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Monday, September 30, 2013

31 Days: Introduction


Hi, there! You probably found me through Nester's 31 Days, since I haven't been actively blogging (other than in my head) since the end of last year. So, I thought I'd start with a quick introduction!

I'm Liz, 40-something mom to three girls. I have struggled with my weight for as long as I can remember. The first memory I have of "dieting" was in 7th grade (which consisted of eating rabbit food and not much else, if I recall), but I was aware of my size long before that. Anyone else remember the mortification of shopping in the "husky" department?

I was diagnosed with hypothyroidism in my early teens, and after being put on medication, I lost quite a bit of weight! I have been on and off medication throughout my adult life for various reasons, but in the last few years I have really educated myself about the condition and how I can help myself through diet.

I was never much for exercise until a few years ago, when I tried the Couch to 5k program and fell in love with running. Since then, I've run several 5k's, two half marathons, and my first (and hopefully not last) marathon last year, and am still happily addicted!

These days, my biggest challenge in living the healthy lifestyle I want and losing weight is my diet. I have spent a lot of time researching, learning, and educating myself on what I should do. My problem is follow through! Many times I get as far as making meal plans and shopping lists and even shopping, but most of the time, especially when I am struggling with low energy, the food ends up in the freezer or worse, going to waste!

Discovering Nester's 31 day challenge was literally a God-send, because it is just the push I needed get my diet under control and finally, once and for all, develop the right habits to help me be successful going forward. I also know how important it is to lead by example, and at the moment my kids sure aren't learning anything constructive from me in this area!

My goal for the next 31 days is to move toward a Paleo(ish) diet. I know from past "experiments" that I feel much better when I eat this way, eliminating gluten and eating lower carb. I enjoy dairy products and don't seem to have an intolerance to them, so they will stay in my diet for now. My oldest daughter is a vegetarian, so beans will also be on the menu occasionally - my "taco beans" are one of the very few things all my kids will eat.

I know from experience that if I can discipline myself to plan, shop, and prepare meals, I thrive on this diet and do not feel deprived. Another obstacle I face these days is my budget; I recently left my 9-5 job to pursue my dream of running my own business, so I have to find a way to meet my goal while also adhering to a strict budget!

I'll be adding all the 31 day links here as they are published. I would love for you to follow along as I teach myself to be a budget conscious Paleo meal planner, and I'd love to follow along with your 31 day journey, as well! If you have advice, recipes, or simply encouragement, please share!!! 


6 comments:

  1. YAY! This sounds like an awesome 31 days and I can't wait to follow along with you! I've been teetering on "Paleo" and just like you my body THRIVES when I fuel it that way! Here's to a WONDERFUL 31 days!

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    1. I'm following your 31 days, too, and I think we're gonna rock it!

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  2. I'm doing 31 Days of Paleo, too! Only I'm new to it, so I'll have to get some tips from your posts!

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    1. I'm looking forward to reading about your 31 day journey, too, Cori!

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  3. I've been THINKING about trying a Paleo-ish diet, as well, so I'm looking forward to reading your journey.

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    1. Glad to have you along! I hope I can inspire you!

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