My Story

After a week in the hospital in early 2011, I became much more conscious about what I eat and have learned a lot about healthy eating. Since starting paleo with my mom and sister in January 2014, I have had so much fun learning, trying, and collaborating on new recipes together. In my free-time I enjoy sporting events--mostly baseball and football--crafting, shopping, and coffee dates with friends. I wasn't overweight to begin with, but I lost 11 pounds in the first 2 months of being paleo. My sister lost almost 20!

To give you an idea of my diet, here is a skeleton version of my daily meals:
  • Pre-workout (30-45 minutes before workout): hard-boiled egg or protein/fruit smoothie
  • Breakfast (between 6:00am and 7:30am): 2 eggs or egg-whites with fruit and/or vegetable
  • Lunch (12:30pm): salad with protein (usually chicken) and fruits/veggies with homemade dressing (Packed Lunches & Snacks)
  • Snack (3:30pm-4:30pm): some combination of fruits and nuts
  • Dinner (7:00pm): protein (~5-7 oz.) with vegetable
  • Dessert (after dinner): 1 piece of dark chocolate or fruit sweetened somehow (honey, dark chocolate, coconut) or paleo baked-good
    • I don't eat dessert every night, but this is usually what it is when I do.
Finishing my first 5K
I love to workout and have seen a substantial increase in my energy, motivation & performance since starting paleo. My favorite workouts are yoga, weightlifting, spinning/cycle, swimming, stadiums and running. Running and I used to hate each other, so don't get discouraged if it seems impossible now. In high school, I couldn't run a mile. After starting paleo, I finished my first and second 5Ks! You can do it too! It takes a lot of work and dedication, but it WILL become easier.

If you are new to running, some helpful advice I received was:
  • Buy good running shoes.
    • This makes a HUGE difference. Go to a sporting goods store and talk to the shoe person OR go to a running store (best option but may be inaccessible). I've heard good things about Asics and Brooks.
  • Breathe in through your nose and out through your mouth.
    • Once you can start controlling your breathing, it will get a lot easier.
  • Find a running buddy.
  • Finishing my 2nd 5K
    • Running with someone else who is either on the same level as you or a little better will really help motivate you to finish a run. I, personally, am REALLY good at talking myself out of a full workout when I'm by myself, so having a buddy has really allowed me to capitalize on my body's abilities.
  • Come up with a consistent route.
    • Knowing what you're going to do before you start will help you stick to it and not end prematurely.
I am trying to not post too much about working out so I can keep this blog focused on paleo and the food aspect, but PLEASE feel free to send me any fitness/workout questions you have. :)

My 3rd 5K in Washington, DC: Lawyers Have Heart 5K
In December 2015, I adopted my sweet boy, Wrigley. He loves to go to the trial and walk/run/sniff. You can follow him on Instagram @wrigleytherescue. 

In January 2017, I adopted Wrigley's "weight loss plan," or little brother, Turner. He keeps me on my toes and has SO much energy. He ran his first 5K within a month of being "home" and ran it within 32 minutes! (His dad ran it with him, I'm not that fast.)

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