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9/8/11 9:19 P

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You said that exactly right! emoticon

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9/8/11 7:55 P

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I am 5'1" , started Paleo at 180lbs. Yep, you did read that right.
Now down to 160. Goal is between 132 - 123, will depend upon how I feel and where my body rests. I am trying not to get hung up on the numbers.

The biggest goal for me is to have enough energy to do my job during the day, raise my family, and renovate my home or run errands on the weekends... with enough to spare that I can enjoy a walk without being winded or try an exercise class!

I started because I did not want my weight to define who I am, I want my weight to be a reflection of the life choices I made.

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9/6/11 11:20 P

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lol. Coconut oil and butter are two of the healthiest oils you can eat. I also like olive oil. Yeah... it really is a myth that cholesterol is tied to cholesterol content of food. Cholesterol is actually a hormone.

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9/6/11 11:05 P

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I eat so much more meat than that and my cholesterol has gone down to the point that I stopped meds. My cardio told me to keep doing what I had been doing and I laughed. She asked what...I told her I was eating only butter and coconut oil and she blanched....and meekly said ok.

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9/6/11 10:07 P

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I don't count calories, but I know (in my head) how many calories, fat grams, protein grams, etc are in food.

Edited by: FIT_ARTIST at: 9/6/2011 (22:08)
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9/6/11 9:41 P

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If your cholesterol is high, then look into plant sources that counteract that...I know there are a lot of things you can do. But it is NOT what you think! Look up on the paleo/primal/holistic websites. Even doc Mercola.

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9/6/11 9:29 P

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My doctor had started to nag me about cholesterol last year at my annual checkup. It's due again in December, so we will see in the new eating style helps.

Everything else was good at the last checkup.

I walk two miles (Ozarks hills) about five times a week. Do yoga. Lift light weights, lots of reps.

I haven't counted calories yet on Paleo. I thought we weren't "supposed to."

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I agree with Mandie! It is not about a number but feeling healthy and fit. Whatever that translates to for you, go for it!

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9/6/11 9:05 P

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Hi Finn,

I have to ask - how many calories are you aiming for? and what type of exercise do you do?

I'm 5'0". I've ranged in weight from 95 pounds to 150. I have found that, when I'm lifting weights, I weigh more, even though I'm a small size. At one time, I weighed 132 and was wearing a size 4. So....if you are doing any good strength training, you may not lose much more weight.

And you want to make sure you're eating enough foods, otherwise your body will plateau and you'll stop losing. Especially if you are doing harder workouts.

But, your body may be happy at the 128.5 pounds. This journey is more about how healthy you are and how you physically feel, not the number on the scale. Do you have energy, sleep well, feel good, are you happy? When you go to the doctor, are you considered healthy? Is your blood sugar and blood pressure good? Cholesterol? Thyroid?

I urge you to look at the big picture, not just the scale, and listen to what your body is telling you. If it's saying "I'll be healthier at 125", then continue on. But if your current weight is good, they concentrate on living a healthy lifestyle and enjoying life, not moving the scale.

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9/6/11 8:58 P

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4-6 ounces of meat per day? Gosh! I eat 4-6 ounces of meat per MEAL!!! Plus I take extra protein in top of that. My protein ranges approximately from 150-200 grams per day.

Edited by: FIT_ARTIST at: 9/6/2011 (21:11)
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9/6/11 8:52 P

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Mollie,
Thank you. Your wonderful reply helped me step back and look at my thinking. I realized I am afraid, and I need to get a handle on the fear.

Family history of adult onset diabetes led to my grandmother lying bedridden for six years. Mom weighed 223 when she had a stroke that put her in a nursing home till she passed four months later.

Motivation, yes, but perspective is important. I am not them. I exercise, and I don't eat whole baskets of bread and bags of chips like Mom did.

Thank you, Mollie. You are a blessing.

Finn

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9/6/11 8:49 P

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I am only 5'5" medium frame and have found the more I try to restrcit the worse it is. Just follow your body signals. You are way closer than the rest of us to goal as it is!!

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9/6/11 8:02 P

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Finn, I can only wish that you can be kind to yourself and recognize that 128.5 is VERY close to your goal of 125. After being here on Spark for almost 6 years I have come to realize that those of us in the "normal' weight range are very privileged- so many are struggling with numbers way beyond that. As I explore paleo/primal I have begun to realize that being more aware of my wellness and my environment is far more important than any number on any scale. If I am hungry I eat, if not I go for a walk or watch a baseball game ( I am a true blue Blue Jays fan, lol) and I don't feel guilty for being a sloth on these occasions. This is not a criticism but an encouragement to be well, fit and very much alive. Grok on! emoticon

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I'm female, age 55, and only 5' 4". Small boned. Most of my adult life, I weighed less than 115, but when Mom passed away, I quit my teaching, and my days include too much computer time, the weight crept on. There's adult onset diabetes in my family, so I am going to lose the rest of the accumulation and keep with Paleo eating and exercising to keep healthy.

Because I'm small, it's a challenge to eat LITTLE enough.

When I tried weight watchers, I could only accumulate AT THE MOST 18 points per day. You can count 18 points just looking at food.

I'm finding that even with Paleo, the volume of food and portion control is going to be critical. Half a banana instead of a whole one. Only about four to six ounces of meat per day. Eating breakfast (which I'm only doing a couple of days a week) will put my daily calorie consumption too high to lose the last bit of weight that I'd like to get rid of.

I'm seeking wisdom from the group here. I'm wondering if I'm going to turn into a salad or learn to eat only four bites of ANYTHING, ever.

Thanks!
Finn



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