My Transition to Paleo/Primal Eating
I ventured into the Paleo/Primal way of eating not too long ago. Because of my long time desire to lose weight, I found the right program for me. No big story there, but the only way I ever found to lose weight and keep it off, was to begin the Carbohydrate Addict's LifeSpan Program. It took me a little less than four years to lose over 95 lbs., and I never felt deprived, even once. This way of eating was the perfect way for me to transition into healthier eating habits because it taught me how to limit my carbohydrates to once a day. I followed the three simple guidelines of the program and most of my weight disappeared. CALP, as it is referred to, was the best way for me to eat and lose weight because I did not have to give up any foods. The thought of giving up any foods was out of the question because every time I had to give them up in my past, it would be the beginning of another yo-yo cycle.
Following CALP was easy for me. Limiting carbohydrates while still allowing them every single day will always be my perfect way of eating. I stayed strict to the guidelines of the program and I believe that is the reason I lost most of my weight. After beginning this way of eating, I did not become hungry in between meals and I even looked forward to my other meals that were limited to protein and vegetables. The best part of my journey is that one meal each day will always include any carbohydrate I choose to put in it. Chocolate is a food that I love and I have never been able to live without it. Healthy or not, I actually lost most of my weight by using chocolate as one of my major food groups.
My choices became healthier along the way and I began eating more whole foods. Although I am not allergic to anything, I stumbled into wheat and gluten free eating because of a book I read. I was actually forcing myself to eat grains because I believed they were healthier than my other choices, and then my husband read the Wheat Belly book to me. It has been over a year since I intentionally had any wheat or gluten, and in all honesty, I still do not miss any of it.
By eliminating grains, I discovered my eating became more paleo/primal. I am far from perfect in following this way of eating, but I began to limit my food choices because I am trying to get to my ideal body weight. What is my ideal body weight? At 5'3”, and 140 lbs., my BMI has been fluctuating in and out of normal this past year. In all honesty, I have been so thrilled with my accomplishment I have not been as strict with my eating or my exercise schedule. I will never deny that my mid-section is fat and it is not loose skin, so as long as it remains, I will have more weight to lose.
Lets face it, at 53 years of age, I am thrilled that I have been hovering this close to a normal BMI, because I spent a lot of years trying to get here. I am eager to see the last of my weight disappear, but the truth is, I have been overweight for over thirty years of my life and my body has definitely aged during that time. I don't believe it is possible to see the body of a 20 year old on my 53 year old frame, and that is acceptable. I look better than I have in a very long time so what I have accomplished these last four and a half years is really extraordinary. I am a much smaller person than when I began my journey and I need to try and remember that. Fitting into a size 4 jeans was my impossible dream, and only last year, I began to wear that size. Sure, it may take a lot more time for my skin to shrink back to normal, but at this point in my life, I will be happy if it actually does.
My age, health, and lack of energy were the driving forces behind my desire to begin this program. I found my lifelong way of eating when I began this journey, and now I believe that all it will take for me to get the rest of my weight off, is more time. Becoming fit and healthy has always been my goal. Even with my belly flap, sagging, and wrinkled elephant looking skin, I will admit that I definitely like the way I look and feel. As a matter of fact, at this point in my life, I will hold my head high and proudly display all of my battle scars!
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I'm Teri and I am 54 years old. I have been fighting my weight since I was fourteen, dieting my way all the way up to 236 lbs. I started my weight loss program on March 3, 2008, and at that time I was unable to get into the largest pair of jeans I owned, size 18W. I have lost close to 100 pounds, and I now wear a size 4 jeans. My diet and exercise program have me feeling better than I could have ever imagined and I did it without starving or depriving myself in any way.
I am getting myself into better shape and my goal of becoming fit and healthy is getting closer every day.
Here's a link to my Progress Photos.
Current Diet Type
Carbohydrate Addict's Lifespan Program (CALP)
Current Exercise Routine
Resistance/Strength Training using Bowflex, Walk Away the Pounds (WATP), & Callanetics