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  • Hi all. I'm new to primal and new to this forum, but really looking forward to it. I need help/friends/encouragement, though!

    I am a 32-year-old woman, work full-time, married, one child, two dogs. I weigh...(I hate this part)...255 pounds. I'm 5'9". This weight, between 250 and 260, is my "homeostasis." It is where I tend to get up to and tend to stay when not trying to weigh less. The lowest number I have ever seen on the scale in my adult life was 190, which lasted for about a week, when I was doing the SAD Weight Watchers program. It took me almost a year to lose 60 pounds, but I gained it all back over the course of the next two years.

    The only time I've felt "good" was when I was doing the Atkins diet. I had energy! Sex was better! No more cravings! No more afternoon crash! But it didn't last. I lost 25 pounds, stopped the diet, then went right back to my 250-260 point. It seems like my body ENJOYS weighing this much. BUT I DO NOT!!

    I saw myself in the mirror last week and I looked pregnant. I didn't realize how big I had gotten. I take three daily medications for hypothyroidism and depression. I recently started getting heartburn. I am only 32 years old! The madness has to stop.

    I started my search at Atkins again, but decided to cut out the things I didn't like: the sugar-free "fake" sweets, the pre-made "fake" shakes, the "frankenfoods" in general. I thought it was stupid to avoid fruit. I quickly realized that I wasn't talking about Atkins anymore, but Primal! I bought the book, drank the kool-aid, and here I am.

    Today marks day one of no grains, no sugar. That is my starting point. Once I adjust I'll cut out beans and legumes and then (if I need to) dairy. Once I get the energy kick I know is coming, I'll kick caffeine. Exercise is hard with my schedule, but I can play with my daughter and lift heavy things at home.

    I am really excited. Also scared. I have more than 100 pounds to lose to be in the so-called healthy BMI range. I really really REALLY need a change. I can't live like this anymore. I'm not living at all!

    Wear clothes from a "normal" clothing store. (No more plus size!)
    Wake up energized
    No more crashing on the couch the second I get home
    Look good in a tank top
    Get off some or all of my meds
    No more heart burn
    Model good food choices for my daughter (and maybe get her to try a dang vegetable!)


    • Your location: Newcastle, Australia

      Age (If you want): 27

      How Primal are you: 90%

      Do you consume dairy: Some goats milk, occasional cheese

      Do you drink coffee or tea: Yes coffee ~ 2-3/day, some green tea

      Motivator for switching to Primal: Weight gain and constant hunger on cw

      Favorite exercise: Running and cycling

      Favorite Primal food: Roast pumpkin!

      Best part about being Primal: Not having huge hunger/blood sugar highs and lows in which I'd knock down frail elderly and small children to get to a breadroll

      Worst part about being Primal: Finding something eating out, trying to socialise


      • Your location: Brooklyn, NY

        Age (If you want): 31

        How Primal are you: medium-primal, 60% right now, it varies

        Do you consume dairy: yes

        Do you drink coffee or tea: occasionally

        Motivator for switching to Primal: wanted to be healthier, lose weight. Learned about about the nutritional benefits and something clicked.

        Favorite exercise: walking

        Favorite Primal food: eggs, trail mix

        Best part about being Primal: takes the pressure off dieting, I find eating this way very freeing

        Worst part about being Primal: most of America isn't! Eating out can be difficult, and cooking/planning can be time-consuming.


        • Hi there, My name is Ishbel and I am live in Stavanger, Norway, but I am originally from the North of Scotland.

          Age (If you want): I will be 48 this year, and am feeling better now than I eve have!

          How Primal are you: I am about 95%

          Do you consume dairy: heavy cream sometimes in my coffee, and I use butter to cook with

          Do you drink coffee or tea: I like and drink both!

          Motivator for switching to Primal: I have tried other diets, and I have never felt really good, and never managed to get rid of all this excess fat.

          Favorite exercise:
          Have just started assisted pull ups and canīt wait until I can do my first "real" one. Otherwise, I use body weight and try and lift heavy.

          Favorite Primal food: At the moment it is mince stuffed mushrooms.

          Best part about being Primal: Feeling so good. Having so much energy to chase around my 5 kids.

          Worst part about being Primal: Trying to get my family to be paleo as well.

          A bit about me, I want to be the best I can be, and at the moment that means losing about 10Kg of fat. I struggle to lose anything, even pretty strict paleo, so will experiment at around 50g of carbs and 100g or so of protein.


          • Hi, My name is Scott and I'm new to the forum and to the Primal lifestyle. I just finished reading The Paleo Solution by Robb Wolf, and will be picking up a couple of the PL books tomorrow. I'm very excited to begin my journey of becoming primal!

            Your location: Mt Prospect, IL - a suburb of Chicago

            Age: 45

            How Primal are you: Beginner - new to Primal living.

