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Thread: Tell me about any other obese, middle-aged women who are addressing issues w/ Primal

  1. #1
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    Nov 2010
    Rochester, NY

    Tell me about any other obese, middle-aged women who are addressing issues w/ Primal

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    From the web scouring I've done, it seems Primal and paleo approaches to life mostly are adopted by young, already fit men and women who want to get a competitive edge and bragging rights when it comes to being "elite."

    Then there are the middle-aged ex-athletes (male) who want to regain some of their former glory.

    Then there are younger men and women who have genuine weight and health issues.

    I have yet to see anything significant regarding obese, middle-aged women who are in terrible physical condition thanks to CW brainwashing from the diet and exercise industry and well-meaning doctors.

    Some health issues cross age and gender boundaries, as do solutions. And I am so grateful that the Primal approach, emphasizing macromanagement, not micromanagement, of health has given me tools to begin addressing my health issues.

    As a result of ditching bread and sugar and ramping into exercise with wall pushups, I have lost sixteen pounds since November 3, and I could be imagining it, but my prominent gut is less so.

    The main thing is that it has been pretty much the no-brainer CW says is impossible, and I have stopped being paranoid about food.

    Still, as a 57-year-old woman, as someone who has always been a geek and not an athlete, and as someone who will not be jumping off small cliffs anytime soon, I need to know that there are others like me who are benefiting from the Primal approach.

    Anecdotal information, scientific studies involving older women, anything would be useful.


  2. #2
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    Oct 2010
    Well, I'm a 45 year old female, not obese, but I've been doing the PB since last July and seeing great (albeit sloooooowwwww LOL) results. There are a load of forties and up women here

  3. #3
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    Sep 2010
    Redmond WA
    I'm 47 female, not obese, doing PB since July with immediate and permanent success. I've always been more geek than athlete, and am unlikely to immerse myself in rock-throwing, spear-throwing, etc. However...I'm no longer willing to rule it out I've tried all kinds of things since last July that I used to only contemplate with the prefix "I would never...."

    Zone diet on and off for several years....worked, but too much focus on exact meal composition
    Primal since July 2010...skinniest I've ever been and the least stressed about food

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    50, female, been through menopause, all that. Have always been "outdoorsy", and what others call "athletic", although not competitively so. Never been obese, never experienced any of the more common health problems I see in many women my age, such as diabetes, thyroid disorders, fibromyalgia; or even the menopause-related difficulties such as hot flashes. Pre-menopause, I did struggle with endometriosis, and never did quite figure out how to get the hormone balance right to combat that. So that one's still a mystery, and probably always will be.

    Been officially "primal" for several months; but was "near primal" even before that, just by lifestyle. I already ate high-protein, organic, home-grown or locally-grown. Just figured out a long time ago food like that tastes better in my mouth and feels better in my body. And call me paranoid, but I just did not trust what other people (corporations) were wanting me to put in my body. I was a "Food, Inc." believer before there was a "Food, Inc." expose. I've been kind of a tomboy all my life, so I already exercised and played in the manner that is advocated in The PB. Was already a "morning person" - that's the farm girl in me... up at dawn without an alarm clock, all my life. Lucky me.

    Therefore, I cannot give you any grand "life-altering" stories, because I didn't alter my life all that much to go Primal. Mostly, just went ahead and gave up the last of grains/breads, which I had already cut way down on, simply by preference. Haven't totally given up alcohol or some legumes, but have cut both down. I am 5'10", weigh about 150 (don't know for sure), and carry about 20% body fat (again, don't know for sure). Size 6 fits me very comfortably, some size 4 (when I can find it for my height) fits snug. I can drop and give you 50 push-ups (on my toes, not knees), and I'm good for exactly two pull-ups, and not trying to increase that number.

    What I can tell you is that living this way (or mostly this way) for all my life has made a huge difference between me and my cohort population. When I look around at other women my age, many of them are waddling through Hobby Lobby, huffing and puffing, and collecting little scrapbooking tidbits to glue onto pages because with their health they cannot do anything any more fun or exciting than that. No offense to any scrapbook aficionados here, but to me, cutting and gluing went out with kindergarten, and who wouldn't rather grab a tennis racket and go smack some balls around in the nice warm sun? Or run on the beach? Or ski down a challenging slope? Or hike the Pacific Crest? Or fly to Mykonos without spilling over into someone else's airplane seat?

