Welcome! You are doing great already!
I've come to primal living via a few paths. Family will tell you that philosophically, I have been aligned with the lifestyle and have been for years. Living it, however, has been less than successful.
At the beginning of April it just kind of clicked: I'm a middle-aged man whose government labels him obese. I had never dieted nor tried to lose weight. My once fairly active life had become rather sedentary. My wife put me in touch with her trainer. I began working out twice a week and counting calories. As a school teacher, I upped that to thrice a week for the summer. From mid-April to the beginning of August I had lost 45 pounds. My once bulging gut had then shrunk enough that I considered my body shape in the normal range.
Sensing I was going to give up my trainer due to the financial burden, I began researching weight training routines for me to complete at the public gym. That brought me to another site. There there is a large population who keep paleo. I tried it, lost 10 pounds immediately. I also lost all strength and I was miserable. After a week to 10 days, I bailed.
But I kept reading. After a vacation, I returned. I realized I wasn't eating enough. Again, I lost 10 pounds immediately. The weight is now holding steady. I keep thinking I am not working out enough, but that probably isn't it.
I am pretty good keeping primal. I haven't addressed the Diet Coke yet. I picked up some dried fruit and was surprised to see there was sugar added there. Sigh . . .
I eat too many nuts. Almonds and cashew butter I think are too much for my weight loss. I also seem, which seems to rival what little I have picked up here so far, to have gains when I consume bacon. When I don't, I drop the pound or two I pick up when I eat it. Odd. I like bacon, but it isn't cooperating with me.
At this point, I think I just need to purify my diet. It was easy shunning the breads et al. Alcohol isn't a problem as I am not a big drinker to begin with. Even granola bars etc. have been fairly easy to avoid. I don't see the leaning I expected to see.
I definitely have more energy than I have in a long time. Down more than 60 pounds to date, I look and feel better than I have in almost 20 years. I feel, however, that I am plateauing at this point. I need another surge. The 30-day challenge is right for this.
FWIW, I commit to completing a WOW every Wednesday. My schedule is so packed presently that I don't know how much I can (or want to) change things around. Presently, doing heavy lifting workouts thrice a week. Been trying to find a day to swim, but haven't as of yet. I am pretty certain I can get the WOW in on Hump Day though.
Looking forward to this. Thanks for a great community; I'll need all the support I can get.
Last edited by RDOwens; 09-12-2011 at 08:10 PM. Reason: Changed title preposition
Welcome! You are doing great already!
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Wow you have done awesome, 60 pounds is no easy feat! By how much are you still overweight? The Leptin-reset might help if you have stalled. It really helps in terms of cleaning up the hormones and the fat burning working properly.
Thank you for the kind words.
I have no idea how much overweight I am at this point. I am less concerned with the number and more concerned with how I look. I still have flab in the middle, although the government no longer considers me obese. Realistically, 20-25 pounds is probably right, but if I lost none and just leaned out, I would be fine. Seriously!
I am not too far off this Leptin-reset, if I understand it correctly.