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  • I never wanted to post success pictures because I don't feel done. But it occurred to me that I am a success story so here goes. Someone in another thread wanted to see success pictures of someone who always had a weight problem and is a middle aged woman.

    This is me in 1976. I'm on the right next to my skinny bitch sister.


    This is me in 1978. I'm 14. This is the year I hit puberty. I wear a 1978 version of a size 13/14.


    I've left out pictures of myself at the age of 16. I was fairly skinny in 1980 when I was 16. I weighed 108 at my lowest. I achieved that with complete and total starvation. I aimed for 500 calories a day. Naturally this was unsustainable. See how it ended up by 1984:

    This is me in 1984. I weighed 145 then. I was 19 years old.


    My weight fluctuated all my life. The lowest I ever got after 1984 was about 130. I usually had to endure a bad break-up and starve myself. Mostly I hovered around 145 although I usually didn't look as bad as the above.

    Here I am last year in September. At this time I'm 46 years old and the last time I had stepped on a scale it said 165 but I don't know what my weight was on this day. At the time, I ran 3-5 miles a day during the week and hiked in the mountains on the weekend. I ate salads with dry skinless chicken breast for lunch. I had been low-carbing it for a month and frustrated at my lack of weight loss.


    Here I am today after work in the clothes I wore to work. Totally random day to take a picture. Nothing special about it. Last time I weighed myself I was 135. I'm 47. I'm not in menopause but I don't have a uterus so who the hell really knows?


    I don't have the courage to buy a bathing suit yet, but here's me in a buff (a bit of boob flattening going on here) and a pair of bike shorts. So there's relatively little to hide here. Sorry it's blurry.


    Even though I didn't include any pictures from when I weighed 108 and was 16 years old, I'm 47 now and weigh 135 and look pretty darn close to what I looked like at age 16. And I'm incredibly amazingly way far away from what I looked like when I weighed 145 in 1984. I mean, the difference between 135 now and 145 then looks like 50lbs to me, not 10. So the scale doesn't matter much I guess.

    The best thing is I feel so healthy now. Last time I went to the doctor I complained of pain and he told me I'm getting older and should take it easy. Phooey on that. I hiked 89 miles in 4 days two weekends ago.
    Female, 5'3", 50, Max squat: 202.5lbs. Max deadlift: 225 x 3.

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    • Wow, you look DAMN GREAT. And from reading your posts, you're so strong. I hope I'm half as healthy as you when I'm closer to my goal weight!
      SW: 243
      CW: 177
      Goal: Health

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      • You are awesome sbhikes. Good stuff!
        Disclaimer: I eat 'meat and vegetables' ala Primal, although I don't agree with the carb curve. I like Perfect Health Diet and WAPF Lactofermentation a lot.

        Griff's cholesterol primer
        5,000 Cal Fat <> 5,000 Cal Carbs
        Winterbike: What I eat every day is what other people eat to treat themselves.
        TQP: I find for me that nutrition is much more important than what I do in the gym.
        bloodorchid is always right

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        • Great work sbhikes you look great!! I'm super happy for you

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          • sbhikes, you are AWESOME. Thank you so much for posting your photos! Extremely inspiring!
            F, 44 years old, 111.8 lbs, 4 feet 11.5 inches (yes, that half inch matters!)

            **1st place sparring, AAU TKD regional qualifier, 2/15/15 - It's damn good to hit like a girl!**

            **First-ever 5K race 11/28/13: 37 minutes, 18+ seconds, no stopping**

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            • Very impressive!

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              • Goosejuggler - your weight loss is amazing, but I notice your skin looks 100% better, it's beautiful and shiny and healthy. Well done you
                Perseverance is not a long race; it is many short races one after the other.
                Walter Elliot

                I am a horse for a single harness, not cut out for tandem or teamwork; for well I know that in order to attain any definite goal, it is imperative that one person do the thinking and the commanding. Albert Einstein

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                • This thread is so inspiring! Keep up the good work everyone!

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                  • sbhikes! VERY impressive! You look amazing! Gives me great incouragement!
                    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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                    • Rock on sbhikes!! You look amazing and so strong! I don't think any of us is ever "done". Thanks for sharing your ongoing success story!
                      You don't have to be sick to get better.
                      Female, 31 years old, 5'8"
                      Primal start: 1/2/2012
                      My Primal Journal
                      Living, loving and learning.

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                      • Thank you. I guess I had an epiphany that I am a success even if I don't look like Paula or some of the other women featured in the official success stories.

                        That picture of myself at age 11 represents my genetic potential. Following the Primal Blueprint, it was fairly effortless to reach my genetic potential and it's proving to be fairly effortless to stay there. I'll let my sister try to look like Paula. She's got a better chance. We women should really be more realistic about true female health and beauty. I know Mark is trying to sell books, but sometimes I feel like his choices for female success stories perpetuate a certain cultural bias toward a certain look for women.
                        Female, 5'3", 50, Max squat: 202.5lbs. Max deadlift: 225 x 3.

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                        • SBHIKES! fantastical progress.

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                          • SB, maybe those are the only women sending in their success stories.

                            And yes, you are a success story. Go ahead, send yours in...
                            5'2", 55 years, Primal since April. Pre-Primal weight loss, from 216.6 to 157.8
                            Primal low: 140.2 (Dec. 3) Goal weight: 135?
                            Main Primal goal: beating back my CFS enough to function more normally and start writing again

                            More and more, our life has been governed by specialists, who know too little of what lies outside their province to be able to know enough about what takes place within it.
                            - Lewis Mumford

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                            • sbhikes, very inspiring! You look fantastic! And it sounds like you feel as good as you look!
                              I'm a 5'-6" tall female.

                              SW: 212.4 lbs. February 14, 2013 (My second baby was born)
                              CW:166.4 lbs.
                              GW: 143 lbs.

                              Just keep going.

                              New goal:

                              Get back to 80-90% Primal and back down to my lowest recent weight of 158 lbs. while doing as much moving and strength training as I can get in.

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                              • Whaow, congratulations, you look fantastic !!!
                                I just began the diet and I want to start the workout as well, what did you do and how many days a week to have such a great body ?
                                I apologize for my english, I'm french
                                Thanks,
                                Frederique.

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