In high school I was an athlete. For many years after I was in pretty good shape. But slowly, over time, things changed. And then one day I was a 52-year-old obese man. The picture below is from February 2010. I was in San Diego, on vacation with my daughter Sarah. I was feeling lethargic. Just walking was a challenge. I didn’t want to do anything. I gained a lot of weight over the winter, like I always do, and San Diego was my low point. When I got home and found a scale capable of measuring my weight, I wanted to cry: 357 pounds.
How did this get so out of hand?
I have been on the diet roller coaster for years. And every year it’s the same old story: Lose some weight in the summer, but gain it all back and then some in the winter.
So after San Diego I told myself: enough is enough. I’m going to get back into shape. I started with short walks and making small changes to my diet — I quit taking cream in my coffee, cut down on the pop and junk food. Stuff like that. And I consciously tried to eat less.
I continued to lose weight throughout the year, but then I gained most of it back this past winter. It took over a year to lose 30 pounds.
On July 1 when I started The Primal Challenge, I was 327lbs. My nephews (and one of their girlfriends) created this blog to encourage me and others to go primal for 30 days. I agreed. I cleaned out my pantry and went at this new diet with everything I had.
And when the month was up, I wrote this:
[O]n Aug 1st 2011, I am beginning to feel like there’s a chance that I could actually go rafting or sky diving again if I can keep going. So as of this morning, I lost 13 lbs in July and about 20 in roughly 6 weeks of this crazy caveman dieting….
Challenge over, but I’m thinking I’m having too much fun to stop now. So, I am challenging myself to another month of this. (At least) After all, My fridge and my food cabinet have all been “paleotized.” Enough rambling- My dog is waiting for the morning walk.
Thanks for the challenge and all of the support!
Earlier this month I joined Mark Sisson’s 30-Day Challenge. Of course, it’s simply a continuation of what I’ve been doing. This past Sunday, I was at a party for my daughter Sarah’s grandparents’ anniversary. There was a ton of food: pizza and pasta and pasta salad and all kinds of cake and cookies and crap like that. But there was a vegetable tray. And so my dinner that day was carrots, celery, green peppers and cucumbers. This is a picture that was snapped of me and Sarah’s cousin from that party:
My current weight is 298. For the first time in forever, I weigh less than 300lbs!
This time last year, walking up or down steps was a problem. Now they are a breeze.
-Primal side effect: No more headaches!
I’ve had chronic headaches for the past several years. I get headaches so bad I need an ice pack and Advil. An employee used to say to me: “I’ve never met anyone who gets so many headaches.”
Well, I haven’t had a single headache in over two months. I am pretty sure they were caused by sugar, grains or dairy.
My mind is strong now. I crave healthy foods instead of junk foods.
The Unconquerable Dave inspired me because he lost a ton of weight, and got in great shape, and he’s not a young guy. I want to do what he did.
Of course, the real test is coming up. Every winter I’ve gained weight. I may need some support in the coming months, but I have new confidence. I have a different mind-set,
a ton of momentum, and an army of supporters.
This winter is going to be different…….. Bring it on.