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  • #16
    Greetings and welcome home. I started out this past january at 360, a year later I am 260. It can be done.

    All that folks have said are great ideas however I would also get a steamer. I steam chicken, salmon and loads of veggies, it is quick and simple. You might have to rework your schedule a wee bit but I do most of my cooking on Sundays and freeze servings for work food.

    I make a lot of pumpkin curries with either chicken, porc or goat. I make sometimes 4 or 5 servings of roast chicken then freeze them, grab a big ass salad and a chunk of frozen chicken and toss it in my bag to go, by lunch it is thawed and goes well cold on the salad.

    Boiled/baked eggs, make em by the dozen and keep em in the fridge so you can grab 4 for snacks or breakfast when you are hungry. I head to work at 7 30 and who wants to eat that early. I normally eat them round 10 if I am hungry or as a snack.

    good luck, read everything you can and remember this is not just a diet. follow the rules and ask questions.
    Primal since April 2012 Male 6' 3" SW 345lbs CW 240lbs GW 220lbs and when I get there I am getting a utlikilt. This one http://www.utilikilts.com/company/pr...ilts/workmans/ actually.

    Join me at www.paleoplanet.net, where all the cavemen hang out.

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    • #17
      Hi! I just saw this and wanted to offer some encouragement. I started out super morbidly obese and I think I've made it to morbidly obese so I'm making progress. Seriously, I started around a year ago at over 518 lbs, facing more and more difficulties with my health and my mobility (right now I'm 320 or so with a long, long journey still ahead of me but I can move and function again and largely have my life back). I was still working but getting out of bed and moving around every day was hell. I had terrible back pain all the time and walking from my front door to my car in my own drive way had me out of breath. I was pretty much the picture of rock bottom.

      So first I just started with basic calorie restriction, then after a few weeks I pretty much went into the primal/paleo thing. I was losing weight just with calorie restriction but once I added the primal stuff things really came together for me and the weight started coming off and I started feeling better and better.

      I waver between being somewhat obsessive (aren't we all here) and trying to actively NOT be obsessive and to just eat good food (I don't eat grain or legumes, do eat dairy).

      If you really want to get into it to maximize your results I recommend using a tracker and figuring out what macro breakdown and calorie level works for you. For me, calories do count, and I do count them. I found a sweet spot macro breakdown of about 50 percent fat 25percent protein 25 percent carbs. I feel really content and satisfied and lose weight pretty consistently when I stay around those macros.

      I usually eat two meals a day, but it's not your typical intermittent fasting schedule, and it didn't evolve for fasting reasons, it's just because my job is insane and I can't get a lunch break in and a few years ago decided to just stop trying. So even while I was gaining weight like crazy I almost never ate lunch and I don't even ever get hungry or feel like eating at work and it saves me the bother of packing food and taking time to eat so I just keep skipping it.

      I am pretty regimented in my food intake. I usually have eggs cooked in butter, some cheese and a bunch of veggies for breakfast. Dinner I have some meat (could be anything...grass fed beef, poultry, fish, pork, whatever) and another bunch of veggies, avocado, frequently some acorn squash or carrots or something, once or twice a week some sweet potato, and a couple teaspoons to a tablespoon of fat. I don't snack. Sometimes if I'm really busy I just have yogurt, almond butter and fruit for a meal but that's only a couple times a week. My meals are ridiculously simple and easy to prepare. Sometimes when I'm off and have time I try more complex recipes or throw stuff in the crock pot but most stuff I make I can prepare start to finish pretty quickly.

      I agree with the person who said focus on walking when you're starting out. Just walking a lot has helped me quite a bit.

      Anyway, good luck. It doesn't matter where you're starting out at, you will be surprised at the huge changes you can make in the quality of your life..

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      • #18
        I am in awe of those who have lost such large amounts of weight. That takes a level of commitment and strength very few have. I have been overweight my entire life and average 215-220 from early 2007 to 2012(before that I was around 190 for some time) I have lost about 40 lbs and consider that an accomplishment and have another 40 or so to go and consider that a struggle. You are all amazing and an inspiration. Thank you!!
        You know all those things you wanted to do: You should go do them.

        Age 48
        height 5'3
        SW 215 lbs
        CW 180 lbs (whole foods/primal eating)
        LW 172 lbs
        GW 125ish lbs

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        • #19
          Simple, slow and plan.

          Simple: Dont rush out and buy a ton of expensive stuff that you may not eat that will go bad fast. Dont try complicated exercises. Dont get caught up in the paleo supplement crazy. Learn what to avoid and other choices will become apparent.

          Slow: Dont expect massive results for a little while, but expect to feel better in a month. First become fat-adapted. Second, Bring down the years of inflammation with proper diet, rest, exercise reduced stress. Third, slow improvement of the three aspects of PB fitness: increasing your slow movement, faster harder sprinting, increasing heavy lifts.

          Plan: Dont run out of food that causes a simple carb binge. Know what you can eat a party. A little planning here and there add up fast.

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          • #20
            Lots of good advice from others. My only addition is that if you struggle with irrational food cravings destroying your good efforts, I may have some good advice to offer. If not, carry on!

