I happened accross Kettlebell swings by accident one day surfing around the net but since I’ve loved the strength, endurance and weight loss I’ve experienced. Not only do these workouts burn fat like crazy but they also build your endurance quickly. My shoulder muscles improved as well. I felt like I was getting the endurance workout of a run combined with the benefits of weight training all in one workout.
These Paelo cookbooks by Nikki Young have been very helpful to me as I converted to the Paelo/Primal lifestyle. Very early on in the process I began to feel as though there is nothing I could eat. Using these cookbooks showed me that there are many delicious foods you can prepare and these two cookbooks provided some of the best recipes I’ve found. The recipes are quick and easy to prepare and delicious.
This is my review of the program “7 Steps to Paleo” by Jenna Shannon. First a little about myself and how i was converted to the Paleo lifestyle. During high school and college I went to the gym almost every day. I could eat whatever I wanted and still looked great. I had all the energy I needed to do anything I wanted to do. Then life snuck up on me and over 10 years things changed dramatically. I got married and we had four kids. I settled into my profession as an accountant, sitting at a desk most of the day. I stopped making time to exercise and once I hit 30 my weight started to spiral out of control. I went from weighing 200 pounds steadily up to top out at 300 pounds. One day I looked at myself in the mirror and couldn’t believe what I had become. I was sluggish and tired all the time. I knew I needed to make a change or else I would be forced to when I had a heart attack.
I joined a gym and tried to get back in shape. I quickly found out that at 35 I couldn’t train the same way I did when I was 20. My body at 300 pounds simply wouldn’t do it. I worked out 3 times a week and didn’t see much improvement. I expressed my frustration to someone at the gym and they asked about my diet. I was told all the working out in the world won’t do much without a proper diet. I started my search for a new diet, not a quick fix but a lifestyle change. Fortunately for me I found the Paleo diet and this 7 step program. I can honestly say this program has changed my life.
This is truly how our bodies were meant to eat. The first two weeks were pretty rough. I went through serious carb withdrawals. This is sometimes referred to as the “carb flu”. Following the Jenna’s 7 step program gave me the motivation I needed to stick with it. I remember that first week, by Saturday night I was ready to throw in the towel. My wife suggested I get on the scale to see if I’d made any progress. I was shocked to see I had already lost 8 pounds in one week. After that I was committed. I was never hungry and I didn’t need to count calories. I did have cravings but not hunger. The cravings went away after the first two weeks. I lost 40 pounds in two months. It felt so great to have people notice the change. I started wearing clothes I had grown out of years ago. I kept all my “fat” clothes to wear when I’m working in the yard. My weight loss slowed to about 2 pounds a week after the initial 40 pounds. I feel great and know this is a lifestyle I can live the rest of my life. I tested my blood pressure the other day at the grocery store and it was within a normal range for the first time in as long as I can remember. Another change I’ve noticed is my seasonal allergies have gone away. It’s amazing how many things we suffer with because of the traditional American diet. I wish you all the best as you pusue your own lifestyle change for the better.