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23 Sep

A Primal Woman Looks at 50+

It’s Friday, everyone! And that means another Primal Blueprint Real Life Story from a Mark’s Daily Apple reader. If you have your own success story and would like to share it with me and the Mark’s Daily Apple community please contact me here. I’ll continue to publish these each Friday as long as they keep coming in. Thank you for reading!

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Background info:

We’ll start with 1976: 16 years old and a very happy childhood. Mom stayed at home and cooked everything from scratch but is Italian and pasta found its way to our table at least 3 days a week. I was definitely born a Type A – anxious, shy and fretful in my childhood and teens. College through the mid thirties was out of control—spent partying, always looking to alleviate some type of an edge. Nutrition was mainly home cooked and minimally processed foods but not Primal.

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In my mid thirties I began making healthy lifestyle changes. Fitness and competitive obstacle course competitions replaced the wild lifestyle. Nutrition transpired to low fat, moderate protein and moderate carb (bodybuilding type diet). I felt better, more in control, body composition changed radically and confidence developed. The edge was still there but not as bad. Exercise had become a lifestyle; in my early 40’s in a quest for continued health & fitness it led to an even more functional training style. Nutrition on the other hand took a nosedive with a 3 ½ year vegan/vegetarian stint. Health slowly but steadily declined and anxiousness increased along with aggressiveness and anger to an all time high despite high level of fitness training.

At 44 after much reading and researching I decided to pull a 180; I had read Metabolic Typing and every “test” I took indicated I was a “protein type” that I did better on lots of meat/fat and very little carbs. I doubted it but desperate to feel better I decided to give it an 8 week try. Within 1 week of taking out excessive carbs (both whole grain and refined) and replacing with red meat and butter I felt like a completely different person. Within 1 month most of the edge was gone, for the very first time in my life. 3 months later I discovered CrossFit, after 2 weeks w/this combination there was no more edge. I was not anxious, I was not angry, no matter what life chose to put in my path, over, under around or through I would go. I could speak in public now, I could compete under pressure. Those things did not bother me anymore. Bring it on world.

I continued on this path, I experimented and gradually made more changes adopting my own personal interpretations as I discovered Paleo and WAPF principles. I found Robb Wolf then I found Mark’s Daily Apple. I spent months pouring over back posts and articles. About 9 months later I took out grains completely. Like anything else I had ever done is my life it was 110% effort, moderation and mediocrity were not in my nature. I embraced this new way of life and eating wholeheartedly; I bought primarily local, organic, seasonal produce, procured my meats from pastured farms, located a raw dairy source and rendered my own lard and tallow. If fat is good for you, more is better and no need to count calories. I love to cook and I love to eat. Life was good. I was happy, completely.

Well, at 51 years of age and post menopausal I woke up one morning this past spring and decided to try on my bathing suit. I don’t know why I just did. Most likely because it had been cold, spring was around the corner and I had been hiding out in my sweats enjoying mass quantities of comfort foods – I didn’t gain much weight – the scale could not be right. If I had gained it had to be muscle. Well, I put on that swimsuit, grabbed a mirror and checked my rear. I almost threw up. Dear God; the junk in the trunk was appalling. That could not possibly be my body looking back at me, what the hell had happened?

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I am a CSCS and owner of a CrossFit facility that eats “right” and exercises year round. I am passionate in my efforts as well as my nature. I practically get on a pulpit and shout it from afar. I workout an average of 3-4 days a week consisting of 2 to 3 high intensity weight lifting and 1 day of some type of sprinting with mobility work interspersed throughout the week. How in the world could I have gained 12 pounds? And 10 ½ of it was in my rear – that’s pure genetics there. Could it be my age, I am 51? Could it be because I am post menopausal?

