January 04 2013

Flab to Fab in 7 Easy Months

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It’s Friday, everyone! And that means another Primal Blueprint Real Life Story from a Mark’s Daily Apple reader. If you have your own success story and would like to share it with me and the Mark’s Daily Apple community please contact me here. I’ll continue to publish these each Friday as long as they keep coming in. Thank you for reading!

P.S. This story was titled by the author of the story, Erin.

Dear Mark,

I am so excited to have a story I feel is worth submitting to the Primal Blueprint Real Life Stories. It’s certainly not anything I imagined at the beginning of this journey.

My story began like so many of the other stories I’ve read on Mark’s Daily Apple. Although I was very skinny in my younger years, sometime around puberty I started to pick up “baby fat” even though I’d had none previously. Through college my weight would fluctuate up and down. One year I’d be a size 6, and the next a 10. My eating habits, like most college students, were awful, but I walked almost everywhere I went, and my job working with children kept me on my feet all day, so I always stayed in an “average” range.

In my early 20s, when I stopped living within a mile radius of everywhere important I had to be and started working a job that involved a lot more sitting, I noticed the weight start to creep on again. However, this time it stayed. I wasn’t happy with this new development, and started to make some changes.

Thus began the vicious cycle of Chronic Cardio and CW diet that would inevitably lead to disappointment and giving up, only to try again 6 months later when my pants didn’t fit. I can remember at one point going to two back to back fitness classes three times a week (one strength and one cardio), and spending 60 grueling minutes on the treadmill or elliptical the other four days. I would go home and eat some low fat, whole grain dinner and count my calories like my life depended on it. However, despite all of this work, I could only take off 5-10 lbs and wasn’t seeing the kind of results that would make my effort feel worth it.

In my mid-20s my doctor did some routine blood work and told me I was hypoglycemic. She recommended I check out an insulin resistance diet and make some changes, since the cycle of hypoglycemia can often lead to diabetes. I started to eat more protein and less carbs (I still held tight to the whole grains, I was a self-proclaimed pasta addict), and did actually lose some weight. But life happened and I quickly fell off the wagon.

Somewhere along the line, I resigned myself to “the way things were” and decided I clearly wasn’t blessed with the genes to obtain the body I wanted. Unfortunately, that resignation, combined with taking on an incredibly stressful and demanding job in the summer of 2011, led to a hefty weight gain.

In the spring of 2012 I attended a dog show (I show Australian Shepherds) and was so excited to have a wonderful weekend full of many wins. Winning dogs means taking win pictures. When I pulled up the website to order my win pictures, though, I was horrified at the me that I saw. I mean, yes I had had to buy a new outfit the week before because my usual skirt and jacket suits didn’t fit anymore, but I wasn’t prepared for the image I saw. It was truly a low point for me to have a visual that, at only 26 years old, I was heavy and out of shape.

Erin - Before Primal

I knew it was time for a radical change, but didn’t know what that was since nothing had ever given me “big” results before. Around that same time, one of my Facebook friends shared an article from Mark’s Daily Apple titled “17 Reasons You’re Not Losing Weight.” I was hooked.

I spent the next week reading through everything on MDA and immediately went out and bought The Primal Blueprint 21-Day Total Body Transformation. I was hesitant to get my hopes up, since I’d only been disappointed in the past, but was shocked to lose 7 lbs in the first two weeks! The poor people around me got really tired of hearing about “Primal” and “Mark says…,” but they were certainly noticing my results.

After a few weeks on the PB diet I noticed I had more energy, slept better, and was just generally a happier person. I walked, a lot, and even got my company to put in a standing desk for me at work. The weight just kept melting off without any kind of effort on my part. For the first time in years I stopped getting that awful low blood sugar feeling if I didn’t eat something every few hours. And the best part is I was never hungry.

A couple months in I added some IF into the mix. I never really planned a fast, but I would wake up and just wouldn’t eat until I was hungry. The fat really started to come off then, and my body was starting to really shape up.

I’ve gotten into boot camp recently, and do it 2-3 times a week for my strength training and play (I genuinely love it). The most amazing thing, to me, is that I can “exercise” just a couple of times a week and get much bigger results than when I used to spend hours in the gym. When your body is doing what it was meant to do, it’s actually not difficult at all!

