Welcome to my Paleo Life!
This story is going to be a bit different based on "life happenings". As some of you may know, I have gained most (if not all) of my weight back. While I can't recall the exact time-frame, I was diagnosed with major depressive disorder and I was placed on medication. From there, I watched the number on the scale increase almost daily. We will save that story for another day but since it's part of my updated journey, it must be mentioned.
Moving on now...
This will likely sound familiar to some of you. When I decided to begin my Paleo journey, I had been "around the block and back" more times than I can count. Nothing I ever tried actually stuck and even if it worked in the beginning, I would always gain the weight back (and then some). Once I entered my 40's, it seemed hopeless. I was gaining weight at a very fast pace and no diet or weight loss plan worked. I was literally at the point of giving up completely. I basically convinced myself that I was destined to be fat, I was going to keep gaining weight and ultimately end up miserable AND very unhealthy! I was just so sick and tired of trying. Enter my older sister...
My sister had been on the Paleo diet for quite some time and I witnessed her amazing results. She would always try to convince me to give Paleo a try but why would I? I never had success with any other diet. Why would this be any different? Especially since I was at the age where losing weight was impossible! So, I completely ignored her plea for me to give it a shot.
About a year later, my family and I went to Orlando. I handed my daughter my phone and asked if she would take a picture. Being a little sneaky thing, she decided to take a video instead. As soon as I saw it, I transferred it to a thumb drive and deleted it from my phone. Am I the only one who thinks putting pictures or videos on thumb drives "deletes" it from your mind and you never have to see or think about it again? Well, I'm here to tell you it doesn't work (insert giggle here). I could NOT stop thinking about that video! It was a video of me walking away from the camera and it was just horrible! Videos from the neck down were a big no-no for me. With that said, I'm grateful my little sneaky daughter got this one in there because it kick-started my original Paleo journey. Seeing what I looked like from behind, how I struggled to walk, my significantly poor posture and just how big I had become hit me like a ton of bricks! You can see for yourself in the video below. Just know I share this with immense bravery because people can be SO mean sometimes!
So... I called my sister...
"Alright Janine... I'm ready. Exactly what IS the Paleo diet and what kind of nasty Paleo food do I have to eat to get this weight off?" She explained the complete Paleo weight loss program and debriefed me on some of the foods I could have. And that, my friends, is where my Paleo weight loss journey began. I lost a significant amount of weight and KEPT it off for a long time, I learned a TON of stuff about Paleo and then ended up gaining some (if not all) of my weight back. One thing I can tell you is that it had nothing to do with Paleo and everything to do with my mental health. I'm saving that story for another day so if you want to be among the first to read (or see) it, subscribe to my YouTube channel, follow me on social media and / or sign up for free email alerts when I post a new blog entry / video:
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Before I leave, I want to say this...
If you are reading (or watching) my story because you want to lose weight or you've realized your health is declining, I've been where you are! You can do this! WE can do this! If you have ANY questions, let me know!