Editors Note: Tara will be speaking and presenting at Paleo f(x) this upcoming weekend.
As my usual late night binge of working on responding to PrimalGirl emails wound down on Thursday last week, I texted Tara with a run down of what I did. She didn’t respond for a while, which was strange, since usually she’s lighting quick. I had just started to get concerned when an image appeared….
I couldn’t believe it! There with Patricia Heaton, Reese Witherspoon, & Emma Thompson was my friend, confidant, and boss proudly declaring 112 pounds lost from a clean Primal/Paleo diet. While I was instinctively proud of her and immediately called her so we could squeal like teenagers on the phone I also had a personal reaction that I wanted to share with all of you. I wanted to tell all of you how her feature in that magazine made me feel as I still struggle to find my way through the obstacles of weight loss and the Paleo lifestyle.
Tara gave me hope … Over the past 3 months I’ve been frustrated as the scale moved achingly slow, bouncing first up, then down, and back again. Reading her article, seeing her gorgeous face smiling at me, I recalled the way it felt to weigh 275 pounds, and her story of success hardened my resolve. I’m determined to do what is right by my health no matter what I weigh because no one else can do it for me. In the article Tara says; “It feels empowering knowing that I myself hold the key to my vitality.” I find that I can easily lose sight of the good stuff happening with my health because I get caught up in the number on the scale. Tara’s feature in First reminded me that no doctor, or pill, has ever done more for my physical and mental health than taking control of my own life has. It was like hitting a reset button allowing me to relax and enjoy the beauty of a bacon wrapped sirloin, the joy of juicing kale and apples with carrots, lemon, and ginger, and the freedom of movement that my lighter body allows me. After more than 4 years of friendship and almost a year of employment I’m more grateful now than ever before to learn from Tara and above all to celebrate her successes. She amazes me every day.
If you want to learn from, be inspired by, and hit your reset button with Tara you can. Not just through PrimalGirl.com but real, live, and in person. Tara will be featured, alongside dozens of the Paleo world’s top educators, at this year’s Paleo f(x) Austin. Coming up in just a week, Paleo f(x) runs April 11-13 and registration is open! You can purchase tickets and day passes here, or watch a Live Stream of the event here! She’s talking about transformational journeys in her session on April 13, so you’ve got a once in a lifetime opportunity to be motivated by the best!
In love and health! – Sarah
I can’t even begin to describe the wide array of feelings that washed over me as I scrutinized the magazine cover staring back at me from my computer screen. I was so proud. It’s not often that one finds a boss and a job that one genuinely enjoys working for, and let me tell you, I love this one.
Tara is a constant source of inspiration to me — not only has she worked tirelessly on The Hidden Plague, giving so much of herself to others in the most selfless way, but she has also thrown her HS into remission and takes on public speaking roles — ALL while handling her two young twin boys. Super mom? …more like Super Woman.
As I read Tara’s feature article, I couldn’t help feeling that the words hit pretty close to home. You see, I’ve adopted a Paleo lifestyle for over a year now, and it has accomplished exactly what I had hoped it would the symptoms from my gluten and lactose intolerance have vanished and my energy levels are through the roof. But in the past few months, I found myself going taking a dive into the deep end of Paleo… I felt that since I followed a moderately strict Paleo diet, my muscles should be showing more, my hunger should have evaporated…. I began beating myself up every time I had a Paleo treat ( I’m looking at you — chocolate chip cookies and almond flour brownies) and I spent hours in the gym, trying to get my muscles to start showing.
But that all stopped after I reached the end of Tara’s article. Who am I to tell myself that I’m not good enough? Tara has been through more than I can ever imagine and come out stronger. She accomplished a personal goal and that is something to be incredibly happy about! I realized that I accomplished a personal goal of my own — to end my gut issues — and while I could always go farther — I’m perfect just the way I am right now — and I’m thrilled.