Pedidoc! Welcome to the thread. Looks like you and I have some things in common - I too am 51, 5' 3" and just passing through the Big M. I'm currently at 188 - goal is 140, and then I'll re-evaluate.
I'm wondering if your taking enough vit. D3 - I was told by my doc to take 2000 units a day, then my labs showed I was very low so she upped it to 4000 units. I also take a very high B complex supplement. I have fibromyalgia, so that attributes to my fatigue - but the supplements make a big difference as long as I remember to be vigilent in taken them.
I'm a tracker - down to the last bite of dark chocolate. Its the only way I can be sure I'm on track and not going over calories. Primal eating is not about counting calories - for someone who doesn't need to lose weight - but for the those of us who do - calories matter. It still comes down to energy in vs. energy out. We can be eating all the right things, but eating more than we can burn and that means we won't lose an ounce. I'm also looking forward to not having to track - but until I'm at my goal I will continue.
As for exercise - do some reading on Marks advice for how and when to move "primally". You really don't have to go to a gym or have any fancy equipment at home. Lunges, squats, push-ups (girly ones are A ok!) and find something heavy to lift or move once a week and you've got it down. PLAY time is important - do things you enjoy and do them often! My husband and I recently took up biking. I hadn't been able to bike for 10 years due to the fibromyalgia pain and fatigue - but changing my diet to the primal foods, and eliminating the inflamatory foods has changed all that. As a child I always felt such freedom on a bicycle! I still feel the joy and freedom and getting on my bike and just GOING!! Its FUN! Its exercise - and its play! We are also taking up some short (4 mile) day hikes. Weather is a factor of course - we live in Oregon - but spring is coming! And we have our books on hiking trails on the coffee table!
I have decided to ignore most if not all of the advice on MDA from the male population - as it rarely works the same for us - hence the reason for starting this threat. I had done the macronutrient balance thing that most guys say works for them - 50% protein, 30% fat and 20% carbs. I didn't lose a pound in months! I read a post by Pebbles67 where she balances her grams - so I decided to give it a try. 80 grams protein, 80 grams fat, and 80 grams carbs. With total calories being 1360. Mind you, that is the GOAL - and so for the past week I've tried to stay as close as possible to that balance. Results? I've lost 5 pounds this week! (thanks, Pebbles67 for the tip!!!!) To translate that into calories it would be 360 protein, 360 carbs and 720 fat. To be honest I don't think in the past week I have hit that much fat - and I mostly go over a bit on the protein. But the carbs I'm pretty careful about staying within my limits. I WAS eating bacon and eggs for breakfast EVERYDAY - and I've cut out that. Just too much fat I think. Nuts are limited to only 1 oz and not every day.
It takes a while to find your "sweet spot" for losing. I'm hoping I've found mine - but if I find this isn't working then I'll continue to tweak until I find the right combination. I was hoping to get to goal by my birthday in July..... but I don't think thats going to happen now. I still have 48 pounds to go - and only 16 weeks left. But I will be closer than I am now and thats a good thing!
Stay the course - and let us all help you with the journey! Welcome aboard!
Thanks Tomi! I will look at increasing my vitamin D3. I will try the 80-80-80 plan and start moving. I'm in Texas, so think hot humid yuck outside. I used to love riding bikes when I lived up north, but not so much now. I started at 198, am now 166, and would like to hit the 140s. I've gone from a size 16-18 to a loose 12, tight 10. I think it will help to have cyber buddies to help me stay on track.
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I no longer believe the story of calories in, calories out except when one totally over does it. I do believe that my years of starvation in an attempt to stop the weight gain - around the 1400 calories or less - did me a whole lot of damage that has taken years to repair.
I used to have ME/CFS/fibromyalgia and at one stage was the worst case my specialist had seen. I finally managed to get someone to prescribe me some natural thyroid and that made an immediate and huge difference despite all doctors insisting that I didn't meet the TSH requirements. I now prefer Ecothyroid to Armour and it comes with the great benefit of not requiring a prescription. With it I don't put on weight with the higher caloric intake, I have developed a level of fitness which means that I can hold my own in karate class with most of the much younger students. I am no longer coping with being very cold all the time, my pain levels are normal and my terrible fatigue levels are a thing of the past. And my weight is dropping - even if much more slowly than I would like.
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