Why am I here??

There are so many reasons as to why I started this blog. The biggest one of all is to encourage others to take control of their lives.

For years I had been gaining weight and becoming unhealthy. I blamed my parents for not teaching me how to cook. I blamed by family for always offering me food. I even blamed my husband for always treating me to nice dinners. But I never once stopped to blame myself for not changing anything.

I figured there was nothing that I could do. I was destined to be overweight, it was in my genes. I tried working out for months and I never lost weight I only gained it. This was the pattern I would work out, see no results, quit.

Then in April 2016 after months of my husband and I trying to get pregnant we finally went to another doctor to get a second opinion. I was not having regular cycles and it wasn’t working. At that time I was diagnosed with Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS). PCOS causes excess weight gain, excess hair growth, infertility (it is just harder for us to conceive), and acne among other side effects and symptoms.

This was life changing. There goes my chance to have children, to lose weight, and to live a happy healthy life. I felt like everything was ruined. How could these three little words crash my world so quick.

At this point I had two options – I could either let this diagnosis break me or build me. I choose to let it build me. I did my research and found out that if I ate as close to a caveman diet, Paleo as most know it, I could potentially counteract the symptoms and regulate my body.

I was on a mission and no one was going to stop me! I started on Whole30 with the help from someone who had already done it. This included cutting out all bread, added sugar, added salt, soy, and dairy. Every meal for 30 days consisted of meat, fruit, and vegetables.

It was a hard 30 days but I made it through and came out the other side 12 pounds lighter. So following the Whole30 I continued to watch my eating and trying to stay as close to Paleo as I can and over the course of 4 months I have lost 25 pounds total.

I am so close to my goal weight I can taste it (pun intended). I have learned how to cook and create nourishing foods to sustain my weight loss. The irony is in the last 4 moths I have not worked out but yet I keep losing weight.

I have encouraged those around me to fuel their bodies better so they too can be healthier and have a better quality of life. Changing my eating habits has changed my life. I am so happy for where I have come and so excited to see where I am going.

Things I tell everyone who wants to embark on the Whole30 journey: You must want it, if not you will fail. You will talk yourself out of it and you will eat as you should not. The Whole30 is the most important part. It resets your body and your mind so you can see food differently.

I also tell everyone what you put in you get out. Junk in = junk out. Healthy in = healthy out. Also it will not happen over night. The weight gain happened over days, months, and years. It will not come off quickly either. Just hang in there and focus on you and the rest will follow and fall into place. My journey is still going but I am closer to being there than I was yesterday and I will be even better tomorrow.

I appreciate everyone who has taken the time to read this! I hope to provide more content and assistance in the future so other can take the steps necessary to take back their lives!

Don’t be afraid to reach out to me! I will guide you and help get you on the path to success!

Thank you for stopping by! We wouldn’t be able to do it without your support. 🙂

With Love,

The GearShots

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