It’s blasphemy I know. You are saying to yourself, How can a fashion blogger not want to talk about clothes?? Surely she wants to talk about shoes or purses or owl necklaces right?? Nope, none of those things either. Today we’re going to talk about a topic that fills me (and a lot of women) with dread; FOOD.
Food is not easy to talk about for me. I have a tricky relationship with it to say the least. Let’s be honest – I didn’t get plus sized because of illness or genetic predisposition. I’m a big girl because I refuse to compromise on eating what I love. Sure I exercise (sometimes) and yes, I try to eat salad or carrots with my pizza (occasionally) but for the most part, I eat and drink what I want. Why you ask? Simple; because it’s easier for me to ignore the facts and the damage I’m doing to my body by not thinking about it. Well my friends, the time has come for me to (wo)man up and make a change.
Last week, my boyfriend started doing this Gladiator Workout 3-4 times a week. After the initial soreness wore off, he got really excited about it. So excited that he’s decided to go Paleo. If you never heard of the Paleo plan, it’s about eating like the cavemen. Lots of meats and fruits and vegetables and nuts and fish and healthy fats (which apparently includes avocados) but no carbs or added sweetners or junk….. basically the majority of my quick and easy diet that I’ve come to accept and live with. Sounds torturous right?
The Paleo Solution is sort of the bible of Paleo plan people. Or so I’m told…..
Now, let me make one thing very clear. The boyfriend did NOT ask me to participate. I even asked point blank if he wanted me to do this so I’d lose weight and he said absolutely not. He loves me just the way I am and doesn’t want to change a thing about me. As much as I love the support and unconditional love (believe me, it’s quite the ego boost) it didn’t stop that little voice in the back of my head going Maybe you should give this a try. Would it kill you to take better care of yourself? You know you feel better when you work out and eat like a normal person that doesn’t subsist on sandwiches and eating out.
I’ll be completely honest; the thought of doing this scares the pants off me. I have a million thoughts going through my head right now. What if I slip? What if I cheat? What if I do what I always do when on a diet – get obsessive and start starving myself. But you know what? It’s okay. Yes, I might mess up. Yes I will probably burn something I’m trying to cook. But you know what? I don’t have to be afraid. I have love and support from mi amor, and I know that we are doing this together. I talked to him a bit about my obsessive tendencies and the fact that I am scared. And I know that he has my back and will be watching out for me and helping me and encouraging me. NOT because he wants me to change but because he wants me to do what makes me happy. And he knows that challenging myself and doing something new will make me happy.
So starting now, we are embarking on our own 30 day Paleo challenge. He’ll continue his Gladiator workout, and I’ll do….. well….. something exercise-ish. To be honest, I have thought about it that much yet. I just flooded my Pinterest board with Paleo recipes and sites, and re-activated my Spark People account.I’m being realistic; I’m not going full on paleo – I’m still allowing myself yogurt and almond milk. I’m a little nervous and I’m hoping my cooking skills will be up to par. But mainly I’m excited to be embarking on a new challenge with someone who loves me no matter what.
Sorry for the long and extremely wordy post. Do you have any experience with Paleo or other life changing eating plans? I’d love to hear about them! Share in the comments below or on Facebook or Twitter. And be sure to check out my Pinterest page. It’s totally busting with Paleo recipes and shoes and funny Some eCards.