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    hi all, I started primal a few weeks ago and have lost 16 pounds so far. I have been on a lot of weight loss forums such as sparkpeople, and a lot of them have categories for how much weight you have to lose or groups for people who are in that category. I usually just browse through them looking for advice on what to do.

    So far on this forum I'm having sort of a hard time finding anything specifically from people who are highly obese like myself and are working towards ( or have worked towards) losing 150+ pounds. Can anyone point me in the right direction?

    Basically I'm feeling a lot better even with just the loss of 16 pounds than I have in a while, but I'm terrified I'm going to mess this up like I messed up every other "diet" and end up gaining rather than losing. I have so far to go that I'm freaking myself out and weighing myself every day and wondering if I don't lose any today if it's okay because of blah blah and if I should do something else or what.

    Also I have the primal blueprint and I'm reading through it. It's a great read so far.

    Thanks for any help you can give.

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    Well done for you weight loss so far! I am also obese and have ~80-90lbs still to lose.

    Remember that all the diets you might have tried before are different and perhaps they didn't work before because they are not sustainable, not that it was your fault. I find Primal eating is sustainable as a permanent way of eating because I enjoy the foods and don't crave junk food as much as before. It's a lot easier to find the willpower to keep going or to come back from the occasional slip-up, when you have an enjoyable healthy diet to go back to, not some painful fad diet!

    There is a 'Significant Weight Loss' group you can join here: http://www.marksdailyapple.com/forum/group11.html
    Last edited by CaveWeirdo; 06-15-2012, 10:30 AM.
    Start weight: 238 lbs (March 2012)
    Current weight: 205 lbs (July 2012)
    Loss so far: 33 lbs!!!
    WOE: Primal + IF
    Movements: Hiking, sprinting.
    Goal: to see my abs some time in 2013!

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    • #3
      You're definitely not alone. My starting weight was 334, I'm now at 308. I'm looking at around 160 for my goal.
      yay!

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      • #4
        I've lost 175 pounds on Atkins, eating fairly similar to Primal. Still want to lose about 20 or so more pounds. And this is with health conditions (hypothyroid, arthritis, fibromyalgia) So yes, it is doable. It's taken me 3+ years but I haven't minded as I'm eating this way for life.

        I'd say Primal is a good method to do the same. Healthy eating, exercise, etc. Learn to eat right, fix bad habits, and slowly lose the weight.

        Recognize it's going to take time, possibly years to lose alot of weight but learning how to eat healthy and change your habits is worth it.

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        • #5
          I started at 326 lbs., and I'm down to about 205. 200 lbs. is my goal weight, but to hit my body fat percentage goal I'm going to have to lose another 20-25 lbs. of fat and add 20 lbs. of muscle. Paleo/Primal is probably the easiest way to lose weight, but its benefits go far beyond that.
          "Don't waste your time, or time will waste you."

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          • #6
            Wow Sihana thank you for all of that. I will be following that strictly starting tomorrow. I would say today but I already had a Boston Market half chicken and veggies lunch. So I technically ate out. I am curious as to why no working out. I am so not used to eating 3000 calories. I'm not even eatin 1500 these days. I became so used to eating 800 a day it feels wrong to stuff more veggies and fruits in my face. I almost felt bad the other day for eatin 10 blueberries at a time. But I will attempt to do this to the best of my abilities. Also I really like 88% dark chocolate. Is that terrible for the first month?

            Thanks for all your replies guys I appreciate it greatly.

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            • #7
              I wish you the best of luck and have every faith in your ability to climb every mountain.
              F 5 ft 3. HW: 196 lbs. Primal SW (May 2011): 182 lbs (42% BF)... W June '12: 160 lbs (29% BF) (UK size 12, US size 8). GW: ~24% BF - have ditched the scales til I fit into a pair of UK size 10 bootcut jeans. Currently aligning towards 'The Perfect Health Diet' having swapped some fat for potatoes.

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              • #8
                Originally posted by ivelosttheweight View Post
                I've lost 175 pounds on Atkins, eating fairly similar to Primal. Still want to lose about 20 or so more pounds. And this is with health conditions (hypothyroid, arthritis, fibromyalgia) So yes, it is doable. It's taken me 3+ years but I haven't minded as I'm eating this way for life.

                I'd say Primal is a good method to do the same. Healthy eating, exercise, etc. Learn to eat right, fix bad habits, and slowly lose the weight.

