View Full Version : I am sooooo amazed!!!
07-27-2005, 09:34 AM
It was last week that I decided to go 100% raw for 30 days straight just to see what it would feel like, and I just cannot believe the difference in being 100% and being any other percentage.
To my amazement, my skin is softer. My face has more of a natural glow to it. I am finally starting to get a tan. I used to go out in the sun and get sunburned. Now I can go out there WITHOUT sunscreen and get tan (and I am pure, pure, pure white) My hair is starting to get thicker and longer and looking healthier. And my body is thinning out as well! The dh says I am really starting to get that sleek look, too...I get on the scale on Wednesday just to see what I weigh, and because I have really been focusing on my weight training, I figured I couldn't trust the scale too much as it might show muscle gain but decided just to get on it once a week to see where I am...well, last Wed, I was 115 lbs, and today, I am 111 lbs. 4 lbs gone in one week! I just could not believe that! Wow!! And I am feeling sooo much better, too...
Now I just have one question for those who might know the answer - with me being 100% raw, I know my body will start to get naturally thin. But at the same time it gets naturally thin, will I lose more pounds? I ask this because my dh thinks I am getting thin enough - he wants me to stop at 110 lbs because he doesn't want me too thin...will my body stop at that weight, or will it stop at a weight that I'm really supposed to be at? (remember that I am only 5 ft tall)
07-27-2005, 01:31 PM
Congratulations on being 100% raw for a week and seeing wonderful benefits.
Keep up the great eating style and remember to eat when you are hungry.
07-27-2005, 07:47 PM
Congratulations on your eating healthy raw!
I have been raw 3 months and I began at about 111 lbs (I am also 5" tall). Now I am about 93lbs. I was surprised to go so low. It has been my biggest change so far. I seem to be eating tons of food. So I am not worried about that.
I think maybe everyone is different, so don't worry this will happen to you. You may have more muscle mass than I do. I have been living with terrible pain my whole life, so my muscle mass is minimal. When I increase my exercise and gain muscle, I will weigh more.
Blessings to you,
07-27-2005, 11:54 PM
<<But at the same time it gets naturally thin, will I lose more pounds? I ask this because my dh thinks I am getting thin enough - he wants me to stop at 110 lbs because he doesn't want me too thin...will my body stop at that weight, or will it stop at a weight that I'm really supposed to be at? (remember that I am only 5 ft tall)>>
From everything I've read, you may lose some more weight if your body needs to detox, but then you may gain a bit back until your body adjusts and settles at its ideal weight. Of course everyone is different, but I have read of people getting a bit thinner before putting it back on. Have no fear, your body will settle into it's beautiful self, it's natural weight, wherever that may be, when it is clean and healed and ready. :D
07-27-2005, 11:56 PM
im 5'2 and weigh 95 pounds...
no one ever believes me tho.. everyone thinks im atleast 110 or even a bit higher!
my natural doctor says i can go as low as 90 pounds, if not a bit lighter.. and still not be " to thin "
guess ive got a SUPER small bone frame LOL!!
do what feels right for yourself...just never jeopardise your own health, by what poeple tell you from a board.
thats my 2 cents.
07-28-2005, 11:51 AM
I am also 5 ft tall. I am usually hovering around 95lbs. which is the ideal weight for me at my current height.
But last week I was at around 93lbs and I thought "Wow!", I didnt think that I would ever see 93lbs again. This week, I have been eating a ton of fats so I am back up to 95lbs.
So if you lose some more weight, dont fret, you are doing fine.
Good job staying all raw. I am not 100% raw, I would say I am about 80%- 90%
07-28-2005, 03:45 PM
So it almost seems the average of someone as short as me is around 95 lbs when they move into raw. Just out of curiosity, what size clothes do you wear for those that are 5'2 and under and weigh just under 100 lbs? I am currently in size 2's but they are starting to fall off of me...and am starting to wonder if I'll drop another size or 2 when I start thinning outl Also, are you thinned out enough that you have no tummy fat and your tummy is flat?
