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Now don’t take that the wrong way….they are just 2 statues on the corner of one of the main streets in Fort Collins.  I love their expressions and they just make me smile.

 

I spent the day in Fort Collins with my Mom today.  She has never been there so I decided that we would take the day and paddle around the down town area.  It is a bit like Pearl Street in Boulder but I happen to like it a bit more than Pearl Street.  Funky little stores, great people and tons of breweries (I love micro brews!).

 

Our first stop was the rock shop….Mom loves rocks!  That took almost an hour mainly because I had to touch just about every rock in the place and I absolutely love their granite plate ware room.  The dishes come in different colors of granite and it amazes me.  The jewelry there is also fabulous and the selection of crystals is huge.  After the rock shop we paddled around the rest of the square loving the old buildings, looking at quaint, one of a kind shops and talking.  It’s nice to know that I can still spend time with my Mom when so many of my friends don’t have their parents anymore~I am feeling very blessed to have had a day like this with my Mom.

 

We finally decided that we were hungry so we headed over to the Fort Collins Brewery and ate all things NOT Paleo.  The food was outstanding and well worth the belly ache I have right now.

 

Tomorrow I’m back to eating right because this is not comfortable.

So I got to thinking about how things have changed for me since I started this whole Paleo diet thing and to be honest the changes for me have been tremendous!  

The first thing that I have noticed is my upper body strength has improved.  We all know that as we age we lose upper body strength and I was noticing that I just didn’t have a lot of strength anymore.  After the holidays (paleo for about 2 months) I noticed that spending a couple of hours with the 8# ax splitting oak firewood was quite a bit easier.  After that I noticed my yoga practice was becoming more solid and stronger.  My balance was and still is lousy but the paleo diet never said it would make me capable of standing on one foot for any length of time.  Next I noticed that I was making better choices when it came to my outside play.  Winters are long this far north and getting outside in the winter is about the only thing that keeps me from going stir crazy.  The dogs and I were able to do lots of winter snowshoe hikes and I was able to keep up training while hiking.  

The absolute best part so far has been the fact that my cellulite is less.  Now, I’ve said this was never about weight loss but who is going to complain about losing cellulite?  Not me!

It all started when a high school friend started posting recipes on facebook.  One day I started reading the recipes and thought that something sounded really good so I tried it.  My friend Erika kept posting a new recipe every day and I kept trying the recipes.  I found that just about all of them were wonderful and kept at it night after night.  One day I noticed that I had not eaten any carbs and the bread that I had was moldy (how long does that take?).

The first thing I noticed after about 6 weeks of trying these recipes was I really didn’t miss eating tons of bread and crackers.  For me that is HUGE as I had always thought that I could not survive without my bread.  The next thing I realized was that I used to love to cook.  I don’t mean steaks and chicken but good food that was just this side of gourmet and that I love to play with my spices.  So these recipes that Erika had shared got me back in touch with that part of me and I was having tons of fun.  I was only cooking for myself but I really enjoyed the time spent in the kitchen making something nice for me which leads me to the next thing I realized~after being “Mom” for 28 years I deserved to treat myself nicely and this was my outlet.

After I came to realize that I had been basically eating a rough form of the Paleo diet I really started to read up on it and find that it fits for me.  It has never been a weight loss issue but more of a health issue and wanting to maintain a strong muscle structure.  I have come to embrace this life change it has led me to further investigate what I can do to stay healthy and strong and finding ways of removing toxic chemicals from my everyday life.

I have gotten back into my yoga practice and added a hot yoga/detox class which is amazing.  The feeling after a hot yoga class can’t be explained but has to be experienced.  I have also decided that I would try going “poo” free.  This means that I am no longer washing my hair in the normal sense.  I am currently 3 days into using baking soda for shampoo and vinegar for conditioner.  So far I really can’t tell any difference between shampoo/conditioner and the baking soda/vinegar other then I use less hair spray and no gel whatsoever.

This journey keeps getting more and more interesting!