So I've been lurking around here for months and feel like a stalker since I haven't introduced myself at all. (I did try to do this last week and my whole post didn't go through and I was too tired to write it again!)
I'm a 42 year old mother of two teenagers (17 girl, and 14 boy). Hubby is in the navy, currently deployed but will be back in a few weeks thank goodness! I work full time at a financial company (back office, administrative stuff), and am getting ready to go back to school for my Master's degree in Psychology - Counseling, specifically marraige and family therapy. (They really need to rename it to couples and family therapy, someday!)
I am hypothyroid (short story felt like crap and gained weight for 5 years, went to doc who tested and told me I was fine until I was so fatigued I couldn't see straight or function. Switched docs, retested, put on meds, etc. etc. getting better now!) I gained about 35 pounds during the hypothyroid/figuring out what's going on/doctor from hell phase. I've lost 15 of those, but it's slow going.
I actually dont' remember how I got to Mark's site, but I'm betting it was through The Great Fitness Experiment, which I used to read semi-regularly. That girl does crack me up. Anyway, through my doc I had started a nutritional program and in the process my nutritionist and I had decided to try me on an elimination diet. (another short story: massive bloating - like 7 months pregnant - starting 4 years ago getting slowly worse and more often until it was every day all day. Ex-doc stared blankly when I went to find out what's wrong.) In the process of the elimination diet, I got rid of all grains, dairy, alcohol and soda (story for another day, I am highly aware of it's toxic evilness). I lost 5 pounds in that 6 week period (first weight loss in 5 years.)
Started reading more about Primal during that time. I am no stranger to research and specificially to health and food type research, I've been slowly learning more and changing over the past 6 years or so. My hubby calls me the Google Queen because whenever I have a question, I go a-searching!
Have been fairly (80%) primal since then, after the first of the year it's been more like 90%.
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