All in all, I went from a size 12 or 14 (I’m honestly not sure as I stopped keeping track at some point and wore a lot of clothes with “give”) down to a size 4 in about 7 months. I never thought I’d see a 4 again! I’ve lost over 40 pounds, and the fat is still coming off as I continue to work on toning my body up and building some muscle.

I can now go for a run “just for fun” and not be out of breath in a quarter mile. I can have a camera turned on me and not feel instant anxiety. I can skip a meal and not be tired and grumpy because my blood sugar is low. And most of all, I feel great and I look great.

Oh, and those dog show suits… they still don’t fit, but now it’s because they fall off of me.

Erin

Erin - After Primal

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    1. Yay Erin! I’m really really pleased for you. My only small bit of advice is just to make this a lifestyle choice – you’ve not been on “a diet” as so many people would suggest or “another fad”…..you’ve changed yourself to what you should be forever, so don’t let any of those down beat types out there think its anything other than “just the way you are”

      Great stuff.

      Adrian

    2. You look amazing Erin! Thanks for sharing your story and congrats on the amazing transformation.

  1. Great transformation, you are looking great. I am so jealous of your standing desk, I wish I had one. Or even better, one of those treadmill desks.

    1. On December 10th I created a standing desk for myself with a case of printer paper: I carried the whole full case (5000 sheets) from the supply room to my cube and set my monitor on four reams. I used 7 reams for my keyboard (3 on either side in the shape of a V and one going cross-wise to make an A), and 3 on for my wireless mouse. I use the box as my standing work area.

      Testing it out before I made the commitment to buy something! I love it. I got a $15 cushy-pad to stand on (never realized how hard the floors are!), and I have to say, it is completely amazing and I love it!!

      1. Although the construction sounds very Primal, I wanted to share another option 🙂 My employer wouldn’t go for a stand-up desk due to “esthetics,” but they did go for this: http://www.ergodesktop.com/content/kangaroo-0. It gives you the option to sit or stand without any clutter. I’m obsessed with it and many of my co-workers are now requesting one as well.

        Erin – you look fabulous! I grew up with Aussies too – congrats on your success in the ring and in health!

        1. Thanks for posting this link to the ergodesk! This looks like a great option for a budget re-do of the desk and I’ve really been wanting to try a standing workstation!

        2. I just checked the price and, okay, maybe “budget” was not the correct word but maybe my boss will go halfsies on one.

      2. I made my standing desk today! Thanks so much! I’m so thankful not to be sitting all. day. long. at work!!! I still have an area for sitting down to write and talk on the phone so am doing the up and down. You MADE my day!!

        1. Yeah – the ergodesk isn’t “cheap,” but it is in comparison to a brand new desk. Going from sitting to standing literally takes seconds. Not to add to the price, but if you get a wireless keyboard and mouse it really helps to streamline everything 🙂

    2. I want to build a treadmill desk. Build, because I want each of the four corners to move up and down relative to each other every couple minutes at random and I want plenty of physical variation in the belt surface, from simple texture to 2-3 inch tall objects. Basically, I don’t want to walk on the sidewalk all day. I want interesting ground and random topography.

      Typed from my improv standing desk, made from two stacks of books, a 10″ tall locker organizer, and a clipboard. Or by putting the laptop on the shelf built into the desk.

  2. Erin,

    Congratulations are you succes. The look on your face at the end says it all! Keep up the good work.

    Have any of those people who got “tired of hearig about primal and mark” follow your lead after seeing your awesome results?

    1. Thank you! I have actually had several people follow suit when they’ve seen my results. My mother even started incoporating some primal principles recently.

  3. This is a great story, to me at least. Very similar to my history. The weight started slowly accumulating during and after college. I never realized it until I saw a picture of myself from a vacation, and could barely recognize myself. At 26, the person in the picture looked like he was in his 40s. I was in shock. A couple more traumatic events occurred and my journey began. I’ve dropped all the weight, and now at 33 I get mistaken for being college-aged.

    Congratulations Erin, I hope you keep that dog show outfit and laugh at it. I still have the XL shirt I was wearing in my “fat” picture and every now and then I put it on, wrap it around myself and enjoy a good chuckle!!!

    Keep up the great work, you look happy, confident, and fantastic!!!