            Best of luck & strength to you. This is a WOE for life for me.
            5'4" 39yo mother to five sweeties & married to their AMAZING DaddyGrok
            Current Weight: 175lb__________________________________Goal: 135lb
            Deadlift: 240lb________________________________________Back Squat: 165lb
            Bench: 130lb__________________________________________Pre ss: 85lb
            ***Winning a 20-year war against binge eating disorder***

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            • #21
              Hi Jon! Just saying hi from another newbie. Lots of luck and support!!
              Amanda

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              • #22
                You might enjoy reading Dave's story - I can't read it enough! The Unconquerable Dave | Mark's Daily Apple
                5'4" 39yo mother to five sweeties & married to their AMAZING DaddyGrok
                Current Weight: 175lb__________________________________Goal: 135lb
                Deadlift: 240lb________________________________________Back Squat: 165lb
                Bench: 130lb__________________________________________Pre ss: 85lb
                ***Winning a 20-year war against binge eating disorder***

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                • #23
                  Hey Jon,
                  I have been pretty much primal since April and started at 380 myself. I weighed in yesterday morning at 267 after splurging over Christmas! You can do this!

                  A couple of tips:
                  1) Learn to just get the f**k over it! You grab a Snickers on the way home from work? Get the f**k over it. You eat a box of girl scout cookies one night before bed? Get the f**k over it. Don't let one or two mistakes destroy what you are working for. this used to happen to me when I have tried to lose weight in the past. I would binge on something I should not eat and tell myself "well, you already screwed up today so might as well just get back on track in the morning". Then i would pig out all day. The n it would turn into "well, might as well wait till Monday now that I have screwed everything up". DON"T DO THAT! Just get the f**k over it and eat right starting right then.

                  2) You do not have to exercise for hours and hours a week! Any exercise will produce results. If you are 380 you probably are not a big fan of exercise in general(neither am I but I am getting there). If you were you would not be 380. If you over do it you will get sick of it and stop all together. I think shows like The Biggest Loser do a huge disservice to over weight people as they make them believe that you have to workout for hours on end to achieve results and most people will just do nothing if they believe you have to put in that much time. There is no way I can do traditional "cardio" for hours and hours. You can replace volume of exercise with intensity and get fantastic results. For me, Sprint 8 twice a week and about 30 minutes of weight training twice a week works great. My strength training is high intensity one set to failure of 8-10 exercises and get out of the gym and go home. Would more time in the gym get better results? Maybe, maybe not but I don't care. I can stick with what I am doing at that what really matters to me.

                  As Nike likes to say "just do it". If you screw up, get the f**k over it and move on!

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                  • #24
                    Just want to add, when I say pretty much primal I would say I am about 70% primal I would guess. I do not eat grass fed meat, I use Miracle Whip in my tuna and chicken salad, I still drink diet Mtn Dew way to much and still eat wings from BWW(they are pretty low cab though). I eat around 25-30 carbs a day so I am really low carb and it works for me.

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                    • #25
                      MamaGrok, you are so right. Dave's story is a constant source of inspiration. I have read it several times.

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                      • #26
                        Originally posted by tapper47 View Post
                        MamaGrok, you are so right. Dave's story is a constant source of inspiration. I have read it several times.
                        and shared it...I love to just look at the pictures
                        You know all those things you wanted to do: You should go do them.

                        Age 48
                        height 5'3
                        SW 215 lbs
                        CW 180 lbs (whole foods/primal eating)
                        LW 172 lbs
                        GW 125ish lbs

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                        • #27
                          Originally posted by MuuMuu View Post
                          Hi! I just saw this and wanted to offer some encouragement. I started out super morbidly obese and I think I've made it to morbidly obese so I'm making progress. Seriously, I started around a year ago at over 518 lbs, facing more and more difficulties with my health and my mobility (right now I'm 320 or so with a long, long journey still ahead of me but I can move and function again and largely have my life back).
                          MuuMuu!! 200 pounds? You freaking ROCK, girl! I am in awe.
                          I have the simplest tastes. I am always satisfied with the best.

                          Oscar Wilde

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                          • #28
                            You've been doing Crossfit for the past 3 months? Good for you!!! Did you go from mostly sedentary to Crossfitting? If so - that right there is probably a harder lifestyle change than eating primally will be. That, to me, proves beyond doubt that you've got what it takes to make this work! You should be proud of yourself already!

                            In terms of making it work with a crazy work schedule (been there!) - I recommend a few things.
                            1) Keep primal snacks around. Macadamias, carrot sticks, jerky - keep it in your office drawer, and it'll keep you away from the vending machine.
                            2) Do NOT keep non-primal snacks around. Because you WILL eat them.
                            3) Buy a crockpot.
                            4) When you have time to cook (or when using your crock pot), cook in bulk and freeze. Having a jar or four of leftover stew in the freezer for nights you work late is a LIFESAVER!
                            5) I'd recommend blocking off one night a week or month to go all out with cooking! Get some of Mark's cookbooks or another Paleo cookbook and make yourself a nice, decadent, primal meal. There is much deliciousness to be had while eating primally, so carve out some time, even just a little, to experiment! :-)

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                            • #29
                              Originally posted by ecole66 View Post
                              Just want to add, when I say pretty much primal I would say I am about 70% primal I would guess. I do not eat grass fed meat, I use Miracle Whip in my tuna and chicken salad, I still drink diet Mtn Dew way to much and still eat wings from BWW(they are pretty low cab though). I eat around 25-30 carbs a day so I am really low carb and it works for me.
                              I personally would try to go as primal as possible. Sticking to low carb WILL get you to lose weight, pretty much whether or not you're actually primal... but so much of the success that I've seen BEYOND weight loss is because I've cut out junk (chemicals, rancid oils, CAFO meat) that doesn't belong in the human body.

                              Definitely don't FREAK OUT if you slip up, this is a long-term way of eating and life, not a crash diet. You haven't ruined things if you have to have a snickers bar.
                              Strive for perfection, be happy with 80/20 (I'll post a link to what Mark said about this... as soon as I can find it)

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                              • #30
                                Hi! I too am new and have quite a bit of weight to loose. Good luck!

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