About Me

May 2011
August 2009
May 2011


Post 40 weeks of Medifast- to lose weight, then Paleo food/ Primal life style to maintain

May 2012

Oct 2013

August 2014

March 2015

July 2015
Nov 2016
September 2017

Hello! I'm Karen P.  I blog about weight maintenance, weight loss, what works for me and what doesn't. I also blog about gardening, photography, coffee and my Paleo/Primal food template.

I may be contacted at:   gardengirlkp@gmail.com

Read about me on the Low Carb Dietitian's post about long term weight maintainers

 Read an awesome write up of me by Alison Golden at Paleo/Non-Paleo

Hear about my story in my own words in the Podcasts Below
a. The Quit Binge Eating Podcast (Alen Standish- show #19)
b. Low Carb Conversations with Dietician  Cassie( and Kevin Kennedy-Spaien(show #81)
c. Half Size Me with Heather Robinson (show # 77)
d. Slender Safari with Shey Harms (show #SS035) 
e. Finding Our Hunger with Miss Skinny Genes- Kaila Prins (show #44) 
f. Vinnie Tortorich- Angriest Trainer- NSNG Los Angeles Meet-Up Episode  
g. Keto Carole YouTube video Interview at Low Carb USA 2017
h. Jessica Dudley Every Day Success FB interview https://www.facebook.com/groups/311565639285014/search/?query=karen%20parrott

Through blogging, realized that I could get and give support in the weight maintenance world. Before I started my 3rd attempt at permanent weight maintenance, I HAD to know that other maintainers were out there. I made my mind up that I would be one of them when I finished. Removing each barrier to that goal. No matter what, in a way that was healthy for me.

I have been overweight on and off since I was about six. I'm now 50.

I've had 3 major weight losses. I respond best to structured weight loss programs.  I've lost weight by using weight loss tools from Weight Watchers, on-line calorie tracking, and Take Shape for Life (Medifast). I did re-gain much of my weight after the first two attempts. I learned a lot during the attempts and I brought what works with me for the third attempt.

For the third attempt,  I chose a health coach and started Take Shape for Life (Medifast) in May 2011. Once I was done losing weight, I transitioned over to a Paleo/Primal style of eating in February 2012 for long-term maintenance.

I switched in 2014-2016 to a Low Carb, slightly Ketogenic approach

The major difference this time around, what made weight maintenance work, was taking a good look at what the "root" causes of my habits were. I then take both corrective action and preventive action so that I have a more effective habit to use the next time around. I use that approach if I start to regain. You'll see me writing this way. I also use graphs and sometimes track my food to check my carbs for good data.

 It is just the scientist in me (my real life career).  It works for me so I go with it.

I studied weight maintenance like a subject in school.  My best resource for me was the book Refuse to Regain by Barbara Berkeley, MD. when I had about 20 pounds left before maintenance started. I also read blogs and listen to podcasts to further learning and get new ideas.

The Paleo & Primal style of eating continues to be an excellent weight  maintenance tool, with the addition of Low Carb, Higher Fat, and some Ketogenic periods thrown in for good energy. For overall health and wellness, too. I feel younger in my 50's than I did in my 30's. Lower blood pressure, CRP, better lipid profile markers.

I abstain from almost all processed sugars (* except 85% chocolate 1X per day, all grains, all dairy, all legumes, and all nuts. That leaves a lot of eggs, animal proteins, veggies, sometimes fruit, and fats from natural sources. Great spice mixtures and home cooking has me looking forward to the next meal, in a normal sort of way.

Life is dynamic; I will never be done with the process. Changes in life, work, age, and my health will mean that I will have to address weight maintenance day in day out.   I will always need to work on myself, be mindful of what has worked in the past, and to be open to what I'll need to do in the future.

I'm worth it. We are all worth that!   


  1. Hi! I just read your story on Paleo/NonPaleo and want to say congratulations! I'm female, age 54 and have been trying to get on a Paleo/Non-inflammatory diet for awhile now. I moved to the San Diego area back in October from the Midwest and am trying to find a good source for grass fed meat; in particular bison. Right now I'm still just south of Del Mar, but will be moving to Temecula in a few months. And hints on where to shop in the area? Thanks so much! Jen

  2. Jen, my reply to you turned into an epic blog post. Welcome to San Diego, to Paleo/Primal and thanks for the inspiration!

  3. Hi,

    I like your blog on time restricted eating :) I too attempted time restricted eating from Nov 2016 to May 2017, losing 30kg from 110kg body weight to 80kg. Now, I'm attempting to maintain or push it further to 62kg to 65kg. Will see about it. Your blog allows me to show to my friends that I am not the only one benefited from time restricted eating. Especially you attempted it way earlier than me and maintain your current lean weight for about 6 to 7 years.

    Have a great day.
    Happy New Year 2018


    1. Hi William!!! Glad you are progressing on your weight loss. More and more is coming out on Time Restricted eating for overall health and wellness. I'm glad that you can show others that there is good health. I get told many times that I'm crazy or unwell. Nope, just others projecting their un-well on me. It gets old.

      Here's to continued success in 2018. Onward. Keep up the great work!

  4. Hi Karen, I saw your story on dietdoctor.com and am really inspired. I just started the LCHF diet on January 1st (I know that probably sounds cliche). I read your story and can really relate. Congratulations on not only sticking to a diet that is restrictive against the norm and most people's way of thinking, but also on figuring you what you need to do for you and not worrying about pleasing others when it comes to food. I hope to have your level of success. Cheers!

    1. Thank you burrfan!!! Once I changed my self talk (that I was really restricting myself from my goals), then what made me well really jumped out and grabbed me. Thanks for stopping by the blog. Stopping people pleasing was a key factor. :)