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Looking for some serious success stories

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Created November 27, 2011 at 12:01 AM

I have a LOT of fat/weight to lose (at least 80lbs) and I am working through Paleo Solution and Primal Blueprint. I tried going Paleo earlier this month but hit a snag and am now trying to get back on track. I am a little despondent because so many of the success stories I have seen are from people who have lost 30lbs or less and "leaned out" - not to denigrate their success (I'm jealous, I wish I only had that far to go) but I was wondering how many people have lost a large amount of weight, and (sort of a part 2) how long did it take for you to really get the hang of going paleo. I feel like I am doing well for a day or two, and then not...

Thank you in advance for any help all of you in the community can give me.

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on November 28, 2011
at 12:29 AM

Awesome + about a thousand

Bf57bcbdc19d4f1728599053acd020ab

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on November 27, 2011
at 10:38 PM

Fantastic advice, Nance. Rooting for you, too!

Ed71ab1c75c6a9bd217a599db0a3e117

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on November 27, 2011
at 01:53 PM

plus one..........

13a44ea00b0c9af0b6d0f3d5f5c2cfca

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on November 27, 2011
at 01:13 PM

I didn't have much trouble giving up the processed junk (reading The Omnivore's Dilemma and In Defense of Food helped with that, lol). It made me healthier to be sure, but it did absolutely nothing for my waistline until I *also* dumped the grains and upped the healthy fats.

B33f7c04c09d8bbbf181dd8aca04f373

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on November 27, 2011
at 12:25 PM

I have been yo-yo-ing with a clean eating whole foods diet for about 2 years too. I had problems then with giving up all the processed junk too, but at least being there made the idea of paleo make sense.

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on November 27, 2011
at 05:54 AM

Right on!! +1 :)

B33f7c04c09d8bbbf181dd8aca04f373

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on November 27, 2011
at 01:16 AM

thank you, I will check it out now :)

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on November 27, 2011
at 12:35 AM

My story is similar to Nance's. I started last October and have lost more than 100 lbs since then. I really settled into my routine last January after reading Paul Jaminet's Perfect Health Diet. I do PHD 6 days a week, and one day (one meal really) I eat what I like. Don't try for perfection, go for persistence! http://thinkexist.com/quotation/nothing_in_this_world_can_take_the_place_of/201002.html

B33f7c04c09d8bbbf181dd8aca04f373

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on November 27, 2011
at 12:28 AM

Okay, wow! Dave seriously rocks!

B33f7c04c09d8bbbf181dd8aca04f373

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on November 27, 2011
at 12:18 AM

Thank you for the link :)

B33f7c04c09d8bbbf181dd8aca04f373

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on November 27, 2011
at 12:18 AM

I did not know Dave - going to check it out now :)

B33f7c04c09d8bbbf181dd8aca04f373

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on November 27, 2011
at 12:16 AM

Thanks for the links, I have done a lot of searching around Marks Daily Apple, but haven't really hit free the animal yet - I will be sure to check it out!

B33f7c04c09d8bbbf181dd8aca04f373

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on November 27, 2011
at 12:15 AM

Thank you! This was exactly the kind of answer I was looking for. I too have a history of binge eating and self sabotage, so knowing that I am not alone is helpful.

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96bf58d8c6bd492dc5b8ae46203fe247

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on November 27, 2011
at 12:12 AM

I started with 70-80 to lose. I'm about halfway--I'm guessing I've lost about 35 but the only measurement I take is my waist every month or two (down 4 inches since Sept.) so I can definitely relate to where you're standing now.

First, it hasn't been a straight-shot journey. I didn't start one day and maintain perfection. What happened is I started last April and was perfect for over 3 months. Then the old mental conversations started (I have a history of binge eating.) In August, I finally bought a bunch of neolithic snacks/treats and went on a week-long binge. The good news is that nothing tasted as I (thought I) remembered and I got sick as a dog. After a week, I was back to ancestral eating and within a week I felt great again.

BUT I'm a slow learner. So, in late August I did it again. The neolithic stuff tasted even worse and I got even more sick.

Back I went to ancestral eating and I haven't strayed since. At the huge Thanksgiving spread yesterday, I looked at all the things I would've inhaled a year ago and realized I no longer see that stuff as food. I looked right past and spotted some raw veggies and the fruit salad I brought. I added a nice pile of turkey meat and had a great meal. I received my share of puzzled looks, but I walked away from the feast with a light heart and a springy step.

YOU CAN DO THIS! Yes, it will take time to re-train your eyes/taste buds. Some day you will bite into a forkful of meat or veggie or fruit and realize it tastes TERRIFIC. You won't need sugar or chemicals or processed grain to enjoy the experience of delicious guilt-free food.

