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    Helloooo everyone,

    I think this thread is a great idea. I'm new to PB and it's wonderful to read a tread just for us ladies

    Growing up, I was always a solid girl. My mum always had my brothers and I playing all kinds of sports growing up, football, swimming, netball, basketball, soccer. You name I played them all. Even being super fit as a teenager, I was still solid, maybe more muscle but still, I was a lot bigger then my friends. We didn't have the best eating habits as kids. Becase we trained so much, we pretty much ate what we liked so in turn these bad eating habits transferred into adult life. When I stopped training my weight ballooned to 90kg! (198lbs!). So I tried all the CW approaches and only managed to lose a couple of lbs.
    In Oct 2010 I decided to take control of my life. I was 28, 5'3" and I weighed in at 85kgs (187lbs). So I watched what I ate and took up swimming again (I was a competitive swimmer in my teenage yrs). Found gym and would run 5km (3miles) in the morning and swim 5km in the evening and not consciously cut out breads and sugars, but I did. I lived on protein and felt great! I felt and was the fittest I had ever been. I even met my wonderful fiance. Life was (and is) perfect! Then, I found out I had glandular fever and my doctor told me to slow down for fear of my GF turning into chronic fatigue. So my 6 day a week training schedule turned into zero! My high protein diet turned back into a high carb/ sugar diet and so of course a couple of pounds crept back on... 12kgs actually... that's 26LBS!!! OMG!! How did this happen?? I worked so hard to get the original 40lbs off and now I have let more then half to creep back on. A friend of ours put me onto this site and I'm truly grateful. I have finally found the information that explains why my body reacts the way it does to complex carbs and sugars. I can't wait to gain my healthy body again!
    Thanks for taking the time to read my story. ;D
    I thoroughly enjoy reading all yours.

    Keep up the great work!

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    Quote Originally Posted by KerryK View Post
    Yup. I'm still a newbie, though. I started early March and lost 29 lbs in one month (inflammation / water weight). Then I lost about 4-5 more pounds and had a Crohn's flare which scared the primal outta me. I could only manage yogurt and white rice and milk & stuff. I figured perhaps toxins affected me when I began losing the actual fat as opposed to the water weight. Who knows. I'd gone off allergy meds, inhalers, and had been doing great. Then came the 6 week slow slide back to semi-sad semi primal. I gained only 3 lbs but the aches, the asthma, the sinus, the allergies crept back too. I don't know why, I just watched myself erase so much of that wonderful progress.

    Every day I tried to get back but it took a while before I pulled my primal socks up and am now, finally, doing great again. I've lost about 6 lbs in 4 days and no more allergies or asthma. Whew!

    I will say that I think I re-gained so little because that was a weight I was at for a good 8 or 9 years, so it's a set point for me. I'm thrilled to be back on the road to health & weight loss.

    So don't be discouraged! Now I tightly plan my week's food, sleep, & exercise, but once morning comes around I feel it's a battle between the healthy me and the unhealthy one. That's a battle in my mind I have to take one day at a time.

    Make sure you stay away from your triggers. Since I cook & shop for a SAD Dad, husband, and son (who all eat different things) it can be tough. If you need a pep talk, or sympathetic 'ear' email me or post here... you CAN do it! Just one day at a time. And you'll feel better and better!
    Kerry thank you so much!!!

    Your experience is pretty amazing - to lose that much due due to water and inflammation - WOW! It's encouraging to read that others struggle to. I seriously regret the day I ever turned to junk/bread to comfort me. It's true, all that stuff is like crack! I very well may take you up on messaging you. Getting back in to the groove is being difficult but I really need to do it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Carlyhas View Post
    Growing up, I was always a solid girl.
    I was, too. And I also find that eating lots of protein suits me really well. I feel my best and it makes me more muscular and gives me a flatter stomach. I've come to terms now with my solid body. There is still some shame in my exercise class where I'm the beefiest lady with the biggest legs but this is what I've got and it all works.
    Female, 5'3", 49, Starting weight: 163lbs. Current weight: 135 (more or less).
    Starting squat: 45lbs. Highest squat: 167.5 x 2. Current Deadlift: 190 x 3

