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    So it has been a year since I lost over 100 pounds. I went from around 300 pounds in January 2009 to 155 in May of 2010. I started with a 700 calorie a day low carb diet but switched about 1/2 way to primal. I'm now pretty paleo, eschewing dairy at this point. I managed to maintain the 155 for quite a while, with everyone telling me I was too thin. Between November and January, I got back up to 175. I didn't really fall THAT far off the wagon. There was no cake or pie over the holidays. There were quite a few primal almond flour cookies and "paleo balls" consisting of dates and walnuts. And lots of nuts and cheese. I didn't have much luck getting back down below 170 doing unweighed, unmeasured paleo. I had to cut out bacon, nuts, dairy and calorie restrict some to get back down to 166 today. I still feel like I have a bit to lose, I've still got a bit of the dreaded "man boobs". I've been doing daily 16 hour IF ala leangains since January.

    My takeaway from this?

    A- You can lose weight really quickly on primal or unweighed paleo when you are really overweight.

    B- When you get to around 30 pounds over "ideal" - meaning looking like Brat Pitt, weight, things are gonna get harder and you WILL have to calorie restrict.

    C- Paleo "treats" like almond flour cookies and pancakes and whatnot WILL put weight on if it isn't a VERY occasional treat if you've been obese before.

    D- Paleo Balls are the devil. They will make you gain weight REAL quick.

    E- Even on a fairly calorie restricted Paleo diet, your body will WANT to keep 10 pounds or so of "emergency" fat on your body. I'd say this is because you are eating nutrient dense foods here!

    F- The last 10 pounds... the elusive 6 pack! Time will tell! I'm not sure that it is even possible to go from morbidly obese to ripped. If anyone has, I'd love to know!

    Start- 300 pounds

    June 2010, 155

    Now, 170ish
    Apathy is tyranny's greatest ally.

  • #2
    Let me be the first to say Wow! good job.
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    • #3
      Wow - fantastic pics and awesome takeaways - great job!!!

      "Do or do not do, there is no try" - Yoda


      • #4
        Fear not; this guy has gone from obese to ripped: The Gabriel Method - Weightloss without Dieting

        I agree with everything else, especially the primal treats. I won't even keep almond or coconut flour in the house.

        Eating during a 3-4 hour window every day seems to be helping me eat less and dig into those last 10-20 pounds I have hanging around.
        You lousy kids! Get off my savannah!


        • #5
          You were one of my biggest inspirations when I first joined the site, I am really glad to see you post again.
          Stats: 5'6" female, 21 years young
          Starting Weight: 187 lbs (March 2010)
          Current Weight: 143 lbs (Oct 2011)
          Goal BF: 20%

          Super D Omega 3 daily & BCAAs preworkout


          • #6
            You have done fan-freaking-tastic, and there is so much wisdom in your observations one year out (which need to be a made into an MDA sticky). This needs to be featured in the Friday success stories.

            I always love when you post and wish you'd hang around more often. People here need your help and experience and inspiration.

            (In your second picture, you really look like Kramer from Seinfeld.)
            "Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food." -- Hippocrates


            • #7
              too thin, my ass. you look great, it's how people are SUPPOSEd to look. nice tight pants btw
              28 yrs, 5'8.5"
              started primal 1/23/11 @ 143 lbs, couldn't do a knee pushup
              3/13/11 138 lbs, 30 knee pushups, yeah!


              • #8
                You look fantastic!


                • #9
                  I think you look great! I and love your signature line!

                  I quit making "primal treats" long ago...they always seem to be such a poor version of the real thing that they don't really satisfy my craving for <insert neolithic food here>, that my desire for it wasn't sated.
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                  • #10
                    Fantastic. How do you FEEL? Besides emotionally....
                    Because if you didn't know, of that is life made: only of moments; Don't lose the now.


                    • #11
                      That's fantastic, Kestrel. I was watching a show last night about 15 year olds getting gastric bypass surgery, and I think that is such a tragedy. Congratulations on your healthy weight loss!


                      • #12
                        Great post and congrats again..


                        • #13
                          Originally posted by aktres View Post
                          That's fantastic, Kestrel. I was watching a show last night about 15 year olds getting gastric bypass surgery, and I think that is such a tragedy. Congratulations on your healthy weight loss!
                          Isn't that just crazy? I had an internal medicine doc suggest that when I was big, and I said "No, I want to know what is wrong, not just be thin and sick."


                          • #14
                            Awe-inspiring determination and guts! Thanks for sharing.
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                            • #15
                              You're looking AWESOME! At 155, the skin on your face hadn't caught up with your weight loss yet, and I think that is what people were looking at when they said "too thin." But wow, that has tightened up a lot, and you're looking super healthy and... I don't know what word to use... vibrant? You just look like you've got a lot of LIFE. (I'm a bit sleep deprived today, lol.)
                              "mayness, you need to have a siggy line that says "Paleo Information Desk" or something!" -FMN <3

                              I'm blogging again, at least a little bit.