After, Keeping 70 pounds off!
Post 40 weeks of Medifast- to lose weight, then Paleo, Low Carb, Keto because I fast 18:6 early in the day, and abstaining from food triggers to maintain. I enjoy freedom of #foodsoberliving after 40 years of food addiction. I still track my food intake and weight daily since I do not get normal hungry and full signals all the time.
Hello! I'm Karen P. I blog about weight maintenance, weight loss, what works for me and what doesn't. I also blog about
- Low Carb,
- Intermittent Fasting
- early Time Restricted Eating Window
- Abstaining from certain foods
I may be contacted at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Read about me on Diet Doctor
Read about me on the Low Carb Dietitian's post about long term weight maintainers
2 Keto Dudes Ketogenic forum- Public before and afters
Paleo, Non-Paleo blog
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
i. KetoWoman Podcast http://ketowomanpodcast.com/karen-parrott/
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
In mid 2016 I started intermittent fasting for 16:8 or 18:6. I eat from 6am to 12noon most days and fast the rest of the day.
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, Low Carb, Primal ways 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, 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!