O.k., I've been watching the board now for about a week, and I'm really happy to have found a community I can relate to. I've been paleo for about 5 months. For the last 18 months I've been on a journey to lose weight and I just passed 100lbs off. I'm 30 years old, 6'2" and hit 231 this morning. My progress has come from a lot of cardio (for most of this time I was burning 3-4k calories a week on a bike or elliptical) and a better diet (originally watching calories and cutting out junk food, then paleo.) I still have a bit of visible pudge that I want to get rid of - 100 lbs requires a lot of extra skin - but I also want to start building some muscle. To put it simply, three years ago I was Homer Simpson for Hallowe'en, next year I want to go as Kratos (from the God of War games, for the uninitiated). Herein lies my complication.
I know, conceptually, that there weren't too many particularly ripped cavemen; lean was the order of the day. What I'm trying to figure out is whether I can stay more or less paleo and put on the kind of muscle that I need for Kratos (understanding that he's an illustrated character and I may have to settle for an approximation). Of course, I also have little-to-no idea about how to go about this second part of my transformation, and as such am terrified of causing myself some significant harm, or just as bad, treading water for too long.
Apologies if I'm rehashing something long discussed.
Edit: O.k., I'm seeing a lot of "stop cardio". I tend to ride my bike to get around town. If I continue to do this, am I hindering my progress? Also, I figure I've still got some fat to get rid of (somewhere between 10-20 lbs, possibly as much as 30 if I really went nuts. If I were listening to BMI, it wants me around 180, which is a full 50lbs, but I think it's crazy.) Should I continue my cardio for a few months and shed that weight, or will I continue to lose the fat if I switch to strength?