    -John

    1. What a great idea John! I do sometimes pull out my old clothes and put them. Especially during those moments when my brain forgets how much my body has changed!

  4. LOVE your after photo! You look so confidant and sassy! Keep up the good work lady!

  5. Erin, you look amazing! (Which is so great because you FEEL great, too!)

    Wow, as someone who has also struggled with hypoglycemia this is inspiring–I’m on Day 7 of my transformation today; thanks for the great motivation!

    1. Keep it up Anne! About a month into my Primal transformation I took a work trip with several coworkers to DC. Of course, most of the places they picked to eat had very few Primal options and I ended up doing an uninentional fast one day. After dinner, my coworkers wanted to walk around DC. I’d had a total of about 400 calories that day, and kept waiting for the low blood sugar symptoms to set in… the headache, fatigue, shakes, extreme moodiness, etc. IT NEVER DID! I hiked around DC for hours and wasn’t once tired or even all that hungry. It was wonderful! After that, I knew I would never go back.

      1. First of all, Erin, you are downright hot, girl!..so happy for you. We can see it in your confidence, very cool
        And for all of you out there who have to travel on a regular basis like I do, I have discovered that even if initially the Primal choices are slim, restaurants will do almost anything if you just ask! This is not new and they are getting used to accommodating no-carb requests and cooking alterations. So yes, maybe grass fed beef may be hard to find but you can always make the next best choice and stay Primal.

        Nice job Erin!

      2. That’s what I LOVE so much about primal/low carb… I’ll be working and running errands and whatever — and suddenly realize it’s 4 p.m. and I haven’t eaten yet, cause I’m NOT hungry! No sense of –I have GOT get get something to eat…. just, oh, well, whenever I get home maybe I’ll make some breakfast…. (you know for dinner! {wink}).
        And, oh yes: You look WONDERFUL!

    2. Hey Anne! I also had hypoglycemia before going Paleo/Primal, and now I have no issues whatsoever. Like others have said, I’ll realize it’s been six hours since I’ve eaten anything and have no lightheadedness or shakiness at all! I’m so glad you’re beginning your transformation, and I can’t wait to see your success story up here (:

      And Erin, you look amazing! Your after picture is incredibly beautiful, and I’m so glad you feel amazing too!

  6. Great dog and great after photo! Congrats! I, too, could never lose more than 5-10 lbs despite exercise and that “healthy” low fat diet.

  7. Congratulations, Erin. I love your “after” pic. You have a Mona Lisa smile, like you know some secret the rest of us don’t, but the secret is really PB!

    Have you gone back to the doctor who told you about being hypoglycemic to tell him about your results?

    1. Thank you Debi! I have been back to my doctor since and she is very impressed with my results. When she asked me what I was doing and I said I’d cut out all grains, she was very accepting of that. Luckily, she’s a pretty open doctor, so as long as I’m healthy and the bloodwork looks good, she won’t question my diet decisions. She is, however, very happy with the weight loss and my new, stable blood sugar!

  8. Erin, you look fantastic! Just wondering… I also have about 40 lbs to lose, and though I’ve been eating primally for more than a year now, the weight is sadly not “melting” off of me.

    Did you aim for a certain calorie goal each day?

    1. You might try keeping track of what you are eating at some place like cronometer.com for a week or two just to see how much you are eating and in what categories you are eating. Whenever I start to feel like I’m getting off track I go back and track what I’m doing until I’m back on track. For me it helps.

      1. Same here. It’s amazing how my eye needs recalibrating so often. I keep a little electronic scale on my kitchen counter to spot check my protein servings. It makes a difference!

        1. Me to, my weight has not melted off, I have seen many other benefits though. I have been primal for over a year. I think years of sad dieting has messed up my hormones. I heard if you eat to much protein you can possible gain weight or not loose it(not sure where I read that at can not sight the source) and you should counter act that with eating more fat with your protein. Can anyone verify that?

    2. I’m kind of in the same boat, so I just re-read the “17 Reasons” blog post (https://www.marksdailyapple.com/17-reasons-youre-not-losing-weight/#axzz2H1hoR5jx).