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    Quote Originally Posted by sbhikes View Post
    I was, too. And I also find that eating lots of protein suits me really well. I feel my best and it makes me more muscular and gives me a flatter stomach. I've come to terms now with my solid body. There is still some shame in my exercise class where I'm the beefiest lady with the biggest legs but this is what I've got and it all works.
    Amen. I am one of those too- with a big frame, to boot. I vividly remember Grandma poking my mighty leg one summer as a kid wearing shorts, and saying: "You're solid. That stuff is never gonna come off." (Of course, as an adult, I look at her and realize: she would know- hers were the same way.) The payoff is that exercise and protein consumption seems to have a major effect on body comp for me too. The downside is that I will always have to tell people a weight that makes their eyebrows shoot up. But I have decided I am going to be cool with that, too.
    With Mark's help, I've conquered depression, acne, rosacea, scale obsession, migraines, and lethargy. Who knows what tomorrow will bring?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lady Grok View Post
    The downside is that I will always have to tell people a weight that makes their eyebrows shoot up.
    Me too! Or rather, I have to listen to my boyfriend tell me a weight that make my eyebrows shoot up. He weighs about 10lbs more than me but he's 6 inches taller than me and has a bit of a belly. He's tiny boned. I am shocked by how little he weighs.
    Female, 5'3", 49, Starting weight: 163lbs. Current weight: 135 (more or less).
    Starting squat: 45lbs. Highest squat: 167.5 x 2. Current Deadlift: 190 x 3

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    Hah. Speaking of solid girls -- I went to try on some dresses yesterday, and couldn't help but feel like some of them made me look like a linebacker in drag.

    Delicate I have never been. I lift heavy weights and hike -- slowly, but methodically. At points in my life, I have lamented that I wasn't the long and lanky type who could run for miles, but nowadays I'm happy being able to squat under a heavy bar.

    I remember during Crossfit there was a lady there who could bang out sit-ups and runs like it ain't no thang. We had a day of deadlifts and every time I went up to the bar, I threw on another ten pounds. She got up to...I want to say 35. I forget what my max was, but it was at least body weight and then some. She was in awe of me. Funny to have her be impressed by my ability to lift heavy, when I had always been so impressed by her ability to jog and crunch!

    (And I am still, honestly, impressed by anyone who can do half- or full-marathons. It really isn't for me and my joints, but my hat's off to you. If you need me, I'll be in the gym, grunting under a barbell.)

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    I like that term, "solid". When you are tall (I'm 5'10") and then you pack on some extra pounds, you can really get that linebacker look going on. I've still got strong solid legs but I was very glad to lose the extra around my shoulders, arms, bra strap area.

    I did so much heavy lifting back in my 20's (was actually into bodybuilding for a while. It wa sthe 80s. What can I say?) I prefer the long and slow movements like walking or else the flat out sprints these days.

    The tummy bugs are in retreat today. The antibiotic bomb seems to have done it. I still have no appetite but I've eaten some yogurt and a kombucha for the probiotics. I think I'll wait until tomorrow for more solid food. Ease into it.
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    It's nice to find ladies who have/ are dealing with exactly the same health issues

    My biggest gripe has always been, "Oh your born solid, your family are all big so you will always have an uphill battle. It's in your genes. Why make yourself miserable?"
    What a cop out. My brothers were all big as well. My middle brother has proved them all wrong and should be the poster boy for mens health. He worked hard and focused and is now one of the fittest men I know. He now serves in the Australian Army and I am extremely proud of him for what he has achieved. I hope to achieve the same results he has one day.

    Ladies we may still have wiggly bits here and there, but, at least we are doing something about it. They will go eventually, at least we can be proud of ourselves for wanting to achieve better health and to feeling better in ourselves.

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    There's absolutely nothing wrong with being "solid". Having big bones and muscles is perfectly healthy and can be very pleasing to the eye too. It's layering on slabs of fat on top of them that is the problem.

    I'm on the solid side myself, with a medium frame and very round muscles. I would have made a good weight-lifter. I have no intention of reaching my "ideal" weight, because that would probably be quite unhealthy for me. But I will probably have to get right down to my goal weight to be able to wear boots with a normal width shaft, because of the heavy muscles in my legs. And yet my husband has been singing the praises of my legs ever since we first became a couple. They don't have to be stick thin to look good. Or to be healthy. I made my peace with my "solidity" years ago.

    Along those lines, I saw pictures from last year's Miss Italia contest. Sophia Loren was a guest. She looked absolutely stunning. The contestants looked like dry sticks. I would rather look like Sophia.
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    I saw a commercial for some dresses the other day. If that's the fashion right now, no thanks. I'll wait a few years. Even the nicest figure is going to look like a linebacker in one of those gunnysacks.
    Female, 5'3", 49, Starting weight: 163lbs. Current weight: 135 (more or less).
    Starting squat: 45lbs. Highest squat: 167.5 x 2. Current Deadlift: 190 x 3

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