I have always been on the thin side. Sometimes too thin. I got into a high fat raw diet a couple years before I had my first daughter and after she was born I lost a lot of weight, due to breastfeeding and not eating enough.
When I really got into this lifestyle in my second pregnancy I started to feel a lot stronger and after my second daughter was born I never ended up skinny again. I actually ended up gaining a good bit of weight, being my most muscular and feeling quite strong and having plenty of energy for nursing two children, running, swimming, yoga, dancing, etc.
It's difficult to say how long it took me to get to my best weight... I was 100-110 lbs.(I'm very short). I had been that heavy before but it was due to taking pharmaceuticals and gained very fast and was nothing but fat. I was also going through a lot hormonally, after having a baby and I wasn't paying attention either, I just suddenly realized I was heavier after looking at pictures and buying new clothes and finally using someone's scale. Anyways, 2012 was a really tough year, I moved across the country and my availability for time, nature/exercise and great produce have all greatly decreased...emotionally I was also going through the ringer most of that year...but towards the end of the year I stayed pretty consistent with my exercise and I've been eating a lot of carbs consistently lately, working on transitioning to more and more raw...usually I'm eating about 3 meals raw and then my 4th meal is cooked.
I just hopped on the scale and I am starting to gain weight(I lose weight easily, so lost a bit during 2012), just wondering how long it might take me to get stronger and heavier, the way I was when I felt my very best, based on comparing my progress with others who've gained on this lifestyle.
I was about 85 much of 2012 and I am now over 90 lbs. I know things go up and down a few pounds, which is why I don't commit to an exact number, but I am not less than 90 lbs. right now, whereas I'd been 87 or less much of last year. According to the CDC I was just slightly underweight much of last year, but no one would look at me and think so(at all, I don't look too skinny) and I didn't really feel underweight at all...I HAVE experienced being much lighter and even without being completely consistent and having a very stressful year this lifestyle kept me very stable and quite close to optimum last year.
I started gaining immediately on 811 when I ate enough calories. Reached normal weight after about 6 month.
For me it will likely take longer (when at all) because I was anorexic and after I "sort of" recovered I underate for a long time until I began this lifestyle (12 May 2012). I'm doing my best to love myself for who I am and to stand to my curves. I don't weigh myself EVER and my goal is optimal health and I do my best to ignore weight.