      I know I’m not getting enough exercise, so I’m upping the walking and adding back the body-weight exercises that I’ve neglected. I’m also cutting some calories, mainly by watching my alcohol intake, a little IF, and using a little less fat in cooking. My carb intake is already pretty low, but I tend to get carried away with fats because I love cooking so much; butter, coconut oil, olive oil, home-made tallow, etc. I can just use a little less without affecting hunger levels or needing to make up the balance with protein or carbs.

    3. I’m with you – an incredible story and I am so very happy for you Erin!! But goodness, I wish I would see some budge on the scale or the clothes.

      Erin (or others), any suggestions are most appreciated! And I’ll keep reading these inspiring stories, keep eating primally, and keep those fingers crossed.

    4. I use myfitnesspal, and have been doing so for over a year. It really keeps me on track. I am one of those people that needs to watch my food intake or I will gain weight, even if I am under 50 carbs.

      I stopped using it in the fall and watched the scale climb! When I am not accountable to myself, I eat as much as my husband, which is fun, but BAD. I started using it again in December and even though I was bad throughout the holidays, the weight started to drop!

      Good luck!

      1. Me too! Using myfitnesspal again, but just started using it again this week.

    5. IntermittentFast! Caloric intake isn’t as important as macronutrient and micronutrient correct percentages.

      1. True the quality of what we eat is important, but ‘some’ people have to remember that to much is to much and the quality fats have to be in balance with the quality proteins.

    6. Hi Jen! I did not necessarily aim for a certain calorie goal every day. In the beginning, in order to transition, I let myself eat literally whatever I wanted so long as it was primal. In the beginning of my transition I found myself hungry much more often, and sometimes my calorie count was high. One day though, the hunger just stopped and I found that I average about 1300-1500 calories a day, give or take some. I will say that when I started practicing some fasting, the weight came off much more rapidly. It may be something to try if you haven’t started yet. The bootcamp a few times a week really helped too. The one thing I havne’t incorporated is sprinting, but my goal is to start this year. I still have a layer of fat of my muscles (although luckily much smaller than it used to be!) and would love to get rid of it so I have some definition instead of being slim but “soft.”

      1. Hi Erin,
        I loved your story, good on you, and the after photo is fab.

      2. Oh dear. “Slim but soft” is what women are “supposed” to be. (Don’t throw things at me please, all you hard-bodies… but) one of the biggest differences between women and men is we are SUPPOSED to be softer and rounder and smoother!

        Please consider that you might NOT want to try to get all hard and taut and skin directly on top of muscles. Don’t get caught up in a competition — or fall into overdrive!

        1. Well I respectfully but completely disagree with Eleanor. Having a low enough body fat percentage to show the muscles I have worked hard for is important to me. I am happy to have achieved that. Everyone should do what is right for them, but since she expressed her opinion I wanted to express mine. 🙂

          Strong is the new skinny.

      3. I really, really appreciate this article. I am 27 and have ranged from a size 2 to a size 16 up and down over the past 10 years. Right now, i’m a 10. & I see no reason why I shouldn’t be a 6. your story and background seems so similar to mine that i know i can do it. also i have been searching ALL OVER this website for someone to tell me a general calorie range i should be staying in, so THANK YOU. 1300-1500 seems right on par with what i’ve been doing. thank you thank you!!!

      4. Hi Erin,

        I’ve been addicted to the success stories and they are all amazing- and your story is inspirational, but I have to say that your after photo is truly amazing, you are really glowing- congrats! I’m on my 3rd day without grains and so excited for the rest of my life!

  9. Erin, Fantastic results, I agree with you a couple of workouts a week is enough, the rest should be fun!
    Congratulations, you look like a fashion model! Dave.

  10. Absolutely inspiring Erin! you look amazing in that second shot, and so much happier.

  11. What a great transformation! You look sensational in that after pic! Movie? lol

  12. Love the dress!! You look so happy and confident. Thank you for the inspiration.

  13. Erin, what an amazing transformation! Now you are the way a healthy 26-year-old should be!

  14. Does anyone else see Juliette Lewis in the after photo?

    Wow! You look great, and congratulations!!

