I was always the fat girl, it was my identity… I honestly had fiddled with a million diets through my life, my mom had me on diet center in the 5th grade (no shit)! Nothing ever really worked. So I figured might as well die fat and happy with a potato chip in my mouth… I’d had a diagnosis of insulin resistance for years, the doctor suspected that I had probably had it since young adulthood and I wasn’t officially diagnosed until I was in my mid 20’s. They claimed the meds they put me on (metformin) would help me lose weight and in the beginning it helped me shed about 30 pounds (in the beginning I was about 315lb).
I’ve always been an active person. Fat or not it didn’t keep me from doing things, even if I was sucking wind I was active. I started to get into MMA about 3 years ago and fell in love. Contact sports are totally my thing! I dieted a little here and there… starved myself for 5 months to get into my perfect wedding dress and after the wedding gained all that ish back. Plus some. When my husband left for Afghanistan a year ago I was 297lb.
About October last year I found rugby
So there was a cross fitting rugby player who had prodded me to read the whole 30 challenge a few times. Frustrated with what was going on with south beach I read it, it’s more than a little convincing and I literally started that night. I was scared and it was fucking hard but I COULD DO ANYTHING for 30 days and this WAS FOR MY HEALTH. My first whole 30 I went 27 days before having unbuttered popcorn at a movie theater and it tasted delicious but oh God I WAS SOOOOO SICK… flu type symptoms within an hour. A lot of the things I thought I could never live without when I try them now, they are disgusting or make me so sick I’ve stopped desiring them.
So how did I do?
Since March I lost 50lb. (since my husband left for Afghanistan last July I lost 70lb total. He gets home next week. Homecoming will be interesting.)
Before Paleo bloodwork:
Hemoglobin A1c – 6
Estimated Average Glucose – 125.5
Cholesterol – 173
Triglyceride – 229
HDL Cholesterol – 36
LDL Cholesterol – 91
VLDL Cholesterol – 46
Hemoglobin A1c – 5.4
Estimated Average Glucose – 108.3 (went off metformin on my own 3 weeks before this test in June!)
Cholesterol – 167
Triglyceride – 94 (holy shit is that a difference or what?!?!)
HDL Cholesterol – 42
LDL Cholesterol – 106
VLDL Cholesterol – 19
The numbers speak pretty loud and clear, but If you want the pic let me know.
I am so grateful to have found paleo and to all the wonderful websites that are full of information. What’s so amazing is you don’t need to buy any books, you are all so willing to share this info. I love your podcast and I did buy your book, which is amazing, I think you have an incredible brain, Robb! Paleo will save my life. Thanks so much for all you do!