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    One year ago today, I joined this forum, a few weeks after I'd bought the Primal Blueprint. Everything was new and exciting, I felt better than I had in a long time, and was heading for the skinniest I'd ever been. I learnt all kinds of useful things here, and hopefully contributed a little too.

    I was an active member for a while, but eventually, the lifestyle started to feel so natural that it seemed a little like belonging to a forum devoted to gravity. I am quite sure I will live this way forever isn't a diet, it's a way of being.

    Am I still the skinniest I've ever been? Not sure--threw my scale away a few months ago. I still feel great, people comment on how healthy I look, I still fit in my skinny clothes.

    I spent today clearing up part of the yard, reveling in the physical challenge of tossing the weed trees away like cabers, soaking up the Vit D, watching the chickens forage around me (laying 5 eggs a day now.) None of this seemed plausible just over a year ago, when I was a pasty-white sunscreen-user who exercised only indoors in cardio classes, and turning my nose up at home grown stuff.

    So thanks, Mark. Thanks, forum folk. You've all made such a huge difference to my life. I don't know if I'll live longer or shorter because of Primal, but I'm 100% sure I am living better.

    Zone diet on and off for several years....worked, but too much focus on exact meal composition
    Primal since July 2010...skinniest I've ever been and the least stressed about food

  • #2
    Happy Primal-versary!
    There are two wolves fighting within a man's heart, one is Love, the other is Hate. The one that wins is the one you feed.

    My friends, love is better than anger. Hope is better than fear. Optimism is better than despair. So let us be loving, hopeful and optimistic. And we'll change the world. - Jack Layton

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    • #3
      Awesome to hear that you[re doing so well- inspiration for us newbies!


      • #4
        It has been exactly a year for me too! It is nice to see you here - I miss your insightful comments and shared experiences

        Congrats on your success!!
        Using low lectin/nightshade free primal to control autoimmune arthritis. (And lost 50 lbs along the way )


        • #5
          Congrats! Hard to imagine the difference a year makes when moving in the right direction consistently - good on you for changing for the better!


          • #6
            Congrats Liz!

            I'm going on 10 months myself & have never felt better!
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            • #7
              I love seeing stuff like this Just continues to reinforce that this is forever and as each pound melts away, it's another pound that won't ever come back.

              (lol, I love the forum devoted to Gravity image. "whoah. guys...check this out. I threw this rock up...and it came down. AMAZING! What have YOU done with Gravity today?")




              • #8
                Happy Anniversary Liz! I am at the 9 month mark and never looking back.
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                • #9
                  What a great post. Thank you.
                  "You have succeeded in life when all you really want is only what you really need." ~ Vernon Howard


                  • #10
                    Congrats Lizch. Your posts over the past year have been inspiring.

                    Just over a year in myself and though I am a daily lurker here, I agree that it seems like gravity at some times. I can think of a few tweaks (more on that in a second), but can't think of any reason not to embrace the Primal paradigm.

                    Here are my challenges now that I am a year in:

                    1. Red meat: It has been so long since my wife and I have eaten much red meat, that I am sort of out of the habit and it is hard to get back into the habit. I have to learn to cook new things. The 1/2 grass-fed beff that will arrive in Nov. will force the issue.

                    2. Incorporating good carbs: By default, I am eating pretty low carb, mostly meat, nuts, green veggies. I have scaled way back on fruit, never liked milk much (cheeze junkie, though trying to not eat it by the slab for a while). I feel I need to increase carbs in hopes of keeping the leptin flowing and perhaps improving sleep.

                    3. Need more consistency in LHT workouts, but generally on track.

                    4. Really need to hack sleep better. I am hoping that increasing carbs a bit may help. experimenting.

                    So a few tweaks as I try to optimize, but overall I can't imagine a more health-giving way of living.


                    • #11
                      Happy Primal-versary! (love that!)

                      I'm at my semi-annual Primal-versary (in for 6 months now and doing great!) Like OneDeltaTenTango, I could use increasing my veggie carbs a little since most of mine are coming from fruit right now. But, fruit season is coming to a close and stew season is on the way
                      Newcomers: If you haven't read the book, at least read this thread ... and all the links!

                      Jan. 1, 2011: 186.6 lbs PBSW Mar. 1, 2011: 175.8 lbs
                      CW: 146.8 lbs
                      GW 140 lbs
                      A proud member of PETA: People Eating Tasty Animals


                      • #12
                        Congrats Liz

                        Originally posted by OneDeltaTenTango View Post

                        Here are my challenges now that I am a year in:

                        1. Red meat: It has been so long since my wife and I have eaten much red meat, that I am sort of out of the habit and it is hard to get back into the habit. I have to learn to cook new things. The 1/2 grass-fed beff that will arrive in Nov. will force the issue.
                        I've started to eat a lot of fish for the first time in my life, which is a nice compliment to heating a lot of herbivore.


                        • #13
                          Congrats Liz! I have always loved reading your thoughtful and informative posts--thank you!

                          It will be 2 years primal for me in October. That feeling of "OMG, how awesome, this really works!!" just doesn't go away for me. I'm continually shocked when I'm the 'skinny' girl in the room, which now happens quite a bit. (REALLY??? ME??? But I was *ALWAYS* the chubby one! Thank you PB!!!!)

                          It is a wonderful thing to find a path that feels so wonderful, makes you thrive, awakens an awareness of your body you may have never known, makes you stronger than you ever thought you could be, and is as sustainable as the PB can be. YAY for all of us lucky primals who have found our way here! We have much to celebrate!!!
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                          • #14
                            Great job Liz! Sorry for being late to the party, but I have also found it less necessary to participate in the forum given how integrated everything feels at this point.

                            All the best,