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Thank you guys :-) The primal lifestyle DEFINITELY helped me get there. I've always been a small girl, no matter what the hell I ate, but I suppose I was that "skinny fat" through middle and highschool, then started working out (lots of hard cardio and mild weight lifting) and watching my diet around 15 or 16, about four or five years ago.
I've been on a paleo diet for just about a year now. I went heavy on the HIIT workouts for awhile to lean myself out more, but it was SO physically taxing (although it was sort of like a sick pleasure ;-) Yes, I have that Crossfit mentality...) I've come to discover that intermittent fasting (generally a 16 hour fast/8 hour feed) and doing very intense, heavy lifting sessions about three times a week (calisthenics, baby!) has given me a more stronger, lean physique without burning me out like HIIT did. Becoming a personal trainer this year is giving me even more motivation to keep myself looking strong since unfortunately, looks can sell! ;-)
Batty, SPRINTING!!!! ;-) I've never really touched a barbell.
Jenn, I am 5'4", 106-110lbs., at around 17% BF via a caliper reading about 6 months ago. I'm glad I inspire you! It's totally achievable if you have the right mindset and dedication :-)
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primal_jessjane, I'm inspired. 15 years ago I looked just like that and am determined to, as much as possible, be that person again.
Hey cillaka - YOU still are that person. The outside does not define you. Your spirit is you. And, the mind/spirit/body connection will guide you. Your body - whatever it is - is always battling for you. It is brilliant and amazing. Please honor that and know that you really are exactly where you need to be for whatever lessons are needed for you now. Trust that. Not trying to be woo woo here... Sheila