What losing 100lbs feels like

I’m really excited to make this post.  Honestly, I’m really excited about almost in everything in life lately.  Having grown up on Prozac and always feeling melancholy about something or other, it’s amazing to have such a clean and healthy outlook on life.  I’ve heard from other gluten and sugar-free friends that they too have this clarity and general joy.  I would say, without any doubt, that the most awesome feeling to have is happiness; going Paleo has given to me this wonderful gift.  I think to myself, at least several times a day, how happy I am with my life, how grateful I am for my family and friends and how awesome it is to be alive.  I was never regretful or upset about those factors before, but I didn’t ooze jubilation about them and life in general.

Joy (and a happy tummy) is what has kept me motivated from day 1, it provides the self-discipline and will-power necessary for the processed, grain and sugar-filled world we live in.  Who wants to be depressed, lazy and sluggish after feeling so energized and happy for months on end?!  When my grandmother passed earlier this year, I ate a lot of non-Paleo foods. It put me in a huge funk I had a really hard time escaping, I actually had several panic attacks and was going off a huge cliff.  As soon as I put my diet back in check, I felt better in less than 48 hours.   If you’re not a believer, Matt Lelonde provides some serious science in Episode 68 of Robb Wolf’s podcast.

But, to get back to the Subject topic, it’s not just all in my head.  Here are some of the physical changes I can directly attribute to going Paleo:

  • Great skin.  I no longer have ANY breakouts, not even when I am ovulating or menstruating (oh, get over it boys!).  Normally in the winter I get incredibly dry skin, but I’ve experienced dry skin minimally at most this season.  Matt usually has chronic dry skin to the point of cracking and bleeding on his hands in the winter – since going strictly Paleo a few months ago, his dry skin has disappeared.  Finian’s eczema has also significantly improved (he still eats yogurt and cheese, which is likely culprit).
  • Great hair and nails.  Both are growing rapidly and are strong.  With the volume of protein, vitamins and minerals now being easily digested in my body – it’s amazing.  I  have people comment or compliment my hair at least once a week!
  • Never have gas and have great digestive function.  I won’t go into details here, since I’ve already done that elsewhere.  However, I have NEVER in my life been “regular” even at Fat Camp where nutritionists and dietitians had complete control over my gut.  Once your gut is “healed” and healthy, you’ll be able to do elimination experiments on yourself to see what may or may not work for you (food wise).  I’m now able to tell exactly now what food are problems and what aren’t; I wish I could enjoy hummus and peanut butter, but can tell you those things tear me up almost as badly as gluten.
  • No heartburn, no joint-pain, no chronic knee, ankle and back-pain!  Any inflammation I had before is GONE.  To the point where I really wish there was a way to get this message out to arthritic patients, I can’t imagine how helpful it would be with that chronic pain!
  • No more sleep apnea or snoring.  I sleep like a baby.  Well, except when the literal baby wakes me up… but, otherwise I’m sleeping solidly, soundly and not almost suffocating myself at night anymore.  The weight loss, more so than the diet, is a  significant contributor – but one couldn’t occur without the other.  And, Matt said he noticed a difference almost immediately.
  • I’m vivacious.  I am not only happy but extremely energetic.  The other day I found myself walking in the house after work and instead of wanting to slump down and “relax” I found my children in the playroom and entered as a monster – sprinting after them and playing until dinner time.  Scraping the ice off my car used to tire me out, now it’s an activity that gets me happy and moving in the morning.  I literally want to get up and GO – it’s exciting to have a thirst for adventure and the energy to follow it.
  • And you know, I’ve lost more weight off my person than all 3 of my children weigh combined.  I can’t tell you how exciting it is to sit in a meeting and cross my legs in the chair, or to cross my arms entirely across my body, or have my husband hug me and be able to put arms entirely around my person.  I’m able to shop at stores and websites that don’t specialize in plus-size clothes; I have access to such a wide variety of options now.  And, I have room in my lap for my children to sit.  Nothing tastes as great as being happy and healthy feels.