    1. Yes she does favor Juliette Lewis around the mouth.
      Erin congrats, you look great! what a success. and you are a fellow Texan to boot 🙂

    2. Thanks Nick! I have been told that I favor Juliette Lewis, many times. 🙂

  15. Wow, fantastic job, outstanding results!

    I hope a lot of young people see your story and take action on their own behalf. You exercised and ate right as you were led to believe by CW and were totally frustrated by it. With proper nutrition you easily became who you were all along, like a beautiful swan. I see so many twenty somethings headed for obesity these days, it’s shocking. No one should have to go through life in their prime years overweight and unhealthy due to a lack of understanding of nutrition, it’s just tragic.

    You are a tremendous example and I hope you share your story with everyone you come in contact with who needs to hear it. That would be a fantastic gift to them.

    1. Agreed! It feels so great to finally be in the body I always wanted. My confidence is at an all time high and I living and LOVING my life!!

  16. Great Job!! I’m going on my 6 months Paleo anniversary in a few weeks and so far I’ve lost about 30lbs. I had the same problem as you with the hypoglycemia, I had to eat every few hours. It sucked. I was living in desperation. Since Paleo I haven’t felt dizzy in months. I will never look back and look forward to sharing my pics in a few more months!

    Great job girl and super inspiring! You Rock!

  17. You look fantastic, truly amazing results. Congrats.

    I work at home myself, this reminded me that I should definitely set up a standing workstation.

    1. That movie is hysterical! I think it’s on Netflix streaming. Time to rewatch, for sure.

    2. Definitely do!! People ask me all the time if the dog show world is really like that, and the answer is… YES!!!

      1. Yes, it sure is…..hate the movie, as it does remind me too much of a regular dog show weekend….beautiful Aussie, Erin (I’m a sucker for red tris!) and you look amazing.

    3. Look for ‘Worst in Show’ also, a documentary about the ‘World’s Ugliest Dog’ show circuit, which is so hilarious it is scary.

  18. Freedom from the tyranny of hunger is a wonderful thing,you look great!

  19. You’re beautiful, Erin, and so full of life! And I have to add that I love those Aussies. 😉

  20. GORGEOUS!!!!!
    side note: wait? we can show altered dogs now? (I haven’t been in a ring in over 30 yrs)

      1. when showing canines are divided by gender (dog for male, bitch for female) and age catagories & such. An altered dog is a neutered male.
        I haven’t been in the ring since the 70s & dogs & bitches had to be intact (not altered). Part of what a judges looks at when examining a male is that he has both his testicles in the proper place. this was all AKC. Now there’s a UKC too & their rules might allow that. Oh this is all in “confirmation” showing. Like Westminster & such.

        1. OK I looked it up – UKC allowed altered dogs!!! I can still show my lovely boy 🙂

    1. Thanks Peggy! Yes, you can show altered dogs in UKC! I also can show altered dogs in ASCA, a registry specifically for Aussies. I love that I can still take my altered boy out, since showing is his favorite thing in the whole world. You should definitely get your altered boy to some UKC shows. The altered program is so much fun because every is there purely for the love of showing the dogs, and not all of that nasty politics of showing intact dogs!

  21. Thank you so much for posting! Such an inspiration to those of us just starting out! *hugs*

    1. You are welcome! Keep it up! It is truly wonderful to know you’ve taken your health into your hands.

  22. Wow! And you’re much prettier than Juliette Lewis and probably healthier too!

  23. Congratulations!

    I was never diagnosed as hypoglycemic, but would regularly get cranky, moody and shaky if I didn’t eat every few hours. It sucked. I used to chug Snapple iced teas and Starbucks Chai lattes to hold me through to mealtime. Baaaaad!

    Been Primal for two years this month and never been healthier. There is nothing better in this world than to be healthy!

  24. You look great. Good job. I have tried to get my friends to try this way of lifestyle and nobody will. I was at 170 and now dropped to 158 working out less. It is much more enjoyable.

  25. This is one of my favorite stories! Erin, it’s inspiring to see someone who I can relate to–young, no kids and wasn’t a heavy child…just made some bad choices and got caught up in the chronic cardio/SAD tornado for too long! You look unbelievable, keep up the great work!

    1. Thanks Liz! I agree, I see too many young people who’ve already given up before their life has even started (I was one of them). It feels good to know I’m doing what is best for my body now and have made a healthy decision that will affect not just me but my future family!

  26. Thanks Erin! I needed the inspiration today. I’ve been toying with going primal and I really needed to see this today.