            Do you consume dairy: Yes - cheese, milk, and yogurt.

            Do you drink coffee or tea: Both, but primarily coffee.

            Motivator for switching to Primal: Tired of being addicted to sweets and grains. I have not been able to break a plateau on my weight and how I look because I always sabotage my efforts with sweets & fast food.

            Favorite exercise: Kettlebell Press

            Favorite Primal food: Steak

            Best part about being Primal: I look forward to the health benefits and getting into the best shape of my life!

            Worst part about being Primal: Trying to get my family to buy into primal eating since they are self-admitted starch addicts.


            • Your location: Anchorage, AK

              Age (If you want): almost 33

              How Primal are you: newbie, but am good with limiting carbs

              Do you consume dairy: yes, but waning

              Do you drink coffee or tea: coffee...yes. In mass quantities. I teach first grade, and, like sharks, they smell weakness.

              Motivator for switching to Primal: My boyfriend is Primal and turned me on to the lifestyle. I don't eat white sugars/white carbs usually, but the no-grains is new to me

              Favorite exercise: Can I say sex?

              Favorite Primal food: Fajitas with beef and peppers

              Best part about being Primal: not having to count calories, points, etc.

              Worst part about being Primal: Eschewing all bread, etc. And the price of quality meat is higher than cheap carbs. I know the long-term goal is less consumption overall, so I'm happy about that.


              • Hendersonville, NC
                Decently Primal: Primal Diet (minimal cravings so it's really easy for me), No alarm clock, cook three meals most days, 2 weeks into no-poo, no soap unless actually dirty, no face soap for 4 weeks, barefoot runner, TRX lover, hiker and house remodeler.

                Pastured butter only for dairy

                Coffee: Bulletproof with 100% organic dark chocolate
                Tea. Earl Grey. Hot.
                and iced green tea

                Motivator: Weightloss, Migraines, Acid reflux, feeling like $#!%

                Exercise: TRX and Running(for fun not chronic cardio), Aikido

                Fav Food: My versions of Thai Beef Salad and Raspberry Sorbet

                Best Part: Post Meal High and not feeling like $#!%

                Worst: Not having friends who Grok it.


                • Good Morning all,

                  Been a long time since I was on a regular message board. Hope I'm doing this right!

                  Your location: Maryland, USA

                  Age (If you want): 44

                  How Primal are you: Just getting started, but I'd say I'm about 2/3s the way there.

                  Do you consume dairy: Yes, some. Mostly in the form of cheese.

                  Do you drink coffee or tea: I drink both. I usually have one coffee in the morning and occassionally and iced-tea during the day.

                  Motivator for switching to Primal: I'm overweight, and have been struggling to lose this weight for about 10 years. My husband began the Primal switch about 6 months ago and has lost 40lbs and is feeling great. Now, I'm trying to catch up!

                  Favorite exercise: Walking

                  Favorite Primal food: Definately Steak, and eggs also.

                  Best part about being Primal: So far, I'm feeling better overall. That is worth it for me.

                  Worst part about being Primal: Learning to un-learn all my previous nutrional information.


                  • Your location: Sarnia, Ontario, Canada

                    Age (If you want): 39

                    How Primal are you: I am four days Primal, I bought the cookbook and have made many of the recipes. I am 99% Primal and 1% of a french-fry stealer.

                    Do you consume dairy: Yes- just the stuff in the book

                    Do you drink coffee or tea: Here and there. I bought some Xylitol to sweeten the coffee, but I rarely drink it.

                    Motivator for switching to Primal: To be healthy, lose weight and fit into my wedding dress.

                    Favorite exercise: kayaking

                    Favorite Primal food: Grok Rocks

                    Best part about being Primal: knowing that I am not falling for a bunch of bunk and eating garbage

                    Worst part about being Primal: *sigh*....missing mashed potatoes.....


                    • Hello all,

                      I'm new here so I thought I would have a go at the questions:

                      Your location: Kansas

                      Age (If you want): 38

                      How Primal are you: I'm still pretty new but I'd say about 90%

                      Do you consume dairy: Nope

                      Do you drink coffee or tea: I don't drink coffee, never have, I do drink Green Tea and Peppermint Tea everyday and occasionally other herbal teas.

                      Motivator for switching to Primal: I've been tweaking my diet for about a year, trying to figure out what is best for my extremely sensitive stomach. I had already cut out dairy and processed foods before discovering Primal, but taking out grain has been a miracle!

                      Favorite exercise: I love lifting weights and I love Yoga and I LOVE to dance

                      Favorite Primal food: I adore leafy greens (love me some spinach and kale)

                      Best part about being Primal: The way my body has responded, my stomach loves me!

                      Worst part about being Primal: That beer is made out of grain.....