I’m looking forward to seeing if I have reduced seasonal allergies, less likeliness for sunburn or other suggested benefits of being Paleo as the years progress.  Not all of the changes I have had are notable and physical – some of them are simple but important psychological and social changes and I wanted to share some of the fun I now notice on a daily basis:

  • People make eye contact with me.  You might not believe this, but at over 300lbs it was rare to have strangers acknowledge my presence.  I believe this nation is not just uncomfortable with the obese, but actively and openly discriminating based on phobia.  Weight is the singular “class” not protected from discrimination in our Federal laws.  Strangers now talk to me in elevators, make eye contact and offer to help hold doors for me and the kids.   It’s honestly a different world to live in inside of this body.
  • I’m comfortable in public seating.  I wouldn’t go to the movies before, unless I knew for sure I could get an end of the row seat that I shared with the aisle.  I spilled out of the seat and had to share the “extra” space I occupied with my husband.  However, I went to the movies a few weeks ago and had tons of room in the seat; I even shared my seat with Finian during a scary part of the film.  I haven’t been on a plane or roller coaster in years, for much the same reason.  I’m really looking forward to experiencing those joys as time allows.
  • I receive near daily compliments.  I’m terrible with responding to compliments, and honestly I sometimes wish I wouldn’t receive them, but I’ve had people say the most wonderful and flattering things lately.  I’m learning how to acknowledge them properly; it’s wonderful to know that my hard work is being recognized.
  • I’m not embarrassed.  I used to want Matt to meet new people, to be the face of the family for the children.  I didn’t see myself as someone people could take seriously or value me and my opinion.  I’d give it (oh boy do I love to share my opinion) but I didn’t think people heard me or cared.  Now, I speak with confidence; I speak with a desire to be heard. And I’ve learned (more than less) that I don’t always need to speak, I’m not as desperate to be heard – so I’m able to more carefully choose when to do so.
  • I have energy to PLAY with my children.  I don’t just mean throw a ball.  I don’t just mean play go-fish.  I mean, I now have a DESIRE to go outside and get physical with my children.  We take long walks; I chase them on the playground; I pick them up and throw them around; I push them hard on the swing.  It’s not something I even am conscious about anymore, I just want to be active and subconsciously it happened.
  • I’m spreading health and wellness.  I’ve had no less than half-a-dozen friends and their families introduce Paleo into their lives (one way or another).  Knowing that I can provide inspiration for people to improve health and often the behavior of their children is amazing.  It’s what drove me to create the site!

I hope you find inspiration in your life not just to make improvements, but appreciate them.  I know I have and am thankful everyday for the changes we’ve made and the happiness it’s brought into our lives!

About Stacy

Stacy Toth has written 371 post in this blog.

Stacy is the matriarch of the Paleo Parents family. After beginning a paleo diet and founding PaleoParents.com in 2010, she lost 135 pounds and found health and happiness for the whole family. The following three years have been a progressive journey with a mission to educate people about nourishing their bodies by eating real foods. Stacy can be found on all forms of social media as @PaleoParents as well as the top-rated The Paleo View Podcast and her two cookbooks, Eat Like a Dinosaur and Beyond Bacon.

  • http://glutenfreeeasily.com Shirley @ gfe

    Wow, wow, wow, Stacy, you should be so incredibly proud of yourself! Such an amazing listing of all the pluses of your 100 lbs gone! Paleo just makes sense, doesn’t it? I’m not quite there yet, but I do see the value. :-)

    Can’t remember if I’ve been on your site before, but I came over because I got a pingback from when you linked to my coffee ice cream recipe back in Sept. No idea why it just showed up LOL, but so happy to find you today and celebrate your success with you!

    Hugs,
    Shirley

  • http://glutenfreeeasily.com Shirley @ gfe

    Wow, wow, wow, Stacy, you should be so incredibly proud of yourself! Such an amazing listing of all the pluses of your 100 lbs gone! Paleo just makes sense, doesn’t it? I’m not quite there yet, but I do see the value. :-)

    Can’t remember if I’ve been on your site before, but I came over because I got a pingback from when you linked to my coffee ice cream recipe back in Sept. No idea why it just showed up LOL, but so happy to find you today and celebrate your success with you!