    1. Jodie, it will be the best decision you ever make. The 21 Day Transformation really helped me and walked me through every step. The community here on the MDA boards are also amazing and inspirational and are always good to keep you going.

  27. Erin, thank you for sharing! I’m doing the 21 day sugar detox right now (have been trying to transition and limit sugar and carbs for a few months) to see if going Paleo will help me. Your before picture is like looking in a mirror–that is me right now. Thank you for sharing your story and letting me know that this isn’t impossible.

  28. Very well done! You look fantastic, and even better – you feel fantastic.

  29. Congrats Erin, you look wonderful! Not only does your body size look healthier, but your hair and skin glows 🙂

  30. Great work! Also great to discover primal living at such a young age.

    I have to add my voice to the chorus of how beautiful and confident you look now.

  31. Who has the “wins” now?!!! Great job Erin and congratulations.

  32. Erin, our stories are so similar. I’m a couple years into the primal lifestyle, 40 lbs lighter, a size 4 and anxiety free when it comes to food and photos! Cheers to the good life! Thanks for sharing!

  33. Great result. I was interested to see how it affected your blood sugar levels. I don’t have much weight to lose, but I am pre-diabetic. The doctors tell me I have strong genes and it will happen eventually. I am trying to do everything to make sure it doesn’t!

  34. Woo hoo – you look amazing, and very pleased with yourself – as you should be! I can relate to the “eating when you feel hungry” thing too – isn’t it liberating?? I bet you and your beautiful dog attract a lot of attention at the dog shows now!!

    PS: As an Australian I have to ask, is your dog a border collie? I haven’t heard of the Aussie Shepherd as such as he looks like a border collie in the pic.

  35. Wow, you are glowing in your second picture! The first thing my practitioner noticed was the “bags” under my eyes disappeared. I can say your skin looks fresh and you look like you’re full of energy!

  36. Erin-

    Awesome work! I am also 7 month primal and am down a solid 30lbs and am wearing size 32 pants for the first time since early HS (I am 38).

    Your story is an inspiration and I hope the others in your life join the bandwagon!

    Carter

  37. Fantastic results Erin, well done! The dog is gorgeous too! I’m hoping IF will work for me – I tried a first IF yesterday and no hypoglycaemic problems (nausea/migraine), which have previously been my excuse for almost constant ‘grazing’.

  38. Wow…looking good Erin!! What an inspiration you are. I need to kick it up a bit now….

  39. Damn, girl! You look amazing! MDA turned you into a cover model1

  40. This is a great story, I’m so glad you shared it. You are an inspiration, you look natural and beautiful. Congratulations!

  41. As someone who is still trying to feel my way through primal, what I would love to see with these success stories is a snapshot of what you eat and how you exercise in a typical day. Might help with ideas for meals and snacks for those of us who are newbies.

  42. You look beautiful, Erin! Glowing, confident and happy. I have a Red Tri Aussie boy and it was so fun to see yours in the first photo!

  43. Erin, 40 pounds in 7 months is a remarkable accomplishment. You must very proud of your transformation. You are a real head turner! Congrats.

  44. Loved your story. Congratulations on the new you. You look beautiful, confident, healthy and happy. Your new attitude shows, in a good way. I also lost 40# following PB (in 7 months), and it keeps coming off. So happy to be living this lifestyle. It sure looks good on you.

  45. Great story Erin and WOW you look SEXAY… What a transformation!

    What really strikes me in this tale (after reading many a success story here on MDA) is how one Facebook share of a great article can change somebody’s life. Who knows how many other people that share influenced.

    And let me tell ya… what Mark does is one of the HARDEST freakin’ things you can imagine. To collect and present information in such a way that it doesn’t trigger your BS alarm and so it has a certain pop appeal that the average Joe or Jane can read it and think “that makes sense”… so big props to Mark, big props to Erin and let’s keep these sexy success stories coming!

  46. First things first: Gorgeous dog, what’s his breeding? If you are like me, you spend a small fortune feeding the best version of raw to your dogs and absolutely no attention to what you are eating…..until I found Primal. Now my Aussie is my best running buddy, we run for the fun of it.

    Second, you’ve done a wonderful job.