                Recognize it's going to take time, possibly years to lose alot of weight but learning how to eat healthy and change your habits is worth it.
                Nicely put!
                1. Love ME no matter what noises are screaming at me, or who is trying to tear me down.
                2. Eat to heal
                3. Move to live
                4. Embrace today
                5. Live with intention
                6. Respect my body
                7. Cultivate joy
                8. Find my passion
                9. Meditate on peace in my soul

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                • #9
                  Wow hey welcome. I started this in April 2012. I was 350 lbs ish, I dont know exactly and I may have been a lot more. I just said no to sugar and all grains ( do cheat a bit but only every once in a while) I eat when I am hungry, I consciously do not eat when I am not hungry. I stick to meat, fat and salads, fruit and steamed veggies. I love sunflower seeds and will eat too much of them so I try not to have them in the house. I walk, every day for about an hour and a half all told with my dog. I play with bows and arrows and slingshots. I try to sleep 10 pm till 6 am every day. I read labels and am paranoid about sugar in my food. I cook good food.

                  I dont track calories. I dont worry if I cheat a bit, mostly fries. If I do cheat I purposely IF the next day. I IF 1 day in 3 anyways and most of the time I eat 2 meals a day, sometimes just 1. I seldom eat before noon except for Bullet proof coffee.

                  I have lost since April 50 or more lbs, I am 304 lbs as of this Tuesday past. I plan to get to 220 lbs or less.

                  If you want to go at it like a Drill Sargent is breathing down your ass and that works for you, go for it. It does not work for me.

                  Accept that this is not a diet but a way of life, going back to the old way is death so it you loose weight slowly dont sweat it. Just detoxifying your body will help, the walking will help ( get a dog) eat what you want when you are hungry ( within PB foods of course) and play outside in the sun. You will feel better, you will improve, how fast is up to you.

                  Good luck.
                  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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                  • #10
                    I have done boot camp, I know what it is. I dont feel that I need to measure and count and be strict to succeed. I am an adult, I can understand the ideas, follow the lifestyle without the DI in my shorts. I know who I am, I know what I am about and where I am going.

                    The first 20 lbs may have been water loss but the rest aint so dont be discounting the rest as anything other than the huge success it is for me.

                    My point is that if the OP prefers a more fluid easygoing style, dont be demanding that they have to do it your way. Your way would have ruined the fun of this for me. The fact that I can do it without stressing is what I like best.
                    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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                    • #11
                      I have 135 to lose! Well, I've lost 38, so I suppose I now have 97 to lose

                      Also that 135 lost only gets me to my "healthy" goal, I am considering going further, which would be a 150lb loss over all, but I'm really not stressing about that, right now I'm just aiming for healthy me, and once I get there I'll still be primal anyway so if I happen to drop further then so be it!

                      I have faith in ya. I have never lost weight before, seriously. I ballooned from ~150lb to ~240lb in 9 months on medication, and slowly crept from ~240lb to ~280lb over the next 3 years. I never lost any more than say 5lb on any diet, which would've been 80% water weight I imagine, and I'd always give up and just start climbing again. I use to always plan diets but never actually do them.

                      This to me now is a lifestyle. I've adopted these changes and I'm in it for life! In some ways I'm lucky that I actually have celiacs as an excuse if people get pissy about my "fussy" eating.

                      Congrats on finding primal!
                      Last edited by nixxy; 06-15-2012, 11:34 PM. Reason: Bad maths :|
                      Current weight lost: 82.9lb (37.6kg)

                      Current PRs:
                      Bench: 45kg/99lb
                      Squat: 100kg/220lb
                      Deadlift: 120kg/265lb

                      My blog
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                      • #12
                        hehehe read your journal Sihana, you are anal retentive aint cha? I dont pretend to understand the technical data you collect and work with and if that is what you need to do, good for you. I would go mad.

                        As for stalling and needing to fall back on your method. I dont see me doing it, I doubt Grok would either. If I stall, I will figure it out as I go. I am not in a rush.
                        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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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by Isisinabi View Post
                          So far on this forum I'm having sort of a hard time finding anything specifically from people who are highly obese like myself and are working towards ( or have worked towards) losing 150+ pounds. Can anyone point me in the right direction?
                          First off, WELCOME and congratulations on the weight loss so far! Glad you decided to join us here in the forums. I started PB at the first of this month at 340 and have about 125 to lose. There is a thread here that was recently revived and may be a source of encouragement and also a connecting point.

                          Originally posted by Warmbear View Post
                          Accept that this is not a diet but a way of life, going back to the old way is death so it you loose weight slowly dont sweat it. Just detoxifying your body will help, the walking will help ( get a dog) eat what you want when you are hungry ( within PB foods of course) and play outside in the sun. You will feel better, you will improve, how fast is up to you
                          Absolutely agree with this. While still in my first month, my priorities are very foundational and very simple. Transition to primal eating, fix my sleep schedule and develop a habit of being active. Anything beyond that, even "good" things, I'm weary of as not only potential distractions, but as things that could actually sabotage me at this developing stage.

                          Originally posted by Isisinabi View Post
                          I have so far to go that I'm freaking myself out and weighing myself every day and wondering if I don't lose any today if it's okay because of blah blah and if I should do something else or what.

