I am a 22 year old girl named sam who lives in Ontario Canada. I decided to start writing a blog because I’ve always had a passing for writing and journaling. I’ve been writing blogs or journals or diaries since kindergarten and never stopped. Of course when I start a new journey, I want to blog about it! I also love photography. I took it in high school and have always loved it.
Throughout high school I was always very thin, so I didn’t care about my weight or fitness or anything I was not a popular kid who went to the gym everyday and wore make up and heels to school – that was not me by a LONG shot. I never thought about my health. In fact I was much too preoccupied with partying and staying out late to even let my mind wander to that. I was also very depressed and in a terrible relationship to boot. Sure, I did a rip out workout from a magazine every other month or something, but that doesn’t count!
Then something changed, I moved out of my parents house at the tender age of 18, and I started cooking for myself and my boyfriend, He was used to eating frozen pizzas and Jamaican patties, and that is not what I wanted for myself. I had always eaten pretty well at my parents house and I intended for it to stay that way. I had always been a baker but now it was time to expand. I realized I had a LOT to learn, which is when the addiction to foodgawker was born. This eventually led me to writing my first ‘health’ blog, which is no longer available. I had no idea what health was and ultimately felt uncomfortable with the level of personal stuff I shared on there.
Around the time I started cooking for myself I also became more self conscious about my body. I remember VERY clearly, one of my ‘friends’ told me that I looked like I had gained 10 lbs of relationship weight. That got to me really bad. The funny part is the girl who said that is extremely overweight herself, and yet here she is insulting me!. And the sad thing is, I had gone from being 120lbs at age 16 and at 5’10”, to maybe being 130lbs a few years later. That is Not fat at all! I realized later that this is NATURAL, I was becoming a woman and I finally had a butt! I has always hated my flat body in high school so I should have been happy to have gained a butt and some boobs. I was becoming a woman, and there is absolutely NOTHING wrong with that!
But at the time, it bothered me. I started working out because I didn’t want to get fat, like she was suggesting that I was. I started out with Jillian Micheals DVD’s, moved to bodyrocktv, and I eventually gave up both of those. I couldn’t relate to the hosts and I was finding it too much to keep up with.
But wait…how did I get to paleo? I’m a big podcast listener and I was always looking for healthy living podcasts. The thing is, there aren’t a lot of generalized podcasts like that out there. There is, however, plenty of paleo podcasts! I started listening to everyday paleo talk, and even though I didn’t buy it right away, I likes Sarah, Chrissy and Dain’s personality’s and I kept listening. After about 15 episodes in, something clicked and I said “f- it, I’m doing this! I’m going to look more into this and I’m going to give it a shot.” I started listening to every paleo podcast, I bought tons of books, subscribed to plenty of blogs, and jumped in. Paleo speaks to me because I have suffered from allergies and acne and trying to be healthy for years. The idea that something cold help me with all of those areas gave me hope!
When I started, I had been eating whatever and doing Pilates 5x a week for an hour at a time. I thought that was the only way to sustain my body composition. When I started paleo, I quit. It was so unsustainable, I just couldn’t do it. But you know what? I did not gain a single pound! In fact I think I lost some, but my scale is broken right now and I’m not planning on fixing it, so I guess we’ll never know!
Now I workout with eplifefit. It gives me short, 10 – 20 min workouts and I only do them 3x a week. I’m fit I’m stronger than I’ve ever been, I feel better than I ever have. And I am so grateful.
Now that leads me to my focus with this blog. I started out a tumblr to keep track of what I was doing at first. I was just transitioning and I needed some accountability. After a couple of days I realized I am a blogger, not a tumblr, and so I moved to wordpress. I love the accountability, the community, and being able to share my trials and tribulations so that everyone, paleo or not, can get some value from them. I also love sharing recipes of course. I love coming up with cool combinations or revamping old favorites. It’s really fun for me, and I love the photography process as well. I’m still a work in progress, I’m no where near perfect and never plan to be. I’m just here to show you that it can be done and to give a fresh perspective.
A lot of people in this community are older, not OLD but in their 30s maybe, and many have families. That’s not where I am at right now! My boyfriend is a DJ, and I come from a social circle that really doesn’t care about their health at all!!! Mine is not the common mind frame for my friends to be in. so I KNOW its hard being the only one. That’s why I try to share how to get around those awkward social situations, when you just know you can’t explain yourself, no one is going to listen. So that’s my goal. I want to share what its like being young on this journey! You know, I still want to go out, have fun times, drink sometimes, etc. But I also want to be as healthy as I can be and I want to be as happy as I can be!
Points to you if you actually read that <3 but that really is MY story, and I WILL tell it!