How my struggles are like yours-and how to beat them!
Picture being a doctor that many others rely on for health. Newly-wed, and in a time that most of your family and friends told you are the happiest days of your life. Picture being an age where you’re supposed to have an inordinate amount of energy for doing the things you love.
Now, imagine going through those times grossly overweight, feeling like a hypocrite, and feeling like you’re completely ‘broken’.
Among them, here were some of my frustrating highlights:
There are really too many to say… They went on for years (I tried, failed, kept trying, over and over again). Should I talk about my chronically high (160/100) blood pressure? Or my disgust at the naked at the figure who stood before me in the mirror? Or, about the time I went to my hometown, saw old friends & teachers, who couldn’t even recognize me? Should I tell you of my borderline diabetic blood-sugar levels? Or the lack of sex drive and inability to physically please my wife?
Can you relate to these things as well?
There was still so much more…the bags under my eyes I never thought would go away…
The feeling of suffocation by something as trivial as climbing a flight of stairs…. the midnight shakes only to be alleveated by a raid on the refigerator, and the ensuing hopelessness of guilt the next day.
There is still more to mention. But the point of it is, life sucked. And it did for years. I had no idea what to do, or who to turn to. I tried other low-carb programs, but grew tired of eating cured meats, cheeses, and inflammatory fats. I tried eating low-fat, and was sick of always being hungry.
That said, though, I kept researching, trying, failing, and continually honed my skills.
I went through a complete vegetarian phase-made tons of sense, but often left me hungry, craving the wrong foods, and tired. Then, I went through the paleo phase, which removed my tiredness, but with blood-sugar spikes, left me hungry all the time.
I ultimately, settled onto a low-carb, primal lifestyle. I guess you could say that it’s a low-carb version of eating that’s based on what science says is most helpful for us. It’s heavily plant-based, but also allows space for some dairy as well. It tends to focus on obtaining a higher fat content than what traditional paleo practitioners ascribe to as well. For me, and for the others I’ve served, this eating/exercise plan has been a life-changer. Furthermore, it’s what science validates as among the quickest ways to lose weight, and regain health, free of disease.
My life since…
Every day is still a challenge for me, but it’s doable. And in the process, my life is completely changed. Instead of so much pain, I now feel far more frequent joy.
I love Crossfit. I love hanging out with friends, running races, and having the energy to do what I’d like. I’m so thankful that I can physically perform with my wife the way I had always hoped. I’m so thankful to sleep through an entire night without the urge to gorge myself.
I’m so thankful for where I’ve come. I love the things I’ve been able to do over the last few years. Here are just a few pics from the last couple months:
Pensacola Glow Run (L)-mid-October-a blast! Alright-I’ll admit, that at over 33 minutes on a 5k, my time stunk! But you know, I don’t really care-the person I used to be could have never imagined doing it at all!
Visiting Ohio during Thanksgiving:
This was just one of my friends who told me that I looked like I barely changed.
The reality? I changed a lot. The 17-year-old high school boy never could have imagined how far down into the pit of despair he would go, how simple regaining health was, but how hard it was to find reliable information.
If there was anything I wish I could’ve learned sooner, it would have been to learn faster! It took me thousands of hours to learn to eat well. It doesn’t take that long, though.
In a small number of hours, I can show the exact things I learned through the years in order to speed up that process immensely.
To help others get past what I struggled with, regain hope, health, and relationships, I’m offering 10 women my VIP coaching class for the new year:
If you’re a guy, 40-50 years old, with blood-sugar issues, and at least 50 pounds overweight, sign up for a free discovery session-I’ll guide you through to help with your most pressing problem.