Rebecca Whitlock Posted October 17, 2012 Share Posted October 17, 2012 First, I'd like to say, I will likely ramble on a bit, and go through some of my background and history, so beware, this will be long! Before starting Whole30 (yesterday) I was an avid junk food eater throughout my 30+ years of life, generally eating at fast food joints 3-4 times per DAY. Before I got pregnant with my daughter last July I weighed right around 300 pounds. When I found out for sure that I was pregnant I was able to quit smoking, quit drinking alcohol (didn't drink that often to begin with, but cut it out altogether), and quit caffeinated sodas all on the same day. I did get irritable, but it wasn't hard. I had a very good reason to keep those cravings at bay. One thing I didn't even try to cut out, or cut back on, was my eating. I still ate crap and have awful heartburn and acid indigestion as a result. I have managed to continue my smoke-free and alcohol-free ways, though I did go back to drinking Diet Dr. Pepper on a daily basis. Two weeks ago I quit the sodas again, for the simple fact that I was spending way too much money on soda. Having weighed myself last night I've come to a disappointing realization: I've hit my all-time highest weight of 325 pounds -- I didn't even weigh this much when I was pregnant. I'm sluggish, tired (mentally, emotionally and physically), and have no desire to do much other than plop my gigantic butt on the couch and watch TV while my daughter plays on the floor or in her activity chair. What makes my situation even worse is that I work from home, so the only exercise I ever get is walking around my house...at least my office is the farthest place in the house from the bathroom, so I do have to walk an eensy weensy teeny tiny bit during the day. My joints are constantly aching, and I have to walk almost bow-legged when I'm barefoot just to make walking less painful (it's a lot to ask my poor feet to support all this weight). But I continue to eat my junk food and especially scarf down 2-3 pints of chocolate peanut butter ice cream several nights a week. SOMETHING HAS TO CHANGE! A couple weeks ago I was sent a link to the Paleo for Beginners: Essentials to Get Started ebook. It was about a week later that I finally decided to read it, but only because there was nothing interesting on TV. For years I had been thinking to myself it would make sense to eat what our ancestors ate, but I had no clue what that was food-wise, nor did I ever try to do it. Reading this book reminded me of those thoughts and something just clicked. Yes! Finally an answer! Finally something that doesn't involve powdered shakes or counting anything (points, calories, carbs, fat, etc). Finally something that won't allow me to eat the sweets, 'cause there is no such thing as "in moderation" when it comes to me and junk food. Finally something that is restrictive in the bad places (junk food) and not restrictive in the good places (calories or healthy carbs like veggies...aka Atkins). This is something I can do! So I dove headfirst into finding out more information about Paleo and finding fantastic resources like Nom Nom Paleo, Well Fed and, of course, Whole9. Though I really did want to start immediately, I unfortunately had to wait until I got paid since I was totally broke. So Monday night I went to The Fresh Market and bought over $250 worth of fresh, organic (if they had it) fruits, vegetables, pork and chicken (unfortunately their beef prices were just too high for me) to last for at least two weeks. I also bought some other necessities like spices and such that I didn't have on hand. So far, so good! Yesterday I started the day off with two slices of bacon, a hard-fried egg and a generous salad of romaine lettuce and those small yellow tomatoes topped with some balsamic vinegar. Lunch consisted of the same salad with a can of tuna mixed in. I ate a handful of mixed nuts and a variety of berries for a snack. Then for dinner I had ground pork stuffed zucchini. For breakfast this morning I took the leftover dinner and added a scrambled egg, plus half an avocado (separate). I'm thinking about lunch now, and not really sure what I'm going to make... I've decided not to incorporate exercising into my lifestyle yet until I get under 300 pounds. That's the last time I can remember not having all the joint pains and aches that I have now. Fear of injury is holding me back, and it's perhaps a scapegoat and an excuse, but it's my body and I'm doing what I think is best. I'm definitely adding exercise in when the time is right...and for me I feel I need to drop 10% of my current weight first. I'm excited and anxious to see where this goes - if anyone has a great starting point menu planner, I'm all ears! (I bought my groceries loosely based on the menu planner on this site: http://cavemanstrong.com/food/meal-plans/) Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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