Over the past 18 months or so, Carolyn decided to change what she eats and start an exercise regime as part of a “Biggest Loser” competition with her dance troupe. Since then, and by dropping the grains, refined sugars and processed foods along with some serious exercising, she has dropped 60lbs and says she feels GREAT! This is from the Ancestral Weight Loss Registry…
…In November of 2011, the hula halau that I dance with decided to have a “Biggest Loser” type competition. I started my “diet” by dropping all starches, grains and all processed foods and refined sugars from my diet. I also increased my water consumption and fruit and vegetable intake. I began going to the gym most days of the week, cycling between circuit strength training and cardio intervals. Through my hula sisters, I heard about a local personal trainer who hosted weekly “Boot Camp” classes on a drop-in basis. I dropped-in. It kicked my butt! I could only barely do about half of the exercises and it took me a full week to get over the muscle soreness. But you know what? Even though it was hard and I was sore, it felt good to be moving and pushing myself! I started going to boot camp every Saturday morning and it started getting easier (not easy, but easier). I started to notice changes in my weight and energy level.
On January 1st, 2012 I started a 30 day Paleo Challenge. I started out by following the meal plans and recipes outlined in the challenge but quickly caught on to the “rules” and began planning my own menus. After the first 30 days of strict Paleo (no dairy, no grains, no beans, no processed or refined foods or sugars, etc) I felt GREAT!! The changes in my mood, energy, physical well-being and athletic performance were huge. No more blood sugar ups and downs! No more stomachaches after meals! My family was even starting to come around to this way of eating! (Well, my husband anyway…)
After the 30 day challenge ended, I was sold! A friend suggested that I take a look at marksdailyapple.com. I loved the 80/20 principle! It all made sense to me and I had already experienced, first-hand the results of a low-carb diet high in fresh vegetables and clean protein. I liked that the Primal Blueprint lifestyle allowed for the inclusion of some quality dairy (if it agreed with your system). It seemed friendlier and less restrictive while still touching on all of the healthy benefits of the Paleo diet.
I have been living primally ever since. Since the end of October 2011, I have lost over 60 pounds. I currently weigh less than I did my Senior year in high school. For the first time in my adult life I don’t care about losing weight. I feel good in my skin! My new goals are to get stronger and leaner but I could care less what the scale says!
I incorporated a Whole30 in there right before my 39th birthday and I had a “cheat” week while on vacation but by and large, I will continue to eat and live this way long-term. It is not a diet. It is a lifestyle and as a result I am in better physical condition than I have been in my entire adult life, oh yeah, and no more back fat!
By the way, I won the “Biggest Loser”…