  47. Good on you Erin. I look forward to the “transformations” each week and some, like yours, I can really identify with. Although much older than you, I am about the same before size, so you are an inspiration. I often think about ‘how long’ it’s going to take, and get discouraged, especially having just seem my 50th birthday photos. Uuugh! I have lost weight without really trying, mosty importantly by NOT being on a diet. Friends and colleagues look at me with a kind of ‘tut-tut’ look, fat & not on a diet??? Don’t care, I’m finally doing what’s right for me. Have just started IF, by accident in the beginning now getting into it a little more. I am also loving the gym, but not like the old days. Thank you so much for sharing, I am sitting with a tear in my eye… 7 months isn’t that long in scheme of our whole lives. I will continue to eat this way long term as it’s right for me. Erika in Australia

  48. So, yeah, forget the “you look so happy!” and all that-you’re a SEXY f***ing cavewoman! 😉

  49. This is really inspiring for me because I’ve just restarted the Paleo lifestyle. I’m around a size 12 and I’m 5’7…I’m not fat by any means but I’m concerned that my prediabetes is going to transform into type 2. Also, I’d like to feel beautiful again. This was a huge inspiration for me…thank you for sharing. Hopefully I can stick with it like you did!

  50. Wonderful story. You are beautiful young woman.

    I have to echo the cravings comment. Since going low carb-high fat it was a shock to one day notice that the periodic cravings and hunger were gone. I am more likely to eat when I am ready or it’s convenient. It might only be twice a day. When I get that desire for something that I know won’t help me, I have the option to sit back and think about it instead of an impulsive binge.

  51. Love this

    “And most of all, I feel great and I look great.”

    Congratulations!!!

    🙂

  52. Congrats, Erin! You look terrific. You wrote: “Somewhere along the line, I resigned myself to “the way things were” and decided I clearly wasn’t blessed with the genes to obtain the body I wanted.” Man, I so felt that way too. I felt hopeless, really, until I found out about paleo/primal. Now that I have the tools (and MDA is such a helpful tool), I finally feel like I can reach my goal.

  53. You look AWESOME!!! I am so proud of you!!!! YOU CAN DO IT!!!

  54. I am probably the only one who was super psyched that you included a photo of your dog.

    Awesome transformation (and nice to hear from a fellow dog geek).

    1. Don’t worry Dev, you’re not the only dog geek here. All the evidence says that Grok never could have evolved into us without his trusty dog by his side. Many of us still cherish this bond.

      I think animal lovers are naturally predisposed to primal eating, because we can see its benefits reflected in our animal friends. I have always been awestruck by the brute athleticism of the average housecat. To me cats are strength, grace and power personified (in a fuzzy cuddly package). All of which stems from a predominately meat based diet. This was not lost on me when I decided to go primal over a decade ago. I still can’t clear a 6ft fence with a single jump like my cat, but I can almost take him in a short sprint now. Followed by a shared catnap of course.

      That said we would all be wise to be dog geeks. If we all followed our animals’ lead, few of us would have ever ended up our pre-paleo selves. Once we go paleo, we always have a partner and comrade in our dogs and cats. Its a beautiful and natural thing and Grok would be proud.

  55. Congrats Erin and good job!

    Am I the only one that was distracted by the awful dress the other woman is wearing in the first picture?!! Oh my gosh. Your weight in the first photo wasn’t the concerning thing, it was that woman’s dress!

  56. Great story! Do you have a blog or website where you share about your experiences? Or any other blogs/websites that you like to follow? (Other than MDA of course!!)

  57. You’re gorgeous Erin !
    Congratulations !
    (I love your dog too)

  58. You really look very good, Erin. Before losing weight too, but even more so after. Glad that going primal helped you.

  59. Hot damn, baby, you look A-MAZING! Congratulations on getting back in shape and regaining your health. Isn’t it GREAT not to be hungry every 2 hours? That’s my favorite part! Ok, no, actually it’s being the size I want to be and wearing what I want! And, being healthy! Can I have 3 favorite things? 😉

  60. Amazing transformation Erin. Good on you. Your arms tell the whole story. What a difference between the before and after pics. You look great and look like you feel great. Grok on.

    Your doggie is adorable too. You can feed him primal too you know. He’ll thank you for it.

  61. You were always beautiful and now you have the good health that you deserve!