I'll be rooting for you.

B33f7c04c09d8bbbf181dd8aca04f373

(554)

on November 27, 2011
at 12:15 AM

Thank you! This was exactly the kind of answer I was looking for. I too have a history of binge eating and self sabotage, so knowing that I am not alone is helpful.

Bf57bcbdc19d4f1728599053acd020ab

(5043)

on November 27, 2011
at 10:38 PM

Fantastic advice, Nance. Rooting for you, too!

7dc950fc76a046048e683d2a27dced37

on November 27, 2011
at 12:35 AM

My story is similar to Nance's. I started last October and have lost more than 100 lbs since then. I really settled into my routine last January after reading Paul Jaminet's Perfect Health Diet. I do PHD 6 days a week, and one day (one meal really) I eat what I like. Don't try for perfection, go for persistence! http://thinkexist.com/quotation/nothing_in_this_world_can_take_the_place_of/201002.html

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on November 27, 2011
at 03:36 AM

I've lost over 150 lbs in a little over 2 years. I am 49 years old, female, and surgically post-menopausal, with multiple sclerosis and a life-long congenital immune system problem that causes my body to attack its own tissues every time I'm exposed to a disease vector. I am also a 2-time cancer survivor (bone and uterus), but have residual heart muscle damage from chemo.

I started out somewhere over 450 lbs (we don't know how far -- 450 was as high as the scale would go). I now weigh in at 286 lbs. I'm still losing. You can do this -- it's a long game... a marathon, not a sprint. You have to look at things over time -- and you can't just look at pounds. You have to watch your body, and see how it's reshaping itself. Not all of your success will show up on the scale -- and if you count on the scale to tell you how you're doing, you may miss some opportunities to really cherish the more holistic improvements. You will probably hit at least one plateau, where your body needs to re-balance itself... so you won't lose weight for a little bit... a few days, a few weeks -- even a few months. You just have to hang on, and trust your body when it tells you its feeling GOOD... and listen carefully when it tells you its feeling BAD.

This isn't a diet, and it won't behave on your body like a diet. You're going to have to stick with it and give yourself time to heal, AND you're going to have to tweak it every now and again, so that you're getting into the best position to heal yourself.

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on November 27, 2011
at 05:54 AM

Right on!! +1 :)

792634a784ec6a636c3137d0903e11b4

(1196)

on November 28, 2011
at 12:29 AM

Awesome + about a thousand

Ed71ab1c75c6a9bd217a599db0a3e117

(25472)

on November 27, 2011
at 01:53 PM

plus one..........

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on November 27, 2011
at 05:02 AM

Dont worry too much about where you have to reach. Enjoy the journey, the destination will arrive by itself, sooner or later.

Be creative, Creativity is the quality that you bring to any activity. It is an attitude, an inner approach -- how one looks at things.

Never mind the 2 days that you did not do well - concentrate on the the day that you did. Persevere with confidence, that will be all that will really matter. Good Luck.!

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on November 27, 2011
at 06:08 AM

I have been reading Jack Krauss on his blog , I have been eating the bacon and eggs in the morning per his instructions and I am not hungry for the rest of the day, I force myself to eat, and I have given up all grains

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on November 27, 2011
at 03:24 AM

I have lost about 50 pounds so far from my highest recorded weight. I lost some of that before switching to an ancestral diet, but most of it has been since the switch which I started in July and was in full force by August. I still have more weight to lose.

I was already eating a whole foods diet, so the switch to an ancestral diet wasn't too difficult for me. I was already eating local grassfed/pastured meats and local, seasonal fruits and veggies. I transitioned into WAPF first, adding more meat and fat to my diet. The main switch for me when I decided to move towards a more primal/paleo/ancentral diet was getting all the grains out of my diet and reducing my legume consumption. (I initially removed all legumes, but felt better when I added them back in about once a week--traditionally prepared, of course. I suspect it was because they are a good source of magnesium.)

If I lower my carbs, I lose faster. But, I feel better when I keep my carbs at a moderate level, so I am fine with a slower--but steady--rate of loss. I don't want to do anything I can't maintain for the rest of my life.

B33f7c04c09d8bbbf181dd8aca04f373

(554)

on November 27, 2011
at 12:25 PM

I have been yo-yo-ing with a clean eating whole foods diet for about 2 years too. I had problems then with giving up all the processed junk too, but at least being there made the idea of paleo make sense.