In my “youth” I often laughed and rolled my eyes at my older female friends who complained of life disrupting hot flashes and “inevitable” weight gain around the middle once they hit menopause. It seemed to be the scapegoat for whatever ailed them. My answer was always the same – “stay away from the donuts and do some wind sprints – it’s what you eat and whether or not you move your arse. You can look nearly as fit at 50 as you can at 30”. They did not appreciate it and most of them responded with “wait till you’re my age – you’ll see”. Well, life rolls along and here I am 51 and post menopausal. I was the heaviest I had ever been in my entire life at 126 lbs, 19% body fat and I had a roll around the middle. How could that happen; I follow all the rules laid out in the Primal Blueprint. Could I possibly have been wrong? Does the body change? Well of course it changes as we age but was it really out of my control?

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First off I don’t even like the sound of the word “menopause”. It seems to be looked upon as a disease of some sort. For many I will admit there is definitely some dis-ease. But what exactly is the cause of that dis-ease and is it preventable through proper nutrition and exercise? I don’t believe it is something that necessitates a “pill” or a “replacement” for. It is a natural transition in a woman’s life, not something to be afraid of or looked upon as the end of life as once known. I have firmly believed if one eats right and exercises throughout their life – while there are definitely changes related to aging – one can do so gracefully, embracing this chapter of  life and avoiding the inevitable weight gain and other common issues. A few years prior I did experience a few “warm moments” in the spring and fall but nothing that disrupted my life or lasted very long. Until this spring and the roll in the middle I have felt basically the same as I have for much of my adult life. I decided to test my hypothesis: was this weight gain inevitable or reversible through lifestyle modification? I said reversible.

I love to read; after perusing MDA and loving all the articles I figured Mark definitely seemed to be on the top of things. I am very opinionated but I couldn’t find one thing I didn’t agree with. So, I ordered the Primal Blueprint. No coach knows it all. Those that aren’t willing to learn will stop improving.

I established a goal: 115 lbs and approximately 12% body fat. I chose a start and end date: 3/15-6/1. I kept a detailed food log for 3 weeks in www.fitday.com; changing not a thing for an honest assessment of what I had been consuming. If I did not know what I was consuming and in what amounts I would not know what I needed to change. Here’s what I found. . .

The macronutrient ratios were near ideal. The foods were all from quality sources and home cooked. But my average daily caloric intake was 2400-3200 calories a day and my “indulgences” were averaging 2-3x a week coming from homemade ice cream, 70% organic cacao bars and grits; my largest meal eaten late at night. So maybe that’s why all that junk was in my trunk?

I knew what to change and now had a plan. I adjusted Mark’s advice for Kelly Korg based on my stats/circumstances and cut the calories and fat. Calories ranged from about 1700 to 2000 a day with an occasional high or low day. Never a chronic cardio girl and always a sprinter I was already exercising Primally. I just changed my portions, took out the “indulgences” and the fat began melting off my arse.

I lost about 1 ½ lbs per week the first 3 weeks, then about 1 lb per week thereafter. After about 3 weeks on 50 g a day of carbs I added back in sweet/white potatoes every 3rd or 4th day, cycling both calories/carbs. It seemed to help with energy in my heavy weight days and sprinting. Last 2 weeks, I did drop the calories to about 1300-1700 to get the final body fat off; ending up at 112 lbs and 12.1%.

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That was fine for about 10 days but it’s not to be maintained; I like to eat too much. I settled in at 115 lbs and 14-15% bf. I eat moderate portions all week and enjoy a splurge meal on the weekend. Splurge meal is usually a nice piece of fatty meat, a potato of some sort, maybe grits (yes I know that’s corn and corn is a grain but this is the south and I am not perfect) and some homemade ice cream from raw cream, maple syrup and egg yolks. Seasonal adaptations are more fruit in the summer, less in the winter and more fatty meats in the winter, less in the summer. Life is still good and I am even happier now that I fit into my size 3 short shorts.

So thank you Mark, for the knowledge, for your blog – for the time and efforts you put into the research and writing. I linked my site to yours, I send my friends and clients here and your book is a must read for all new clients embarking on the Primal Lifestyle. Best to you and yours in health & fitness!

