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  • That last 10-15 lbs >:(

    How long did it take you to lose it?

  • #2
    From my experience, everytime I lose weight, I plateau about 8 lbs above my goal weight for an extended period of time. I'm talking about a solid 2-3 months. Then, out of nowhere, it practically plummets. Even knowing this, I still get frustrated when it happens.

    I've found that not changing anything works the best for me in the longterm. Whenver I try to tweak something to re-start the weight loss, I end up gaining weight or plateauing even longer. When I let it do its own thing, the weight is kept off nearly effortlessly. (obviously not completely effortlessly, otherwise I wouldn't know that I always plateau 8 lbs above my goal weight )

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    • #3
      Thanks. I've never been there and I seem to have lost all patience lately! I feel like I have not eaten like a fat person in a long time and as such I should no longer have excess fat lol.

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      • #4
        I started Primal in June '12 and found that the first 25lbs came off pretty easily, but then stalled at the "last 10-15lbs" point in September. A couple of things that made a difference for me - I did a Whole30 in November (well, more like a whole 21, I totally failed on the no alcohol thing 3 weeks in) and also started lifting heavier (Stronglifts 5x5).

        The Whole30 made me see where I had been letting indulgences creep back in - like a couple of squares of dark chocolate every night, more as a habit than because I needed or wanted it. Lifting heavier has started to make noticeable changes to my body composition - the scales haven't actually changed that much, about 5.5lbs in the last 2 months, but my clothes fit better and people have commented on how toned my arms look!

        I'm still not quite where I want to be, but compared to six months ago I am so much healthier and happier, and if it takes another 2 months for me to get to my final goal then so be it :-)

        PS - I don't have my stats in my signature but I'm 32, female, 5'6'', SW 178lbs, CW 148.5lbs

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        • #5
          Yea, I cut back on my carbs about a week ago and I'm just now seeing it's looks like I've lost a couple pounds already. I was letting myself eat some potatoes, occasional apple etc. Apparently that was all my body needed. I've lost a little on my waist too. Yay! I am about 5'5" and my current weight is 169.2 as of this morning, was hanging around 172. I am thinking about 155 would be about right. I don't know for sure though. I do have a lot of muscle and bigger frame.

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          • #6
            I know your pain, I started Primal in August 2012 and to the end of November I had lost 20kgs (40lbs) - at the moment I am trying to drop that last 6-7ks (14lbs) and it is going so painfully slow! I am stuck at the moment and only losing about 1lb a week, which when you have dropped fast is so horrid.

            My journey thus far has been 4.5months and 21kgs (46lbs) - I wish it would hurry up!
            Starting Weight (11 August 2012) - 117.8 kgs (259lbs)
            Current Weight - 94.4kgs (207lbs) (as at 14/01/2013) -23.4kgs (51lbs) lost to date.
            Goal Weight - 90kgs (198lbs)

            "Worrying is like a rocking chair, it gives you something to do, but doesn't get you anywhere" - Van Wilder

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            • #7
              I just dropped weight steadily from 213 lbs to 168 lbs over a 6 month period and have stayed in the 168 to 170 lb range for the past 3 months. I had one sticking point at around 198 lbs for a couple of weeks and then resumed my weight loss. My target weight was actually about 175 so I am very satisfied with where I'm currently at (around 10% body fat). I am 90% Paleo and made sure that I was about 500 calories below my daily maintenance range. Worked out consistantly as well, combining sprinting, body weight exercises and a couple of 3 to 5 mile runs a week. I added IF 3 times per week about 3 months in.
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              • #8
                I reckon I am on a plateau now. I had steady weight loss from March t the back end of last month and now it has stopped. Feeling the flab around my belly I think I've got about 15-20lbs to go. I am now relaxing for the holiday period and will get serious again when I get back from my daughter's in the new year.

                I believe part of my "problem" is the strength training I am doing. As I can shift more weight, I must be putting on some muscle. I am now going to concentrate on "the look" rather than weight loss.
                Why use a sledge hammer to crack a nut when a steam roller is even more effective, and, is fun to drive.

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                • #9
                  I plateau'd after losing about 10-12 lbs. The last item I eliminated which started the weight loss again was -- DAIRY. Once I dumped the yogourt and cheese, I saw progressive results. I'm still seeing some re-shaping of the belly/hips area. That was the last fat to finally go and I had to be patient with it (I'm normally an impatient person). Also, increase the walking quickly or sprinting up a steep hill -- repetitions weekly also helped me. Now I'm living in an awesome body and focused on 'tightening' things up in 2013. I'd love to take up Boxing --- but starting with Crossfit for now.
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                  F, 48, 5'10"
                  Start Date: 25-06-12 @ 161lbs
                  Goal Reached: 30-09-12 @ 143lb. Now bouncing between 145lb - 149lb. I'd like less bounce and more consistency :-)

                  Started Cross Fit 20.12.12 ---- Can't wait to submit my success story on the 1st anniversary of starting primal.

