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.