I want to be active and look good and feel good in my own skin.

I remember always being “solid”.  However, I always wanted to be skinny, like my sister.  No one ever compared our sizes but they would make comments around me about how skinny she was.  So deep down it hurt and I thought they were telling me I was fat since she was so skinny.

I can’t remember my first “diet” but I can remember making elaborate plans for weight loss but never following through and being successful with my efforts.  So I just settled and lived with the weight.

Eventually, I left for college and managed to lose some weight during marching band season.  But it always seemed to creep back on over the school year.  My junior year in college I lost 30 pounds by running with the band while we trained for a Mardi Gras parade.  I felt so great about myself.  I felt confident and beautiful.  Even at that the time I still wanted to lose more.  I managed to keep the weight off through the rest of college. But then I started my first job after graduation.  I sat for eight hours a day and began to prepare my own meals.  I ate a lot of processed foods and got zero exercise.  Within months all the weight crept back on.

Two years after college I had my first child and quickly became pregnant with my second child.  I gained about 30 additional pounds between the two pregnancies and was able to lose 15 pounds.  In the three years since the birth of my last child I regained and lost the same 15 pounds several times.

The problem lies within my motivation.  About a year ago I discovered healthy living blogs and wanted to make a change but couldn’t get motivated.  I have finally just made a commitment to do something about my health and weight.  I’ve read several books, and I have a gym buddy lined up.  This is the time I WILL be successful.  My blog is meant to be a motivation and accountability tool for myself and if it helps others than that would be great as well.  I have less than two years before I turn 30 and I want to enter the next decade of my life looking and feeling the best I ever have!

Edited: So, I wrote all of that over a year ago.  I’ve got about 6 months until I turn 30.  So I still wasn’t successful but I did manage to gain more weight.  Only this time this blog now includes my entire family!  We are starting this blog to encourage one another on our different weight loss journeys and goals.  I really feel this time I will be successful because I have so much support behind me!

Previous Starting Photos
June 2010
Side View
These pictures are old I was probably about 229.  Add about 18 pounds and much longer hair.
Weight
June 16, 2010:  229
February 21, 2011: 234
March 27, 2011: 240
April 9, 2011: 235.5
January 2, 2012:247.5
January 9, 2012: 236.5
January 16, 2010: 236
Measurements
January 23, 2011
Waist: 45″
Bust: 47″
Hips: 44.5″
Left Thigh: 27″
Left Arm: 16.5″

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