07-28-2005, 04:29 PM
Pink Berry, I have a similar frame. And yes, people assume I weigh more. When I lifted weights seriously someone thought I weighed 115. :) But when I tell them how much I weigh they almost always say "oh that's not healthy." There is a vast difference in body frames that I think goes unacknowledged.
Livenraw, I wear a lot of kid's clothes. When I was in high school I could still find adult clothes that fit but bigger stores like Target and Old Navy and Gap are sizing much larger these days to accomodate the ever increasing average American. And I'm not shrinking! My tummy isn't concave but I don't have a lot of extra.
07-28-2005, 06:12 PM
pixiegreen, your exactly right! if most everyone thinks your 115... but your acually 95... you must be really healthy.. so WHY would someone then say " oh thats not healthy " just because you acually told them your weight!
poeple do that to me to.. and it really bugs me!
every single human is different... every single human has a different body frame.. and every single human is going to carry weight idfferently.. and be more comfortable at a different weight!
i dont believe there is an " ideal " weight for anyone whos either 5 feet, or 5'2.. ect !
my metabolism acually slows down drastically when i dont include cooked grains in my diet... and i acually GAIN weight while im raw...
it wasnt until i included some cooked quinoa back into my diet that i lost the extra bit of fat i still had on my body!.. and even now.. there is still some to pintch :P.. even tho im 95 ;) and mind you.. work out and have muscles.
07-28-2005, 06:34 PM
I'm a little taller- 5'3" or so, and I've been about 95% raw for about a month, and lost about 17 pounds! I was a little concerned when I stepped on the scale and it said 113, not because that's underweight really, but because if I keep losing weight at this rate I will soon dissapear! I was excited, but at the same time I hope the weight loss slows down so I still have a little bit of reserves. I hold most of my weight in my lower body, so most people guess that I weigh less than I do, because my upper body is so slender and I have boney shoulders. Anyway, if you are concerned you could calculate your body mass index (there are many websites for that) to see what "range" you fall under, though it is not super accurate because it doesn't take into account your frame size and body fat percentage.
07-28-2005, 09:43 PM
I'm 5'5". Was 135 when I began 100% raw, dropped to 105 in less than 4 months time. Have maintained 105-108 weight now for several months. At first people commented that I looked too thin, but they are used to me now. This is the weight I was in my early and mid 20's (before kids), so I'm very comfortable with it. I feel good, have lots of energy, eat heaps of food -- so I don't even think about my weight anymore.
Don't focus too much on your weight number. Focus on staying raw, exercising, eating plenty of food and feeling good -- your body will settle at the correct weight for you.
Congrats on your progress!!
07-28-2005, 10:25 PM
I've been raw for almost 5 weeks, but I haven't experienced weight loss. I'm about 135 like levamssg but the weight's not dropping off. Levamssg, what type things do you eat? Maybe I'm eating too many nuts and dates? I know I've read that somewhere.
However, I've had other good results and I feel much better. :)
07-28-2005, 11:59 PM
i gain weight from nuts, dates and bananas.
dunno why, but my body just doesnt seem to like those i guess lol...
the weight doesnt drop when i include those in my diet.. and also makes me gain a few...
even tho i never " induldge "
07-29-2005, 12:37 AM
I've been raw for almost 5 weeks, but I haven't experienced weight loss. I'm about 135 like levamssg but the weight's not dropping off. Levamssg, what type things do you eat? Maybe I'm eating too many nuts and dates? I know I've read that somewhere. There are many people here whose weight came off much more slowly than the ones who've posted here. I'm one who lost a lot though I didn't need to, but my 30 Day Challenge buddy struggled with it and numerous others have, too. As Alissa says, when you first go raw, you needn't worry that you may be eating "too much" of anything. As long as it's raw (and you're 100% raw, of course), not to worry. It will eventually come off. And ... you'll at some point naturally change the way you're eating. But, you needn't "try" to do so.