    Hugs,
    Shirley

  • http://PaleoParents.com Stacy & Matt

    Thanks, Shirley! I got the subscribe button working now, too :)

  • Rachel

    I am so incredibly happy for you. I feel like you have had like a rebirth. This has really made it possible for you to fully enjoy those 3 active boys! I am excited to start my changes too. 3 days and I feel so much better already. I want and need to feel good for my 3 boys! Heres to no more belly aches and blood sugar spikes!

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  • Diane Eblin- thewholegang

    Wow what an amazing transformation.  Thank you for sharing this.  I know it will inspire others to take a leap of faith and try it to see how they feel.  So happy you feel so great and you have lost weight.  Major kudos!

    • http://PaleoParents.com Stacy & Matt

      Thanks, Diane!  You know we’re right around the corner from you :)

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  • Elizabeth

    I’m so happy to read this! :) I need to lose 100lbs or more, but more importantly want to feel better and be a better role model to my children. I’m looking forward to following your blog! I did previously lose almost 40 lbs by going grain free/sugar free but got off track, and over two years gained it all back. There is so much more information out there now, on blogs like this one and others. :)

    • http://PaleoParents.com Stacy & Matt

      You’re so right, Elizabeth. There are a lot of great sources out there that we love to follow to. Best of luck with your journey and don’t be afraid to keep in touch and find support in us with our Facebook or Twitter accounts either :)

  • http://www.facebook.com/princesstutor Christine Bacas Tutor

    Great post! How long did it take for you to kick the heartburn? I’ve been suffering with it for years. I’ve been doing Paleo for a month but haven’t gotten any relief yet. Thank you so much for the inspiration!

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1635477336 Deb Emerich Stahl

      If you’re still eating nightshades – tomatoes and peppers and eggplants in addition to potatoes – you might want to try  kicking those. If I have them in any quantity above and beyond incidental bits and pieces, I get inflammatory reactions (joints and sometimes stomach) and the start of heartburn.

      Might also consider seeing a chiropractor; when my spine is “out” behind my stomach, I can definitely feel a difference in my stomach and heartburn.

      • http://www.facebook.com/princesstutor Christine Bacas Tutor

        Thanks for the tips, Deb! I haven’t cut out tomatoes and peppers! I’ll have to try it! I do see a chiropractor regularly. Totally makes a difference.

  • Katherinekelley

    Grains and legumes are gone from my diet, but I’m struggling with the dairy part.  You are an inspiration for sure!

    • http://PaleoParents.com Stacy & Matt

      Katherine, dairy would have been the hardest for me too – except I HAVE to stop when nursing. So, once I was off for that long it was easy to continue. Non-gluten grains (like quinoa and rice) as well as minimally processed dairy were the last things we eliminated too. You’ll get there!

  • Patlsearle

    Stacy, great to hear about your life experiences!  Thank you for sharing.

    • http://PaleoParents.com Stacy & Matt

      Glad it’s worth hearing :)

  • Sarah SC

    Stacy,

    Thank you so much for sharing this. Your personal posts always speak deeply to me. Thank you.

    • http://PaleoParents.com Stacy & Matt

      Sarah, I’m happy to hear that – thanks for letting me know.

  • http://paleoweightlosscoach.com/about Jedha

    What an amazing transformation Stacy! It’s so wonderful to hear the amazing benefits that people experience on the paleo diet, absolutely inspiring :)

    • http://PaleoParents.com Stacy & Matt

      Thanks for sharing!

  • Lynn

    Congratulations!! WOW Amazing.  I learned a lot from this. Thank you so much for putting it on here. Love to you and Merry Christmas!! Lynn

    • http://PaleoParents.com Stacy & Matt

      Thanks Lynn! Happy holidays to you too!

  • Stephanie Hill

    Thank you for sharing this.

