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197 lbs today

Answered on September 16, 2013
Created September 08, 2013 at 4:02 PM

So today I hit 197 a low (since 1988). Have been running in the sub 200 lb range for almost 2 weeks. I am down 21 lbs total. What I love the most is the high energy and health benefits and the fact that you really do not have to give up ANYTHING to get great results. Still eat cheese, still do the Pizza Hut Buffet and in fact today will go to Golden Corral for the Catfish buffet. If you approach this as a change of habits rather than a diet (as view in the common) its only shifting away from some items and moving more back towards others. Gone are the pasta bowl 3 nights a week along with a loaf of Artisan bread. Now I might do it once a month...I always wondered why I felt so heavy after eating some many other things.

For you cheese lovers like myself, make the switch to to highly pungent cheeses such as Feta, Mexican and many others that can be sprinkled on your meal and give you your cheese fix with so very little.

I now top my salads with Olive, Avocado, Coconut or Roasted Walnut oils (Extra VIrgin, raw, unfilter, cold pressed) and Lime or Lemon juice.

This over about 3 mos or so. How fast you lose is always how fast you will put back on.. Anyone else have tricks like pungent cheeses for flavor that satisfiy the need while being less intrusive???

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on September 09, 2013
at 02:07 PM

Blue cheese, Feta, Mexican and Parmesan are 4 at your grocery store and there are more. A sprinkling of these on your salads and other foods give you the burst of flavor and taste without the overhead.

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on September 09, 2013
at 05:30 AM

Oops! Meant to write, "reaching" your goal!

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on September 13, 2013
at 12:44 PM

Cheese is a very occasional food for me, as are Greek yogurt and new potatoes. I save both for days when I exercise. That little caveat keeps me in check. You want it? Earn it. I've lost 30 pounds since May 1. I have a way to go. Congrats on breaking the 200 mark. That's my next goal, but I'm taking it slow and making sure I eat appropriately and take care of my diabetes. I exercise four days a week and keep moving as much as possible on the other days.

Someone asked how you define paleo. My personal paleo is very close to Whole30 with the exceptions noted above. I will go completely off track once in a while, but it's rare. I like eating proteins, healthy fats, vegetables, and fruits. I sometimes miss the bread texture (like cake, garlic bread, etc.), but not nearly as much as I thought I would.

My body is much happier all the way around!

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on September 16, 2013
at 02:22 PM

Great on you Nick, stay with it...

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on September 16, 2013
at 01:27 PM

I just hit 197 this morning! Down a total of 53 so far and still loving it all. I have splurges here and there which stall my loss, but as long as I keep making the time to plan out meals in advance, making sure that there's good food around, the weight keeps on falling off. Exercising doesn't hurt either.

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on September 13, 2013
at 01:39 PM

At almost 70 and never having to diet in my life, but watching others from family members to friends and co workers I saw the struggles, failures and the cycle of 'new and improved' dieting to only fail again. I find Paleo easy, for one reason its mostly how I ate most of my life and I like it. But like most Americans I fell prey to more and more carbs, breads, wheat etc and drifting towards too much junk and high cal foods...from living far too many years on expense accts and traveling 52 weeks a year forcing me to eat out 99% of all my meals. It was offset by my exercise schedule that keep me inside a good weight envelope. But what it was not was healthy.

Paleo is healthy and the bonus is it keeps your weight in check also. I also love the fact that as long as you don't go plural on yourself then eating cake or whatever vice you can find is still ok. I found over the years that eating plural, which means cakes instead of cake, pies instead of pies has little effect on your weight or much else. For those with really strong cravings you might try over indulging. Say you love mom's apple pie, then sit down and eat the entire thing at one sitting. Your body can only absorb so many cals etc...now do that every day and suddenly your world falls apart. I have an active enough social life thru church etc that there are ample opportunities to catch some non-paleo foods with out having to eat the whole meal.

Sounds like you have this well under control and are having fun...do that and it becomes a lifestyle rather than a stuggle to cross the bridge too far.

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on September 09, 2013
at 09:50 PM

GREAT on you...Today, for the FIRST time since 1988, maybe earlier I am wearing Levis 34 waist jeans, down from 38 and then 36, WOW. How can you not like this...

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on September 09, 2013
at 05:10 PM

Thank you; I appreciate you taking the time to reply.

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on September 09, 2013
at 05:08 PM

17Oaks, what, exactly, do you define as "paleo"? I'd appreciate knowing. Thanks.

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on September 09, 2013
at 03:47 PM

Congrats! I as well have reached my all-time low. I was 245lbs last year. I lost 25lbs with a bit of exercise and watching what I eat. I went Paleo at the end of June and have lost 21lbs. I am now 199 and I never thought I would ever be below 200lb. It was a great day when I jumped on the scale last week!

