I met Andrea from The Pineapple Cake blog at a small, local blogger event put on by Newcastle Mirage just before Christmas. I was keen to get to know her having discovered she moved here from America last year to live with her boy
came to Australia for love.
Thankfully one of the posts I came across when
I know you've heard it before but having a baby does make it harder to lose weight for a lot of us. You're probably sick of hearing it if you aren't in that boat, oh well. But for those of you struggling like me I know that your ears just pricked up seeing this post. Or maybe you are really so over it that you just threw a shoe at the monitor and told me to shut the f*ck up? That's Okay too. It's my blog so I'm sharing my shit. Deal.
When I was breastfeeding I got down to 74Kg (162lbs). I was stoked by that because my pre-pregnancy weight was 77Kg (when I was going to the gym 3 times a week). As soon as I stopped breastfeeding my weight just escalated.
Months later it hadn't mattered that I went off my happy pills (Zoloft), and switched from an oestrogen based birth control to a progestin based one. It didn't matter that I made my portions smaller, or changed from regular light milk to almond milk, or didn't snack during the day, or that I went to body balance and walked a lot and chased a toddler. I just go up, up up.
I really did not want to use diet shakes and get h-angry, and have huge drops in my sugar levels that lead to nausea. Seeing Andrea's post that day made me thankful (and hopeful) that maybe there was an alternative to losing weight with out feeling like there was never enough exercise and that I had to starve to achieve my goals. I never even knew what paleo was until Andrea explained it on The Pineapple Cake blog. Andrea assures me that on the Whole 30 program I won't feel like I'm starving [*said as I grab a handful of nuts and seeds and eat them like a pretty little bird*].
Andrea has agreed to walk me through the Whole 30 program step by step. She is incredible. I can't thank her enough. Yesterday I received a weekly meal plan, a list of ingredients to shop for, and recipes. She had me buy the Nom Nom Paleo cook book, along with The Paleo Kitchen because she uses a majority of the recipes from there. I purchased both on my kindle through amazon for roughly $15 total, but you could buy the real thing from Book Depository with free shipping if you are a hands on cook book person, and need the pretty pictures too, (I wish the pictures looked good on a kindle, they don't). Whatever recipes she doesn't use from those books she's given me copies of.
Watch the Paleo Cafe's inspiring video below
I wasn't sure if I wanted to write about this whole weight loss journey because it just gets overdone, but my blog is sometimes my outlet for things happening in my life so I kinda have to share, don't I? I'll give you an update at the end of my journey, and let you know if my new American friend turned out to be my knight in shining coconut oil (Uh oh, paleo joke. Too soon?). I'm interested to see if my sense of taste is heightened after getting my ass off sugar for a month. Or what if the inflammation in my damaged soft tissue goes down, and therefore my back pain is decreased? Stay tuned.
Have you heard of Paleo - the Whole30 program?