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first blog post!

Finally- my first blog post.  I appreciate the support (and gentle prodding) by my friends to get this going!

For those of you close to me, you know that I have been immersing myself in the primal/paleo lifestyle for a little over 2 years now. I have developed a passion for paleo eating, cooking and living, and am a member of the Chicago CrossFit community as well. I LOVE learning and reading (and talking!) about all things food and exercise.

I think all this health and wellness fascination most likely has to do with the fact that I’ve had to diet most of my natural born life.  Growing up the chubby kid in class is never easy, but it definitely gives me some insight into what works and what doesn’t- because who wants to listen to diet and nutrition advice from a lifelong size 0 who eats McDonald’s for lunch every day and can consistently maintain an eight-pack without ever doing a sit-up.  I have run the gamut of unhealthy fad diets, products and pills and struggled for years with eating disorders.  I get it.  I’ve lived the life of obsessing about EVERYTHING that goes into my mouth- and it sucks.

Fast forward post-college.  Naturally the 6-nights/week of binge drinking took a toll on my body second semester senior year – not to mention the spattering of half-assed workouts I threw in all semester to make up for the end of collegiate sports.  Because let’s be honest- the only “runs” taking place were late night ones to Taco Bell.  So clearly some responsibility was in order as far as reining in the eating and drinking.  Being an adult took care of a portion of it, but I severely restricted everything I put in my mouth.  Whole grain bread and pasta, pretzels, those 100-calorie packs of sugar-free cookies (seriously makes me want to gag now)… and I wondered why the hell I wasn’t losing the college weight.

Three years later—the official primal/paleo discovery.  I met a gym owner at a networking event in Columbus, Ohio and he told me about Mark Sisson and his blog, Mark’s Daily Apple.  After some reading and initial skepticism, I figured I could pony up the $25 for Mark’s book, The Primal Blueprint.  THIS BOOK CHANGED MY LIFE!  Okay, maybe that’s a bit of an exaggeration, but it’s definitely what bought my one way ticket on the paleo train.  I’ve read a lot of diet books—trust me.  And this one just makes sense.  Anyways, this isn’t supposed to be a book review, but Mark outlines ten simple “laws” of living primal and living a great life (check them out here), including what to eat and how to workout and getting enough sleep… that kind of stuff. 

It definitely took some getting used to, trust me (due to my grain & sugar addiction)… but even after a week I felt a difference in my energy, I felt thinner, I felt healthier- and after a while, you don’t have those carb cravings- you know, at 3:00 in the office when you’re dragging and all you want is to gorge on your co-worker’s stash of mini Twix bars.  You never have that stuffed, full belly bulge feeling after a big meal.  You have so much more energy.  You’re seriously happier.  And the real clincher- it’s NOT HARD.  I never worry how much I’m putting in my mouth, how many calories I’m eating or how much harder I’ll have to run on the treadmill because of that-thing-I-ate-that-I-shouldn’t-have.

Shortly thereafter, I became a product of the failing economy; I lost my job and decided to venture to the Windy City to start the next chapter of my life.  I made my way to Chicago and have been here for a little over 2 years.  A year and a half ago I started CrossFit- and I have seen wonders in my body composition, energy and fitness!  Especially for a former college athlete who doesn’t have anyone making me run wind sprints until I puke or go on 5 mile runs at 6 in the morning; CrossFit is a perfect solution to feel awesome, look awesome and get your ass seriously kicked.

So now that my life story is complete… a little about the blog.  I wanted to start this blog in order to document my progression and knowledge about the paleo lifestyle, and give me an outlet for my food frustrations (so my friends don’t have to continually listen to my rants!).  And being in such a huge city makes it really fun to learn and discover new ways to continue my journey. By the same token, I’m also HUMAN- and a female in her 20’s- which means happy hour is my fav hour of the day, I can never say no to a trip to Sweet Mandy B’s, and nothing is better than watching sports with a Chicago deep dish pizza and an ice cold beer.

My goal of this blog is to document my life as it relates to paleo- and everything else that goes along with it. Simply—life, with a side of bacon.

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