Paula

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  1. Congrats to you Paula for reaching your goal. Thanks for sharing your story.Reading through your post and various comments, I take away several things, among them:

    It is important to reassess along the journey.
    Everyone’s goals are different.
    At some point, calories do count.
    Muscle gain/fat loss is possible after menopause. I have had discussions with a 50+ friend who insists that it is not possible. You have proven my point.
    Thanks so much.

    Missy wrote on September 24th, 2011
  2. I would like to comment on the before and after preference. Since this is a “Primal” site, let’s consider our primal preferences. Our (Male) genes want us to succeed at procreating. We are genetically programed to desire women of breeding age, 15-45ish. This would include Lighter hair, breasts, more fit, curves etc… See “evolutionary psychology” for the details. So the beach one and the after one are more sexually appealing on an instinctive level. I am not trying to offend anyone, nor suggest I want to sex with Paula. I am married for 22 years to a 48 year old who is 5’3″ and 100 pounds. I personally prefer she stay that way!

    Scott S. wrote on September 24th, 2011
    • So then your point is…what exactly?

      Tdrunning wrote on September 26th, 2011
  3. Different people have different motivations and objectives. The message here is not to pursue Paula’s specific goals but that she went ahead and did what she wanted to do. Thanks for sharing.

    Txomin wrote on September 24th, 2011
  4. Paula, at 44 I am starting to deal with big changes in my metabolism. Your story makes me want to kick middle age in the arse! I now planning on fighting it very aggressively with diet and exercise. Thanks for the inspiration. I’d love to see a snapshot of what you ate during your challenge. Just a day or two would be most helpful.

    meg wrote on September 24th, 2011
  5. Paula –

    Very well done! Here’s what I especially like about your approach:

    1) that you believed you had more to learn (i.e. that you didn’t think you knew everything);

    2) that you didn’t allow your age and what supposedly comes with it to lull you into a state of acceptance;

    3) that you were very metric about it (start and end date, macro balance, calorie range, fitday, etc.)

    Your story shows what happens when a person takes control. And that’s just what you’ve done. I admire you.

    Susan

    Susan Alexander wrote on September 24th, 2011
  6. I’m with you! Let’s start getting honest and post our own 50+ photos!

    sunflower wrote on September 24th, 2011
  7. Thanks for your inspiration Paula, you rock big time!

    WildGrok wrote on September 24th, 2011
  8. Paula,

    Fantastic job and you inspired me to get a better idea of my caloric intake to help things progressive faster.

    And apologies for possibly sounding like a typical male, but, you look hot..21 or 51, doesn’t matter. :o)

    celticman wrote on September 24th, 2011
  9. Paula,
    I am so glad I am not the only alien on the planet. I am 52 with 11% bodyfat.

    ALIENS UNITE!

    Penny McIntosh wrote on September 24th, 2011
  10. Wow, thank you for sharing. Your post is extremely motivating! I was wondering Paula (or anybody else that knows) how do you measure your body-fat accurately?

    Donna wrote on September 24th, 2011
  11. I don’t know if people are still reading this thread but I do want to add one more thing :-)

    If a man had commented that Paula was “unattractive” it would be considered incredibly RUDE, and socially unacceptable by all who read it.

    Meanwhile some women think it is perfectly fine to say so, because they think they are functioning as the voice of social commentary, championing women and their issues of body image, the pressure to be thin, etc.

    I think the MOST damaging social issue with women today is that unfortunately in regard to body type/image, women don’t support each other enough that each one believes it’s okay to look the way they want to look; then any social pressures to look a certain way would have much less psychological effect.

    Instead women so frequently judge, pick apart, put down other women…then the social pressure to look a certain way carries much more influence!!

    So while I certainly don’t blame women for the social pressures to be thin, tall, (and young, gorgeous) etc…..the fact that women spend any time at all putting each other down for how they want to look (if it doesn’t appeal to them personally) only perpetuates the problem !

    And after all, when it comes down to it, it’s just RUDE.

    I still don’t understand why, if someone if considered less than attractive because they are overfat, it is taboo to say anything. But if someone is considered unattractive because they have low bodyfat and more muscle mass, it is considered perfectly okay to comment…because achieving a better muscle/fat ratio is intentional and overfat is considered a fault??

