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Going Paleo for 30 Days

I completed the 28 Fast Metabolism Diet and did not cheat at all. It was not the most pleasant experience, dieting never is. But I walked away from it 10 lbs. lighter. So to me, it was worth it.

Oh No, Not Again
I then attempted the maintenance stage. However, the scale started tipping in the wrong direction almost immediately. Grrrr.... What is a woman who still has 30 lbs. to go supposed to do? I can tell you for sure it isn't staying on the FMD long term. I did mention it wasn't the best experience for me, right?

Now What?
So I decided to do some self reflection and think about what has helped me with weight loss in the past. Trust me, I am an experienced dieter. And therein lies the problem. I desperately need to get off the diet train. I have no problem losing weight. I also have no problem gaining it all back, plus some.

But one lifestyle change did help me significantly before and didn't feel like a diet - eating Paleo. I pondered that for a few days, switched to 99% …

Avoiding High Blood Pressure

I had a doctor's appointment in April of this year and my blood pressure was above normal levels. So, my doctor told me to monitor it monthly and scheduled a follow up appointment for August to see if I needed to put on blood pressure pills. I had my appointment yesterday and was given a diagnosis of "elevated" blood pressure. That is not the news I wanted to hear but it's not terrible news either. Let me explain why.

No MedsI am happy to report that by following the DASH (Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension) diet and exercising 30 minutes a day I will be able to avoid taking blood pressure pills. I am looking at DASH as a lifestyle change instead of a diet. And I have been in need of that for awhile. Also, I stopped exercising earlier this summer and now I know that putting off starting back is no longer an option.

Being Given Another Chance
So, what I am saying is that the appointment was a wake up call that I really needed. I have not been caring for the Lord's temple like I know I should. I'm not proud of that but I have completely ignored all of  my healthy lifestyle goals for the majority of this year. But now I am in the position where that is no longer an option. I know that being put on blood pressure pills is not God's best for me. So, I see this as Him giving me an opportunity to pursue His best. Having said all of that...

Action Is Now Required

I will be setting new goals and working on achieving them daily, with God's help. I will chronicle my lifestyle changes here. Why? I can't explain why but I think that sharing this journey on Caring for His Temple will help me. We'll see how it goes.

The first thing I will be doing is figuring out how to implement DASH in my life. My doctor gave me a few pages printed from the internet that explain what the diet entails. It all looks very simple to achieve on paper. But don't most things?

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