However, I've had other good results and I feel much better. :)This is what is so great!! You'll just keep feeling better ... and the weight will drop off if you have any extra.
07-29-2005, 09:09 AM
RawTruth, I know in Alissa's book she said just to eat whatever (as long as it's raw) and not worry about it and that's what I've been doing. I do feel it's given me more freedom than I've had before in that I'm not feeling guilty like I used to when I ate "bad' things on the SAD diet.
It's not that I've pigged out on anything, but a lot of the recipes have nutes and dates so I know I've had more of these than I ever have.
Okay, I'll just keep plugging and not get focused on weight. :) I know it's really all about being more healthy anyway. :)
07-29-2005, 09:52 AM
When I first went 100% raw, I decided to do things the easy and most simplistic way I could - raw fruits, veggies, nuts and seeds. So that's what I currently do. I don't dehyrdate anything right now (well, I don't have a dehydrator right now, either) Every once in awhile, I might throw a couple of bananas and blueberries in the blender and make my own version of raw ice cream (dh loves it) but I found the more basic it is for me right now, the easier it is. And it doesn't bother me that I haven't had all the goodies just yet (though I am going to have to try that date nut torte pretty soon. Sounds toooooo good!) Perhaps, that might be the reason I have lost more weight - without even trying and without even focusing on it. (when I first started going 70% raw, I did try to add in dried fruit and ended up gaining weight) I'm just healthy and happy and that's what matters most!
07-29-2005, 09:59 AM
I am just amazed at your wonderful weight loss story and congratulate you on your healthy lifestyle!
I am curious, if you don't mind posting a sample daily menu as I am trying to simplify my menu (fruits, veggies, and some nuts and seeds) and get away from so many gourmet recipes and dehydrated foods. I am having a lot of trouble digesting the heavy foods and now acid indigestion is taking over my chest and throat! And I've been gaining back the weight I'd tried so hard to lose, I've gained 10 pounds this year! Not good!
07-29-2005, 10:53 AM
I pretty much eat when I'm hungry and that's about it...
usually, in the morning, around 2 bananas...then later on, I might have about 2 oz of raw almonds...and then more fruit later in the afternoon - like cantaloupe, mangoes, blueberries, bananas, etc...and in the evening is when I will usually do a salad - spinach, lettuce, onions, celery, green peppers, red peppers, cucumbers, some more raw almonds added for crunch and then some olive oil...and if I'm still hungry in the evening, I'll eat another banana. I have come to love smashing up an avocado and putting onion in it (basically, guacamole simplified) and then dipping cucumber slices in it. It's one of my fave things to currently eat, so I eat an avocado every day, too. It seems that I tend to eat fruit all day long (with the exception of the almonds) and then I eat salads in the evenings. I guess maybe my body prefers it that way right now...after I saw a weight gain from trying to add in dried fruit, I opted for not eating anything dried just yet...I want to wait just a little bit longer before I add any goodies in...
07-29-2005, 12:26 PM
It sounds like you really mastered this raw lifestyle. Great job.
07-29-2005, 03:54 PM
livenraw: I too love mashed avocado on cucumber rounds! This is one of my favorite snacks/meals as well! I have also made a raw pate and mixed it with the avocado, and used it as a salad dressing. It is extremely satisfying.
COngrats on your progress following the raw plan. I too had tremendous sucess in the first month after discovering raw. Despite the "detox" symtoms, I look back on the spring/summer of '03 as being some of the healthiest time in my life! And the energy I had too!
I found that my weight stabilized after a bit, and I regained a bit too. At my lowest I was 124 or so (I have a lot of muscle on this 5' 5 1/2" frame of mine, so I was quite thin at that weight.) Since then, I range about 10 lbs heavier than that, and I am ok with how I look and feel at that weight. Whatever the case, so long as you are eating enough calories to sustain you, (and you will if you are listening to what your body is "saying") you will eventually find your set point.
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