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by MaverickBris View Post
                    I know your pain, I started Primal in August 2012 and to the end of November I had lost 20kgs (40lbs) - at the moment I am trying to drop that last 6-7ks (14lbs) and it is going so painfully slow! I am stuck at the moment and only losing about 1lb a week, which when you have dropped fast is so horrid.

                    My journey thus far has been 4.5months and 21kgs (46lbs) - I wish it would hurry up!
                    Congratulations -- that's amazing results.
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                    F, 48, 5'10"
                    Start Date: 25-06-12 @ 161lbs
                    Goal Reached: 30-09-12 @ 143lb. Now bouncing between 145lb - 149lb. I'd like less bounce and more consistency :-)

                    Started Cross Fit 20.12.12 ---- Can't wait to submit my success story on the 1st anniversary of starting primal.

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by AshleyL View Post
                      Thanks. I've never been there and I seem to have lost all patience lately! I feel like I have not eaten like a fat person in a long time and as such I should no longer have excess fat lol.
                      Remember the story about the Tortoise and the Hare? The tortoise won the race. Be patient -- your body has healing to do, and it needs to trust YOU. When your body TRUSTS that you will continue and steadily fuel it with healthy, non-toxic foods, it will come 'round and do what it needs to do. I had the hardest time losing the belly fat (and there's still a bit more to go), but I'm wearing a bikni on my beach vacation over Christmas. It's taken a bit of work, but I'm diligent about not putting any toxic crap in this body. I can't wait to see how my body responds to CrossFit in 2013 --- I'm excited to start. I really want to tighten things up and gain strength. Cheers and Merry Christmas! /Lu
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                      F, 48, 5'10"
                      Start Date: 25-06-12 @ 161lbs
                      Goal Reached: 30-09-12 @ 143lb. Now bouncing between 145lb - 149lb. I'd like less bounce and more consistency :-)

                      Started Cross Fit 20.12.12 ---- Can't wait to submit my success story on the 1st anniversary of starting primal.

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                      • #12
                        I started PB seriously around this time last year at 160 lbs, with a goal of 120-130lbs. At that time 2/3 of my food was in chocolate and cheese. I also went to the gym 6x/week with Stronglifts and cardio. I gained to 165.

                        As I continued to increase the amount of real food I eat and decreased the activity to 2-3x/week, I've noticed a huge body recomp. Now I'm at around 150-155, aiming for 135-140. I notice that the cleaner I eat (in other words, the less chocolate I eat), the faster my fat loss over a week's time.
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                        • #13
                          I've lost another lb, but it's soooo painfully slow! But that's about 4 lbs down from when I first posted, I'm at 168.

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                          • #14
                            Ashley, you might find taking measurements more encouraging than weighing. Muscle weighs more than fat but is more compact. If you exercise to build muscle then you may weigh more but still fit smaller clothes. Any sign this is happening?

                            Also focus on how well and healthy you are feeling, compared to before. Eating this way should be worth it for those benefits alone.

                            Nevertheless congratulations on coming down another pound, it's all progress.

                            I suspect the closer we are to goal the stricter we need to be to see the results we want- no overindulging even in primal foods, no alcohol, sugar, grains or other non-primal foods, step up the weightbearing exercises and other complementary actions such as getting enough sleep, fresh air and sunshine etc.
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                            • #15
                              Yes, I have been measuring, and I have lost some on my waist too. IIRC, probably 1/2" since my first post. I do stop and think about how much better I feel, though there is still room for improvement in that area (but I'm a perfectionist type too - my great grandma could plow a field with a mule from daylight to dusk, carry a 100 lb feedsack a mile and a half- I know I couldn't do that for example). But I've had a lot of inflammatory problems and adrenal weakness in the past, so I may never be 100%. Looking back, I'd basically been inflamed and insulin resistant (maybe even diabetic that last year or more- endless constant hunger most days- what a blessing it is to get FULL!) for nearly 20 years (I'm 27). That's a long beating.

                              But I do a lot of physical work and I can run several miles and all, so I'm not complaining! I may not have endless energy like I'd want, but I do have a lot of strength.
                              Last edited by AshleyL; 12-31-2012, 07:39 AM.

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