I’m finally blowing the dust off of this site today because I’m ready to change.
In 2011 I discovered Marks Daily Apple and the Primal Blueprint and in a very short time my entire life was different. A whole new me. I followed the Primal 21 Day Challenge and not only did I lose weight but I also had more energy, my moods improved, fewer headaches, no migraines, and even joint pain seemed to disappear. I became that annoying person who told everyone about the Primal / Paleo lifestyle and how drastically it changed my life.
And then the holidays hit. Not only do I have the Christmas and New Year holidays that many of us celebrate but I also have both of my children’s birthdays in late December. Combine that with some out of town visitors and a hectic schedule and well, I fell off the Primal / Paleo lifestyle bandwagon. Hard. And I’ve never managed to get back onto it.
The first time I did the Primal 21 Day Challenge I was fierce. I stripped my kitchen of any source of wheat, grain, gluten, sugar, processing, additives etc. I was walking and lifting heavy things. I was buying grass-fed, locally raised meats. It seemed easy. But… after falling off the Primal / Paleo lifestyle wagon during the 2011-2012 holiday season I have never managed to get back to Primal /Paleo for more than a couple of days here and there. I have no idea why it’s been so hard. You’d think after living with the great results firsthand, it would be simple to get back on track but it’s been a nearly 2 year struggle. Meanwhile, I’ve gained back all of the weight I’d lost. I’m tired. I ache. I have nearly daily headaches and my digestive system is back to being cranky. I’ve been depressed. Unfocused. Ugh. Every week I say to myself that THIS week is the week I’ll get back on track but I haven’t stuck with it.
Last week I bought a Fitbit Flex armband so I could start tracking my activity. The week before I bought my first pair of Nike athletic shoes since high school. Buying the Fitbit and the Nikes made me feel like I was getting back on track but the pizza, burgers, fries and fast food breakfast sandwiches I’ve consumed during this same period tell a different tale. The fact that I reset the Fitbit Flex from the default goal of 10,000 steps to 5,000 steps so I could feel like I was getting somewhere speaks for itself.
This morning I woke up and I saw a notice on Facebook that Mark’s Daily Apple was kicking off another Primal Blueprint 21 Day Challenge today and I’m in! Maybe this time, doing it with the other Primal Challenge folks I’ll stick to it past a few weeks. No, not maybe. This time I WILL stick to this new lifestyle for good. It’s time.
I’ve reset my Fitbit Flex back to the default of 10,000 steps. I’ve tied on my new Nike running shoes. I’ve taken my bread, jam, & snackfoods to the garbage. It’s on!
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