First, a little back story. I have had my ups and downs in weight since my teen years but never to the extent I am at now. When I moved to NC at the beginning of 2008 I changed my lifestyle completely and began eating better and exercising every day. In 3 months I lost close to 20 pounds, was in the best shape of my life and felt amazing. I loved working out every day and I loved my body for the first time in forever. However, it only took 1 single event to make it all go away. The day I found out my beloved horse was dead was the day I stopped caring about my health and working out and eating healthy. I returned back to the old habits of eating out, drinking Coca-Cola and sitting around being depressed. About 3 months later I found out I was pregnant and even though I told myself I was going to eat right and do some exercise, I used it as an excuse to continue eating and sitting around. Needless to say I gained it all back and then some. Fast forward to now and I am the heaviest I have ever been and miserable. I can't keep up with my very active almost 5-year-old. I get winded very quickly when I try to do anything more than walking for a few minutes. Up until a few weeks ago, I was still drinking Coke every day. While I had changed what we were eating, I didn't stick to healthy foods 100%. In the car, let's get fast food. Going out to dinner, let's have dessert. Walking past the bakery section at the grocery store, let's just pick up a package of muffins. It was very easy to say yes, even though I knew I needed to say no. Especially when you are busy and on the go a lot.
Everything changed when I attended an event a few weeks back. There was a raffle and all vendors were entered. I won. I won 12 classes to Iron Tribe in Huntersville. Hmmm, do I accept it? I live in Statesville. Not exactly neighbors. I need this. All things that went through my head in the seconds it took me to walk up and get my prize. I spoke to the representative that was there that night. I told her my back story. I told her I wanted to lose the weight so bad that I was willing to drive all the way down there 3 times a week to work out and get healthy again. What the hell was I thinking? There is no way I am going to go. I am the queen of excuses. I NEED THIS! All things that went through my head in the seconds it took me to walk back to my table.
I met with Cherie at Iron Tribe 2 weeks ago to chat about classes, what was expected, the "diet" and to watch a little of a regular class. Oh crap! What am I getting myself into? The "diet" is actually not really a diet in the way most people use the term. It is a lifestyle change. A conscious effort to eat healthy foods. They follow the Paleo diet. If you are not familiar Google it. Basically no grains, no beans, no soy, no dairy, no sugar, lots of lean meats, vegetables, fruits, nuts, seeds and lots of good healthy fats. No calorie counting! In actuality I was almost eating this way anyway...almost. I was gluten free but eating processed gluten free food. The only dairy I eat is cheese, but lots of it. I also happen to have a weakness for sugar, although I had switched to mostly honey and coconut sugar but if a cupcake presented itself to me, I wouldn't turn it down.
During our meeting, Cherie gave me a book all about the Paleo diet and how to transition into it a little slower than just jumping in all at once. I started in last Monday by cutting out all carbs and sugar. At least for now I can still have cheese! I will be honest, even though I didn't think I was eating that many carbs, I had a rough few days. I'm not sure if it was the crazy weather we were having or just the change in what I was eating but I had the worst headaches. I was pretty tired too. There is such a thing called the Paleo flu. It's not contagious or anything, but it mimics actually having the flu. I am pretty sure I had a few symptoms. I made it through the whole week though without caving...until Sunday. We usually eat out on Sunday night. Instead of making a healthy choice, we ended up with Chinese food. Not good. I was starting my workout the next day. I did not sleep well at all and I know it is because of what I ate.
Monday morning I got up at 5:15 and got ready to head out. I knew I would need to eat something before working out so early so I grabbed a Paleo pumpkin muffin I had made earlier in the week. Breakfast on the go. I arrived a few minutes early. I was nervous. I drank a lot of water, thinking it would be good to make sure I was hydrated, especially after my horrible dinner the night before. I had no idea what I was in store for.
Stay tuned for part 2 later in the week and find out how my first week at Iron Tribe actually went.