13a44ea00b0c9af0b6d0f3d5f5c2cfca

(7223)

on November 27, 2011
at 01:13 PM

I didn't have much trouble giving up the processed junk (reading The Omnivore's Dilemma and In Defense of Food helped with that, lol). It made me healthier to be sure, but it did absolutely nothing for my waistline until I *also* dumped the grains and upped the healthy fats.

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on November 27, 2011
at 12:14 AM

DON'T YOU KNOW DAVE??? http://www.marksdailyapple.com/the-unconquerable-dave/ DAVE!!!
He also posted an update, after he got on a hunting accident http://www.marksdailyapple.com/the-unconquerable-dave-still-unconquerable/

(Caps Lock on purpose, you'll get it when you check his story)

B33f7c04c09d8bbbf181dd8aca04f373

(554)

on November 27, 2011
at 12:28 AM

Okay, wow! Dave seriously rocks!

B33f7c04c09d8bbbf181dd8aca04f373

(554)

on November 27, 2011
at 12:18 AM

I did not know Dave - going to check it out now :)

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on November 27, 2011
at 04:35 AM

Some folks hold onto 30/40 pounds for years or yo-yo constantly never reaching goal weight. So I see it as a huge success story when someone finally loses that 30/40 pounds they have been carrying for years. I think the more weight you have to lose the easier it comes off in the beginning if you get everything right. When you don't have much to lose you also use the excuse well I don't look that bad and justify eating the way you do.

I have issues binging too. Mine occur when I am too strict for weeks on end. Better to have a cheat meal/day for me. Having more than 30/40 pounds to lose must be quite daunting but can be done as all those success stories attest.

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on November 27, 2011
at 12:15 AM

There are a lot of pictures and stories on http://cavemanforum.com/ too.

B33f7c04c09d8bbbf181dd8aca04f373

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on November 27, 2011
at 12:18 AM

Thank you for the link :)

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on November 27, 2011
at 12:05 AM

I don't have direct experience with big-time weight loss, but take a gander at these links. You're going to do great.

http://www.marksdailyapple.com/the-book/success-stories/

http://freetheanimal.com/real-results

B33f7c04c09d8bbbf181dd8aca04f373

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on November 27, 2011
at 12:16 AM

Thanks for the links, I have done a lot of searching around Marks Daily Apple, but haven't really hit free the animal yet - I will be sure to check it out!

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on January 13, 2013
at 11:47 PM

105 lbs down. Started at 280. You can do it. Stick with it.

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on May 25, 2012
at 09:12 PM

I've lost right at 100lbs. From a high of 324 to around 225 today. My story is the third one down. If I can do it anyone can do it. Keep up the good work.

http://www.marksdailyapple.com/3-more-success-stories-from-the-primal-front/#axzz1uPN6v0be

Jeff

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on May 25, 2012
at 07:17 PM

Do u know Dave... lol

That's funny because his was the first success story I ever read on "the apple".

I started this journey on January 9th, at my all time high, and about 80 lbs to lose. I have never been more excited about a program, and have never found a program better suited to me. I have lost almost 50lbs, (within a pound or two), in 4.5 months.

I know when I first started, that 80 lbs seemed so far away, and almost unattainable so I decided to take it 5lbs at a time. That works for me, and after a loss of even 5 pounds I feel like I have attained something.

Best of luck to you, and it does work, and it will work.

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on November 27, 2011
at 12:52 AM

you can check out the testimonials section of my website www.winslowjpt.com

i've had a few clients lose 70+ lbs

winslow

B33f7c04c09d8bbbf181dd8aca04f373

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on November 27, 2011
at 01:16 AM

thank you, I will check it out now :)

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on January 14, 2013
at 11:44 AM

I started at 281. . . My first year down I had hit 222 before the holidays. That was even before I started to exercise. Purely just diet at that point. I then got so motivated feeling I couldn't sit still anymore and that's when I started to work out. Get going!! Paleo works amazing and it's easy.

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on January 14, 2013
at 11:18 AM

Have you read Mark Sisson's most recent success story over on his blog?

http://www.marksdailyapple.com/i-feel-like-i-finally-have-control-over-my-life/

I like his success story category because there are people of all ages, both men and women, represented. There are people who only had 10 pounds to lose, along with people who lost over 100. There are people with health issues and serious illnesses right alongside elite athletes.

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on January 14, 2013
at 05:22 AM

Fellow PH member Rose has a great success story.

http://www.awlr.org/1/post/2012/01/a-carb-restricted-transformation.html

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on May 25, 2012
at 07:26 PM

Just remind yourself that you didn't get 80lbs of extra weight overnight, and you aren't going to get rid of it overnight either.

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