Getting Healthy Update

There for a couple of weeks I did well on the paleo (mostly) diet. Then we had birthday parties and several events where we were out. It is definitely harder to eat right when you aren’t at home and when other people are eating fun stuff. I’ve seen a picture with the words “You are not a trash can” or “Your stomach is not a trash can” many places lately and while I do believe that I also think stuff that tastes great, but may not be healthy, is not neccesarily trash. Excessive sugar consumption is bad though. In my quest for getting healthy and looking better I have discovered something. I stopped eating bread and pasta and sugar filled drinks for those two weeks and I felt better, even f I was still tired. When I ate bread and spaghetti a few days ago I felt sick about an hour later, like I had been feeling for the past several months. So, I think my nauseous feeling since Kyler arrived is due to all the bread and carbohydrates. Everyone who has nursed a baby knows that it’s hard to find time to eat anything but crackers and cereal and snack type food and I was eating those types of things. I wouldn’t say I was overeating, but apparently I was eating enough to make me feel yucky all the time.

I’m going to go out on a limb and say that eating a perfect paleo diet is not very practical at this time. With four children and our busy event filled life it would be near impossible to do. When I am at home and making a meal for just me (breakfast and lunch everyday) I can stick to it. Dinner I can come pretty close as long as my family wants to try it with me. :) Recently, I have also stumbled (with the help of some friends and pinterest) onto a couple of vegan websites. They talk about how a vegan lifestyle makes you healthiest as long as you eat the right things. I would love to try this out, but I guess I’m not sure how to go about changing our whole lifestyle at this point.

Anywho, here are some pictures so I can keep track of my progress a little. The first picture was taken August 16, 2011 (by Kristopher). When I see it I just think yuck. I pretty much felt yuck then too. Size 6 jeans are super tight here. Not sure what my weight was, but I think it was about 134.

The next picture was taken October 5, 2011 (yesterday). I am wearing the same size 6 jeans, which are now loose. In fact I realized that I have been wearing size 4 jeans the past week (I didn’t realize they were in my drawer – thought I had them put away). So I’ve gone down a jean size, but don’t knowy weight at all now. After 1 1/2 months of working out 4-5 times a week and eating much better I don’t see much of a difference between the pictures. I do feel better and obviously am different if my jeans fit differently. I look a little different to myself in the mirror too. Still just wishing I could move this along a little quicker and then never relapse and have to wear “fat jeans” again!

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