Good morning folks and welcome to Monday! *sigh* As you know, today starts Day 1 of the Biggest Loser Blogger Challenge hosted by none other than the wonderful Ms. Java Mama herself! The purpose of this challenge is to get healthy with the help and motivation of other bloggers like yourself! And I don't know about you - but I, for one, ALWAYS do better when motivated by others. So...... as of this mornin my beginning weight is 131.2. I couldn't find my measuring tape to take measurements, so I will have to do that another day - *sigh*
I would post a picture of myself, but for some reason ever since blogger changed things recently, I can no longer upload photos from my desktop and don't know how to do so, otherwise. However, if I am able to find out how to do so before next Monday, when we post an update, then I will post a picture at that time instead. My goal weight is at least 116 to 118 as that's where I'm the most comfortable with my personal body image. And though I'm not overweight by any account, for my height, I'm still very self conscious and want to tone up and lose not only the weight, but the inches as well. Also, ever since mid-summer last year, I have been following the Paleo/Primal diet, although not to a "T" and exact. For the most part though, I've followed it pretty close. It's not that hard - my problem is that I still have that major sweet tooth and want to fix all of the yummy sweets instead of focusing more on my veggies. With the Paleo/Primal diet you can do it however makes you feel the best.
Meaning, since I know I am lactose intolerant, I choose to stay away from any type of milk products, as often as possible i.e. cheese, yogurt, milk and ice cream. Also, I have a lot of things I would prefer for breakfast that are bread related that I can no longer have. Though, I've never been tested to see if I have the gluten allergy, I can honestly say that when I've cut out any and all products that contain any kind of wheat or grain (including my beloved peanut butter) I can tell a HUGE difference and feel SO much better. I can also tell at the same time, when I don't follow it right and indulge in the no no items, how BAD I truly feel. That's why I think I have the gluten allergy. Also, another thing on the Paleo/Primal diet it's only good for you to eat nuts and fruit like once a week, instead of daily.
After MUCH research, I fully and firmly believe in the concept of the Paleo/Primal diet and feel that the evidence is there showing that our government is filling our "grains" with crap our bodies simply can't digest, which is why we can't seem to lose the weight no matter how much diet and exercise we do. I always believed that I was eating healthy, as long as I was eating Wheat and Grains - but my eyes have been completely opened needless to say about eliminating wheat, grains and legumes (peanuts) completely from my diet and for the betterment of my health. Sorry, didn't mean to get off on my soap box there - I'm just explaining why I personally chose this way of life for mine and my family's health. However, you chose to do it for you and your family, is your personal choice and I am not here to preach to you and how you should believe in my way of eating style.
Therefore, I am looking forward to seeing how everyone else is doing their way of diets and exercise and hopefully pick up some tips from all of you. And hopefully, I will have some tips to pass along to you as well. Thanks for stopping by and I can't wait to check out all of your blogs today and see how you are starting the New Year to be a healthier you!
Lots of love and hugs,