    I urge anyone who cared to comment negatively on Paula’s “attractiveness” – girls, come on – to please post their photos and we will be happy to come together on a public forum and comment on whether we find you sufficiently attractive or not.

    This has spurred me on with surprising drive – I am now determined to be able to post my transformation photos here in the next 6 months. I look forward to the comments. :-)

    Jill wrote on September 24th, 2011
    • agree 100%. it’s sad to see women criticising another woman for looking “too buff” when they complain about social pressures with regard to appearance. they are perpetuating the problem.

      bee wrote on September 25th, 2011
  12. I am almost 48 years old and quite healthy. I had four children. I’m 5’3 and weigh 113.

    I am flabby. The kind of exercise I’m willing to do isn’t cutting it anymore. I used to be a runner but now I power walk, hike, and sprint (but just to impress myself, not regularly). I have joint pain from old injuries and dislike weight training.

    I am thinking of having some kind of lipo done to sculpt this aging body.

    Anyone here ever do that – specifically Vasar lipo? Pros and Cons? Is this totally outside of primal philosophy? My “numbers” are all excellent, I never even take pain reliever, so I’m not ignoring health indicators.

    Thanks

    Sandra wrote on September 24th, 2011
  13. Paula, You look MAHVELOUS!!!! As a soon to be to be 50 year old man you are an inspiration!!! Can you say HOT!!!
    What’s with all the haters on this site. She looks great. I had an 85 lbs transformation with PB in 8 months, reversed my diabetes, high cholesterol, and COPD and really turned my life around, bit what do I hear-snide comments about having AIDS, Cancer, or a meth addiction. I guess you can’t please everybody so please yourself.

    Biffman wrote on September 24th, 2011
  14. What an inspiration you are … it’s so exciting to see mature women taking control of their lives and being willing to work for what they want!

    Thanks!

    Cathy wrote on September 24th, 2011
  15. I think the main point of this story is that the Primal Blueprint offers the knowledge we need to be healthy at whatever weight we decide we want to reach.

    I personally look like the “before” photos, which is just the way my husband likes it. (He LOVES some junk-in-the-trunk!) But it’s nice to know that IF I decided to look like the “after”, I know how to do it.

    Great job, Paula. You went for what you wanted and you got it!

    dragonmamma wrote on September 24th, 2011
  16. Hi Paula,

    You’re a hottie. All the women trash talking you just have self image problems.

    Keep up the good work. My wife is 14 years younger than you and is impressed, not insulted or threatened, by your strong physique.

    Derek wrote on September 24th, 2011
  17. O.k… first of all: I had no intention to be rude. None. Please forgive me Paula. I was speaking out of a deep concern for the tendency in our society to take everything to an extreme… including fitness.
    Second: I was really caught off guard by the cut photos. While I am used to seeing shots like that in a body building context I never realized that was the goal of Crossfit. I say eww to photos of bodybuilders in general because it’s so unnatural looking. I’m sure she looks great in a normal setting.
    Third: I honestly do not believe it is rude to disagree with someone who puts their stuff out there for public scrutiny.

    Bebe wrote on September 24th, 2011
    • I don’t think anyone here puts up their transformation photos/story for “scrutiny”.

      They do it for mutual support and encouragement, to show what they, and others, can achieve despite what CW says can be achieved. So that others may find their own strength with others’ support to find their way to their own goals.

      Yes, this is a public forum; but social decency and common courtesy should still apply.

      Jill wrote on September 24th, 2011
      • I agree Jill – what ever happened to “If you don’t have something nice to say, don’t say it at all” Really… common courtesy and some common sense of when to keep your opinion to your self. And YES I know we are all entitled to our opinions – but sometimes just keep them to yourselves, I don’t understand why one feels the need to make a complete stranger feel bad after all she has accomplished.
        Great job Paula, I am glad you finished what you set out to do!!

        Tanya wrote on September 24th, 2011
      • WORD! And AMEN!

        HillsideGina wrote on September 24th, 2011
    • still rude….

