Friday, September 30, 2011

Paleo Progress

Well, I have been eating Paleo for about 3 weeks now! ( Not sure what Paleo is? Click here )Let me tell you, I feel SO much better already! I do not feel bloated, I have 20x's more energy, my skin is clearing up, and I think I am losing some weight ( I say think because I do not own a scale...for the sake of my sanity)! Now, I have to admit I have slipped up a few times...I am telling you sugar is the devil....But I think I have made up for it my working my butt off at the gym! I am really excited to see the changes that have been happening, I am going to continue making healthy choices and keep you updated on my progress!

Brent has even slimmed down too!!! :)

Week 1

Week 2

Week 3

Please excuse my Pajamas....I live in them  :)

Thursday, September 15, 2011

A-Z, of who else...but ME

A. Age: 20
B. Bed size: A Queen, but with McKenna joining us in the wee hours of the morning I wish we had a King.
C. Chore that you hate: laundry...putting it away is where I run into a problem.
D. Dogs: We don't have one, but when we do it will probably be a chocolate lab!
E. Essential start to your day: Snuggling with Kenna and a kiss goodbye to my husband when he leaves for work.
F. Favorite color: Teal and Purple
G. Gold or Silver: SILVER!
H. Height: 5'4
I. Instruments you play: none, I briefly tried the guitar when I was 8.
J. Job title: Wife & Mother
K. Kids: McKenna Renee Reis -14 months old
L. Live: Boise, ID
M. Mother’s name: Kristen <3
N. Nicknames: Lexi, Lex, Pexis
O. Overnight hospital stays: hmmm..2 I think. 
P. Pet peeves: Being ignored when I ask a question 
Q. Quote from a movie: if you're a bird, i'm a bird - the notebook (as if you didn't know!)
R. Right or left handed: righty
S. Siblings: 4! Sam, Thomasin, Aubriana, & Brinley
U. Underwear: hmm optional ;) LOL
V. Vegetable you hate: Mushrooms yuck!
W. What makes you run late: Finding an outfit, I probably go through 3 or 4 before I find something I like.
X. X-Rays you’ve had: When I broke my collar bone and when I broke my wrist
Y. Yummy food that you make: I am OBSESSED with baking, give me a yummy recipe and I'll make it (and eat it of course)
Z. Zoo animal: Polar bears and Elephants :)

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Paleo- "So easy a caveman could do it"

I have been having some minor issues since McKenna was born; chronic hives, insomnia, acne, weight gain, and fatigue. Now, some of those things come along with motherhood, and they are to be fully expected; but almost everything on that list I found that I can have complete control over.

On Monday I  went to the doctor for my annual check up; I was told something I have never been told before in my life... that I was overweight. Growing up I was always in good shape; I was athletic and always on the go; so when I got pregnant and gained 60 lbs, it was really hard for me to deal with. I felt like this skinny girl in this HUGE body. After giving birth I expected my body to just bounce back, silly mistake. Now, more than a year later I lost 40 lbs of the 60, and now I have at least 20 more to lose. To make it a little easier, I was also told that I am allergic to basically everything I shouldn't be eating...Wheat, rice, corn....and much more. After I left my appointment I realized that I needed to do something about my unhealthy eating habits and change my lifestyle.

When I got home from my appointment I contacted one of my oldest and greatest friends Sage, (She told me about the Paleo Lifestyle just a few weeks ago when I was complaining about my insomnia, but I don't think I was ready then.) I asked her for some grocery shopping suggestions and she helped me tremendously! I have now started doing my research and I have found that this way of living is purely focused on getting healthy, the natural way. The Paleo diet is a way of eating that best mimics diets of our hunter-gatherer ancestors - lean meats, seafood, vegetables, fruits, and artificial/processed foods!

I am SO excited to start this journey.  For me this is not just about losing the baby weight, this is about creating a healthier life for myself, and my family. So, I will keep everyone updated on my progress, I am determined to get healthy :) NO MORE EXCUSES!