Congrats on beginning to lose weight on paleo. There are several females on paleohacks that have lost 100 pounds.
Just know that you must fuel yourself with meat and fat rather than with veggies or other neolithic carbs. You have to replace the crap energy you were getting from the carbs with protein and fat. It is not an option.
Many on these boards eat 75% fat, 20% protein, and 5% or less carbs in the form of salads with olive oil and vinegar, yams with butter, a few steams vegs slathered with butter.
Breakfast, lots of eggs pan fried in coconut oil or butter with bacon or sausage. I have a microwaved yam twice a week..slathered in butter. Dinner is always either beef, fish, chicken, lamb with green salad...and maybe steamed asparagus or squash with butter.
Your goal is to convert your body over to burning consumed fat and stored fat. Eating paleo does stop the storing of fat because the blood sugar is not spiked and thus there is not much insulin secreted and the fat you eat that is not used for immediate energy consumption passes through you.
One does not have to exercise to lose weight but it seems many find so much energy from eating paleo that they start on a resistance training program...but do not overdue it to the point of exhausting exercise every day.
Carb loader exercisers including cyclists and long distance runners are overexercising their heart muscle and do not give it time to recover and thus are setting up themselves for a coronary heart event later in life. Google Jim Fixx, an author about distance running...died on his front lawn after a morning jog from a massive heart attack. Was it the carb loading he did or was it that he exhausted his heart prematurely and it just got tired and died? What ever it was, chronic cardio in all forms is not good for the body.
You must drink enough water all the time/ Paleo people eat till satiated and do not think to drink water. For your weight of 224...divided that in half...112 and that is the amount of water in ounces you need to drink daily. It may seem like a lot...but it will prevent you from becoming constipated and will flush out any toxins you have built up in your body over the years.
Of course no wheat products, no corn products, no corn oil, no soybean oil, no canola oil, no safflower oil, no sugar, no cookies, cakes, pasta, pizza, beans of any stripe, no rice...
There are no essential carbohydrates. We can do just fine on meat and fat alone.
People who supplement with Vit D3 and get their levels up to about 60ng/mL are increasing their resistance to colds, flues, sinus infections. A good brand of D3 is Now Brand 5000IU each gelcap...available from swansonsvitamins.com The carrier is olive oil rather than soybean oil found in many D3 gel caps. I started with 10000IU for three months and now I take 5000IU daily. Have not been sick over three years.
You are going to do just fine. Just know that somewhere on your journey for weight loss, you will stop losing weight for a while as your body is attempting to hang onto every bit of fat energy it has...because you are telling it that there are no carbohydrates around to eat...meaning winter lean times are coming and conservation of energy is what you body wants to do. It will pass as your body becomes more adapted to burning fat for fuel rather than carbs and you will again resume the weight loss.
Keep the nose to the grindstone and do not have cheat meals and these small cheats have a tendency to sabatoge your weight loss. A couple of small cheats a week will stop the weight loss because you tell your body...oh good here comes some carbs so that I can resume storing the energy from the carbs as fat in the body cells.
You can do it, but you need to be disciplined and you need your husband to be on board with your journey.
Protein Power by Drs Eades is a good book. Get it at www.abebooks.com used.