      Tdrunning wrote on September 26th, 2011
  18. WoW!

    Love it.

    Onge wrote on September 24th, 2011
  19. As a friend of Paula, I can vouch that this girl has had NO work done. She looks this amazingly good and it’s all 100% naturale my friends!

    Sarah wrote on September 24th, 2011
    • Is there anyone here who HAS had work done? I’m using Paula’s story as a springboard to ask if anyone has had lipo to get the look without the work? Or part lipo, part hard work? Or whatever?

      Is there a place where this question fits better or has been discussed. I bring it up in Paula’s story only because she and I are roughly the same age and size and we have totally different “thin” looks.

      Sandra wrote on September 24th, 2011
  20. Paula, amazing work. I hope I remember your story when it’s my turn to go through menopause. I’ve often wondered how the hormonal changes will affect me, and you’ve given me hope that my destiny will still be in my hands, just with perhaps a few changes.

    As for the comments here, I’d like to say that when I found Primal, I weighed 15 pounds heavier than I do now. For me it was never about a number, but my appearance, and I can tell you I didn’t like being naked or in a swimsuit anymore. NONE of my friends thought I needed to lose weight, but I found their “supportive” comments to this effect rather disheartening. I just wanted to be heard and supported. I got really depressed one night looking around a dinner table of friends and thinking to myself how I worked out as often and as hard (sometimes much more so) as some of them, but they all looked better than me. And that if I continued my SAD madness, I would be sitting at this very table in ten years with high blood pressure, about 5-10 more pounds, and my doctor probably pushing statins on me, despite all my efforts.

    So even though I wasn’t morbidly obese, I was still experiencing symptoms that felt beyond my control and it did nothing for my peace of mind. Our goals and situations are all different. But we’re all in this fight alone together, if that makes sense.

    So let’s not pretend there’s any one body type ideal. Let’s all rejoice that Primal is available to all of us and we can share it. We all have success stories, some just less obvious than others.

    Karen P. wrote on September 24th, 2011
    • Karen, I LOVE your comments. I was about to sit down and write the same thing.

      Paula, I love your story and it has inspired me to think a little differently about my situation and how to get the results I want. I have been following Primal and working out primal for over a year now and not seeing the results. I am feeling better but not happier with my looks. I only need about 10-15 pounds, maybe less. No one would say that I do but I know that I need it. And we are all different. I am going to try to method and your ratios and get back to really tracking all my food.. i used to be great at it. It is the calories and the fat and the ratios.. and making sure to move. THANK YOU for sharing your story and the pictures/weights it means SO MUCH to so many of us in your same boat and thank you to MARK for posting it as a success story. Success is different for everyone and it is hard for those of us who struggle with that 10-15lbs point only seeing stories of exceptional weight loss. We are inspired by those stories as well but also need a story that we can see ourselves in, so thank you both.

      beth wrote on September 24th, 2011
  21. We hear “it’s not about the micro-nutrients, it’s about healthy eating…” and that’s true. I’m trying to lose (a lot) of weight and it has slowed down. I’m going to try what Paula suggested, first look at what’s going in and when, then see if I need to make an adjustment.

    We don’t have to be in exactly the same place to take something great away from these stories. Thanks for sharing it with us.

    Marcia wrote on September 24th, 2011
  22. You grock, Sistah! Post-menopausal at 51? Lucky. I’m 57, still dealing with weird periods and so forth, but I have found that Primal eating has helped immensely with PMS cravings. Pre-Primal all I wanted to eat 10 days prior to my period was chocolate & potato chips. I still have mood-swings, but I don’t crave the junk, anymore. I keep trying to tell my friends and family about the positive changes to my body since I started eating Primal but they don’t want to believe me. Perhaps after I have a significant amount of weight loss they’ll sit up and pay attention. You look smashing. Good on ya’.

    PrimalPotter wrote on September 24th, 2011
  23. O.k…. First I would like to apologize. I never meant to be rude. Really. Paula, please forgive me for being insensitive. I was really speaking out of a deep concern that we as a society take everything to extremes, including fitness.

