I’m a 35 yr old stay at home mom and student. I’m engaged. I have two boys, 3 and 7, both who were preemies and the youngest of which gave us the rollercoaster ride of a lifetime that I wouldn’t wish on my worst enemy. He was actually hospitalized for the first year of life! That was a bad year….but I digress. I was hospitalized myself for a month after boy #2 and actually gained weight. Hospital=perfect storm for weight gain for me. I was immobilized in a bed, staring at the tv 24/7, and had what amounts to room service. I called it in, and they brought it right to the bed. Most moms lose weight after they leave the hospital, I actually put on a good 15 pounds. And the stress of that whole year with baby in the hospital was tough. But we made it through, he’s home and healthy for the most part, and now, 3 years later, I sit here wondering why the hell I look so fat in every photo! I do have hypothyroidism, but it’s under control with meds (supposedly). SO:
I tried Medifast. Lost weight. Not happy. Hungry. Expensive.
I tried 75% raw and mostly vegetarian, counting calories the whole way. Got tons of nutrition. Kept losing and gaining the same 5 pounds. Oh, and hungry still.
All the while, I exercise. I treadmill (walk and run intervals), I did my Jillian Michael’s 30 day Shred, I did some Jari Love dvds. I tried my own free weight routines. I joined boxing (which I love and still do). Point being, I was moving my bod regularly and still not getting anywhere.
Finally, I stumbled somehow (I forget exactly how) upon Mark’s Daily Apple. Mesmerized. Glued to the screen for hours (ok, I stopped for diaper changes…mostly). Clicked all these links, found blogs, saw pictures. This primal/paleo thing. It just clicked for me. But will it work? Well, that remains to be seen. I can say, 6 days in, I feel frickin’ AWESOME and have not felt hungry at all. I used to be guilty of the nighttime munchies a few nights a week. Not once since starting have I eaten past around 8pm. And the energy?? What all the other Groks are saying is true. So read along….or point and laugh….at me and my probably-TMI blog:)