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|
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.
- 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.
|Finishing my 2nd 5K|
|My 3rd 5K in Washington, DC: Lawyers Have Heart 5K|
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.)