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    Pinch me..this must be a dream

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    I'm in my early 40s (female) and for the past few years I've struggled with slow weight gain (that I just couldn't lose despite running) and just feeling crappy overall. Got my thyroid checked, was told it was normal and that the weight was "just my getting older." Sheesh, doc...thanks. All I wanted to do was figure out why I couldn't lose the stubborn extra 25 lbs I've been stockpiling over the years despite eating healthily and exercising.

    A few years ago, because cause my body felt crappy then too (would wake up sore like I'd been held down all night), I visited a naturopath who identified sensitivities to dairy (I love yogurt!), potatoes, wheat...and the list went on. I changed my diet but couldn't walk away from the dairy. I did feel better but eventually went back to eating regularly.

    I stumbled across Mark's great website three weeks ago and decided it was finally time to make some permanent changes and see for myself exactly what foods might be affecting me negatively. In other words, an elimination diet of sorts.

    All I can say is that these three weeks have been absolutely unbelievable! So unbelievable that I'm waiting for the other shoe to drop. Surely I'm not supposed to be feeling this good so soon?!

    My energy levels are through the roof, my mind is so clear, I seem to be in a constant state of zen, I'm not starving (and sometimes not even really hungry), didn't get headaches or feel sluggish and don't miss the dairy as much as I thought I would. And grains...not missing them either.

    Am I 100% paleo, no but very close. I like walking and do yoga and pilates a few mornings a week. I have not run since I did a half marathon earlier this summer.

    Although I do pop onto the scale to see what the numbers are saying (I've only dropped 3-4 pounds so far according to it), it's the shape-shifting progress that is really amazing me. My stubborn hips and thighs are disappearing and I have been able to wear clothing I tucked away two or more years ago hoping that some day I could lose the weight...and it's loose. I can't tell you how uplifting this is. I can't remember a time when I felt this good overall, and the more I think about it....probably never.

    When I set out on this journey a few weeks ago, I intended to give my body a break and then reintroduce foods one at a time to see what caused the trouble. Well, my plans have now changed. First, I don't feel that the potential yuckiness is worth it now and second, this lifestyle can easily be maintained so why would I risk the set-backs.

    Thank you Mark (and others) for the inspiration and the wealth of information that I was meant to find.

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    Way to go!!! This is awesome!!!! I too have stubborn weight gain that has been attributed to "peri-menopause". I've seen an endocrinologist done all the tests, no amount of working out or cutting back food helped. So far (day 4) I am down 3 lbs and I can feel a difference in how my clothes fit. Still suffering a bit of the carb withdrawals, but looking forward to feeling the energy and clear head!!!

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    it only gets better! keep pushing! soon you wont wanna eat any other way!
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    Yaaay! Health improvement successes are my fav And remember that for many people, a little bit of dairy is ok, especially if its good, high fat yogurt. I dont lose weight as fast as Id like when I have dairy, but besides that it doesnt give me problems. As a matter of fact, I *just* had a small bowl of plain greek yogurt sprinkled with berries and some raw-vegan granola. I swear it tasted more awesome than dessert; not that it was super sweet (it wasnt) but my body can like feel how packed with nutrients it was.
    "Since going primal, I've found that there are very few problems that cannot be solved with butter and/or bacon fat."

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    Amazing, I felt the same way when I started going primal/paleo. I didn't think I could ever feel this good and I just wish I had found this earlier. Way to go!

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    awesome!
    I'm too stubborn to give up so I keep on trying.

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    It is SOOO cool, isn't it?

    I eased in over the course of a week or so. Began with leaving the bread/breading off foods, ignoring the gallon of milk in the fridge, cleaning the cupboards out, hiding the sugar canister (had to keep it, have 2 sons that would gripe if we had NONE in the house), buying olive and coconut oils...and was totally amazed how much better I felt after a week. Lack of hunger pangs and the total loss of any desire for sweet, bread-y things was a complete first for me!
    Started 7/5/11 at 274 lbs
    Now 214 -- that's 60 lbs!
    Goal 160 lbs -- last time there was in junior high!


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    Quote Originally Posted by CattyB View Post
    It is SOOO cool, isn't it?

    I eased in over the course of a week or so. Began with leaving the bread/breading off foods, ignoring the gallon of milk in the fridge, cleaning the cupboards out, hiding the sugar canister (had to keep it, have 2 sons that would gripe if we had NONE in the house), buying olive and coconut oils...and was totally amazed how much better I felt after a week. Lack of hunger pangs and the total loss of any desire for sweet, bread-y things was a complete first for me!
    I picked up some evaporated cane juice and some coconut sugar at the natural foods store this week. Tasty!! We are never going back to white sugar after finding these!

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    fantastic! it is amazing just how many benefits there are to eating primal. congrats!

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    I've been Primal for almost three weeks now and have to say the biggest benefit for me has just been the sense of wellbeing. I've dropped about 13 pounds so far, after dropping 40 pounds doing a modified Atkins kind of thing. Last year at this time I was 288, now down to 238. My ultimate goal is around 205, but honestly I really just want to feel comfortable with my shirt off and I won't really care about the weight.

    I'm pretty tall, 6'2" and have always carried my weight pretty well. I even finished the Portland Marathon a few years ago in the Clydesdale category at almost 290, so I think a goal weight of 205 would have me looking pretty ripped, especially for a forty something dude.

    Keep up the good work, I'm enjoying your posts.
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