In a recent email conversation with a relatively new blog reader (hi Julie!), I asked how she had found my blog. I often wonder where you all come from and how you find me. This space has morphed so many times in the past few years - from homeschooling, to crafting, and now food, food, food.
Julie didn't recall exactly how she found me, but she did mention the grain free waffles and also the picture of my midriff.
Which of course inspired me to take an updated midriff photo and share my progress, because I'm sure you've all been dying to know what I look like in a sports bra.
Now, it's not yet the six pack I aspire to, but it's a whole lot better than it was last summer! This same view made me cringe a year ago. I hate to hate on fat, but I was hating on my fat last July. I avoided bathing suits and swimming like the plague. Things began shifting in my mid thirties in unexpected and unwelcome ways, which is exactly why at the end of last summer, I began renovating.
Today marks three months since I started Crossfit, and I'm fast approaching the one year anniversary of going Paleo. Things have started to shift in welcome ways, and renovations are going better than I expected. Over the weekend, I received word from two readers that they've both just recently started similar renovations, beginning by giving up grain. I'm beyond excited for both of them, and I'm thrilled that I helped inspire their journeys. Both mentioned a positive change in their hunger and satiation. I know this feeling, and it is good! It is powerful! It is encouraging!
Here's my advice. Put on a sports bra and take a picture. Keep it somewhere only you can see it (or post it on your blog for the world to see - your call). Keep on eating clean, avoiding grain and sugar, and moving your body. Take another picture in three months. Then three months later. Prepare to be amazed. Personally, I'm looking forward to taking a picture one year from now.
Of course, it's not all about your midriff or how you look in a sports bra. It's about how you feel in your skin. My husband asked me a poignant question recently, a question I now ask myself quite often: "Are you happy when you look in the mirror?"
I'm getting there. More importantly, I'm happy.
And I've been meaning to share for months now that my parents have also gone Paleo! I'm so proud of them. I thoroughly enjoy being on this journey alongside them, sharing meals, recipes, recipe reviews, cooking tips, and of course, the myriad of ways we are all feeling better and healthier. (Photo by my brother-in-law, Mark. Thank you, Mark, for taking this picture.)
Speaking of recipes, a few of you asked about the watermelon, lime, and mint popsicles.
Watermelon Lime Mint Popsicles
6 cups of watermelon chunks (enough to fill a blender)
a handful of mint leaves
the juice of 1 lime
Blend thoroughly and freeze in popsicle molds. Makes 10 popsicles.
Super simple, and midriff friendly too.
Just out of curiosity, how did you find my blog?