I started my journey in August of 2008. I was tired of being overweight and out of shape. My new job had me living by myself in a new town and my family was 5 hours away. There was no better time to make a change to my horrible lifestyle. So at 280lbs I decided it was time to get in shape and lose some weight. Really weight loss was at the top of mind and I could care less about better health. Little did I know that they go hand in hand. I started running and running and running some more. It was brutal and I was thouroughly abused, but I got up every morning and ran my guts out.
I believed that calories in/ calories out was all that mattered. My diet was comprised of various processed garbage and grains, oh all the grains I ate. I was downing 2 boxes of cereal a week not understanding what I was doing to my body. I wasn't getting the proper micronutrients and I was paying for it. After 9 months of this I was 60lbs lighter but I didn't feel much better and my weight loss was completely stalled.
At this point I went looking for a better way. I knew there had to be an easier method outr there. I got on the internet and for a week straight read through every diet website I could find. Then I found Paleo and it all made sense. I read Paleo for athletes and started making changes to my diet. Things started to happen to me. Weight I had been fighting started falling off and all because of a chnage in my diet. Paleo was a diet but then I stumbled on the Primal Blueprint and here was an all encompassing lifestyle that was simple and wasy to follow. It all I made sense and I am now a complete convert to the Primal Lifestyle. I have stopped packing on the miles and miles of running and have gone to simple short workouts. I can spend more time with my family and less time trying to lose weight.
I am now 100lbs lighter then when I started and easily maintain my weight at 180lbs. The funny thing is I have stopped shedding pounds but I am still shedding inches. Last year I lost 1.5 inches off my waist and I can't wait to see how many inches I have lost this year. I am betting it is at least 1" while I stay at 180lbs. I never thought in a million years that I would ever be this weight or this size ever. The last time I wore 32" waist pants I was in the 8th grade and 180lbs I was a senior in high school. I can never think anything is impossible anymore.
Which brings me to this blog. I started it because I always have people asking me how I lost all the weight. In this blog I am trying to answer those questions. I like to keep things simple because there are tons of place out there to get complicated information on optimizing your diet and different fitness routines. I want to get people started on a healthier path and move away from the Standard American Diet and the Conventional Wisdom that they have been living with. It isn't always so easy to get started but I amhoping that I can motivate more people to make the leap.