                      • The Questions:

                        Your location: Arizona, USA

                        Age (If you want): Husband 56 and wife 40

                        How Primal are you: We have heard about Wheat belly, Good cholesterol/bad cholesterol and have cut back on carbs in our diet.

                        Do you consume dairy: milk, yogurt, cheese, butter

                        Do you drink coffee or tea: Herbal tea winter nights or for illness. Otherwise only water.

                        Motivator for switching to Primal: Husband recently diagnose with CLL & diabetes I (pancreas damaged from the chemo) and wife has PCOS.

                        Favorite exercise: Walking my dog 30 - 60 minutes daily. Both need to add weight training. Husband is exhausted and sleeps a lot. Never enough good quality sleep.

                        Favorite Primal food: Permission to eat meat

                        Best part about being Primal: I feel better when I eat meat and veggies, less problems with blood sugar

                        Worst part about being Primal: He misses his potatoes and pasta, we both eat too much sweets


                        • Hello & Hola!

                          I live in Clarksville Tennesse. My name it's Emilia and I am 39 years old. As now Im in Chapter 3 of The Primal Blueprint" I believe i have a long way to go to become all Primal! Being Latin our culture its fill with grains and fried food! But we also consume a lot of roots, fruits and greens. I do eat dairy, milk and addictive to cheese! Yes I know a long way to go... I drink to cup of coffe a day one in the morning and one in the afternoon. I dont like tea! For a while i wanted to find something that would fullfill my life, enhancing my good habits and putting to rest my bad one. I dont do drugs, smoke or drink; but i do over eat when im stress or sad. As Im getting older i want to change my life to be more healthy and live longer to see my grandkids. But before that my kids are at a perfect age for me to enjoying the out doors and be more active. My favorite excercise it is rope jump. My favorite Primal food it is meat. The best part about primal its all the fact about the things im eating now, how things supposed to be good but they are not. The book was very complicated; i wish i could have the history and all the fact in one side and a simple explainaition on what to do; and also i will hate give up my rice.
                          I also have to add that im very new, Im still reading the book. The little I now its from my friends but i have seeing the results in every aspect of their life and Im willing to do what it takes to feel free, energize and free of sickness.


                          • Hi All! Long time lurker, first time poster (well, second time I guess). I don't recall where I first came across the primal/paleo lifestyle, but it's been a long time in the making. I've been primal-ish for quite some time and am getting ready to dive in head first!

                            Your location: Seattle, WA

                            Age (If you want): 29

                            How Primal are you: 50/50...and my way to 90/10

                            Do you consume dairy: Yes, but am considering cutting it out (or at least cutting waaaaay down)

                            Do you drink coffee or tea: Tea

                            Motivator for switching to Primal: Tired of being sick and tired (and overweight). I am ready to feel strong and healthy. Plus, I have a huge family history of cancer. I refuse to make it that easy

                            Favorite exercise: squats...and yoga

                            Favorite Primal food: beef- I could eat steak every day of the week

                            Best part about being Primal: not feeling like I need to eat constantly

                            Worst part about being Primal: I have 29 years of bad habits that pretty much go against everything primal

                            Thanks for reading all! I am really looking forward to being part of this community!


                            • Your location:South Louisiana (hour outside of New Orleans)

                              Age (If you want):32

                              How Primal are you:3 days in

                              Do you consume dairy:normal dairy junkie. I have given it up.

                              Do you drink coffee or tea:Yes and yes but mostly tea

                              Motivator for switching to Primal:Recommendation from a friend. I was always a carb addict and it had kept extra weight on me and has cause inflammation in my body. I need to lose 30 pounds of extra weight for my knees because I am so active.

                              Favorite exercise:biking and snowboarding

                              Favorite Primal food:steak

                              Best part about being Primal:I just started but already love not feeling bloated from starchy foods. And I love being able to eat the things I gave up for a long time because they've been demonized like animal fats.

                              Worst part about being Primal:No pasta!

                              I'm attempting to be primal in probably the hardest part of America. Down here we love great food. Lots of rice, bread, pasta, and beer. But I don't want to be another overweight slob from South Louisiana who is on 10 different prescription drugs by the time I'm 45. I want to be different. I want to be a lean mean primal machine. I look forward to being a part of this tight knit community.


                              • Your location:Monterey, California

                                Age (If you want): 37

                                How Primal are you: Going on week #2 now. I pretty much cut it all out. Before all this I was eating brown rice with lunch and dinner and multi-grain toast for breakfast.

                                Do you consume dairy: I use to when I ate cereal, but I completely cut it all out when I started.

                                Do you drink coffee or tea:I had already cut these out before going primal.

                                Motivator for switching to Primal:Get in better shape and wanted to feel good.

                                Favorite exercise: Walking/hiking

                                Favorite Primal food: Steak

                                Best part about being Primal: Its easy.

                                Worst part about being Primal: Finding people in my area who are also primal.