My before and after story + pics
Hey everyone! I'm excited to join in the fun here. Been paleo for about 3 months now and it's been mind-blowing to see the changes that have taken place in such a short space of time. A little history? Oh go on then...
I've never really been overweight, but I was sort of lucky in that I am a 5'11" female who carries weight on my bum/thighs. My stomach never really got fat. So I could easily hide any excess by dressing right. I've always been pretty athletic, but stopped doing sport after leaving school. I missed sport, but various injuries, slugishness, lethargy etc. always seemed to put an end to any attempts I made to rekindle my sporting side.
So I was plodding along happy enough but with constant life long IBS, general malaise, occasional depression and bad skin. I flirted with being wheat free in my early 20s and while it made me feel amazing, I found it hard to keep doing it, especially without guidance.
Then I hit my 30s. And I looked in the mirror and realised I'd put on a fair bit of weight. The scales confirmed it - I was the heaviest I'd ever been. I had been a pretty constant "just under 11 stone" my whole adult life, but now I was 11 and a half, and I could see it. Cellulite had always been an issue for me, and now it had started to appear on the front of my thighs, which looked bad. I realised that being in my 30s, it was now or never. I could take control and get in the best shape ever, or sit back and wait to get old. I went for the first option :-)
So, I started working out. I went 4 or 5 times a week, lifting weights, not really knowing what I was doing, but getting into it. I started cutting out wheat and eating lots of fresh meat and veg and fish. I booked myself a 10 session intensive personal training course, which came with an assessment and a diet plan; and that's when I first heard "paleo".
Straight away I was hooked. As a skeptic, the science made sense to me, it sounded healthy and good. The diet plan I was given by my trainer was dull as dishwater, so I did some research, visited some sites and made my own paleo plan. I got really into it. And I got a proper training plan, involving free weights, bike sprint intervals, planking, step ups (I had bad knees that wouldn't let me squat without collapsing) and I worked really hard at it.
And it worked. Really worked. The weight fell off me, I was eating really well, feeling amazing and getting MUSCLES that I'd never imagined. My upper body came along quick, my lower half is still a work in progress, but is 100% better than it was 3 months ago already. In the 4 weeks of eating paleo and doing my personal training, I lost a stone in fat, gained muscle and lost 3 and a half inches from my waist and thighs. My body fat % went from 26% to 19% in a month. And I felt incredible.
Since then, I've carried on eating paleo, loving it and eating well. I've experimented with baking with coconut flour and succeeded and I've continued to work out regularly. I'm now down to 10 stone and my body fat % continues to drop. I'm 31 years old and feel younger, fitter and sexier than I have done since I was a teenager.
So anyway, the evidence is below! Starts with a "before" picture (if they're in the right order?!) Hope you like the progress. Looking forward to gaining more muscle now and getting in even better, stronger shape.