Mostly Before - I've lost 10 lbs from my starting weight. Hard to tell now, but I'm on my way!
In my 38 years, I've tried so many low cal diets, high fiber diets, pre-packaged food, even diet pills when I was younger. I'd exercise every other day, sometimes even every day for months straight. Occasionally I lost a decent amount of weight. But I was constantly hungry, constantly annoyed at counting calories, constantly struggling to fit in time for working out & trying to justify the amount of money being spent on the gym. Afraid I'd be throwing it all away when my willpower finally gave out.
I don't even remember where I first saw someone mention "paleo" eating. I know I'd heard of it before, but thought it was just Adkins under a different name. Then I started really reading up on it this summer (2013). At the beginning of July I started cutting back on the cheese and the breads and the pasta. I gave up cereal and flour & began trying different vegetables & eating more simply. As of July 17, I knew this was a eating style that I could absolutely maintain. I cut out all grains, refined sugars, processed foods, & 95% of the dairy.
I had signed up here on Spark people on May 24, 2013. From that day until July 17, 2013 I'd gone from 238 to 234.8. I wasn't trying at all, worried I would just fail again. But I was starting to feel hopeful, starting to make small changes as June became July.
From July 17, 2013, when I fully devoted myself to Paleo eating, to today (July 25, 2013) I've gone from 234.8 to 228.2. I have only changed my eating habits, so far, and in a week I've lost 6.6 lbs!
In the past I would have had to starve myself & workout like mad to have such a loss. I finally have hope! I'm finally not miserable, not fighting cravings all day, not feeling sick and tired.
My goal is to be down to 130 lbs by next summer. But that is just a number. All I really want is to be healthy, to avoid diabetes and high blood pressure, to wear nice clothes & finally feel good about myself.
I want to feel strong again.
Drop 108 pounds of miserable & regain my self confidence!
Quality meat, fresh vegetables, tree nuts & fruit.
processed foods, refined sugars, grains, & most dairy.
Living in rural NW Illinois.
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| current weight: 226.2