  • http://allthingsprimal.com Dana

    Thank you so much for sharing! Why isn’t the entire picture of before & after showing? Is there another way to access it?
    ~Dana

    • Msluvsks

      Go to the top of the page and click B&A Story, on the drop down, click about Stacy.  The full pics are there. :)

      • http://PaleoParents.com Stacy & Matt

        Thanks Msluvsks! Yep, all my B&A photos are in the “About Stacy” section :)

  • Hunnybeemay

    I really like your blog! I plan to keep coming by to visit. I’m trying to transition my kids to paleo eating and it’s amazing the changes I’ve seen in them. My six year old son no longer gets migraines (yes…MIGRAINES!) and doesn’t have tummy issues. I’m hoping my little girl’s eczema will improve too. I have experienced the physical changes you describe, too. Congrats and best wishes to you and your family!
     

    • http://PaleoParents.com Stacy & Matt

      Thanks! That’s fantastic about your kids!! If you don’t mind my asking, where did you find us – since you found this older post?

  • Tami

    I’ve lost 90lbs and I feel exactly the same way. Congratulations!

  • robyne jane

    I am so glad to have found you. I am at almost the exact same weight you were when you started, with similar health issues. I did primal blueprint a couple of years ago and although I loved the way it made me feel I didnt commit. Im at a place now where I can do this for real…searching for motivation and I have found that here…thank you xxx

    • http://PaleoParents.com Stacy & Matt

      So happy to have inspired you! This really works! I wish you all the success you can imagine!

  • Jill

    Just found this after starting paleo (although not a sugar detox or Whole30!) on Jan 1.  Fantastic!  I would love to be able to write something just as profoundly happy and grateful a year from now.  Beautiful inspiration!

    • http://PaleoParents.com Stacy & Matt

      Good luck! I wish you all the success you can imagine!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000612098474 Stephanie Joy Mitchell

    I just love this blog and am so inspired by you and your family. As far as your amazing weight loss, did you find that you had to restrict fruits in the beginning? Did fruits and sweets seem to derail your progress?

    • http://PaleoParents.com Stacy & Matt

      While that was never a specific rule, we did generally avoid sugar of all kinds in the beginning. If weight loss is your goal, you will likely get the most success with a low carb approach. The problem with carbohydrates is that they trigger cravings. Remember, fruit is about the most energy packed food in the wild and thus disappears quickly. All animals that eat fruit gorge on it when it’s available and humans are no different. If you’re trying to lose weight, I would tread very carefully around it.

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  • Sara Holleboom

    Thank you for sharing this.  You are a true inspiration.  I am new to the blog, so I apologize if this info can be found elsewhere – but do you do crossfit?  And when did you start it?  I have been trying to follow a mostly-paleo diet for awhile now and had been seeing some good results until I found out I was pregnant with my 2nd child.  :)  I’m due in a couple of months and really looking forward to getting into more strenuous fitness routine.  I want to try crossfit soooo badly… but I think I’m afraid of it.  I’m considered obese and am about 110 pounds overweight.  I’m worried I won’t be able to do it… and plus all those hard-bodied cross-fitters just intimidate me!  :)  Any pointers you can offer? 

    • http://PaleoParents.com Stacy & Matt

      Sara, I actually don’t crossfit (rarity in paleo!). I walk and hike when the weather’s nice and do some strength training at home (practice arm hang/pull-up motions, planks, etc.) and occasionally I’ll make it to the gym where I love the rowing machine and lifting weights. But, if it’s what you want to do – you should do it! We just found we needed a gym with a kid center and there wasn’t a crossfit that accommodate our need.

    • Kat757

      You’ll have to check with your local crossfit but at mine we have a bootcamp class. It is extremely popular for those who are out of shape or new to the sport. It concentrates more on aerobic exercise opposed to lifting which helps with the weight loss. Regular crossfit is great too and all exercises can be catered to your needs. Even my 61 year-old mother does it and she loves it.

  • daizymom

    Thank you Stacy! I am new to your blog, and started eating Paleo 2 months ago.  I have lost almost 25 lbs, and I’m really excited about that. My starting weight was 275.  I also have 3 children but they are older than yours. Unfortunately, my husband is effortlessly skinny and feels no need to change his diet, and so I am the only Paleo eater in our house.  I do know that I am preparing healthier foods for them and we no longer eat out, so while it will be a slow journey, I am quite sure that eventually, they will become more and more paleo.

