Our journey for healthier selves began before our wedding. We set out to hit the gym, eat proper portions and get slim for the big day. We hired trainers, ate half plates of veggies, quarter carbs, quarter protein. I would say, we had some success. I don’t think we got as slim as we’d have liked, but looking back… I don’t remember thinking that we were overweight on our wedding day. As a matter of fact – I didn’t ever have that thought about Tim (perhaps about myself)…
I think lots of couples gain weight together when expecting children – and we sure did. Two kids later, we found ourselves hitting reset – on life. The girls were 2 and 4. We had just moved and Sophie had started JK. A girl at my office had been talking about her weight loss struggle with her doctor who recommended giving “Paleo” a try. Tim and I talked about it, I read and researched. Tim had developed an interest in CrossFit and it seemed the right time to start both. It was September.
Interestingly we started Paleo leading into a very busy weekend away (Jays game, Marineland, apple picking/pie making). With an excessive amount of planning – we did it. I even ate as paleo as I could at the Jay’s game.
CrossFit quickly became one of Tim’s favourite things to do and places to be. He attended 3 or 4 classes a week. I remember his first few months there. He would come home and use the girls as a weight bar and demonstrate what the WOD (workout of the day) had been.
Our healthier choices and his passion for CrossFit, produced quick results for Tim. He changed quickly. By Christmas, many people didn’t recognize him. I had experienced weight loss too, my jeans were falling off.
We learned a lot during those first few months. Changing how you eat is hard. Even with planning, it’s hard to be hungry and wait while you make food from scratch – all the time. “Paleo starving” became a funny joke.
We are over two years into our journey and admittedly are not paleo-perfect. We operate within the grey area in which we decide, what is the lesser of two evils or the better choice for what we have available. Sometimes we are too busy to keep up cooking from scratch and that is okay. I find it equally as important to make a choice to have a treat meal or day or week and not to be down on yourself about it as it is to work hard at eating the right things. Balance. Moderation.
Our journey with the paleo way of eating will never end. We have seen the impact it has made on our lives and we love it.
Here are the links to where we started:
Mark’s Daily Apple – this is one of my favourites because there are answers to why eat this and not that, truly an interesting read, I also find that Mark provides you with that “go ahead and eat it”, its not the end of the world if you do it occasionally kind of perspective
Stupid Easy Paleo – as I said, sometimes waiting for dinner to be ready from scratch is hard, this website is as the title says…
Nom Nom Paleo – this website has changed a lot in 2 years and with the gaining popularity of the lifestyle, but her recipes are great!
If you are near us and want to check out CrossFit, we go to CrossFit Kitchener, you’ll find our little family on the “Success Stories” page.