    Second: I guess the “cut” photos really threw me off. The only time I’ve seen those kinds of shots has been in connection to bodybuilders and I never realized such minimal fat and ripped physique was a goal of Crossfit/Paleo.

    Third: I DO however believe that when a person puts their stuff out there for public scrutiny it allows for discussion that might disagree with your point/s.

    Fourth: yes I DO care what guys think, at least MY guys: husband, sons and sons-in-law! I refuse to make it the center of my life but yes, I do care.

    Bebe wrote on September 24th, 2011
    • These were HER goals. Jeeze.

      Tdrunning wrote on September 26th, 2011
  24. Paula,

    You look fabulous!

    Did you do any other specific exercises to get your butt to look so good? I’m 38 and have had your “before” butt my whole life. I’ve started on kettlebells but would be interested to know if you have any specific exercise tips.

    Lisa wrote on September 25th, 2011
    • Hi Lisa, my main “butt exercises” have been squats, lunges, deadlifts–heavy and sprints for about the last 10 years. They have developed the gluteal muscles. The main difference in those 2 photos was my nutrition. I genetically carry extra body fat in that area and as it was so aptly put in a mutual and awesome post with Mark and Robb I had a “mouth like a vaccuum cleaner” last winter even tho it was primarily all good Primal foods.

      Paula wrote on September 25th, 2011
      • Well this gives me even more hope since I tend to carry fat in my butt (and thighs) as well. I am sooooooooooo looking forward to getting back to exercising. As someone else mentioned, would love to see a couple of sample days in fitday.

        Thanks,
        K

        Kristina wrote on September 25th, 2011
      • Thanks, Paula–you give me hope! I’ve also exercised *forever* and can’t get rid of it. I’ll plan to really watch my nutrition. Thank you again!

        Lisa wrote on September 26th, 2011
  25. Paula, would you mind sharing some details on your exercise routine?

    Anja wrote on September 25th, 2011
  26. This is an awesome post. Thank you for the honest, open and insightful discussion on what you felt and thought. You look better at 50 than at 30 and as a guy in his mid 30’s who has definitely started to thing about healthy lifestyle choices, I found this put me in a great, optimistic mood. Cheers.

    Samer wrote on September 25th, 2011
  27. Awesome story Paula – I will use yours like I have used others to continue to inspire me in my quest for health and fitness. I have blasted 105 pounds off in just over 3 months.

    You look great!!

    greg wrote on September 25th, 2011
  28. Inspiring Paula. I read all the posts, and know that you inspire vantage aged women because, regardless of our sizes, we can all know that whatever level of fitness and body ‘look’ we want, is possible.

    Aili wrote on September 25th, 2011
  29. Paula, thanks for that. So inspiring. Although I like to be positive I was starting to ‘accept’ that at 53 maybe I couldn’t achieve quite what I wanted. Now I’ve read your story,what I have accepted is that I have been ‘fooling’ myself. Low carb is fab, but not a total miracle. I have been eating far too many calories, and far too many treats: choccy every day for example. Too many ‘cheat meals…

    tomorrow is another day and I can’t wait to begin anew.

    I too think some of the posts have been a bit mean: What is right for one of us, may not be right for another. Every case is subjective…

    Even is people do not want to gain that level of lean themselves, surely it is nice to know it can be done.

    Paula, well done, you are an inspiration to us all. And I realise I have been starting to use the ‘over 50 mantra’ as a wee bit of an excuse. Well, thanks to you, no longer!!

    You look amazing!!!!!!!

    And Mark, thank for the fab site!

    Janet wrote on September 25th, 2011
  30. Wow Paula you look great! After suffering with undiagnosed celiac disease for most of my life, since I have now been diagnosed at 41 I have never felt better! I am a martial artist, crossfitter, and now I have even been in a fitness magazine. You are truly an inspiration!

    Cindy Angelsberg wrote on September 25th, 2011
  31. Paula, I think you looked great before.

    I think you look a little too thin in the after pics. We can see your rib bones!

