Coming into my second month on the Primal Diet. I've lost 10 pounds in this time period. I've been hovering at 195 for almost 2 years and could not lower my weight! So it's quite exciting to see the changes. Things I didn't believe were possible are now possible. How can I not eat potatoes, a staple in my diet. No sugar? Get out, now way could I do that! My transition was fairly easy too, I suffered from a headache for about 2 days and that was about it. Actually, now that I think about it, I did feel something like dizzy but not quite only because it lasted for only 3 seconds. But there was some kind of shift going on. I attributed it to me shifting into some other type of metabolism. Does that even make sense? It's hard to explain but I had to deal with that for about a week. Haven't felt it at all since.
I just want to say for my own record that I haven't been so happy and content since this past summer. Oh how I love golf, meeting new friends through that was the start. I live in the Seattle area and it get so dark here with all the cloud cover - it can be quite depressing (especially since I have SAD). Just getting outside and getting into the light has been so helpful. Usually by this time of the year I just want to stay in bed all day long. Now I just want to go play golf! I think Mark's principle of PLAY is so important. So I've got that going for me, but things just seem to be fitting into a comfortable spot now too. My kids are adjusting to high school. One son, who was getting F's in about every subject last year has now got 4 A's, 2 B's and one C-. The stress of that alone is such a relief! My other son, who suffers from Asperger's syndrome is doing fantastic too. My husband and I have been married for 20 years (coming up on 21 yrs) have been getting along splendidly! We've found a lot of things (recently) that keep us going. I'm sure I'll mention them here eventually.
The reason why I even mention this is because of where I came from. When the kids were 3 I was hospitalized - extremely sick. It's been such an uphill battle emotionally to even function properly. I would sleep 3 hours a day and have no problem sleeping that night through. So to finally say I am happy and I can celebrate that I'm healthy is a HUGE thing for me.
For 2 years I was a vegetarian, but was continuing to get sick. I was trying to train for a 1/2 marathon during the same time, but would always get injured. Being in a place where you can't make any progress towards improved health was debilitating for me. I did loose quite a bit of weight (30 pounds) on this type of diet but it still didn't get me to my goal.
Another huge change for me was switching from all cardio workout to primarily all weight lifting work out. I can't believe how strong I've gotten, without any injury to boot! I can now lift 110 pound over my head. I started at 50. I can leg press 280lbs. I kid you not. I'm just shocked. Funny story: At the gym an old man came up to me and asked if I had ever thought about being a fire fighter. No way I responded. He said he noticed how much upper body strength I have. I asked him if he was a fire fighter himself and he relied yes and he was recruiting. My husband and I laugh at that, no way could I do that job or even want to. My sweet husband said I could pose for the calendar. I told him flattery will get you everywhere with me! Anyway - I'm looking forward to tracking how much stronger I'm getting. I read an article here on the website mentioning that as a woman we shouldn't have to worry about getting big muscles because we don't have the testosterone to create large muscles. So I decided heck, lift heavy, get strong and I've responded appropriately.
I am so glad to have found this website, with all the information from Mark and the support of the people here, I'm finally loosing the weight. It's the final piece to the puzzle thats been scattered around. I'm finally getting the pieces in place. I just wanted to take the time to catalog what I've been up to and where I'm heading. I'm looking forward to continuing to make progress.