    I am not healthy and fit so that I can run marathons or jump off high cliffs into the surf. I am healthy and fit so I can run and jump whenever and wherever I feel like it.

    I figured out a long time ago that you only get one body to live this life in. That's it. Just the one. So, a lot of people think I am built this way "just naturally", and "without effort". They are right. But not in the way that they think.

  5. #5
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    Oct 2009
    Hi Edith-
    I'm not 'middle-age' either--I'm OLD! A 69-year-old female, no longer obese, who ascribes to primal. I began my weight-loss journey several years ago with a generic low-carb eating plan and starting at my all-time high of 340 lbs (all my adult life, I was between 270 and 300). Besides being post-menopausal, I'm hypothyroid, so the loss has been slow over several years, but I'm now 159 (planning to maintain at 155).

    When I heard of primal, I'd already eliminated all grains and dairy, and the old change I made was to substitute organic almond butter for my organic peanut butter. In terms of exercise, I've been a (very slow) lap swimmer for the past 35 years, and that (and low carb) has helped me get off all meds for my severe osteoarthritis. I recently began doing strength work (on the machines at my health club), and I'm becoming addicted to that. I have muscle definition for the first time in my life!

    Coming from a generation in which athletics was not stressed for women and working out was unheard of, I never exercised until I was 35. But right now I feel the best I ever have--better than 35. So I'd advise you to stick with this!

  6. #6
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    Oct 2010
    I'm not middle aged 37 - but I'm on the over weight side for my height 5'3", especially after 2 pregnancies. Though I'm one of those women who gains muscle rather quickly. When I swam competitively in collage I bulked up to a lean 165lbs and my natural weight when everything is in balance is somewhere btwn 135-150lbs. At my leanest I probably was a size 4-6 and that was about 13yrs ago I don't know what I weighed then - I started gaining weight/loosing muscle when I switched to a Vegetarian diet around that time, trying to be "Healthy" following CW. for the past 10 yrs I've been on-off WW, and went from a Lean 145lb w/a good amt of muscle to a rolly-polly 165 and continued to gain weight after 2 successive pregnancies. after my last pregnancy - Started P90X and using CW eating habits I lost 13lbs (took me 6mths to loose those 13lbs) ... in Nov 2010 I moved to a primal WOL - and dropped 10lbs in 2mths, eating more and exercising less. I'm now down to my pre-pregnancy weight before my 2nd pregnancy of 175... and hoping to be down another 10lbs in the next month or 2 - then I'll be at my pre-pregnancy weight b4 my 1st pregnancy. I'd really like to get down to 135 - but I'd take 140 if that's where my body needs to be.... I'm looking to increase my muscle mass and strength. I'm doing a modified P90X (keeping the weight/strength days to under 30mins) and walking a lot w/both kids in tow when the weather is nice.
    I eat about 60% fat, 30% protein and 10% carbs. I average btwn 50-100g carbs/day. I do follow the 80/20 rule and don't beat myself up if I feel like I need some carbs - or if I want a cheat like pizza.

    this is a lifestyle change - so the fat may not fall off in a blink of an eye - but I'll take slow and steady to burn away the belly fat and keep it off. I want to get lean, buff, sexy and strong all at once - I want to keep up w/DH and my kids as they grow up.

  7. #7
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    Mar 2010
    Edith, I'm a 54 woman with cerebral palsy, hypothyroidism, and bone on bone osteoarthritis in my CP affected left knee. I also have a strong family history of obesity and diabetes.

    January 1,2009 I weighed almost 200 lbs. I'm 5'5.5" tall. My total cholesterol was 217, DLDL- 129, HDL-48, Triglycerides 148, Fasting glucose 98, fasting insulin-8, HbA1c 4.9. Exercise was impossible. I was tired all the time and the pain from arthritis was managed with prescription drugs.