    I have to say that I’m not feeling the vavaciousness yet. I think it’s either because I haven’t started exercising yet, or that I don’t get enough sleep -  a good night is 7 hours, and it’s usually more like 5.5 to 6.

    Thanks so much for sharing your story.  I will be an avid reader of your blog going forward.

  • Samantha

    Stacy, this post made me cry! I just found your blog off of Civilized Caveman’s website, and I love it! You’re such an inspiration to everyone around you! I’ve only been Paleo for the last 30 days, but I love it and would never go back! I’m SO proud of you, and your family! Keep up the amazing work. 

    • http://PaleoParents.com Stacy & Matt

      We will!

  • Jayneska8

    Boy do I know what you mean about people making eye contact.  Fat women truly are invisible.  I have just recently lost enough to have crossed that line of invisibility, where people (especially men) now talk to me, hold doors, etc.  It takes some getting used to.  Keep up the great work!

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  • Cathy

    i just wanted to thank you for being so brave. I am a 46 year old morbidly obese woman. I’ve lost 60 lbs since April but have a long way to go. I appreciate everything you are doing for families. i have 2 teenage girls and a husband who had A Fib and type 2 diabetes. We are thanking God we found this way of eating. Again thank you, reading posts like yours helps keep my eyes on the prize!

  • S. Elizabeth

    Actually, federal law doesn’t cover sexual orientation or gender identity as protected classes, either.

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  • nb

    how can i loose 100lbs

    • http://PaleoParents.com Stacy & Matt

      Try looking through the start here tab on the top of the website.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1035907265 Christy Hunt

    You look beautiful! I hope I can keep it up!! Most of the things you mention in your post I feel as well. We have been eating Paleo since Jan and I feel its been easy for me so far. I am getting in a rut about what to make or snack on …. Ive lost only 20 lbs and I run everyday at least 3 miles; at most 6, then I do strength training….. I am getting rather discouraged when looking at my body but I feel so much clearer mentally. How long did it take you to loose your weight?

    • http://PaleoParents.com Stacy & Matt

      Christy,

      Our weight loss was over the course of 15 months. There were times where it was slower, and times where it was easier. Sometimes we had head smack moments where we realized that there were specific things we were overdoing. Sometimes everything just worked perfectly. In the end, we did realize that no matter what, we were much better off than we were in the beginning, regardless of the scale. Twenty pounds is great, and you should be very proud!

      Good luck!

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1035907265 Christy Hunt

        Thanks!

  • Kirsten

    Hi, I see that this is an old thread, but I wanted to say how inspired I was and enjoyed your bravery in posting! I have been in a similar situation, except I am much older than you, lol. After the death and nursing of my mother with cancer I gained another twenty pounds and went over the edge. I went to a doc, and my cholesterol and sugars were both at about 358. I was diabetic, and they were worried about pancreitis. I did not want to go on meds, so I started Paleo…100% never looking back. Now, five months under my belt with Paleo I have lost 38 pounds and feel fantastic. My cholesterol and sugars are at 78, even with eating all of the animal fats, etc. Something I would not have believed if I hadn’t done it myself. Turns out I was allergic to dairy, and didn’t know! I applaud what you have done, and it’s encouraging to someone like me who still has another 25 or 30 pounds to go…kinda just past my halfway mark. The weight began to slow down after month three, but after I added weights…heavy weight, less repetitions, and mixed up the walking with some T-Tapp and dance and other things, it made a huge difference, esp. the weights. I have a friend who is a trainer, and they said that weights always do that for people. Looking back, to when I could only do ten min on the treadmill, and got exhausted walking to the mailbox, this feels fantastic. I wish you continued happiness :)

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  • Shawn Hollis Golden

    I am still breastfeeding our 9 month old. I’ve noticed when I cut out the breads and sugars that I see a decrease in milk supply. Can you offer any advice for Paleo breastfeeding?