I have been researching for a while for weight resistance workouts that I can do at home in minimal time for maximum benefit. So, I bought myself a kettlebell. I think it could possibly be the best $30 I've spent in a while. I absolutely love the multiple muscle groups it hits at once. I get a good cardio workout as I go like a mad man with no break for a solid 15 minutes and then I'm done. I'm sweating like I was a competitive figure skater again and huffing and puffing like I ran the 1500m in high school again. I cannot recommend this type of resistance training enough. And I've started dropping more weight again and dropped 2 dress sizes in a week. Sweet! I'm now pre-baby #2 with 10 lbs to go to be pre-baby #1. Sweet! And I'm still feeling fantastic lupus symptom-wise. Nothing to report, no stiffness, pain, nothing, nada, fantastic! I know that my use of exclamation points in all my entries of this blog are beyond any point of necessary but if you could fathom my quality of life just 2 and half months ago, you would be shooting exclamation points from your ass too. So, I'm not apologizing!!!!! Ha!

CAP Barbell 20 -Pounds KettlebellSo, I started with a 20 lb kettlebell and let me tell you, for someone who hasn't done weights in a while (and I would suspect anyone who does wimpy weight machine circuits at the gym for women), hurting and sore just begins to explain that wonderful ouch-y I've been experiencing the past couple of days. I ordinarily hate this feeling, the not being able to bend over and not being able to get up from a sitting  position. But this is different, I don't know if it's the diet or what but my recovery seems to be faster. I'm sore for a day and then done.

Twenty pounds is still very challenging - have you tried doing 50 clean and presses non-stop on each arm? Hard! And, I hope it's hard for a while, kettlebells are a bit pricey but I'm telling you, so worth it.

There are a gazillion videos available online to show you proper form and beginning workout routines, so don't feel intimidated. And, most of all, don't get a weight below 20lbs. You can get 5, 8, 10 and 15's but don't do it. Push yourself, do a couple of reps, then the next day (or day after) get another rep in. It's about improving your strength and getting strong. You're not going to get bulky, you're going to get firm, lean and strong.

Strong is beautiful.


  1. Strong is beautiful. I think that was Claude's biggest fear when I started CrossFit. His wife becoming a body builder. So far from the truth. The women at the gym look fantastic, they are super strong and still look beautiful and womanly!!! Keep it up Cuz. You are doing amazing. Reading your blog yesterday is what made me decide to hit the Paleo this morning when I was getting breakfast. No time like the present!!! And I have a weightlifting meet next weekend I would love to cut 5 lbs to drop a weight class!!!

  2. What a great blog! I haven't seen more posts lately - are you still on the Paleo bandwagon?

  3. Hello. I came across your site through a search for 'lupus and paleo'. I have MS and after 2 years of declining and denial, I changed my eating. I first went vegetarian (so wrong and ignorant), then cut breads, then starches, then went full paleo. I went from 270 to 193 (current). I NEVER miss my vitamins, and stay up on my injections. When I asked my doctor 'is it ok what I'm eating' he says 'well, there's no connection between food and MS'. I was sad he said that. In my own research I have known that to be FALSE. Anyways, I feel better then ever, weigh less then I did in high school and doing great cognitively, and am basically symptom

  4. Sorry, cut off. I'm basically symptom free. Funny how I I have a piece of bread I immediately regret it. The bloating, sluggishness, etc. glad I found your site. A relative was recently diagnosed with lupus. I want to tell her about everything, paleo, food industry, doctors, etc. this site is a great resource and I'm going to point her in this direction. :)