    January 1, 2011 I weigh 65+pounds less. My total cholesterol is 159, DLDL-65, HDL-76, triglycerides-77, fasting glucose-80, fasting insulin- <2, HbA1c 4.7. While, like you, I will never be jumping off cliffs, I did do the equivalent of a half marathon on the treadmill in November. I've not taken prescription pain meds in well over a year.

    Having CP complicates the "lifting heavy things" part of PB.I have, however, found ways that work for me.

  8. #8
    Join Date
    Mar 2010
    There are lots of us 50's & 60's + gals on this site. You can also find more info in the "Groups" area. I don't think people go there as often as the forum though. There is an "Elders" group and 'Womens" group. The common theme is definitely that we have a bit harder time losing the pounds but we struggle on. I lost 20 pounds, right off, the first few months but then stagnated but I feel sooooooo much better I don't care how long the weight loss takes. I have stopped weighing myself entirely so I don't continue to beat myself up.

    I have more energy and my arthritus is gone. My cholesterol went down 45 points the first couple of months as well as all the other inflammatory indicators. There are more things than weight to worry about.
    I look forward to hearing about your progress.

  9. #9
    Join Date
    Dec 2010
    New Jersey
    Hi Edith,
    I just turned 60 and started PB about 3 weeks ago, at the suggestion of my oldest son, who has been bowled over by how much better he feels since he's changed his eating habits.
    I was always pretty thin (5'2" and 110ish lbs) until I was diagnosed with Celiac disease about 12 yrs ago. I was never an exerciser, as girls didn't do that stuff when I was growing up and honestly, I pretty much hated everything I tried. But the weight started piling on after the diagnosis, and it felt like I could never quite get satisfied with what I was eating. I ate tons of grains, gluten free pasta, bread, etc, thinking that these would fill me up. I dabbled with being a vegetarian for a few years......that tasted great to me but talk about never feeling sated! And even after I totally gave up wheat, rye, oats and barley, my digestion still seemed kind of "off". Oftentimes I would get really bloated with tons of gas and discomfort, or diarrhea for no apparent reason. For a long time I thought that was just normal! I talked to my GI celiac specialist about it and he told me that he thought it was probably due to cross contamination in my house. After realizing that I was never going to get my husband and 2 kids still at home to be extra careful about crumbs I put my foot down and decided that my kitchen was going to be GF. If they wanted bagels, cereal, sandwiches, etc., they could have them either outside the house or downstairs in the basement where there is a small refrigerator, sink, etc. After 6 mos of a GF kitchen, my digestive system was no better! When my oldest son told me about paleo and grainless diets, I jumped onboard pretty quick. After the first few days I noticed a huge difference in my gut.

    In all honesty, I haven't weighed myself since I started and only have a vague idea of
    what the scale might be, but I get so scale crazy that I'm trying to do without it now.
    But I do need to lose probably 20ish pounds. ( I'm quite pissed at myself that I
    managed to lose 25 lbs last year on WW in time for my sons wedding, only to gain it all
    back again) I decided though that I was going
    to start PB with the goal of eating healthy and feeling better. When I get those both
    under control the plan is to start a very easy exercise routine and start monitoring
    calories/carbs more closely to lose the weight.

    So yes, there are more of us around here. And we may not have the same goals as 30 yr olds, but they are just as important to us and we deserve to try and improve our lives just as much as they do, regardless of our age. I don't want to turn into one of those crabby, everything aches old lady! It's never too late...........

  10. #10
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    May 2010
    Pacific Northwest USA
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    Entwyf, Here's a little middle-aged female success story for you: My third chin is gone and my second one is shrinking!

    Fifty-eight here and have a litany of chronic health issues I'd just rather not recite (the so-called "The Organ Recital"). Had given up most grains, soy, corn, processed foods, artificial colors and flavors before getting more serious and joining in here last Spring. I've found that cutting out all grains and sugars makes me feel much better. Eating more good quality protein makes me feel better. And keeping carbs below 100 grams has been amazingly helpful for my chronic migraines. I still have a hard time eating as much meat as I need to to make primal work; and I'm still conflicted about dairy. (Probably those last two are cause and effect.)

    Right now I need to get my activity level back up, but I'm getting over the flu. One foot in front of the other!

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