JoanieL your story was awesome, made me laugh. You have a way with words.
I was struggling with my weight and trying to run it off. I had hiked the PCT and it took me a year for my appetite to subside enough to where I could run without going crazy hungry but the weight wasn't coming off so I was unhappy and struggling to keep my calories under control with dry salads, lean chicken breast, starvation rations. Why didn't it lead to weight loss?
All these guys on the Barefoot Ted Huarache google group were into paleo. They are an extremely angry, rude and annoying bunch so they were not able to convince me that eating bowls of tallow and cracklin's was anything other than disgusting and ready-made for turning you into an asshole. So I unsubscribed from the group after I got afraid one of the guys might actually stalk my address and kill me or something. They were that insane over there. Definitely a turn-off to paleo.
Then I saw Dr. Andreas Eenfeldt's video about LCHF. It made so much sense and he was a nice, gentle man, not an asshole. And not an asshole like Robb Wolff came across to me, or a diet book huckster like Mark came across to me. Plus I could eat tasty food like butter, cream, cheese and salmon. Not just meat and cracklin's, ew how gross. One day of cheese, butter and cream and my insane, out-of-control appetite was completely evaporated. I was sold. I lost weight even without doing any running.
I have not lost as much weight as either I thought or had hoped, though. I thought I had lost 30lbs but really I've lost only 20. I think I will always retain a generous layer of fat. I'm now working on strength. Oddly it seems to make the layer of fat I have inconsequential to my self acceptance and self assurance. Yay for weight lifting!
Female, 5'3", 49, Starting weight: 163lbs. Current weight: 135 (more or less).
Starting squat: 45lbs. Heaviest squat: 180 x 2. Heaviest Deadlift: 230 x 2