    Ann Marie @ CHEESESLAVE wrote on September 25th, 2011
  32. Ann Marie, those are serratus anterior muscles showing, not rib bones.

    Paula wrote on September 25th, 2011
    • and external obliques.

      Paula wrote on September 25th, 2011
  33. Hey Paula, would love to see a sample menu for a day or two to see what you were eating to help restrict calories. You look absolutely fabulous! Definitely an inspiration!

    Nicole wrote on September 25th, 2011
  34. so this lifelong healthy living woman had to go to extremes and learn a lot more of the fine points while she was already in the fitness business!!..
    this really does not look too promising for all those want to bees who will also have to take up a near starvation diet while sending a lot of time sweating their butts off. she even had to back off the extreme caloric deficits.
    let us hear some real life stories of normal people, forget the extreme health nuts.

    stuart wrote on September 25th, 2011
    • Check out the “inconquerable Dave” http://www.marksdailyapple.com/the-unconquerable-dave/

      Milla wrote on September 25th, 2011
    • sorry, we hear “normal” stories all the time of people losing 80 pounds after losing the wheat and soda. i find this story more interesting.

      paula’s diet is nothing near “starvation” and “sweating her butt” off is something she seems to enjoy doing.

      bee wrote on September 25th, 2011
  35. Incredible transformation and super motivational, Paula! Kudos to you! I’m 33 and have a very similar body type to your before picture. I am a personal trainer as well and I have many overweight female clients who have all types of issues stemming from menopause that seems to be preventing them from achieving their goals. Whether it is as bad as they say, or a bit of an excuse, or whatever, they can no longer brush me off by saying I don’t understand! I’m sending them a link to this page and also linking this to my Facebook page so that these women and others can see that it is possible.

    I too would love to see an example of your daily menu. The more specific the better. :)

    Keep up all the great work and I hope I look half as good as you when I’m…well…34. Ha. Let me go get started on that right now!

    Kelly wrote on September 25th, 2011
  36. It is sad how much this turned into something about “looks”.

    There is a woman who is 60 at the gym I go to when I have to due to work, that “looks” in much better shape than Paula does, isn’t Paleo or Primal and could pass for 28 easily.

    I would have enjoyed this much more without the pictures so the real focus could have been on going Primal. Instead it became about pictures, yet again “looks” ruin a perfectly good article.

    George wrote on September 25th, 2011
  37. I am 3 years from 50, in the midst of perimenopause with all the hormone ups and downs, former Chronic Cardio Girl…..I have always been athltetic, very muscular, lean. I am not going to change my body type. I am a classic mesomaorph, as is Paula. When I put on a few lbs, I feel like I look like a Russian Shotputter. That said, Paula, you are my hero. I am so impressed with how you look, am so glad there is hope for me, that I don’t have to fall into that “I’m in menopause” fat-trap. I don’t want to look like a Russian Shotputter. I want to look like a lean, mean body pumping Grok Girl…..just like Paula. :)

    Michelle wrote on September 26th, 2011
  38. Paula, anyone with a negative attitude is ridiculous and jealous.. just sayin.. Paula you have been a true inspiration to me and my whole family! Even my children.. we all workout at Crossfit Jaguar and you are such a great example! I am so glad you were chosen as the transformation story! I love learning from you and coaching with you at crossfit! Maybe I will post some pics and a story of me when I shave my head for tough mudder and really stir up some fun opinions. Everyone needs to lighten up and be supporitve! She not only looks amazing, but is amazing inside and out!

    Amy wrote on September 27th, 2011
  39. Thanks for the tip on fitday.com! I switched to Paleo and have had lots of benefits, but no weightloss. After a couple of days of fitday I can see that I am not eating enough fat yet, and a bit too much carbs. Now I can change it!

    Cat Alberts wrote on September 27th, 2011
  40. You look amazing and make 50 look better than most people’s 30. If you feel strong maintaining 14-15% body fat that really is great for a woman. AND you look amazing! (did I already say that?)

    Zane wrote on September 28th, 2011

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