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on September 09, 2013
at 01:58 PM

Its not so much how I define Paleo (probably about the same as you do I am fairly sure) but rather its how I define my approach. If you take the traditional 'diet' approach then you will fail just as everyone else fails on any diet. In fact no diet is designed to have you do anything other than temporary succeed. If diets worked then the TV and magazines would not be full of 'NEW diet' and America would be getting thinner rather than heading towards obesity.

That said I am not about to give up a host of things I love and no one else does either in the the long run, which is the basis for diet failure. We are neither cave people or live in caves. Instead we go out to eat, go to parties, dinners etc etc. If I want success then I need to be able to be able to continue to live my life style. And this is what I like about the Paleo approach. I love my salads with lemon juice and my lean meats...in fact this is how I ate most of my life...till I met Donna with her degree in nutrition and a firm believer in the GOVT pyramid which was a carbo junkies paradise. 2 years of dating her and I was hooked and put on 25 lbs! Yet I still ran 5+ miles per day and 3 days a week ran 5 miles with 40 lbs of sand in my rucksack. I was still in good shape, but 25 lbs heavier and could not figure out why. This was around 1988 and I remained that way till recently. Now as I approach 70 and being retired I have time to research. I wanted to lose down to 200 and so I spent some time understanding diets and why they are designed to fail (in order to sell you a new and improved diet plan). I found Paleo and it was eureka I can do this as its how I ate most of my life, save for mama's chicken fried steak.

So no, you do not have to give up anything all you have to do is give up or manage the frequency. Do that and turn this into a new habit and lifestyle and be successful for the rest of your life.

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on September 09, 2013
at 05:29 AM

Congratulations on reaxhing your weight goal! Well done.

One question: How do you define "paleo"?

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on September 09, 2013
at 05:30 AM

Oops! Meant to write, "reaching" your goal!

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on September 08, 2013
at 11:27 PM

I too am almost 70 and a diabetic to boot. I would not say I sub anything but have no desire to give up my cheeses and a few other things. This is really a lifestyle change of old habits replaced with new. Diets fail for several reasons but the number one is in the inability to continue with the parameters laid down by the diet plan. Rare if the person who is going to give up the vast array of foods they eat, from pizza to ice cream and 100's of others. The beauty of Paleo is that by making a few habit changes you shift gears. There is no need to give up anything, in fact I have not. What I have done is reduce the frequency and I can assure you I do not miss anything. I still have my Mexican Coke (which now take about 6 mo to drink a case), my beer, my pizza and since I live in Texas where we have some really good food...Chicken Fried Steak and white cream gravy and so much more.

Probably the first couple of weeks I had some cravings but that went away soon and have not returned. I am also fairly active, at least at this time of the year when I am outside most of the day doing stuff on my John Deere, cutting wood (slinging a 18 lb chain saw around in 100+ temps), I have cut over 300 cords and a good deal of hard labor here on the ranch. Winter I slow down, but am still active as in not sitting on the couch spinning the TV remote. I can eat the way I currently am the rest of my life. My question to myself is where will I stabilize? I am guessing around 185 +/- a couple of pounds. I was at that for many, many years. I am also 6'2" and if I weigh in less than that I am really too thin...its what I call my 'combat weight'.

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on September 08, 2013
at 10:46 PM

Enter your answer here...I don't have to sub anything. I love the lifestyle. I don't miss dairy or grains and I absolutely crave fresh veggies and lean proteins. I limit myself to two servings of fruit per day. I have lost 16.5 pounds since August 4 which is a miracle considering I am almost 68 years old and have a slow thyroid.

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on September 08, 2013
at 10:27 PM

Good to lose - nice job. I put blue cheese or gorgonzola in my nightly salad. Being a food snob I'd never set foot in a pizza hut or similar. Don't eat out much as it is too hard keeping up the snobbery. LOL

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on September 08, 2013
at 10:20 PM

Congratulations. You;ve done an excellent job thus far.

Honestly, if you love cheese, just cut it out for a few weeks, then slowly introduce it back in. See what you can or cannot handle. I found out that while milk may not be the easiest thing for me to digest, I can do any and all cheeses, even after being dairy-free for 2-3 months.

Right now, I'm craving mozzarella. Mmmm..

I'm not as much as a connosiuer, so I can't list you any pugent cheeses.

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on September 09, 2013
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Blue cheese, Feta, Mexican and Parmesan are 4 at your grocery store and there are more. A sprinkling of these on your salads and other foods give you the burst of flavor and taste without the overhead.

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