                          Also I have the primal blueprint and I'm reading through it. It's a great read so far.
                          Great to hear you're reading the book. Seriously, don't stress. Warmbear is offering some great advice. This isn't a diet, this isn't short-term. It's a lifestyle and your transition to it will be a unique and long-term process. Not getting everything 100% correct everyday (or on any given day) isn't the end of the world and doesn't mean you've failed and are starting back at square one. A great place for simple guidance on starting, that will set you up for success, is Mark's post How to Guide: Making the Switch to Primal Living in 6 Easy Steps.

                          Also, check out the Primal Journals forum. It's a great way to see how other people are navigating PB (and it's a great place for inspiration for primal meals). Here is mine, including an intro that's shares about my own weight challenges and a bit about how I'm approaching PB.

                          Hope some of this has been helpful and again, glad you're here!
                          My Primal Journal - Food, pics, the occasional rant, so...the usual.

                          I love cooking. It's sexy science that you stuff in your face. - carlh

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by Isisinabi View Post
                            hi all, I started primal a few weeks ago and have lost 16 pounds so far. I have been on a lot of weight loss forums such as sparkpeople, and a lot of them have categories for how much weight you have to lose or groups for people who are in that category. I usually just browse through them looking for advice on what to do.

                            So far on this forum I'm having sort of a hard time finding anything specifically from people who are highly obese like myself and are working towards ( or have worked towards) losing 150+ pounds. Can anyone point me in the right direction?

                            Basically I'm feeling a lot better even with just the loss of 16 pounds than I have in a while, but I'm terrified I'm going to mess this up like I messed up every other "diet" and end up gaining rather than losing. I have so far to go that I'm freaking myself out and weighing myself every day and wondering if I don't lose any today if it's okay because of blah blah and if I should do something else or what.

                            Also I have the primal blueprint and I'm reading through it. It's a great read so far.

                            Thanks for any help you can give.
                            I have to suggest that you are very likely to have hypothyroid symptoms (Low Thyroid) which means a very slow metabolism that refuses to burn fat. Do you have any of these symptoms?
                            Less stamina than others
                            Less energy than others
                            Long recovery period after any activity
                            Arms feeling like dead weights after activity
                            Chronic Low Grade Depression
                            Suicidal Thoughts
                            Often feeling cold
                            Cold hands and feet

                            Bizarre and Debilitating reaction to exercise
                            No eyebrows or thinning outer eyebrows
                            Dry Hair
                            Hair Loss

                            No hair growth, breaks faster than it grows
                            Dry cracking skin - no sweating
                            Nodding off easily
                            Requires naps in the afternoon

                            Sleep Apnea (which can also be associated with low cortisol)
                            Inability to concentrate or read long periods of time
                            Forgetfulness
                            Foggy thinking (Brain Fog)
                            Inability to lose weight

                            Always gaining weight
                            Inability to function in a relationship with anyone
                            NO sex drive
                            Failure to ovulate and/or constant bleeding (see Rainbow’s story)
                            Moody, painful periods
                            PMS

                            Inability to get pregnant; miscarriages
                            Excruciating pain during period

                            Swelling/edema/puffiness
                            Aching bones/muscles
                            Acne on face and in hair
                            Exhaustion in every dimension–physical, mental, spiritual, emotional
                            Complete lack of motivation

                            Slowing to a snail’s pace when walking up slight grade
                            Broken/peeling fingernails
                            Dry skin or snake skin
                            Major anxiety/worry
                            Joint pain
                            Carpal tunnel symptoms
                            Blood Pressure problems
                            Low body temperature**
                            Tightness in throat; sore throat
                            Swollen lymph glands
                            Headaches and Migraines
                            a cold bum, butt, derriere, fanny, gluteus maximus, haunches, hindquarters, posterior, rear, and/or cheeks. Yup, really exists.

                            ** Your body temp is less than 98.6 degrees before getting out of bed in the morning, then you ARE hypothyroid.
                            If you answered YES to many of these, especially items highlited, then you have hypothyroid symptoms and are likely to be extremely iodine deficient. Iodine deficiency means your thyroid cannot produce the required thyroid hormones to boost your metabolism. I suggest that you follow the Dr. Brownstein Iodine Protocol detailed here:
                            "http://tinyurl.com/iodine-story"

                            Additional symptoms of severe iodine deficiency:
                            Fibrocystic Breasts, PCOS, Cysts, Endometriosis.

                            Grizz
                            Last edited by Grizz; 06-17-2012, 12:31 AM.

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                            • #15
                              To the OP, in case you couldnt tell, Grizz is something of a whack job that all but very few do our best to ignore. If you choose to maul your body with his latest fanaticism, it's your choice, but please don't think he speaks for more than a handful of people, no matter how much he says "we".
                              Fighting fibromyalgia and chronic myofascial pain since 2002.

                              Big Fat Fiasco

                              Our bodies crave real food. We remain hungry as long as we refuse to eat real food, no matter how much junk we stuff into our stomachs. ~J. Stanton

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