100.2lbs lost as of this morning.
My heaviest weight was 258.8 on October 7, 2010.
This morning I weighed 158.6.
It wasn’t ~12 years of effort. I got down to 185 or so last time, then I started dating. Being social was a big challenge for paleo and eating out, especially back then. I got back on track and got down to 176.4, then started to go up again.
I ended up involved in a very abusive relationship with two people. Over the following years, as I entered survival mode, I gained and gained weight. Those relationships fully ended, thankfully, in 2018.
But healing is stressful and painful, too, so I continued to gain, eventually getting up to 230lbs.
On December 30th, 2020, I happened down a rabbit hole about Intermittent Fasting, something I had been interested in years earlier – but “not eating” was “not allowed.” Simply not being hungry for breakfast had serious, punitive consequences for me. If you’ve been with a narcissist or another type of abuser, you might understand this level of control. I hope you have no idea wtf I’m talking about.
2018-2020 I tried to get back on to Paleo and failed miserably. What had been easy for me the first time seemed impossible now.
Back to December 30th, 2020. After watching YouTube videos from Dr. Fung and some random personal journies – I immediately started fasting with no other plan. It wasn’t until about a month later that I added CICO restrictions and ate more healthy and less processed food. I found fasting to be easy, even enjoyable. My brain fog cleared up, and I had more energy. Food was an easier decision. Life eas easier. Fasting is great! This has turned my life around and feels sustainable for the long-term: a natural fit.
MyFitnessPal says my start weight for this round was 230lbs, so 71.4lbs lost since December 30, 2020.
It’s been a heckin’ interesting ride, and my health journey continues.